Canvas New Quizzes

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Instructure has been working on the release of a new feature for the Canvas LMS platform: Canvas New Quizzes. The company has released an aggressive timeline for the implementation of New Quizzes and sunset of Classic Quizzes.

Due to the importance and impact of this Canvas change, the CELT team is developing a testing and implementation plan for the Canvas New Quizzes.

This message aims at keeping you informed of CELT’s plan to address this important change to the Canvas LMS. We will post more updates on our website as more information becomes available. Stay tuned!

If you’re in need of help with a specific issue, you may submit a ticket to the CELT team by emailing celt-help@iastate.edu. Subscribe to updates by visiting this web page, scrolling to the bottom of the page, and entering your email. This will ensure you receive the latest updates and news on instructional tools.

A historical list of Canvas New Quizzes updates can be found on this post.

April 17-18: On-Campus LMS Product Vendor Demonstrations & Product Overviews

Below is an excerpt from a April 6, 2017 Inside Iowa State article by Rob Schweers that updates the learning management system (LMS) process. The full Inside Iowa State web article is available at Vendors selected for learning management system demonstrations.

Education technology companies Canvas and Desire2Learn (D2L) have been selected to give on-campus presentations for Iowa State’s next learning management system (LMS).

A review of Iowa State’s LMS, co-led by CELT and IT, has been ongoing since October. The Canvas and D2L proposals were among three received in response to a March request for proposals.

The proposals were reviewed by staff in the Center of Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), information technology and procurement. Finalists were selected using a comprehensive rubric developed from input given to the LMS review committee from students, faculty and staff.

CELT and IT developed a comprehensive product evaluation process that includes product overviews and on-campus vendor presentations. In the coming weeks, these events will provide faculty, staff and students another opportunity to provide input on the future of Iowa State’s LMS and to compare the two.

Dates, times and locations of the on-campus vendor demonstrations and LMS product overview are available (see below). For information about the process, visit the LMS Review website.

On-Campus Vendor Demonstrations

Instructure Canvas

Desire 2 Learn

LMS Product Overviews

CELT and ITS staff will provide scenario-based overviews of the two LMS product vendors selected to give on-campus presentations: Desire 2 Learn and Instructure Canvas. Each overview presentation will feature both products. These overviews are for faculty, staff and students at Iowa State University.

  • LMS Product Overviews, April 19 (10:00 – 11:00 a.m., 3558 Memorial Union)
  • LMS Product Overviews, April 19 (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 3558 Memorial Union)
  • LMS Product Overviews, April 19 (2:00 – 3:00 p.m., 198 Library)
  • LMS Product Overviews, April 19 (3:00 – 4:00 p.m., 198 Library)
  • LMS Product Overviews, April 20 (8:45 – 9:45 a.m., 198 Library)
  • LMS Product Overviews, April 20 (9:45 – 10:45 a.m., 198 Library)
  • LMS Product Overviews, April 20 (12:00 – 1:00 p.m., 2403 & 2404 Vet Med)

Questions? If you have any questions about the LMS review process contact LMS Review Co-Leads via email lmsreview@iastate.edu.

Vendors selected for learning management system demonstrations (Inside Iowa State)

Education technology companies Canvas and Desire2Learn (D2L) have been selected to give on-campus presentations for Iowa State’s next learning management system (LMS).

A review of Iowa State’s LMS, co-led by CELT and IT, has been ongoing since October. The Canvas and D2L proposals were among three received in response to a March request for proposals.

The proposals were reviewed by staff in the Center of Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), information technology and procurement. Finalists were selected using a comprehensive rubric developed from input given to the LMS review committee from students, faculty and staff.

“We are extremely pleased with the progress the LMS review committee has made to date, and we appreciate the thoughtful input we have received from campus stakeholders,” said CELT director Ann Marie VanDerZanden. “I am confident this process will result in a new system that best meets the needs of students, faculty and staff.”

Next steps

CELT and IT developed a comprehensive product evaluation process that includes product overviews and on-campus vendor presentations. In the coming weeks, these events will provide faculty, staff and students another opportunity to provide input on the future of Iowa State’s LMS and to compare the two.

Look for announcements on the CELT website and in this publication for dates, times and locations of the product demonstrations and vendor presentations. More information on the LMS review background, process and timeline is online.

Re-posted from Inside Iowa State (2017, April 6)

An Update on the Learning Management System (LMS) Review

A review of ISU’s current learning management system (LMS), Blackboard Learn, has been ongoing since October 2016. The review process, co-led by CELT and ITS, is currently moving into the product demonstration and evaluation phase. This phase will provide yet another opportunity for ISU faculty, staff, and students to provide input on the future of the LMS at Iowa State. Please look for an announcement on the CELT website and in Inside Iowa State for dates, times and locations of the product demos lead by CELT staff, and the vendor presentations over the next two weeks.
For more information on the background, process and timeline, visit ISU’s Learning Management System website. We value your input on this campus wide initiative, and hope to see you at the upcoming presentations.
Ann Marie VanDerZanden, Director
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Announcing the Online Learning Community (ISU-OLC) (formerly Blackboard User’s Group)

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) would like to take this opportunity to announce the transformation from our Blackboard User’s Group (ISU BUG) to our new Online Learning Community (ISU-OLC).  This community will share campus best practices to improve online teaching and learning; see how others are using the University Learning Management System (LMS) to create innovative learning experiences, inform the campus about existing and new web-based instructional technologies and participate in new technology testing and evaluation. The group will also seek to leverage staff and instructor LMS expertise and experience as well as share training resources from support units across the University.

In addition, this group will be asked to inform future activities surrounding ISU’s migration to a new LMS software product. To learn about this process and timeline visit ISU’s Learning Management System website.

Audience: faculty, staff, and graduate teaching assistants.

This group will meet on the following Fridays (11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall): January 13, February 10, March 24, and April 14.

Registration is required at least one-day prior for this learning community via the Learn@ISU website.

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