Nicki Dittemore

Week In Review: 2016-04-22

Blog Post created by Nicki Dittemore Employee on Apr 22, 2016


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WEEK OF 2016-04-22

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


This Day In History: Earth Day





Earth Day, an event to increase public awareness of the world’s environmental problems, was celebrated in the United States for the first time on April 22, 1970. Millions of Americans, including students from thousands of colleges and universities, participated in rallies, marches, and educational programs. More importantly, it brought 20 million Americans out into the spring sunshine for peaceful demonstrations in favor of environmental reform.


“The objective was to get a nationwide demonstration of concern for the environment so large that it would shake the political establishment out of its lethargy and, finally, force this issue permanently onto the national political agenda," Senator Gaylord Nelson said.


Earth Day is celebrated in more than 193 countries each year. Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on the environmental issues that the world faces.



Release Notes



Canvas Production Release Notes (2016-04-23)

In this production release (April 23), admins can add additional authentication methods, change the calendar month view for all users in the institution, manage the Edu App Center whitelist, and create global announcements in subaccounts. Instructors can better manage inactive enrollments in the Gradebook and the People page and access the Course Navigation Menu from the Gradebook. All users benefit from changes to the User Account Menu (New Canvas UI) and the Courses list.



Canvas Events: InstructureCON, CanvasCONs and More!



InstructureCON 2016

What is InstructureCon?



InstructureCon is 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 Tips and Tricks



Canvas Commons

Are you thinking of using Canvas for professional development? Do a search for “Professional Development” courses in Commons. You are free to use anything we have uploaded and can take out and insert whatever you would like throughout the course. This will save you a ton of time in building something out and it will help your teachers see Canvas from a student perspective.



Want to make quizzes more visually appealing to your students? Try matching images to quiz questions for a little something extra. Please click here to learn more.



K12 Bulletin Board



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Grade Pass Back - Important Information

PowerSchool is coming out with a new gradebook that supports standards. Teachers will have a choice to use the new gradebook, called PowerTeacher Pro, alongside the existing PowerTeacher Gradebook.  Canvas will continue to support grade pass back functionality with the existing PowerSchool gradebook. However, GPB will NOT work with PowerTeacher Pro currently. Canvas is currently looking at improving standards (Outcomes) within Canvas.  Development for grade pass back with the new PowerTeacher Pro gradebook will be in-conjunction with Canvas development of standards work.


What does this mean for you? Grade Pass Back will still continue to work for those using the current PowerTeacher Gradebook.  However, if you choose to upgrade to the new PowerTeacher Pro gradebook, Canvas Grade Pass Back will not be available yet.  Before making the switch we encourage you to reach out to your CSM.


We apologize about the inconvenience but our awesome team is working on this for you.


Infinite Campus

InfiniteCampus is supporting OneRoster API for provisioning and is in the process of creating OneRoster API extensions for grade pass back. We are planning to support OneRoster API for provisioning and will develop to the InfiniteCampus OneRoster API extensions. This will be for the grade pass back option once that is available from InfiniteCampus.



Top Ten Guides: April 10-16, 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 an online assignment?
  4. Canvas Overview (Students) [Video]
  5. How do I use the Dashboard? (New Canvas UI)
  6. How do I set my Notification Preferences?
  7. How do upload changes to the Gradebook?
  8. How do I sign up for an appointment using the Scheduler?
  9. How do I submit a Turnitin Assignment?
  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 a peer review to an Assignment? (Student)
  4. How do I submit an online assignment? (Student)
  5. How do I submit a Turnitin 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 view Turnitin results for my assignment submission? (Student)
  9. How do I subscribe to the Calendar Feed using Google Calendar? (Student)
  10. How do I add new people to an existing Conversation? (Instructor)



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