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Bb-to-Canvas update

CELT shared the information below highlighting the additional Study Hall dates in April and May 2015 to ensure faculty have support they might need saving Blackboard materials. Faculty were encouraged to contact CELT for assistance if the Study Hall dates did not fit with their schedule.

Good morning all,

Please note that we have added 5 more Study Hall dates so you can get assistance with Canvas and guidance on saving Blackboard materials including course gradebooks. If you would like assistance but cannot make the dates below let me know and we can arrange another time.

The dates and times for Study Hall are:

 

  • April 7 Tuesday 10-noon
  • April 15 Wednesday 11-1pm
  • April 23 Thursday 2:30-4:30pm
  • April 29th Wednesday 2-4pm
  • May 5th Tuesday 2:30-4:30pm
  • May 14th Thursday 12-2pm
  • May 19th Tuesday 12-2pm
  • May 20th Wednesday 10-12pm

 

Below are important steps you should take regarding Blackboard which needs to be done before May 31st, 2015.

 

Blackboard – Exporting your grade center 

It’s good practice to back-up all Blackboard gradebooks in case a student decides to dispute a grade. It is recommended that you keep this information for at least one year. This is more important than ever as no previous student data will be migrated into Canvas. After May 31st 2015 you will no longer have access to this information unless you save it.

https://keene.instructure.com/courses/225656/pages/bb-exporting-your-grade-center?module_item_id=6686667

 

Blackboard – Downloading student assignments

If you have a need to review student assignments after Blackboard is longer available (May, 2015) then the only way you will be able to do this is to save them outside of Bb. You can choose to download all or only selected submissions as a single .zip file. Each submission is saved as a separate file within the .zip file.

https://keene.instructure.com/courses/225656/pages/bb-downloading-student-assignments?module_item_id=6686673

Blackboard – Saving course materials

Faculty who have content on Blackboard will have to download and save it before the end of May 2015. There are several ways in which to do this but here are the steps we recommend: https://keene.instructure.com/courses/225656/pages/weekly-canvas-tips?module_item_id=5916691   – see tip dated 2/09/2015

 

If you have any questions let me know.

 

 

 

Bb-to-Canvas update

CELT shared the information below in an email outlining the steps for exporting and saving Bb course grade centers and downloading and saving student assignment submissions. Also included were step-by-step directions and included a reminder to save Bb course materials before May 31st, 2015. The email reminder was sent on Monday, March 30th.

Good morning all,

Below are some important steps you should take regarding Blackboard. Please note that this must be done before May 31st, 2015.

Blackboard – Exporting your grade center 

It’s good practice to back-up all Blackboard gradebooks in case a student decides to dispute a grade. It is recommended that you keep this information for at least one year. This is more important than ever as no previous student data will be migrated into Canvas. After May 31st 2015 you will no longer have access to this information unless you save it.

https://keene.instructure.com/courses/225656/pages/bb-exporting-your-grade-center?module_item_id=6686667

Blackboard – Downloading student assignments

If you have a need to review student assignments after Blackboard is longer available (May, 2015) then the only way you will be able to do this is to save them outside of Bb. You can choose to download all or only selected submissions as a single .zip file. Each submission is saved as a separate file within the .zip file.

https://keene.instructure.com/courses/225656/pages/bb-downloading-student-assignments?module_item_id=6686673

Blackboard – Saving course materials

Faculty who have content on Blackboard will have to download and save it before the end of May 2015. There are several ways in which to do this but here are the steps we recommend: https://keene.instructure.com/courses/225656/pages/weekly-canvas-tips?module_item_id=5916691   – see tip dated 2/09/2015

 

Bb-to-Canvas update

CELT shared the information below in an email to all OS and PAT staff on Wednesday, March 18th. The email attachments included steps for saving material for users with a student role and an instructor role and recommended materials are saved in a secure location such as the “P” drive.

Good morning all,

As a reminder, the College is moving away from Blackboard as our learning management system to Canvas. We’ve been working on the transition since last summer and it will be completed by May 31st 2015. That means that Blackboard will not be accessible to users after May 31st. As you may have been a Blackboard user in one or more roles (student, instructor and/or committee member) please check to make certain any materials you want to save are downloaded to a secure location such as your “P” drive (aka “My Documents”).

Please use the information attached to this email to save your Blackboard materials.

Blackboard Login:
http://keene.blackboard.com/
Use your KSC NetID and password to login.

Bb-to-Canvas update

CELT re-shared information about saving Blackboard materials in an email to all faculty on Monday 3/16/2015 (originally shared on Tuesday 2/10/2015).

Good afternoon all,

I hope you are enjoying some well-earned rest this week.

This week might be a good time to make sure you have a copy of your Blackboard course materials saved in a secure location such as “My Documents”. Remember, you will not have access to Bb after May 31st, ’15 so now would be a good time to look at materials you want to save including grade centers.

Our recommendation for saving material is here: https://keene.instructure.com/courses/225656/pages/saving-your-blackboard-materials?module_item_id=6575424

CELT also re-shared information about saving Blackboard materials to students on a MyKSC Announcement on Monday 3/16/2015 (originally shared on Tuesday 1/20/2015).

If you have materials in Blackboard that you created and want to keep please log in and download your materials. As a reminder, the College is wrapping up its transition to Canvas and Blackboard will be inaccessible after May 31st, 2015.

Here is a very basic guide that will help you download your submitted assignments: http://goo.gl/IAx0Uv
Blackboard login: http://keene.blackboard.com/

Thank you,
Canvas Support Team

 

Bb-to-Canvas update

CELT shared the information below in an email to all faculty on Tuesday 2/10/2015. The steps below follow best practices and ensures faculty have the steps necessary to save course materials that might currently reside in Blackboard.

Tip: If Blackboard is no longer accessible after May 2015, what do I need to do to save my old Blackboard course materials?

Faculty who have content on Blackboard will have to download and save it before the end of May 2015. There are several ways in which to do this but here are the steps we recommend:

 

  • Use the “Export” tool in Blackboard (not the archive tool)
  • Blackboard will create a course .zip file. Save this to a secure location. We strongly recommend you use your Keene State “P” drive.
  • Save the .zip file TWO times (yes, 2 times). The first .zip file can be used to import back into Canvas.  Do not open or change this file.
    • The second .zip file can be opened and files can be modified and saved.
  • Save the grade center in all of your Bb courses for your records. The grade center is not a part of the Bb course “Export” and must be done individually.
  • If you want to show student work examples you can but you have to individually download assignment submissions.

 

Step-by-step handout:  https://keene.instructure.com/courses/225656/files/26176364?module_item_id=6278508

Bb-to-Canvas-Update

On Tuesday, 1/20/15 a high priority announcement on MyKSC was posted encouraging students to save any of their Blackboard materials they want to keep. The announcement duration is 2-weeks with plans to run a similar message in mid-March and again at the end-of-the-semester.

The message is as follows:

Welcome back students!

This is a reminder that the college is in the final stages of transitioning from Blackboard to Canvas. All classes will be in Canvas beginning this semester. If you have materials in Blackboard that you created and want to keep please log into Blackboard and download your materials. Students will have access to Blackboard until the end of the semester.

Here is a very basic guide that will help you download your submitted assignments: http://goo.gl/IAx0Uv

If you need any additional support, please contact the HelpDesk at 358-2532, email helpdesk@keene.edu or stop by our office on the 2nd floor of Elliot Hall.

Thank you,

Canvas Support Team

Bb-to-Canvas-Update

The CELT team has developed a schedule of Canvas workshops during the month of January including two days packed with topics such as “Settings and Notifications”, “Discussion Boards”, “Rubrics”, and four “Introduction to Canvas” sessions including one in the evening (Wednesday 1/7/15). If all you need are a few nagging questions answered then a Canvas Study Hall might be what you’re looking for. These are not formal intro sessions, nor are they one-on-one appointments, but are intended to provide faculty a place to develop Canvas courses with a Canvas “expert” present to help with questions that arise.

Consider signing up for a workshop or dropping in on our Study Hall on Thursday, January 15th between 11:00am-6:00pm (details can be found in the link below).

Full spring workshop and Study Hall schedule can be found here: goo.gl/p0FEMa

 

 

 

 

On Thursday, January 15th there is a first-come-first serve drop-in session dedicated to faculty who need an answer to a quick question.

Bb-to-Canvas-Update

CELT has created a Canvas Help Database populated with frequently asked questions from the Keene State community. While general how-to questions are found in the Canvas Guides, the Canvas Help Database is populated with answers to questions such as:

  • I’m on a Mac, why does my downloaded zip (from Blackboard Export) automatically decompress?
  • How are Course Total grades calculated/displayed when a course is only partially completed?

CELT will spend the winter break populating the site with more content so be sure and check back. If you have an FAQ to share please let us know (canvas@keene.edu)

Faculty and students can access the searchable site from the Canvas “Help” menu.

Bb-to-Canvas-Update

The migration from Blackboard to Canvas provides an opportunity for the College to review laws, policies and procedures related to the use of an LMS.

Upon further review of FERPA requirements and a 2002 Supreme Court ruling (Owasso Independent School Dist. No. I—011 v. Falvo), the Academic Affairs Council has determined that only faculty should have access to any and all entries in the gradebook. That is, student graders/TAs cannot be allowed to have direct access to the gradebook as they have no “right to know” the details of the information contained therein which is considered an “education record.” They are allowed to grade the assignments or homework assigned to them, but are not allowed to directly input grade information into the gradebook.

To ensure that the campus is following FERPA and other existing policies, including the Data Management Policy and the Computer and Network Use Policy, the ability for faculty to add students to their courses in Canvas in a role other than “student” has been eliminated. Faculty who are using student graders/TAs should contact CELT to have him/her added to the course in the appropriate role.

Below are links to the information within the Canvas guides about bulk downloading and uploading of assignment submissions and gradebook management.

http://guides.instructure.com/m/4152/l/55011-how-do-i-bulk-download-assignment-submissions-in-canvas

http://guides.instructure.com/m/4152/l/75096-how-do-i-bulk-upload-assignment-submissions-in-canvas

http://guides.instructure.com/m/4152/l/55012-how-do-i-download-scores-from-the-gradebook

http://guides.instructure.com/m/4152/l/55013-how-do-i-upload-changes-to-the-gradebook

Bb-to-Canvas-Update

Due to some changes in how Canvas handles roster management, CELT has developed a process by which faculty can remove students who dropped or withdrew from their course. Below is the email sent to faculty teaching on the Canvas platform in the fall of 2014 (9/2/2014).

Removing students from class rosters in Canvas

Due to changes in Canvas, CELT has developed a process for faculty to request removing students from their Canvas course rosters for Fall 2014. This includes removing students who have dropped and students who have withdrawn.

Please verify your roster(s) in WebAdvisor. Follow the link below and complete the form (your email, course information, list of students to remove). You will need to complete the form for each course you are teaching. After submitting the form, you will be provided the link to complete another.

Click on this link to manage a course roster:  http://goo.gl/GHqAxD

Please note that:

  1. Web Advisor contains the most up-to-date information about your course rosters.
  2. Removing a student from your Canvas course roster does NOT officially remove them from the course, only from Canvas. Students wishing to withdraw from a class need to follow official College procedures.