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?
How can instructors move their GauchoSpace course content to Canvas?
We are working with an outside vendor to automatically migrate two years of academic courses from GauchoSpace to Canvas.
Summer 2021 to Summer 2022 courses will be available prior to Winter 2023, for use in Winter instruction. Courses from the 2022-2023 academic year will be migrated in Summer 2023. Additionally, we will have a process in place prior to Summer 2023 for requesting the migration of older courses. If instructors wish to use Canvas in advance of the migration, they can backup a GauchoSpace course site and import it into Canvas following the steps in this help page.
UPDATE: The initial migration of courses from GauchoSpace to Canvas has been delayed and will be completed during the Winter 2023 quarter.
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 that will be able to be pulled into Canvas for use in future quarters.
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.
When can I build a course in Canvas for Winter 2023?
Instructors will be able to build course sites in Canvas for Winter 2023 after November 8, 2022. Instructors will need to log in to GauchoSpace in order to build course sites in either Canvas or GauchoSpace by following these instructions. Instructors will need to be listed as instructor of record in order to build course sites. If instructors wish to build materials in advance, they can use their sandbox in Canvas, or request another sandbox by emailing email@example.com.
How do I request a project site to be migrated?
Project sites can either be requested to be automatically migrated during Summer 2023 or they can be manually migrated by requesting a Canvas course site shell and proceeding through the steps here. Project site owners can request a project site to be migrated by either option by putting in a request here.