Canvas Adoption Road Map & Transition from Moodle
As of July 1, 2016, Canvas is officially available for the Institute community. Middlebury has adopted the Canvas LMS to replace Moodle. Fall 2016 was the final academic term for provisioning Moodle sites via the Course Hub. Canvas resources are provisioned using the Course Hub. Course Hub is the Institute’s gateway to integrated digital resource management and support for students and faculty.
Moodle Archives Available Through Dec 2018
Provisioning Moodle course sites from Course Hub is no longer supported. Access to Moodle content from previous terms will be maintained in an archive format through Dec 2018. Faculty can access Moodle sites via their personal Course Hub dashboard. This two-year archive timeline has been established to maximize access, provide time, training, and assistance with the management and migration of content to alternative platforms.
Recommended Training Resources & Migration Process
Creating Canvas Resources & Requesting Content Rollovers From Moodle
- Create a Canvas site with Course Hub
This is a link to one of our Course Hub how-to guides.
- Copy course content from another Canvas site to a new Canvas course shell (only for those who have taught same course with Canvas.)
- Request assistance with content migration from Moodle to Canvas
Complete the form at the link above for each course you would like migration assistance with.
- Migrate course content from Moodle to Canvas on Your Own
Content migration from Moodle to Canvas is a multi-step process. This link takes you to a guide describing these steps: 1) Create a new empty Canvas site for the current term; 2) Create a back-up file of the content in Moodle and download to your computer; 3) Import the Moodle back-up file into the Canvas site you created in the first step.
- Request a Canvas site for non-teaching purposes (e.g. practice sandbox, working group, committee, or other administrative purpose). Your request will be fulfilled by the MIIS Help Desk. Expect 2-3 business days for requests to be completed.
Self-paced Canvas Learning Resources
Created by the Office for Digital Learning in partnership with the Digital Learning Commons at MIIS and the Academic Technology Group at Middlebury College.
- Faculty Introduction to Teaching with Canvas
Follow this link to login to Middlebury Canvas and access this self-guided resource with a focus on teaching in the Canvas environment. Working through this Canvas resource is highly recommended for all faculty transitioning from Moodle. It provides four modules to help orient new users and is a great example of instructional design possibilities. For those interested in Canvas as a critical, pedagogical tool, check out this blogpost for tips on a few affordances in Canvas.
- Student Orientation to Canvas
This self-guided Canvas course is designed to help Middlebury students get to know Canvas. While Instructure—the makers of Canvas LMS—provides guides for Canvas users (both instructors and learners), this course provides a step-by-step tour of the most common learning management features.
In Depth Canvas Support Documentation & Resources offered by Instructure
- Self-Paced Canvas Instructor Orientation Course
- Canvas Online Tour for Instructors
- Live Canvas Fundamentals Webinars (offered by Instructure)
- Canvas Faculty Getting Started Guide Searchable FAQ format for instructors – a great post training or just-in-time learning reference
- Canvas Student Guides
- Designing Homepages in Canvas
Consultations & Support for Institute Faculty
- Schedule an appointment for 1:1 (in person or virtually via Zoom web conferencing) instructional technology and design support with a member of the DLC team at http://go.miis.edu/dlcappointment.
Canvas @ MIIS Training Resources
The DLC has offered a series of workshops based on the self-guided Teaching with Canvas Modules. Miss a session? We encourage faculty new to Canvas to review the recordings of the 2 part series based on the four modules in the Teaching with Canvas course:
- This workshop covered Canvas fundamentals to get you started:
- Global settings and user interface
- Course details, settings and navigation
- Homepage optimization
- What to talk to your students about on the first day of class
- This workshop covered more advanced topics for administering and teaching with Canvas:
- Outcomes + Rubrics
- Speedgrader and feedback
- Weighted graded categories and grading schemes
Canvas Transition Process & Background
The resource is part of a series of updates the DLC Team has shared with the MIIS community on the status of the Canvas adoption. Please refer to our June 2016 blogpost for additional context and timeline considerations.