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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)

May 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.

May 16 Release

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

 

Link Validator Celebration

You will see an animated celebration when running the Link Validator and no issues are found.

Celebration

 

This encourages instructors to use the Link Validator and to resolve all broken links.  The animation may be disabled from your Account Settings if desired.

 

SMS Notification Types Deprecation

All SMS notification types have been discontinued except Announcements and Grading.

 

Instructors and students will still receive ALL notifications as normal via email and Canvas app, as well all mobile push notifications related to those emails.  The only feature being affected is the ability to send a text message to a mobile phone number.

 

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

The next Canvas production release will be available Saturday, June 20, with release notes available Monday, May 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.

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.

March 30 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.

March 30 Release

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

 

New Gradebook Override Column

This release improves the functionality of the Override Column, which was introduced to the New Gradebook several months ago.

Currently, instructors may enter a percentage grade, which will correspond to the appropriate grade in your Grading Scheme.  The letter grade will then display in the Override column.

Previously, instructors had to input a letter grade, which was automatically converted to the lower percentage of the grade range:

 

New Gradebook Drop-In Sessions at Macomb

As Canvas strives to improve usability for faculty, there will be a significant update made to the Gradebook that adds new functionality and changes access to the SpeedGrader and how grades can be viewed.

The new Gradebook will be deployed on May 9, 2019, after the end of the Winter semester.  At the current time, you are able to turn on the new Gradebook to get a sneak peek of these updates.

For an overview of what to expect with the New Gradebook, please visit the New Gradebook Resource page in the Faculty Center. (Macomb login required)

The CTL’s Instructional Technology team has prepared some helpful resources and scheduled regular drop-in sessions to help with this transition.  These sessions provide an opportunity for hands-on training with the New Gradebook and cover common tasks such as:

• Add Points/Comments
• Access SpeedGrader
• Mark Assignments as Late/Missing/Excused
• Apply Late Policies
• Sort and Curve Assignments, Message Students
• Mute Grades and Download Assignment Submissions

Registration is not required, but cordially recommended so we know who is planning on attending.  Please see times, locations, and registration link below.

Drop-In Session Registration

April
Friday, April 5  –  1 pm  –  Online (Zoom meeting)
Wednesday, April 10  –  11 am  –  Center C-130
Thursday, April 11  – 1 pm  –  South J-104
Wednesday, April 24  – 11 am  –  Center C-130
Thursday, April 25  – 1 pm  –  South J-104

May
Friday, May 3  –  1 pm  –  Online (Zoom meeting)

Content Link Error Notification

A new option has been added to Notifications.  Instructors may now choose to be notified by text and/or email when a student clicks on a broken link within a course.  This notification will activate if the link is either broken, unavailable due to student permissions, or links to an unpublished page.   The notification defaults to daily frequency, but like all other notifications, you may set it to immediately, weekly, or off.

This change is intended to improve the process of finding and resolving inaccessible links in a course.

 

Groups: Warning for Removing Students

The wording of the message has been strengthened to clarify what exactly will be lost if an instructor chooses to remove a student from a Group.

This language underscores the risks of removing a student from a group or adding a new student after group assignments have already been submitted.  This Canvas Document gives further clarification:

You can move students within groups. However, changes should be made before assigning a group to an assignment.

If a student is added to or removed from a group after receiving submissions, the submissions and grades may not align correctly. If a student is added to a group after the group submission, any re-submissions will overwrite the original submission; all previous grades will remain but the Gradebook will show the assignment was resubmitted since last graded. If you want to move a group member with a graded submission, you may want to clone the group set instead.

Note: In group assignments, all students should be assigned to groups before the assignment is published. Grades and submissions may be affected for students who were not in a group at the time of assignment submission but who were later added to a group.

 

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

The next Canvas release will be deployed Saturday, April 20, with release notes available Monday, April 8.

 

Images on this page are from the Canvas Guides and Release Notes, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Agreement.