Nicki Dittemore

Week In Review: 2016-04-15

Blog Post created by Nicki Dittemore Employee on Apr 15, 2016

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WEEK OF 2016-04-15

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


This Day In History: First Man in Space




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At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union was engulfed in a Space Race with the United States and the other Western countries.  The Soviet Union was the first country to launch the world’s first successful satellite. Sputnik was launched in 1957 as well as Latika, the first animal to orbit the Earth.


The Soviets, in an attempt to one-up the West, successfully put a person into outer space on April 12, 1961. The United States was slated to launch a man into space in May 1961. This man was Yuri Gagarin. His feat brought him to worldwide fame by orbiting the Earth — which took 89 minutes at 187 miles up from earth.


This leap in history helped the rest of the world reach new potential. From the Space Race, we were able to successfully land man on the moon. This event assisted in the progression of technology through the advancement of computers, mass satellite communication, and unmanned exploration of many planets in our Solar System.






Release Notes



Canvas Beta Release Notes (2016-04-11)

In this beta release, Canvas has new features for Authentication, the Calendar, External Apps, Global Announcements, and Grades. Updates are also available in multiple Canvas areas and APIs.



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.



Canvas Update: TurnItIn



Please see the recent Turnitin update to our customers about the API to LTI transition.


Turnitin has recently released a Turnitin Canvas LTI integration, which was developed in partnership with Instructure, the makers of Canvas. This integration is replacing a prior Canvas integration which relied upon a Turnitin developed API.


We are asking that our Canvas users begin to adopt the new Turnitin Canvas LTI integration by the end of 2016. Early adoption is recommended to allow for plenty of time to train end users on the new integration.


With the release of the new Turnitin Canvas LTI integration, we will begin retiring the legacy API which will no longer be available starting in 2017. The only Turnitin-supported route for integration with the Canvas learning management system from January 2017 forward will be the Turnitin Canvas LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) option. LTI is a standard created by the IMS Global Learning Consortium which aims to establish a standard way of integrating rich learning applications, and many--if not most--integrated solutions are moving in this direction of standardization.


The new Turnitin Canvas LTI integration will give our Canvas users full access to all Turnitin functionality (OriginalityCheck, GradeMark, and PeerMark) and, most importantly, will ensure that our Canvas users receive any new features and fixes as soon as we introduce them into the product. Moving forward, we hope that this will make it easier to administer and use Turnitin for the Canvas community.


For those who are wondering, it is possible to run the legacy Canvas integration and Canvas LTI integration in parallel during the transition period. When the previous Canvas integration becomes unavailable, classes and assignments originally created through the previous integration will remain accessible by logging into Turnitin directly. These older classes and assignments will not be visible in the LTI integration. 


In the near future, the Turnitin Integrations team will be reaching out to each customer directly who has not yet made the transition to the LTI integration to offer support and assistance during the transition.


We urge you to look over the resources we have provided below, which we hope will help to answer the most common questions and address any concerns.


Admin Guides for Canvas Turnitin LTI Integration Set Up:

Admin Guide (provided by Canvas)

Admin Guide (provided by Turnitin)


Other Resources:

Comprehensive Canvas User Blog Post

credit: Dallas Hulsey, Professor, English - Department Chair, New Mexico Junior College



Canvas (LTI Tool) - Administrator Configuration

Canvas (LTI Tool) - Student User Video

Canvas (LTI Tool) - Instructor User Video


Please contact to request a separate Turnitin environment to be set up for the purposes of testing the Canvas LTI integration.



Top Ten Guides: April 3 - April 9, 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. Canvas Overview (Students) [Video]
  4. How do I submit an online assignment?
  5. What is the New Canvas User Interface?
  6. How do I set my Notification Preferences?
  7. How do I edit my Profile?
  8. How do I sign up for an appointment using the Scheduler?
  9. How do I submit a Turnitin Assignment?
  10. How do upload changes to the Gradebook?


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 embed an image in a Discussion reply as a student? (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 edit my Profile? (Student)
  8. How do I upload a file as an Assignment submission in Canvas? (Student)
  9. How do I subscribe to the Calendar Feed using Google Calendar? (Student)
  10. How do I reply to a Discussion as an instructor? (Instructor)



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