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MarciLadd
Instructure
Instructure

Have you ever wondered how your state’s standards get from a pdf (or doc or html) on a state Department of Education website into Canvas or MasteryConnect? No? Right, probably not. And that’s how we like it.  

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jsailor
Instructure
Instructure

In an effort to deepen the security of SCORM content, we are changing the way Canvas interacts with SCORM by integrating signed launch links.

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erinhmcmillan
Community Team
Community Team

We don't call this episode behind the scenes for nothing. 

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Katrina-Hess
Instructure
Instructure

[2021-06-07 Update] TheDiscussions Redesign project is now available in the beta environment. Please view more details about this project in our Discussions Redesign User Group.

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TraciClarke
Instructure
Instructure

Stop playing Wack the Mole when attempting to create equitable opportunities and closing achievement gaps.

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SuSorensen
Instructure
Instructure

I know everyone is keen to hear what is coming next for Item Banks. We think we’re onto something good, but are still refining the user interaction experience. 

New improvements to Item Banks will make it possible for Admins to share Item Banks at the Account to disseminate down for courses to assess against using the same set of items. Additionally, anyone with permission will be able to collaborate easily by associating an Item Bank with courses instead of only the user. Admins will be able to exert their super-powers by accessing any Item Bank, even those not explicitly shared, so that content cannot be lost. 

Released 19.6.2021: Release Notes 

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AkosFarago
Instructure
Instructure

It is not easy to describe the honour and excitement I feel now that I’ll be managing a product used by millions everyday. Still, I will try.

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karl
Instructure
Instructure

As I looked at my calendar this month I was reminded this May 13 (today) marks an anniversary of when LTI support was deployed to Canvas. This year will be 10 years! \o/

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jsailor
Instructure
Instructure

Thank you this week and EVERY week.

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DanaOkerlund
Instructure
Instructure

In the classroom, with a paper copy of a text, students can use highlighters, sticky notes, and all kinds of colorful pens and pencils to help them annotate the text and read for understanding. Active reading while taking online assessments can be more challenging. We have all encountered students who read through a passage quickly, click through the test, and submit without demonstrating an understanding of the subject.

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mattg
Community Participant

In our newly released feature, Course Templates, find out how they're different from Blueprint Courses and use cases behind each.

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zsgoreczky
Instructure
Instructure

Currently, the Catalog team is working on email customization and right after that we are going to jump on adding a shopping cart and supporting bulk purchase. In the meanwhile we are also working on identifying a longer term roadmap for Catalog and for this, we would love to get some feedback from you.

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dlyons
Instructure
Instructure

Canvas LMS is adding an accessibility setting that will allow a user to have all Canvas LMS videos automatically show captions by default when the video has captions available.

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erinhmcmillan
Community Team
Community Team

This episode of the Canvas TLDR not only contains what's new for Canvas Studio and MasteryConnect, but you can learn about what's planned for Canvas Studio, and InstructureCon (CanvasCon Online) 2021—spoiler alert: the Call for Proposals is open now!

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Katrina-Hess
Instructure
Instructure

tl;dr We will be discontinuing the SMS notifications service for Announcements and Grading on July 31, 2021. In an effort to further streamline our notification channels, we will discontinue the SMS notifications service for Announcements and Grading. We will continue to support SMS notifications for Multi-factor Authentication.

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shaun_moon
Instructure
Instructure

We always strive to release defect-free, robust software. I wanted to share some practices and principles that we strive for as we design, develop, and deliver Canvas with an eye on quality.

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rlufkin
Instructure
Instructure

Canvas and Microsoft: Working together to create an integrated learning platform. This post outlines the timeline and next steps to prepare for roll-out of the improved integration. 

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jozsefdavid
Instructure
Instructure

We have run a couple of user interviews recently. We wanted to know how the K-5 teachers utilize the technology and the possibilities of Canvas. I am acting as the product manager of the Canvas Mobile Apps, and not surprisingly I am mostly interested in the role and importance of mobile devices in educating these age groups. Well, the findings were more or less obvious.

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pdorsi
Instructure
Instructure

A few months ago we were looking for feedback on how to improve the workflows around importing user data into Portfolium. I'm pleased to announce we've shipped those features and made improvements to how you can handle user data imports through scheduling, better tools for data management as well as a new streamlined interface to gain insights on the progress during an import. 

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erinhmcmillan
Community Team
Community Team

In an effort to better manage required maintenance across all customer instances, we will be implementing regular maintenance windows for each region, beginning in 15 July 2021. 

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eschiebel
Instructure
Instructure

Hello,

I am the engineer responsible for, depending on your experience, the enhancement of how math equations are displayed in canvas or the string of horrific errors that rendered math quizzes unreadable. If you're in the latter camp, I am truly sorry. This turned out to have complexities I did not envision. I owe you a beer or a coffee.

While investigating why math is sometimes garbled I stumbled on a surprising pattern for how users are creating equations in their content and wanted to say a couple things about how to make it better.

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SuSorensen
Instructure
Instructure

Consolidation Announcement: The New Quizzes feature flag will include New Quizzes Importing (QTI file) functionality.

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SuSorensen
Instructure
Instructure

2021-04-08 Update: We've enabled this change to beta instances per the 2021-04-14 Canvas Deploy Notes to expose those who are interested with the opportunity to play and see how this would work.  Our current plan is to deploy the change end of April or early May.  Please continue to add your comments below.

2021-04-17 Update: Will be addressed as a bug fix and released in the 2021-04-28 Canvas Deploy.

2021-04-28 Update: Confirming released in the 2021-04-28 Canvas Deploy

In March we made a change in New Quizzes, so that Assignment Edit page is always the first page. Previous behavior was that the Assignment Edit page was the first page only on initial New Quiz creation. 

I’m looking for your help to evaluate those trade offs between early communication and immediately solving user pain. 

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mloble
Instructure
Instructure

Earlier today, one of the subsystems that Canvas relies on for service failed, causing a Canvas outage. The outage could have impacted up to 75% of our customers in North and South America if they were trying to access Canvas between 6:48 am and 8:27 am MT. Additionally, on March 3, Canvas users experienced an outage in the afternoon that lasted for 45 minutes due to a Canvas code update that overwhelmed a shared service. We know you expect more of us; we expect more of ourselves. And so we owe you an apology. 

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erinhmcmillan
Community Team
Community Team

Episode 16 contains an intriguing series of interviews about Microsoft Immersive Reader, Student reassignments and webcam submission features, Portfolium updates, and the history of the Canvascasters podcast. Take a listen!

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peytoncraighill
Instructure
Instructure

A quick look at how product managers use feature ideas from the Canvas Community.

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SuSorensen
Instructure
Instructure

If you use either question banks or item banks, we’d love to show early design ideas to get your impressions. For this round, meetings will be scheduled through the second week of April 2021. Each meeting would be approximately 45 minutes. 

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For those of you too busy for a call, I’m hoping you can weigh in with your preference with regard to release timing. Is it better to provide Item Banks at the Account and Course level as soon as possible, or hold an additional couple of weeks to include Item Bank searching? 

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SuSorensen
Instructure
Instructure

[As of July 2021, please post questions about New Quizzes in the New Quizzes user forum. For questions about the Classic Quizzes Timeline, please see Classic Quiz Sunset Timeline (Subscribe!)]

This year Quizzes will be taking a two pronged focus with our development. One focus will be on content migration. The second focus is continued enhancement of the New Quizzes experience. The two will occur concurrently to ensure that you are seeing continual improvement if you are currently using New Quizzes... 

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erinhmcmillan
Community Team
Community Team

February's podcast features View Ungraded as Zero and MasteryConnect updates about formative assessments. This is a short podcast episode for easy listening!

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erinhmcmillan
Community Team
Community Team

[UPDATE 18 MARCH 2021—The content in this post has been adjusted from user feedback (thank you!) Stay tuned for revisions being implemented in the 2021-04-17 Canvas Release Notes, which will be published on March 22.]

Effective March 22, we are changing how release notes comments are managed to provide a better experience for everyone. 

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