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January 2016

Visit your beta site! {your institution}


Customer Success



InstructureCon 2016: New Date, New Place, Same Old Awesome

To celebrate the sixth anniversary of InstructureCon, we decided to skip the traditional year six gifts of candy or iron and get ourselves a new date and new location instead. So plan to join us on July 19–21 in Keystone, Colorado for all the Instructure awesome we can legally cram into three days. For info about presentation proposals, registration, and this year’s theme, stayed tuned at the InstructureCon website.






New Features

    • Assignments: SIS Sync Icon
    • Authentication: Authentication Providers, Just in Time Provisioning
    • Notifications: International SMS


Updated Features

    • Assignments: Moderated Grading
    • New Canvas UI: Global Navigation, Dashboard Cards, Course Navigation Menu, Theme Editor Templates
    • People: Login ID/SIS ID columns


Other Updates

    • Authentication: Canvas Self Registration
    • Course Settings: Link Validator
    • Discussions: Discussion Reply Performance Enhancements
    • Grades: Graded Anonymously Column
    • Gradebook: Individual View Download Submissions Button, Differentiated Assignment and Arranging Columns by Due Date
    • Notifications: Bounced Channels, Custom Role Names
    • Reports: Last User Access Report
    • Rich Content Editor: Text Line Height


Platform/Integration Updates

    • APIs: Assignment Group API, Enrollments API, SIS CSV Format
    • External Apps (LTI): Media Full-screen Viewing

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







We’ll be at TCEA February 1–5. We’re excited to spend the week with other edtech leaders showing off all the amazing things Canvas can do. See you in Texas!


Canvas News Highlights

Canvas Teams With GoSignMeUp to Streamline PD

As reported by The Journal, Canvas has teamed up with GoSignMeUp to streamline professional development and continuing education. GoSignMeUp provides training registration and tracking tools, which users can now use to sign up for professional development courses through Canvas. Read the full article here.


How Principals Can Drive Better Digital Literacy Outcomes

The Educator, an education news site, spoke with Troy Martin, director of APAC sales at Instructure, about how principals can drive better digital literacy outcomes. Read the full article here.



Research & Education



Career Preparedness & Lifelong Learning

The Research and Education team released the results of a global survey on lifelong learning. The report, Career Preparedness & Lifelong Learning, surveyed students, teachers, and employees in 14 countries across the world and details how higher education is and isn't succeeding at preparing college students for future careers.



Canvas Network



Have you been thinking about how to revamp your teaching career in 2016? Consider offering a course on Canvas Network. Tens of thousands of students and hundreds of institutions interact with Canvas Network every year, so offering a Canvas Network course could be just the thing to grow your network and expand your repertoire.


If you already have an online course, or you want to try teaching your face-to-face course online, Canvas Network provides a streamlined process for importing and exporting course content to make the process easy. We even provide instructional design assistance at no cost.


Interested? Fill out this short form, and we’ll get you up and running in no time. We’re here to help you blow that new year’s resolution out of the water.






Did you resolve to use Canvas more in 2016? If so, you can start by considering these essential questions: What do you want to accomplish in terms of student use? What about teacher use? How do your Canvas goals connect with your institution's mission and core values?


If you haven’t already set up a January call with your CSM, please reach out to discuss your Canvas goals for 2016. Until then, here are a few resources to help get your wheels turning.







At the end of 2015, we brought our total partner count to 135. With so many partners contributing to our open learning ecosystem, teaching and learning has never been easier. Check out all of our partners and the cool solutions they provide in the Canvas Partner Portal


New Partners

College Anywhere, Soomo Learning, Digital Proctor, Words & Numbers, Heads-Up, Wiris Math, Starfish, and Blue Jeans Network


Partner Spotlight

GoSignMeUp is used by organizations across the country that want to deliver any type of

training or classes. The online class registration process is very simple and provides many

automated features such as email reminders and confirmations, class lists, transcripts,

certificates of completion emailed automatically, and much more.


This new integration allows students to sign up for classes and get immediate access to the

class and content in Canvas with a single sign-on. Additionally, GoSignMeUp provides the

flexibility for students to sign up for in-seat classes. If a student signs up for a class in

GoSignMeUp and does not have an account in Canvas, GoSignMeUp automatically creates the

account for them.


Along with class registration, GoSignMeUp provides powerful reporting tools such as credit tracking, transcript reporting, class and student history, enrollment reports,

and financial analysis. This is perfect for local, state, and federal reporting as well as

improvement of learning pathways.


Upcoming Webinars


Free webinar with Canvas Premier Partner Echo360

"Intervention! Identify At-Risk Students With Predictive Data"

January 20, 2016 at 10 a.m. PST / 1 p.m. EST



Free webinar with Canvas Alliance Partner eSyncTraining

Extend Engagement With Seamless Virtual Classrooms in Canvas”

January 27, 2016 at 10 a.m. MST  / 1 p.m. EST






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