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Posted by Employee Aug 7, 2017

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Visit your beta site! {your institution}






In this production release (August 5), the Submission Details page, Student Grades page, and SpeedGrader display labels for missing submissions.

For admins who use CSV files with student information systems, the SIS import file supports a diffing threshold and the change_SIS_ID CSV data format.

Production release notes also include fixed bugs.


View the Canvas Production Release Notes (2017-08-5)



Canvas New Feature Screencast (2017-08-05)


Release Schedule Calendar

  • Beta release and notes: August 14
  • Production release notes: August 21
  • Production release and documentation: August 26

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Introducing the Gauge AMS

JUL 26, 2017

By Instructure


SALT LAKE CITY — July 26, 2017 — Instructure (NYSE:INST), a leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology company and creator of the Canvas learning management system (LMS), today announced the release of Gauge, a comprehensive assessment management system (AMS) that empowers K–12 school districts to regularly measure student learning with more insight and more timely results. This world-class assessment product will benefit teachers and students in schools across the nation. 

“Gauge is our easy-to-use, scalable assessment platform that enables schools to create effective formative, interim and benchmark exams, deliver them to individuals or groups of students and use the data collected to directly influence instruction,” said Mitch Benson, vice president of product for Canvas by Instructure. “Simply put, Gauge provides schools with a simple, easy-to-use assessment experience that delivers actionable data to drive student outcomes and success.” 

To highlight the importance of assessment, Instructure commissioned a national study about assessment testing and learning tools (see below). Results reveal that teachers are not getting what they need from their assessment data. The study found that if teachers received better, more actionable data faster, they would take steps to improve teaching.

According to the survey, only 50 percent of respondents receive individual student performance data from their current AMS. Of all the types of data, teachers said access to this individual student performance data would be most helpful. Teachers also wish they received results more quickly. If they had access to their data sooner, 60 percent of teachers would individualize student learning plans, 58 percent would intervene with targeted instruction for struggling students and 43 percent would make changes to the curriculum.

Gauge product features include:

  • Scalability: Educators can create and deploy district-wide assessments for students across the district, within a grade level or at a particular campus.
  • Ease of Use: From the very beginning, Gauge was designed with end-users in mind, so its real power comes from its simplicity. Gauge’s interface is clean, intuitive and easy to navigate. This minimizes user frustration, reduces support costs, and ultimately, lets users focus on what’s truly important — teaching and learning.
  • In-depth Reporting: Administrators and teachers can view meaningful reports and take action to improve instruction and student achievement.
  • Data Analysis: User profiles set up by data from the student information system allow teachers and administrators to identify and assist at-risk populations, and recognize and repeat successes. Robust item analysis and quiz statistics help educators understand the performance and reliability of their assessments. Teachers can align test items to learning outcomes and capture student performance question by question.
  • Mobile Availability: Gauge works on any device, any time. Students can sit for an assessment using a mobile device or personal computer/laptop.
  • Security: Tests are secure through IP address filtering, availability settings, password protection, SSL encryption and other industry standard security processes.
  • Standards-based Technology: Gauge is compliant with IMS Global Learning Consortium standards LTI and QTI.

Gauge is a full-featured and fully integrated solution accompanying the LMS to drive adoption, decrease costs and positively affect learning. This assessment product gives educators simple and effective tools to improve instruction through fast and useful data. 

“As a district with more than 250,000 students, we now have a district-wide assessment platform, Gauge, that works seamlessly with the Canvas product our teachers and students are already familiar with,” said Richard Baum, director of student assessment and research for Broward County Public Schools.

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  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 for more information.   


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  Canvas Network


Take a trip around the world with Canvas Network courses starting this August.  


Courses Starting August 7, 2017

First stop: European Union


Second stop: Spain



Courses Starting August 21, 2017

Third stop: Sweden



Fourth stop: Netherlands



Courses Starting August 7, 2017

Fifth stop: Brazil  



Canvas supports 26 languages and users located around the 

world. Take a break. Get comfortable. Embark on a learning adventure created by educators located around the world.


For more Canvas Network courses go to



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It is officially back to school season! Below is a white paper handout that will help you tackle common Canvas issues that arise before school starts!



When troubleshooting SIS issues in Canvas a few important pieces of information (data) to inspect are:


Refer to the attached PDF but if outside of those perimeters check the following:

  • Was the Information contained in the SIS file sent over and in the proper format?
  • Was the Information not manually deleted in Canvas (changes in Canvas are known as "sticky" and will override future imports into Canvas)? FYI -You can find deleted objects by running a provisioning report and selecting the box "include deleted objects"
  • Does the item you are looking to update have an SIS ID attached in Canvas and SIS file.


When troubleshooting user's being able to access courses or course content (active or concluded):


Is it an Access Date Issue?

         How do Term Dates, Course Dates, and Section Dates work in Canvas?        


Has the course (or content) been Published or Unpublished?

          Note that a course cannot be unpublished if there are any graded assignments in the course. The

           course cannot be accessed by students unless it has been published. Any materials

           in the course must be published to be viewable by the students enrolled in the course.


Has the course been concluded?

         Viewing Concluded Courses, Enrollments

         How to Unconclude a Course (Note, this can be done if the instructor has the

           permissions to do so, admins should be able to do this for any user under their account admin


         Deleting Courses from the account (Admins only)

         How to Customize the Course List as an Instructor- This shows teachers how to

          remove old or not immediately relevant courses from their view.


Is it a Cross-Listing Issue?

        For additional information about cross-listing, please refer to this video



(You should submit a Support Ticket whenever you suspect an Authentication issue may exist.)


Have you Whitelisted all the Canvas URLs and IP addresses (for LDAP)?

          If you are not sure, please contact your CSM to get the comprehensive list


Are you using the right Port (for LDAP)?

         If you are using LDAP and are running on a secure port, you will typically house your SSL certificate on port 636. If you are running on an insecure port with a SSL certificate running in the background, you should use port 389


Have you recently reset your Server, Passwords, Updated Firewall, or reset the local network?

        Are all your users having an issue logging in or is it just certain users or certain buildings? If so, it is most likely not a Canvas issue. Get in contact with your

network administrator



(How do I best utilize Canvas Support?  What is the difference between Canvas Support and my CSM?)


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