Blackboard Is Being Replaced by Canvas
On April 24, 2015 the Task Force for Learning Management System (LMS) Evaluation voted in favor of a recommendation to switch from Blackboard, our current LMS, to Canvas. Based on this recommendation, the Offices of Academic Affairs and Information Technology (which had jointly charged this task force), have decided that St. Edward's University should transition from the Blackboard Learning Management System to Canvas beginning in Summer 2015 with all courses migrated by Summer 2016. The full recommendation report, which details criteria and data, is available online: Final LMS task force recommendation
Courses will only be available in Blackboard through the end of the Spring 2016 semester. As the countdown clock on the Blackboard log-in page should tell you, we have now completed our conversion to Canvas for our Learning Management System. While the Office of Information Technology (OIT) will have access to Blackboard for grade challenges until the end of the Spring 2017 semester, regular access for faculty, staff, and students will end on August 15, 2016.
Please save any course materials you might have in Blackboard before that date. As a reminder, we began use of this version of Blackboard with courses in Summer 2011, so you may have content as old as that to extract from Blackboard. These materials can be exported, then saved in Box and later imported into Canvas. Directions are available online:https://stedwards.instructure.com/courses/5655/pages/exporting-copies-of-your-course-to-box
If you need to retrieve course materials in Blackboard after August 15, please contact OIT Support by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 512-448-8443.
Training is available for Canvas in multiple formats including an online class, workshops and one-on-one appointments. You can log into Canvas by going to https://stedwards.instructure.com.