Canvas to Replace Blackboard

Blackboard, the Learning Management System (LMS) first piloted at the Smith School in 2001 and used campus-wide since 2006, will be replaced by Canvas in Spring 2013.

Resources and support

"Getting Started" workshops

Because each workshop will be hands-on it will be held in the 3515 computer lab and limited to 15 participants. If you have a TA, staff member or other course builder helping with your course space, please share this invitation with them and encourage them to come too.
See the schedule and register at: (these are in addition to those being offered at McKeldin and CSC by Div of IT) :

Other support

Additional support on this and other other more specific topics will be provided in several modes in the coming months, including webinars, face-face workshops and recorded tutorials. These will be added to the schedule at the link above.

Smith IT will also be offering walk-in office hours to help with your quick questions on a first-come first-served basis.  Please stop by the Help Desk to see who is on duty.  Time will be limited, so if you think you will need more than 15 minutes with one of us, please schedule an appointment by contacting  

Schedule and Registration for VMH support

Division of IT Support

See the calendar at for workshop dates. Register at the Training@Maryland site by following the Course Catalog and Learning Technology Institute links at If you are registering for an LTI workshop for the first time, please be sure to select the "Self Pay" payment option (although there is no charge).

Dates to remember

  • January 1, 2013 - Students will no longer be able to log into Blackboard. Please advise your students to download and save any material they wish to keep before then. We will not be able to retrieve anything they failed to back up.
  • June 30, 2013 - Blackboard server will be decommissioned. Contents there will be available to Faculty and Staff until this time.

If you have any concerns, please contact or  We will be happy to do our best to answer your questions.