Reminders for Summer II Term
Course Merge Deadlines
The deadline to request course section merges through firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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
All Fall 2021 courses, full (202141) and half-year (202135) terms, are now available in Canvas in an unpublished state.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
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
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
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
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.
We've packaged time savers just for you!
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
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
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.
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
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
eCampus will be unavailable between 1 a.m – noon (Central) Saturday, Oct. 3
Interim Exam Guidance for eCampus Users 9/30/20 to 10/2/20
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Canvas Comes this Summer in "Waves"
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
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).