Why the switch to Canvas?
The university has to comply with legal regulations. That meant that we had to carry out a European tender procedure for our Learning Management System in 2016. The winner of this tender was Instructure, with their product Canvas.
What are the benefits of Canvas?
Canvas has a modern user interface and is more intuitive. Therefore we expect that users will find the system more enjoyable and easier to use. While Canvas certainly offers flexibility to lecturers, we expect that the set-up of courses will become more consistent for students. Furthermore, Canvas has more innovative functions such as recording audio and video as feedback. It also offers extensive options for group collaboration. By default, integration with over 200 external tools is possible.
Why do I see my courses from 2017-18 in Canvas?
These have been created in order to give you the opportunity to prepare your course content for 2018-19 when the 2018-Canvas course is not yet available. Later on, you can import this content in the 2018-course.
The courses for academic year 2018-19 quartile 1 and 2 will be created automatically (as from June 13) when the course information for 2018-19 is ready in OSIRIS.
Why do I not see my course from 2018-19 in Canvas?
Only courses from quartile 1 and 2, and courses that run the entire year have currently been created in Canvas. If you have a course in these quartiles, first check under menu item Courses (click the link All courses) in Canvas if the course is listed there. If the course is not listed under Courses as well, the course has not yet status 'Definitive' in OSIRIS. As soon as the course has status 'Definitive', it will automatically be created in Canvas. Please consult your OSIRIS key user if you want to know more about the progress of your course details in OSIRIS.
Can I make files I upload to Canvas not accessible for students?
Even when the Files menu is not active for students and a file is not presented under a Module or on a page, a file can still be downloaded in an ePub if the file is not unpublished. If you want some of your files to be inaccessible for students , you must unpublish these files. You can unpublish files by file or by folder in the Canvas course Files. There are several options to publish/unpublish files in Canvas.
Can I use plagiarism detection in Canvas?
Yes. Urkund plagiarism detection is integrated into Canvas and the UT Ephorus database has been imported into the UT Urkund database. For instruction how to apply plagiarism detection, see the manual on the Instructor help page.
Can the UT Schedule (MyTimetable) be imported in the Canvas Calendar?
No, it can’t be imported in the Calendar. Everyone can see the next five events from their personal schedule under ‘Account’ in Canvas: go to Account, click Profile, click MyTimetable.
Is there an easy way to make an export of all users in my course ?
Yes. You will find the function 'Export Users' in the course menu of all courses. When you click on Export Users you will see a list of all Course Students. This list can be downloaded as a .csv file.
Is there an overview of the permissions of the different Canvas course roles?
Yes, you can find it in the 'Getting to know Canvas' course, under 'Add other people to your course'.
What will happen with Blackboard?
In academic year 2018-2019 Blackboard will no longer be used. From 1 October 2018 a Blackboard archive will be available for all current Blackboard users (for more information about the archive, see question below).
Can I still access Blackboard after 1 September 2018?
Untill September 2018: Adding files or make changes in Blackboard is possible
From October 2018: Blackboard archive
- Read-only, downloading of your Blackboard content still possible
- 2 years available for lecturers and students
From Academic year 2020/2021: Blackboard access on request (for accreditation etc.)
Can I use Canvas on my mobile device?
Yes, you can. But as a teacher, we recommend you to use the full functionality of Canvas through a web browser on your regular computer. The Canvas app is called 'Canvas Teacher'. The app is available for Android and iOS.