Nicki Dittemore

Week In Review: 2016-03-11

Blog Post created by Nicki Dittemore Employee on Mar 11, 2016

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WEEK OF 2016-03-11

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


This Day In History: Battle of Hampton Roads/Battle of the Ironclads




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During the American Civil War, a very small but influential battle took place at Hampton Roads, Virginia between the USS Monitor and CSS Virginia. The battle was very influential despite the fact that it ended in a draw.


At the start of the Civil War, the Union Navy was given the charge to blockade all Southern sea ports. The Southern State’s plans were to create machines, which could either batter their way through these blockades, run through them, or destroy them. The south found and used a partially sunken Union ship, the USS Merrimac, to create a new ship, later renamed the CSS Virginia. The USS Monitor was designed from the ground up to have no sails and be very low in the water.


On the day of the battle, the CSS Virginia was given the task to move through the Union blockade while the USS Monitor was to prevent the CSS Virginia from escaping or destroying the blockading ships. Over the course of several hours, both ships tried to destroy each other without doing any serious damage, because they both seemed “Ironclad.”





Release Notes



Canvas Production Release Notes (2016-03-12)

In this production release (March 12), Canvas includes changes to several feature areas designed to improve user accessibility. Instructors can differentiate assignments by groups and improve their course workflows with changes to the To Do list, Thin Common Cartridge imports, and Quiz previews. Admins can also specify courses as a blended format for reporting purposes.


Canvas Commons Release Notes (2016-03-02)

In this release, Commons has updates for the Share page and the Resource Details page.


Canvas Catalog Release Notes (2016-02-24)

In this Catalog release, admins can add tags to a new or existing listing, and the User Registrations API supports registering user accounts.


Canvas Mobile Release Notes (Android 5.3)

In this Canvas by Instructure update students can view grades by grading period and multiple choice quiz questions are natively supported.



Canvas Events: InstructureCON, CanvasCONs and More!



InstructureCON 2016

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!


For information about our epic InstructureCon visit



Keep up to date with CanvasCons in your area, as well as other highlighted events from Instructure at our events page in the Community:


Canvas User Groups

MAGIC - Mid-Atlantic Group Instructing with Canvas

University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, Virginia

Saturday, April 30th, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Please click here to register and for more information. Regular registration will close on 04/15/2016.


Teaching and Learning Technology Conference

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Rolla, Missouri

March 17-18, 2016

Please click here to register and for more information.


Canvas Training Courses















Whether you're a veteran to Canvas or have just joined us for the first time, please take a minute to check out our Canvas Training Subscription Description.


It's subscription based and jam-packed with hands-on activities that you'll agree are totally awesome. A comprehensive list of the courses available for BOTH Canvas Admins and Instructors can be found HERE.



Higher Ed Collective


The More You Know!


Here at Instructure, we want our service to not only be a differentiator, but also to provide unique value.  With the recent release of Canvas Data, we're able to offer you, our client partners, additional insight into your institution's Canvas usage. To enable that, we've created a new service we're calling the Executive Business Review (EBR). EBRs will be delivered by your CSM free of charge. They'll include new account-level analytics such as how many courses are regularly accessed by students, which features and LTIs are most used, and much more.




Please join us for a free webinar on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 12pm MST. This webinar will be presented by a member of our Product Engagement team and will go into further detail of what you can expect from an Executive Business Review.


Webinar Information:

March 30, 2016 at 12:00pm MST

Meeting number: 801 066 154

Meeting password: webinar

Audio connection:

1-650-479-3208 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)

Access code: 801 066 154




K12 Bulletin Board



What is the 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 FastTrack Video Series" is a quick video guide for teachers to help with the alignment of Canvas tools with SAMR (Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition) and the ways to perpetually increase user engagement! For the next 40 days we will present a new 2 1/2 minute video to the Community starting with the Substitution level of SAMR. Please click here to learn more!



Top Ten Guides: February 28-March 5, 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 I submit an online assignment?
  4. How do upload changes to the Gradebook?
  5. How do I set my Notification Preferences?
  6. How do I view assignment feedback comments from my instructor using Crocodoc annotations?
  7. How do I sign up for an appointment using the Scheduler?
  8. What options are available for Quizzes?
  9. How do I change the Course Home Page?
  10. What are the basic computer specifications for Canvas?


Google Analytics (

  1. How do I clear my browser cache on a Mac? (Admin)
  2. Which browsers does Canvas support? (Admin)
  3. How do I submit an online assignment? (Student)
  4. How do I submit a peer review to an Assignment? (Student)
  5. How do I change my login password? (Student)
  6. How do I upload a file as an Assignment submission in Canvas? (Student)
  7. How do I subscribe to the Calendar Feed using Google Calendar? (Student)
  8. What are the basic computer specifications for Canvas? (Admin)
  9. How do I submit a Turnitin Assignment? (Student)
  10. How do I view Turnitin results for my assignment submission? (Student)





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