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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.

Canvas Production Releases: August 25 and August 4

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. 

August 25 Release

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

Dashboard List View and Mark as Done Module Requirements
  • Existing feature: Instructors can require the student to click “Mark as done” on a page
  • Change: The Mark as Done requirement now synchronizes with the recently-implemented Dashboard List View
  • When the student marks a page as done, the checkbox in Dashboard List View will be automatically checked.
Mark page as done

When the student marks the page as done, the checkbox in Dashboard List View will automatically be checked.

 

SpeedGrader: Anonymous Assignment Hidden Submission Details
  • SpeedGrader will hide submission details if an assignment is muted.
  • Upon unmuting the assignment, all details will show in SpeedGrader, including student names and submission time.

 

Student Learning Mastery Gradebook Outcome Icons
  • Only available in the New Gradebook
  • Clicking on the “i” icon allows students to quickly view information on their progress towards outcome mastery
  • Promotes the alignment of assessments with learning outcomes

 

Full production release notes for the August 25 release are available on the Canvas LMS Community. 

 

August 4 Release

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

Student To Do List View
  • The Student Dashboard now offers a List view for to-do items in each course.
  • Toggle List view by clicking the three dots near the top right of the Dashboard.
  • Students can add list items of their choice, and instructors can add graded and ungraded assignments to students’ to-do lists.

dashboard list view

Instructors can directly add modules, assignments, quizzes, or discussions to students’ to-do lists when creating or editing the page:

add to student to do

 

Google Docs and Office 365 Assignment Submission Processing Notification
  • Upload process for Google Docs and Office 365 submissions has been improved
  • Students can browse away or close the page without affecting the submission

Office 365 processing

 

DocViewer Comment Stacking
  • In DocViewer, related comment threads are now represented by stacking.
  • Initially shows the number of replies.
  • Click the comment box to expand all replies to the original comment

Docviewer Comments

Full production release notes for the August 4 release are available on the Canvas LMS Community. 

Future Updates

The next production release is scheduled for Saturday, September 15. Please see the Canvas Releases page for Production Release Notes, available on September 4.

Canvas Production Release: June 23

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. 

June 23 Release

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

 

Duplicate Modules
  • Copy a module (and all contained items) within a course with two clicks: Settings > Duplicate
  • Duplicated modules and items will be unpublished by default. Be sure to publish as needed.
  • Caution: at this time, you are not able to copy modules that contain classic quizzes. You may only copy modules containing no quizzes or Quizzes.Next quizzes (new Canvas quiz engine, available for testing after June 28, FAQ here) Please move any classic quizzes out of the module to activate the Duplicate feature.
Duplicate feature in module settings.

Duplicate feature in module settings.

Cannot duplicate modules that have classic quizzes

Duplicate module not available in modules that have classic quizzes

 

New Gradebook Updates

You are now able to view the Grade Detail Tray for students with concluded enrollments, and for submissions from closed grading periods. This feature is only available in the New Gradebook.

New Gradebook concluded enrollment

 

Calendar Event Duplication

The Recurring Events Calendar option has been renamed to Duplicate. You may access this feature through the More Options button in the Edit Event box:

Canvas Calendar Duplicate Event

From here, you may specify the number and interval of recurrences, or opt to display a count number to identify events in a series.

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

Future Updates

The next production release  is scheduled for Saturday, July 14. See the Canvas Releases page for Beta Release Notes on Monday, July 2 and Production Release Notes on Monday, July 9.

Canvas Production Releases: June 2 and May 12

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. 

June 2 Release

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

DocViewer Annotations and Commenting experience
  • Instructors can delete comments or annotations for any user – useful for incorrect or inappropriate posts
  • Can add annotations to JPG, PNG, TIFF and other popular image formats
  • Comments are now truncated to five lines instead of one. Click the comment to show the full text.
  • Large images are automatically scaled down to avoid scrolling
  • Users can now comment on annotations even if they are not the original author of the annotation
Truncated Comments

Comments truncated after five lines.

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

 

May 12 Release

The New Feature Screencast presents a useful walkthrough of the changes in this release:

Announcements

The “Allow users to comment” checkbox allowing students to comment on course announcements is now persistent, meaning you will not have to check this box on every announcement – Canvas will remember what you selected for the previous announcement.

Assignments

The submission details sidebar now will show the term “submitted,” where previously “turned in” was used. This improves consistency of terminology throughout Canvas.

Student assignment page wording update

Files

In the Files area, the settings for each file is now represented by a three-dot Options icon:

Permissions

It is now possible to enable students and observers in a course to search for users by primary email address. Previously, only Canvas administrators, instructors, and TAs could search by primary email address.

Detailed release notes are available on Canvas Community.

Future Updates

Stay tuned for the next production release on Saturday, June 23. See the Canvas Releases page for Beta Release Notes on Monday, June 11 and Production Release Notes on Monday, June 18.

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.

Canvas Production Release – August 26

The most recent Canvas beta release was deployed on August 14 and will go into production this Saturday, August 26. As always, you can view beta releases at macomb.beta.instructure.com and logging in with your Macomb credentials.

Insert/Edit Media Button

The new insert/edit media button allows for easier embedding of videos and images.

One notable addition is the Insert/edit media button to the Rich Content Editor toolbar.

Dimensions of Embed

This new feature is especially useful when working with embedded videos. Although Canvas can automatically embed videos from some services such as YouTube and Vimeo when you paste the URL into the Rich Content Editor, the dimensions (size) of the video may need adjustment. The Insert/edit Media button allows you to easily modify the media’s dimensions without having to use the HTML Editor.

Please see the complete Release Notes for further details and look forward to using this new feature in your Canvas courses starting August 26.

We’re excited about the Fall term at Macomb and helping you engage your students in innovative ways. Please contact the Center for Teaching and Learning at 586-226-4774 or stop by our offices located at South Campus J-211 and Center Campus C-127. Be on the lookout for the Fall schedule of CTL and Professional Development workshops.

Canvas Production Release – August 5

This Saturday the new Canvas production release will go live. To preview its new features, log in to Macomb’s Canvas beta server at macomb.beta.instructure.com with your Macomb credentials. This beta installation resets every week and allows you to view Canvas updates before the production release. Please see the official Canvas documentation for more information on the release schedule and beta server.

Canvas releases are launched every three weeks. To sign up for email notifications on beta and production releases, visit the releases.canvaslms.com page and click the Follow button in the upper right.

The most noticeable changes are the late and missing assignment status labels:

Student Grades in Canvas with Late and Missing Status Labels

These red labels are visible on the submission details page, the student Grades page (shown above for fictional student), and in SpeedGrader. These status labels allow you to quickly distinguish between assignments which were submitted after the due date and assignments which were never submitted at all.

Please see the official release notes for more information on the status labels and for detailed explanations of several small bug fixes, including issues with screen reader accessibility, the Canvas Calendar, and the Rich Content Editor.

The New Feature Screencast video gives a great overview of the new release:

The next Beta release arrives on August 14 – you’ll find any changes on the Beta server in preparation of the next Production release on August 26.

Please contact the Macomb Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at 586-226-4774 or ctlsupport@macomb.edu if you have any questions about using Canvas in your courses or would like to speak to our knowledgeable Instructional Technology Specialists!

Canvas Teacher app replaces SpeedGrader app

As part of their efforts to move away from SpeedGrader, Canvas has released a new app to replace the SpeedGrader app. According to Canvas, this will provide access to “grading submissions, communicating with students, and updating course content”.

To install the app, search for “Canvas Teacher” in the iTunes or Google Play store.

Canvas Teacher app install screen on Google Play

Canvas Teacher app install screen on Google Play.

After installing the app, search for “Macomb Community College” when prompted for your school’s name.

Search for school name in Canvas Teacher app

Search for school name in Canvas Teacher app.

Once you login using your Macomb credentials, you can begin using the app. Please keep in mind that this does not replace the app students use to access Canvas.

Other Canvas apps such as Canvas Parent and Canvas Polls

In addition to the Canvas Teacher app, there are other apps available to interact with Canvas for different audiences.

For more information on the app, please see the Canvas Teacher app release notes in the Canvas Community.