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April 2021:

💡 Speedgrader: Reassign Assignment

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In this new feature, instructors can reassign an assignment to students after leaving feedback for the student in the Speedgrader comment box. The student will see a to-do item in their list view dashboard to resubmit the assignment. Assignments must have a due date for the ‘Resubmit Assignment’ tab to appear.

To use the Reassign Assignment feature:

1. Provide feedback to the student in the 'Add a Comment' box and click 'Submit'.

2. The 'Reassign Assignment' tab becomes an active link that you can click to reassign the assignment.

3. The assignment must have a due date and the assignment settings must allow students to make an additional attempt.

Click this link for a video overview of this new feature.

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March 2021:

💡 Accessibility Improvements

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Three accessibility improvements will be launched in Canvas this month: The Microsoft Immersive Reader tool, automatic captioning on VoiceThread recorded media, and Ally, a tool to help identify and remediate accessible course content.


• The Microsoft Immersive Reader can be enabled on any “Page” within your Canvas courses and is designed to enhance a user’s reading experience. Users can manage text and grammar displays and can choose to hear the page text read aloud. Click here for more information.

• VoiceThread now automatically captions every audio or video recording you create in the application. As soon as you save a recording, the captioning process begins and captions should appear in 5 to 60 minutes, depending on the length of the recording. For more details about captions and editing captions, click here.

• Beginning March 15th, Ally will be available for use in all Canvas courses. To learn more about this tool, click here.

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The Microsoft Immersive Reader feature can be activated by clicking the Immersive Reader tab at the top of the Canvas Page.

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Automatic captions will appear on audio and webcam recorded VoiceThread comments. Captions can be edited by clicking the CC icon.

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February 2021:

💡 Adjust Course Settings

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Did you know that there are “more options” within your Canvas course settings?
In the Course Settings Page, you can adjust your course details and enable various settings for your Canvas course. Under “more options,” you can choose to show recent announcements, hide totals in student grades summary, hide grade distribution graphs from students, and more.

To access “more options”:


1. Select the “Settings” link from your Course Navigation Menu.


2. On the “Course Details” tab, scroll to the bottom of the page and select the “more options link.


3. Hide or grant additional course privileges to students by selecting the appropriate checkboxes.


4. Click “Update Course Details” to save your changes.
Learn more about course settings here.


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November 2020:

💡 New Rich Content Editor

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The New Rich Content Editor (RCE) is an update to the previous Canvas Rich Content Editor. It provides a condensed, more intuitive toolbar that is grouped by common icons and interactions. Instructors can enable the new RCE in their courses now. In mid-December the new RCE will replace the existing RCE system wide.

 

 

To enable the new RCE in your course:

  1. Select “ Settings” from your Course Navigation Menu.
  2. Select the “ Feature Options” tab at the top of the page.
  3. Toggle “ RCE Enhancements” to the On position.

Click the links for a video overview or written instructions on the new RCE. 

 

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October 2020:

💡 Recent History

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The new Recent History link will help users remember what page they last viewed in one or multiple courses.

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The Global Navigation Menu now features a Recent History link. The History link displays the most recent pages viewed in Canvas up to the last three weeks and it will help users remember what page they viewed in one or multiple courses.

 

Click the link to learn more about Recent History.

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September 2020:

💡 Course Notifications

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Instructors and students can now manage Canvas notifications for a single course from the Course Notification Settings page. Users can enable or disable all notifications for the course and manage the frequency of course notifications for course activities, discussions and scheduling. Once a notification setting is changed in your course, it will override preferences set in your Account Settings.

To access the Course Notification Settings in your course:

  1. Log into your Canvas course.
  2. From the Home Page select ‘View Course Notifications’ on the right sidebar.

 

For written instructions on how to set up a discussion space for your students click here or copy and paste the following into a web browser

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-manage-notifications-for-a-single-course-as-an/ta-p/1008 

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July 2020:

💡 Canvas Teacher App

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The Canvas Teacher App allows teachers to manage certain aspects of their course, communicate with students, and grade assignments from a mobile device. You can download the Canvas Teacher app on Android and iOS devices.

Watch this video for an overview of the Canvas Teacher App.


Instructional guides on the teacher app for your personal device are available at the links below:

Canvas Teacher iOS Guide

Canvas Teacher Android Guide

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June 2020:

💡 Modules: File Upload Enhancements

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Canvas has released a new feature that makes adding files to new modules fast and efficient. Instructors can now add one, or multiple files to new modules using the drag and drop feature.


While the drag and drop function is only available at the time a new module is added, the ability to bulk upload multiple files from your hard drive is now permanently available when adding files to new and existing modules using the + files function.


For more information on how to create a module click  here.

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May 2020:

💡 Bulk update Assignment Due Dates,
Rich Content Editor Enhancements
and Updated Syllabus View

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This month features triple tips!

The first is the ability to bulk edit due and availability dates for Assignments. The Assignments Settings menu now includes an option to Edit Assignment Dates.

This option displays all existing assignments in a single page arranged by due date. Assignments with the same due date are listed in alphabetical order. The full name of an assignment is included in the hover text for the assignment.


For information on how to use the bulk update due dates and availability dates feature in your course click here.

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An updated Rich Content Editor (RCE)

The RCE has been updated and includes a condensed, more intuitive look. The new RCE will replace the existing RCE in all courses on June 29th. The toolbar includes a condensed, more intuitive look and toolbar menus are grouped by common icons and interactions.

Instructors can enable the RCE Enhancements in their course by navigating to  Settings > Feature Options > RCE Enhancements.

For a brief video overview of the Rich Content Editor Enhancements, click  here.

For information on how to use the new RCE in various areas of your course click  here.

Syllabus Course Summary

The second new option gives instructors more control over what students see on the Syllabus link. The Syllabus has always included a course summary which is automatically generated based on assignments and events within a course. Now, instructors can choose to enable or disable the course summary view.

 

To learn more about how to control the course summary view, click here.

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April 2020:

💡 Discussions

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Even in face-to-face classroom courses, discussions add instant value.

Well written question prompts lead to meaningful student-to-student learning. Canvas provides an integrated system for class discussions, allowing both instructors and students to start and contribute to as many discussion topics as desired. Discussions can be created as an assignment for grading purposes, or simply serve as a forum for topical and current events.

To access the Discussions tool in your course:

  1. Log into your Canvas course.
  2. From the Home Page select ‘Discussions’ on the left sidebar.

Watch this video for an overview of the Discussion feature.

For written instructions on how to set up a discussion space for your students click https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-13016-4152724374.

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March 2020:

💡 Direct Share

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Sharing your course content to another course or with another instructor just got easier.

Instructors can copy assignments, discussions, quizzes and pages to another course or email those course content items to another instructor at their institution. Any assets associated with the content items (files, images, etc.) will be included in the copy or email.

Click here to learn more about how to share content and how to access content shared to you: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-18361-how-do-i-manage-content-shared-to-me-from-other-users

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February 2020:

💡 New Analytics

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Student performance data is at your fingertips with New Analytics!

Here are a few of the features available to instructors using the New Analytics:

  • Average overall course grade
  • Average course grade on individual assignments
    • This data can be compared with the performance of individual students as well.
  • Average weekly online participation for the entire class and individual students
    • based on the course resources they viewed, or didn't view, or
    • based on their course or individual assignment grades.
This is an excellent tool to help prepare for student conferences.


To access New Analytics:

  1. Log into your Canvas course.
  2. From the Home Page select ‘ New Analytics’ on the right sidebar.

 

Learn more about New Analytics in this short video: 

https://community.canvaslms.com/videos/4826-new-analytics-overview-instructor

 

Written instructions on New Analytics can be found here or by copying and pasting the link below into a web browser:

https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10460-canvas-instructor-guide-table-of-contents#jive_content_id_New_Analytics

 

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January 2020:

💡 Canvas Link Validator

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Make sure your links work!

The Canvas Link Validator is a tool that provides you with the ability to check all links within your course to ensure they are active and working properly. The Canvas Link Validator is also a great indicator of what items remain ‘unpublished’ in your course.

To use the Course Link Validator:

  1. Log into your Canvas course.
  2. Select ‘ Settings’ from your Course Navigation menu on the left.
  3. Select ‘ Validate Links in Content’ from menu on the right.
  4. Select ‘ Start Link Validation’.
  5. Invalid or unresponsive external links will be listed so that you can adjust as needed*.

Learn more about the Link Validator here or copy and paste the following link into your web browser.

https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-12770-4152476605

* Recent changes to YouTube may cause a working YouTube video to appear as an invalid link. 

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November 2019:

💡 Hide A Column While Grading

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Did you know you can hide a Gradebook column while grading?

Hiding a column from student view while grading a test or assignment allows you to grade student work without students seeing your comments or their grade until you have completed reviewing all submissions.

Note: There must be at least one graded assignment in the column in order to see the ‘Hide Grades’ option. Students are notified by email when you hide and post columns.

To hide a column in the Gradebook:

  1. Log into your Canvas course.
  2. Select the Grades link in the course navigation menu.
  3. Hover over the column you wish to hide.
  4. Click on the three dots next to the column name. 
  5. Select Hide grades from the pop up window.

When you are ready to release the grades repeat the steps above and click ‘ Post grades’.

Learn more about how grade posting policies here or copy and paste the following link into your web browser.

 

https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-17329-41521116618

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October 2019:

💡 New Course Navigation View

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The course menu updated includes color and visual indicators to define active menu items.

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Beginning in mid-October the course navigation menu will be updated to include color and visual indicators to define active menu items.

The new menu includes tooltip indicators (eye with slash-through) to clarify inactive or hidden menu items.

Additionally, when a user accesses a link, the active link is displayed in black and includes a vertical line. The functionality of the course menu remains the same.

This change improves accessibility in Canvas and fulfills Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) for contrast ratios.

For information on how you can control which links are available to students in your course navigation menu click here or copy and paste the following link into your web browser.

 

https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-12933-415257079

 

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September 2019:

💡 24/7 Canvas Support

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Live Chat

To chat with a Canvas representative who can answer questions on course set up and functionality:

  1. Click on the Question Mark icon on the Global Navigation menu.
  2. Select “ Chat with Canvas Support.”
  3. Select “ Start Chat.”
  4. Type your question to a Canvas representative.

 

Call Canvas Support Hotline:

(833) 395-9054 to speak with a Canvas representative.

 

Search the Canvas Guides:

Click here to access the Canvas instructional guides or copy and paste the following link into your web browser.

 

https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10460-canvas-instructor-guide-table-of-contents

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