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Start of Semester Updates

January 08, 2021

Start of Semester Updates



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Canvas-Led Training

Tuesday, January 12 & Thursday, January 14

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Our training team is gearing up for intensive Canvas training sessions. We are providing two tracks. New to Canvas Training is designed for course instructors with little to no experience with Canvas. Advanced Canvas Training is designed for course instructors who have experience using Canvas. Each training session will be led by an experienced professional from Canvas in our Texas A&M University instance. Sessions are three hours long and registration is required. Our website has more detailed information on learning objectives for each track

to help you decide which is best for you.



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Member Management is Live in ORCA

**Trainings Required**

Member management for course associate roles

is a new self-service feature for instructors to add or remove users at the section level for Lead TA, TA, Grader, Grade Submitter, and Designer roles. Two trainings are required for an individual to be added as one of the five course associate roles to a course section in Canvas: FERPA training (TrainTraq Course 11012) and Information Security Awareness training (TrainTraq Course 3001).


Please note that if an individual has been assigned to a course section via Compass by a Department Scheduler and does not have the two required TrainTraq trainings, the individual will not be removed from course sections ahead of the semester. However, if an individual has not successfully completed the trainings by February 5, 2021, they will be removed from the course section. Once trainings are complete, the individual will have access to the course section again.


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Deadline for Combining Courses in Canvas is January 11

Course combinations can be completed through ORCA. Instructions and FAQs on how to create a combined course can be found here.

The self-service course combination feature in ORCA will be disabled for course instructors on January 11 at 11:59 p.m. (CST). Requests to combine courses will need to be made through after the deadline.


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January Canvas Video Update

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Stay up to date with the Canvas implementation! This month’s update includes demos of Member Management and Course Combining in ORCA.