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Canvas July 2017 release: New duplication, sidebar features

It’s July and the Canvas team is deploying some exciting new features on the 15th. To preview these or any planned Canvas updates prior to the release date, simply log into the Macomb Canvas Beta Server with your Macomb credentials.

Canvas updates are scheduled every three weeks. Some notable updates in this release include:

  • Duplicate menu item added to the Assignments page and Pages list
  • Rich Content Editor sidebar now appears in Quiz and Assignment editing mode.

Please see the New Feature Screencast for a demonstration:

Detailed release notes are also available on the Canvas Community website.

Duplicating assignments is a quicker alternative to copying and pasting.

Duplicate assigmentBe aware that this new function is currently available only from the Assignments and Pages menus and not the Modules menu.

The Rich Content Editor sidebar, which provides easy access to links, files, and images, is now available for use on Assignments, including Quizzes.

Join the Canvas Community and receive direct updates about Canvas releases by logging in using your Macomb credentials and following the Canvas Release Notes page.

As always, contact us with any questions (ctlsupport@macomb.edu or 586.226.4774) or feel free to leave a comment below.

Say Adieu to the Red Pen and Bonjour to Turnitin

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Help students turn around their writing using Turnitin.   It’s the next best thing to help student writers since the typewriter … Ok, that may be a stretch but we think that Turnitin has great potential to help our students get better feedback from instructors and peers.  Here is what it offers:

  • An easy and efficient way to deliver electronic feedback to students on their writing assignments.
  • An easy and efficient way to manage and monitor peer evaluations.
  • The ability to leave voice comments for students.
  • Access to rubrics to help your students understand what is being asked of them. 
  • Best of all Macomb has an institutional license and y
  • ou can access it through ANGEL … right now!

How to use Turnitin

When people think of Turnitin the first thing that usually comes to mind is anti-plagiarism because it runs a diagnostic report using internet sources and Turnitin’s database of submitted papers for closely borrowed and plagiarized material.  While this tool can be helpful it should be used with care.  As one professor explained, “I don’t want to begin my new relationship with students assuming that they are going to cheat and that my job is to catch them at it. My students are not my adversaries.”  Kudos to this Macomb faculty member, who has her student’s best interests in mind.  So while you may be excited about this feature we strongly suggest that Turnitin should be used as a positive tool rather than a punitive trap.  So forget the originality report for right now.  It’s small beans compared to what else the program allows you to do … and don’t fret, we’ll address this tool in a future post. So check out these cool tools instead.

GradeMark – Allows for 5 different types of engaging and individualized feedback.  You can choose from a variety of pre-made comments,  create your own or leave voice comments.

PeerMark – Easily allows students to have access to each other’s papers and provides for interactive peer feedback.

Rubrics – Connect assignments with grade level appropriate rubrics or create your own.

To get started with Turnitin, access your ANGEL Master shell, go to Lessons and then click Add Content.  Scroll down to Turnitin at the bottom of the screen.  Give your assignment a title to get started. It’s that easy!

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10 Hot Tips – PowerPoint


PowerPoint is just one of those things in life that we, as educators, will have to encounter, whether we like it or not! If done right, it can be an asset to our teaching toolbox. Since we’re going to be using it at some point, let’s become more efficient! Here are a few tips that will kick-off the new “10 Hot Tips” series. Enjoy!

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Discussion Forum Coolness

As you probably know by now, the college’s LMS, ANGEL has recently been upgraded! Many of these new features will improve both the instructor and student experience. For example, the Discussion Forums have received a make-over, and we’d like to share a few of those improvements with you now!

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Can you scan this for me?!

Can you scan this for me? Yes, we can… but we prefer to teach YOU to do it yourself! Knowledge is power, right?! Today, the wonderful and talented Faye is making a guest appearance on the blog, and is introducing you to our new toy. Ok, it’s not a toy, unless you’re a technology geek like I am! Ok Faye, take it away…

Scan your documents with ease! Our new document scanner can scan up to 112 pages per minute in black and white, grayscale, and color. This is perfect for those documents needing high quality optical character recognition. We also have a cool new software application to use with the document scanner, called ABBYY FineReader. This program allows you to create editable and searchable electronic files from scanned paper documents and PDFs. If you only have hard copy handouts and you want them digitized for editing and/or for uploading into your ANGEL course shell, this is the perfect solution for you!

If you’d like to try it out, give us a call and we’d be happy to help you get started.

TurningPoint EXTREME!

As we’ve mentioned before here, here and here, TurningPoint is a very popular and useful technology that allows instructors to collect real-time electronic responses from students. There are many applications for this technology, not the least of which being an increased level of involvement by your students during class. Some instructors have even used the “fun” word to describe TurningPoint. Scary, I know!

Today I’d like to share some additional info that we have gathered, which will help you take TurningPoint to the next level. Please click on the graphic above and review highlights of these additional features, then contact us when you’re ready to try it out in your class!

TurningPoint Tip – Easier Class Lists!

If you are a current TurningPoint user, then we’ve got a cool tip for you! If you’re not yet a TurningPoint user, read this and then contact us to try a kit out for yourself!

Most instructors use TurningPoint to poll students anonymously, getting quick feedback and keeping them awake engaged during class. However, TurningPoint also allows instructors to create “participant lists” ahead of time, so the responses can be tied to specific students. This opens up new possibilities, including scored competitions, games, quizzes, and more meaningful data reports. The reason that many instructors have avoided using participant lists, is simply because they didn’t want to take the time to type in each student’s name and device (remote) ID into a list. Well now, there’s a better way!

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