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WEEK OF 2016-09-30

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This Day in History: Little Women

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This Day in History: Little Women

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On September 30, 1868, the first of two volumes of Little Woman, written by Louisa May Alcott was published. What is know as a “beloved children’s classic,” has become a timeless classic for any reader.

 

The story is about an average family, as far as socio-economic status and size was concerned. However, the parents of the family had only four daughters. The tale follows their ordinary lives, and their “passage from childhood to womanhood.” It is a touching story that connects universally to people’s emotions.

 

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Louisa May Alcott

 

 

Release Notes: Feature Updates

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Canvas Beta Release Notes (2016-09-26)

In this beta release, Canvas has updated features in Assignments, Authentication, the Dashboard, Grades, Quizzes, the Theme Editor, and User Settings.  

 

Canvas by Instructure Release Notes (iOS 3.15)

In this Canvas by Instructure update, students can add annotations in PDF files for assignment submissions.

 

Canvas by Instructure Release Notes (Android 5.5)

In this Canvas by Instructure update, students can add annotations in PDF files for assignment submissions, and numerical answer quiz questions are supported.

 

 

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Announcing CanvasCon TCNJ 2016

Even though InstructureCon 2016 has come and gone, you don’t have to wait until next summer to regroup and reconnect with your fellow Canvas Campers. And this time, it’s in your neck of the woods. That’s because we’re bringing CanvasCon, the bite-sized version of InstructureCon, to the Northeast. And you’re invited!

 

WHAT

This one-day regional conference for Canvas users will feature presentations by higher ed and K-12 educators, innovators, and thought leaders from throughout the Northeast. Session highlights include:

 

  • Strategies for LMS migration and faculty adoption
  • Ways to use and share open resources
  • Tools for assessments and analytics
  • Tips for best-in-class course design
  • And more!

 

WHEN

Monday, October 10th, 2016

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

WHERE

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)

Music Building, Park Drive, Ewing Township, NJ 08638

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Whether or not you experienced all the Kumbayawesome at InstructureCon in July, here’s your chance to join us for a daylong Canvas fireside (without the fire). See you there!

 

REGISTER HERE!

 

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 10-11, 2016. If you are an admin or instructor in Texas, click the link above to register for this awesome user conference.

 

 

Canvas Tips and Tricks

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Did you accidentally delete all of that content you have been working so hard on? Here is a trick that will help you undelete it (unfortunately, it does not work 100% of the time). Worth the try though, right?

 

https://community.canvaslms.com/groups/admins/blog/2015/04/22/undeleting-things-in-canvas

 

CanvasLIVE!

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#CanvasChat: Building Confidence with Canvas Outcomes

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at Twitter (#canvaschat)

Starts at 4:00 PM · Ends at 5:00 PM, MDT (America/Denver)

Please click here to register!

 

 

Higher Ed Collective

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Did you miss InstructureCON this year?? Don't fret! All recorded sessions can be found within the Community. Check out the Keynote from Mitch MacFarlene where he discusses Instructure's product roadmap!

 

KEYNOTE: MITCH MACFARLANE

 

 

K12 Bulletin Board

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Check out our Webinar in Canvas Live!

 

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Recording: K12 Study Hall: Let's get Engaged...with Canvas

 

 

Top Ten Guides: September 18 - 24, 2016

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  2. Which browsers does Canvas support?
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  4. How do I submit an online assignment?
  5. How do I set my Canvas notification preferences?
  6. Canvas Overview (Students) [Video]
  7. How do I upload changes to the Gradebook?
  8. How do I add contact methods to receive Canvas notifications?
  9. What are the basic computer specifications for Canvas?
  10. How do I reply to a discussion as a student?

 

 

 

 

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WEEK OF 2016-09-23

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This Day In History: Neptune is Discovered

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On September 23, 1846 “German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle discover[ed] the planet Neptune at the Berlin Observatory.” This planet sits in the eighth position from the sun, and was first thought of as a star, until it was confirmed on this day as a planet. Neptune is four times larger than Earth, and is a huge “blue gas giant.” It has eight moons, and an impressive ring system. 

 

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/eighth-planet-discovered

http://pics-about-space.com/planet-neptune?p=1#img5293325573464635450

 

 

 

Release Notes

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Canvas Production Release Notes (2016-09-16)

In this production release (September 17), admins and instructors can set custom user visibility options for a course and the course Syllabus. When grading assignments, instructors view an alert in the Gradebook and SpeedGrader if an assignment receives an excessive amount of points. Instructors can also search for students by name when moderating a quiz.

 

For instructors using the Roll Call Attendance tool, students can view their attendance information in the Attendance assignment submission details page. [Update:This feature release has been delayed and will not be available in production on September 17. An updated release date will be made available soon.]

 

For all users, the Notifications page includes some interface updates, and Twitter and SMS notification preferences have been simplified; users who have been using those notifications may need to reconfigure their preferences. Additionally, colors are brighter throughout Canvas (most noticeably in Global Announcements and colored icons) and also include grayscale options.

 

Production release notes also include fixed bugs.

 

 

Canvas Events: CanvasCONs and User Groups

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Announcing CanvasCon TCNJ 2016

Even though InstructureCon 2016 has come and gone, you don’t have to wait until next summer to regroup and reconnect with your fellow Canvas Campers. And this time, it’s in your neck of the woods. That’s because we’re bringing CanvasCon, the bite-sized version of InstructureCon, to the Northeast. And you’re invited!

 

WHAT

This one-day regional conference for Canvas users will feature presentations by higher ed and K-12 educators, innovators, and thought leaders from throughout the Northeast. Session highlights include:

 

  • Strategies for LMS migration and faculty adoption
  • Ways to use and share open resources
  • Tools for assessments and analytics
  • Tips for best-in-class course design
  • And more!

 

WHEN

Monday, October 10th, 2016

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

WHERE

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)

Music Building, Park Drive, Ewing Township, NJ 08638

View Map

 

Whether or not you experienced all the Kumbayawesome at InstructureCon in July, here’s your chance to join us for a daylong Canvas fireside (without the fire). See you there! 

 

REGISTER HERE!

 

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 10-11, 2016. If you are an admin or instructor in Texas, click the link above to register for this awesome user conference.

 

 

Higher Ed Collective

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Make sure to update those IPs! See more information below.

 

New Canvas Notification Message IP Addresses

If your institution whitelists our sending IPs, you'll want to add these to the list by 9/30/2016

 

We'll be adding 7 new IP addresses to our existing list of IPs from which Canvas notification messages might be sent, effective September 30, 2016. If you've made it a practice to add our notification IPs to whitelists for your network firewall or email management system, the following IP addresses should all be whitelisted to ensure your users continue to receive Canvas notifications.

 

New:

54.240.14.100

54.240.14.102

54.240.14.103

54.240.14.107

54.240.14.128

54.240.14.130

54.240.14.131

 

Existing:

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54.240.14.2

54.240.14.105

54.240.14.139

54.240.14.154

54.240.14.188

54.240.14.198

54.240.14.199

 

 

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When: September 29, 2016 @ 10:00 a.m. MST

 

“Let’s get engaged...with Canvas: Now that you have survived coming back to school, let's talk about getting your students and teachers engaged in learning with Canvas! We will be discussing some of our favorite resources and how they are improved, like Canvas Live in the community, the Fast Track Series, and more.”

 

SIGN IN and join us HERE.

 

 

Top Ten Guides: September 11 - September 17, 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. How do I submit an online assignment?
  5. How do I set my Canvas notification preferences?
  6. Canvas Overview (Students) [Video]
  7. How do I add contact methods to receive Canvas notifications?
  8. How do I upload changes to the Gradebook?
  9. How do I upload a file an assignment submission in Canvas?
  10. How do I edit my profile in my user account?

 

 

 

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WEEK OF 2016-09-16

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This Day In History: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

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September 16, 1932: Gandhi Begins “Fast Unto Death”

 

While sitting in prison for leading a civil disobedience campaign, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi decided to fast until his death in protest to “the British government's decision to separate India's electoral system by caste.” He believed that he was fighting for the downtrodden, or the lowest class in India, as the social class divide affected them the most. Luckily the British Government decided to not move forward with their proposal, so the fast fortunately did not result in death, and lasted six days.

 

http://www.history.co.uk/this-day-in-history/09-16/gandhi-begins-a-protest-fast

 

 

Release Notes

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Canvas Production Release Notes (2016-09-16)

In this production release (September 17), admins and instructors can set custom user visibility options for a course and the course Syllabus. When grading assignments, instructors view an alert in the Gradebook and SpeedGrader if an assignment receives an excessive amount of points. Instructors can also search for students by name when moderating a quiz.

 

For instructors using the Roll Call Attendance tool, students can view their attendance information in the Attendance assignment submission details page. [Update:This feature release has been delayed and will not be available in production on September 17. An updated release date will be made available soon.]

 

For all users, the Notifications page includes some interface updates, and Twitter and SMS notification preferences have been simplified; users who have been using those notifications may need to reconfigure their preferences. Additionally, colors are brighter throughout Canvas (most noticeably in Global Announcements and colored icons) and also include grayscale options.

 

Production release notes also include fixed bugs.

 

 

Canvas Events: CanvasCONs and User Groups

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Announcing CanvasCon TCNJ 2016

Even though InstructureCon 2016 has come and gone, you don’t have to wait until next summer to regroup and reconnect with your fellow Canvas Campers. And this time, it’s in your neck of the woods. That’s because we’re bringing CanvasCon, the bite-sized version of InstructureCon, to the Northeast. And you’re invited!

 

WHAT

This one-day regional conference for Canvas users will feature presentations by higher ed and K-12 educators, innovators, and thought leaders from throughout the Northeast. Session highlights include:

 

  • Strategies for LMS migration and faculty adoption
  • Ways to use and share open resources
  • Tools for assessments and analytics
  • Tips for best-in-class course design
  • And more!

 

WHEN

Monday, October 10th, 2016

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

WHERE

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)

Music Building, Park Drive, Ewing Township, NJ 08638

View Map

 

Whether or not you experienced all the Kumbayawesome at InstructureCon in July, here’s your chance to join us for a daylong Canvas fireside (without the fire). See you there! 

 

REGISTER HERE!

 

ATTENTION FUTURE PRESENTERS!

Want to speak at CanvasCon TCNJ? YES PLEASE! Click HERE to Submit your session. Deadline is Friday, September 16th, 2016.

 

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 10-11, 2016. If you are an admin or instructor in Texas, click the link above to register for this awesome user conference.

 

 

Higher Ed Collective

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Curious to know what the current top five feature requests are? Check out the top ideas that are open for voting!

 

1.) Rich Content Editor: Needs ability to wrap text around images with border and potential for caption.

2.) Unlocking Modules for individual students

3.) Assign to by Group for Individual Assignment

4.) Automatically assign groups within sections of a course

5.) Question Bank Repository

 

 

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Upcoming Canvas Parent Updates:

 

Check out the following link to see what the future of the Canvas Parent App will be:

https://community.canvaslms.com/thread/12755

 

Also...Are you interested in mobile and how you can use it in your school? Join us for an open discussion on all things mobile here at Canvas!

 

When: September 20th @ 1:00PM MDT

Where: HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Ten Guides: September 4 - September 10, 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 submit an online assignment?
  6. How do I set my Canvas notification preferences?
  7. How do I add contact methods to receive Canvas notifications?
  8. Assignment Submissions (Students) [Video]
  9. How do I reply to a discussion as a student?
  10. How do I upload changes to the Gradebook?

 

 

 

 

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This Day In History: The First Computer Bug

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The First Computer Bug!! Literally…

 

On September 9, 1945, the first computer bug was found. “Operators at the Harvard Faculty at the Computation Laboratory traced an error in the Mark II Computer to a moth trapped in a relay, coining the term bug.” They removed the bug and taped it to their research notes.

 

http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/september9th.html

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Release Notes

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Canvas Beta Release Notes (2016-09-06)

In this beta release, Canvas has updated features for Course Settings, the Gradebook, Notifications, Quizzes, and SpeedGrader. Other updates have been made in the Canvas Interface and the Rich Content Editor, as well as in Canvas APIs.

 

 

Canvas Events: CanvasCONs and User Groups

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New Jersey CanvasCON

Where: New Jersey at The College of New Jersey

When: October 10, 2016

We would love to hear some presentation proposals!


Call for Proposal Form - Call for Proposals -- TCNJ 2016

Remember, the deadline for submission is Friday, September 16th, 2016!

 

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.

 

 

Higher Ed Collective

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What's New in Canvas Webinar

Miss out on our recent webinar? Check out the link below to the recording of What's New in Canvas (Fall 2016).

 

This webinar highlights:

  • Concluded/Inactive Enrollment Settings in Canvas & SpeedGrader
  • New SpeedGrader Interface Changes and Comment Drafts
  • How to make sense of Assignment settings that are Not Graded, Not Counted, Not for Points
  • Recent Canvas for iOS & Android Mobile App updates
  • Changes Made in Canvas Commons
  • How to setup a cool image for your Course on the Dashboard
  • The all new Canvas Parent App

 

What's New in Canvas (Fall 2016)?

 

 

K12 Bullentin Board

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Recommended Webinar of the WEEK!

 

“How do you prepare graduating students with the right learning tools needed to succeed in Higher Ed? And how do you help them continue to succeed? Presenters from both Harvard University and Phillips Academy, Andover answer these questions while sharing strategies on how to drive better adoption and usage of learning tools as well as what has and has not worked for them when adopting an LMS.”

 

Sign-in to Watch the Webinar: HERE

 

 

Top Ten Guides: August 28-September 3, 2016

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Jive Analytics (guides.canvaslms.com)

  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 submit an online assignment?
  6. How do I set my Canvas notification preferences?
  7. User Settings and Profile Picture (All Users) [Video]
  8. How do I reply to a discussion as a student?
  9. How do I sign up for a Canvas account as a student?
  10. How do I add contact methods to receive Canvas notifications?

 

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  1. Which browsers does Canvas support? (Admin)
  2. How do I submit an online assignment? (Student)
  3. How do I add a profile picture in my user account? (Instructor)
  4. How do I clear my browser cache on a Mac? (Admin)
  5. How do I sign up for a Canvas account as a student? (Student)
  6. How do I upload a file as an assignment submission in Canvas? (Student)
  7. How do I set my Canvas notification preferences? (Instructor)
  8. Canvas Overview (Video)
  9. How do I record a video using the Rich Content Editor? (Instructor)
  10. How do I sign up for a Canvas account as a parent? (Observer)

 

 

 

 

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This Day In History: U.S. Treasury

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Who Doesn’t Love Money?

On this day in 1798 the U.S. Treasury was officially founded by Congress. This process had been in the works for while, as America’s Leaders “issu[ed] cash that doubled as redeemable ‘bills of credit’” to fund the Revolutionary War. It worked like a charm…and charmed America into their first debt.

 

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/congress-founds-u-s-treasury

http://www.123rf.com/stock-photo/us_treasury.html

 

 

 

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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: CanvasCONs 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.

 

 

Higher Ed Collective

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Canvas LIVE Event: Faculty Tips and Tricks: Hints and Reminders from Peers for Getting the Most out of Canvas

 

Description

One of your most valuable resources are your colleagues, especially the ones ahead of the pack, testing things out and smoothing the way for those who follow their lead. These tips and tricks are compiled from UCF faculty, often in their own words, of things that work (or didn’t work!) for them in Canvas. Often these are one-time settings that are easy to forget from one term to the next. What started as a one-time, ten-item checklist has grown to a developed resource and links to UCF materials that are available to everyone online.

 

Please click here to register.

 

 

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Canvas LIVE Presentation: What’s New in Canvas (Fall 2016)

Description

It's back to school time again and there are some new outfits in the Canvas closet that are just waiting for you and your students! Join us as we highlight and explain some of best new features in the Canvas LMS

 

Highlights

Participants who attend the session will learn about...

  • Concluded/Inactive Enrollment Settings in Canvas & SpeedGrader

  • New SpeedGrader Interface Changes and Comment Drafts

  • How to make sense of Assignment settings that are Not Graded, Not Counted, Not for Points…

  • Recent Canvas for iOS & Android Mobile App updates

  • Changes Made in Canvas Commons

  • How to setup a cool image for your Course on the Dashboard

  • The all new Canvas Parent App

  • and more.

 

Please click here to register.

 

 

Top Ten Guides: August 21-27, 2016

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Jive Analytics (guides.canvaslms.com)

  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 set my Canvas notification preferences?
  6. How do I submit an online assignment?
  7. How do I reply to a discussion as a student?
  8. How do I add a profile picture in my user account?
  9. User Settings and Profile Picture (All Users) [Video]
  10. How do I customize my Courses list?

 

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  1. Which browsers does Canvas support? (Admin)
  2. How do I submit an online assignment? (Student)
  3. How do I set my Canvas notification preferences? (Instructor)
  4. Canvas Overview (Video)
  5. How do I clear my browser cache on a Mac? (Admin)
  6. How do I add a profile picture in my user account? (Instructor)
  7. How do I record a video using the Rich Content Editor? (Instructor)
  8. How do I sign up for a Canvas account as a student? (Student)
  9. How do I edit my profile in my user account? (Student)
  10. How do I take a quiz? (Student)

 

 

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