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A small group of instructors taught out of Canvas during the Summer 2017 semester. During the Fall, Canvas is available for instructors who wish to teach courses there; Blackboard is available as normal for instructors who are not ready. Beginning Spring 2018, Blackboard will no longer be available for instruction. On July 1, 2018, Blackboard will be inaccessible to all FSU stakeholders.

  • Canvas Preparation: Set up third-party plugins (e.g., Turnitin, Kaltura, Bb Collaborate) and system processes (automated user creation, course creation, and enrollment scripts).

    April 3-7: Canvas Campus-wide Orientation Week.

    April 4: Open Canvas to all instructors and staff for development of courses and organization sites.

  • Canvas Pilot: Run courses selected for Pilot.

    Provide training opportunities and one-on-one consultations with Instructional Development staff and Technical Support staff.

    Make improvements based on feedback from Canvas Pilot.

    Develop Dev Site and Org Site Request Tools.

    Develop Final Grade Transfer Tool and Observer Tool.

  • Soft Launch: All courses and students populate in Canvas for optional use. (Courses are hidden from students until the instructor publishes them.)

    Continue providing training opportunities and one-on-one consultations.

    Organize one or two large Canvas open house events.

  • Full Launch: All courses are taught in Canvas.

    Course creation, user creation, enrollments, and notifications become disabled in Blackboard. Previous Bb courses, organizations, and Content Collection files remain available temporarily.

  • Blackboard Retirement: License for Blackboard ends July 1, 2018. Access to all Bb courses, organizations, and Content Collection files becomes permanently unavailable.

Learn more about our general strategy and action plan on our Canvas Transition Plan (subject to change).

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