December 21 Canvas Release

Canvas is updated every month with new features and fixes. The Macomb CTL posts new release highlights to our blog at emacomb.com.  Please contact us at ctlsupport@macomb.edu if you have questions about Canvas releases.

December 21 Release

Please watch the New Feature Screencast for a review of the updates in this release:

 

Global Announcement Notifications

Global Announcements allow Canvas administrators to communicate urgent institution-wide messages, which are posted at the top of every Canvas user’s Dashboard.  There are five types of Global Announcement: warning, error, information, question, or calendar.

In the December release, the Notification Preferences page has been updated to include Global Announcements.  The default is Notify me right away, but may be changed if desired.

Notification Preferences page with Global Announcements option

 

Grade Export Report – Grading Scheme Values

[Note: This change only affects Canvas admins, not instructors or students.]  In the Account Settings > Reports area, the Grade Export report has been updated to include the values for the course’s grading scheme.  This allows viewers to see exactly how many points much the final and current grades differ from from the desired letter grade.

 

Conferencing Interface Updates

These changes affect only BigBlueButton, the third-party software used in the Conferences area.

  • Meeting participants can now resize the webcam window in which the presenter appears.  This is useful in situations where the presenter needs to be seen in great detail, such as one’s hands demonstrating words in sign language.
  • The current speaker is now indicated by a blue icon in the upper left corner of the meeting window.  Previously, one had to scroll through the list of attendees to find the “now speaking” icon.

 

The complete production release notes for this release are available on the Canvas Community.

The next Canvas production release will be available Saturday, January 18, with release notes available Monday, December 23.

 

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November 16 Canvas Release

Canvas is updated every month with new features and fixes. The Macomb CTL posts new release highlights to our blog at emacomb.com.  Please contact us at ctlsupport@macomb.edu if you have questions about Canvas releases.

November 16 Release

Please watch the New Feature Screencast for a review of the updates in this release:

Microsoft Immersive Reader

Microsoft is bringing its Immersive Reader to Canvas.  This feature is designed to benefit students of all ages, reading levels, and visual abilities.  The Immersive Reader presents large text on an uncluttered background with added white space.  Students may also toggle Read Aloud, a text-to-speech feature, to support reading comprehension.

Page with immersive authoring functionality

 

 

 

 

 

 

To activate, simply click the Immersive Reader button in the top right of the Page.  At this time, the Immersive Reader is only available in Canvas Pages, but not Assignments, Quizzes, Discussions, or Files.

Canvas page with immersive reader button

Rich Content Editor Enhancements

A New Rich Content Editor is now available, and the existing Rich Content Editor will be deprecated.  It will be removed on June 20, 2020, at which point the New RCE will become the default.  You may enable the New RCE at any point after November 16, 2019 to become familiar with it.  The feature is activated under Course Settings for each individual course.

Detail of redesigned icons:

The plug icon on the far right is to link External Apps / LTIs such as Codio, Techsmith, Office 365, and Films on Demand.

Plagiarism Reports in Gradebook

This release introduces plagiarism report icons to the New Gradebook.  Previously, these were only viewable in the old gradebook (which will be permanently removed January 18, 2020.)

The icons have also been redesigned for visibility by using shape to convey information:

New Gradebook old vs new plagiarism icon comparison

  • Exclamation point icon: Error in submitting. Resubmit to plagiarism service (at Macomb, this will be TurnItIn) through SpeedGrader.
  • Red half-filled circle icon: Similarity score between 20% and 60%.  Moderate chance of plagiarism.  Review the submission in TurnItIn.
  • Green circle with checkmark icon: Similarity score between 0% and 20%, meaning low chance of plagiarism.
  • Solid red circle icon: Similarity score higher than 60%.  High chance of plagiarism.  Strongly recommend reviewing submission in TurnItIn.
  • Clock icon: submission in process. Check back in a few minutes.

New Gradebook Grade Detail Tray shows plagiarism score

The Grade Detail Tray (overlapping pane on right) also shows the icon, similarity score, and a link to access the submission in TurnItIn.

 

The complete production release notes for this release are available on the Canvas Community.

The next Canvas production release will be available Saturday, December 14, with release notes available Monday, November 25.

 

Images on this page are from the Canvas Guides and Release Notes, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Agreement.

October 19 Canvas Release

Canvas is updated every month with new features and fixes. The Macomb CTL posts new release highlights to our blog at emacomb.com.  Please contact us at ctlsupport@macomb.edu if you have questions about Canvas releases.

October 19 Release

Please watch the New Feature Screencast for a review of the updates in this release:

Menu Visibility

This month’s Canvas release features improved visibility in the navigation menus.   A hidden visibility icon will indicate which links you have opted to hide from students (chosen from Settings > Navigation).

Course navigation before and after comparison

New Gradebook – Manual Grade Posting Policy Enhancements

The word MANUAL will appear in the assignment title row to indicate assignments using a Manual Grade Posting Policy.  The Visibility icon (crossed-out eye) will appear ONLY when grades have been entered but NOT posted.   This change is intended to simplify the user experience of the recently-implemented Manual Posting Policy.

(larger image)

These images show, from left to right:

  • Visibility icon indicates Manual Posting Policy is set for this assignment. Grades have been entered but not posted.
  • After clicking Post Grades, a red dot will appear indicating that these students’ grades have not been posted yet.
  • Click the Post button to make the grades visible to students. The eye icon and red dots will be cleared.

The complete production release notes for this release are available on the Canvas Community.

The next Canvas production release will be available Saturday, November 16, with release notes available Monday, October 21.

 

Images on this page are from the Canvas Guides and Release Notes, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Agreement.

September 21 Canvas Release

Canvas is updated every month with new features and fixes. The Macomb CTL posts new release highlights to our blog at emacomb.com.  Please contact us at ctlsupport@macomb.edu if you have questions about Canvas releases.

September 21 Release

Please see the New Feature Screencast for a review of the updates in this release:

SpeedGrader – Filter By Student Group

This change is a Feature Option intended to streamline grading in large courses.  You may turn on the feature in Settings :

Course Setting for large courses to enable SpeedGrader by student group

Once this feature is activated, you will NOT be able to launch SpeedGrader from the Gradebook window until you first select a student group in the filter menu.

New Gradebook grade detail tray displays if selecting a group is required before viewing SpeedGrader

The feature is designed to improve slow performace in SpeedGrader that occurs upon hitting a threshold of 2,500 submissions.

 

The complete production release notes for this release are available on the Canvas Community.

The next Canvas production release will be available Saturday, October 19, with release notes available Monday, September 30.

 

 

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August 17 Canvas Release

Canvas is updated every month with new features and fixes. The Macomb CTL posts new release highlights to our blog at emacomb.com.  Please contact us at ctlsupport@macomb.edu if you have questions about Canvas releases.

August 17 Release

Please see the New Feature Screencast for a review of the updates in this release:

 

Internet Explorer No Longer Supported for Canvas

Please be advised that Canvas has officially ended support of the Internet Explorer browser.  In March 2018, Canvas downgraded IE to a “functionally-supported” browser and used browser notifications to warn users of the decreased level of support.  In April 2019, Canvas announced that IE support would be terminated.  As of August 3, if you attempt to use Canvas with IE, you will see the notification above.  We recommend switching to a fully-supported browser such as Chrome, Firefox, or Safari and setting it as your default browser.  For further discussion, please see the Canvas Community.

Alternatives to Treat Ungraded As Zero

As we begin the Fall semester, we’re reminding faculty NOT to use Treat Ungraded Items as Zero because once selected, it cannot be reversed. The feature also places dashes in the Gradebook for ungraded assignments, but will calculate the student’s final grade as if the student received a zero on the assignment.

To a similar goal, we recommend these alternatives:

 

The complete production release notes for this release are available on the Canvas Community.

The next Canvas production release will be available Saturday, September 21, with release notes available Monday, August 26.

 

Images on this page are from the Canvas Guides and Release Notes, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Agreement.

July 13 Canvas Release

Canvas is updated every third Saturday with new features and fixes. The Macomb CTL posts new release highlights to our blog at emacomb.com.  Please contact us at ctlsupport@macomb.edu if you have questions about Canvas releases.

July 13 Release

Please watch the New Feature Screencast for a review of the updates in this release:

New Grade Posting Policies

This release introduces significant changes to the way grades are managed and viewed.  These changes are intended to replace the behavior of the popular Mute Assignment function from the previous Gradebook.

The new Grade Posting Policies are viewable from the Gradebook Settings menu (gear icon in upper right of Gradebook).  The default policy is Automatic – students will see grades as soon as you post them.  To begin “muting” the grades, choose “Manually Post Grades.”

When you set the grading policy, it will apply to all assignments created after that time.  However, you still have the ability to change individual assignments to either grading policy by clicking the three-dot icon in the assignment heading.

The unfilled eye icon indicates that the assignment has been set to Manually Post Grades.  The solid orange eye icon indicates that you’ve begun entering grades for an assignment, but they are still hidden from students (muted).

To “unmute” these grades you would post them from the assignment menu in the gradebook:

The orange dot indicates which students’ grades will be posted when you click Post.  You may choose to post grades for all students – including those who have not submitted the assignment – or only for students who have submitted the assignment and received a grade.   When all grades for an assignment have been posted, the eye icon will disappear.

You may always use the three-dot icon to change a posted grade back to a hidden grade and vice-versa.

Clicking on the individual student’s grade will also verify whether that student’s grade is posted or hidden.  A “Hidden” icon will display in the Grade Detail Tray:

How will students experience these changes?  Students will see the eye icon on their Grades page when you’ve graded a Manual assignment, and will only see the actual grade once you post grades for that assignment, as described above.

 

 

The complete production release notes for this release are available on the Canvas Community.

The next Canvas production release will be available Saturday, August 17, with release notes available Monday, July 22.

 

Images on this page are from the Canvas Guides and Release Notes, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Agreement.

June 22 Canvas Release

Canvas is updated every third Saturday with new features and fixes. The Macomb CTL posts new release highlights to our blog at emacomb.com.  Please contact us at ctlsupport@macomb.edu if you have questions about Canvas releases.

June 22 Release

Please watch the New Feature Screencast for a review of the updates in this release:

 

Gradebook: Student Groups Filter

The Gradebook now allows you to apply a filter based on Student Groups.  To activate the filter, click to View > Filters > Student Groups.  This will add a Student Group filter menu directly above the gradebook, which will let you show students from all groups, or from individual groups.  (You may also activate all four filters at once: Assignment Groups, Modules, Sections, and Student Groups.)

Click within the drop-down menu to choose the student group you want to display:

To see the full effect of this update, be sure to toggle Group under Secondary Info in the Student Name column (click three dots in Student Name heading cell):

This will list all groups the student belongs to underneath their name.

 

Discussions: Student Interface Update

If you have disabled the ability for students to edit or delete their discussion posts, that now reflects in the student’s view of the discussion.  Clicking the Settings menu (three dots) within a post will clearly show the student that their Edit and Delete permissions have been disabled.  This provides more transparent communication to the student that the instructor has disabled editing or deleting posts for this course.

Recall that you may activate or disable the Student Settings for Discussions under Discussions > Discussion Settings (gear in upper right) > Student Settings:

 

The complete production release notes for this release are available on the Canvas Community.

The next Canvas release will be deployed Saturday, July 13, with release notes available Monday, July 1.

 

Images on this page are from the Canvas Guides and Release Notes, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Agreement.

June 1 Canvas Release

Canvas is updated every third Saturday with new features and fixes. The Macomb CTL posts new release highlights to our blog at emacomb.com.  Please contact us at ctlsupport@macomb.edu if you have questions about Canvas releases.

June 1 Release

Please watch the New Feature Screencast video for a review of the updates in this release:

 

Message Students Who – Names Sorted Alphabetically

The Message Students Who feature has been updated to sort the available students alphabetically by last name.

Recall that you may use Message Students Who by clicking the arrow in the heading of an assignment column within the Gradebook.

Gradebook column

There are four criteria you may choose from:

message students who options

(Image courtesy of Penn State IT Learning and Development.)

After you choose a criterion, the applicable students’ names will be updated and sorted in alphabetical order:

Message Students Who

Please see the official Canvas help document for more information about the Message Students Who feature.

 

The complete production release notes for this release are available on the Canvas Community.

The next Canvas release will be deployed Saturday, June 22, with release notes available Monday, June 10.

 

Images on this page are from the Canvas Guides and Release Notes, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Agreement.

May 11 Canvas Release

Canvas is updated every third Saturday with new features and fixes. The Macomb CTL posts new release highlights to our blog at emacomb.com.  Please contact us at ctlsupport@macomb.edu if you have questions about Canvas releases.

May 11 Release

Please watch the New Feature Screencast video for a review of the updates in this release:

 

New Gradebook: Student Context Card displays Final Grade Override

The Student Context Card has been updated to show the Final Grade Override, if the Override feature has been activated for the Gradebook.   Click the student’s name in the Gradebook to bring up the Context Card pane on the right.  This update ensures that the Override grade is consistently displayed acr0ss various areas of Canvas.

context card override grade

 

Files: Sharing Permissions Interface Update

The interface for setting sharing permissions on in your Canvas Files area (Account > Files) has been simplified.

File sharing permissions

Though Published and Unpublished are the most common permissions for a file, instructors can also set files to:

  • Not visibile in student files – only available to those with direct link
  • Schedule student availability – make file available in course for a specific period of time

restricted files

No functionality has been changed – this is only a design change in the user interface.

 

Internet Explorer 11 End of Support: August 3

Please be advised that on August 3, Internet Explorer 11 will no longer be supported as a Canvas browser.  You may still use Internet Explorer, but some features may not work as intended.  Chrome, Firefox, or Safari are recommended as alternatives.

 

The complete production release notes for this release are available on the Canvas Community.

The next Canvas release will be deployed Saturday, June 1, with release notes available Monday, May 20.

Images on this page are from the Canvas Guides and Release Notes, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Agreement.