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Blackboard to Canvas Migration

Palm Beach State College will make a complete transition to Canvas as our Learning Management System (LMS) to deliver all online courses. This transition will begin in the Fall 2020 term. The last term that courses will be taught in Blackboard will be during the Summer 2021 term. All courses will be taught in Canvas for the Fall 2021 term.

 

The Decision to Migrate

PBSC’s LMS evaluation process began in Summer 2018 and included a series of onsite demonstrations by Blackboard and Canvas representatives. On November 30, 2018, the eLearning & Instructional Technology Faculty Advisory Committee voted to recommend changing our LMS from Blackboard to Canvas institution-wide. The President’s Cabinet approved that recommendation and the contract was ratified by the Board of Trustees in June 2020. The migration to Canvas will further align our educational technology systems with those that are used by Florida's State University System.

Our Canvas transition will be accomplished incrementally, driven by a team made up of faculty and staff stakeholders, and directed by the Vice President of eLearning and Instructional Design Technology. This team will work closely with Instructure's Canvas Onboarding Team to ensure project goals are met. This page will serve as the primary method for communication about the transition and offers faculty, staff, and students an opportunity to learn more about the process.

 

 

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    10/16/2020 - A video recording of the webinar How to Get Started with Conversion of Courses is now available on-demand. This introductory-level webinar for PBSC faculty demonstrates how to make a typical course transferred from Blackboard ready for delivery in Canvas. If you wish to participate in this webinar live, dates are still available through November 2020. Please check the Training tab on this webpage to see the PBSC training calendar.
     
    10/7/2020 - PBSC's webinar series kicks off this week. The eLearning team is presenting a special live webinar for faculty on How to Get Started with Conversion of Courses. This introductory-level training session is offered via Zoom at various dates and times though Fall semester. Discipline-specific webinars hosted by PBSC Faculty Canvas Expert Volunteers will be announced later in October, and will be scheduled for October 26th through November 5th. Please check the Training tab on this webpage to see the PBSC training calendar.  
     
    10/1/2020 - PBSC faculty can access Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) beginning October 1, 2020, to begin practicing and working on courses. If you are new to Canvas, don’t worry. A wealth of resources will be available to assist you through the transition. Please read the Are You New to Canvas? guide for a list of easy steps to help you get started quickly. In that guide you will find important information about how to access Canvas training and support.
     
    9/11/2020 - The second Virtual Town Hall Meeting to update faculty on the Canvas migration was held on Friday, September 4, 2020. The full recording can be viewed below. 
     
     
    9/2/2020 - A cohort of 43 PBSC faculty and staff members received two days of train-the-trainer instruction from Instructure’s Canvas Training Team. 
     
    8/18/2020 - The “Migration from Blackboard to Canvas” Virtual Town Hall Meeting for Faculty was held on Friday, August 14, 2020. The full recording can be viewed below.


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    (Updated 9/30/2020)

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    CanvasCon was FREE global conference hosted live on October 15, 2020 for educators, edtech enthusiasts, and Canvas users of all levels. It was an event for the e-books, full of inspirational keynotes, real professional development, and insightful breakout sessions—all of which are available on demand!

    To access the CanvasCon 2020 sessions visit: https://www.instructure.com/canvas/events/canvascon

     

     

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    Canvas training is available! Please read the Are You New to Canvas? guide for a list of easy steps to help you get started quickly. In that guide you will find important information about how to access Canvas training and support.

    In addition to the training offered by Instructure (the developer and publisher of Canvas LMS), PBSC Faculty Canvas Expert Volunteers and the eLearning Staff will also provide a series of webinars to make your journey even more all-inclusive. A video recording of the eLearning webinar How to Get Started with Conversion of Courses is now available on-demand. This introductory-level webinar for PBSC faculty demonstrates how to make a typical course transferred from Blackboard ready for delivery in Canvas. If you wish to participate in this webinar live, dates are still available through November 2020! Upcoming webinars offered by PBSC are listed in the calendar below. For details on how you can participate, click on the links within the calendar.  

     

     

     

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    Canvas is now open to PBSC faculty. You can login to Canvas by visiting https://www.palmbeachstate.edu/canvas then entering your PBSC login credentials. Chrome or Firefox browser is strongly recommended. You also may want to bookmark the login page.

     

    When you log into Canvas you will enter your Dashboard page. There you will see some of your courses that were transferred from Blackboard to Canvas. Please note that the Dashboard page is limited in the number of displayed courses -- You will find the rest of your courses by clicking on the Courses icon in the green navigation bar, then clicking on All Courses at the bottom of the expanded menu. Your courses from Spring 2020, Summer 2020, and Fall 2020 have already been transferred from Blackboard. Our team will migrate Development sites, Organizations and Templates soon. We expect to have all course material that’s currently in Blackboard moved into Canvas by mid-October 2020.

     

    Please keep in mind that PBSC instruction in Canvas will commence in Fall 2021. Your Fall 2021 courses will need to be ready and published before the first day of classes.

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    Why is PBSC moving its courses to Canvas and who made this decision?

    Our LMS evaluation process began in Summer 2018 and included a series of onsite demonstrations by Blackboard and Canvas representatives. On November 30, 2018, the eLearning & Instructional Technology Faculty Advisory Committee voted to recommend changing our LMS from Blackboard to Canvas institution-wide. The President’s Cabinet approved that recommendation and the contract was ratified by the Board of Trustees in June 2020. The migration to Canvas will further align our educational technology systems with those that are used by Florida's State University System.

     

    Who is in charge of the Canvas migration?

    PBSC’s Canvas transition will be accomplished incrementally, driven by a team made up of faculty and staff stakeholders, and directed by the Vice President of eLearning and Instructional Design Technology. This team works closely with Instructure's Canvas Onboarding Team to ensure project goals are met.

     

    When can faculty access courses and begin working on them in Canvas?

    PBSC faculty can access Canvas beginning October 1, 2020. The bulk-migration of nearly 15,000 courses will be finalized by mid-October 2020.

     

    Will Blackboard still be available after my courses have been migrated to Canvas?

    All PBSC online, hybrid, and web-component courses will be delivered using Blackboard through the end of the Summer 2021 term. Canvas will ‘go live’ as our LMS to deliver courses for the Fall 2021 term. Blackboard will be retired when Canvas goes live.

     

    If I make changes to my course in Blackboard after the bulk migration but before Canvas goes live, will those changes automatically be reflected in Canvas?

    No. The bulk migration of courses from Blackboard to Canvas is a one-time event. After the bulk migration, be sure to make any necessary updates to your courses in Canvas.

     

    Will Blackboard Organizations and Development Sites be transferred into Canvas?

    Yes, those will be transferred to Canvas as part of the bulk migration. We expect that process to be completed by mid-October 2020.


    Will Canvas training be available for faculty?

    Yes. Training and instruction will be available through several different channels.

    We strongly recommend reading the Are You New to Canvas? guide for a list of easy steps to help you get started quickly. In that guide you will find important information about how to access Canvas training and support.

    1. Faculty can access the Training Service Portal inside Canvas to view on-demand instructional videos and step-by-step tutorials. Live synchronous webinars are also offered by Instructure’s Canvas training team. To access these resources, login to Canvas, click the Help icon on the left side of your screen, then select Training Services Portal.

    2. All PBSC faculty, staff, and students will have access to Canvas Tier 1 Support 24/7/365. Canvas Tier 1 support can be accessed by email, phone, or via live chat.

    3. Webinars covering select Canvas topics and best practices will also be offered by PBSC’s eLearning staff and a team of Faculty Canvas Expert Volunteers prior to the Canvas launch. The PBSC webinars will be announced on the Blackboard to Canvas Migration webpage under the Training tab.

     

    Will Canvas training be available for students?

    Yes. We are still developing a student training plan, but an eLearning Orientation course will be available and students will also have access to Canvas Tier 1 Support 24/7/365.

     

    Will the third-party tools I use in Blackboard be integrated into Canvas?

    Yes. Most of the third-party tools the College licenses that are currently available in Blackboard will be similarly integrated into Canvas and available for use immediately when faculty access their courses.

     

    Will live videoconferencing be available in Canvas for synchronous lectures and virtual office hours?

    Yes. The College is currently licensing Zoom and it is integrated into Canvas. Should the College identify and obtain a different videoconferencing platform, that will also be integrated with Canvas.

     

    Is Canvas mobile-friendly?

    Yes. For more information please visit Canvas Mobile Guides

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