Canvas is the leading LMS among major public research universities. Already in use by a majority of University of California campuses, California State Universities and Community Colleges, Canvas has proven to be a reliable solution to support teaching and learning. The Canvas learning platform is known for being customizable, adaptable, and reliable.
The transition to Canvas will require time, effort, and careful thought, with engagement and representation from faculty, students, and staff. A project steering committee provides guidance and oversight as UCSB adopts Canvas as the campus-wide LMS and retires the existing GauchoSpace LMS.
Below are some FAQ’s related to the change.
How can I learn more about the transition?
You can learn more about the transition by viewing our quarterly Canvas Transition Town Halls during the 2022-2023 academic year.
The Winter 2023 Canvas Transition Town Hall can be viewed at this link.
The Fall 2022 Canvas Transition Town Hall recording can be viewed at this link.
Additionally, you can read our regular updates to instructors at this link.
When will GauchoSpace be decommissioned?
GauchoSpace will be decommissioned on December 1, 2023, after which time only course materials dating back to Summer 2015 will be preserved in our administrative archive.
Will I still have access to my materials in GauchoSpace?
Instructors: Yes, for use in future courses in Canvas. Prior to decommissioning GauchoSpace we will stand up an archive of older courses dating back to Summer 2015 that will be able to be pulled into Canvas for use in future quarters (by request).
Instructors who wish to save a backup of other older courses from our archives so that they can be copied into Canvas in the future can do so by following these instructions
Students: Generally able to access course sites from the current and one previous quarter (unless the instructor has made a current course unavailable to students, or an older course site available again). Students will be able to access courses on GauchoSpace based on these guidelines.
How can instructors move their GauchoSpace course content to Canvas?
We have migrated two years of academic courses from GauchoSpace to Canvas, which includes all courses from Summer 2021 to Spring 2023. Information on how to use these migrated course materials can be found here.
Our administrative archive will store GauchoSpace courses dating back to Summer 2015. Instructors can request that we import any of those course materials into Canvas at any time in the future by emailing email@example.com
Will the transition impact my videos stored in GauchoCast / Panopto?
No, videos stored in Panopto / GacuhoCast will not be impacted by the transition to Canvas or the decommissioning of GauchoSpace.