Jessie Bazzelle

Week in Review: 2017-06-30

Blog Post created by Jessie Bazzelle Employee on Jun 30, 2017



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WEEK OF 2017-06-30

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


Canvas Releases


Canvas Production Release Notes (2017-06-24) 

In this production release (June 24), admins and designers can create and maintain course design templates for an entire institution. The Box previewer and Crocodoc annotation tools throughout Canvas have been replaced with Canvas DocViewer, which provides improved performance for a variety of document and image types. For institutions using custom JavaScript, accordion widgets are no longer supported as a jQueryUI component. For institutions using student context cards, student group leader names in a group set display context card details. Other small changes have been made to the Rich Content Editor content selector and the Course Settings sidebar buttons.

Production release notes also include fixed bugs.


Canvas New Feature Screencast (2017-06-24) 



Canvas User Conferences


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   InstructureCon 2017: Educational defibrillation, Canvas deep diving, classroom    revolution starter kits, mind-expanding sessions, technological innovation,    instructor & admin commiseration, just too much food, sunsets, sunrises, pandas,    general awesomeness and much, much more. 


   July 25-27


   Keystone, Colorado


   Find out how you can join the fun by clicking here!


   Take a sneak peek at this year's full calendar of events here!




Beta Release Notes (2017-07-03) Collaborative Chat

With each Beta Release Notes, we test and question the changes. We also determine whether or not teachers need to be trained on updates. Since so many people do this already (many times on their own), why not share your notes and join a conversation? We'll work asynchronously and synchronously in the Canvas Chatrooms!

Session Date & Time

Friday, July 7, 2017 at

Starts at 12:30 PM · Ends at 1:15 PM, MDT (America/Denver)



We'll take a detailed look at all of the updates in the 2017-07-03 Beta Release Notes. With each update, we'll share our excitement, discuss our concerns, and come up with suggestions to post back to the Community.

  • What excites you about the changes?
  • What doesn't work exactly like described in the Release Notes?
  • What do you wish was different? Are there any new feature ideas that could be shared with others?
  • How do you plan to roll-out some of the updates to your staff or students?


From the point of publication on Wednesday, July 5th through Friday, July 7th, the chatroom will be open and on-going. On Friday, July 7th, let's meet synchronously for 45-minutes at 12:30pm MST (if a Community Member from Europe or Australia would like to "host" another session also, let Kristin know!) If you can make the synchronous chat, awesome! The more the merrier, but don't feel you are required to attend a synchronous chat in order to participate in the New Features & Updates Forum!


Canvas Feature Requests


Check out these five NEW feature requests open for vote! 


Drag and Drop Question types for Quizzes 

Display just "Letter Grade" Not points associated with letter grade 

Email Inactive Students 

Track Announcement views 

Global Rubric Edit - Edit a Rubric Used in More than One Assignment 



Top Ten Guides: June 18 - June 24, 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 edit my profile in my user account as a student?
  7. How do I sign up for a Canvas account as a student?
  8. How do I reply to a discussion as a student?
  9. What are Quizzes?
  10. User Settings and Profile Pictures (All Users)



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