Heather Smith

May 2015 Canvas Connection

Blog Post created by Heather Smith Employee on May 14, 2015


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MAY 2015

Visit your beta site! {your institution}.beta.instructure.com



  Customer Success

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MM70466LOGOJive is Live

Our new Canvas Community on Jive is all abuzz. Visit community.canvasLMS.com and check out everything we have to offer. Here are a few suggestions to help you get started.



Meet the Canvas Community at InstructureCon 2015

As the semester winds down, we’re getting wound up for InstructureCon at Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah. Remember how cool it was last year? We can’t wait to see you all again this summer.




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Upcoming Canvas Changes

      • Google Docs Integration
      • Differentiated Assignments
      • New Files


New Features

      • Assignments: Anonymous Peer Reviews, SCORM LTI Uploads


Updated Features   

      • Assignments: Assignment Shell Date Validation 
      • Discussions: SpeedGrader Link
      • Rich Content Editor: Menu Bar
      • Student Learning Mastery Gradebook: Student Graph


Platform/Integration Updates

      • Assignments


For more details and updates, see our Product Release Notes.




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InstructureCon 2015

Attention procrastinators and nick-of-time thrill-seekers: InstructureCon 2015 is just over a month away, so here’s your cue to register now so you don’t lose your game of chicken with the calendar.


If you already registered as an early bird, but weren’t able to sign up for the pre-conference workshops you wanted, check the workshop schedule again—because we’ve added more sessions. The full InstCon session schedule is coming soon.


And, as always, watch for us at events throughout the country this spring.


New User Video

Check out our new video to see how Florida’s Archbishop McCarthy High School uses Canvas to create a digital learning environment that prepares students for college.


Subscribe to Extra Credit: The Canvas Blog

Why? 1) Because you’ll always know what we’re up to, and 2) because it’s cool.


Canvas News Highlights

We were in the news a lot this month. Here are a couple highlights.


Keep Learning Blog

Keep Learning is growing and now we’re on Twitter. Follow us @LearningBlog and check out our latest blog posts.



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When people say “there’s no time like the present,” they mean it’s better to do something now than to put it off until later (or it might never get done). If you’re ready to get things done, here are a few courses to help you get started.


Course Highlights




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Wrapping Up The School Year in Canvas

Congratulations! You’ve almost made it to the end of another school year. Are you ready to pack up your classroom for the summer and to begin preparing for next year? You may be asking yourself, “What do I do with Canvas now that the school year is over?” For answers, check out this CanvasLIVE session by Cortny Lyon.


Gamify Your Courses With Canvabadges

As you start preparing for next year, think about using Canvabadges to gamify your courses and to motivate students. You can award badges based on completion of modules or final grades. Compatible with Mozilla OpenBadges, Canvabadges are added as module items in Canvas, and must be configured by the instructor before students can earn them. Additionally, you can add a manual approval step that requires instructor sign-off before badges are awarded.





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The InstructureCon Unconference

On Tuesday, June 16, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., InstructureCon will hold its very first unconference (InstCon UnCon). An unconference is a place where participants decide the curriculum for the day, network with other conference attendees, and share ideas spontaneously, spur-of-the-moment, and off-the-cuff.


Who Should Attend the Unconference?


      • Anyone registered for InstructureCon 2015. Unconferences are usually free, so anyone who wants to arrive early for the main conference is welcome.
      • Anyone who sometimes finds themselves thinking “I wish they had covered X,Y, Z more deeply” in regular conference sessions, and wishes they had the chance to ask further questions or expand on that content themselves.
      • Anyone who wants to engage more deeply in the conversations that are sure to abound at InstructureCon 2015.
      • Anyone who likes interacting with colleagues to expand on ideas, share techniques and models, and debate current trends.


This event is open and free of charge to all InstructureCon attendees. To participate, simply enroll in the InstCon UnCon Canvas course and plan to attend in person on June 16. You’ll find all the information you need right in the Canvas course. So, join the InstructureCon Unconference today and let’s get focused on student-centered learning.


New Canvas Integrations in App Center

During the past two months, we added these ten new integrations to EduAppCenter.com.


Canvas Partnerships

In March and April, we were happy to welcome 13 new partners into our Certified Partner category.


It’s never been easier to connect with the Canvas Partnerships Team. Follow us on Twitter @EduAppCenter or contact us with questions, comments, or requests for partnerships at partners@instructure.com.