Instructional use of SmartSite ends in June

This is our latest update on the 2016-17 transition to UC Davis Canvas. Most instructors and almost all students are now using Canvas, and spring 2017 is the final term when SmartSite, the old learning management system, will be available for teaching.  … Continue reading

UC Davis Canvas Fall Quarter 2016 Final Grading Period Report

During the Move to Canvas project (to transition courses from SmartSite to UC Davis Canvas, our new learning management system), we continue to learn and adapt as instructors and students gain experience with the system. In this report, we want to share with our community some lessons learned during the fall quarter 2016 grading period, which provided our first experience with wide-scale use of the grade-publishing feature in UC Davis Canvas. … Continue reading

SmartSite project sites can continue past June; guidance will be available

If you own a project site in SmartSite and wonder what to do with it now that the service is going away, we have updates.

The first is that project sites can continue in SmartSite past spring quarter—but please notice the key phrase, “project sites.” As previously announced, the capability for teaching with SmartSite will conclude after June.

The second update is that Information and Educational Technology is assembling a team to help project site owners identify new locations for the project work they’ve been housing in SmartSite.

Read more at TechNews

Update on transition from SmartSite to UC Davis Canvas

This is our latest update on the 2016-17 transition to UC Davis Canvas from SmartSite. The adoption rate continues to grow. Approximately 74 percent of instructors who are teaching with a learning management system this term are using Canvas, up from 60 percent last fall. Almost all undergraduates are using Canvas for at least one course.  … Continue reading

Solving a few grading issues in UC Davis Canvas

We recently asked students and TAs for comments about UC Davis Canvas and SmartSite. Based on their responses, plus feedback from instructors, we have created this chart – it lists a few frequent difficulties we are hearing about grading with UC Davis Canvas, and how to address them. … Continue reading

New topics added to series of UC Davis Canvas workshops for faculty, TAs

As instructors gain experience using UC Davis Canvas, many want to learn about more than its core features. A new series of workshops will help satisfy that interest.

Information and Educational Technology has announced a set of UC Davis Canvas workshops for faculty and TAs through summer 2017 that will cover topics ranging from modules and rubrics to group work and mobile apps. … Continue reading