Titusville Welcomes Back Students; Highlights Switch from ANGEL to Canvas

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August 25, 2014 - Titusville Campus students flocked to their Campus Pavilion on the first day of the Fall Term's second week and enjoyed free food, prizes and the chance to learn about EFSC’s new online learning management system, Canvas.

The traditional Welcome Back event featured a "Canvas Your Campus" theme to highlight the transition from the ANGEL Learning Management System to the Canvas LMS.

Fall welcome back students
Daisy Sánchez, on the left, and Triana Ustariz talk with EFSC BAS Advising Coordinator Jacinta Dawson about Bachelor of Applied Science programs during the Titusville Welcome Back event.

That transition began this summer when about 60 classes used Canvas instead of ANGEL. More courses are being taught in Canvas this fall and starting Spring Term 2015 ANGEL will be completely phased out and Canvas will be EFSC's only LMS.

Event attendee Ryan Weaver, an Information Technology student, offered a student’s perspective: “I’m still getting used to using Canvas, but I can tell it’s easier than ANGEL for getting into your grades.”

Students strolled by each booth, gathering materials and free giveaways, such as pens and backpacks.

Handing out some of these giveaways were Dr. Erin Baird, North Regional Coordinator, Center for Service-Learning and Sarah Woodring, Center for Service Learning assistant. They were on hand to tell students how the Service Learning Center can showcase their volunteer work on their college transcripts.

In addition to information about Canvas, the event also showcased EFSC’s new bachelor degree programs and clubs.

Presenting an overview of the Bachelor of Applied Science degrees was BAS Advising Coordinator Jacinta Dawson. She met with several students, including Daisy Sάnchez and Triana Ustariz, both planning to earn their bachelor degrees at EFSC. Sάnchez wants to become a surgeon and intends to pursue a BAS Degree in Applied Health Science with a concentration in Advanced Allied Health. Ustariz is currently pursuing her A.A. and plans to become an ultrasound technician.

Daniel Myers enjoyed the festivities of the day on his way to a club meeting for Students Overcoming Life’s Obstacles, SOLO. “At first I was hesitant to join, but I’m glad I did because I’ve made a lot of friends there," said Myers.

With arts as its theme to play off the Canvas transition, the event featured a caricature artist who captured the smiling essence of many of the attending students, including freshman Rina Garrett. Rina is pursuing her certified nursing degree with plans to earn a degree in registered nursing.

The Canvas Your Campus Welcome Back Events continue throughout the week on the other three EFSC campuses.

On Tuesday, Palm Bay students can visit the Building 2 Patio from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On Wednesday, Melbourne's event takes place at the Melbourne Pavilion from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and on Thursday, Cocoa students are invited to the Cocoa Quad from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.