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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)

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.

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.

Canvas Production Release – October 7

Get ready for the new Canvas release, which premieres on Saturday, October 7. As always, you can preview the release before this date on the Canvas beta server.

The main update is the missing and late assignment labels have been removed from the student-facing submission details and Grades page. These labels were introduced in August and caused some confusion among students and debate among instructors on the definition of a “missing” assignment and the level of control instructors had over these labels. Instructors’ SpeedGrader view has not changed and will still show missing and late labels for online assignments.

Another new feature is the option to enter point ranges for the criteria of your rubrics. This option can be activated by clicking the Range checkbox under a criterion:

Rubric Range Checkbox

Rubric criterion ranges have also been available in Blackboard, and allow more flexibility and precision in assigning points to rubric-graded assignments.

Please see the Production Release Notes for a full description of all updates and bug fixes.

The New Feature Screencast gives a video presentation of the above changes:

The next Canvas production release will arrive on October 28 and can be previewed in beta mode starting October 16.

Please contact The Macomb CTL at 586-226-4774 if you have any questions about Canvas or other instructional technologies. We still have plenty of on-ground and online workshops lined up for the Fall term, so please see our Professional Development brochure and sign up for one today!