Learning Systems Announcements

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Greetings VCU Faculty,

Another semester is coming to a close and we hope it has been a successful year for you all so far.

Just-In-Time Support

In need of support to complete your end-of-semester checklist? We’re here to help. For an overview of available support resources for Canvas and Kaltura, please see the “Get Help” tab of the Learning Systems website

Final Grades

Final grades are due by noon on May 17, 2022 via Faculty eServices, not Canvas. For more information visit the Faculty Grade Entry page.

Carrying Over Incompletes to the Next Semester

If you have students who will be finishing out the course with an ‘incomplete’, there are specific steps the instructor needs to take before the term concludes on May 31, 2022, at which point, you will only be able to access the course in Read-Only mode.

For step by step instructions, visit the Incompletes within Canvas page.

Training Opportunities

Upcoming Opportunities – To participate in any of the upcoming training, you can register at www.training.vcu.edu  (Keyword: Canvas or Kaltura.)

Pedagogical Assistance – VCU Online has put together a series of courses designed to help faculty enhance the online teaching experience for themselves and students.

Between their Excellence in Online Learning Program and Online Learning Specialization Program, you are sure to become well versed in everything you need to know about online teaching.

These courses are available as open enrollment and, once registered, participants have roughly 45 to 60 days to finish. Timely feedback and best practices are provided throughout the course by the VCU Online team.

Training Recordings – We hope that you were able to participate in this spring’s Canvas Workshop Series where the CTLE, VCU Online and Learning Systems joined forces to bring you dynamic training that included Outcomes, MasteryPaths and so much more. The series took place from February – April 2022.

If you were unable to attend, you can view the recordings on our Training Recording List.

On this list you can also access recordings of many of the training sessions largely led by Learning Systems’ Learning Support Specialist, Jon Reed, as well as a few vendors.

Visit the Learning Systems Academy for a library of short videos on topics ranging from beginner Canvas to using Kaltura.

SoftChalk End of Life

Starting May 22, 2022, SoftChalk will no longer be available for use.

As an alternative, Technology Services has established an Articulate 360 Team Agreement to provide VCU departments/schools quick access to Team licenses and benefits. 

For more information about the depreciation of SoftChalk, visit the SoftChalk is Going Away blog.

Google Apps is Being Replaced with Google Assignments

Google Apps 1.1 is scheduled to be removed from Canvas on 5/31/2022.  This tool is being deprecated and replaced by Google Assignments 1.3 which has already been installed on Canvas, as of August 2021.

For more information regarding this change, visit the Google Apps 1.1 Being Replaced with Google Assignments 1.3 blog.

We Appreciate your Feedback

As usual, we welcome and appreciate your feedback; it is valuable to our team’s continued success. Please take a moment to fill out this short 4 question survey whenever you are assisted by anyone in any capacity on the Learning Systems team –  Learning Systems Support Survey. Additionally, if you would just like to give us general feedback on any of the systems we support, training we provide, suggestions, our website, etc. please email lsfeedback@vcu.edu.

For any information regarding our team, what we do, what we support and/or how to get support, visit the Learning Systems website or email lsrequest@vcu.edu.

Thank you,
Your Learning Systems team

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Categories Canvas, End of Semester, Faculty, Online Teaching and Development, Private, SoftChalk Cloud & Create, Teaching with Technology, Workshops and Training

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