Rollout update: The Cummings School moves to Canvas in 2019

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We look forward to moving the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine from TUSK to Canvas in 2019. Clinical courses will begin using Canvas in March; pre-clinical courses will follow in August. As part of the Cummings School adoption of Canvas, CSVM will also begin using OASIS to support clinical teaching.

Which schools and programs have already moved to Canvas?

Courses at the Fletcher School, the Friedman School, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts have been using Canvas since Fall 2017. The School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Engineering, and the School of Dental Medicine moved to Canvas in Summer 2018. See the entire project timeline.

When can I start working on my Canvas course site?

We are still determining when course sites will be available. Instructors will be notified via email when course sites are ready.

Will my course material be moved to Canvas?

Yes. The Canvas team is working with Cummings School staff to migrate files, assignments, assessments, and other teaching materials from TUSK.

When is TUSK going away?

TUSK is still in active, fully-supported use. You can log into the system as you always have and access previous course materials. When we schedule a date on which we will stop supporting TUSK, we will communicate that information to users with plenty of notice.

What is OASIS?

OASIS is a web-based application, integrated with Canvas, that facilitates scheduling and evaluation for schools in the health sciences. The clinical rotation lottery at CSVM will be facilitated by OASIS. Instructors will access OASIS via Canvas and they will use OASIS to view rotation schedules and enter student grades. Learn more about OASIS.

How will I learn to use Canvas?

Educational Technology Services will offer a variety of training sessions and workshops on Canvas. Training will be offered in-person on the Grafton campus and online via WebEx. We will also continue to offer training sessions at the Medford and Boston Health Sciences campuses for users at our current Canvas schools. We are working with partners in individual programs and departments to organize these training sessions and scheduled dates will be posted on the Training Calendar soon.

Training opportunities

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We have ended live and in-person training sessions for the fall, but don’t despair! You can always access on-demand video trainings:

The Canvas team is also available for one-on-one appointments and consultations. Contact us at canvas@tufts.edu to request an appointment.

We will resume group trainings and open labs when Spring 2019 Canvas course sites become available later this fall.

Rollout update: Who’s moving to Canvas in 2018?

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After a successful first semester using Canvas at select Tufts schools and programs, we are looking forward to bringing Canvas to the rest of the community.

Which schools and programs are moving to Canvas this year?

Additional schools and programs will begin using Canvas on the dates listed below:

  • All Tufts Summer Session courses will begin using Canvas in May 2018.
  • All courses at the School of Dental Medicine will begin using Canvas in July 2018. This includes courses in the D.M.D. program, combined degree programs, and postgraduate programs.
  • The School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering will begin using Canvas for Fall courses in September 2018.

Courses at the Fletcher School, the Friedman School, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts have been using Canvas since Fall 2017.

When can I start working on my Canvas course site?

We expect course sites will be available for Summer Session courses the week of February 5. Course sites will be available for Fall ASE courses in mid-March. Instructors of Summer and Fall courses will be notified via email when course sites are ready.

Will my course material be moved to Canvas?

We have developed tools and procedures to migrate files, assignments, assessments, and other materials from TUSK and Trunk to Canvas. The details of content migration may vary from school to school, but we will provide everyone with an easy way to migrate material from their current system to Canvas.

Are Trunk and TUSK going away? Will I be able to access old materials on Trunk and TUSK?

Trunk and TUSK are still in active, fully-suppported use. You are able to log into the systems as you always have and access previous course sites and material. When we determine a date that we will stop supporting Trunk and TUSK we will communicate that information to users with plenty of advance notice.

How will I learn how to use Canvas?

At the Dental School, the Educational Technology staff, with support from TTS Educational Technology Services, will offer training workshops to instructors and staff in the spring.

At all other schools and programs, Educational Technology Services will offer a variety of online and in-person training sessions and workshops. Training will be offered at the Medford and Health Sciences campuses. We are working with partners in individual programs and departments to organize these training sessions and scheduled dates will be posted on the Training Calendar as soon as they are determined.

Read about the Canvas Transition in the Tufts Daily

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The Tufts Daily: Tufts begins replacing Trunk and TUSK with Canvas across all campuses

Tufts has begun a three-year transition this fall to Canvas, a new learning management system (LMS) that will replace Trunk and Tufts University Sciences Knowledgebase (TUSK).  The new system has already been implemented at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) and the Master of Science in Engineering Management program at the Gordon Institute, according to Director of Educational Technology and Learning Spaces Paul Bergen. Read more…

Notifications: Recommendations for Instructors

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Canvas includes a set of default notification preferences you can receive for your courses. Notifications are sent to your Tufts email address and any additional Canvas Contact Methods you add to your account. However, you can change the default settings and set your own notification preferences.

These preferences only apply to you; they are not used to control how course updates are sent to other users. Each individual student and instructor can decide what notifications they want to receive and how frequently to receive them.

To edit your notifications preferences, click on the Account link at the top of the navigation menu in Canvas and select Notifications.

Notification icons and what they mean

Checkmark: Receive notifications immediately. (“Immediate” notifications are still delayed by about an hour. This prevents users from getting multiple notifications if, for example, an instructor writes an announcement and immediately edits it to fix a typo.)

Clock: Receive all notifications in a daily email.

Calendar: Receive all notifications in a weekly email.

X: Do not receive notifications for that item.

Note: Each notification preference will apply to all of your courses. They cannot be set for each course individually.

Recommended Notification Settings

Canvas gives all users the same default notification preferences. We recommend that instructors make changes to the following items:

Notification typeWhat triggers a notification
Recommended setting

Course Activities

Announcement Created by YouYou write and post an announcement

A student or instructor replies to your announcement

Notify me right away

Submission CommentA student or instructor comments on an assignment submission

Notify me right away

Conversations (Inbox)

Added to ConversationYou are added to a conversation

Notify me right away

Conversation MessageYou have a new message in your Canvas inbox

Notify me right away

Conversations Created by MeYou send a message to another Canvas user or users

Notify me right away

Scheduling

Student Appointment SignupsA student signs up for an appointment

Notify me right away

Appointment SignupsA new appointment is added to your calendar

Notify me right away

Appointment CancellationsAn appointment on your calendar is cancelled

Notify me right away

This content is adapted from the Canvas @ Yale documentation.

Notifications: Recommendations for Students

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Canvas includes a set of default notification preferences you can receive for your courses. Notifications are sent to your Tufts email address and any additional Canvas Contact Methods you add to your account. However, you can change the default settings and set your own notification preferences.

These preferences only apply to you; they are not used to control how course updates are sent to other users. Each individual student and instructor can decide what notifications they want to receive and how frequently to receive them.

To edit your notifications preferences, click on the Account link at the top of the navigation menu in Canvas and select Notifications.

Notification icons and what they mean

Checkmark: Receive notifications immediately. (“Immediate” notifications are still delayed by about an hour. This prevents users from getting multiple notifications if, for example, an instructor writes an announcement and immediately edits it to fix a typo.)

Clock: Receive all notifications in a daily email.

Calendar: Receive all notifications in a weekly email.

X: Do not receive notifications for that item.

Note: Each notification preference will apply to all of your courses. They cannot be set for each course individually.

Recommended Notification Settings

Canvas gives all users the same default notification preferences. We recommend that students set the following items to Notify Me Right Away to ensure that they don’t miss important course communications:

Notification typeWhat triggers a notification
Recommended setting

Course Activities

AnnouncementsA new announcement is posted in one of your courses

Notify me right away

Submission CommentAn instructor comments on your assignment submission

Notify me right away

Conversations (Inbox)

Added to ConversationYou are added to a conversation

Notify me right away

Conversation MessageYou have a new message in your Canvas inbox

Notify me right away

Conversations Created by MeYou send a message to another Canvas user or users

Notify me right away

Scheduling

Appointment CancellationsAn appointment on your calendar is cancelled

Notify me right away

Appointment AvailabilityNew appointment timeslots are available for signup

Notify me right away

This content is adapted from the Canvas @ Yale documentation.

Trunk Tools vs. Canvas Tools

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If you use Trunk, you might depend on a particular Trunk tool. Maybe you use Resources to upload files and distribute them to your students, or maybe you use the Tests & Quizzes tool for weekly assessments. You might post Announcements about important course information or set up Forums to get your students talking. You’ll be able to do all that – and more – in Canvas.

Canvas offers many of the same tools that Trunk does, but they may have different names and work in different ways. Below is a list of common Trunk tools, what those tools are called in Canvas, and more information about how the Canvas tools work. 

In TrunkIn CanvasLearn more
AnnouncementsAnnouncementsHow do I make an announcement in a course?
Video - Announcements Overview (Instructors)
AssignmentsAssignmentsHow do I create an assignment?
Video - Assignments Overview (Instructors)
Video - Assignment Creation (Instructors)
CalendarCalendarHow do I use the Calendar?
Video - Calendar Overview (Instructors)
ForumsDiscussionsHow do I create a discussion as an instructor?
Video - Discussions Overview (Instructors)
GradebookGradesHow do I use the Gradebook?
Video - Gradebook Overview (Instructors)
LessonsModulesWhat are Modules?
How do I add a module?
Video - Modules: Creation and Management (Instructors)
MessagesInbox - ConversationsWhat are Conversations?
How do I send a message to a user in a course in Conversations?
Video - Communication Overview (Instructors)
My WorkspaceDashboard / Courses / Notifications / ProfileHow do I use the Dashboard?
How do I customize my Courses list?
Video - Notification Preferences (All Users)
Video - User Settings and Profile Picture (All Users)
ResourcesFilesHow do I use Files as an instructor?
Video - Files: Add Course Content (Instructors)
RosterPeopleHow do I use the People page as an instructor?
Video - People Overview (Instructors)
Sign-upCalendar - SchedulerWhat is the Scheduler?
How do I create an appointment group in the Scheduler?
SyllabusSyllabusHow do I use the Syllabus as an instructor?
Video - Syllabus Overview (Instructors)
Tests & QuizzesQuizzesWhat are Quizzes for instructors?
How do I create a quiz with individual questions?
Video - Quiz Creation: Questions (Instructors)
Video - Quiz Creation: Settings (Instructors)