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Our campus piloted Canvas for 2 semesters and due to a number of reasons we decided "Not" to adopt the platform. We had about 40 classes and the instructors using Canvas now wanted to retrieve their materials and assessments from Canvas and put them back into the campus LMS, Moodle. Just as a side note Canvas was actually built out on an earlier version of the open source code from Moodle. This is where the dilemma begins. Apparently, no one else has decided to walk we did. There is no way to easily remove your materials or your student work from Canvas once it goes in. Institutions need to maintain students records and the artifacts associated with their grades. This is a giant mess and I feel compelled to let the rest of the community know exactly what you are getting into. I think that this is the new model for LMS companies as I believe Bb also is making extraction of content and data out of their system difficult as well. So, be forewarned and check your options before taking that leap of faith! 

UNLV's Office of Online Education is looking for an Instructional Art Manager! Please share or apply using the link below if interested.… 



The Instructional Art (IA) Manager works to develop a campus culture that embraces digital teaching and learning by supporting instructional artists as they engage faculty in online and hybrid course development and revision. The IA Manager uses a growth mindset (Dweck, 2007) to help the instructional art team function as members of a supportive OE team. The IA Manager has strong pedagogical knowledge, art expertise, online education experience and collaborative supervisory skills that promote best practices in instructional art. The Manager supports instructional artists and faculty through the course design and development stages; evaluates OE courses for consistency with art standards and best practices; identifies and organizes resources for skill and knowledge development for OE instructional artists; and brings research-based perspectives to the art and science of instructional art. The IA Manager collaborates with the instructional design and instructional applications programming staff. The IA Manager also supports OE by working on issues, programs or projects at the request of the Director.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in Instructional Media Design, Digital Arts, Educational Technology, or related field
  • 2 years supervisory experience
  • 3-5+ years direct experience in the following areas:
    • Conceptualizing and transforming textual materials to visual elements o Using appropriate educational technology to enhance teaching and learning in online courses
    • Building courses in a learning management system in a higher education setting
    • Supporting and developing a cooperative team of professionals.
    • Teaching or training in a higher education setting
  • Formal knowledge in instructional media design and learning theories, approaches, and practices, including the ability to remain current within the discipline.
  • Ability to assess and support or shift (as needed) organizational culture 
  • Growth mindset with demonstrated ability to be resilient and agile (Broza, 2015). 
  • Instructional art skills that effectively use various technologies and practices in the online experience.
  • Ability to analyze feedback from summative evaluation of OE classes and develop strategies for instructional artists to use as they encourage faculty to improve student outcomes. 
  • Ability to support communities of practice in digital teaching and learning.
  • Adept at providing support for multiple courses in a variety of disciplines.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 5+ years experience working in higher education
  • Higher education staff supervisory experience
  • Expertise in Canvas 

Best of luck, 


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