POLL: Instructors’ top Canvas concerns

In Spring 2018, we surveyed all instructors about the challenges involved in using Canvas. We’ve summarized the results and what is being done to address the top concerns.

27% of respondents cited Canvas gradebook as the area where they have the most concerns. Canvas is already working on a new gradebook, so for the time-being we are monitoring their progress closely. There are two concerns we will be addressing with custom development: 6.5% raised concerns with the Canvas email system, and 4% raised concerns with the lack of campus student ID numbers in Canvas. We will be building a custom mail list system to replace the EEE Legacy ClassMail Lists before that service is retired from EEE, and we are working to determine how we could get campus student ID numbers into the Canvas gradebook (it's not straight-forward, but we're determined to find a way!). We are focusing on resources to address the remaining concerns, which included 7% mentioning file management, 6.5% assignments, 6.5% time-consuming nature of working in Canvas, 5% quizzes, and 4.5% turnitin.com integration. To address the issues in those areas, we are focusing on improving training, support, and documentation. Finally, although we asked about pain points, we were surprised to see that 16.5% of responses were positive highlights! We're also looking at ways we can help to highlight the features of Canvas that instructors are finding the most useful.
Results summary for Spring 2018 survey of instructors’ top Canvas concerns

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Feedback like this is invaluable to the transition project and we greatly appreciate the time instructors took to complete this survey and share their experiences with the EEE Team.

We welcome your questions, comments, and concerns and encourage you to reach out any time via eee-support@uci.edu!