This is an update on the status of Saddleback’s transition to Canvas. As you probably know, the faculty of Saddleback College selected Canvas as the LMS in a vote that concluded on April 24. Since that date, we have been working diligently to create a timeline for our transition to Canvas. You can find that information below. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.
Because we want faculty to have time to move their classes to Canvas, we selected the longest possible transition time, which is 18 months. This plan will give faculty three complete semesters to transfer their courses to Canvas. During the transition, both Blackboard and Canvas will be available. This transition period would begin in the fall of 2017, continue in the spring of 2018, and conclude in the fall of 2018.
During the spring of 2019, all faculty will be using Canvas, and Blackboard will no longer be available for instruction. Here is a chart that shows how we will phase in Canvas and phase out Blackboard:
|Fall 2017||Spring 2018||Fall 2018||Spring 2019|
Blackboard (last semester available)
(first semester available)
(entire campus on new LMS)
What Happens Now:
The technology teams at Saddleback, IVC, and the district have been working on completing the integration. As you might imagine, there were several technical items that needed to be addressed before the first classes were ready to go live in the fall of 2017. We reached our goal to have the Canvas platform up and ready for teachers who wanted to begin teaching in Canvas this semester. Remember, however, that you do not have to use Canvas this fall. Bb will continue to be an option until fall 2018.
What You Can Do Now:
If you want to begin moving your courses from Blackboard to Canvas, you can begin that process now. You can use the Canvas “sandbox” account, which is a demonstration account for Canvas, to prepare for your next semester. When you are ready, you can simply export your course from the “sandbox” account to our Production Canvas account.
When your course is ready for students, you can publish it right within Canvas.
In order to let your students know that you are using Canvas and not Blackboard, you can create a link to Canvas in the schedule and MySite . Here is an email template that you can use to notify your students of your plan to use Canvas for your convenience.
How to use the Free for Instructors sandbox