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By 2021/22, all staff delivering taught programmes at the University will use Canvas as their virtual learning environment or VLE.

As part of the final step in the phased move to the University’s new VLE, all modules will be delivered through Canvas from the start of the 2021/22 academic year. This applies to all taught programmes (UG and PG), online distance courses run by the University and courses offered by The Academy for staff. (Please note: This does not apply to Kaplan courses.)

Access to VITAL will end on 31 July 2021

All teaching and learning activities currently delivered via VITAL – including assessments and feedback – will need to be migrated to Canvas before 31 July 2021, in line with the end of the University’s existing contract.

Decisions around this timing have been subject to extensive discussions, and we appreciate that this timing is not ideal in the current circumstances – with some aspects of teaching, assessments and resits still being live at or around this date.

Local plans are being developed within Faculties and Schools, which will work in conjunction with central activities to minimise the potential disruption to students and staff, while also offering the guidance and support needed to assist you in the process of moving from VITAL onto Canvas.

What will happen to your VITAL modules?

As part of this process, module content covering the 2016/17 to 2019/20 academic sessions will be automatically migrated from VITAL. This content will be available within Canvas from Easter, with 2020/21 materials following in May.

Academic staff will need to review and publish this content, making it available to students within Canvas, ahead of the 31 July 2021 deadline.

While this migration process will successfully move the majority of learning content into Canvas, unfortunately it is unable to support the transfer of student submissions, feedback and assignments made using a range of specific tools or 3rd party apps within VITAL. Please note: This does not apply to Turnitin submissions, which will remain available to staff via their existing Turnitin accounts.

For more information on what happens to VITAL content when it’s migrated plus the latest updates, check the Canvas at Liverpool website - Moving from VITAL (Blackboard).

We appreciate that the current situation relating to Covid-19 remains both dynamic and challenging. As such, the Board and Steering Group will continue to keep current plans and priorities under careful review.

Training and support

The best way to discover what Canvas has to offer is to log on and start using the VLE for yourself.

There is a variety of training and webinar sessions available to staff.

The good news is that if you have any questions about how to use Canvas, you can get advice via the Canvas Tier 1 support team, 24/7, 365-days-a-year. The Tier 1 team offers you an unprecedented level of support via email, online chat or telephone – to access this support, click the Help menu on your Canvas dashboard.

Our vision for Canvas

Moving to Canvas is an opportunity to open up conversations around digital education and the role of the VLE at the University. It is an opportunity to empower programme teams to deliver rich, blended learning experiences for students using the array of new tools that Canvas provides. It is an opportunity for us to innovate current teaching practice, extend the digital capabilities of our staff and boost student digital fluency.