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2019

Despite an aggressive marketing campaign and screaming until my lungs grew sore, some instructors on my campus still try to use the old all-in-one Canvas app to teach.  While I am grateful I got these slow-to-change holdouts to even download, install, and use an app in the first place, their stubbornness to upgrade to the Canvas Teacher app blow what remains of my mind.  But this is a problem for another day.  

Here’s a public link to download the Canvas Parent 3.0 iOS beta from TestFlight:

 

https://testflight.apple.com/join/JDVOYyT9

 

We recommend uninstalling any other version of Canvas Parent installed on your device before you install the beta. You can connect to production and/or beta environments to try it out! Here’s what’s new in this version:

 

  1. Grades list support! This list includes support for grading periods, and it’s now the default view for each course in the parent app! If it looks familiar, that’s because it’s identical to the grades list in the student app.

    3.0 grades list

  2. Improved syllabus! If a teacher chooses a syllabus as their course home, that syllabus appears in the parent app, and it now includes the associated assignments/events list (“Summary” tab) visible from the student app. And get this: links from the syllabus now function!  

    course syllabus in 3.0

  3. Front page support! If a teacher chooses a front page as their course home instead of the syllabus, that page now appears in the parent app. Links from the front page also function. (Already noted: the current beta version misspells “front page” as "frontpage." This will be fixed before release.)

    course front page in 3.0

    Other notes that won't apply to most courses: Syllabus and front page cover most course homes in K12, so those are the two course home types supported by parent app in 3.0. If another home page type (like “Course Activity Stream”) is selected, we’ll attempt to show the syllabus. If a syllabus doesn’t exist and a front page isn’t set to course home, the parent will only see the grades list in 3.0.

 

 

 

Go play with it! If you notice any wonkiness, you can “Send Beta Feedback” through the TestFlight app, or reply to this community post. Once we're through testing 3.0, we'll release it and move on to Canvas Parent 3.1: messaging!

 

(Android beta link coming before long, I think. If you want to know more about the Android parent app release plan, check out the fall update.)

Working as an EdTech Specialist at a renowned Med School I come across various scenarios.

 

Major Users: Students, Instructors and Canvas Admins (Including Me! )

 

How and Why:

  • Majority of our students use Canvas iOS app to take notes on their iPads. We have 50+ courses in MD Program and Canvas app is very helpful as it eases the stress of downloading a lot of paper or notes and bring it to the class. Instead use the canvas app on the iPads and write notes on PPTs or PDF's which are linked in their courses. 
  • Other places where Mobile App comes in to picture is when our 3rd Year MD students are in clinics and have no time to login to Desktop. All that they do is use their apps and look at their schedules during their hectic Clerkship Courses. Students find the process of synching calendars easy and are happy about it.
  • Note taking is easy, stress free and students need not carry tons of paper or books to sessions or classes.

 

What they like: Announcements, Calendar Events, Grades, To-Do items, Assignments and Files

 

***I use the Canvas App on Various devices to troubleshoot and test out any new features which can be useful for our students and faculty***

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