WEEK OF 2016-09-23
Your weekly newsletter for the latest and greatest about all things Canvas!
This Day In History: Neptune is Discovered
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.
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!
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
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.
K12 Bullentin Board
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
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]
- How do I submit an online assignment?
- How do I set my Canvas notification preferences?
- Canvas Overview (Students) [Video]
- How do I add contact methods to receive Canvas notifications?
- How do I upload changes to the Gradebook?
- How do I upload a file an assignment submission in Canvas?
- How do I edit my profile in my user account?