June 16 Workshops on Canvas, the new Learning Management System for UC Davis

Dear UC Davis Faculty Colleagues, Because of the dramatically increased interest in UC Davis Canvas, the Learning Management System to be rolled out officially this coming fall quarter, 2016, we in Academic Technology Services are offering a series of Canvas workshops on Thursday, June 16th from 9-12. We will meet in the Student Community Center Computer […]

A New LMS for UC Davis — Canvas!

Dear Fellow Faculty and Learning Enthusiasts, As you have seen elsewhere, UC Davis has chosen a new Learning Management System to replace SmartSite: Canvas! I will let the following announcement by UC Davis Provost Ralph Hexter speak for itself. We look forward to the conversations about this exciting new set of tools.   Dear Colleagues: I […]

Reviving the Educational Technology Partners Program

  We are pleased to announce that Academic Technology Services is reviving — perhaps the better verb is resurrecting — the Educational Technology Partners Program, colloquially known as the ET Partners Program. Some longtime users of instructional technology might remember the band of undergraduates who would welcome visitors, answer emails, and even bike out to faculty […]

LMS Transition Survey Extended to June 15

If you haven’t done so already, please take a moment to share your perspective on the Future of SmartSite by responding to the LMS Transition Survey. The survey asks you to prioritize specific LMS tools and features, and invites you to submit additional questions, comments, or concerns. We welcome feedback from all UC Davis community […]

Video Recording of the LMS Showcase

We had a great experience last Friday at the LMS Showcase! The presentations (by Asahi Net, Canvas, and Desire2Learn) were very informative and sparked some great conversations. If you weren’t able to join us, we welcome you to watch the video recording of the presentations: http://webcast.ucdavis.edu/lmsshowcase Please note that the recording is only available to […]

The Future of SmartSite: LMS Showcase on Friday, May 23

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the LMS Showcase this Friday, May 23. We’ll be in the Memorial Union (MU II and King’s Lounge) from 9am-3pm. At the event, Sakai, Desire2Learn, and Canvas will all give presentations and answer questions about their learning management systems. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the systems on […]

Video: The Future of SmartSite (an update on the LMS Transition Initiative)

Today’s DOLCE (Discussing Online Learning and Collaborative Education) focused on the LMS Transition Initiative project. As seen in the video below, Andy Jones gave an update on the LMS Working Group’s progress over the last year, and invited discussion and comments from the DOLCE attendees. To contribute to the ongoing discussions about the future of […]

Save the Date! LMS Vendor Showcase: May 23

UC Davis’ learning management system (LMS), SmartSite, is currently powered by Sakai, but our contract is ending soon. Consequently, for the last year, the LMS Working Group (a subset of the Campus Council for Information Technology/Educational Technology Subcommittee) has been investigating LMS options. As part of that process, we recently published a Request for Proposal, […]