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New topics added to series of UC Davis Canvas workshops for faculty, TAs

October 27, 2016

As instructors gain experience using UC Davis Canvas, many want to learn about more than its core features. A new series of workshops will help satisfy that interest. 

Information and Educational Technology has announced a set of UC Davis Canvas workshops for faculty and TAs through summer 2017 that will cover topics ranging from modules and rubrics to group work and mobile apps.

UC Davis Canvas is replacing SmartSite. Most instructors are already using Canvas, although SmartSite will be available for teaching through spring term.

Ransomware targets everyone … but you don’t have to be everyone

October 24, 2016

Related topic: An FBI agent will discuss cybersecurity at a free lunch talk on campus from noon to 1 p.m. 10/26 in TC 3. See details.

“Ransomware” is malicious code that hackers install on your computer to encrypt and lock up your files. Then they tell you to send them money if you want your data back.

The volume of attacks has risen sharply, and although anyone can be a victim, education is a top target. But you can take some fairly simple steps to protect yourself.

SiteFarm, a new campus resource for creating websites, moves to beta

October 13, 2016

SiteFarm, UC Davis’ modern web publishing platform, will be available to early adopters in a beta release starting October 19.

Developers and communicators can use SiteFarm to build and manage websites. SiteFarm is a central service available at no cost to campus units, and includes cloud hosting. Cascade, a content management system (CMS) adopted by the campus several years ago, continues to be available.

Some of the features and benefits of SiteFarm are:

Banner is back online

October 11, 2016

Banner, the student information system for UC Davis, is back online. So are the services that rely on Banner for student data, including myucdavis, SISWeb and SISDocs.

A hardware failure took Banner offline early on Friday, Oct. 7. The vendor replaced the hardware that afternoon. Testing revealed additional errors, which were repaired, and the vendor recommended further scans and testing. Because the Banner data files are large, that work continued throughout the weekend and Monday. Technologists turned Banner back on at 5 a.m. today, Oct. 11.

This website has more information about Banner. If you have questions, please contact the IT Express Service Desk at 530-754-HELP (4357).

Banner outage affects campus services

October 07, 2016

A hardware failure caused Banner, the student information system for UC Davis, to become unavailable as of approximately 7:30 this morning, Oct. 7. Services that depend on Banner for data, including myucdavis, SISWeb, and SISDocs, are not currently available.

The vendor, Oracle, has replaced the part that appears to have caused the failure. The campus has begun a process to restart and test the service. We expect the system to be up sometime this evening, but please check status.ucdavis.edu for updates.

Campus adds Canvas workshops for faculty on gradebook, assignments

September 29, 2016

Faculty can learn more about creating assignments in Canvas, and using Canvas as a gradebook, in two new advanced workshops that will be offered nearly a dozen times each this fall.

The sessions are meant for instructors or TAs who have at least a basic knowledge of UC Davis Canvas, the new campus learning management system. The workshops will be led by one of the instructional technologists who work for Academic Technology Services in Information and Educational Technology.

More than 1,100 courses are using UC Davis Canvas as fall begins

September 23, 2016

The transition from SmartSite to UC Davis Canvas is well underway. As of today, Sept. 23, approximately 1,000 instructors were using the new campus learning management system to teach more than 1,100 published classes enrolling 29,600 students.

“That’s more than the number of courses that are still using SmartSite,” said Todd Van Zandt, learning management system program manager. “It’s an excellent start. We appreciate the hard and thoughtful work that many people have done to get us here. We especially appreciate the work of the faculty as they have begun to adopt Canvas.”

UC Davis Canvas uptake: 97 instructors, 2,750 students, during Summer Session 2

August 10, 2016

Use of UC Davis Canvas continues to expand. During Summer Session 2, ninety-seven instructors are using the initial, limited version of the new learning management system (LMS) to teach 90 courses enrolling 2,750 students.
 
That’s up about 50 percent from Summer Session 1, when UC Davis Canvas debuted as the eventual replacement for SmartSite. The campus is transitioning to UC Davis Canvas during 2016-17, and SmartSite will remain available for teaching through spring quarter 2017.