From January 2022, Blackboard will be replaced with a new learning management system called Canvas. Semester 2 and Trimester 3 will be the last terms delivered in Blackboard, and Summer 1 will be the first term delivered in Canvas.
Why is it changing?
Canvas has a more consistent, intuitive user interface, providing you with a better learning experience. Your courses will be consistent to navigate allowing you time to focus on your studies.
Beyond the consistent approach, Canvas has some improved features including:
- A What-if grade – This allows you to enter a hypothetical grade in the Canvas Grades section to predict what mark you need in future assignments.
- Accessibility – Canvas is built with accessibility in mind. The built in Immersive Reader improves access and Canvas is committed to the W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative.
- Canvas Calendar – this allows you to view due dates for all your courses in one place. You can subscribe to the calendar feed to import your Canvas Calendar to your preferred calendar.
- Canvas Community– The Canvas Community has a range of guides and support to help you in navigating Canvas.
- Canvas Student App – The app allows you to access courses and groups using a mobile device. Canvas provides a comparison of functions between the web version and app.
- Canvas Passport – Canvas offers students a self-paced course to learn everything you need to know about Canvas.
When will it change?
Semester 2 and Trimester 3 are the last terms to be delivered through Blackboard. For students enrolling in any term from Summer Term 1, courses will be hosted in Canvas.
What do I have to do?
If you have any material you want to keep, including notes, assignments, discussions, you should download them and save them now. Your contributions will not be retained in Blackboard after 31 December 2021. Keep in mind in future terms you may want to reference some previous assignment submissions, or contributions you made to a course. Make sure you download what you need now.
We will provide access to course resources for six months after the term end of Semester 2 and Trimester 3 for your reference.
We will send through information on how to access and use Canvas when you start studying. We have also created this Introduction to Canvas for more information on the features and terminology of Canvas.
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