Renee Carney

InstCon 2019 Product Announcements Summary

Blog Post created by Renee Carney Administrator on Jul 17, 2019

Trouble remembering all of the great product announcements throughout InstructureCon? We've got ya covered! Here's the annual summary of announcements and resources.

 

 

Analytics

Course Grade Average

Course Grade allows instructors to view the average course grade for all course data using an interactive chart or table. Additionally, instructors can filter analytics results to compare the average course grade with a specific section, student, or assignment.

Availability

Canvas Release: Analytics Beta (Course Grade) 

Resources

What is Analytics Beta? 

User Group: Analytics Beta 

 

Weekly Online Activity

Weekly Online Activity allows instructors to view the average number of page views and participations for a course using an interactive chart or table. Additionally, instructors can filter analytics results to compare the average course activity with a specific section or student.

Availability

Canvas Release: Analytics Beta (Weekly Online Activity) 

Resources

What is Analytics Beta? 

User Group: Analytics Beta 

 

Student View

Students need a view into their data for a specific course that is understandable, actionable, and accessible, and provides the same view of their data as what teachers see.

Availability

Canvas Release: Analytics Beta (Individual Student View) 

Resources

What is Analytics Beta? 

User Group: Analytics Beta 

 

Assignments Workflow Improvements

Student & Instructor Workflow

Assignments is one of the most popular topics in the community, and data shows it is the most frequently used feature in Canvas. We want to make it easier to set up an assignment and easier for students to submit. We want to give you more options and more flexibility through improved user experience. We also see an opportunity to make the Assignment feedback loop between instructors and students undeniably awesome.

Resources

Priority: Assignments 2.0 

 

Catalog

Reporting

Catalog administrators need Catalog data included in Canvas Data so that custom reports can be created and data can be accessed as needed.

Availability

Catalog Release Notes (2019-04-01) 

Resources

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Commons

Instructors want to see quality content highlighted, plus we’re partnering with organizations on high quality content that should be highlighted. First partners are Apple and Special Olympics.

Availability

Canvas Release Notes (2019-07-13) 

Resources

How do I use Commons? 

Featured Content in Commons: Coming Soon! 

 

Preview

Users can preview resource content before importing it into their course. Users will no longer need to import a resource from Commons to view all the contents of that resource. The user interface has also been simplified to make finding and importing Commons content easier.

Availability

Canvas Release Notes (2019-01-05) 

Resources

How do I preview resources in Commons? 


Data

Outcomes

Outcomes data has been added to Canvas Data to help facilitate additional reporting and analytics needs specific to outcomes. 

Availability

Canvas Data Release Notes (2018-12-11) 

Canvas Data Release Notes (2019-02-21) 

Resources

How do I use the Canvas Data Portal for an account? 

 

Catalog

Catalog data has been added to Canvas Data to help facilitate additional reporting and analytics needs specific to user-created catalogs.

Availability

Canvas Data Release Notes (2019-02-21) 

Canvas Data Release Notes (2019-03-29) 

Resources

How do I use the Canvas Data Portal for an account? 


Gradebook

Final Grade Override

Allows instructors to adjust the final grade for a student if needed in the course, such as before sending course grades to a student information system. Once this feature is enabled, it cannot be turned off.

Availability

Canvas Release Notes (2019-02-16) 

Resources

How do I override a student's final grade in the New Gradebook? 

 

Student Group Filter

The new filter helps combat navigation and loading issues for the Gradebook in large courses; allowing graders to narrow down to a subset of students.

Availability

Canvas Release Notes (2019-06-22) 

Resources

https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-16541-4152814167

 

LTI Advantage

The current framework is old and has some grading and API practices that are out of date. Admins can enable LTI 1.3 and LTI Advantage features now. However, few vendors have completed integrations with this new framework.

Availability

Canvas Release: LTI 1.3 and LTI Advantage 

Resources

Learning Tools Interoperability | IMS Global Learning Consortium 

How do I configure an external app for an account using a client ID? 

How do I configure an external app for a course using a client ID? 

 

Mobile

Student app 6.5 (iOS Only): 

Apple Pencil Support

Makes using an Apple Pencil easier when using the Student app.

Availability

Canvas Student Release Notes (iOS 6.5) 

 

 

AR file viewing

Provides streamlined experience between Canvas apps and Apple’s new AR Quick Look Tool.

Availability

Canvas Student Release Notes (iOS 6.5) 

 

Siri Shortcuts

Takes advantage of the Siri Shortcut feature released in iOS 12.0 to allow students to easily access course grades.

Availability

Canvas Student Release Notes (iOS 6.5) 

Resources

Siri document coming soon

 

Updated Grades widget

Enhances the Grades widget to include assignment grades in addition to course grades.

Availability

Included in Canvas Student 6.5.3

Resources

How do I add a Canvas widget to my iOS device? 

 

Student app 6.6:

New assignment details

The current Assignments view is outdated and is in need of a UX overhaul. The new Assignments view enables students to submit assignments and view information about their submissions.

Availability

Student 6.6 (iOS/Android)

Resources

Available after August 5

 

Teacher App 1.8

New Modules

Modules was one of the most-highly requested features for the Canvas Teacher app. This allows teachers to access their course content through the modules they have created.

Availability

Canvas Teacher Release Notes (iOS 1.8) 

Canvas Teacher Release Notes (Android 1.8) 

Resources

How do I view Modules in the Teacher app on my iOS device? 

How do I view Modules in the Teacher app on my Android device? 


Post Policies

Muting was confusing, not very flexible, and tedious to set up. Post Policies clarifies grade posting policies and adds new features.

  • Can now set a policy for the course that affects all assignments in the course
  • Assignments can have a post policy for individual assignments
  • Grades can now be posted by section as well as just what’s been graded (in addition to everyone)
  • Hiding grades can also be done by section

 

Availability

Canvas Release Notes (2019-07-13) 

Resources

Priority: Gradebook Enhancements 

How do I select a grade posting policy for a course in the New Gradebook? 

How do I select a grade posting policy for an assignment in the New Gradebook? 

How do I post grades for an assignment in the New Gradebook? 

 

New Quizzes

Assessment On-screen Question

Students can view a calculator throughout an assessment.

Availability

Canvas Release Notes (2019-06-01) 

Resources

How do I take an assessment in Quizzes.Next? 

How do I manage settings for an assessment in New Quizzes? 


Extra Time and Attempts

Instructors can add additional time and/or attempts per quiz for students that require accommodations. These accommodations are in addition to any provided course-level accommodations.

Availability

Canvas Release Notes (2019-06-22) 

Resources

How do I manage settings for an assessment in New Quizzes? 

Instructors can search for items in an item bank.

Availability

Canvas Release Notes (2019-03-30) 

Resources

How do I manage item banks in New Quizzes? 

How do I create an item bank in New Quizzes? 


Item Banks: Tagging

Instructors can categorize similar items within item banks.
Availability

Canvas Release Notes (2019-03-30) 

Resources

How do I manage item banks in New Quizzes? 

How do I edit an item bank item in New Quizzes? 


Results and Feedback Management

Instructors can choose to display or hide points, items, responses, and feedback to students.

Availability

Canvas Release Notes (2019-02-16) 

Resources

How do I manage settings for an assessment in New Quizzes? 


Reopen Attempt

Instructors can grant a student access to an assessment that was submitted before it was complete.

Availability

Canvas Release Notes (2019-02-16) 

Resources

How do I moderate a student's assessment attempt in New Quizzes? 


Scientific Notation

Instructors can require students to use scientific notation in numeric questions. Scientific notation broadens the scope of educators and disciplines that benefit from using new quizzes to measure learning.

Availability

Canvas Release Notes (2019-06-01) 

Resources

How do I create a Numeric question in New Quizzes? 

 

Total Points in Build

The total points in a quiz are displayed as the quiz is built. This solution makes assessment creation decisions regarding points per question easier by showing the total points possible in the question navigator.

Availability

Canvas Release Notes (2019-06-22) 

Resources

How do I create an assessment using New Quizzes? 

 

RCE Improvements

The old Rich Content Editor was oddly organized with a clunky and complicated toolbar. The right-side wiki bar also took up unnecessary space. The new Rich Content Editor more intuitively handles images, media, and Canvas content.

Availability

Admins can enable the RCE Enhancements feature option in the beta environment

Resources

Priority: RCE 

 

Studio

Media Engagement Notifications

Embedded Studio comments promote engagement and interaction between educators and students, but Studio can also notify users when these interactions take place to support additional teaching and collaboration opportunities.

Availability

Coming Soon

Resources

Arc Comment Notifications 


Video Quizzing

Media owners have an innovative way to create engaging and impactful learning experiences through video. Video quizzes can be used to evaluate how well users comprehend course video content in real time.

Availability

Arc Release Notes (2019-06-11) 

Resources

How do I use Canvas Studio video quizzing in a course? 

How do I create a Canvas Studio video quiz in a course? 

How do I embed a Canvas Studio video quiz in the Rich Content Editor as an instructor? 

How do I post Canvas Studio video quiz results in the Gradebook? 

How do I view Canvas Studio video quiz results in a course? 

How do I take a Canvas Studio video quiz in a course as a student? 


Unsplash Replaces Flickr

Unsplash offers appropriate, professional, and curated images with improved accessibility.

Availability

Canvas Release Notes (2019-06-22) 

Resources

Flickr Removing Images: We Got This 

 

 

 

 

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