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The Middle States reaccreditation process for Rutgers University is in progress, and will culminate in an on-site evaluation from March 19 - 22, 2018. To prepare for the reaccreditation, all members of the university should take some time to familiarize themselves with the reaccreditation process, and with the Rutgers self-study:

Questions and comments should be directed to the steering committee, please remove "badaddress" and just use

The workshop, TAP: Creating eBooks for the Classroom on 2/22/2018, is cancelled due to low registration.  We will offer it again in Fall, 2018

The TAP workshops: TAP: Excel for Grading (2/7/18) and TAP: Online Grades and Communication (2/8/18) are cancelled due to low registration.

OIT will perform critical updates to the electrical system in the Hill Center, which houses most of the university's web servers, on January 27. The exact timing of the work has not been announced yet. Many Rutgers web sites will be offline during the work.

Sakai will be offline. Canvas may also be unavailable at times, however since it is hosted off-campus it may be possible to log in to Canvas by going directly to the login link - (depending on whether Rutgers CAS login is available or not). 

Rutgers Connect email will be available through the direct Microsoft link - - and does not rely on any on-campus services. 

More information will be posted on the OIT news site

Several web sites are currently offline, including the front page for the Canvas course platform. Canvas however is still accessible, provided you use the link directly to the login page:

OIT and DoCS are aware of the problem and are working to restore normal access. 

November 27 - SIRS begins

The online Student Instructional Rating Surveys have been set up and are queued to begin on Monday, November 27th  with student responses due by December 15, for most courses. Faculty and instructors should have received emails regarding their surveys, if there are any problems or you did not receive email (please check your spam!) write to us at please replace brokenmail with as soon as possible. 

Online surveys will be found in two locations:

Some departments continue to use paper surveys, those have been distributed to departmental offices and can be handed out in class. 

For exact dates and survey location for any specific course, please search for the course on our current surveys web page. 

CTAAR is pleased to continue providing a subscription to the Magna Publications library of videos and newsletters that cover a wide variety of topics related to teaching and learning. 

  • Magna Commons is a large video library of webinars and talks on higher education teaching and adminstration
  • Magna "20-Minute Mentors" are shorter videos covering many of the same topics in a more concise format
  • The Teaching Professor quarterly newsletter focuses on classroom issues
  • The Online Classroom monthly newsletter covers issues specific to online teaching.

To access the Magna publications, please log in to Sakai through our Magna Sakai Page, and click the "Magna Publications" link.

Sakai is unavailable Wednesday, August 23rd, for system updates and maintenance. OIT plans to have it back online by the end of the day. 

Faculty and instructors who taught Summer 2017 courses should look for email messages (dated 8/21 or 8/22) with the results of their Student Instructional Rating Surveys.

CTAAR is currently using two survey systems:

  • For surveys conducted in Sakai: results are in an ".html" file attachment included with the email.
  • For surveys conducted in EvaluationKit: results are availlable now for download through and an addendum (statistics page only) will be sent as an ".html" file attachment in a few days.

For surveys conducted in Sakai, department administrators can view the survey results (statistics only) now through the SIRS Archive, , and the survey reports with open-ended comments will be uploaded to Sakai dropboxes over the next several days. For surveys conducted in EvaluationKit, department administrators have full access immediately through the EvaluationKit link.

Faculty who use eCollege ("Pearson LearningStudio") for their courses must migrate their courses to another system due to the discontinuation of the eCollege / Pearson LearningStudio product, as previously announced last year.

Pearson officially discontinues support for eCollege at the end of the current Fall 2017 semester. 3rd-party integrations such as will cease functioning within eCollege by the end of the term.

As of January 1, 2018, eCollege will go into an extended, limited-functionality mode for Rutgers' use; this is intended to provide additional time for moving courses to other systems. The limited functionality will impact students and we strongly recommend using other systems by the start of the Spring semester. All access ends on June 1, 2018 [UPDATED, this date is earlier than previously announced]. 

Faculty may move their eCollege courses to one of four supported systems:

  • Blackboard (Newark and RBS)
  • Canvas (primarily online courses as a direct replacement for eCollege, also available university-wide)
  • Sakai (university-wide)
  • Moodle (RBHS)

The Center for Online and Hybrid Learning and Instructional Technologies (COHLIT) provides assistance to faculty in moving their courses. Please refer to the following web pages for more information:

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