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About Canvas 

WHY DID WE CHOOSE TO MIGRATE TO CANVAS?

There were a number of factors:

  • Through the Online Education Initiative (OEI), the State offered a significant grant to the California Community Colleges (CCCs) to significantly improve students' ability to complete their educational goals by increasing both access to and success in high-quality online courses. One way the OEI is improving access is by offering a high-quality course management system (CMS), through the AY 2020 at no cost to CCC.   This includes use by all faculty and students, training, support, and help with migration.
  • The State is also gearing up to create an “exchange” platform where a student at any CCC can sign up for an online course at any other CCC, and get credit at their home school. If SBCCD ever decides to take part in this exchange, we must offer to teach those courses in Canvas.
  • Both Colleges reviewed through appropriate committees and the Academic Senates our current CMS (Blackboard) and Canvas during the AY2015-2016.  Both Academic Senates voted to support a migration to the State support CMS, Canvas.

Canvas Upgrade Timeline

 Anticipated Canvas Timeline (*NOTE: timeline could change depending on migration and pilot process and feedback.)

Fall 2016

  • Adopted Canvas
  • Began Canvas technical migration/integration
  • Faculty Identified for first pilot
  • Develop training strategy for faculty

Spring 2017 UPDATED

  • Canvas faculty course development and technical training begins
  • First pilot (<=5 sections per college and identified by the respective SBVC Online Program Committee and CHC Educational Technology Committee)
  • Development Shells become available in the SBCCD Canvas instance (anticipation is mid/late April)
  • Test Canvas support for students and faculty
  • Gather feedback and refine process and resources
  • Continue Canvas/SIS technical integration

Summer 2017 UPDATED

  • Canvas faculty course development and technical training continues
  • Second pilot (<=10 faculty per college and identified by the respective online learning committee and educational technology committee).  Pilot faculty will teach all their summer sections in Canvas. Please contact your college's Distance Education Coordinator is you would like to be considered in the summer pilot. SBVC DE Coordinator - Joe Notarangelo  CHC DE Coordinator - Denise Allen
  • July 6, 2017 Fall 2017 course shells are available in the SBCCD Canvas InstanceCreate network of online support services for faculty and students
  • Gather feedback and refine process and resources

Fall 2017 UPDATED


  • District wide Go-Live for Canvas.  All course sections will be taught in Canvas.
  • September 1, 2019. Blackboard is no longer available for conducting classes.  Blackboard becomes read-only and only accessible to faculty through 12/31/2017 (NOTE: faculty read-only access is not finalized.  We are currently working with the vendor on the details of the access and cost).
  • September 1, 2019.  Helpdesk provided through Blackboard ends.  SBCCD internal Help desk system starts.
  • Canvas Training and Development opportunities continue

CANVAS UPGRADE FAQS

Q. WHEN WILL CANVAS BE AVAILABLE TO VALLEY AND CRAFTON INSTRUCTORS?

A. Canvas will be available for instructors to access after the technical migration is completed.  We anticipate that the technical migration will be completed by the END of the Spring 2017 semester.   Once it is available, faculty will be able to use Canvas to DEVELOP their future courses.  You will NOT be able to TEACH in Canvas until we have piloted the system and made any necessary adjustments.  We anticipate the the first semester when we will GO-LIVE and you will TEACH in Canvas to be FALL 2017Once we GO-LIVE, access to Blackboard for teaching will be unavailable.

Q. WHAT IF I WANT TO START WORKING IN CANVAS NOW?

A. Great! You can access the Open Canvas Portal; sign up for a free account, and then start reviewing, experimenting, or even developing your courses.   Once the SBCCD instance of canvas is available you can then export from the Open Canvas Portal and Import into our system.  Don't worry, by the time you are ready to import we will have training and resources to help you during the process. In the meantime, you can check out the Canvas Getting Started Online Guide to learn how to use some of the features and tools.

*NOTE: when you sign up for your Canvas Account, Choose the BUILD IT option to get unlimited access to the open Canvas portal forever.* 

Q. WHAT KIND OF TRAINING WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR CANVAS?

A. The Distance Education department and your colleges Professional Development departments will be offering up a variety of training options for faculty starting Spring 2017 . These options include face-to-face workshops, webinars, and self-paced video training opportunities. We will be communicating the training on this page and through email...So Stay Tuned!!!

In the meantime, check out these other great resources for learning Canvas:

Check out the information and videos in the Canvas Help Center

Enroll in an open, online course conducted in Canvas

Complete @One’s new free, online, self-paced Canvas course

Q. NOW THAT WE’RE MIGRATING TO CANVAS, WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO BLACKBOARD?

A. Once we have piloted the system and decided we are ready to GO-Live, Blackboard will be unavailable to faculty and students.   It is anticipated that the GO-LIVE for Canvas will be FALL 2017. Before then, the Distance Education Department will offer faculty a variety of resources (self paced tutorials, resource guides and tips,  group training, and individual consultation) to help with the process of moving your instructional resources from Blackboard into Canvas.

STUDENT AND FACULTY RESOURCES

  • We have placed an open (public) course in Canvas “STUDENT CANVAS RESOURCES”.  This means anybody can access and view the course without logging into the Canvas system.  The course has video and website resources STUDENTS can access to get familiar with Canvas.   The direct link is https://sbccd.instructure.com/courses/6 BOOKMARK IT!
  • This is a good resource to include in your welcome communications to your students
  • A good resource to link to within your course.
  • We have placed an open (public) course in Canvas “FACULTY RESOURCES”.  This means anybody can access and view the course without logging into the Canvas system.  The course has video and website resources FACULTY can access to get familiar with Canvas.   The direct link is https://sbccd.instructure.com/courses/20 BOOKMARK IT!
  •  We have placed an open (public) course in Canvas “SELF-PACED INTRO TO CANVAS”.  This means anybody can access and view the course without logging into the Canvas system.  The course contains the same content provided by @One for FACULTY.   The direct link is https://sbccd.instructure.com/courses/32   BOOKMARK IT!  

You may also consider subscribing to the DE Notification group to get the latest information on the migration and other DE “happenings” sent directly to your email.

How to Join a Group Invite from REGROUP
  1. Go to Regroup website:  https://sbccd.regroup.com/
  2. Register by completing your password request. 
    • CLICK on “Forgot your Password” 
    • TYPE in your district email then CLICK “Reset Password” 
    • CHECK your email for a link to create/reset your password.  CLICK the reset link.
    • CREATE and VERIFY your password. 
  3. LOG into the Regroup Area with your new credentials : https://sbccd.regroup.com/

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