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WEEK OF 2016-10-28

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This Day in History: The Cuban Missle Crisis

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On October 28,1962, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev agreed to remove Russian missiles from Cuba in exchange for a promise from the United States to respect Cuba’s territorial sovereignty. This move ended 13 days of tensions and anxiety between the United States and the Soviet Union.

 

The Cuban Missile Crisis was a pivotal moment in the Cold War. Fifty years ago the United States and the Soviet Union stood closer to Armageddon than at any other moment in history. In October 1962 President John F. Kennedy was informed of a U-2 spy-plane’s discovery of Soviet nuclear-tipped missiles in Cuba. President Kennedy decided this could not stand, and, over the course of 13 days, he and Khrushchev confronted each other to the edge of what President Kennedy referred to as the “abyss of destruction."

 

Thankfully, cooler heads prevailed and both nations initiated steps for greater control over nuclear weapons.

 

Resources:

51 Years ago U.S. Strength and Resolve Ended the Cuban Missile Crisis (Photos) - Worldnews.com

http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2012/10/18/history/post-perspective/cuban-missile-crisis.html

 

 

Release Notes: Feature Updates

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Canvas Production Release Notes (2016-10-29)

In this production release (October 29), users can expand and collapse the Global Navigation Menu and view all items with a due date in the To Do list. Instructors have a small workflow change for group assignments and can create group assignments with intra-group peer reviews. Admin can create a telephone URL scheme in a custom Help Menu link and add federated attributes to all authentication methods.

 

For institutions using the Learning Mastery Gradebook, users can view all aligned items for an outcome. For institutions using Multiple Grading Periods, instructors can view additional close date verifications in Assignments, Gradebook CSV files, and Quizzes.

 

The Groups interface has received some small icon and link changes that affect all users.

 

 

Canvas User Conferences

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

 

 

Canvas Feature Requests

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Check out the top five current feature requests open for voting!

Make Course Menu Sticky

Message Students Directly From People Tab

Add Images to Modules.

Syllabus assignment list option to sort with most current on top

"Real" Student View

 

 

CanvasLIVE!

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Using Canvas Data with Canvas Mobile Apps

Description

Let's take a quick look at using Canvas Data to identify Canvas Mobile app usage and trends. This is intended for Canvas Data users, but will be interesting to many community members.

 

Objectives

Participants who attend the session will learn...

  • How to find mobile app usage for Canvas Mobile, SpeedGrader, Polls, and MagicMarker

  • How to read and identify proper user agents for mobile usage

  • Examples of data that can be retrieved from Canvas Data for the mobile apps.

 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at BlueJeans

Starts at 1:00 PM · Ends at 1:30 PM, MDT (America/Denver)

Click here to register.

 

Recent Webinars

Canvas and Accessibility

Did you miss the recent webinar on Canvas and Accessibility? Don't worry! We have it recorded. Please click here to review the webinar.

 

 

InstructureCON 2016 Recordings

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How Video is Failing and How We Can Fix It

We are all using video’s in our courseware today but are we truly getting effective outcomes? Does video on it's own provide engagement? How can we measure it's effectiveness? This session will evaluate these questions and discuss how we can provide effective and authentic learning experiences through changing how we utilize video on our courseware.

How Video is Failing, and How We Can Fix it

 

 

Top Ten Guides: October 16 - October 22, 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?
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  5. How do I submit an online assignment?
  6. How do I set my Canvas notification preferences?
  7. How do I upload changes to the Gradebook?
  8. How do I add contact methods to receive Canvas notifications?
  9. Canvas Overview (Students) [Video]
  10. What is the Canvas Parent App?

 

 

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WEEK OF 2016-10-21

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This Day in History: Guggenheim Museum

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On October 21, 1959 the Guggenheim Museum opened its doors to a crowd of thousands curious to see what was inside the oddly shaped building.

 

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and founded by Solomon R. Guggenheim, this groundbreaking design received lots of admiration, as well as criticism. Over the course of 16 years, Wright worked to bring his unique vision for the building to life. Designed with Wright's love of nature in mind, the 50,000 meter space resembled a giant seashell, with each room opening fluidly into the next. The museum, located on New York's Museum Mile, has become one of the city's most popular attractions.

 

Resources:

The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Timeline

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - Wikipedia

 

 

Release Notes: Feature Updates

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Canvas Beta Release Notes (2016-10-17)

In this beta release, new features are available in Assignments and Global Navigation. Updated features are also available in Account Settings, Assignments, Authentication, the Dashboard, Groups, the Learning Mastery Gradebook, and Multiple Grading Periods. As a general Canvas update, all icons throughout Canvas have been updated to reflect the new Instructure icon library.

 

Canvas Parent (Beta) Release Notes (iOS, Android 1.0)

Canvas Parent enhances the potential for any parent to quickly engage in their child’s education. Parents can review upcoming or past assignments, check on grades, and receive course announcements.

 

Canvas Parent (Beta) Release Notes (iOS, Android 1.1)

In this Canvas Parent update, the app supports 21 languages, and Calendar items designate in-class submission assignments.

 

 

Canvas User Conferences

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

 

 

Canvas Feature Requests

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Check out the top five current feature requests open for voting!

Option to exclude Assignments from Syllabus 

Syllabus assignment list option to sort with most current on top

Message Students Directly From People Tab

Create a MISSING designation that ports to SIS (like Skyward)

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CanvasLIVE!

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Canvas and Accessibility

This session will explore the most common accessibility issues and remedies while using Canvas. This session will also explore the open source tool UDOIT for quickly checking courses for universal design considerations.

 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at BlueJeans

Starts at 1:00 PM · Ends at 2:00 PM, MDT (America/Denver)

Please click here to register.

 

 

EDUCAUSE 2016

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Come to the Canvas reception at EDUCAUSE 2016!

When:

October 27, 2016 from 7-9pm

Where:

Bubba Gump Shrimp Company

Anaheim Garden Walk

321 West Katella Avenue #101

Anaheim, CA 92802

 

 

Top Ten Guides: October 9 - October 15, 2016

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  2. Which browsers does Canvas support?
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  5. How do I upload changes to the Gradebook?
  6. How do I add contact methods to receive Canvas notifications?
  7. How do I upload a file as an assignment submission in Canvas?
  8. How do I set my Canvas notification preferences?
  9. What are the basic computer specifications for Canvas?
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WEEK OF 2016-10-14

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This Day in History: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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This Day in History: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.                 

 

On this day, October 14, 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize for “his nonviolent resistance to racial prejudice in America.” Dr. King, at 35 years old, was the youngest person to receive the award at the time, and influenced the people of the United States to peacefully claim their rights as American citizens, regardless of race.

 

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Release Notes: Feature Updates

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Canvas Production Release Notes (2016-10-08)

In this production release (October 8), admins can set federated attributes for Facebook and LinkedIn authentication and set the main text color for a template in the Theme Editor. Instructors can access SpeedGrader in concluded assignments, view Gradebook submission icons for LTI assignments, and view correct answers for questions in question banks. All users can view clarifying course name changes in the Dashboard sidebar and additional underlined links in the Underline Links user feature option.

 

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.

 

 

Canvas User Conferences

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

 

 

Canvas Feature Requests

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Check out the top five current feature requests open for voting!

Missing Assignment Report

Images – Easier Way to add ALT Text

Add Regular Expressions to Quizzes

Allow teachers to add people after courses conclude

Shuffle answers at the question level  

 

 

CanvasLIVE!

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Canvas and Accessibility

This session will explore the most common accessibility issues and remedies while using Canvas. This session will also explore the open source tool UDOIT for quickly checking courses for universal design considerations.

 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at BlueJeans

Starts at 1:00 PM · Ends at 2:00 PM, MDT (America/Denver)

Please click here to register.

 

 

Higher Ed Collective

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Come to the Canvas reception at EDUCAUSE 2016!

When:

October 27, 2016 from 7-9pm

Where:

Bubba Gump Shrimp Company

Anaheim Garden Walk

321 West Katella Avenue #101

Anaheim, CA 92802

 

 

K12 Bulletin Board

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K12 Bulletin: Webinar Time

 

Hooray! Rejoice! Multiple Grading Periods V2 is out! We’ve flipped the script on grading period functionality. Join us to learn more about aligning terms to grading periods, creating grading periods sets, using close dates and a brief Q&A session with one of our awesome Product Managers! Please register below to let us know you are coming.

 

K12 Study Hall: The Nitty Gritty of MGP V2

When: October 20th @ 1:00PM MST

 

Top Ten Guides: October 2 - October 8, 2016

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  2. Which browsers does Canvas support?
  3. Canvas Overview (Instructors) [Video]
  4. How do I submit an online assignment?
  5. How do I add contact methods to receive Canvas notifications?
  6. How do I upload changes to the Gradebook?
  7. How do I set my Canvas notification preferences?
  8. What are the basic computer specifications for Canvas?
  9. How do I send a message to one or more users in Conversations?
  10. Canvas Overview (Students) [Video]

 

 

 

 

 

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WEEK OF 2016-10-07

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This Day in History: Walter Payton

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This Day in History: Walter Payton

 

Walter Payton, who was one of the greatest running backs of all time, and was known as “Sweetness,” passed Jim Brown as being NFL’s career rushing leader on this day, October 7, in 1984.

 

Sweetness played in the NFL for the Chicago Bears for 13 seasons,  and “once held the league's record for most career rushing yards, touchdowns, carries, yards from scrimmage, all-purpose yards, and many other categories.” Due to his greatness, he was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame, and continues to be a legend in American sports.

 

https://www.brainyhistory.com/days/october_7.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Payton

http://www.biography.com/people/walter-payton-9435443

 

 

Release Notes: Feature Updates

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Canvas Production Release Notes (2016-10-08)

In this production release (October 8), admins can set federated attributes for Facebook and LinkedIn authentication and set the main text color for a template in the Theme Editor. Instructors can access SpeedGrader in concluded assignments, view Gradebook submission icons for LTI assignments, and view correct answers for questions in question banks. All users can view clarifying course name changes in the Dashboard sidebar and additional underlined links in the Underline Links user feature option.

 

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.

 

 

Canvas User Conferences

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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 Feature Requests

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Check out the top five current feature requests open for voting!

 

Remove colour overlay from course cards that have an image

Improve Student DocViewer Comment View/Accessibility

Message Students From Grades

"Submission Status" column on main course view.

Images – Easier Way to add ALT Text

 

 

CanvasLIVE!

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Canvas and Accessibility

This session will explore the most common accessibility issues and remedies while using Canvas. This session will also explore the open source tool UDOIT for quickly checking courses for universal design considerations.

 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at BlueJeans

Starts at 1:00 PM · Ends at 2:00 PM, MDT (America/Denver)

Please click here to register.

 

 

Higher Ed Collective

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Come to the Canvas reception at EDUCAUSE 2016!

When:

October 27, 2016 from 7-9pm

Where:

Bubba Gump Shrimp Company

Anaheim Garden Walk

321 West Katella Avenue #101

Anaheim, CA 92802

 

 

K12 Bulletin Board

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K12 Study Hall: The Nitty Gritty of MGP V2

Hooray! Rejoice! Multiple Grading Periods V2 is out! We’ve flipped the script on grading period functionality. Join us to learn more about aligning terms to grading periods, creating grading periods sets, using close dates and a brief Q and A session with one of our awesome Product Managers!

 

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016

Time: 1:00-2:00 MDT

 

You can join at this link: https://community.canvaslms.com/events/1885

 

Check out our Webinar in Canvas Live!

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

 

Top Ten Guides: September 25 - October 1, 2016

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  2. Which browsers does Canvas support?
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  4. How do I submit an online assignment?
  5. Canvas Overview (Students) [Video]
  6. How do I set my Canvas notification preferences?
  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 compose and send a message?

 

 

 

 

 

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