Canvas has a modern interface and a different tool set than Blackboard . The transition between platforms also requires change to some of our LMS procedures, such as the way that courses are created.
These videos provide a side-by-side demonstration of similarities and differences for the same course developed in Blackboard and Canvas. The course used in this demonstration is Evolution of Jazz, which was developed as an online course several years ago by Instructional Designer Kevin Hulen and the course instructor, Danny Gottlieb, a professor in the Music Department.
Highlights of the noteworthy differences can be found below. For more information, please contact the Center for Instruction and Research Technology at 904.620.3927 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Term based courses will be created automatically in Canvas. If you are teaching multiple sections, they will be combined into a “Super Course” which you can then separate as needed. More information here.
Students can create ePortfolios in Canvas to collect and comment on artifacts related to their educational experience. Users can keep ePortfolios private or share with others. ePorfolios can be used for reflective journals, assignments, or as a showcase of professional work. More information here.
Commons is a repository that allows instructors to find, import, and share resources. Repository content can be kept private or shared with others, making it a great place to store master courses. More information here.
With the Attendance tool, instructors can keep track of course attendance by taking roll electronically. Instructors can choose to view the tool in a list or grid format and can customize the placement of each student in the seating chart. More information here.
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