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JULY 2015

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

 

 

  Customer Success

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InstructureCon 2015

More than 1,800 of our favorite people joined us at Canyons Resort last month for InstructureCon 2015. Video recordings of these sessions have been released, so you can create your own “oldies but goodies” compilation from “Student-Centered Learning: The Musical.”

 

Summer Survey

Our 2015 Summer Survey will be open through July 17 and operators are standing by to take your feedback. (Or, we should say, your CSM is here hoping you’ll take this opportunity to tell us what you think.) As always, ten lucky survey respondents will receive a special swag pack, and it could be you—but only if you submit your survey by the 17th. Contact your CSM today if you need your survey link.

 

 

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   New Features

       Canvas Help

       Gradebook

       Modules

 

  Updated Features

        Authentication

        Canvas Login

 

  Other Canvas Updates

        Quizzes

        User Settings

 

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

 

 

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InstructureCon 2015: The Recap

To relive your favorite parts of “Student-Centered Learning: The Musical” (or to find out what you missed), watch the InstructureCon 2015 highlight reel and read all about it on Extra Credit: The Canvas Blog.

 

Canvas News Highlights

June was a big month for big Canvas news. Here are the highlights.

 

      • Canvas Selected as New Virtual Learning Environment by London Business School - Instructure announced that the London Business School selected Canvas as its official virtual learning environment. Read more

      • Instructure Introduces New Contemporary Canvas User Interface at InstructureCon 2015 - Our product team announced the new, modernized Canvas UI, which we’ll formally release later this year. If you’d like to try it out in beta before the release, contact your Customer Success Manager. Read more

      • Instructure Launches Canvas Data, A New Data Optimization Service for Academic Institutions - Announced at InstructureCon 2015, Canvas Data will parse and aggregate more than 280 million rows of daily Canvas usage data. Once extracted, your Canvas data is optimized for easy integration with your preferred analytics tools. Read more

      • Leading Scandinavian Institutions Migrate to Canvas by Instructure as New Learning Management System - Three leading Scandinavian institutions have selected Canvas as their new LMS. Read more

      • Instructure Builds Momentum with the Canvas LMS Among K-12 Schools and School Districts - Canvas continues to build momentum in K-12 schools, with large districts and consortiums across the U.S. selecting Canvas as their LMS of choice. Read more

 

Keep Learning Blog

 

As the outreach extension of Instructure’s Research and Education Department, the Keep Learning blog brings together teachers and technologists. In June, several new posts went live, including an abridged version of Jared Stein’s general session presentation at InstructureCon 2015. Also, check out Flipping an Online Class, Is Personalized Learning Always Student-Centered?, and Student-Centered Learning: A Glossary.

 

June also brought the launch of our Faculty & Professional Development corner. Take a look at the initial posts and join the ongoing dialogue about how faculty development might look in the digital age. More content is coming soon, so be sure to bookmark the page. And watch for the Twitter hashtag chat using #facdevchat starting in September.

 

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We know it’s a challenge to balance work, home life, and personal well-being. So, carve out some time for yourself this summer and use your free time to learn something new for free. Curl up with a good course on Canvas Network—they’re open to anyone, anywhere.

 

 

 

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Here are some great tools to help you get organized and re-energized for fall.

 

Getting OC About CC: Commons in Canvas

Prepare to share (import/export) course content within Commons and re-mix, re-purpose for use in your classroom. This session features the Canvas tools that help make sharing
easier: Flickr, LTI/Apps, and Commons.
Mobile Series: Grading On-the-Go

 

Mobile Series: Grading on the Go

The SpeedGrader app allows teachers to grade Canvas assignments on an iPad or Android device. This session explores mobile grading while using Canvas, which includes providing just-in-time feedback on student assignments, leveraging mobile device features to enhance communication, and simply grading submissions while on-the-go.

 

 

 

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Partner Showcase at InstructureCon 2015

 

This year’s InstructureCon Partner Showcase featured 40 partners and gave attendees an opportunity to discover and engage with a variety of new and powerful tools to enhance their Canvas experience. Visit the Canvas EduAppCenter to learn more or contact the Canvas Partnerships Team with questions, comments, or requests for partnerships at partners@instructure.com.

 

Partner Spotlight

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Our newest Alliance partner, Verificient Technologies, Inc., specializes in identity authentication and online remote proctoring. When installed in Canvas, Proctortrack by Verificient is an integrated application that provides an automated remote proctoring experience for online tests delivered to distance learning students. The solution fulfills the Department of Education’s requirements for identity authentication and replicates the security of traditional testing centers. With Proctortrack, students can take an online proctored test anytime, anywhere on-demand. Verificient was originally a Premier Partner with Instructure, and moving to the Alliance Partnership was a natural strategic step in serving the fast-paced growing needs of Canvas customers. Proctortrack ensures integrity for online degrees and certificate programs.

 

Some of Proctortrack’s unique offerings include:

      • Complete seamless and instant integration into Canvas
      • Automated identity authentication
      • Continuous identity and attendance verification
      • Administrator dashboard with time-stamped test policy breaches and featured video playback
      • FERPA compliant and protects student privacy and data
      • 365 x 24 x 7 Support
      • On-demand and automated scalability (no scheduling required)
      • Cross browser compatible
      • Section 504 and 508 ADA compliant

 

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A featured Canvas partner and creator of the DropGuard™ Early Alert System, SmartEvals.com offers a suite of integrated solutions to advance two critical outcomes: retention and student success. For example, Trenholm State Technical College increased its retention rate by 23% (from 55% to 68%) in its first year using DropGuard, and East Mississippi Community College increased graduation rates by 65% (from 21% to 33%) over three years.

 

SmartEvals.com combines robust analytics, survey software, ad-hoc reporting, and intervention tools to help you make an immediate impact on your students’ lives. Through seamless integration with Canvas, DropGuard fortifies your early alert strategy by automatically importing Canvas data and using the information to teach each student how to stay on track—long before the student becomes truly “at-risk.”

 

DropGuard Advantages:

      • Communication features train students to adopt effective study habits and skills
      • Canvas setup is less than 10 minutes
      • Seamless integration with SmartEvals.com’s Online Course Evaluation and Learning Outcomes     software
      • Guaranteed lowest service charges in the industry
      • First year is completely free