Canvas will replace Gauchospace in fall 2023


Current UC Santa Barbara students will be the last to use Gauchospace — the university’s individualized learning management system — before it’s replaced by Canvas by fall 2023.

The Gauchospace transition has already begun, with nearly 200 Classes having already switched to Canvas, a system already used by most University of California campuses.

“Canvas is currently rolling out gradually through the 2022-23 academic year, and the vast majority of classes are expected to be on Canvas by fall 2023,” said Kiki Reyes, media relations manager. from UCSB, to the Nexus in an email statement.

The transition away from Gauchospace is rooted in upcoming changes to Moodle, the platform that runs Gauchospace. Moodle, in its current form, will not be available in fall 2023, which would deprive Gauchospace of security updates and could risk the security of critical campus data, according to the UCSB Information Technology website.

Gauchospace is expected to end operations by the end of the academic year as part of a system-wide transition to Canvas. Orientation and supervision of the transition are provided by a project steering committee.

“The transition to Canvas will take time, effort and careful thought, with the commitment and representation of faculty, students and staff,” read the UCSB Canvas Transition Page.

Funding for the transition is provided by the California Budget Act 2021, which allocated funds for all UC campuses to transition to a common learning management system by the start of the 2023 academic year. -24.

With the exception of UC San Francisco, all UC campuses are moving or have already moved to Canvas.

Spring 2023 term will be the last term that Gauchospace is generally available to instructors, with some exceptions, before it is removed as an option in fall 2023.

Students and instructors will have the chance to ask questions and learn more about the move to Canvas during a virtual town hall on October 20. hosted by the university.

A version of this article originally appeared on p. 3 of the September 29, 2022 print edition of the Daily Nexus.

Marc Alfred

Mark Alfred (he/him) is the Associate News Editor for the 2022-23 school year. Contact us at [email protected] or 858-413-7384 (iMessage/WhatsApp/Signal/Telegram).

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