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Summer 2014 Edition

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Summer 2014 Edition

Canvas Awareness Campaign Kicks off in August

Canvas is Here campaign poster

“canvas is here!” You may have seen signs with this message while riding the intercampus shuttle, on digital displays in campus buildings, or on posters hanging in common gathering areas. So, what’s Canvas?

Canvas is the University’s new educational platform that will replace Blackboard. This month, NUIT launched the canvas is here! campaign to increase campus awareness of the resources available to support students, instructors, and staff as the University begins its year-long transition. Blackboard will be retired in August 2015.

Hundreds of instructors have already attended summer Canvas learning sessions as they gear up for fall classes. A primary goal of the campaign is to keep up the momentum as the University makes this important transition.

“The Canvas Transition team of trainers is getting lots of useful experience this summer with an unexpected surge of instructors who are anxious to get a head start on their classes for the fall quarter,” said Bob Taylor, senior director of NUIT Academic & Research Technologies. “We were anticipating many training requests from faculty from the Law School, which had previously committed to teaching ALL of its summer courses in Canvas. But we have also seen strong turnout in instructors this summer from Weinberg, Medill, and Kellogg."

School Transition Plans

University schools have already begun to formalize 2014-15 academic year plans to move their courses from Blackboard to Canvas. If you are wondering where your school fits in, visit the Canvas Transition website.

The transition site offers quick links to individual school transition timelines, answers to frequently asked questions, and user-specific information for students and instructors including an instructor toolkit containing key information for a successful transition to Canvas and samples of commonly used Canvas course designs.

Canvas Learning Opportunities

No matter how busy your schedule, NUIT has an opportunity for you to learn how to use Canvas in your course.

Since April, NUIT has hosted over 125 hands-on Canvas workshops reaching more than 400 campus participants. An overwhelming majority of those surveyed agreed that the sessions met their expectations; they found the instructors effective, and the content was just right for their skill level. Sign up today for one or more upcoming Canvas workshops.

Looking for an answer to a specific question? Feel free to drop in to the Northwestern University Library, B182 Computer Lab, to consult with a Northwestern Canvas team member. It’s open every Friday from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. now until September 19.

Graduate students, faculty, and staff who have complex questions or are not available during the Friday drop-in hours, can request a consultation and meet face-to-face with a Canvas expert in NUIT A&RT Faculty Support Services.

Visit the NUIT calendar to quickly find a list of Canvas sessions right for you.

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Discover more about Canvas in real-time to increase your Canvas I.Q. Follow @NU1HELP.

Act Now!

Fall is just around the corner. The Canvas Learning Center offers key information and tools that will make your transition to Canvas more successful. Check the blog often to read how instructors are using Canvas and to stay current with Canvas product updates. Be sure to visit the NUIT calendar to quickly find a Canvas session that’s convenient for you.

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