As part of AWC’s Strategic Plan objective focused on enhanced technology and our work to provide an amazing student experience, we are transitioning from our current Learning Management System (LMS), Blackboard, to a new system called Canvas. Many of you are familiar with Canvas, as it is the LMS utilized by our Yuma Union High School District partners. We are confident that Canvas will allow us to provide you with an improved online learning experience.
Starting with summer 2020, all classes will be taught using Canvas instead of Blackboard. The courses will begin showing up in Canvas closer to the start of the semester.
Once you have registered for either a Summer or a Fall semester course, you will have access to log in to Canvas at canvas.azwestern.edu using your AWC login and password. The courses will appear in Canvas at the beginning of each term. In the meantime, we encourage you to:
- Get to know Canvas by going through the brief “Passport to Canvas” training course
- Download the free Canvas app, available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, to access Canvas on your mobile devices
We know this is a significant transition in the midst of these already changing times. Our team has been working to ensure a smooth transition, and we know Canvas will improve your experience with online learning.
If you have questions regarding Canvas, please reach out to the 24/7 Canvas support number at 1-844-642-3134 or by following this link: How To Contact Canvas Support.
AWC is moving to Canvas for the LMS starting with the Summer 2020 courses. When we reach this goal, many of the recent challenges you have faced with the use of Blackboard like embedding videos, recording your sessions, getting 24 x 7 support will be alleviated as many of these features.
Course Evaluation Checklist
The Course Evaluation Checklist was provided by Instructure as a guide for best practices in building universal design principles into your Canvas courses. This checklist forms a basis for the recommended training sessions and options for learning these features, as described below and mentioned in the checklist.
If you have not attended any of the AWC led sessions and/or subscription training provided by Instructure and are not sure where to start, please take Higher Education: First Day Ready and/or Growing with Canvas courses as an introduction to working with Canvas. After you have logged into Canvas, you can find the subscription training by choosing Subscriptions from the Canvas menu.
Instructure (Canvas) provides a very dynamic set of courses and webinars in their subscription services. So far, 104 Faculty have logged into the Instructure training site. The sessions identified in this document align with at a minimum the foundational/essential and best practice criteria in the course checklist mentioned above. Once you login to Canvas and go into the training services portal, the schedule of webinars is accessible by clicking on the training calendar.
Have questions, please give us a call at (928) 317-6277 or email Distance.Education@azwestern.edu
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Canvas and what is the implementation timeline?
Canvas was chosen as a Learning Management System to replace Blackboard. Canvas will enrich Arizona Western College’s Strategic Plan in delivering an upgraded technology that reflects best-practices in teaching and learning and supports an enriched student experience. It is also important to help improve student success by leveraging technology that personalizes the student experience and increases organizational effectiveness. See the implementation timeline graphic.
Will my current and past courses be migrated?
Yes, your current and past (2018-2019) Blackboard courses have been migrated to Canvas.
Your content has also been migrated; however, you can choose to start fresh and build your course from scratch on Canvas.