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Logo: CanvasOver the next academic year, Ramapo will be transitioning from Moodle to Canvas, a more dynamic, robust, and user-friendly learning management system. For the Fall, 2019 semester, all faculty are encouraged to attend an IDC workshop on Canvas, review the resources provided below, and begin using the “sandbox” version of the platform. For Winter and Spring 2020, Canvas is highly recommended as the LMS for your course. For Summer 2020 and beyond, Canvas will become the LMS, and Moodle will no longer be available.

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How to migrate your content from Moodle to Canvas

The Instructional Design Center will be available to help you migrate your course content into Canvas from Moodle when your sandbox account gets set up. Please consider this an opportunity to update your course so that unused, or unnecessary content is not brought over to Canvas, thereby reducing space requirements of courses. Please complete this form to request a sandbox account. After your sandbox account is setup, follow these instructions:

On-Campus Training for Instructors

Training by Canvas Trainers – Dates TBD

Workshops – hands-on workshops in the IDC to help faculty learn Canvas and develop their Canvas courses. Visit https://training.ramapo.edu to view the workshop schedule and to register online.

Individual assistance – Faculty can drop by the IDC any time Monday-Friday during office hours for assistance.

Additionally, faculty can contact Karl Johnson, IDC Faculty Fellow. Read more on the IDC Faculty Fellow below.

Online Training for Instructors

Canvas Courses (for Faculty)

Login to Canvas and you will see the following courses on your dashboard to help you get started and learn Canvas: 

  • “Growing with Canvas” is a self-paced interactive course with 7 modules where you will learn and try out features, and experience Canvas as a student. This course is for you if you want to learn Canvas in depth, while experiencing the Canvas platform.
  • “Canvas Teacher Tour” (45 minutes) contains self-paced series of videos.

Canvas Online Training Portal (for Faculty)

All instructors will have access to the Canvas online training portal to enroll in on-demand, self-paced courses, learning pathways, or view individual videos for targeted topics. Faculty members can access the online training after logging into Canvas as follows:

  1. Log into Canvas with your Ramapo username and password at https://ramapo.instructure.com
  2. Click on the “Help” menu on the left navigation, then select “Training Services Portal” 
  3. You will be directed to a page that says “Training Portal is requesting access to your account,’ select “Authorize.” 
  4. Click through the tutorial, then click “Do Not Show Again” on the last screen and click “complete.”
  5. You will be directed to a page that says “Authorization required.” “Authorize Training Portal to use your account,” select “Authorize” (first-time access only.)
  6. You will be brought to the Learning Library page, for on-demand, self-paced training organized into A.) learning pathways (a series of courses), B.) courses, and C.) individual videos for targeted topics. Select the “Tags” (“faculty” and “higher education”) to filter the most appropriate courses.

Canvas Live Webinar Training (for Faculty)

20 users have been selected that will have additional access to live, interactive webinar trainings provided by Canvas trainers, which are an added feature available in the Canvas online training portal. Webinars are one hour long, and seem to be offered between 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Some sample webinar trainings include “Course Basics,” “Gradebook and Speedgrader,” “Quiz Basics,” “Managing Quizzes,“ “Assignments,” “Leveraging Modules,” ”Course Communication Tools,” “Course Design Considerations,” “Data for Teachers,” and more. Please note these Webinars are not recorded, but you can enroll in as many as you want. 

You can access the Canvas online training portal to enroll in Live Webinars, in addition to on-demand, self-paced courses, learning pathways, or individual videos for targeted topics. To access the webinars, follow the instructions above (steps 1-6) for accessing the “Canvas Online Training Portal”. Then click the “Training Calendar” link near the top to view the calendar schedule of webinars. Click any webinar for more details, and to register.

LinkedIn Learning (for Faculty)

LinkedIn Learning provides online, self-paced, video-based courses on Canvas including: 

  • “Learning Canvas 2019” (1 hr. 47 min.) 
  • “Canvas: Tips, Tricks, and Techniques.” (1 hr. 44 min.) 

Complete the Request Access Form at the time you want to do the LinkedIn Learning training, and the IDC will provide you one of our ten licenses to LinkedIn Learning for a period of time. Please note this is only available to faculty and staff.

Canvas Tutorials and Guides for Instructors

First Look and Course Basics are two introductory training sessions that are each available as recordings. These sessions will give new users a sneak peek into what they will experience as they begin their Canvas journey.

First Look  (31:35)
First Look introduces participants to the Canvas environment, login procedure, and global navigation. Attendees will explore account setup, personal preferences, and communication tools, such as the Inbox and Calendar. This session also presents the numerous avenues for support available to each Canvas user.

Course Basics  (54:51)
Course Basics provides an overview of the layout and features included in a Canvas course. Users will learn about the Course Navigation Menu and individual components that can be used to deliver content and assess student performance. This introductory demonstration provides users with the background knowledge to begin their Canvas journey.

Video Tutorials for Instructors (By Topic)

Canvas Guides for Instructors (By Topic)

Canvas Mobile Apps for Instructors (iOS and Android)

Canvas Tutorials and Guides for Students

The Student Experience (18 min.)
Learning how to use a new Learning Management System (LMS) is probably among a long list of challenges at the start of a student’s educational journey. This is why we created the Student Experience video; as a tool to assist these new students on day one, from opening a course invitation email to how one submits an Assignment file before the due date. This video will provide new students the basics to getting started in Canvas with their personal settings, course layout and communication, and submission feedback functionality while also giving other Educational roles a glimpse from a student perspective when navigating Canvas for the first time.

Canvas Student Tour (35 min.)
This Canvas course contains self-paced series of videos to familiarize students with Canvas (including profile, communication, discussions, assignments, grades, quizzes, and more). When students login to Canvas they will see the “Canvas Student Tour” course on their dashboard.

Passport To CanvasThis self-paced Canvas course provides everything students need to know about using Canvas in your classes. Learn about communication tools, navigation, assignments, quizzes, discussion, grades and feedback, peer interactions, and the mobile app. When students login to Canvas they will see the “Passport to Canvas” course listed in the announcements at the top of their dashboard.

Video Tutorials for Students (By Topic)

Canvas Guides for Students (By Topic)

Canvas Mobile App for Students (iOS and Android)

Help – login to Canvas and students can access the Help menu in the left column navigation, where they can do the following:

  • “Report a Problem” which will generate a Help Desk ticket
  • “Ask Your Instructor a Question”
  • “Search the Canvas Guides”
IDC Faculty Fellow

Photo: Karl JohnsonThe IDC is pleased to announce our first faculty fellow, Professor Karl Johnson, who will be assisting faculty with the transition from Moodle to Canvas. Professor Johnson currently serves as the Chair and Co-Convener of the Africana Studies Group and Major. Along with his expertise in his scholarly field, Professor Johnson is well-versed in instructional technologies, including Canvas. Last year he pursued extensive professional training in the areas of Advanced Teaching Online, Designing Online Instruction, and Fostering Online Discussion. He also received training on Canvas, including a Course Creation workshop, which led to him teaching several U.S. History courses with Canvas.

Professor Johnson states: “My proposed plans as the IDC faculty fellow are to support Ramapo College’s Mission and Strategic plans, and integrate our online and hybrid course offerings in such a way that it can support the college’s long term viability by training all students, faculty, staff, and administrators to efficiently migrate and effectively use our new Canvas LMS.”

Professor Johnson will pursue the following key goals in his tenure as the IDC Faculty Fellow. He plans to help:

  1. Successfully implement the new Canvas LMS at Ramapo College.
  2. Ensure that learning and training for the new LMS is both equitable and efficient for all the constituencies on campus.
  3. Demonstrate that teaching with the technology should mirror practical or real-world teaching and training situations/practices for online and hybrid courses.
  4. Promote “buy in” that online and hybrid courses are here to stay and will be an important part of the long-term sustainability and viability of the College moving forward into the 21st century.
  5. Develop alongside faculty and administrators viable and competitive online course offerings for summer and winter sessions to prevent our students from pursuing other educational institutions nearby.

Related to Goal #5, Professor Johnson states: “I believe that we at Ramapo College have the best faculty and that we can do a much better job teaching our students for their entire credit load and college life.”

The IDC welcomes Professor Johnson to the team, and we look forward to working with him!

Canvas FAQ

When will Canvas become available?
Over the course of the Fall, 2019 semester, we will be integrating Canvas into our systems on campus. Moodle will continue to be the LMS during this time. We expect that Canvas will be operational for Winter and Spring, 2020. Moodle will continue to exist during this time although we strongly recommend that faculty switch to Canvas. Beginning with Summer, 2020, Canvas will become the only LMS on campus, and Moodle will be retired.  

How do Instructors access Canvas?
Instructors now have access to Canvas at https://ramapo.instructure.com,  in which they can explore the system and get accustomed to the features of Canvas. Please complete this form to request a sandbox course Instructors and students can view the help resources that are available on this page. 

What browsers are recommended?
Chrome and FireFox are best. Internet Explorer is NOT recommended.

Is there a mobile app available?
Yes! The Canvas app is available for students and teachers for Android and iOS devices. Search for Canvas in the app store of your device to get started.

When will Moodle be retired?
Moodle will be available until Summer, 2020. Course content and materials will be archived at that time.

How do I migrate my content from Moodle to Canvas?
The Instructional Design Center will be available to help you migrate your course content into Canvas from Moodle when your sandbox account gets set up. Please consider this an opportunity to update your course so that unused, or unnecessary content is not brought over to Canvas, thereby reducing space requirements of courses. Please complete this form to request a sandbox account. After your sandbox account is setup, follow these instructions to import your content from Moodle into Canvas.

Can I still use Moodle for my courses?
Yes. Instructors who still wish to use Moodle may do so for the Fall 2019, Winter 2020, and Spring 2020 semesters. 

I use Turnitin, Respondus, a publisher test bank, or technological resource. Are they available in Canvas?
Yes. All external services that you may have used in Moodle will be available in Canvas. Updated tutorials and information will be available on the Canvas website this summer.

I’m developing a new course. Should I develop it in Canvas?
We recommend using Canvas for future course development. This will make it easier for you to transition those materials when Moodle is retired.

What kind of training is available for learning about using Canvas?
Help resources are available on this Canvas page. Formal training for instructors is available through the Instructional Design Center.  Fall 2019 Canvas workshops: October 23, October 31, November 14, December, 5, December 10. Students will be given links to resources to learn the platform.

Who should I contact for assistance with Canvas?
Users can contact the Instructional Design Center with any questions about Canvas. Please stop by (ASB-223) during business hours with any questions about the migration to Canvas, or email or call us with any questions at 201-684-7103. In addition, we are happy to announce that Karl Johnson has been appointed as faculty fellow for IDC this year. Karl will work with faculty members to help design their Canvas courses. 

Transition to Canvas Timeline