Nicki Dittemore

Week In Review: 2016-04-08

Blog Post created by Nicki Dittemore Employee on Apr 8, 2016

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WEEK OF 2016-04-08

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


This Day In History: The Olympics


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The original Olympic games were held in ancient Greece at Olympia in 776 B.C. The events held at that time were foot races, wrestling, chariot racing, boxing, long jump, and javelin. The first Olympic games surrounded the religious festival honoring Zeus and were disbanded by Emperor Theodosius in an effort to eliminate paganism throughout the Roman Empire.


“With the Renaissance, Europe began a long fascination with ancient Greek culture, and in the 18th and 19th centuries some nations staged informal sporting and folkloric festivals bearing the name “Olympic Games.” However, it was not until 1892 that a young French baron, Pierre de Coubertin, seriously proposed reviving the Olympics as a major international competition that would occur every four years. At a conference on international sport in Paris in June 1894, Coubertin again raised the idea, and the 79 delegates from nine countries unanimously approved his proposal. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) was formed, and the first Games were planned for 1896 in Athens, the capital of Greece.”






Release Notes



Canvas Production Release Notes (2016-04-02)

In this production release (April 2), admins can manage courses in their accounts with a new storage report, manage users with two permission changes, and edit global announcements. They are also notified when they are using the Theme Editor with High Contrast Styles. Instructors can view calculation improvements in the Gradebook and Quizzes, access student analytics directly from the People page, and more accurately reply to group comments in SpeedGrader.  All users benefit from improvements to Notifications and the Assignments submission details page.


Canvas Catalog Release Notes (2016-03-30)

In this Catalog release, the student dashboard provides access to student transcripts, and listings support decimal values in course credit fields.



Canvas Product Survey




The Product team at Instructure invites you to participate in a short survey to help us better understand the product features and education trends you feel are most important.


We encourage you to share this survey with colleagues -- we’d like as much feedback as possible. The survey should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete.


The results of this survey will be an important factor in ensuring that we exceed your current and future needs. You will find the link below.



(On behalf of the Canvas Product Team)

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.


NERCOMP's Canvas User Group will be held in Norwood, MA on June 6th and will be primarily focused on implementation, data and analytics, support & training and Canvas customization.


Dartmouth's Canvas Roundtable will be held in Hanover, NH on Friday, August 12th and will give us a chance to follow up on the questions and ideas raised earlier in the summer, as well as share best practices on course design and network with other Canvas administrators and users.


Please submit your ideas via our Call for Proposals!


If you need more information before submitting your idea(s), please contact Peter Testori regarding the NERCOMP Canvas User Group ( or Pat Coogan ( ) for Dartmouth's Canvas Roundtable.



Higher Ed Collective



The More You Know!


knowledge-centre.jpgDid you miss our recent webinar? Not a problem! Please click on the link below to download the recording discussing our new Executive Business Reviews (EBR) service. 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 click here to review a sample EBR.


Download Recording Link:




K12 Bulletin Board



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Your Voice Matters!


Thank you to all of the schools who have participated in our survey, and if you haven't had the chance, then you can fill it out at the following link:





Top Ten Guides: March 27-April 2, 2016



Jive Analytics (

  1. How do I find my institution's URL to access Canvas apps on my mobile device?
  2. Which browsers does Canvas support?
  3. How do I submit a Turnitin Assignment?
  4. How do I submit an online assignment?
  5. What is the New Canvas User Interface?
  6. How do I use the Dashboard? (New Canvas UI)
  7. How do upload changes to the Gradebook?
  8. How do I set my Notification Preferences?
  9. How do I sign up for an appointment using the Scheduler?
  10. How do I edit my Profile?


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 edit my Profile? (Student)
  7. What are the basic computer specifications for Canvas? (Admin)
  8. How do I submit a Turnitin Assignment? (Student)
  9. How do I view Turnitin results for my assignment submission? (Student)
  10. How do I upload a file as an Assignment submission in Canvas? (Student)



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