Canvas and Blackboard: Important Updates
Hello, MiraCosta faculty – happy summer!
As you are hopefully well aware, MiraCosta is transitioning to Canvas. Blackboard and Moodle remain available through next spring, but by summer 2018 we will be fully onto Canvas. This spring, over 20% of our classes used Canvas and I have heard so much positive feedback from faculty and students. Read on for important information about both Canvas and Blackboard.
If you are planning on working in Canvas this summer, be sure to bookmark MiraCosta’s primary Canvas support page:
The page includes information about upcoming Canvas classes and recordings of past classes, screencasts of MiraCosta faculty touring you through their classes, and much more. Full-time faculty can still sign up for the upcoming 4-week online summer Canvas training.
In addition, the following new TIC pages may be of interest:
- Canvas End of Semester/Term (especially for those who used Canvas this spring)
- Canvas Start of the Semester Instructor Checklist (great links and checklists to refer to as you build a class in Canvas)
- Copying into Canvas from Blackboard or Canvas (tips on building content in Canvas using content from past courses)
All summer and fall MiraCosta classes are available to faculty in Canvas, so even if you’re not quite ready to teach with it, you can begin exploring it any time.
We are considering how long faculty would like to keep past classes in Canvas in their Dashboard vs. having the classes moved to the Past Courses area of Canvas. If you would like to learn more about this and weigh in, please take this quick survey.
All summer/fall classes continue to be available in Blackboard as well.
A major required update to our Blackboard system is occurring this Monday, June 5, and the Blackboard system will be unavailable throughout the day.
The system’s appearance and functions should remain largely consistent with your previous experience, but if you wish to learn more about the changes that are included in this update, please visit Blackboard’s release notes site and check out the notes for the Q4 2015, Q2 2016, Q4 2016, and Q2 2017 releases.
Jim Julius, Ed.D.
Faculty Director, Online Education