If you have signed-up for the Foundations of Teaching with Canvas course but have not had the opportunity to finish it, we wish to let you know that we will keep the course open until Oct. 1. We are working on a process to ensure 1) you still have access to the content and 2) there will be a new version of the Foundations course available to incoming instructors. In order to be eligible for the stipend, we ask that you complete your course in Foundations by Oct. 1. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions about that course, or if you need our support finalizing your submission. We’re here to help!
This post is just a reminder that CATL has a collection of “syllabus snippets” available as you craft your syllabus for the fall. Please note the new addition: a snippet for a Policy on Children in Virtual Sessions care of the UW System caregiving task force.
All instructors, working with their departmental colleagues, should think creatively of ways to deliver curriculum in alternative modalities should the need arise. For example, can your course be moved online, are there alternative assignments you can use in place of things like labs, etc., or in the case where this is not possible, can we determine how to work with students to complete the semester in the event of an interruption? We hope this will not be the case and have no indication currently that we will need to do this, but we should be prepared. The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) has prepared collections of resources in regards to moving courses online and insuring that we are teaching as part of a safe and inclusive environment for all students.
CATL has collected a number of resources to help instructors and academic staff foster a safe and inclusive environment for all students on our campus. In light of the discussion surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the xenophobia, discrimination, fear, and bias that pervades its portrayal in the media, we hope to support and encourage instructors to consider these pedagogical strategies and responses should they happen in your classes or in interactions with students.
This post is intended to be a kit that instructors can use to make the transition from D2L to Canvas over the summer with minimal weeping and gnashing of teeth.
The Center put together a handy guide to help those who like paper guides to use as a reference for working on their courses. You will find an overview of Canvas, key points of comparison with D2L, how to transfer a course, and a checklist for starting the semester.
Student Resource Module
You may upload the student resource module directly into your course(s). It contains information for students on how to submit assignments, participate in discussions, and use the mobile apps. There is also contact information for campus resources – on all the branches – for academic, personal, and financial resources. Instructors may add to or delete any of this information to customize it for their courses. But it is a handy way to orient students to Canvas.
Instructors may sign up for a consultation to discuss their courses. We can work with you remotely through Skype as well as face-to-face. Note that times will fill up the closer we get to the start of the Fall semester.
For those who would like a self-paced option to do at home, Lynda.com – a software training service – has a good starter course for Canvas. Since this course is not specifically geared toward UWGB there will be come cosmetic differences between the Canvas courses you see and those shown in Lynda.com. But, the courses in general are really quite good. This course requires a UWGB login.
Training Day in August
The Center will replace its typical “Hands-on Technology Day” this August with a Canvas training day. Be on the lookout over the summer for a specific date.
General Help with Canvas
UW-System purchased 24-hour help for users to ease the transition. Please feel free to take advantage for run-of-the-mill questions, such as how to set up a discussion or how to grade a quiz, etc.
There are three ways to contact Canvas directly for help:
Instructors and students may chat with someone at Canvas at any time.
Instructors may call 1(833) 811-3205 and students may call 1(833) 811-3206.
Users may email Canvas by clicking on the “help” icon in and selecting “Contact Canvas Support via email” from the menu.
Timeline of Canvas Transition
Green Bay Campus
|Summer 2019: Last term in which instructors may use D2L.||Summer 2019: Canvas accounts will unite so that Colleges material and UWGB material will be available with either login. D2L materials will remain separate for Colleges and UWGB accounts.|
|Summer 2019: Instructors prepare their fall offerings in Canvas master courses (designated as “Blank.Your Name.1”).||Summer 2019: Instructors prepare their fall offerings in Canvas master courses (designated as “Blank.Your Name.1”).|
|August 11, 2019: End of Summer Term: Last day to teach in D2L.||Summer 2019: Last term in which UW-Colleges will support learning technology. Instructors will use D2L.|
|August 21, 2019: Fall courses will appear in Canvas for instructors. Instructors may copy material from master course into “real” or instructional course (those with students).||August 21, 2019: Fall courses will appear in Canvas for instructors. Instructors may copy material from master course into “real” or instructional course (those with students).|
|September 4, 2019: First day of Fall semester: All courses in Canvas. D2L will be available to access old course material only.||September 4, 2019: First day of Fall semester: All courses in Canvas. Old D2L material will be available on the Colleges’ login page.|
|AY 2019-2020: Instructors will archive D2L materials and student work as needed.||AY 2019-2020: Instructors will archive D2L materials and student work as needed. Instructors will find material in Colleges’s instance of D2L. Your old Colleges passwords should still work.|
|June 30, 2020: Last day to access D2L to retrieve course materials or access old student work. All access will end this day. Nobody will be able to login to d2l after this day.||June 30, 2020: Last day to access D2L to retrieve course materials or access old student work. All access will end this day. Nobody will be able to login to d2l after this day.|
|August 11, 2020: Last day that instructors will need to have access to student work done in D2L during the summer term of 2019 to be compliant with UWSTU054.||UW-Colleges will retain D2L records for UW-Colleges instructors in compliance with UWSTU054.|