Nicki Dittemore

Week In Review: 2016-08-19

Blog Post created by Nicki Dittemore Employee on Aug 19, 2016

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WEEK OF 2016-08-19

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


This Day In History: 1964 - The Beatles



The Beatles


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.



Release Notes



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




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



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!



Higher Ed Collective



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 -


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



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.





Top Ten Guides: August 7 - 13, 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 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?


Google Analytics (

  1. Which browsers does Canvas support? (Admin)
  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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