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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:

[screencast coming soon]

 

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.

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.

May 11 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.

May 11 Release

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

 

New Gradebook: Student Context Card displays Final Grade Override

The Student Context Card has been updated to show the Final Grade Override, if the Override feature has been activated for the Gradebook.   Click the student’s name in the Gradebook to bring up the Context Card pane on the right.  This update ensures that the Override grade is consistently displayed acr0ss various areas of Canvas.

context card override grade

 

Files: Sharing Permissions Interface Update

The interface for setting sharing permissions on in your Canvas Files area (Account > Files) has been simplified.

File sharing permissions

Though Published and Unpublished are the most common permissions for a file, instructors can also set files to:

  • Not visibile in student files – only available to those with direct link
  • Schedule student availability – make file available in course for a specific period of time

restricted files

No functionality has been changed – this is only a design change in the user interface.

 

Internet Explorer 11 End of Support: August 3

Please be advised that on August 3, Internet Explorer 11 will no longer be supported as a Canvas browser.  You may still use Internet Explorer, but some features may not work as intended.  Chrome, Firefox, or Safari are recommended as alternatives.

 

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

The next Canvas release will be deployed Saturday, June 1, with release notes available Monday, May 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.

Canvas Production Release: July 14

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. 

July 14 Release

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

 

Anonymous Moderated Grading
  • Requires enabling by Canvas admin  – contact CTL if interested
  • Anonymous Grading – graders are unable to view students’ names
  • Moderated Grading – instructor can set assignment submissions to be reviewed by one or more graders, and which grade should be made final
  • Please see the official Canvas documentation of this feature for complete details and discussion
Anonymous Moderated Grading

Instructor sees anonymous students and graders, with option to choose final grade

Anonymous and moderated

Assignment submissions can be moderated, anonymous, or both.

 

Non-Scoring Rubrics
  • Must be enabled by a Canvas admin – contact CTL if interested
  • Create a rubric without point values to promote learner engagement and interaction with ungraded activities
  • See the official feature documentation for further details
Non scoring rubric in Speedgrader

Example of instructor view of non-scoring rubric within SpeedGrader. Points column is used for verbal feedback.

 

Self-registered Courses: Pair Students with Observers
  • Observer does not need to know student’s username or password
  • Student can click Pair with Observer button to generate a six-digit code to share with their intended Observer (most often a parent, mentor, or guest) who enters the code in their own User Settings.
  • Please see the official Canvas document on the Observer role for more information on its permissions and restrictions.

Pairing code button

 

Full production release notes for the July 14 release are available on the Canvas LMS Community. 

 

Future Updates

The next production release is scheduled for Saturday, August 4. Please see the Canvas Releases page for Production Release Notes, available on Monday, July 23.

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.