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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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...
[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.