FAQs

Why is the College moving to Canvas?

What are the benefits of Canvas?

What other college’s/universities are switching to Canvas?


What does the transition to Canvas involve?

What is involved in the transition to Canvas?

How long is the transition?


When do I transition?

Do I have the option not to move?

When will faculty receive access to Canvas?

Will faculty receive development course shells in Canvas?

When will courses be available in Canvas?

Will I be able to migrate my Blackboard course to Canvas?

Where do students find their courses during the transition?

 

How do I learn Canvas?

What training will be available for Canvas?

What additional resources are available?

Will students receive training in the use of Canvas?

 

How do I get support?

Who do I contact for support?


How do I stay informed about the transition?

Where can I find updated information about the transition?



Why is the College moving to Canvas?

 

What are the benefits of Canvas?

After a successful pilot of Canvas during the last academic year, however, many instructors found that it offers a wide variety of new features and, in particular, that it has real potential to enhance student engagement. In particular, Canvas:


  • Aligns with SJC strategic goals for growth in online education, learning innovations and outreach

  • Provides SJC the opportunity to reimagine and advance online learning capabilities to meet new teaching and learning expectations

  • Features a great user interface, one that doesn’t “get in your way,” thereby allowing both faculty and students to do exciting new work in their course web sites

  • Boasts an intuitive design and layout, rendering it simple to use

  • Improves communication with and between learners via its video and audio tools

  • Offers a foundation for improved mobile experience for both students and faculty

  • Offers “hands-free” upgrades; that is, updates are pushed out regularly with virtually no downtime

Visit Canvas Features for more information on what Canvas has to offer.


What other college’s/universities are switching to Canvas?

Other adopters of Canvas include Murray State University, Penn State, University of Florida, University of Texas, University of California, Berkeley, Brown University, University of Pennsylvania, the College of New Jersey, Boston College, St. Francis College and Molloy College to name a few.

 


What does the transition to Canvas involve?


What is involved in the transition to Canvas?

Transitioning to Canvas is an opportunity for instructors to review, rethink, and redesign their courses using a next generation educational platform that supports pedagogical and technological innovation.

Everyone currently using Blackboard will need to move any content they wish to use in the future off of Blackboard by June 30, 2017.  Training and Instructional Design are available to assist instructors.  

 

How long is the transition?

The Canvas transition started last Fall of 2015 for fully online courses and will officially end on June 30, 2017, when the Blackboard Learning Management System will be retired. No new course sites will be provisioned in Blackboard for summer 2017.



When do I transition?


Do I have the option not to move?

The Blackboard Course Management System will be retired on June 30, 2017, with no active course sites available during the 2017 summer terms.  

You may continue to use Blackboard for the Fall 2016, Intersession 2017, or Spring 2017 semesters or switch to Canvas beginning with the Fall 2016 term.   Anyone who is currently using Blackboard will need to move to Canvas prior to Summer 2017.  After Spring 2017, active course sites will only be available in Canvas.


When will faculty receive access to Canvas?

All active faculty currently have access to Canvas.  Along with this access, faculty have a canvas sandbox course to explore and practice the functionalities of Canvas.  You may access Canvas by selecting the Canvas link located under SJC Applications from the MySJC Portal.


Will faculty receive development course shells in Canvas?

Faculty can request Canvas development courses for their land-based courses to proactively design and build curriculum for their courses.  A development course shell for each land-based course that is taught can be requested.   Requests can be made here: Land-Based Development Shell and Course Requests for Canvas.   


When will courses be available in Canvas?

All Summer 2017 and Fall 2017 courses are currently available within Canvas. For land-based courses, faculty were able to “opt-in” beginning with the Fall 2016 term to use Canvas during the transition period.    


Will I be able to migrate my Blackboard course to Canvas?

Yes, however, transitioning to Canvas is an opportunity for instructors to review, rethink, and redesign their courses using a next generation educational platform that supports pedagogical and technological innovation.  

If you wish to migrate your Blackboard courses to Canvas, see the instructions located here: Migrating a Blackboard Course to Canvas

 

Where do students find their courses during the transition?

During the transition period, instructors will need to let the students know which system to access.  Beginning with Summer 2017, all students will be using Canvas.

 


How do I learn Canvas?


What training will be available for Canvas?

The Technology Education Department will be offering training workshops for faculty throughout the transition period.  Workshops are being offered either face-to-face or remotely via GoToTraining.  There are individual sessions to select from as well as combined and 1/2 day sessions.  Please see the training timeline and the Canvas Workshop registration form located on the Canvas Training tab.

 

What additional resources are available?  

Canvas vs Blackboard features list with links to documentation and videos.

Canvas Instructor Guide is online documention located on the Canvas site.  

Canvas Video Guide for Instructors are videos located on the Canvas Community site.


Will students receive training in the use of Canvas?

Based on other college’s feedback after implementing Canvas, there is no need to offer training to students, as the Canvas user interface is much more intuitive than other systems. It’s important to understand that students will have 24/7/365 support from Canvas.

 


How do I get support?


Who do I contact for support?

A 24/7/365 Canvas Support service is available for students, and faculty needing help with Canvas. Contact Canvas Support by phone, email, or text chat. To contact Canvas support, click the “Help” button in the bottom left corner of the screen when logged into Canvas at https://canvas.sjcny.edu, or call (844) 725-7348.

 


How do I stay informed about the transition?

Where can I find updated information about the transition?

This website was created so you can review plans and check for updates which will include, but are not limited to:

  • Monthly project updates
  • Targeted announcements via website and email
  • Training and documentation notifications