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Campus Messages

Spring Course Shells Now Available in Canvas

November 07, 2022

Spring 2023 course shells are now available in Canvas in an unpublished state. Once you publish your course, it will be available to students in a Read Only state until the first day of classes. Course shells for the Half Year term will be released separately. We will communicate more information as details are confirmed in the coming days.

TAMU Qatar Student End of Term Course Evaluations are Live: Students

November 01, 2022

Student Course Evaluations for your Fall 2022 courses are now available until November 8, 2022. Please take a few minutes to provide your feedback on the course(s) you were enrolled in this semester.

Now Live: Student Observer Role Opt-In Process for Athletics

August 30, 2022

The Student Observer role access in Canvas is designed to reduce the administrative burden for instructors who have student athletes in their course sections. A faculty opt-in process gives Instructors of Record the option to allow Scholastic Supervisors to use Canvas to track, monitor, and report requirements to ensure student athletes at TAMU meet NCAA eligibility standards.

Start of Semester - Students

August 24, 2022

Key reminders to ensure your success in the digital learning environment this fall

Fall 2022 Student Observer Access

August 22, 2022

This message was delivered to a discrete list of student-athletes.

Start of Semester Reminders

August 16, 2022

Welcome to the Start of the Fall 2022 Semester!

Final Grade Submission Information

August 08, 2022

Steps for Finalizing Grades in Canvas and Submitting Grades to Howdy

Zoom Maintenance - Scheduled End-of-life for Clients Below 5.3.0 (8/6/2022)

August 04, 2022

On August 6, 2022, Zoom will be retiring older client versions to address a security vulnerability. After August 6, 2022, Zoom users will not be able to log in or join meetings from versions below 5.3.0. We highly recommend you regularly download and update to the latest version of Zoom software to take advantage of the latest security and functionality features.

Fall Course Shells Now Available in Canvas

July 18, 2022

Fall 2022 course shells are now available in Canvas in an unpublished state. Once you publish your course, it will be available to students in a Read Only state until the first day of the term.

Opt In Confirmed: Student Observer(s) Enrolled

June 09, 2022

Your request to opt in to the Observer Program for Athletics for your Summer 2022 course(s) is confirmed.

Now Live: Student Observer Role Opt-In Process for Athletics

June 03, 2022

The Student Observer role access in Canvas has been designed to reduce the administrative burden for instructors who have student athletes in their course sections. A faculty opt-in process gives Instructors of Record the option to allow Scholastic Supervisors to use Canvas to track, monitor, and report requirements to ensure student athletes at TAMU meet NCAA eligibility standards.

Canvas Observer Access

June 01, 2022

This message was delivered to a discrete list of student-athletes.

Reminders for Summer 2022 Terms

May 26, 2022

Course Setup Checklist, Course Merge Deadlines, Learning Technology News

Now Live at TAMU! Get Help Directly in Canvas

April 25, 2022

Now Live! Enhanced support for all your digital learning environment needs is now available to all Texas A&M faculty, teaching staff, and students.

Now Live! Enhanced Support for Digital Learning Environment

April 25, 2022

Now Live! Enhanced support for all your digital learning environment needs is now available to all Texas A&M faculty, teaching staff, and students.

Coming Soon! Enhanced Support for Digital Learning Environment

April 20, 2022

We are thrilled to announce that beginning Monday, April 25 all Texas A&M University students, faculty, and teaching staff will have access to enhanced support for all your digital learning environment needs! We are partnering with Canvas to be able to offer 24/7/365 support that is accessed directly from Canvas via the Help button.

Opted Out of the Observer Program for Athletics

February 01, 2022

You have successfully opted out to the Observer Program for Athletics for your Spring 2022 course sections.

Opt In Confirmed: Student Observer(s) Enrolled

February 01, 2022

Your request to opt in to the Observer Program for Athletics for your Spring 2022 courses is confirmed.

You Have Opted Out of the Observer Program for Athletics

February 01, 2022

You are receiving this message as we did not receive a response via ORCA on your prefernce to opt in to the Observer Program for Athletics during the designated window.

End of Semester Reminders

November 30, 2021

REMINDERS TO SUPPORT YOUR END OF SEMESTER TEACHING AND LEARNING EFFORTS
We appreciate your support in our first full semester using Canvas at Texas A&M University.

Reminders for Summer II Term

June 30, 2021

Course Merge Deadlines
The deadline to request course section merges through aihelp@tamu.edu is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 2. Due to a potential loss of student data, no exceptions will be made. 
Review the full list of merge deadlines for each semester.
 

Updates for Learning Management System

May 26, 2021

Dear Colleagues,

I want to express my deepest gratitude for your extraordinary work and dedication the last academic year. As we have successfully concluded the spring semester, it is clear that your dedication and resilience have contributed to the success of our students. 

Reminders for Summer 2021 Terms

May 24, 2021

Summer 2021 terms begin next week, June 1. Review this email for a refresh on the deadlines approaching for course merges, duplicate sections, and the Aggie Proctoring Center. 

Fall Course Shell Release Date

May 11, 2021

All Fall 2021 courses, full (202141) and half-year (202135) terms, are now available in Canvas in an unpublished state. Once you publish your course, it will be available to students in a Read Only state until the first day of the term.



eCampus and HonorLock Outage

March 11, 2021

eCampus Outage

Blackboard will be performing emergency maintenance between 1:00 a.m. -  5:00 a.m. CST Friday, March 12. During this time, eCampus will be unavailable. Please make note of the system outage and plan accordingly.



eCampus Outage Alert

January 28, 2021

eCampus will be unavailable between 1:00 a.m. -  5:00 a.m. CST Friday, January 29 for maintenance. Please make note of the system outage and plan accordingly.

ZOOM Login through SSO

January 21, 2021

To access Zoom meetings generated by Texas A&M University Zoom accounts for your courses, office hours, and other academic activities, please be sure to sign into Zoom using the SSO option.

There are two ways to sign into Zoom using SSO.



Start of Semester Updates

January 08, 2021

Canvas-Led Training Tuesday, January 12 & Thursday, January 14 Sign Up Here!
Member Management is Live in ORCA **Trainings Required**
Deadline for Combining Courses in Canvas is January 11
January Canvas Video Update Watch Here! Stay up to date with the Canvas implementation! This month’s update includes demos of Member Management and Course Combining in ORCA.



Holiday TimeSavers

December 14, 2020

We've packaged time savers just for you!

Quick Links

A comprehensive list of links from Keep Teaching, Keep Learning, and LMS websites to easily navigate and get you where you want to be faster.
 

Canvas-Led Trainings in January

A series of 3-hour intensive sessions led by a Canvas learning specialist. Beginner and advanced tracks are available. Sign up today!
 

Social Media Toolkit

A downloadable toolkit designed for College Communicators and those charged with amplifying content about the digital learning environment.



Spring Courses Available in Learning Management Systems

November 17, 2020

All Spring 2021 courses have now been loaded in both Canvas and eCampus. Courses in Canvas are unpublished and courses in eCampus are inactive. Per the Provost’s email on June 29th 2020, the expectation is that all course instructors communicate to students in the syllabus which learning management system (LMS) will be used to teach each course. We encourage you to select one LMS to use per course to avoid confusion for your students.

End of Semester Planning

November 17, 2020

Dear Course Instructors,

We have curated several resources to support you in your end-of-semester teaching and learning efforts. Thank you to the Exam Experience Committee led by Dr. Christian Brannstrom for compiling many of these resources.

Online Proctoring Solutions at a Glance

Course instructors should select an online proctoring solution that best meets assessment objectives.



Big Splash

November 10, 2020

The Big Splash is for all course instructors, teaching assistants, and staff who support teaching and learning at Texas A&M University. We have designed the Big Splash to link best practices and innovative technology applications to the Canvas learning environment, yet we also recognize that not everyone has opted into using Canvas yet. Each session is intended to be inclusive of the modes of delivery at Texas A&M University for the Fall 2020 semester and offer insights and ideas to meet you where you are, wherever you are, in preparing.

Multimedia Storage Solutions Available in Learning Management Systems

November 03, 2020

Canvas course file quotas have been increased from 500MB to 1GB.  In addition, we have two opportunities to help you integrate large files and multimedia assets; and create collaborative spaces to enhance the student experience within your course.

eCampus System Outage Saturday, Oct. 3

October 01, 2020

eCampus will be unavailable between 1 a.m – noon (Central) Saturday, Oct. 3 for maintenance.

Interim Exam Guidance for eCampus Users 9/30/20 to 10/2/20

September 30, 2020

Over the past few weeks, Texas A&M University’s instance of Blackboard (eCampus) has been unreliable during peak exam times. The LMS teams have, and will continue, to meet with leadership at Blackboard daily until there is resolution from Blackboard.

eCampus Outage Updates

September 18, 2020

Over the past week eCampus has encountered performance issues where at times the system is slow or unresponsive. The Learning Management (LMS) administrative team has urged Blackboard to resolve the issue as soon as possible. 

Honorlock Online Proctoring Solution Available in Learning Management Systems

September 11, 2020

Honorlock automated plus live pop-in proctoring for online exams is now available in Canvas and eCampus. We encourage you to explore the resources below in advance of taking an exam using Honorlock. 

Honorlock Online Proctoring Solution Available in Learning Management Systems

September 11, 2020

Honorlock automated plus live pop-in proctoring for online exams is now available to all Texas A&M University course instructors via Canvas and eCampus. Honorlock requires the use of a learning management system. As a reminder, all Fall 2020 courses have been provisioned a course in both Canvas and eCampus. 

IT ALERT: eCampus system outage

September 10, 2020

eCampus will be unavailable between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. Central Time for emergency database maintenance.

Please make note and plan accordingly for the scheduled outage.

Zoom Outage

August 24, 2020

The web version of Zoom is experiencing a nationwide outage. Texas A&M University users can still join Zoom meetings using the desktop or mobile app. 
 

Message to Students: Canvas Course Access

August 18, 2020

If your course instructor has indicated you will use Canvas for that particular course, below are important updates:



Canvas Implementation Message: Daily Processes Occurring in Canvas

August 17, 2020

If you are using Canvas to deliver your course instruction this fall, please see below so that you are aware of when you can expect updates to take effect in your course courses:



Fall Courses Available in Learning Management Systems

July 15, 2020

All Fall 2020 courses have now been loaded in both Canvas and eCampus. Courses in Canvas are unpublished and courses in eCampus are inactive.

Canvas Practice Course Shells Now Live for Fall Course Instructors

July 06, 2020

Fall Course Instructors should now have access to a practice shell in Canvas. We encourage you to follow the steps below to get started with Canvas and explore additional resources to support your entrée into Canvas. 



Keep Teaching Updates for Summer 2020 Terms

May 11, 2020

If you are teaching in Summer 2020, you should now have access to your course in eCampus. We recommend you use Texas A&M University's Learning Management System – eCampus – as the university continues its Keep Teaching initiative. 

Canvas Comes this Summer in "Waves"

April 13, 2020

Texas A&M University has begun implementation of the new Learning Management System (LMS), Canvas, and we anticipate it being available for piloting for faculty teaching during the second summer session. 

Selection of new Learning Management System

January 08, 2020

Provost Fierke announces that Texas A&M University has selected Canvas by Instructure, Inc. as the university’s new centrally-supported learning management system (LMS).