Nicki Dittemore

Week In Review: 2017-05-19

Blog Post created by Nicki Dittemore Employee on May 19, 2017



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WEEK OF 2017-05-19

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


Canvas Tips and Tricks: Course Feature Options


What feature options are currently available for Canvas courses?

Canvas is continually creating new features to improve your experience. The majority of improvements will be made available as part of our regular release cycle. However, some features may change the workflow for common activities in Canvas during your current term and will be placed in your Course Settings as a Feature Option. After a specified period of time, some Feature Options may become standard features in Canvas. Learn more about Feature Options and how to enable them in the manage new features lesson.


Feature Option Availability

Feature Options are enabled by your institutional admin. The following Feature Options are currently available for your institution as noted in their respective environments (beta or production). If you do not see them available in your Course Settings Feature Options, please contact your admin.


What feature options are currently available for Canvas courses? 



Canvas User Conferences


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InstructureCON 2017 Registration is open! Find out all the details by clicking here!










Please join us for our 2017 CanvasCon at IUPUI! CanvasCon is a one-day, regional event that we’ve specifically designed for our midwestern educators. Everyone is invited, from the Canvas-curious to the expert user! REGISTER NOW!



We’ll discuss hot topics trending in the Ed tech world and host Canvas-specific sessions. We’ve jam-packed the agenda with awesome sessions from educators, innovators, and thought leaders in both Higher Education and K12. There will be separate tracks for Higher Ed and K12, and plenty of ed-tech goodness—new skills and techniques, networking, collaboration, idea-sharing, and other fun—for Canvas users and non-Canvas users alike. We promise there’s something for everyone! Join us for a full day of learning and awesomeness or risk suffering in everlasting FOMO.



June 12th 9 AM - 4 PM



IUPUI Campus Center- 4th Floor (420 University Blvd, Indianapolis) Cost: $49


Canvas User Groups

NERCOMP Canvas User Group

On Monday, June 12th NERCOMP will be hosting it’s Annual Canvas User Group in Norwood, MA!

The NERCOMP Canvas User Group works to provide New England area Canvas folks a professional development experience each summer and we need your help! Our call for proposals will ensure that you have a voice in our Canvas learning this year! Submit your idea(s) here if you’re interested in sharing with your Canvas colleagues in June at the NERCOMP Canvas User Group.




Objectives + Learning Activities + Assessments = An Aligned Course

This is Part 2 of a two-part series on assessment writing (following on from Part 1: How Do You Know What I Know? Creating Rigorous Questions in Canvas). This event is intended for Instructional Designers and Higher Education.


This presentation, geared for instructional designers and also suitable for higher education, will discuss the importance of creating an aligned course. Attendees will be provided with an online tool to help generate meaningful learning objectives. Attendees will also look closely at the language of objectives to determine how to create aligned learning activities and assessments.  Attendees will walk away with information they can apply right away in online course design.



Attendees will walk away with practical tips for creating learning objectives and aligning assessment questions with standards and objectives. Please click here to register!

Canvas Feature Requests


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


Allow folders in Pages 

Student Highlight & Annotation Tools for Quizzes 

New Quizzes: Multiple Numerical Blanks 

Regrade quiz when deleting questions 

Ability to brand Canvas notifications  



Top Ten Guides: May 7 - May 13, 2017


Community Analytics (
  1. Where do I find an institution's URL to access Canvas apps on mobile devices?
  2. Which browsers does Canvas support?
  3. Canvas Overview (Students) [Video]
  4. How do I submit an online assignment?
  5. How do I set my Canvas notification preferences as a student?
  6. How do I upload changes to the Gradebook?
  7. How do I edit my profile in my user account as a student?
  8. How do I customize my Courses list as a student?
  9. What are the basic computer specifications for Canvas?
  10. How do I copy content from another Canvas course?



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