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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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    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.


  • Canvas Timeline and Major Milestones Graphic

    (Updated 9/16/2020)

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    CanvasCon is a FREE global conference for educators, edtech experts, Canvas lovers, and Canvas lurkers. And for the health and safety of all attendees, it's virtual.

    The event will be hosted live on October 15th at 10 a.m. in Sydney, London, and Salt Lake City. (Visit our FAQ page for more info about timing in your region.)

    You'll get:

    A morning full of inspirational keynotes
    Dedicated time to chat with peers, partners, and product experts
    An interactive virtual partner hall
    The best of the best breakout sessions
    Plenty of virtual fun and friend-making

    For more information about CanvasCon Online visit: https://www.instructure.com/canvas/events/canvascon

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    Canvas training is coming in October 2020! Links to webinars offered by the Instructure Canvas Training Specialists will be provided after faculty have been given access to courses in Canvas. Webinars offered by the PBSC eLearning staff and faculty experts will be listed in the calendar below.   

     

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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?

    The bulk-migration of nearly 15,000 courses will be completed on or around October 1, 2020. After that process has been finalized, faculty who teach online will be given access to Canvas and may begin working on their courses inside Canvas.

     

    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.


    Will Canvas training be available for faculty?

    Yes. After faculty are given access to Canvas, training and instruction will be available through several different channels:

    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. We will post links to access Tier 1 Support after faculty are given access to Canvas.

    3. Webinars covering select Canvas topics and best practices may also be offered by PBSC’s eLearning staff and a team of faculty experts 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 can 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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