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The University is Adopting Canvas; CEHD Can Do It!

The University of Minnesota started to migrate Moodle courses to Canvas in the Fall of 2017. Eventually, all courses will need to be in Canvas, but if you are not quite ready to transition in Spring 2018 you can continue to teach in Moodle.  If you already are familiar with Canvas and want to get started building your courses be sure to see the Getting Started with Canvas section for all the tips and tricks you need.

Why Canvas?

The decision to move from Moodle to Canvas was heavily influenced by faculty and staff at the University of Minnesota including our CEHD community. The move comes after positive and encouraging results during an in-depth, two-year pilot and evaluation. The pilot included 55 instructors and 87 courses from CEHD.  Data from the pilot showed both students and faculty had a preference for Canvas over Moodle. Canvas was chosen due to its:

  • Ease of use: managing courses and course resources will be easier for both instructors and students.
  • Mobile friendliness: A mobile app for instructors and students makes work on the go quick and easy and even without the application, the mobile web browser works great.
  • Integration: Canvas seamlessly integration with tools used in our courses such as Google Apps, Fliprgrid and Turnitin just to name a few!

What Can I Do With Canvas?

Canvas courses have nearly all the functionalities you are used to, assignments, quizzes, discussion forums and so much more!  


What Do Courses Look Like in Canvas?

After supporting CEHD faculty in the pilot, DEI’s team of instructional designers built a few Canvas course examples to share, go ahead and click around to check out some of features.

What Should You Do Now?

Option 1:    Nothing. For Spring 2018 you can continue to work in Moodle if you like.  If you do, DEI has created a template that, with a bit of adjustment, will allow your future transition to go even more smoothly.

Option 2:   Get ahead! Participate in your department transitions. Each department chair has communicated with faculty about their specific plan. Often these plans involve workshops, lunch and learn sessions and office hours with DEI staff. To get the most out of Canvas, be sure to join us at these sessions!

Option 3:  Get Started With Canvas Today!  

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