Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The good news is that there IS still time for VCCS faculty to migrate course content to the new Canvas LMS. The deadline is May 17. Here’s a video to help.

The rollout of Canvas began in the fall semester of 2018. Under guidance from the VCCS’s eLearning and Educational Technology committee (eLET), instructional designers fanned out across the state to provide onsite training for Canvas.

And this spring and summer, VCCS full time and adjunct faculty will have opportunities to improve their Canvas skills from the comfort of their homes. The first of a series of evening webinars begins May 8 and runs through July.

For a schedule and details about the webinars, click here.

Past sessions also have been recorded and can be viewed at your convenience.

Anti-plagiarism software is an important tool in our arsenal to help students succeed. Learn to use Turnitin from the linked video.

For questions please reach out to your college’s instructional designer. List is here.

“We’re fortunate to have some of the best instructional designers in the country,” said Sheri Prupis, VCCS’s director of teaching and learning technologies. “On top of full time work at their own college campuses, these dedicated individuals, led by Dave Dick, Wytheville; Ken Fairbanks, Virginia Highlands; Page Durham, Germanna; Terri Millroy, Southside; and Gannon Nordberg, Lord Fairfax, have been offering evening webinars to make Canvas learning even more accessible to faculty.”

“Moving from one LMS to another requires a tremendous amount of effort from faculty and professional staff,” added Prupis. “To help incentivize this process, the VCCS started a resource creation contest for the colleges to showcase their efforts to communicate, train, and engage their faculty and staff. Instructure, the parent company of Canvas, awarded free registration to their summer conference for the 1st and 2nd place winners. The other winners received prized swag.”

1st Place – Leveling the Playing Field – Accessibility in Canvas
Northern Virginia Community College
Preston Davis, Ed. D. – Director of Instructional Services
Shaoyu Chi, Ed.D. – Instructional Designer, NOVA Online
Maureen Madden, M.Ed. – Instructional Designer & Accessibility Liaison, NOVA Online
Rong Zhu, M.Ed. – Instructional Designer, NOVA Online

2nd Place – Canvas GIF Social Media Campaign
Wytheville Community College
Dave Dick, Coordinator of Online Learning and Instructional Technology

3rd Place – VCCS Canvas Student Orientation
Tidewater Community College
John Morea, Associate Vice President for Distance Learning
Iris Wang, Distance Learning

Honorable Mention
Virginia Western Community College – Canvas Quick Start Guide
Erin Leftwich, LMS Administrator

NOVA Online – Online Orientation
Caryn Sever, M.S. – Instructional Designer, NOVA Online
Kim Grewe, PhD – Instructional Designer, NOVA Online
Dedra Wright, M.Ed. – Instructional Designer, NOVA Online'

Jim Babb

Jim Babb works for Virginia's Community Colleges in the Office of Strategic Communications.

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