Canvas releases new features, updated features and bug fixes on a 3 week cycle which translates to 16 releases per year. Important changes that you should know about as you build your Fall 2018 courses are summarized below as well as on the What’s New in Canvas page.
- Student Dashboard List View allows students to view all course tasks in a list format or To Do format. This change helps students manage all tasks across all their courses in a user-friendly format that also allows for user customization. Learn more about Student Dashboard List View .
- Non-Scoring Rubrics can be created without point values to create a non-scoring rubric. This feature promotes learning engagement by helping students focus on assignment feedback instead of point values. Learn more about non-scoring rubrics.
- Rubric criteria can now include a point range instead of an individual point value. Learn more about this rubric criteria range option.
- Modules, Assignments, Discussions and Pages can be duplicated. The duplication option is located in the Settings menu for each individual item.
- Recent Announcements can automatically display on the Home page by changing a course details option.
- Announcements and Discussions have updated designs to improve accessibility for all users.
- Student View is available on Home page sidebar so you don’t need to open Course Settings to access student view.
For those who can’t attend the Canvas Tips – Spring 2018 workshop this spring, I’ve linked to the Google doc handout that I put together for the session and also embedded it in this blog post. So, check out the tips for each category by clicking on the hyperlinks for details on how to access and implement the feature(s) and contact me if you have any questions!
Embedded below is a calendar with the workshops available for Dec, 2017 and January, 2018. Click on the session for a full description and an RSVP link. If you would like to see them in a list format, click the AGENDA button at the top right of the calendar.(click here if calendar does not load)
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Are you looking for a way to prevent students taking an online Canvas quiz from accessing any outside websites, printing, copying or accessing other applications during the quiz ? If yes, then consider requiring students to use the Respondus LockDown Browser, which is now available within Endicott’s Canvas platform.
Learn More about how to require students to use the LockDown Browser with a Canvas quiz with these resources:
- Check out this 2 page Lockdown Browser instructions
- Watch this 5 min tutorial to learn the steps of requiring LockDown Browser use and what students need to do prior to taking an online quiz.
- View the Respondus Lockdown Browser System Requirements
Check out the updated interface and new student engagement features in Canvas Conferences which integrates with the Big Blue Button (BBB) web conferencing platform. Key changes include:
- Cleaner user interface with new icons.
- Students can download presentations if presenter turns on the download option.
- Public chat transcript can be saved and downloaded.
- Multi-user whiteboard is available with user names displayed when drawing.
- Shared notes layout lets students collaborate to created shared notes during lecture and breakout rooms.
Watch the 5 minute BigBlueButton 2.0 Overview to see new features.
In an effort to continually improve Canvas, Instructure, the parent company of Canvas, releases Canvas upgrades every three weeks along with Production Release Notes. Key features in the July 15 production release are listed below. For more details, view the full Canvas Production Release Notes for July 15, 2017 and its accompanying screencast. The next release is July 31, 2017.
New Features and Upgrades
1. Assignments and pages can now be duplicated in Canvas courses! Duplicating discussions and quizzes are planned for a future release.
2. Modules replaces Recent Activity Stream as the default Course Home page for new courses. Instructors can still choose a different course home page option.
3. A Course Setup Tutorial is now available and replaces the Course Setup Checklist. In Account Settings, faculty can enable the tutorial to display for all courses. Learn more about the Course Setup Tutorial here.
4. The default font size has increased from 14px to 16 px and new icons are used throughout Canvas.
5. The new Calendar Scheduler feature is turned on for Endicott. Use the links below to learn about the new Scheduler feature: