Nicki Dittemore

Week In Review: 2016-02-12

Blog Post created by Nicki Dittemore Employee on Feb 12, 2016

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WEEK OF 2016-02-12

Your weekly newsletter for the latest and greatest about all things Canvas!


This Day in History


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On February 11, 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from the Victor Verster Prison. This was a momentous day in history because it changed world politics.


Mandela was a strong political advocate for equal rights in his home country of South Africa and throughout the world. The South African government from 1948-1994 implemented Apartheid, meaning racial segregation of citizens by state authority, which restricted rights of non-whites and barred them from government offices.


During his education at the University of Witwatersrand, Mandela became involved in a movement against the Apartheid. To further his cause, in 1952, he opened the first South African black law-firm, which offered free or low-cost legal counsel to people affected by the Apartheid.


Mandela was imprisoned multiple times throughout his life based on his attacks against the South African government. He was imprisoned from 1962-1990. Many nations and many influential political leaders protested his imprisonment. Some of these leaders protesting the South African Apartheid government included President George Bush, Margaret Thatcher, Pope John Paul II, and French President Francois Mitterrand. 


South Africa held general elections on April 27, 1994, and Mandela was elected President due to his vision for equality. He presided over a government who transitioned from an Apartheid minority rule government to a multicultural democracy.


Release Notes


Canvas Beta Release Notes (2016-02-08)

In this beta release, Canvas has new features for Account Settings and SpeedGrader, as well as updates for Analytics, Announcements, Assignments, the Dashboard, Grades, Outcomes, and Settings. Canvas also has other updates for the user interface, password reset form, Theme Editor, and API page.


Canvas Commons Release Notes (2016-02-09)

In this Commons release, the Search Page interface has been updated. Additionally, deleting a resource generates a confirmation message and search results have improved accessibility. Last, recently used tags will no longer appear when tags are added to resources.



InstructureCON 2016 Call For Proposals


What is InstructureCon?


It’s a conference held annually for people throughout the world who use and love Canvas or who would like to use Canvas. Our Learning Management System here at Instructure has been rocking the Higher Ed and K-12 Communities throughout the world. InstructureCon is where everyone comes together to share experiences, be taught new features and updates, where everyone is fed a wealth of Canvas knowledge, connections are made and networking is easy, and where SWAG is abundant. It’s a hoot, and well worth the time and money!


Interested in presenting? To submit your presentation proposal, please complete this form by February 21, 2016 at exactly 12 a.m. MT (that is, the stroke of midnight in the Mountain time zone).


For information about our epic InstructureCon visit



Canvas Tips & Tricks - Canvas Commons Templates


Providing teachers with design templates and buttons will help overcome the hurdle of getting started in a new environment. To make it easy for teachers, have them upload templates to Commons. If Commons is not enabled in your instance, please request the feature from your Customer Success Manager.



Canvas Live! - Study Hall: Successful Parent-Teacher Conferences


Learn ways to leverage Canvas tools to ensure you have successful parent-teacher conferences, whether you’re meeting parents online or face-to-face in the classroom. Please click here to learn more.



Higher Ed Collective


CanvasCon - Florida

Save the date! The Florida Users Group will be hosted by the University of Central Florida on March 11, 2016.


We have many folks in the state of Florida doing Awesome things with Canvas and we would love to hear from you. If you would like to present this year, please complete and submit the Call for Proposal form by Monday, Feb 15. Registration details and event agenda will follow in the weeks to come.


Please feel free to reach out to Taylor Austin with any questions at




K12 Bulletin Board



K12 Canvas Assemblies Webinars Sneak Preview:


Google + Canvas = Magic: How to use Google Apps for Education with Canvas

New Training Offerings (These are going to change the world)

Canvas Data Reporting

Admin Resources

What to Expect from InstructureCon



Top Ten Guides: January 31-February 6, 2016


Jive Analytics (


  1. How do I find my institution's URL to access the Canvas app on my mobile device?
  2. Which browsers does Canvas support?
  3. How do upload changes to the Gradebook?
  4. How do I submit an online assignment?
  5. How do I set my Notification Preferences?
  6. How do submit a Turnitin assignment?
  7. How do I upload a file as an Assignment submission in Canvas?
  8. How do I import content from another Canvas course?
  9. User Settings and Profile Picture (All Users) [Video]
  10. How do I submit a peer review to an Assignment?


Google Analytics (

  1. Which browsers does Canvas support? (Admin)
  2. How do I clear my browser cache on a Mac? (Admin)
  3. How do I submit an online assignment? (Student)
  4. How do I view Turnitin results for my assignment submission? (Student)
  5. How do I submit a peer review to an Assignment? (Student)
  6. How do I change my login password? (Student)
  7. How do I upload a file as an Assignment submission in Canvas? (Student)
  8. How do I submit a Turnitin Assignment? (Student)
  9. How do I edit my Profile? (Student)
  10. How do I sign up for a Canvas account as a student? (Student)


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