Testing starts

Teachers in pilot courses for the implementation of Canvas have been working hard on preparing their courses in the last few weeks. They have attended courses and workshops about the functions of Canvas and shared their experience. This process has been positive and teahcers have made good process in learning about the new environment.

Teachers from the School of Education during a Canvas-workshop

Students that are enrolled in the pilot-courses were notified yesterday, December 17th, about the process and today, December 18th, they will get access to the system for the first time. In total around 60 courses will be taught in Canvas, with over 100 teachers and teachers assistants, and well over 2.000 students. It is safe to say that this is a big test, during wich we will gather very valuable information over the next few months.

Faculty meetings

People from the implementation teams are going between faculties to present the implementation to all teachers. We have already visited 6 faculties now at the end of the semester, and during January and February we will visit 20 more faculties.

During these meetings we have had some very useful comments and ideas form teachers, as wall as answering different questions from teachers and give them a quick look at what Canvas looks like and how it works with Ugla

The most common question we get is wether or not we are going to close Ugla. Canvas will replace the learning space within Ugla, but other functions, such as student progress, registration etc. will still be processed with Ugla. (See General Information).

Introducing Canvas to students

As the pilot-teachers are almost done with preparing their courses, the next step is to inform students in those courses about the change. That will be done in the first days of January when the teaching starts.

Just as before, students log into Ugla, find their course and click the course name and are moved over to the LMS.

A typical student view from Canvas. The language settings for navigation can be set to other languages.

Students participating in the pilot tests will have an opportunity to tell the implementation team their opinion on the system and its functions. This will be done with surveys that will be sent to users during the spring semester 2020. The student experience is very important, because students were one of the reasons this change is taking place.

Next steps

It is a pleasure to take part in project that is running as planned. The next few weeks are very important as we get a real overview of what features of Canvas teachers want to use in this flexible system, what the student experince will be and make sure that technical aspects of the system are up and running.

The next important milestones in the system are:

  • Over 60 courses start in Canvas early january
  • Awareness campaign continues in all faculties in January and February
  • Informing students about the change starts in February
  • Training of all teachers start in March
  • All teachers get access to the system