March 30 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.

March 30 Release

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

 

New Gradebook Override Column

This release improves the functionality of the Override Column, which was introduced to the New Gradebook several months ago.

Currently, instructors may enter a percentage grade, which will correspond to the appropriate grade in your Grading Scheme.  The letter grade will then display in the Override column.

Previously, instructors had to input a letter grade, which was automatically converted to the lower percentage of the grade range:

 

New Gradebook Drop-In Sessions at Macomb

As Canvas strives to improve usability for faculty, there will be a significant update made to the Gradebook that adds new functionality and changes access to the SpeedGrader and how grades can be viewed.

The new Gradebook will be deployed on May 9, 2019, after the end of the Winter semester.  At the current time, you are able to turn on the new Gradebook to get a sneak peek of these updates.

For an overview of what to expect with the New Gradebook, please visit the New Gradebook Resource page in the Faculty Center. (Macomb login required)

The CTL’s Instructional Technology team has prepared some helpful resources and scheduled regular drop-in sessions to help with this transition.  These sessions provide an opportunity for hands-on training with the New Gradebook and cover common tasks such as:

• Add Points/Comments
• Access SpeedGrader
• Mark Assignments as Late/Missing/Excused
• Apply Late Policies
• Sort and Curve Assignments, Message Students
• Mute Grades and Download Assignment Submissions

Registration is not required, but cordially recommended so we know who is planning on attending.  Please see times, locations, and registration link below.

Drop-In Session Registration

April
Friday, April 5  –  1 pm  –  Online (Zoom meeting)
Wednesday, April 10  –  11 am  –  Center C-130
Thursday, April 11  – 1 pm  –  South J-104
Wednesday, April 24  – 11 am  –  Center C-130
Thursday, April 25  – 1 pm  –  South J-104

May
Friday, May 3  –  1 pm  –  Online (Zoom meeting)

Content Link Error Notification

A new option has been added to Notifications.  Instructors may now choose to be notified by text and/or email when a student clicks on a broken link within a course.  This notification will activate if the link is either broken, unavailable due to student permissions, or links to an unpublished page.   The notification defaults to daily frequency, but like all other notifications, you may set it to immediately, weekly, or off.

This change is intended to improve the process of finding and resolving inaccessible links in a course.

 

Groups: Warning for Removing Students

The wording of the message has been strengthened to clarify what exactly will be lost if an instructor chooses to remove a student from a Group.

This language underscores the risks of removing a student from a group or adding a new student after group assignments have already been submitted.  This Canvas Document gives further clarification:

You can move students within groups. However, changes should be made before assigning a group to an assignment.

If a student is added to or removed from a group after receiving submissions, the submissions and grades may not align correctly. If a student is added to a group after the group submission, any re-submissions will overwrite the original submission; all previous grades will remain but the Gradebook will show the assignment was resubmitted since last graded. If you want to move a group member with a graded submission, you may want to clone the group set instead.

Note: In group assignments, all students should be assigned to groups before the assignment is published. Grades and submissions may be affected for students who were not in a group at the time of assignment submission but who were later added to a group.

 

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

The next Canvas release will be deployed Saturday, April 20, with release notes available Monday, April 8.

 

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

March 9 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 any questions about Canvas releases.

March 9 Release

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

 

Assessment Audit – Moderated Assignments

NOTE: This update only applies for instructors who have opted into the Moderated Grading feature for their course.  This allows multiple reviewers to grade student assignments.

The March 9 update streamlines the process for graders to view the audit trail  from within SpeedGrader:

Previously, instructors had to activate a separate Feature Option to view the audit trail.  Now, you’ll find a link directly in SpeedGrader.  The audit trail shows all actions taken on the assignment by all graders.

 

Discussion Topic Author Search

Instructors are now able to search discussion topics using a student’s name.  Previously, discussion search was limited to topic keywords only.  You will find the Discussion Search box at the Discussions link in your Course Navigation menu.

 

 

New Gradebook: Override Final Grade CSV Export

NOTE: This update only applies for instructors who have opted into the New Gradebook. By the end of 2019, the New Gradebook will replace the existing Gradebook. We’ll keep you updated as the deployment timeframe is announced.

The Override Grade feature deployed in the previous release introduced the ability for instructors to override the final calculated grade with a letter grade of the instructor’s choosing:

In this release, the Override column has been added to the CSV file generated for a Gradebook Export (accessible from the Settings gear at top right of gradebook).

At this time, you may not import a CSV file containing the Override column into a Canvas Gradebook.

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

The next Canvas release will be deployed Saturday, March 30, with release notes available Monday, March 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.

February 16 Canvas Release

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

February 16 Release

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

 

New Gradebook: Override Final Grade

NOTE: This update only applies for instructors who have opted into the New Gradebook.  By the end of 2019, the New Gradebook will replace the existing Gradebook. We’ll continue to update you as the deployment timeframe is announced.

Instructors using the New Gradebook now have the option to manually override the final grade as caculated by Canvas. To activate, check the Allow Override box on the Advanced tab of the Gradebook Settings screen (gear in upper right corner).

This will add an Override column after the Final Grade (Total) column.

Instructors may then enter a letter grade to override the Total grade. The letter grade will reflect the lower percentage of the range in your grading scheme.

Students will not know their final grade has been overridden.

 

Quizzes.Next: Reopen Student Assessment

NOTE: This update only applies for institutions who have opted into the Quizzes.Next LTI.  In the long term, Quizzes.Next will become the new standard Quiz engine for Canvas.

Instructors are now able to manually reopen quiz attempts for students, with the quiz returning to the last question where the student was active.

This is an improvement over the current Quizzes behavior, which allows the instructor to Moderate and give additional attempts, but each new attempt requires the student to begin the quiz again, losing their previous work.

 

Rich Content Editor: Thumbnail Images Restored

When using the Rich Content Editor to insert an image into a Canvas page from your Canvas files (i.e., the Canvas tab for Image Source), you will now see image thumbnails in your folder structure:

Thumbnails greatly simplify the process of finding a desired image. The thumbnail feature was temporarily down after a previous Rich Content Editor update.

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

 

The next Canvas release will be deployed Saturday, March 9, with release notes available Monday, February 25.

 

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

January 26 Canvas Release

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

January 26 Release

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

 

 

Rubric Comments Enhancement

Instructors may now add comments to rubric criteria directly from SpeedGrader.

This update will allow instructors to edit their rubric comments while using the same rubric to grade assignments in SpeedGrader.

Note that this update refers to comments on the rubric criteria, not comments on the student’s assignment.

 

Learning Outcome Mastery

NOTE: This update only applies for instructors and students who have opted into the Learning Mastery Gradebook.  Please contact us at ctlsupport@macomb.edu if you’d like to test this feature.

The total score for a particular learning outcome in a course will now be displayed if at least one of the assignments does not have hidden point values.

For example, because all asignments’ point values are hidden in the rubric for Week 7 Journal, you do not see X /5 – only Mastered or Not Mastered.

This change will make it easier to view a student’s progress towards mastery when at least one of the outcome’s assignments shows a point value.

 

Moderated Grading: Assignments Editable by Viewer

NOTE: The Moderated Grading feature is not yet active at the Macomb institutional level. Please contact us at ctlsupport@macomb.edu if you’d like to test this feature.

If your assignment uses Moderated Grading, any grader who is able to view the Grade Summary page will now able to edit the assignment.

This update will allow graders who have not been designated by the instructor as the final grader to edit assignments. This will simplify the process for nonfinal and noninstructor graders to modify assignment details throughout the course.

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

 

The next Canvas release will be deployed Saturday, February 16, with release notes available Monday, February 4.

 

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

January 5 Canvas Release

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

 

January 5 Release

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

 

Resource Previews in Commons

Canvas Commons now includes a preview of the content which is to be imported.

Now users can view the content of the Commons resource without having to import it to their own Canvas instance first.

 

Course Link Validator Enhancements

The Course Link Validator in Course Settings now specifies whether a link or image is either invalid or unreachable.

  • Invalid – file is corrupt or unopenable
  • Unreachable – indicates file may have been moved or deleted from its host server. Try to find an updated link.

This change is intended to give instructors and designers more useful information to resolve broken links more efficiently.

 

Settings: Course Dates Clarification

This is a design change only – all functionality and user actions on the Course Details page remain the same.

The change of language on this page is intended to clarify the difference between courses and the larger term in which they’re scheduled.

 

The complete production release notes for the December 8 release are available on the Canvas LMS Community.

The next Canvas release will be deployed on Saturday, January 26, with release notes available Monday, January 14.

 

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

Winter 2019 CTL Professional Development Brochure

We are pleased to announce the release of the Winter 2019 CTL Professional Development Brochure.

 

New workshops this semester:

Canvas Groups

Increase engagement in your course by assigning students to Canvas Groups to collaborate on assignments, presentations and projects. Within Canvas Groups, students may share files, message their group, and create announcements, pages, discussions, conferences and collaborations.

In this workshop you will:

  • Set up Groups
  • Create a Group Assignment
  • Visit a Group
  • Grade a Group Assignment

Collaborating in Canvas

Collaboration among students and faculty is possible in Canvas using either Google Drive or the Office 365 OneDrive. This allows students to simultaneously work on the same document with others in the class. A few examples of how this solution might be used are team projects, practice activities and peer reviews.In this workshop you will:

  • Create a collaboration in Canvas using Google Drive
  • Create collaborations in Canvas using Office 365
  • Interact as both a teacher and student using each interface
  • Reflect on the benefits / challenges of using collaboration tools

Quizzes

Explore Canvas Quizzes with your colleagues while working asynchronously on replacing your on-ground Scantrons or paper assessments with online quizzes or surveys! In this workshop, you will create online graded and non-graded quizzes and surveys using the Quiz tool. Hidden gems, such as the Moderate This Quiz feature, Quiz Analytics, Question Groups and Question Banks will be covered. As always, course facilitators are available for questions and feedback!

Rubrics

Rubrics can be a great way to communicate and manage expectations for an assignment and how your students will be assessed. You may already be using rubrics as a part of your grading process, but did you know that Canvas has a rubric feature that can expedite and ease your grading process?

In this workshop you will:

  • Design a rubric using measurable criteria
  • Identify rubric options and settings
  • Create a Canvas rubric
  • Grade using your Canvas rubric
  • Reflect on designing, creating and grading using rubrics

Please review the Professional Development Brochure and register for workshops in the Noncredit/Continuing Education area of WebAdvisor on MyMacomb. 

November 17 and December 8 Canvas Releases

Canvas is updated every third Saturday with new features and fixes. The Macomb CTL will post highlights from the production release notes and related content to our blog at ctl.emacomb.com.  Please contact us at ctlsupport@macomb.edu if you have any questions about Canvas releases. 

 

November 17 and December 8 Releases

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

The screencast for the December 8 release will be made available closer to the release date.

 

Rich Content Editor: Embedded Image File Uploads
  • Students and instructors may now upload an embedded image/file directly into the Rich Content Editor.
  • Click the Embed Image button in the Rich Content Editor to use the updated interface:

  • Select the Canvas tab and you’ll be able to quickly embed files from Course Files and My Files.

  • From this screen, you may also upload new images from your device to My Files and embed them on the page.

 

Accessibility: Screen Reader Browser Support

Screen reader support for Internet Explorer 11 and Edge browsers has been discontinued. Firefox is the recommended browser for those using screen reading software to access Canvas.

 

Reorder Dashboard Course Cards
  • You may now move the course cards on your Dashboard. Click the Options menu (three dots) to see four choices for moving the card.

  • Cards can now be dragged and dropped as well, for easier placement.
  • Newly-added courses will appear at the bottom of the course card list.

 

HTML5 Supported in Media Recorder

The Record Media button in the Rich Content Editor now supports HTML5 for Firefox and Chrome browsers. You will see an updated interface for the Record/Upload Media dialog box:

Flash is still supported for Internet Explorer users, but you must verify that it is enabled.

  1. From the Settings gear, select “Manage Add-ons”
  2. Locate Shockwave or Flash from the publisher Adobe Systems Inc.
  3. If status is Disabled, click Enable button.

This update will make it easier for Chrome and Firefox users to use the Media Recorder. Previously, users had to manually allow Flash, which is blocked by default in Chrome and Firefox.

Full production release notes for the November 17 and December 8 releases are available on the Canvas LMS Community.

The next Canvas release will be deployed on Saturday, January 5, with release notes available Monday, December 17.

 

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

October 27 Canvas Release

Canvas is updated every third Saturday with new features and fixes. The Macomb CTL will post highlights from the production release notes and related content to our blog at ctl.emacomb.com.  Please contact us at ctlsupport@macomb.edu if you have any questions about Canvas releases. 

October 27 Release

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

Analytics Beta LTI
  • The Analytics Beta LTI tool will eventually replace the existing Course Analytics tool
  • Compare average and individual student grades across various assignment types
  • Interactive tables and graphs facilitate powerful data analysis
  • Activate Analytics Beta through Settings > Nagivation
  • Complete documentation on features
  • User Guide for Analytics Beta

 

Submission Status of Google Drive and Office 365 Uploads
  • The status of assignment uploads from Google Drive and Office 365 LTIs are now visible to both students and instructors

  • Exclamation point indicates upload failed, up arrow indicates a submission is queued for upload but has not finished

  • Instructors may view the same icons in the Gradebook
  • Icons also visible in SpeedGrader

 

HTML5 Option for Recording Media

Recording with the Rich Content Editor will no longer require Flash functionality.

 

Full production release notes for the October 27 release are available on the Canvas LMS Community.

The next Canvas release will be deployed on Saturday, November 17, with release notes available Monday, November 5.

October 6 Canvas Release

Canvas is updated every third Saturday with new features and fixes. The Macomb CTL will post highlights from the production release notes and related content to our blog at ctl.emacomb.com.  Please contact us at ctlsupport@macomb.edu if you have any questions about Canvas releases. 

October 6 Release

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

 

Anonymous Annotation
  • Instructors may now add anonymous annotations to student submissions. This feature must be activated on the course level in the Feature Options tab of the Course Settings page:

Allow anonymous annotations in Course Settings page.

  • On the Edit Assignment page, you’ll now see a checkbox to anonymize the annotations for that assignment.

  • When students view their submissions in DocViewer, the instructor’s name will show as “Grader” on the annotations.

 

Rotate Documents in DocViewer
  • DocViewer now offers the capability to rotate pages within a document. See the new Rotate button in the Toolbar:

DocViewer document rotation

  • Instructors and students can rotate on a page-by-page basis to quickly fix documents with incorrect orientation.

 

Mark element in Rich Content Editor
  • The Mark HTML element, better known as highlighting, is now supported by the Rich Content Editor:

  • To use Mark highlighting, enter the HTML editor from the Edit Page screen and enclose the desired text with a <mark> highlighted text here </mark> tag:

 

Full production release notes for the October 6 release are available on the Canvas LMS Community.

The next Canvas release will be deployed on Saturday, October 27, with release notes available Monday, October 15.

September 15 Canvas Release

Canvas is updated every third Saturday with new features and fixes. The Macomb CTL will post highlights from the production release notes and related content to our blog at ctl.emacomb.com.  Please contact us at ctlsupport@macomb.edu if you have any questions about Canvas releases. 

September 15 Release

Please view the New Feature Screencast for a video demonstration of the updates in this release.

Bulk Accept for Moderated Grading
  • This change affects only courses using the New Gradebook with Moderated Grading
  • The moderator can choose to accept all grades by a grader for all assignments in which that grader is the only grader for the student
  • Students with submissions graded by more than one grader will still need to be individually approved by Moderator

Moderated grading bulk accept

 

Last Date Attended in Student Profile
  • Instructors may now note the final date of attendance in a student’s Profile page
  • The date cannot be deleted once added
  • Allows instructors to easily see the last date of on-ground attendance from each student’s Profile page

Last date attended

 

Export All SpeedGrader Comments as PDF

  • Click the Download Submission Comments link in the SpeedGrader sidebar to generate a PDF containing all comments for the submission
  • Allows easy exporting, sharing, and printing of comments
  • Not available for muted assignments

 

Full production release notes for the September 15 release are available on the Canvas LMS Community.