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

Student to Student: Customization, plus the Canvas Calendar


Joey Van Buskirk, a student at UC Davis, is writing this blog about UC Davis Canvas during fall term.

By Joey Van Buskirk

Hello friends,

Today I want to share some tips on staying organized with UC Davis Canvas.

First, you can customize the look of any of your courses from the Dashboard. If you click on the pencil-and-paper icon in the top-right corner of the respective course tile, you will see a customization menu. Here you can rename your course, or change the color to anything you like. If you don’t see a course that you are enrolled in on your Dashboard, remember to look in Courses > All Courses menu. … Continue reading

Faculty workshops added on gradebook, assignments

Faculty can learn more about creating assignments in Canvas, and using Canvas as a gradebook, in two new advanced workshops that will be offered nearly a dozen times each this fall.

The sessions are meant for instructors or TAs who have at least a basic knowledge of UC Davis Canvas, the new campus learning management system. The workshops will be led by one of the instructional technologists who work for Academic Technology Services in Information and Educational Technology. … Continue reading