Canvas: IU's New Learning Management System

Canvas and Oncourse Fall 2014 Course Availability

Fall 2014 courses are now available for faculty (instructor of record) access in both Canvas and Oncourse.  Students will have access to fall course sites in Oncourse beginning Thursday, July 24. For courses being taught in Canvas, students will have access as soon as the instructor publishes the course

While Oncourse will continue to be available through summer 2016, you can start teaching with Canvas now.  To access Canvas: 

  • Point your Web browser to this link: http://canvas.iu.edu  Click the Login button, and enter your IU username and passphrase to access the Canvas system.
  • Once you’re logged in to Canvas, under the “Courses & Groups” menu, you should see your fall, 2014 course(s). 

Will my students see my Canvas or Oncourse course site?

While all fall 2014 IU courses are available in both Canvas and Oncourse, students will not be able to access course sites in Canvas until they are published.  If you are not interested in teaching with Canvas this fall, there is no special action you need to take to prevent your students from accessing your Canvas course – they will only be able to access their Oncourse course sites.

What is the Canvas Redirector Tool?

When you login to your fall 2014 Oncourse course site, you will see a button, “Start teaching this course in Canvas” (note this button is only visible to users in the instructor or assistant role).  If you’re planning to teach with Canvas, click this button which will hide most tools in your Oncourse site.  All course members then – upon logging in to the Oncourse site – will be automatically redirected to the corresponding Canvas site.  Note that should you later change your mind and wish to teach with Oncourse, a corresponding button, “Stop teaching this course in Canvas” will be visible (but again only to instructors and assistants), which will disable the automatic redirection to Canvas.

Opportunities to Learn Canvas

The Center for Teaching and Learning is ready to help IUPUI faculty learn Canvas. To learn more about Canvas at IU, visit Next.IU.edu. There are ample Canvas resources currently available to faculty and more will be offered, soon.  See the list below for current offerings. Canvas consultations can be scheduled by contacting the Center for Teaching and Learning at 317-274-1300 or by emailing thectl@iupui.edu.

Canvas Training Resources:

Canvas Workshops

Getting Started with Canvas

Thursday, July 3, 2014 | University Library 1130 | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Register» | Organizer and Presenter: Lauren Easterling

Friday, July 18, 2014 | University Library 1130 | 1 - 3 p.m.
Register» | Organizer and Presenter: Tom Janke

Friday, August 1, 2014 | University Library 1130 | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Register» | Organizer and Presenter: Mark Alexander

Friday, August 8, 2014 | University Library 1130 | 1 - 3 p.m.
Register» | Organizer and Presenter: Tom Janke

Friday, August 22, 2014 | University Library 1130 | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Register» | Organizer and Presenter: Amy Powell

In this introductory session participants will have the opportunity to take a first-hand look at the Canvas learning management system. During this hands-on workshop participants will explore and learn about the following tools:

  • Navigation: Global vs. Course
  • Settings: Creating a profile and understanding notifications
  • Conversations: Canvas messaging system
  • Files: Canvas resource center
  • Syllabus
  • Announcements
  • Calendar

Seating is limited.

Learning Environments Grant

Learning Environments Grant RFP Available

Proposals Due Friday, October 17, 2014
Due dates and details can be found here

Through the awarding of small grants, the Learning Environments Grant (LEG) supports the creation of innovative, engaging formal and informal learning environments that meet the needs of both faculty and students.  Spaces at IUPUI and IUPUC are eligible for this grant.

Partner Opportunities

SoTL Travel Grants

The Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET) and the Mack Center for Inquiry on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning are pleased to announce a partnership that will offer travel grants to faculty presenting SoTL work at a conference. 

Applications for funding of faculty travel to conferences, as presenters, will be evaluated and awards made twice a year. Grants are for allowable costs as delineated by IU Travel Management up to $750. Faculty are encouraged to combine this funding with other sources.

The fall application deadline is July 1st for travel that will be completed by the following January. The spring application deadline is December 1st for travel that will be completed before the start of the next academic school year.

Please visit the website for more information on the application process https://facet.indiana.edu/events-programs/travel-grants.shtml

Captivate 6: The Basics

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Online - Adobe Connect | 5:30 - 9 p.m.
Register» | Organizer and Presenter: Denise Brown, IT Training

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 | IT 121 | 1:30 - 5 p.m.
Register» | Organizer and Presenter: Denise Brown and Donna Jones, IT Training

In this workshop, you will learn how to use one of the most popular rapid development elearning tools that is currently available. You will create a basic screencast, complete with audio, video, transitions, and animated effects. Before leaving, you will learn how to publish your project so that it can be posted online.

Captivate 6: Quizzes

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 | Online - Adobe Connect | 1:30 - 5 p.m.
Register» | Organizer and Presenter: Denise Brown and Ted Jones, IT Training

Thursday, August 14, 2014 | IT 121 | 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Register» | Organizer and Presenter: Denise Brown and Donna Jones, IT Training

Captivate is a tool from Adobe that can be used to create many different types of eLearning content: slide shows, software demonstrations, simulations, and other interactive media projects. While Captivate is a good tool for presenting material to learners, it becomes even more powerful when we add an assessment to our eLearning project. This hands-on workshop teaches you everything you need to know in order to add a quiz to your next Captivate 6 project.

Recommended Reading

HarvardX and MITx: The First Year of Open Online Courses, Fall 2012-Summer 2013

Abstract:
HarvardX and MITx are collaborative institutional efforts between Harvard University and MIT to enhance campus-based education, advance educational research, and increase access to online learning opportunities worldwide. Over the year from the fall of 2012 to the summer of 2013, HarvardX and MITx launched 17 courses on edX, a jointly founded platform for delivering massive open online courses (MOOCs). In that year, 43,196 registrants earned certificates of completion. Another 35,937 registrants explored half or more of course content without certification. An additional 469,702 registrants viewed less than half of the content. And 292,852 registrants never engaged with the online content. In total, there were 841,687 registrations from 597,692 unique users across the first year of HarvardX and MITx courses. This report is a joint effort by institutional units at Harvard and MIT to describe the registrant and course data provided by edX in the context of the diverse efforts and intentions of HarvardX and MITx instructor teams.

Ho, Andrew Dean and Reich, Justin and Nesterko, Sergiy O and Seaton, Daniel Thomas and Mullaney, Tommy and Waldo, Jim and Chuang, Isaac, HarvardX and MITx: The First Year of Open Online Courses, Fall 2012-Summer 2013 (January 21, 2014). Ho, A. D., Reich, J., Nesterko, S., Seaton, D. T., Mullaney, T., Waldo, J., & Chuang, I. (2014). HarvardX and MITx: The first year of open online courses (HarvardX and MITx Working Paper No. 1).. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2381263 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2381263

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