WEEK OF 2016-09-16
Your weekly newsletter for the latest and greatest about all things Canvas!
This Day In History: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
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.
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
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!
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!
Monday, October 10th, 2016
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Music Building, Park Drive, Ewing Township, NJ 08638
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!
ATTENTION FUTURE PRESENTERS!
Want to speak at CanvasCon TCNJ? YES PLEASE! Click HERE to Submit your session. Deadline is Friday, September 16th, 2016.
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
Curious to know what the current top five feature requests are? Check out the top ideas that are open for voting!
K12 Bullentin Board
Upcoming Canvas Parent Updates:
Check out the following link to see what the future of the Canvas Parent App will be:
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
Top Ten Guides: September 4 - September 10, 2016
Jive Analytics (guides.canvaslms.com)
- How do I find my institution's URL to access Canvas apps on my mobile device?
- Which browsers does Canvas support?
- Canvas Interface Overview (Instructors) [Video]
- Canvas Overview (Students) [Video]
- How do I submit an online assignment?
- How do I set my Canvas notification preferences?
- How do I add contact methods to receive Canvas notifications?
- Assignment Submissions (Students) [Video]
- How do I reply to a discussion as a student?
- How do I upload changes to the Gradebook?