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MARCH 2017

Posted by Employee Mar 10, 2017

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MARCH 2017

Visit your beta site! {your institution}



  Customer Success

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InstructureCon 2017 is upon us. Mark your calendars for July 25–27, 2017 in Keystone, Colorado. We want to see you there!


This year's theme is Mission: InstructureCon 0017, complete with spies, gadgets, swanky parties, and possibly evil villains. Check it out at


  • Early bird pricing ($595) is still available and ends March 31st, 2017.
  • Full agenda will be available in April, 2017.
  • Please send all questions to


CanvasCon Events


CanvasCon is a one-day, regional event designed for educators. Everyone is invited, from the Canvas curious to the expert user. Click on one of the links below to join us at one of the 2017 CanvasCon events. (There are more events to come later in the year, so be sure to refer to next month’s Canvas Connection.)


CanvasCon SMU 2017

March 13, 2017

Southern Methodist University


CanvasCon USF 2017  

April 10, 2017

University of South Florida


CanvasCon Scandinavia 2017

April 27, 2017

KTH Royal Institute of Technology


CanvasCon IUPUI

June 12, 2017

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis




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In this production release (February 18), instructors can show and hide deleted discussion replies and be included in group collaborations. Additionally, instructors who can manually add users to a course benefit from an improved workflow process.

Admins and instructors can also view more standardized interaction with course student data using the Student Context Card feature, which must be enabled by an account admin and applies to the entire account.

Other minor updates have been made to several Canvas areas, including APIs.


Click here for more details on the latest Production Release.


Release Schedule Calendar:

  • Production Release Notes: March 6
  • Beta Release Notes: March 20




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University of North Carolina conducted a case study on switching to Canvas. Click on the link to read the article. University of North Carolina at Charlotte Case Study 



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In case you’ve missed it in years past, Canvas Network’s wildly popular massive online open course (MOOC) on blended learning is back. It began on February 27, 2017.

Blended learning is the strategic combination of face-to-face and online learning, and is growing in popularity in both K–12 and higher education. BlendKit 2017: Becoming a Blended Learning Designer explores the basis for blended learning and then guides participants with best practices and steps for constructing a successful blended experience.

Offered in partnership with EDUCAUSE and designed and facilitated by faculty from the University of Central Florida (UCF), BlendKit 2017 explores the methods and merits of blended learning and offers best practices for using it in your classroom. The five-week course involves:

  • Practical step-by-step "how to" guides on blended learning
  • Expert and peer assessment and critique on design work
  • Weekly webinars with guest presenters
  • Regular interactions with facilitator and other students

Register to begin today!




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Canvas Events Coming Up!


Canvas User Day at Delaware Valley Regional HS


This Canvas User Day will be hyper focused on teacher usage, with the teachers from Delaware Valley Regional High School delivering presentations.


When: March 20, 2017

Where: Delaware Valley Regional HS


CanvasCon USF*


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 K–12. There will be separate tracks for higher ed and K–12, 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!


Call for Proposals for USF Conference*

When: April 10, 2017 - Registration opens at 8 a.m.

Where: University of South Florida

*Please complete this form by March 3 if you would like to submit a proposal.


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!


CanvasLIVE Upcoming Sessions


How Do You Know What I Know? Creating Rigorous Questions in Canvas



This is Part 1 of a two-part series on assessment writing. Part 1 is suitable for instructional designers, K–12, and higher education.

Attendees will learn how to harness the power of Canvas Question Banks to create rigorous questions. The focus of this session will be on summative, auto-graded questions, such as multiple choice. The discussion will include different depths of knowledge levels for questions and how to increase the DOK of questions.



Attendees will walk away with practical tips for writing good assessment questions that truly assess students’ knowledge.


When: Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 @ 2:00PM MST

Where: HERE


O365 LTI Series: The Word on Assignments



Assignment creation, submission, and grading have new advantages when the Microsoft Office LTI is enabled in Canvas. Learn how to create templates and provide student feedback in ways that make a teacher’s workflow feel like less work and more flow.

NOTE: This session is part of the "O365 LTI Series" (a limited, bi-weekly series of 30-minute presentations and discussions).


When: Friday, March 10, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. MST

Where: Here