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Canvas Update December 9

Canvas was updated to a new version on Saturday, December 9. Here we’ll highlight some of the noticeable changes.

First, you’ll see a new Move Contents menu item under the Assignment Group Settings menu:

New Move Contents option for the assignment group Settings menu

Selecting this option will bring up a sidebar menu where you may specify the Assignment Group where you’d like the assignments moved.

Move Content option with drop-down placement menus

This is analogous to the Move Contents function which was recently added to the Module Settings Menu:

Module settings menu

You can still use the dots on the leftmost side of the module item or assignment to drag and drop individual items within and between modules.

Another update is that the student Groups page will now show the “inactive” label for any inactive students.

Groups inactive status

Previously, you would have to view the People page to identify inactive students. Students can be inactive for a variety of reasons such as no show, drop, or unpaid tuition, and typically are set as inactive at the SIS level (Datatel/Colleague.) With the inactive status now viewable on the Groups page, you can more quickly identify and remove inactive students from Groups.

This change only affects instructor view – student view does not show inactive students.

Watch the New Feature Screencast for a walkthrough of these changes:

Full release notes are available on the Canvas site. The next beta release will be available on December 18 (see Macomb Canvas beta server), and the next official production release will be on January 6.

The Center for Teaching and Learning has also released the Winter 2018 Professional Development Brochure. We have a full lineup of workshops, courses, and Lunch & Learns prepared for the new semester, so please look over the booklet to see what interests you. Printed copies should be available in early January.

New ANGEL documents

Online education is here to stay. If you don’t believe me, just see the chart below or Google “online education trends” to see for yourself! Macomb’s virtual and hybrid courses fill up faster than many of the on-ground courses, and we are making a strong effort to meet that demand.

(Source: National Center for Education Statistics,
U.S. Department of Education)

We are in the process of re-working our ANGEL “Getting Started” training just a bit, and want to share our progress with you:

  • ANGEL Getting Started – Orientation: provides an introduction to ANGEL at Macomb, takes you through the first steps of logging in, and prepares you for the workshop.
  • ANGEL Getting Started – Building your Course: used during the workshop, and can also be used as a reference guide. All the basics are covered, with step-by-step instruction of important features including the Gradebook. (We plan to visually enhance this document in the near future, stay tuned.)

We welcome your comments and suggestions!

Facebook for Academia

Annnnd, we’re back! The mad dash at the beginning of the semester has subsided, and we’ve got some new bits of instructional technology goodness to share with you. To kick things off today, let’s take a look at www.Academia.edu, which has been affectionately referred to as the “Facebook for academia!”

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