FAQ: Campus Transition to the EEE+ Ecosystem
Due to the nature of aging technology providing increasingly limited options for upgrades, UCI is moving from our 20-year old homegrown learning management system, EEE, to an expanded ecosystem of educational technologies.
At the center of this transition is Canvas – a popular, modern system with a robust toolbox and the added flexibility to connect to supplemental services developed by either UCI or third party providers.
Below, we answer some of the most commonly asked questions about the transition.
What’s going on?
We’ve hit a crossroads: technologies have evolved in complexity and variety, as have the needs of students, faculty, and campus staff. The legacy EEE system has become challenging to maintain due to its age. Enhancements have become impractical and in some cases not feasible.
After consultation with the campus, we are moving away from dependence on the 20-year-old home-grown legacy EEE website, to a new model supporting a broader ecosystem of tools. The Canvas learning management system, named EEE+ Canvas here at UCI, forms the core of this new ecosystem and provides a comprehensive set of tools to manage courses.
When is all of this going to happen?
It will take several years to integrate both our rebuilt home-grown and external 3rd-party tools with Canvas, as well as allow users to migrate content to new tools. We anticipate an approximately 3-5 year timeline (started in 2016), ending around 2020.
What’s going to happen to the legacy EEE Survey tool?
13 years ago we built the EEE Survey tool primarily for academic use; it quickly became popular for a wide range of non-academic campus work. This has revealed the need for a robust, central survey service for the campus as a replacement.
OIT will be identifying a Survey replacement with the help of the campus and we will retire the EEE Survey tool only after a new service is available and units have time to transition. There’s no timeline yet; we’ll be widely announcing any major updates, so stay tuned.
What about the other tools on EEE Legacy (like Class Mail Lists, Evaluations, Quiz, etc.)?
Each tool on the EEE Legacy course management system will be considered individually.
For tools with clear and quality replacements in Canvas (Quiz is a good example) we will help you move content and processes from EEE Legacy to Canvas.
For tools that don’t have obvious or adequate replacements in Canvas, we will either rebuild those tools in-house or identify other options.
The Office of Information Technology maintains a comprehensive list of EEE Legacy tools, their current status, and the general plan for their future; each tool also links off to more information. This list is available at: http://sites.uci.edu/canvas/legacy/
Why is it called EEE+ (EEE+ Canvas, EEE+ Scout, etc.)?
The “EEE+” label is applied to tools that are a part of the continuing, dynamic educational technology toolkit maintained and/or created by the Office of Information Technology for UC Irvine. EEE+ combines both vendor applications and custom UCI-developed tools to create the best possible experience for instructors, students, and the University.
EEE+ tools include the Canvas learning management system, EaterEvals (faculty evaluations results distribution app), Scout (form creator & response gathering tool), and others. Learn more about EEE+ at: http://sites.uci.edu/canvas/plus
Where can I learn more about the transition?
You can find detailed information about the evolving transition at: http://sites.uci.edu/canvas/