UW-Madison Canvas transition enters its final year (News Digest)

This news digest is part of a regular series of updates about UW-Madison’s transition to the Canvas learning management system (LMS).

Learn when your unit is moving to Canvas

A number of units transitioned to Canvas last spring, and the rest are planning to move this fall and spring 2018. See the transition timeline to learn when your unit is scheduled to transition. Please note that there is a separate timeline for non-credit courses. See below for more details.

Summer Canvas numbers

About 61% of all UW-Madison courses using a learning management system this past summer were in Canvas. This compares with having just started course migrations last summer.

Fall training opportunities

Whether you want to receive a Canvas overview, get started with developing a course, know more about managing grades or stop in for office hours, there are variety of options to learn more about Canvas. See the full listing of training events to learn more, and to register.

Also, a fully online, self-paced Canvas training course for instructors is available. To access the course, log into Canvas and click on “Canvas Training Course for Instructors.”

Non-credit courses begin moving to Canvas

Compliance Courses

Non-credit compliance courses that fit into the following categories can now request a Canvas course:

  • Employee/Staff onboarding and training courses
  • Large‐scale training and compliance courses for employees
  • Large‐scale compliance courses for students

Once the course request form has been submitted, a Canvas course shell will be created within two business days. Individuals will receive an email with basic instructions on how to migrate their course content.

Lifelong Learning Courses

Lifelong learning (enrichment or professional training) courses for external audiences will be able to begin moving to Canvas on September 18, 2017.

Non-credit community of practice
A “community of practice” group for non-credit courses will be convened and start meeting biweekly in September to provide opportunities to share experiences, answer questions, and explore solutions as the migration progresses. The group is open to all online institutional training and compliance course owners. DoIT Academic Technology representatives will be available to offer support and answer questions at the meetings.

If you need sub account administrator access to your courses, go to the Learn@UW Course Dashboard, and choose “Request Forms” from the drop-down menu in the “Help & Support” section, in the bottom left-hand corner.

For questions about the non-credit migration process, please contact Marta Studnicka at mstudnicka@wisc.edu. For technical inquires or consultation support, please contact learnuwsupport@doit.wisc.edu.

Kaltura IVQ assignments temporarily suspended

There have been issues with Kaltura interactive video quizzes (IVQs) properly displaying question feedback in Canvas. As a result, the Learn@UW Madison team has disabled the creation of new Kaltura IVQ assignments in Canvas until the issue is resolved. The team is investigating a possible solution, and has yet to determine when the tool will be re-enabled.

In general, the team recommends not using IVQs as there have been reports that students are unable to view the feedback even when the IVQ is loaded in Kaltura MediaSpace. This issue has been documented in the Kaltura Known Issues KnowledgeBase article, has been reported to Learn@UW Utility and a ticket has been submitted to Kaltura.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dan LaValley at dan.lavalley@wisc.edu.

Help make Canvas better at UW-Madison

Do you have an idea to help make Canvas better? If so, you can now submit your ideas through the UW-Madison Canvas Feature Request Form. Requests will be reviewed by an instructional technologist in your school, college or department and routed to the Canvas Feature Request Working Group and Learn@UW Madison team, where they will be grouped and organized so they can be communicated to Instructure and, if necessary, addressed at the UW-Madison-level.

Before submitting a request, users are encouraged to search for known solutions on their own by reviewing the Canvas Community discussion forum, Canvas Guides and the UW-Madison Canvas Community group.