Okanagan Campus Global Message
This email is being sent to all faculty and staff at UBC's Okanagan campus on behalf of Cynthia Mathieson, Provost and Vice-Principal Academic.

Transition to Canvas at UBC Okanagan

After extensive consultation with faculty, students, and staff, in June UBC selected Canvas as the learning technology ecosystem to replace our current learning management system, Connect. Canvas is a powerful tool for supporting teaching and learning, is simpler to use for both course instructors and students, and has many advanced features and capabilities that will allow course instructors to be even more creative (and efficient) in how they teach.

With one year to complete the move to Canvas, at UBC Okanagan we set a cautious goal of having 20 per cent of Term 1 courses that use Connect transitioned to Canvas.

With a Faculty-by-Faculty and School-by-School strategy supported by the Centre for Teaching and Learning, course instructors surprised us with their enthusiasm for making the change and, as of August 18, 35 per cent of Term 1 courses will be taught using Canvas, with more than 25 per cent of faculty using Canvas in one or more of their Fall courses.

Still thinking about using Canvas in Term 1?

It’s not too late to switch to Canvas for Term 1 but you need to act fast. First, check with your Department Head to see if your course fits into the department’s plan.

Two other important factors can help you make the decision whether or not to move to Canvas:

  1. In this cautious roll-out of new technology, courses with more than 200 students are requested to wait until 2018 before using Canvas.
  2. Not all the technology tools you’re used to in Connect are available in Canvas yet. You’ll be fine if you use i>clicker and Kaltura. The peer-evaluation tool, iPeer, and sophisticated tools for creating, managing, and assessing student groups will not be available in Term 1 so if you depend on these tools, you should wait until 2018 before moving to Canvas

If you want to use Canvas in Term 1, you have until 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 24 to contact the Centre for Teaching and Learning Helpdesk ctl.helpdesk@ubc.ca with your name, the name and number of your course, the section number you’re teaching, and any courses cross-listed with yours.

If you miss this deadline, you’ll still be able to build and teach your course in Canvas but we cannot guarantee there will be a class list or students will have access to your course at the beginning of the Term.

Support and Resources for Teaching in Canvas

Time is running out to participate in one of the CTL’s workshops, “Moving, creating, and re-creating your course in Canvas” or stopping by the day-long “Canvas Studio” – check the CTL website ctl.ok.ubc.ca for updated schedules.

For questions about Canvas, Connect, and any other teaching and learning issue, you’re always welcome to visit the CTL’s drop-ins:

  • Tuesdays at 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays at 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Check the CTL website ctl.ok.ubc.ca, email ctl.helpldesk@ubc.ca, or stop by the CTL in SCI 200 anytime from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Not using Canvas until Term 2?

The CTL will be running their workshop, “Moving, creating, and re-creating your course in Canvas” at locations across campus and holding day-long “Canvas Studios” beginning in mid-October for instructors moving to Canvas in Term 2. Watch the CTL website for dates, times, and locations or contact the CTL to arrange a workshop in your department.

Cynthia Mathieson
Provost and Vice-Principal, Academic

Peter Newbury
Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning
Senior Advisor, Learning Initiatives