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JUNE 2016

Visit your beta site! {your institution}


Customer Success



Countdown to InstructureCon 2016

Are you ready to go away to Camp Canvas on July 19–21? Here are some resources to help make your experience more kumbayawesome:


New Canvas User Interface (UI): July 9

On July 9, 2016, the New Canvas Interface will no longer be a Feature Option in Canvas and will be enabled for all Canvas users as a standard feature. Enabling the New UI affects the user interface for the entire Canvas account. Reach out to your CSM if you have questions about enabling the New UI in your instance.






June 4 Production Release

With the June 4 production release, instructors can differentiate inactive student submissions in SpeedGrader; they also experience a minor change in functionality when assigning students to a moderated assignment. Admins can view excused assignment grade changes in the Grade Change Log, view the names of developer keys in a user’s page views, and take quizzes if they are enrolled in a course as a student. Several other small changes have been made to various feature areas, including some bug fixes.


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






Canvas Wins ERA Secondary Resource Award

Canvas won the award for 'Best Secondary Resource – including ICT' at the Education Resource Awards 2016 in Birmingham, England on March 18. The award recognizes the proven track record of Canvas in transforming teaching and learning in schools and colleges internationally, and the specific impact it’s had in secondary schools in the UK.


2016 ISTE Conference & Expo

Join us on June 26–29 at the 2016 ISTE Conference & Expo in Denver. We’ll be learning, sharing, and presenting along with the best and brightest around the education world. If you’re there, come say hi.



Canvas Network



New Canvas Network Open Course Policy

We’ve updated our policies for free courses hosted on Canvas Network to reflect our open standards. These policy updates are in line with our mission to promote openness, innovation, and experimentation in education. To learn more about these changes or to view previous Canvas Network newsletters, visit the Canvas Network page in the Canvas Community. Here’s a summary of our open course policy, which will apply to course proposals (for free courses, not fee-based courses) submitted after May 1, 2016:


  • Course Publicly Visible – All free courses on Canvas Network will be made publicly visible. Anyone with the course URL will be able to view course content once the course is published. The ability to view and participate in Discussions, earn badges, and earn certificates is limited to learners who enroll in the course and accept Canvas Network terms of use and privacy policies. Standard copyright laws apply.
  • Student Access Settings – Course content must remain available to students after the course end date.
  • Creative Commons Licensing and Commons – All courses with a Creative Commons license will be shared on Canvas Commons under the same license selected for the course.


Highlighted Courses
Visit Canvas Network to view and enroll in these and other courses:





Executive Business Reviews

If you haven’t yet participated in a Canvas Executive Business Review (EBR), please reach out to your CSM. The EBR is a periodic review of your Canvas usage and a tool to help you reflect on what worked well during the past school year and what you’d like to improve upon.


Other Canvas K-12 Resources





New Partners

May was a big month for new partnerships, particularly in the area of K-12 content with Brainpop, Discovery Education, and Nearpod completing integrations and finalizing partnerships. More awesome new partners include:

Partner Spotlight
icurio from Knovation delivers hundreds of thousands of Open Educational Resources (OER) that are professionally curated, maintained, and aligned to standards so teachers can easily find the perfect online resources to engage their students.
The integration of icurio and Canvas brings seamless access to trusted resources from hundreds of content providers, all in one place. High-quality OER, combined with the ability to refine and organize search results according to specific instructional needs, lets your teachers design courses without ever leaving Canvas, so it’s easy, simple, and convenient. Use icurio to:

  • Personalize instruction with trusted OER
  • Embed content directly into your courses
  • Save time searching for resources and building courses


Upcoming Partner Webinars

SIS Flexibility

June 15, 2016 at 10 a.m. MT


MSD Lawrence Township district will be talking about how they used the Kimono integration with Canvas to achieve a very specific customization. We'll also touch on how to make your integration even more powerful by connecting Active Directory and Google Apps for Education.


Best Practices for Integrating Vetted OER: Your LMS as the Hub for Instruction

July 12, 2016 at 11 a.m. MT


The growing effort to incorporate Open Educational Resources as a foundational part of digital transformations unveils new challenges and opportunities for districts. How can administrators ensure that teachers use trusted, quality resources that are organized to match the district’s curriculum? Is there a way teachers can access all OER needed without leaving the platform they use to design and deliver instruction? Join us to learn how Cabarrus County Schools found answers to these questions and more.




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