Blog Post created by lmatagi@instructure.com Employee on Jan 11, 2017

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January 2017

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  Customer Success

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Lone Star Special: CanvasCon SMU 2017

The first CanvasCon event of 2017 is coming on March 13 as a warm up for St. Patrick’s Day. CanvasCon SMU 2017 is a one-day regional event designed especially for Canvas users in Texas. So, if you’re lucky enough to be an educator or technologist in the Lone Star State, register today and we’ll see you in Dallas!


Register for CanvasCon SMU 2017

When:    Monday, March 13, 2017

Where:    Southern Methodist University

    Dallas, TX

Who:    HE & K–12 Canvas Users in Texas


Present at CanvasCon SMU 2017

Don’t just be an attendee at CanvasCon SMU—be a presenter! Submit your presentation proposal for consideration by January 30, 2017.




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Production Release 12/10/16

In this production release (December 10), admins can set grading period start dates to 12:00 AM, find courses by sort options, and view terms by active and past terms.


Instructors using grading periods have additional close date verifications in assignments and the Gradebook. Users with instructor roles can also receive group announcement notifications without being enrolled in a course group and can automatically assign groups by section in the People page.


For all users who have customized their Courses list, Canvas automatically adds all new enrollments as a favorite.


For more details, read the latest Canvas Production Release Notes.




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New Video: Santa Ana Unified School District and Canvas

Since launching Canvas, the Santa Ana Unified School District has seen a dramatic change in how students learn and how teachers teach. Watch this video to find out more about the learning experience at Santa Ana Unified School District.




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Get on the Canvas Fast Track

The FastTrack: Canvas Admin Video Series is a quick video guide to help Canvas administrators learn about a few of our admin level tools and how they can be shared with teachers and students. This series is designed to help drive adoption and engagement with Canvas features.


Google App LTI

Check out our new Google App LTI release notes. Reach out to your Customer Success Manager with questions.


Learn More About Canvas MasteryPaths

In this this K12 Study Hall, we dive deeper into our MasteryPaths feature, which delivers different learning experiences to students based on how they perform on a course activity with the goal of improving learning outcomes.


Upcoming Canvas User Group Events

Join us later this month for one or both of these awesome user events in Indiana:


Northwest Indiana Canvas User Group Event

When:     Thursday, January 19, 2017

Where:    St. Joseph’s High School

    South Bend, Indiana

Who:    Current & Prospective Canvas Users


Northern Indiana Canvas Users Event

When:     Saturday, January 21, 2017

Where:    Bishop Luers High School

    Fort Wayne, Indiana

Who:    Current & Prospective Canvas Users




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New Partners

We closed out 2016 with two new partners: Illuminate Education and Zoom Video. This brings our total number of official partners to 188, which gives Canvas users a lot of options when it comes to customizing their learning experiences. If you’re using a cool learning tool that you’d like to see integrate with Canvas, please contact us at partners@instructure.com.


Partner Spotlight

Planet eStream is trusted by more than 1,800 organizations globally as a powerful browser-based platform with great end-to-end workflow for video on demand, live streaming, and digital signage.


Planet eStream enables organizations to create, brand, theme, and manage their own secure media archive and to distribute and share that content on demand via their LMS, websites, PCs, mobile devices, and digital signage displays. The platform also offers live video streaming, lecture and lesson capture, Freeview TV Recording and IPTV (for UK clients only), online editing, and a fully featured digital signage interface.


The new Canvas integration enables educators and students to upload and embed media from mobile devices or desktop computers to Canvas. Planet eStream seamlessly and efficiently manages and transcodes the media in the background, taking the load of the rich media tasks away from your learning platform.


Mutual users can also search their Planet eStream archive from within Canvas and embed chapters, playlists, photo sets, and complete videos directly into their courses, enhancing their digital learning provision.


Upcoming Partner Webinars

Additional details and registration will be available in the Canvas Community in the coming weeks. Check out CanvasLive for details and to register for partner webinars. These webinars a great way to learn about tools that you can use to customize Canvas to meet the needs of your students.