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WEEK OF 2017-10-27

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

 

Canvas Releases

 

In this production release (October 28), the Rich Content Editor Accessibility Checker helps verify common accessibility errors in Canvas content.

 

In Discussions and Assignments, the Move-To menu has been changed to a sidebar, and discussions can be duplicated from a discussion’s Settings menu. In course rubrics, the Create or Edit Rubric view visibly displays all add, edit, and delete icons in a criterion. Additionally, ratings also support rating descriptions. And in DocViewer, comments with multiple lines are collapsed by default and can be expanded to view the entire comment, and the Delete icon only displays when creating an annotation.

 

The Gradebook History page has been redesigned for improved performance and includes display filters for a specific student, grader, assignment, and start and end date. Additionally, the student Grades page includes an updated table design. For admins, the Act as User page displays all login details for the requested user.

 

Various changes have been made to APIs and integration documentation.

 

Production release notes also include fixed bugs.

 

Features are subject to change throughout the release based on user feedback and testing. Please follow the release notes for the latest information.

 

Canvas New Feature Screencast (2017-10-28)

Canvas Production Release Notes (2017-10-28) 

 

InstructureCon 2017 Featured Video

You have dozens of apps and custom widgets. Faculty, students, and staff are bombarding you with requests—they want more, faster, and easier access. Do you cut the wire? Dash to escape? See how building LTIs with theming, the Canvas API, and some best practices will make the seemingly impossible POSSIBLE.

Mission Impossible: Creating LTIs to Expand the Canvas Experience- Jason Weed Ling 

 

Relive ALL of the InstructureCon magical and catch-up on what you might have missed HERE!

Blog of the Week

 

How we're protecting privacy with the Canvas Skill for Alexa 

 

Upcoming Canvas Events

 

I Believe in You! Using Canvas Analytics to Build Awareness of Student Needs

I Believe in You! Using Canvas Analytics to Build Awareness of Student Needs 

 

Monday, October 30, 2017 at Register by 11:59pm on 10/29 and you will receive the Zoom link in your email on the day of the event.

Starts at 3:00 PM · Ends at 4:00 PM, MDT (America/Denver)

 

 

Canvas offers a host of analytic tools that allow you to identify student patterns and behaviors. We invite you to join Canvas expert, Adam Kuntz, who will walk you through the various Canvas tools you can use to proactively identify students who may need a little "nudge" to keep them engaged, help them find the resources they need to be successful, or help them learn how best to navigate their online course.

 

Click here to register.

 

 

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WEEK OF 2017-10-13

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

 

Canvas Releases

 

In this production release (October 7), late and missing submission status labels are only displayed to instructors in SpeedGrader, and rubric criterions can include a point range instead of an individual point value. Other small updates have been made in several Canvas areas including account-level Analytics, SpeedGrader, and the Assignments API, and several icons and styles have been changed in the user interface.

 

Production release notes also include fixed bugs.

 

Features are subject to change throughout the release based on user feedback and testing. Please follow the release notes for the latest information.

 

Canvas Production Release Notes (2017-10-07) 

 

InstructureCon 2017 Featured Video

How is your online school counting attendance? We started out counting login hours and found many students with perfect attendance without much work turned in. This session will show how we use work to calculate attendance and the impact it has had on our school.

Work: A New Approach to Attendance- Jason Horne 

 

Relive ALL of the InstructureCon magical and catch-up on what you might have missed HERE!

Blog of the Week

 

4 Tools for Checking Your Canvas Course for Errors 

 

Upcoming Canvas Events

 

CanvasCon WPI

CanvasCon WPI 

 

WHEN: Friday, October 20, 2017 

WHERE: Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)

TIME: 7 AM - 6 PM (Reg 7-9am; kick-off keynote: 9 am; lunch: 11:30; cocktails: 4-6pm)

COST: $49

 

Please join us for our 2017 CanvasCon at WPI!

CanvasCon is a one-day, regional event that we’ve specifically designed for our northeastern educators. Everyone is invited, from the Canvas-curious to the expert user!

 

 

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.

 

VIEW AGENDA, MORE INFO and REGISTER here: CANVASCON WPI 2017 

 

 

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WEEK OF 2017-10-06

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

 

Canvas Releases

 

In this production release (October 7), late and missing submission status labels are only displayed to instructors in SpeedGrader, and rubric criterions can include a point range instead of an individual point value. Other small updates have been made in several Canvas areas including account-level Analytics, SpeedGrader, and the Assignments API, and several icons and styles have been changed in the user interface.

 

Production release notes also include fixed bugs.

 

Features are subject to change throughout the release based on user feedback and testing. Please follow the release notes for the latest information.

 

Canvas Production Release Notes (2017-10-07) 

 

InstructureCon 2017 Featured Video

What happens when you turn course design over to students? They push themselves harder than you ever would. They stay engaged longer, take ownership of the learning process, and work together toward success. This session discusses the process and results of a course turned over, completely, to students.

Increase Engagement Through Student-Led Course Design- Robin Bagent 

 

Relive ALL of the InstructureCon magical and catch-up on what you might have missed HERE!

Guide of the Week

 

How do I run Roll Call Attendance reports in a course? 

 

Upcoming Canvas Events

 

Accessing Your Canvas Data with CanvasDataViewer: Encore

Accessing Your Canvas Data with CanvasDataViewer: Encore 

 

WHEN: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 @ 12:00 PM  · Ends at 1:00 PM, MDT (America/Denver)

WHERE: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7563114262341962241

 

CanvasDataViewer is used to automatically download Canvas Data files into a SQL Server database where you can query and analyze the information. In this webinar you can get a guided tour of CanvasDataViewer and find what it takes to set it up and host it.

Project Description

Our project is used to automatically download Canvas Data files into a SQL Server database where you can query and analyze the information. Canvas Data files are very large--currently a full download includes at least one file for each of 82+ tables, and some tables require more than one file. For a large campus each daily download can include more than 8GB of files that contain millions of database records. Manually downloading Canvas Data files from the Canvas web interface and loading them into a database can take hours. Our CanvasDataViewer automates this process. When set up with a SQL job agent to run the process at night, you can come to work every morning with fresh Canvas Data waiting for you to analyze. 

 

 

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