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APRIL 2016

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Customer Success

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CSM Surveys

Thanks to those of you who’ve responded to our spring survey. We’ve gotten some awesome feedback, but we’re hoping to hear from everyone. If you haven’t done so already, please take a few minutes today and let us know how we’re doing. Reach out to your CSM if you need the survey link. As always, ten randomly lucky survey respondents will receive an exclusive Canvas swag pack. So, give us your input and maybe you’ll get some cool stuff.

 

InstructureCon 2016

The InstructureCon Community space has conference updates galore! There, you can find info about registration, pre-conference sessions, hotel options, and more.

 

Wrapping Up the School Year

For tips and helpful reminders about how to end the year on a high note, check out our Wrapping Up the School Year in Canvas video. You might also enjoy our End of Year Guide and the Canvas Mega-checklist, both of which were created just for you as collaborative efforts by our Canvas Community.

 

 

Product

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New Features

Account Settings

Permissions

 

Updated Features

Assignments

Global Announcements

Gradebook

Notifications

People

Quizzes

SpeedGrader

Theme Editor (New UI)

 

Other Updates

Canvas Interface

User Settings

 

Platform/Integration

SIS Import Formats


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

 

 

Marketing

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Events

CanvasCon is going global. On Thursday, May 19, 2016 we’ll be at the University College of Northern Denmark in—you guessed it—Denmark. The day-long event will feature a variety of sessions from educators demonstrating how technology can help enable better student-teacher interaction; deliver personalized learning; and facilitate more opportunities for feedback, discussion, and collaboration.

 

City University of Hong Kong & Canvas—Modern Technology for the Modern Classroom

Watch our new video to learn why City University of Hong Kong chose Canvas. Students at City U say Canvas enables them to concentrate on their studies instead of wasting time on a complicated LMS tutorial.

 

Canvassador Highlights

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A big round of applause for this month’s featured Canvassador, Lisa Castro, Director of Staff Development and Curriculum at Allen ISD in Allen, Texas.

 

Lisa gave a presentation on blended learning to a standing-room-only crowd at the Canvas booth at TCEA. She’s always looking for opportunities to give feedback and answer questions in the Canvas Community and on her social accounts. She has also helped coordinate Canvas user events in her home state of Texas.

 

 

Research & Education

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Hey data lovers, we just released two Canvas Network datasets. They contain over a year's worth of de-identified data from Canvas Network open courses. Both datasets are available here at the Harvard Dataverse.

 

The first set is open to all, but the second set is more restricted. The restricted set requires you to answer some questions first before we grant you access. Go wild!

 

 

Canvas Network

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Canvas Network is a powerful DIY tool that allows you to get involved in the open education movement. In March, we publicly recommitted Canvas Network to pursuing our primary mission—promoting openness, innovation, and experimentation in education. Read our blog post, Canvas Network: Committed to Open Education, to learn more about our goals for increasing openness.

 

Canvas Network is and always has been open. We’re excited to see how much MORE open we can get. Tag #OpenEducation and @canvasnet on Twitter, or email the Canvas Network team at courses@canvas.net if you’d like to get involved.

 

 

K-12

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Product Survey

Our Product team is eager to hear from you about what you’d like to see happen in Canvas. This Product Survey is for admins and teachers, so please let us know what you think before spring fever sets in.

 

Helpful Resources

Make time to watch the Canvas FastTrack Series, a video guide created to help you increase engagement through Canvas. Then check out this recording of a Canvas K-12 Assembly Webinar on Canvas + Google. You can find additional Canvas + Google resources here.

 

 

Partnerships

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In March, we added ten new learning tools to the ever-growing Canvas partners program. Some of our newest partners include Chalk.com, Curiosity, and Problem Attic. Follow the Canvas Partner Portal home page for all of the latest and greatest news about Canvas partners. 

 

Partner Spotlight

ScootPad is a personalized learning platform that uses adaptive algorithms, predictive analytics, data visualization, and gamification to deliver personalized learning for each student in math and ELA across grades K-8. A Certified Partner of Canvas, ScootPad is seamlessly integrated with Canvas, making it easy for teachers and students to launch it from within their LMS. Today, more than 200,000 teachers engage 2+ million students on ScootPad to achieve a 2.5x rate of learning.

 

Recent research funded by Pearson and conducted by EdSurge recognized ScootPad as one of the three adaptive tools that enable adaptive sequence and assessments. Among the three tools, ScootPad is distinguished as the only platform that covers both math and ELA for grades K-8, enabling access from anywhere at any time on any mobile/desktop device.

 

ScootPad’s comprehensive features include:

 

        • Common Core curriculum in math and ELA for all grades K-8
        • Adaptive and fully-automated practices and assignments
        • Differentiated learning with individualized Learning Paths
        • Step-by-step instruction to easily explain each concept to students
        • Formative Assessments with 50+ technology-enhanced formats
        • RTI aligned intervention tools to predict students needing intervention
        • 100s of GRL aligned eBooks to enhance student reading level
        • Behavior tracking to reinforce positive behavior
        • Deeper student engagement using “game-like” features
        • 24/7. Any device. Anywhere. Cloud Based. Secure.

 

To learn more, visit our Canvas Partner Page or visit https://scootpad.com.

 

Upcoming Partner Webinars

 

Too much data not enough insight: Most effective, must-have, strategies for student success

 

Let Copley Retention and Canvas show you how to make BIG DATA accessible, meaningful, and actionable. Copley provides a comprehensive case management and student success platform that enables student success professionals to utilize student data to identify, monitor, intervene, and analyze important trends and at-risk behavior.

April 13, 2016 at 10 a.m. PST / 1 p.m. EST

Register

 

 

 

 

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