Canvas Update - 17th November 2017

Discussion created by jjensen+sales@instructure.com Employee on Nov 20, 2017
Latest reply on Dec 20, 2017 by jjensen+sales@instructure.com



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Hello there,


Believe it or not, but the new release is the penultimate Production release of 2018. We have had a lot of great features rolled into the product this year, and this release will be no different with over 10 updated features planned this weekend. Most notably the new gradebook which will be available for you to turn on as a feature option and the ability to copy a Rubric Criterion range, part of the custom work being developed by our dear friends over at Kingston University.


Before you get stuck into all of the fantastic updates I have for you, we just wanted to take the opportunity to thank everyone that completed the recent customer survey. We will be reviewing your feedback over the coming weeks and this will feed directly into our department's and our personal action plans for the coming months, so look out for that.


Finally, if you are doing some cool things in Canvas, please let us know, as we would love to share your good practice with the wider Canvas community.


“What is a unique thing you’ve seen somebody do in Canvas?


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New Gradebook

This is still very much a beta feature that is still being developed, but if you have some keen testers that understand this and are willing to work with us as we perfect the feature, then we would recommend that you start using/testing the new gradebook. At some point in the future, the new gradebook will become the default gradebook and it would be great to get your input into the finished product as we build it.

Highlights of new features:

  • Different filter options

  • Statuses with colored labels

  • Crosshairs and highlighting

  • More customizable arrangement options

  • Student Name options

  • Grade Detail Tray

For more information about the New Gradebook, please visit New Gradebook Users Group and the Canvas Release: New Gradebook document.


Rubrics Criterion Duplication

Criterions can be duplicated within a rubric. This feature allows instructors and course designers to easily copy and modify existing criterions.


For more information about this feature please see the Production Release Notes




28th November 2017

18:00 - 18:30:  Videos in the Classroom: Impactful Engagement

29th November 2017

18:00 - 18:30: Videos in the Classroom: Interactive Discussions

20:30 - 21:15: Beta Release Notes (2017-11-27) Collaborative Chat

30th November 2017

18:00 - 18:30: Videos in the Classroom: Unexpected Ways to Use Videos

5th December 2017

20:00 - 20:30: Release Notes de Producción (2017-12-09) Demo (Spanish)

7th December 2017

16:00 - 17:00: Partner Webinar: Social Learning in Canvas with Notebowl

19:00 - 19:30: Partner Webinar: GoSignMeUp Online Class Registration and Integration with ..

20:30 - 21:00: Partner Webinar: Student Success is a Community Effort - University of Centra

21:15 - 21:45: Partner Webinar: Add Yellowdig to Your Canvas Sidebar

22:00 - 22:30: Partner Webinar: Extending Your Canvas Data

NB: All times are in GMT

If you cannot attend a session and would like to be sent the post event recording, please add a response to the “Will you be attending” question on the event page and the recording will be sent to you after the event.

If you are interested in doing your own CanvasLive session, please register your interest here and of course let us know.


BluePrint Courses Recording

Training and discussion about blueprint courses. Blueprint courses are a great way to create, deploy, and control course shells. Utilizing blueprint courses can create a more consistent experience for students and teachers as well as give the administrator extra tools to control and update course shells on the fly.

View the BluePrint Courses Recording: Here




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Anonymous and Moderated Marking

While this feature is not being rolled out in this release, we know that a number of you are keen to see what the new Anonymous and Moderated Marking solution will look like.


Our International Product Manager has been working hard on this and has produced a video, which you can access here that will take you through the features anticipated functionality.


Click here for more information.


Sudan + Canvas

At a country level, the main US sanctions against Sudan have now been lifted, and consequently we have been given the green light to remove it from ours.

The change should be in effect right now!


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Canvas Teacher Competency Levels

Our Product Engagement team has put together this wonderful resource, which I have attached for your consideration, to help you to work with your teachers on their Canvas development. From the ability to log into Canvas, right through to creating a wide array of quiz types, every step involved in taking your teachers from beginners to Canvas experts has been thought of. Please feel free to use the document within your institutions or refer to it when building your own development plans.


Support vs CSM: When to file a ticket and when to ask your CSM

Canvas Labs - Top known issues, Canvas uptime

Canvas Blog

Canvas Connections


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Join Canvas at the IMS Europe Conference 2017

The conference agenda is packed with awesome sessions, by awesome contributors. It’s a mix of informational plenary sessions and expert panel discussions, bootcamps on IMS standards, and networking functions.

The event is aimed at anyone from a European institution who cares about interoperability, integrations, open standards, and/or building a solid digital / eLearning eco-system to improve teaching and learning.

Topics include:

  • Enabling the plug-and-play ecosystem

  • Advances in digital assessment

  • Improving the learning analytics landscape

  • Identity management

  • Implementing new models for credentialing

Click here for the Agenda and here for the Blog post.


Canvas Learn: Admin Training 23rd January, 2018

CS has a new offering for training, it's called Canvas Learn and will be "in seat training" here at our London office.  Our first session will be an Admin training scheduled on the 23rd of January and will cost £350 a seat.

Please let your CSM know if you are interested in booking some seats for your staff.

BETT Show - 24th to 27th January, 2018

InstructureCon 2018 - 24th to 26th July, 2018 (Save the Date)

InstructureCon 2017: Culture as a competitive weapon



/Your Friendly Canvas CSM Team