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WEEK OF 2016-08-26

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This Day In History: Mother Teresa

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Mother Teresa was born on August 26, 1910

 

In 1979 Mother Teresa, who was born as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, received the Nobel Peace Prize for her unrelenting assistance to the poor and needy throughout the world, and throughout her entire life. At age 18, Agnes left her family home to join a commune of nuns, as she felt her calling in life was to spread the good word. At age 20 she went to India to take her final vows, and from there, devoted her life to helping the poor outside of the convent walls.

 

http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1979/teresa-bio.html

http://abcnews.go.com/topics/news/history/mother-teresa.htm?mediatype=Image

 

 

Release Notes

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Canvas Production Release Notes (2016-08-27)

In this production release (August 27), admins can customize the default Help links in the Global Navigation Menu for their institution. Instructors can add images to Dashboard course cards (if allowed by their institution) and easily move an existing event to another calendar. Instructors and other course conference moderators can use live captioning in Conferences. All users can enable a new option in User Settings to underline all Canvas links without relying on High Contrast Styles.

 

Instructors and students also benefit from design improvements to the Assignments, Conferences, Modules, and Quizzes pages. Other features include additional improvements.

 

 

Canvas Events: CanvasCON and User Groups

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Texas Canvas Users Group - Annual Conference


Don’t mess with Texas! UT Austin is hosting the Texas Canvas User Group (TCUG) conference this year in Austin, November 10th-11th, 2016. If you are an admin or instructor in Texas, click the link above to register for this awesome user conference.

 

 

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We Want Your Feedback!

At InstructureCon, many of you were kind enough to stop by the community lounge and share your thoughts about the community — and the Canvas guides! But for those of you who weren’t able to make it, we want to keep the conversation going.

 

We’d like to invite you to share your thoughts about the Canvas Guides. How are you using the guides? What do you like about the guides? What don’t you like about the guides? Take a few minutes to fill out the online survey and enter a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card!

 

We’d love to get as many comments and survey responses as possible by Monday, August 29.

 

 

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CANVAS LIVE!

Sign on to Participate in a FREE Event: Course Design, Engagement, Rollout, etc.

Totally FREE and totally AWESOME!

 

CanvasLIVE is a place for Canvas users to gather and engage in real-time collaboration while sharing and learning different ways others are leveraging Canvas. And it's all FREE, of course! Events are organized by community members, as well as Instructure. Events range from formal presentations and hands-on workshops to 24/7 chat sessions and informal meet-ups. Participate in an upcoming event or create and host your own. We provide all the tools, templates, and support to facilitate your CanvasLIVE events! Let us know if we're missing something you need - community@instructure.com.

 

Be sure to "Follow" (button is in the banner) this space so you never miss a beat! And subscribe to the CanvasLIVE Blog to catch up on the weekly news!

 

Click this LINK to start exploring!!

 

 

Top Ten Guides: August 14 - 20, 2016

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  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 set my Canvas notification preferences?
  5. How do I submit an online assignment?
  6. How do I import content from another Canvas course?
  7. Canvas Interface Overview (Instructors) [Video]
  8. How do I use the Dashboard?
  9. What are the basic computer specifications for Canvas?
  10. How do I add a profile picture in my user account?

 

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  3. Canvas Overview (Video)
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  5. How do I sign up for a Canvas account as a student? (Student)
  6. How do I sign up for a Canvas account as a parent? (Observer)
  7. How do I import content from another Canvas course? (Instructor)
  8. How do I view my grades in a current course? (Student)
  9. How do I change my login password? (Student)
  10. How do I add an additional email address as a contact method in Canvas? (Student)

 

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WEEK OF 2016-08-19

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This Day In History: 1964 - The Beatles

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The Beatles kicked off their first U.S. Tour on this day in 1964 in San Francisco at the Cow Palace with astonishing success. The venue, which was only intended to hold 17,000 people ended up being packed with over 17,130 screaming fans.

 

The tour stemmed from their famous Ed Sullivan Show debut, where fans were blown away by the European group, and demanded to be able to see them live. The Beatles’ popularity only continued to grow, and to this day they are one of the most famous bands of all time.

 

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-beatles-kick-off-first-u-s-tour-at-san-franciscos-cow-palace

http://www.trend-chaser.com/entertainment/beatles-facts-trivia/

 

 

Release Notes

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Canvas Beta Release Notes (2016-08-15)

In this beta release, Canvas has new features in Course Settings and User Settings. Feature updates are available in Account Settings, the Calendar, and Global Navigation, and small design updates have also been made to other Canvas features.

 

Beta features are subject to change based on user feedback and testing.

 

 

Canvas Events: CanvasCON and User Groups

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Texas Canvas Users Group - Annual Conference


Don’t mess with Texas! UT Austin is hosting the Texas Canvas User Group (TCUG) conference this year in Austin, November 10th-11th, 2016. If you are an admin or instructor in Texas, click the link above to register for this awesome user conference.

 

 

Tip and Tricks

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Canvas has some AMAZING and AWESOME videos and guides! They are great resources for looking up just about anything you want to know. However, if someone is a Canvas beginner it is hard to know which video(s) to watch first. Which is why Mike Cowen, one of our awesome members of the product engagement team, created THIS course for your Canvas beginners! Download it from Canvas Commons and watch your teacher’s eyes sparkle!

 

 

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The New Canvas Live!

 

CanvasLIVE is a place for Canvas users to gather and engage in real-time collaboration while sharing and learning different ways others are leveraging Canvas. And it's all FREE, of course!

 

Events are organized by community members, as well as Instructure. Events range from formal presentations and hands-on workshops to 24/7 chat sessions and informal meet-ups. Participate in an upcoming event or create and host your own. We provide all the tools, templates, and support to facilitate your CanvasLIVE events! Let us know if we're missing something you need - community@instructure.com

 

Be sure to "Follow" (button is in the banner) this space so you never miss a beat! And subscribe to the CanvasLIVE  to catch up on the weekly news!

 

 

K12 Bullentin Board

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K12 Study Hall: Unpacking the Classroom

If you missed last week’s webinar, don’t fret! We recorded it for you, because, hey, we like you guys. Check out the webinar by clicking here.

 

Canvas Parent APP is Here!

Thank you all for your patience and interest in the new Parent App from Canvas! If you'd like to use the new app, you will need to enable it at the Account Settings level of Canvas. We want to also advise you that this app is currently still in beta, so there may be some kinks along the way that we need to iron out. Please let us know what these issues are but we also ask for your patience while we work it out. The non-beta version should be ready by the end of September, beginning of October!

 

To turn on Canvas Parent: Navigate to Settings, then Feature Options and toggle 'Canvas Parent' to on. This will add your institution to available schools in the parent app. In order to align with students, parents will need the login information (login email, or name and the student’s password). If you do not see your school in the drop down menu of options, please let your CSM know and they will get it added.

 

Feel free to join our Parent App Focus Group for updates and new release info. There you will also find a guide of FAQs for your convenience but please don't hesitate to let your CSM know if you have any questions.

 

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Top Ten Guides: August 7 - 13, 2016

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  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 Interface Overview (Instructors) [Video]
  4. Canvas Overview (Students) [Video]
  5. How do I import content from another Canvas course?
  6. How do I view the rubric for my graded discussion?
  7. How do I use the Dashboard?
  8. How do I set my Canvas notification preferences?
  9. How do I submit an online assignment?
  10. What are the basic computer specifications for Canvas?

 

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  2. How do I clear my browser cache on a Mac? (Admin)
  3. How do I import content from another Canvas course? (Instructor)
  4. How do I change my login password? (Student)
  5. How do I submit an online assignment? (Student)
  6. Canvas Overview (Video)
  7. How do I cross-list a section in a course? (Admin)
  8. How do I sign up for a Canvas account as a student? (Student)
  9. How do I subscribe to the Calendar Feed using Google Calendar? (Student)
  10. How do I customize my Courses list? (Student)

 

 

 

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Week In Review: 2016-08-12

Posted by Jana Capps Employee Aug 12, 2016

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WEEK OF 2016-08-12

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This Day In History: Sue the T-rex

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On this day in history, August 12, 1990, Sue, the Tyrannosaurus rex was found in South Dakota by Sue Hendrickson, who worked for the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research.

 

Sue found "her" in Faith, South Dakota, and this T-rex was "part of the largest-ever Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever discovered, [and was] a 65 million-year-old specimen." Although this find, as it was preserved so well, enabled scientists to determine many things about the T-rex and how this species lived, they could not determine the skeleton's gender, so she'll remain a she for now.

 

Sue (dinosaur) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Skeleton of Tyrannosaurus rex discovered - Aug 12, 1990 - HISTORY.com

 

Release Notes

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Canvas Production Release Notes (2016-08-06)

In this production release (August 6), admins can view a report for grading periods, enable federated attributes in SAML authentication, and view the base role type for an enrollment in the Provisioning report. Admins can also enable the Submissions Folder feature option, which copies student submissions into a read-only folder in a student’s User Files page.

 

Instructors can exclude assignments from a student’s final grade and save comments as drafts in SpeedGrader. This release also brings a SpeedGrader interface update for instructors, though no functionality has been affected. Instructors can also view submissions for inactive and concluded enrollments in SpeedGrader according to the visibility settings in the Gradebook.

 

Users who can view Pages and the Syllabus may notice an improvement to the Rich Content Editor sidebar. This enhancement is being enabled on a per-account basis by Canvas engineers and may already be enabled for your institution. The Rich Content Editor also supports the track tag for caption files.

 

Release Notes

 

Canvas Events: CanvasCON and User Groups

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Please click here to register.

 

Texas Canvas Users Group - Annual Conference


Don’t mess with Texas! UT Austin is hosting the Texas Canvas User Group (TCUG) conference this year in Austin, November 10th-11th, 2016. If you are an admin or instructor in Texas, click the link above to register for this awesome user conference.

 

Tip and Tricks: New Canvas Parent App

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Thank you for your interest in the new Parent App from Canvas! If you'd like to use the new app, you will need to enable it at the Account Settings Level of Canvas.

 

Navigate to Settings, then Feature Options and toggle "Canvas Parent" to on. This will add your institution to available schools in the parent app. In order to align with students, parents will need the login information (login email, or name and the students password).

 

Here is a helpful mobile guides on Parent App: Mobile Guides - Canvas Parent-Canvas Community

The Canvas Parent app is the mobile version of Canvas that helps parents stay up-to-date with their student's courses. Download the Canvas Parent app on Android and iOS devices.

 

Please note: The desktop observer role accounts and the Canvas Parent App are separate, and both have some amazing features for parents to interact with their children's education.

 

K12 Bullentin Board: Study Hall Webinar Recording

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K12 Study Hall: Unpacking the Classroom for Admins Recording

Welcome back to school! Following up last year ‘Packing up the Classroom’ we will revisit the series with administrator and teacher tasks for the beginning of the school year. The thirty minute webinar will cover course imports, Commons, term date and multiple grading periods. Click the link below to hear the recording!

 

K12 Study Hall: Unpacking the Classroom for Administrators and Teachers

 

Top Ten Guides: July 31 - August 6, 2016

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  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 Interface Overview (Instructors) [Video]
  4. Canvas Overview (Students) [Video]
  5. How do I import content from another Canvas course?
  6. How do I set my Canvas notification preferences?
  7. How do I use the Dashboard?
  8. How do I submit an online assignment?
  9. What are the basic computer specifications for Canvas?
  10. How do I edit my profile in my user account?

 

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  1. How do I clear my browser cache on a Mac? (Admin)
  2. Which browsers does Canvas support? (Admin)
  3. How do I change my login password? (Student)
  4. How do I submit a peer review to an Assignment? (Student)
  5. How do I import content from another Canvas course? (Instructor)
  6. How do I submit an online assignment? (Student)
  7. Canvas Overview (Video)
  8. How do I subscribe to the Calendar Feed using Google Calendar? (Student)
  9. What are the basic computer specifications for Canvas? (Admin)
  10. How do I sign up for a Canvas account as a student? (Student)

 

 

 

 

 

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WEEK OF 2016-08-05

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This Day In History: NBA Merges With ABA

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Screen Shot 2016-08-05 at 2.40.27 PM.pngThe National Basketball Association (or NBA as we all know it), wasn't always the only basketball organization out there. The American Basketball Association housed some of the biggest names in basketball, including

"the Denver Nuggets, the Indiana Pacers, the New York (later New Jersey) Nets and the San Antonio Spurs." On this day, in 1976, due to some poor business decisions from the American league, the NBA absorbed the ABA. It was unfortunate as the ABA games sported a red, white, and blue ball, and marketed players with catchy nicknames that have continued to be etched in our minds of the players we love, like "Julius “Dr. J” Erving and George “The Iceman” Gervin."

 

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NBA merges with ABA - Aug 05, 1976 - HISTORY.com

 

Release Notes

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Canvas Production Release Notes (2016-08-06)

In this production release (August 6), admins can view a report for grading periods, enable federated attributes in SAML authentication, and view the base role type for an enrollment in the Provisioning report. Admins can also enable the Submissions Folder feature option, which copies student submissions into a read-only folder in a student’s User Files page.

 

Instructors can exclude assignments from a student’s final grade and save comments as drafts in SpeedGrader. This release also brings a SpeedGrader interface update for instructors, though no functionality has been affected. Instructors can also view submissions for inactive and concluded enrollments in SpeedGrader according to the visibility settings in the Gradebook.

 

Users who can view Pages and the Syllabus may notice an improvement to the Rich Content Editor sidebar. This enhancement is being enabled on a per-account basis by Canvas engineers and may already be enabled for your institution. The Rich Content Editor also supports the track tag for caption files.

 

Canvas Events: CanvasCON and User Groups

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Please click here to register.

 

Texas Canvas Users Group - Annual Conference


Don’t mess with Texas! UT Austin is hosting the Texas Canvas User Group (TCUG) conference this year in Austin, November 10th-11th, 2016. If you are an admin or instructor in Texas, click the link above to register for this awesome user conference. If you have something you would like to share, they would LOVE a few more proposals. The deadline for this is tomorrow, July 29th! (sorry for the late notice!)

 

CANVAS ROUNDTABLE AT DARTMOUTH - SHARE, BUILD COMMUNITY, INNOVATE

Where: Dartmouth College
Murdough Center, Cook Auditorium
Tuck School of Business
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

When: Friday, August 12, 2016 - 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

 

Event Overview

Join higher ed Canvas users (and prospective users) from New England at the fourth annual Canvas Roundtable at Dartmouth College.  As the last of three 2016 summer Canvas events, the Roundtable is an opportunity to follow up on and delve deeper into questions raised at the June 6 Canvas User Group  and ideas from InstructureCon, while also providing a chance to discuss new topics not raised at these other events. The day will be a mix of large group discussions and breakout sessions where we’ll explore topics of interest to different groups – managers, instructional designers, tech support, and prospective Canvas users.  Click here to register.

 

 

Higher Ed Collective

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InstructureCon 2016 Post-Conference Feedback

 

This is an open discussion where you all can publicly share your qualitative thoughts and feedback about InstructureCon 2016!  Please post before reading the comments from others. Then feel free to reply to others! Click here to read more!

 

K12 Bullentin Board: Study Hall Webinar

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K12 Bulletin: Unpacking the Classroom for Admins

It’s that time of year again! Bust out those new chalk sticks, tidy up that white-board, and prepare for those new eager student eyes! Whether you are an admin or instructor, we know you may have some questions on how to prepare Canvas for the day those school doors open. Join us as we follow-up on last years “Packing up the Classroom”. We will revisit the series with administrator and teacher tasks for the beginning of the school year. This thirty minute webinar will cover course imports, Commons, term dates and multiple grading periods. We will finish up the meeting with 15 minutes of Q&A.

 

When: Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 @ 1:00PM MST.

Where: Please use THIS link to access the webinar on that day.

 

Top Ten Guides: July 24 - July 30, 2016

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  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 Interface Overview (Instructors) [Video]
  4. Canvas Overview (Students) [Video]
  5. How do I use the Dashboard?
  6. How do I set my Canvas notification preferences?
  7. How do I submit an online assignment?
  8. How do I import content from another Canvas course?
  9. How do I edit my profile in my user account?
  10. How do I add contact methods to receive Canvas notifications?

 

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  1. How do I clear my browser cache on a Mac? (Admin)
  2. Which browsers does Canvas support? (Admin)
  3. How do I change my login password? (Student)
  4. How do I submit a peer review to an Assignment? (Student)
  5. How do I submit an online assignment? (Student)
  6. How do I import content from another Canvas course? (Instructor)
  7. How do I subscribe to the Calendar Feed using Google Calendar? (Student)
  8. Canvas Overview (Video)
  9. What are the basic computer specifications for Canvas? (Admin)
  10. How do I add new people to an existing conversation? (Instructor)

 

 

 

 

 

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