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08/18/2020: Canvas User Profile Deactivation Coming Soon [UPDATED]

The Canvas User Profile feature will no longer be deactivated at the start of the Fall semester. However, we still recommend that instructors include their profile information directly within their courses using either the "Start Here" page or an introductory discussion thread to make this information as accessible to students as possible and to help foster a sense of community within the course.

With the start of the Fall semester on August 24th, 2020, the Canvas user profile feature will no longer be available for use. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any information from your Canvas profile that you wish to retain, you will need to save it elsewhere before the user profile feature is disabled on August 23, 2020.

How can I check to see if I created a Canvas profile?

  1. Log in to FSU’s Canvas.
  2. Click on this user profile link to be taken to your personal Canvas profile page.
  3. If there is any information under the “biography” or “links” portion of your profile page, please note that these areas will disappear when we disable the profile feature. You will need to copy this information and save it somewhere else before August 23, 2020.

I've spent time creating my profile; what should I do with that information?

Instructors, we strongly recommend that you add the biographical content from your user profile into your course's Start Here page. The Start Here page template includes space for an instructor bio at the top and then outlines a standardized guide for getting started in the course: links to syllabus and course schedule, purchasing course materials, ensuring Canvas settings are adjusted correctly, making the student aware of library and other support services, and beginning the first part of the course content.

Here is an example of what the Start Here page template looks like:
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decorative image of Start Here page

If you do not already have a Start Here page in your course, you have two options:

  1. Import the ODL remote teaching shell into your course.
    This shell comes with a Syllabus template in addition to a Start Here page and some other items.

    Important note: We only recommend this option if you have not already started to customize your course Syllabus page. Your previous syllabus will be overwritten when you import the remote teaching shell, so any changes that you had previously made will need to be made to the Syllabus page again after you import the remote teaching shell.

  2. Create a Start Here page directly within your course site.
    This will not have any impact on your course syllabus. Once you have created your Start Here page, you can add a link to it in your Syllabus, in a “welcome to the class!” course announcement, or on your course homepage. Simply follow the directions in our Design Tools Template resource.

How can I have my students share their profile information with me once this feature is unavailable?

If you have previously encouraged your students to add information to their Canvas profile as part of your course's introductory activities, then you will need to plan to have your students put this information somewhere else starting in Fall 2020. We recommend instead using the Canvas Discussions tool to facilitate an introductory discussion thread in which you and your students can share the same information that would ordinarily be found in the Canvas profile feature. This approach offers some benefits beyond relying on the Canvas profile feature: You and your students can interact with each other within the introductory discussion thread, helping to build community within your course from the outset. In addition, you can opt to use this introductory discussion as a first day attendance activity, so it can meet several course needs simultaneously.

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