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December 2018 Ed Tech Update

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November 28, 2018

Information on decommissioning eGradebook as well as Canvas news and events are available.

Decommissioning eGradebook

UMD ITSS has offered eGradebook to faculty, staff and students for almost 20 years. As some of you might be aware, eGradebook has been approaching end-of-life status and has been reviewed for replacement. ITSS considered decommissioning eGradebook when UMN transitioned from WebVista to Moodle over a decade ago and again during subsequent Moodle gradebook updates. Unfortunately, each version of the Moodle gradebook did not prove to be an adequate replacement.

When UMN began transitioning from Moodle to Canvas two academic years ago, the task of decommissioning eGradebook and finding an accompanying replacement was revisited. The replacement review process was accelerated because eGradebook has been plagued with recurring data feed problems and its legacy code structure presents challenges in ongoing maintenance and updates. In addition, because less than 15% of course sections are represented in eGradebook, and UMN is already providing a reliable, accessible and modern gradebook within Canvas, ITSS has decided to decommission eGradebook.

For more information visit the eGradebook Decommissioning and Transition Plan.

Canvas News, Transition Information and Events

Moodle to Canvas Course Migration Assistance Continues

University of Minnesota's Office of Information Technology (OIT) Academic Technology Support Services (ATSS) is ready to accept requests to migrate Moodle content and activities to Canvas for courses to be taught during Spring/May/Summer/Fall 2019.

Course migration assistance is now available through Summer 2019. Approved course migration requests will be processed on a rolling basis and migrated course content will be returned within six (6) weeks from the date of each course migration request.

To request Moodle to Canvas course content migration assistance for May/Spring/Summer/Fall 2019 courses, complete the Course Migration Assistance Form.

Canvas Basics Online Webinars

New to Canvas? Starting to think about moving from Moodle to Canvas? If so, plan to attend an online 60 minute, Canvas Basics Webinar that will include a review of the Canvas interface, tools and features, course design options, and an introduction to moving content from Moodle to Canvas. Additional time is allotted for Q&A.

Next "Canvas Basics" Webinar
Day Date Time Location Further Information
Thursday December 13 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm. WebEx online meeting Learn more and Register

Discover Canvas Workshop Series

Each course in the Discover Canvas Workshop Series takes a deep dive into one Canvas topic. The workshops take place over 4-days. Participants should expect to commit at least one hour per day over 4 days (a minimum of 4 hours) completing online activities within a practice Canvas course site in addition to attending an optional 1-hour online session in WebEx. The WebEx session is recorded and made available.

Visit the Canvas Transition website for complete Canvas resources and information.

Related Resources and Information

Canvas

Moodle

Educational Technology Drop-In Sessions

Drop by Kirby Plaza 175 with questions or bring a laptop/mobile device to work on your courses. Sessions are free and no registration is required.

Drop-In Schedules:

Schedules with dates and times are available. Check the Educational Technology Sessions at UMD webpage for both regular and extended end of semester wrap up session details.

Technical Issues and Troubleshooting

Technical issues and troubleshooting can be addressed or triaged by contacting one of the Help Desks.

  1. UMD ITSS TechCenter Help Desk at itsshelp@d.umn.edu, 218-726-8847 or stop by Kirby Plaza 165.
  2. UMN OIT Technology Help Service Desk at help@umn.edu or 612-301-4357.

Consult with an ITSS Educational Technologist

To schedule a consultation with an ITSS Educational Technologist, complete the consultation request form and they will contact you within two business days.

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