APRIL 2017

Blog Post created by lmatagi@instructure.com Employee on Apr 4, 2017

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APRIL 2017

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



  Customer Success

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Spring Surveys!

It’s that time of year again, spring surveys! We appreciate any and all feedback from our admins so please take a moment to take the survey. If you have not received any survey request please let you CSM know and we will get it out to you!


InstructureCon: Mission 0017

Mark you calendars for July 25-27, 2017 in Keystone, Colorado. We want to see you there!


This year's theme is Mission: InstructureCon 0017. Full of spies, gadgets, swanky parties and possibly evil villains! Please go and check it out: www.instructurecon.com.


  • ONE WEEK LEFT! Early Bird pricing ($595) is available and ends soon (March 31st, 2017) book it now so you don’t miss out on this awesome price!
  • Full agenda will be available in April, 2017


Canvas Events: Coming Up!

Canvas Wisconsin Area Schools User Group


Come join us for a day full of awesomeness and learning! Together we'll spend time talking about engaging students in a digital environment, curriculum design and organization in an LMS, making the most of 1:1 implementations, and more!


When: Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Where: 349 North Oak Crest Dr., Wales, Wisconsin 53183


CanvasCon USF


When: April 10th, 2017 / Registration opens at 8:00AM

Where: University of South Florida


Please join us for our 2017 CanvasCon at the University of South Florida! CanvasCon USF is a one-day, regional event that we’ve specifically designed for Florida educators. Everyone is invited, from the Canvas-curious to the expert user!


We’ll discuss hot topics trending in the Ed tech world and host Canvas-specific sessions. We’ve jam-packed the agenda with awesome sessions from educators, innovators, and thought leaders in both Higher Education and K12. There will be separate tracks for Higher Ed and K12, and plenty of ed-tech goodness—new skills and techniques, networking, collaboration, idea-sharing, and other fun—for Canvas users and non-Canvas users alike. We promise there’s something for everyone! Join us for a full day of learning and awesomeness or risk suffering in everlasting FOMO. *Please use the link above to register.


Session Agenda will be announced soon!


Community Events

Is a CanvasCon coming to a location near you? Would you like to schedule a CanvasCon for your institution? Check out our events page to find out how!




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In this production release (April 1), admins can can weight individual grading periods for all courses in a term, allow courses to support course exports for students, and use an SIS Enrollments CSV file to enroll users to only see and interact with other users in a course. Admins can also enable workflow enhancements in Scheduler.

Instructors can include the playsinline video tag attribute in the Rich Content Editor and can view the assignment name of a recently graded item in Student Context Cards.

Click here for full details on this production update.




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Start applying Hattie’s research in your classroom to improve student achievement. Click here here  to get some ideas to help your students.



  Canvas Network

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Canvas Network - Call for Non-English Language Courses


Do you teach a course offered in a language other than English? Have you thought about reaching beyond the classroom?  If so we’d like to showcase your course by offering it on Canvas Network, Instructure’s open online course platform. Whether you are ready to go or just curious about wanting to learn more just email Gustavo Teixeira (gteixeira@instructure.com) Canvas Network’s Client Relationship Manager today.


Learn more about offering courses on Canvas Network and our FREE services.  




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Upcoming CanvasLive Sessions


Google LTI Series: Collaborative Explosions


With the Google LTI, take group work to the next level by creating collaborations for course groups, student groups, and on-demand groups for Google documents, spreadsheets, and/or presentations. Learn how in this session!


List of Canvas Guides related to Google Drive

When: Friday, March 31st @ 11:00AM MST

Where: HERE


K12 Study Hall: Parent + Teacher + Canvas


Canvas administrators will learn everything they need to know about managing and adding Parent observers.


Participants who attend will learn about...

  • The Canvas Parent App and Canvas Parent Tools
  • Parent Self Registration
  • Authentication options for observers.

When: Tuesday, April 11th @ 1:00PM MST

Where: HERE


Ask Me Anything: Hilary Scharton, Director of Product, K-12


As the Director of Product for K12 Canvas at Instructure, Hilary Scharton, has had a lot of insight and foresight into the K12 market. Her range of experiences in working with K12 schools have given her the expertise to understand their pain-points and priorities. This has allowed her to be uniquely in-tune with the needs of our principals, teachers, and students.

Join us as Hilary shares her latest thoughts on Canvas in the K12 market and get additional feedback to any questions you might have in regards to the direction K12 education is going.

*Please post questions in the event above to be sure they are addressed.

When: Wednesday, April 12th @ 11:00AM MDT

Where: HERE


Ask Me Anything: Mindy Hintze, Director of Product Engagement


What happens after your school officially migrates to Canvas? Lots of things, right? From the on-boarding and training processes to the constant communication efforts to achieve effective change management!

As Director of Product Engagement for Canvas at Instructure, Mindy Hintze and her team are deeply involved in a school's journey, especially after Canvas is implemented. Join us as Mindy shares her perspective related to Canvas Engagement Strategies!

When: Wednesday, April 19th @ 12:00 PM MST

Where: HERE


K12 Community Group Connect with K12 Canvas Users from around the world!


Top Ten Guides of the Week

If you have never checked out our Canvas Guides, you are missing out on one of our favorite Canvas resources! Check out the Top Ten searched guides for the week to see what others are learning about.


Community Analytics (guides.canvaslms.com)

  1. How do I find my institution's URL to access Canvas apps on my mobile device?
  2. Which browsers does Canvas support?
  3. Canvas Overview (Students) [Video]
  4. How do I submit an online assignment?
  5. How do I set my Canvas notification preferences?
  6. How do I upload changes to the Gradebook?
  7. How do I view assignment feedback comments from my instructor using Crocodoc annotations?
  8. What are the basic computer specifications for Canvas?
  9. How do I add contact methods to receive Canvas notifications?
  10. How do I submit a Turnitin assignment?


Google Analytics (guides.instructure.com)

  1. Which browsers does Canvas support? (Admin)
  2. How do I change my login password? (Student)
  3. How do I clear my browser cache on a Mac? (Admin)
  4. How do I submit a peer review to an assignment? (Student)
  5. How do I upload a file as an assignment submission in Canvas? (Student)
  6. How do I submit a Turnitin assignment? (Student)
  7. How do I submit an online assignment? (Student)
  8. Canvas Overview (Video)
  9. How do I view Turnitin results for my assignment submission? (Student)
  10. How do I view assignment feedback comments from my instructor using Crocodoc annotations? (Student)


Canvas FastTrack Videos for Admins

Don’t worry admins, we didn’t forget about you. Introducing a new type of FastTrack Videos...for ADMINS! Remember the amazing 3-5 minute FastTrack Videos for your instructors? Now you have your own!


Canvas Admin Series: FastTrack Videos

The "FastTrack: Canvas Admin Video Series" is a quick video guide for Canvas Administrators to learn about a few of our admin level tools and how they can be shared with Instructors and Students. This series is designed to continue to help with driving adoption and engagement of all the features of Canvas.  For the next 20 days we will present a new 2 1/2 - 3 minute video to the Community. Everyone is encouraged to reply and share their personal insight, experiences, and advice. As these new admin videos are released, we will update them below as well as in the Community.



Canvas Engagement: Canvas Fasttrack Video Series

Since Canvas was founded in 2011, administrators have taken many different approaches to how they rollout Canvas at their institutions. There is not one perfect "one size fits all" way for everyone to implement Canvas and garner the attention and engagement to which most aspire.


The "Canvas Fast Track Video Series" is a quick video guide for teachers to help with the alignment of Canvas tools with SAMR and the ways to perpetually increase user engagement!



You can find these and many other engagement strategies in our Community.


Give us your suggestions! If you know of an awesome feature in Canvas or would love to see more of your favorite features, let us know. Submit your idea HERE for a new FastTrack video.