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FAQ for instructors

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.

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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.

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When will I get access to Canvas?

Technically every member of our university can access Canvas already. So, if you are curious, you can login already at canvas.utwente.nl with your ICT account. In the coming months we will provide every user with training opportunities and other important information, so that you are able to use the full potential of Canvas. From February 2018 you will be able to request a practice course in Canvas. Everyone should be properly prepared by June 2018. You can find more details in our timeline.

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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.

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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.

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Will there be plagiarism detection in Canvas?

Yes. Urkund plagiarism detection will be integrated into Canvas before the beginning of the academic year 2018/2019. The current Ephorus database will be imported into Urkund.

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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.

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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.  

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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).

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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 @UT.

- 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.)

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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.

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