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July 18 – Canvas Features Enforcement

On Saturday, July 18, Macomb’s instance of Canvas will be updated with notable new features.  See below for a review of these changes and how they will affect faculty and students.  The Canvas Community links provide full documentation as well as video demonstrations of the new features.

Changes Affecting Faculty

Assignment Allowed Attempts
By default, assignments can be submitted an unlimited number of times. However, instructors can choose to limit the number of attempts a student can make for an assignment. Limiting attempts applies to all students associated with the assignment.

How do I limit submission attempts for an assignment?
• Feature Video: Assignments: Limited Assignment Attempts (2020 Ready Releases)

Assignment Bulk Editing
The Assignments page supports editing all assignment, discussion, and quiz dates in a single page. The page also displays assignments with multiple due dates. Due dates automatically default to 11:59 pm.

How do I bulk update due dates and availability dates as an instructor?
• Feature Video: Assignments: Due and Availability Date Bulk Edit (2020 Ready Releases)
• Feature Video: Assignments: Bulk Editing Enhancements (2020-06-20 Screencast)

Direct Share
Direct Share allows users to copy individual course items to another course and share individual items with other users.

How do I use Direct Share to copy a quiz to another course?
How do I use Direct Share to copy a page to another course?
How do I use Direct Share to copy a discussion to another course?
How do I use Direct Share to copy an assignment to another course?
How do I use Direct Share to send a quiz to another instructor?
How do I use Direct Share to send a page to another instructor?
How do I use Direct Share to send a discussion to another instructor?
How do I use Direct Share to send an assignment to another instructor?
• Feature Video: Assignments: Direct Share (2020-01-18 Screencast)

New User Tutorial
New instructors can view tutorials that display in each Canvas page. These tutorials explain the purpose of the page and what to do next. Instructors can manage whether or not tutorials display in their courses in the User Settings page.

This feature replaces the Course Setup Checklist.

How do I use the Canvas course setup tutorial as an instructor?
• Feature Video: Courses: Instructor Product Tour and New Instructor Canvas Tutorials (2020 Ready Releases)

Help for Unpublished Courses
The Dashboard, Courses menu, and All Courses page display both published and unpublished courses. This change helps instructors see what courses are unpublished in various Canvas locations.

How do I publish a course?
How do I view all my Canvas courses as an instructor?
How do I view my favorite courses in the Card View Dashboard as an instructor?
How do I customize my Courses list as an instructor?

Module File Upload Enhancements
Instructors can add multiple files to the Modules page through drag/drop from their desktop.

How do I add a module?
How do I add course content as module items?

Confetti for Valid Links (Instructor)
Canvas generates a virtual celebration when instructors run the link validator and no issues are found. If instructors prefer to not have Canvas display any celebrations, they can choose to hide all celebration animations in their User Settings page.

How do I manage celebration animations in Canvas as an instructor?
How do I validate links in a course?
What feature options can I enable in my user account as an instructor?
• Feature Video: Assignments and Course Settings: Confetti for On-Time Submission and Confetti for Valid Links (2020 Ready Releases)

Changes Affecting Students

Confetti for On-Time Submissions (Student)
Canvas generates a virtual celebration when students submit assignments on time. On-time submissions include both an initial submission and any resubmissions for any file type before an assignment due date. If students prefer to not have Canvas display any celebrations, they can choose to hide all celebration animations in their User Settings page.

How do I manage celebration animations in Canvas as a student?
What feature options can I enable in my user account as a student?
• Feature Video: Assignments and Course Settings: Confetti for On-Time Submission and Confetti for Valid Links (2020 Ready Releases)

Mute Notifications by Course
From the Course Home Page, a user can mute all notifications for the course where the user is enrolled. Course notifications are enabled by default.

How do I manage notifications for a single course as a student?
How do I manage notifications for a single course as an instructor?
• Feature Video: Notifications: Mute Notifications by Course (2020-04-18 Release)
• Feature Video: Courses: Course-Level Notification Preferences (2020-06-20 Release)

Online Summer Workshops at the CTL

All of us at the Center for Teaching and Learning would like to wish our faculty and students a safe and productive Spring/Summer term!  We’re here to support you as Macomb transitions toward hybrid and online classes.  This summer, we continue to offer a full schedule of online workshops related to Course Management, Activities and Assessments, and Teaching With Technology.  To register, visit the Noncredit/Continuing Education area of the Self-Service menu in MyMacomb, or see the instructions at the bottom of this post.

Macomb Online Facilitation Training (MOFT) 
MOFT is for faculty who want to teach online using an existing course. This training will guide faculty through best practices in online teaching focused on building a community, ensuring learner interaction, and timely feedback/responses. Please contact your Dean or AD if you are interested in completing MOFT.

Introduction to Canvas  
This workshop is designed for faculty who want to begin using Canvas. You’ll become familiar with the user interface, gradebook, messaging and more.  In this workshop, you will use your First Day Handout to set up your gradebook and assignments, create an accessible Welcome page, and use Canvas tools to communicate with students. (Note: Please register for the month you plan to take Intro to Canvas.  All other workshops will use only one registration code.)

June:     82418          July:              82419
August:  82423          One-on-one: 82441

Course Management      

Ready, Set, Start Your Canvas Course  
This workshop is designed to help faculty prepare a live course for a new semester. You will customize your course navigation menu, adjust assignment dates, update your bio, and validate links.  You’ll learn how to submit the Section Course Request Form, check accessibility in Canvas pages and files, and ensure your course is ready to go for students. (Note: Completion of Introduction to Canvas is a prerequisite to this workshop.) 
Reg. Code: 82425

Digital Accessibility  
How do you prepare instructional materials to meet the needs of all students?  In this workshop, you will learn simple tools and practices to make your content more accessible to students with disabilities. You will identify the benefits of universal design and learn common tools to create an accessible First Day Handout and PowerPoint presentation.
Reg. Code: 82426

Copyright & Fair Use  
Copyright and fair use are critical issues for educators today, especially those providing course materials online. In this workshop you will apply Macomb’s Fair Use Policy, practice correct source citation format, identify common copyright issues and solutions, and apply these principles in your course.
Reg. Code: 82427

Grading Tools  
You learned how to set up your assignments and enter grades in Introduction to Canvas, but there’s much more you can accomplish using Canvas grading tools!  In this workshop, you’ll learn advanced features in Assignments and Grades, explore how to use SpeedGrader to provide several types of feedback, and reflect on effective grading practices.
Reg. Code: 82428

Modules, Pages & Files in Canvas  
Modules enable you to organize your course the way you want. Pages and files are key components of modules, and can contain a variety of multimedia and textual content. In this workshop, we’ll create modules that align with your First Day Handout, explore advanced module and page settings, review the Rich Content Editor, and reflect on how to organize course content for optimal navigation.
Reg. Code: 82429

Canvas Groups  
Canvas Groups are a great way to increase engagement and interaction among students! Using Groups, students may collaborate on assignments, presentations and projects and create their own pages, discussions, and conferences. This workshop will guide you through the process of setting up Groups and creating a Group Assignment, as well as navigating Groups from a student’s perspective.
Reg. Code: 82433

Activities & Assessments      

Create Assignments, Instructions and Feedback  
Quality instructions and feedback are essential for an effective assignment. In this workshop, you’ll learn best practices for useful feedback, create clear instructions and grading criteria for an assignment or exam, use Canvas Rubrics, and provide different types of feedback using SpeedGrader.
Reg. Code: 82434

Quizzes 
Want to replace your on-ground Scantron or paper exams with online exams?  Learn how to design and manage Canvas Quizzes, and you can create graded (and ungraded) quizzes, exams, surveys, and other assessments. We’ll dive into advanced features like Question Banks, Moderate Quiz Attempts, and Quiz Analytics.  CTL Instructional Designers will guide you every step of the way in implementing online assessments, which will save you much time in creating and grading exams.
Reg. Code: 82435

Canvas Discussions  
Discussions that engage students in course content and with each other promote student satisfaction, interaction, and retention. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to design and facilitate individual, group and class (ungraded) activities and (graded) assessments, and you’ll have an opportunity to participate in Discussions as a student.
Reg. Code: 82436

Teaching with Technology 

Web Conferencing with Zoom  
Schedule, Invite, Meet — it’s that easy to connect with students and colleagues using Zoom video conferencing. Use Zoom for online office hours, holding live discussions, providing student feedback, or any number of live online activities. You’ll learn how to set up a Zoom account, prepare your personal meeting room, invite others to a video conference, security features, screen-sharing, and more!
Reg. Code: 82437

Create and Share Video 
Online media is becoming increasingly popular and effective in delivering course content, and students look forward to seeing media in their courses. Macomb provides mobile-friendly, Canvas-enabled, fully-licensed software that you can use to create videos and other media. We’ll walk you through the process to record a screen-capture or lecture video, upload it to Macomb’s streaming service, and share it to students in Canvas.
Reg. Code: 82438

How to register using WebAdvisor:
1. Login to My Macomb.
2. Under the Self-Service Menu, select Non-Credit / Con’t Ed Students.
3. Select Registration, then Search and Register for Continuing Ed Classes.
4. Enter the 5-Digit Registration Code and click Submit.
5. Check the checkbox to the left of workshop and click Submit.
6. Complete the next screen as indicated. Click Submit.
7. Select Register Now (check out) from the “Select one of the following” drop down menu. Do NOT select a payment method. Click Submit.

You will receive an email confirming your registration.

May 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.

May 16 Release

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

 

Link Validator Celebration

You will see an animated celebration when running the Link Validator and no issues are found.

Celebration

 

This encourages instructors to use the Link Validator and to resolve all broken links.  The animation may be disabled from your Account Settings if desired.

 

SMS Notification Types Deprecation

All SMS notification types have been discontinued except Announcements and Grading.

 

Instructors and students will still receive ALL notifications as normal via email and Canvas app, as well all mobile push notifications related to those emails.  The only feature being affected is the ability to send a text message to a mobile phone number.

 

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

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

April 18 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.

April 18 Release

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

 

Limit Assignment Submission Attempts

Starting April 18, instructors may limit students to a specified number of an attempts for an assignment.  Similar functionality has been available for Quizzes, and now Assignments may be “closed” after a set number of submissions.

Assignment submissions

 

Rubrics Now in Course Navigation

The Rubrics button has been moved to the Course Navigation menu:

Rubrics Course Navigation

The change intends to make workflow more intuitive and to access Rubrics more quickly.  (Previously, the Manage Rubrics area was located in the Outcomes page, although outcomes are never required to use a rubric.)

 

Course Summary Visibility on Syllabus page

Instructors may now remove the Course Summary from the Syllabus page – that is, the list of Assignments that automatically generates on the Syllabus page when you add Assignments.  Simply uncheck the “Show Course Summary” box from the Edit Syllabus screen, and the list of assignments will be removed.

Course Summary deselected

This gives instructors more control over how and where their assignments are displayed.  (From March 21 release) 

 

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

The next Canvas production release will be available Saturday, May 16, with release notes available Monday, April 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.

February 15 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.

February 15 Release

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

Gradebook Import – Ignore Reserved Names

This change will impact instructors who import their own CSV files into the Canvas Gradebook.  The Gradebook will now ignore any reserved name columns or hidden/deleted custom columns and not import them into the Canvas Gradebook.  Examples of reserved column names include Student, ID, SIS User ID, SIS Login ID, Section, and other information taken directly from your institution’s SIS (Student Information System database such as Datatel, Ellucian, etc.)

This change will prevent instructors from accidentally overwriting any information in these columns – if instructors accidentally use a CSV column named “Section,” for example, it will be ignored during import, and the original SIS-supplied value kept in the Gradebook.

Many instructors do not import CSVs and therefore will notice no change.

Direct Share

COMING SOON:  Canvas is planning a new content sharing feature for instructors, and we’re in the process of evaluating the feature for use at Macomb.  The Direct Share feature will allow you to share module items – pages, assignments, quizzes, files – with other instructors.  Click the three-dot icon to use the feature.  The three dots are located on both the Modules page and on individual pages or assignments.

You may send items to any instructor at Macomb.  The recipient will see a notification in the Account area of the Global Navigation menu:

Click Account > Shared Content to see details of the shared item:

The recipient can then import the content into one of their courses or delete it.

A related new feature is Copy To… , which allows you to copy a module item from one of your courses to another. (You must be an instructor in both courses.)  You’ll find the Copy To feature directly below the Send To feature in the three-dot menu.

You may then choose the destination course and module where you’d like to place the copied content.

 

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

The next Canvas production release will be available Saturday, March 21, with release notes available Tuesday, February 18.

 

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

January 18 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.

January 18 Release

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

Student Context Card Progress Summary

This feature has been optionally available and is now standard.  Context cards are small windows which give you a snapshot of the student’s progress in the course, including their current/final grade, number of missing and late assignments, and grades on the last 10 graded items.

Click on a student’s name from the Gradebook or People pages and the context card will display.  Context cards are currently unavailable in Inbox, SpeedGrader, or Groups.

Post Submission Comments Without Grade

Instructors may now draft comments on manually-graded assignments without requiring a grade.  Previously, instructors were required to enter a grade before they could enter a comment.

Note that the comments as well as the grades will be hidden from the students until you decide to Post them.  The small red dot in the grade cell indicates a hidden grade or comment.

Personal Pronouns

COMING SOON: Students and instructors will be soon able to display their preferred pronouns, if desired.  To select your personal pronoun, browse to Account (in left-side global navigation) > Settings.

If students opt to show a pronoun, it will appear across various areas in Canvas, such as the User Navigation Menu, Inbox, Discussions, Comments, and People pages.

 

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

The next Canvas production release will be available Saturday, February 15, with release notes available Monday, January 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.

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.

 

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

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.

 

 

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