ANNOUNCING: Canvas is available for Spring 2020 courses.
Canvas is highly recommended as your LMS in Spring 2020, although Canvas and Moodle will run simultaneously with faculty having the option to choose. For Summer 2020 and beyond, Canvas will be the college’s Learning Management System, and Moodle will no longer be available.
Canvas Login: https://ramapo.instructure.com
This link redirects all users (faculty and students) to the Ramapo Single Sign-on page. Use your Ramapo login and password to open the Canvas Dashboard. You can begin working on your courses at any time in Canvas.
Many of you are pre-enrolled in our online Ramapo Canvas Faculty Training course (Growing with Canvas). On the Canvas Dashboard, there is additional information for learning how to use Canvas through Canvas Teacher tutorials. The tutorials and other online resources are the most helpful way for beginning to understand how Canvas works.
We have also created tutorials and TechSmith Relay video presentations for how to copy content from one course to another within Canvas:
And how to migrate content from Moodle to Canvas is available at:
For convenience, content has been migrated from copies of the Spring 2019 Moodle courses into a Spring 2019 Term on Canvas. These may be copied into Spring 2020 courses from within Canvas.
An organizational difference between Canvas and Moodle is the use of Modules instead of weeks or topics. Content imported from Moodle will be converted to the Canvas Module format. If you are more interested in completely redesigning your course, you may create new Modules by starting with the empty Canvas course shell.
Students enrollments are already being added to Canvas. You will need to inform your students whether you are using Canvas or Moodle. On the student Canvas Dashboard, there will be information for Canvas Student tutorials:
IMPORTANT: If you choose to use Canvas, make sure that your Moodle course for Spring 2020 is Hidden, and that your Canvas Course is Published. (On the upper right side of your Canvas Course Home Page, select the checkbox for Publish and see that the Background color changes to Green.)
You can also drop into the IDC lab in ASB 223 from 8:30 am-4:30 pm for individual support. In addition, Karl Johnson is the faculty fellow for IDC this year. Karl will work with faculty members to help design their Canvas courses.
We would like to encourage all faculty to use Canvas. At a minimum, you can use Canvas to share your syllabi and readings (so they do not need to be printed) and to keep students updated about their grades. Students have voiced strong support for better grade awareness throughout the semester. In addition, you will find that the submission of writing assignments works very well in Canvas and should make providing feedback and grading efficient and convenient for you.
Feel free to reach out to IDC if you have any questions or concerns at this time. The IDC team is here to support you.