Fall Prep Must-Have Tutorials

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Welcome back Faculty! Here's a few links to help you get up and running with your Fall Canvas courses... Cross-listing Your Courses: Import Content from another Canvas Course  Publish Your Course   … [Read more...]

Draft State – The New Normal

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Draft State allows content in Assignments, Quizzes, Modules, Pages, and Discussions to exist in an unpublished (draft) state. Unpublished content is invisible to students and excluded from grade calculations. Here's a screenshot of the new interface. Some content-specific changes you'll see include: Pages has an index page and displays page titles Individual pages do not include sidebars Instructors can select any page to be the front page of their course Quizzes do not have to be republished if the content is changed Interested in learning more about it? Watch the 500 - Draft State Overview from Instructure on Vimeo.   … [Read more...]

Canvas & Internet Explorer – the old relationship ends May 24, 2014

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As an Internet Explorer user, you've struggled with degraded service and annoying messages on your browser when logging in to Canvas...well, that time has come. Time to pick: depart ways or upgrade to IE 10 or 11! Starting on May 24, 2014, users who attempt to log in to Canvas using any version of Internet Explorer older than IE9 (e.g. IE6, IE7, or IE8) will not be able to gain access. Instead, they’ll see a message prompting them to use a newer browser and linking to the Canvas Guides article on supported browsers (http://goo.gl/4ZvUB). Users who use IE9 to access Canvas after May 24 will continue to see a warning message in an orange bar across the top of the browser when they log in, telling them their browser is no longer supported. You can dismiss the message for the duration of their current browser session but it will be back - so why bother? Upgrade to Internet Explorer 10 or 11 or use a different browser. It's just time. After all, we want the best user experience … [Read more...]

Canvas by Instructure Android 3.0 released with Tablet support!

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For all you Droid users, Instructure has just released Android 3.0 mobile,  functional for both your phone and tablet device. Feature additions include the ability to upload and manage files, create and manage groups and customize your dashboard by color-coordinating your courses. Multi-user sign-in has also been enabled and widgets for to-do, notifications and grades can also be added for easier management. Download the Canvas by Instructure app in the Play Store. Version 3.0 requires Android 4.0 or later. Check out the latest version of the Android phone guide and the Android tablet guide by Instructure. … [Read more...]

Canvas & Heartbleed

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Wondering about "Heartbleed", the Open SSL bug as it relates to Canvas at UMW? Last week we received an advisory from Instructure of the vulnerability and the steps their security team were taking to secure communication and privacy within the LMS. A patch was applied, SSL certificates, keys and admin resets were secured to protect against possible session hijacking. Additionally, Instructure outlined processes and provided information about addressing concerns with integrations such as with Banner, our SIS. As a secondary precaution, it is advised that users who have installed  LTIs in their course, take the precaution of changing those passwords to secure your integration as well. Here at UMW, similar steps were also taken on our network and users were advised to change their UMW password. If you have not yet done so, please visit password.umw.edu to change your password. Since your Canvas password is the same as your Eaglenet password, you will not need to take any further … [Read more...]

Canvas Mobile Apps – always evolving!

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Instructure has released their latest version (3.0) of the Canvas mobile app for iOS featuring an improved design experience for your iPhone and iPad. Download it in the iTunes store. Version 3.0 requires iOS 7.0 or later. Please note the Canvas for iOS app (for iOS 6+) is no longer supported. Documentation for the Canvas by Instructure can be found in the Canvas Mobile Guides. … [Read more...]

Introducing Canvas Studio

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It's always struck me as funny that the most intriguing feature of Canvas during our search period was often defined as  "the dynamic aspect" - an LMS that is continually updated with new features. Why funny? Because it was also the one complaint I heard most often once we began using Canvas. Some people just liked relying on a system that never changed during the academic year, while counting on minor updates run only before the start of the first semester. Kinda like shopping for new school clothes as a kid. Big day on the calendar. "Shopping" with Canvas is like having an unlimited budget with spending all year! Our closet keeps growing! So what's the IN color for Spring?  Check out Canvas Studio at product.instructure.com., a new website that let's us peek at the projects and features in development. … [Read more...]

Finishing up 2013 with Redesigns to Groups, Quizzes and more!

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Improving the User Experience is a continued goal at Instructure. Finishing up 2013, we saw a redesign to the Groups page, Quizzes, Calendar 2, the Gradebook, Etherpad and the Rich Content Editor! Groups: sidebar was removed to maximize the Group view; Group and Group set buttons were added; and a new gear icon allows group members to edit, delete and access the Group homepage Quizzes: Quiz options are now expanded; instructors can allow students to see correct answers within a date range; and for multiple attempts see quiz responses only after the last attempt Calendar 2: an agenda was added Gradebook: column attributes allow for resizing frozen columns - however, stickiness is browser-specific; downloaded csv files now place the Test Student at the bottom; keyboard shortcuts have been added Etherpad: new collaborations open in a new browser tab and have condensed menus to be less intrusive Rich Content Editor: Superscripts and Subscripts have been added to the standard … [Read more...]

Cross-List Your Courses

Did you know that instructors can now cross-list their own courses? If you are teaching multiple sections of a course and would like to load your content into and teach from one parent course, then cross-listing is your answer to workload fatigue. Essentially you load your content into your 01 course, then you move your section (02,03...) into your 01 course. This action brings over all student enrollments from each section. The beauty here is you can still assign different due dates for quizzes and assignments per section and for ease of grading, you can grade by section too. Watch the Cross-Listing Video or review the text instructions How do I Cross-List? in the Canvas Guides. … [Read more...]

Quiz Formula Updates: Absolute and Relative Errors

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Canvas will compute responses for Quiz Formula questions based on relative error in addition to absolute error. Margins of error can now be created as a percentage or as a point value (up to three decimal places).     … [Read more...]