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New Platforms for UC San Diego Online Courses and Programs

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Since 2012, UC San Diego has partnered with edX and Coursera to offer fully online courses to non-matriculated students world-wide. In order to support the growing interest of online course and program delivery, our campus recently launched its own branded instance of Open edX, tailored for the learning needs of our campus and the global community. The Open edX platform is an open source learning management system (LMS) with a large supportive community. It is the same platform that powers edX.org.

Concurrently, our campus is undergoing a full transition to Canvas, a learning management system that will replace TritonEd by the end of Spring quarter 2020. Canvas is an intuitive, user-friendly platform that is used by matriculated, registered students of UC San Diego for courses that are included in the official schedule of classes. Moving forward, UC San Diego will support two platforms on campus, Open edX and Canvas, (the learning management system replacing TritonEd).

All new online course and program development will take place on Canvas or Open edX. Existing courses on edX and Coursera will remain; however no new courses will be added to either platform.

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frequently asked questions

What platforms can UC San Diego instructors use for online courses and programs?

Canvas and Open edX. 

Note: TritonEd will be decommissioned at the end of Spring 2020.

What is Canvas?

Canvas is a learning management system (LMS) produced by a company called Instructure. UC San Diego began transitioning from TritonEd to Canvas in Winter 2019 and will retire TritonEd after the Spring 2020 term.  Visit edtech.ucsd.edu for detailed information about Canvas and the selection/transition process.

What is Open edX?

The Open edX platform is an open source learning management system with a large supportive community. It is the same platform that powers edX.org. UC San Diego has created its own branded instance of Open edX, tailored for our own learning needs.

How are Canvas and Open edX different?

Open edX

Canvas 

Purpose

For UC San Diego online courses available to global learners outside the UC San Diego community.

Purpose

Primarily for UC San Diego credit-bearing courses. 

Usage

For delivery of fully online self-paced and instructor-led courses and programs.

Usage

For delivery and management of face-to-face, hybrid and fully online courses and programs.

Audience: Global 

Courses can be open to matriculated and non-matriculated students worldwide.

Audience: Local

For UC San Diego students and affiliates (e.g., anyone with a UC San Diego Active Directory account).

Student enrollment options

Capability for flexible enrollment options (e.g., self-enrollment, paid enrollment, course registration).

Student enrollment options

Registered students only.

Instructors can add UC San Diego auditors by request.

Payment system will be enabled

Tuition and fees can be configured.

No payment system enabled 

Standard tuition and fees.

Request a course site

New courses should be requested by emailing online@ucsd.edu.

Automatic Course Shell Creation

Courses that appear in the Schedule of Classes will automatically be created. 

How does this affect existing courses and programs on Coursera and edX?

Existing online courses and programs will remain on edX and Coursera, but no new courses will be added to either platform.

How does this affect trainings and offerings on UC Learning Center?

Trainings and materials offered on UC Learning will not be affected.

Get in touch

Digital Learning

For questions regarding developing fully online courses on either Canvas or Open edX:

online@ucsd.edu

EdTech Support

For questions about how to successfully navigate the transition from TritonEd to Canvas:

canvas@ucsd.edu