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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.

Welcome to the CTL blog!

We’ve been talking about it for a while, and now it’s finally here. Welcome to the new Center for Teaching and Learning blog! The added bit of inspiration that we needed came to us during the 2009 CIT Conference, which took place at Cobo Hall a few weeks ago. We had a great time at the conference, and picked up a number of new ideas, which we are eager to share with you in the weeks that follow. Through the pages of this blog, CTL staff will provide a wealth of information, ideas and tips about teaching and using technology in the classroom at Macomb Community College.

But before we get started, let’s make sure we all know what a “blog” is!

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