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JULY 2017

Posted by Employee Jul 10, 2017

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JULY 2017

Visit your beta site! {your institution}



  Customer Success


Mission: InstructureCon 0017

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


This year's theme: Mission: InstructureCon 0017, if you choose to accept it,  is full of spies, gadgets, swanky parties, and possibly evil villains! Check out the UPDATED WEBSITE! Here are a few missions you will need to complete before attending InstructureCon:

  • Download the InstructureCon App - this will provide you with top secret maps and information around Keystone.
  • Find answers to burning questions such as “Can my family come to Keystone?” “How do I get around the resort?” and “Do you expect me to talk, Goldfinger?” in the FAQs.
  • Register to prevent denied access to those swanky parties.
  • Full agenda available NOW - schedule your days ahead of time to be one step ahead of the rest.


*Future conferences*

ISTE 2018

Chicago, Illinois, June 24-27, 2018

ISTE 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 23-26, 2019


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!

September 6, 2017 - CanvasCon APAC
October 2017 - CanvasCon Northeast - Location TBD
Tuesday, October 10th, 2017  - CanvasCon EMEA - London British Museum


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In this production release (June 24), admins and designers can create and maintain course design templates for an entire institution. The Box previewer and Crocodoc annotation tools throughout Canvas have been replaced with Canvas DocViewer, which provides improved performance for a variety of document and image types. For institutions using custom JavaScript, accordion widgets are no longer supported as a jQueryUI component.  For institutions using student context cards, student group leader names in a group set display context card details. Other small changes have been made to the Rich Content Editor content selector and the Course Settings sidebar buttons.  Production release notes also include fixed bugs.


View the Canvas Production Release Notes (2017-06-24)


Release Schedule Calendar

  • Beta Release Notes: July 3rd
  • Production Release Notes: July 10th
  • Production release and documentation: July 15


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JUN 27, 2017

By Scott Townsend

Doing Things Differently to Drive Student Success

One of the things I love most about my job at Instructure is meeting customers. In recent meetings, I’ve noticed that student success is a recurring theme—among teachers, administrators, technologists, managers and even students themselves. Many of our customers talk about how they’ve embraced edtech with this objective firmly in mind, and how Canvas provides an engaging learning experience that drives better outcomes.

What does success look like?

Student success doesn’t have a one-size-fits-all definition; it means different things to different people. For some, it’s a short-term objective aimed at helping students pass modules or courses. For others, it’s a long-game focused on preparing graduates for successful employment.

Michael Welin-Berger, project manager for Canvas implementation from Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Technology told us that, for him, student success relies upon “the student reaching his/her full potential, both in theoretical as well as social skills.”

Elizabeth McConnell, a student from the Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) in Sydney, said, “My definition of student success is getting what you want from uni and being able to apply that in a rewarding job.”

While we agree with Welin-Berger’s holistic view that student success ultimately comes from delivering rounded, practical and well-adjusted graduates, we also agree with McConnell that students should graduate with skills for the workforce—and for a fulfilling role in society.

Motivation and engagement

Motivation and engagement are crucial to student success—and both are driven by empowerment. The best educators, as much as possible, empower students to engage deeply with course materials and to learn in ways that suit them best. Many forward-looking institutions now prioritise a collaborative environment where teachers act more as coaches. This self-directed approach helps increase motivation and engagement by encouraging students to take responsibility for their own learning. It also puts the focus on thinking critically and applying knowledge, which is a significant pedagogical shift from theoretical and rote learning.

The ability to solve real-world problems and to hone independent thinking is important at all stages of learning, but when it comes to finding employment and thriving in the workforce, these skills are critical. Indeed, a skills-focused learning approach affects our entire employment ecosystem—from individuals’ careers to the prosperity of businesses, industries and economies.

The learning journey

This is where Canvas comes in. By harnessing the power of technology, educators can begin to deliver a more engaging and motivating educational experience. Tech can power a collaborative, self-directed learning environment where students develop new skills, apply knowledge, get better feedback and even establish links with industry.

And, of course, tech isn’t just valuable in an academic setting—it goes beyond the classroom. From connecting with prospective students and parents to supporting postgraduates and alumni after studies end, tech enables institutions to create and maintain engagement. When harnessed properly, educational technology can help facilitate a truly rounded experience—one that meets many definitions of students success.

To learn more about how Canvas can help define success at your institution, join us at one of our upcoming CanvasCon events in Australia or the UK.

Keep Learning,

Scott Townsend

VP of International Marketing, Instructure



  Canvassador Highlights


Canvas Expert? You should be a Canvassador!


They are the formidable crew of Edu Leaders. These innovators, forward-thinkers, and technology enthusiasts walk among us. By day, they share their creative genius by shouting it from the rooftops (aka Canvas LMS, in the classroom, on an actual stage, Twitter, the Community space, you get it...). By night, they take off their panda suits and prepare to do it all over again. They are —drumroll please— the Canvas Canvassadors!    


These 50+ individuals from all over the world act as the ears, eyes, and voice of Canvas. They work closely with Instructure to advise on ways to improve our products to make overall education better. Canvassadors continually look to move education forward by blogging, hosting webinars and discussions, presenting at national conferences and much more! You can see them in action this year at our internal conference  InstructureCon 2017 in Keystone, Colorado. Join us this summer for an insane amount of fun.


Do you want to be among the crème de la crème at Canvas and be among the ranks of the Canvassadors? We are taking applications now! We would love to have you apply here or you can contact Jenny at for more information.   




  Canvas Network



TCM Presents The Master of Suspense: 50 Years of Hitchcock (#Hitchcock50)

We invite movie lovers and online learners from around the world to join us for a free, flexible online course, TCM Presents The Master of Suspense: 50 Years of Hitchcock (#Hitchcock50), June 26 - August 7, 2017. This is the third free online course to be offered by TCM and Ball State, following Film Noir (2015) and Slapstick Comedy (2016).

In this Hitchcock course, enjoy multimedia course materials, daily in-app messaging with movie clips, mini-games, and ongoing interactions with fellow film fans on the TCM message boards or at #Hitchcock50.

We will explore 40+ Hitchcock films from his first film in the silent era, The Lodger (1927) to his final film five decades later, Family Plot (1977). In all, the course will reflect on Hitchcock's unparalleled 50-year career as one of cinema's most successful and unique filmmakers.

Both the course and the associated films are designed to enrich your understanding of Alfred Hitchcock, Hollywood filmmaking, and the shifts in popular culture and film production contexts that Hitchcock used to his advantage throughout his illustrious career. You will be able to share your own thoughts about Hitchcock and cinema history with a worldwide community of students, fans, and film lovers.

Enroll today!


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


Release Notes: New Beta Release Notes



What’s new you ask? Check out our release notes to find out!


Canvas Production Release Notes: 6/24/17

  • Blueprint Courses
  • Canvas DocViewer
  • People
    • Group Leader Context Car
  • Rich Content Editor
    • Content Selector Page Links
  • Course Settings
    • Sidebar Links
  • Grades
    • Assignments Groups and Total Points
  • API
    • Account Reports API
    • Files API
    • Outcomes API
  • Javascript
    • Accordion jQueryUI Components
  • LTI Variable Substitutions
    • Launch Parameter Privacy Configurations


Watch the screencast HERE for new Canvas features.


Canvas Beta Release Notes: 07/05/17

New Features

  • Courses
    • Assignment Duplication
    • Pages Duplication
    • Course Setup Tutorial

Updated Features

  • Assignments
    • Disable Sync to SIS
  • Calendar
    • Assignments Sync to SIS
  • Conferences
    • Observer Invitations
  • Course Home Page
    • Modules Course Home Page Default
  • Rich Content Editor
    • Sidebar Enhancements
  • SIS Import
    • Last Batch Error CSV File

Other Updates

  • Courses
    • Content Export Expiration Clarification
  • User Interface
    • Canvas Font Size Update
    • Canvas Icon Update
    • Dashboard Course Card Width


Canvas Catalog Release Notes: 3/20/17


Canvas Data Release Notes: 3/22/17

  • Grading Periods


Arc Release Notes: 6/21/17

  • Captions


Release Schedule Calendar

  • Production Release Notes: July 15th
  • Beta Release Notes: July 3rd


SIS Platform Updates for PowerSchool



*Important PowerSchool Information*

If you are planning on moving to the new PowerTeacher Pro Gradebook for the 2017-2018 school year and HAVE NOT spoken with Tiffany Morgan from Instructure, please reach out to your CSM ASAP. If we don’t hear from you soon, we may not have time to get your institution set up on this new platform before Fall start.


CanvasLIVE Upcoming Sessions



Accessing Your Canvas Data with CanvasDataViewer


CanvasDataViewer is used to automatically download Canvas Data files into a SQL Server database where you can query and analyze the information. In this webinar you can get a guided tour of CanvasDataViewer and find what it takes to set it up and host it.


When: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 @ 12:00pm MDT

Where: HERE


Top Ten Guides of the Week: Week of 7/3-7/7



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 (

  1. Where do I find an institution's URL to access Canvas apps on mobile devices?
  2. Which browsers does Canvas support?
  3. How do I submit an online assignment?
  4. How do I set my Canvas notification preferences as a student?
  5. How do I reply to a discussion as a student?
  6. How do I edit my profile in my user account as a student?
  7. How do I embed an image in a discussion reply as a student?
  8. How do I copy content from another Canvas course?
  9. How do I download assignment submissions from all my courses?
  10. What are the basic computer specifications for Canvas?


Google Analytics (

  1. How do I submit a peer review to an assignment? (Student)
  2. How do I submit an online assignment? (Student)
  3. How do I create a new ePortfolio as a student? (Student)
  4. How do I submit a Turnitin assignment? (Student)
  5. How do I embed an image in a discussion reply as a student? (Student)
  6. How do I upload a file as an assignment submission in Canvas? (Student)
  7. How do I know if I have peer review assignment to complete? (Student)
  8. How do I view assignment feedback comments from my instructor using Crocodoc annotations? (Student)
  9. How do I edit my profile in my user account as a student? (Student)
  10. How do I record a video using the Rich Content Editor as an instructor? (Instructor)


LTI External Tools & Third Party Apps



Do you have any LTI external tools integrated with Canvas? What about third party apps? If not, you are missing out! We are going to start highlighting an external tool that integrates with Canvas each week in our Bulletin Board. Feel free to reach out to your CSM if you have any questions on setting up these tools.


This week’s LTI tool we would like to spotlight is…


Rosetta Stone



Provides seamless course-level access for students and faculty to Rosetta Stone from their daily online learning environment. Build conversational proficiency in a new language within the confines of a university- or instructor-determined program. Add elements in Canvas that blend with Rosetta Stone to produce a learning experience that meets your institution’s needs.

Click the Support link located on this page to contact Rosetta Stone for configuration assistance. Support Link:

For more info please check out the configuration instructions HERE.

Check out our EduAppCenter to see what is available. I can bet we have something your school needs and/or wants!


Canvas FastTrack Videos: Great Summer Homework!



Don’t worry admins, we didn’t forget about you. Introducing a new type of FastTrack Video...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 roll out 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.


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


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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