This page preserves the text of the "Who's Involved?" page of the WebCT Replacement Project website as it was on March 18, 2013.

Who's involved?

You are. Every member of the SFU community has a role to play in ensuring that we find and implement the best technologies to support teaching and learning at SFU. We encourage you to use the communication channels on this website to contribute your comments, questions, and experiences.

Certain service units like the Teaching and Learning Centre and the Centre for Online and Distance Education will play ongoing roles during the selection and implementation process, and the Vice-President, Academic, will have final decision-making authority. However, execution and oversight of the project will be shared primarily by the groups listed below (see also organizational chart).

Learning and Teaching Coordinating Committee (LTCC)

Gord Myers, Associate Vice-President, Academic (Chair)
Cheryl Amundsen
, Director, Institute for the Study of Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines
Laurie Anderson
, Executive Director, Vancouver Campus
Frances Atkinson
, Director of Institutional, Collaborative and Academic Technologies, IT Services
Stephanie Chu
, Director, Teaching and Learning Centre
Malgorzata Dubiel
, University Teaching Fellow, Faculty Representative
Elaine Fairey
, Associate University Librarian and Director, Library and Student Learning Commons
Jane Hawkins
, Director, Administrative Services, Surrey Campus
Nancy Johnston
, Senior Director Student Learning and Retention, Student Services
Peter Liljedahl
, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies
Brian Naicker
, Director, Centre for Online and Distance Education
Stephen Spector
, University Teaching Fellow, Faculty Representative

Role:

  • Provides oversight of teaching and learning area in SFU's governance structure for IT; reports to the IT Strategies Committee
  • Part of SFU’s governance structure for IT; its senior committee is the IT Strategies Committee
  • Define the initial scope and shape of the project
  • Mostly serve a review and approval function
  • Also serve in an advisory capacity to the ESC
  • Make final purchase recommendation to IT Strategies Committee

Executive Steering Committee (ESC)

Jon Driver, Vice-President, Academic (Chair)
Bill Krane, Special Advisor to Vice-President, Academic
Jay Black, Chief Information Officer
Alastair Lindsay, Graduate Student Representative
Martin Laba, Director, Academic Community Engagement
Kris Magnusson, Representative from IT Strategies Committee
Stephen Spector, Chair of SCUTL

Role:

  • Senior management group for the LMS project, directing the actions of the Project Team and consulting with the LTCC as required
  • Recommend the preferred application(s) for adoption
  • Oversee implementation of new learning technologies and development of support system

Canvas Directors Team (CDT)

Bill Krane, Special Advisor to Vice-President, Academic (Chair)
Jay Black, Chief Information Officer
Frances Atkinson, Director of Institutional, Collaborative and Academic Technologies, IT Services
Stephanie Chu, Director, Teaching and Learning Centre
Martin Laba, Director, Academic Community Engagement
Brian Naicker, Director, Centre for Online and Distance Education
Dorothy Paukste, Project Manager, WebCT Replacement Project

Resources

Lynda Williams, Manager, Learning Technology, Teaching and Learning Centre
Keith Fong, Senior Systems Consultant, IT Services

Role:

  • Provide operational decision-making and guidance as part of the project team

Project Team

Team Leader: Dorothy Paukste, Project Manager

Mark Bachmann, Communications Officer, Teaching and Learning Centre
Alan Doree, Program Director, Centre for Online and Distance Education (CODE)
Keith Fong, Senior Systems Consultant, IT Services
Donald Mok, Co-op Student (Business Analyst)
Stephanie Reimer, Communications Assistant
Erika Rivas, Office Support
Lynda Williams, Manager, Learning Technology, Teaching and Learning Centre
Kyle Woo, Functional Analyst

The project team implements the decisions of the Canvas Implementation Team, coordinates the activities resulting from those decisions, and carries out the day-to-day operations of the project. Members of this team also give direction to the functional and technical project teams.

Role:

  • Handle project administration
  • Guide and coordinate activities of functional and technical teams, such as training
  • Manage communications activities for the project

Project Team – Functional

Team Leader: Lynda Williams, Manager, Learning Technology, Teaching and Learning Centre

This team was responsible for determining what the new application needed to be able to do in order to support the teaching and learning needs and visions of the SFU community. Now that Canvas has been selected as SFU's LMS, this team is working to ensure a smooth migration of courses and course content from WebCT to Canvas. In addition, it is developing training and support options for instructors.

Role:

  • Conduct interviews, meetings, focus groups, and surveys to identify users' requirements
  • Use materials, where possible, from comparable institutions that have gone through this process
  • Conduct test scenarios for instructor and student testing of short-listed applications
  • Develop support plan for transition, pre- and post-migration instructional design and content fixes, and future sustainment
  • Estimate future functional support needs and costs
  • Create and execute communications plans

Project Team – Technical

Team Leader: Keith Fong, Senior Systems Consultant

This team was responsible for determining the technical specifications that would enable new learning technologies to meet the functional requirements of the SFU community within the constraints. Now that Canvas has been selected as SFU's LMS, this team is working to install Canvas at SFU and to coordinate and implement the technical processes required to move courses and course content from WebCT to Canvas.

Role:

  • Set up test instances of short-listed applications for functional evaluation
  • Evaluate applications for fit to SFU's technical infrastructure, security, backup, ability to integrate with class rosters, future provisioning of course space, availability of content migration tools, etc.
  • Describe any technical show stoppers that make an application unsuitable for implementation
  • Evaluate technical support needs
  • Estimate costs for license, infrastructure, maintenance, and support
  • Install Canvas at SFU
  • Coordinate the migration of courses and course content from WebCT to Canvas
  • Address technical issues identified by users during and after the migration process