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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.

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.

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. 

 

Canvas Updates January 2018

Welcome back to a new year and a new term. The Macomb CTL is here to support you in developing productive and rewarding courses for your students.

Let’s take a look at the Canvas releases of January 6 and February 3.

The New Gradebook

The major change is that the New Gradebook is now available for instructors to turn on in your courses. This can be done from the Settings page in the left-side course navigation menu. Then click on the Feature Options tab to see the New Gradebook toggle switch (see image below).

Some of the differences in the new gradebook include:

  • New menus for more settings and sorting options.
  • Late and missing flags with automatic deduction policies.
  • More filtering options.

new gradebook

Do be aware that if you turn the New Gradebook on and then turn on automatic grading for late or missing assignments, you will not be able to return to the “old” Gradebook unless you deactivate the late/missing automatic grading policies.

We invite you to test out the New Gradebook and familiarize yourself with its look and feel before it permanently replaces the current gradebook. We’ll continue to update you well in advance of the launch date as we get more information from Canvas. The New Gradebook will officially launch in the second quarter of 2018. At this point, the old (current) Gradebook will be retired.

More information about the New Gradebook can be found at:

Additional January 6 Updates

Please see the New Feature Screencast for a video demonstration of the updates in the January 6 release:

The Release Notes contain a complete documentation of the release.

One notable update is the ability to add extra credit points to your rubric criteria in SpeedGrader.

Rubric extra points

You may find this method useful for adding extra credit to assignments that use rubrics.

Additional January 27 Updates (delayed to Feb 3)

See the screencast of new features below, and also see the full documentation in the Production Release Notes. 

 

There’s also a change in the DocViewer mode of SpeedGrader. Now you can make free-floating annotations anywhere on the page, with either a white or transparent background.

Docviewer Free Text

The next Canvas release after February 3 will be February 17, and it can be previewed on the beta server starting February 5.

We wish you the best for the Winter semester. Please contact us at 586-226-4774 with any questions you may have, and don’t forget to look over the CTL Winter 2018 Professional Development booklet for any workshops that may interest you.

Canvas October 28 Release

It’s time for the triweekly Canvas release – let’s take a look at some of the new features.

The release will take effect Saturday, October 28. To view the changes before then, please visit the Canvas beta site. This site resets every week and any changes you make will not be reflected on the “normal” (Production) Canvas site.

Foremost is the Accessibility Checker, found in the Rich Content Editor toolbar (the new person-shaped icon to the right of the Paragraph styling menu – depending on your screen resolution, you may have to use the scrollbar to scroll to the right.) The Checker allows you to detect and fix common accessibility issues with headings, text color, images, links, and tables.

Accessibility Checker

This much-requested feature is already generating lots of discussion in the Canvas Community where faculty and course designers are sharing feedback. We expect ongoing development and improvement of what promises to be a valuable tool in making courses accessible for persons with disabilities.

See Canvas’ New Feature Screencast video for a demonstration of this release.

You can also read and comment on the full Release Notes in the Canvas Community.

Also notable is the restyling of comments in the DocViewer application (for viewing file submissions in SpeedGrader.) Rather than showing the full text of multi-line comments, DocViewer will show expandable ellipses. This will allow you to view more comments at once without sacrificing detail in your comments.

DocViewer comments with condensed content

This update is already available in the current production environment.

The next Canvas update will be released November 18 and can be previewed in Beta mode starting November 6.

Dr. Sue Richardson (English) will be facilitating a Lunch and Learn workshop on using Canvas Groups to enable peer reviewing among your students. Join us on Friday, November 10 at 10am–11:30am at South Campus, J-211 – lunch will be provided! Please register on WebAdvisor and search for 5-digit registration number 54489.