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Canvas Update: SpeedGrader Comment Library

Content Overview Strategies for Using the Canvas SpeedGrader Comment Bank Screencast Video How to Use Comparable Features in Other Tools Getting Help Overview Canvas is adding an often-requested feature with its June 2021 feature update, going live on June 19. The new feature is called SpeedGrader Comment Library. It allows you to save comments to a…

Canvas Update: Student Annotation Submissions

Content Introduction Screencast Video Overview/How to Use Limitations Student Directions Assignment Ideas New Assignment Type: Student Annotation Submissions Canvas is getting a significant new feature with the May 2021 Feature Update ("Canvas Release"), going live on May 15. The new feature, called Student Annotation Submissions, is an entirely new online submission type for assignments. This…

Importing Your Grades from Canvas to PeopleSoft

At the end of each semester, instructors are required to submit their final grades into PeopleSoft. You are now able to import your final grades from Canvas into PeopleSoft. Please view our instruction document below to follow the steps to import your grades. Find out more about grades at the Registrar's website. Before You Start…

Fall 2020 Courses and Fall 2019 Imported Blackboard Content Now Available in Canvas

Summer 2020 Courses Fall 2020 (2211) term courses are now available in Canvas. As was the case with CourseWeb (Blackboard) these courses are generated based on course listings in PeopleSoft, the University’s official system of record. This includes enrollments for faculty, teaching assistants, and students. Canvas enrollments are updated daily to reflect any changes made…

Temporary LMS Extension Available

As previously announced, effective for the summer 2020 term, the University’s learning management system will transition to Canvas from CourseWeb (Blackboard Learn). As students have made it clear that they prefer a single LMS for all courses, instructors are encouraged to make every effort to transition their courses to Canvas. However, should current circumstances require…

Summer 2020 Courses and Some Imported Blackboard Content Now Available in Canvas

Summer 2020 Courses Summer 2020 (2207) term courses are now available in Canvas. As was the case with CourseWeb (Blackboard) these courses are generated based on course listings in PeopleSoft, the University’s official system of record. This includes enrollments for faculty, teaching assistants, and students. Canvas enrollments are updated daily to reflect any changes made…

Canvas Training Resources

With the entire university fully transitioning to Canvas as our new learning management system in the Summer 2020 term, we know that it’s important for all faculty and staff users to have access to training resources. What’s available to faculty and staff just beginning to learn how to use Canvas? 24/7 On-demand support from Canvas:…

Canvas Demo Courses Now Available!

As of December 2, 2019 Canvas demo courses have now been created for all faculty and teaching assistants based on the available data. The demo courses can be accessed via the Pitt Canvas site. Faculty or teaching assistants that do not yet have a demo course but would like one can arrange it  by submitting…

Canvas Early Adopters Spring 2020 (2204 Term)

UPDATE: Applications for the Early Adopter Spring 2020 opportunity have closed. Thank you for your interest. Pitt will fully transition to Canvas by the summer 2020 (2207) term. However, there is an opportunity for a limited number of faculty to teach a course with Canvas in the spring 2020 (2204) term. Because space is limited,…

A Quick Look Behind the Scenes

While the full university won't switch to Canvas until Summer 2020, the Teaching Center and Pitt Information Technology have been hard at work setting up the system so that it is ready for faculty and students participating in the Early Adopter Fall 2019 cohort and beyond. The university has been on Blackboard as our enterprise…

Canvas Early Adopters Fall 2019 (2201 Term)

UPDATE: Applications for the Early Adopter Fall 2019 opportunity have closed. There will be another similar opportunity for Spring 2020, and information will be posted as a new update to this page when it is available. Thank you for your interest. While the full university will be transitioning to Canvas for the summer 2020 (2207)…

Welcome!

Welcome to the News & Updates section of the Teaching Center's Canvas web content. As we adopt Canvas as the University's Learning Management System (LMS), we will be sharing regular updates about the transition away from Blackboard (CourseWeb) here. We'll also be sharing the same content via our Teaching Center weekly newsletter, so please sign…

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