Blackboard will cease operating on December 31, 2013. There will be NO access to Blackboard after that point. Be certain to archive and download your courses and course content—including material you may not teach every year—before December 31st of this year.
Getting Started in Canvas
USF is moving to a new Learning Management System (LMS). The LMS, called Canvas, will replace Blackboard. All USF courses beginning Spring 2014 will be delivered via Canvas.
There are a variety of training and support mechanisms in place to assist USF faculty during the transition from Blackboard to Canvas.
These USF-specific tutorials are designed to aid faculty in performing some of the required administrative functions in their courses.
Basic Help Topics
The following tutorials are designed to assist faculty with some of the basic tools in Canvas including recording and submitting first day attendance, in accordance with USF's mandatory first day attendance policy.
Advanced Help Topics
Learn how to take your Canvas course to the next level with the following advanced tutorials including the use of Turnitin, USF's new plagiarism detection software, and Blackboard Collaborate, the software that replaces Illuminate.
These training resources were designed by Instructure, the company that developed Canvas, to assist faculty in becoming familiar with their cloud-based learning management system (LMS).
As a result of USF's need to upgrade from Blackboard 9.0 to 9.1, the USF System Learning Management Committee decided in 2011 to evaluate other options in learning management products. Faculty, students and staff reviewed three learning management solutions: Blackboard 9.1, Moodle and Canvas during a system-wide evaluation process. After several months of review, Canvas, a product of the educational software company Instructure, was selected.