Category: Faculty

Canvas Resources

To ensure you have all the support and resources needed for this final semester of the transition from Blackboard to Canvas, Academic Technologies has compiled a list of important resources. VCU Canvas Website – This page is updated regularly with training, how-to’s, resources, deadlines, and more. The Training Schedule including links to register, and you […]

Examity Trial

In 2020, The Office of the Provost and VCU Technology Services worked cooperatively to identify a proctoring solution that could augment the current proctoring solution’s capacity in order to meet the university’s virtual education requirements; and to review alternatives that would better serve the needs of the university community. A remote proctoring solution committee was […]

Beginning of the Semester Reminders

Greetings VCU Faculty, As we begin the Spring 2021 semester, please remember that by May 31, 2021, 100% of VCU online courses will use Canvas. Blackboard will not be available after May 31, 2021.  All courses previously in Blackboard, as well as new courses will use Canvas, starting with the Summer 2021 semester.  Last year […]

Gradebook Training for Blackboard and Canvas

Greetings VCU Faculty! Need some refresher training on the Blackboard grade center before the end of the Fall term? … Or perhaps you want to begin focusing on what the Canvas gradebook can do for you before the all-important transition following the Spring 2021 semester?There are many resources posted for training on the Canvas gradebook […]

Online Course Spring Development Program

Don’t miss this opportunity to prepare your spring online courses! Provided by our instructional partners, VCU Online, is gearing up to assist faculty members who are preparing to teach spring online classes. VCU Online offers support with its instructional design expertise to help transfer courses to a virtual environment. For more information, contact Elaine Reeder […]

Kaltura Performance Issues and Infrastructure Changes this Weekend (8/29/20)

Hello from Learning Systems, We hope this message finds you well. Kaltura MediaSpace, their integration servers for Blackboard and Canvas, as well as the Kaltura Management Server have all been experiencing intermittent outages over the last week. Our team has been in contact with the vendor and they have stated that several changes are being […]

Canvas Status Updates for August 5th, 2020

How to publish courses and override term settings in Canvas The term settings in Canvas for Fall 2020 are set to allow student access on August 11th. If an instructor wishes to allow students to access their courses now, the default term setting can be overridden within course settings. Learning Systems has added a new […]

Mid-Summer Communication – Blackboard Faculty

Greetings Blackboard Faculty, As we move towards the Fall Semester at VCU, faculty are facing many challenges with teaching both in the classroom and online. Added to that is the challenge of switching to a new Learning Management System – Canvas. Learning Systems is here to help! Here is an information brief about what is […]

Blackboard Faculty – End of Spring 2020 – Updates and Reminders

Greetings Blackboard Faculty, Welcome to the end of an absolutely different and challenging semester. We hope everyone is hanging in there and realize that you are doing your best given the situation at hand! We are here for you in the support of technology issues you might be having with Blackboard, Kaltura, and the integrations […]

Support for a rapid transition to online instruction at VCU

Greetings Blackboard Faculty, Learning Systems will be partnering with Online@VCU and offering support as faculty move to online instruction during COVID-19. Highlighted below are references to resources that can be used within the LMS (Blackboard) in the hopes that this will help to ease the quick transition to teaching online. For instructional support, you can […]

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