Canvas Tips – Spring 2018 Workshop Handout

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!

Canvas Workshops – Dec, 2017 – Jan, 2018

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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New Canvas Integration – Respondus LockDown Browser

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:

 

Canvas Conferences – Updated UI and student engagement features

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.

Canvas Production Release Notes (2017-07-15)

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:

Announcing Canvas DocViewer

Canvas DocViewer is the new content preview and annotations tool that will replace the current Box previewer and Crocodoc annotation tools in Canvas on Monday, June 19.

Why is Canvas switching to DocViewer?

Canvas developed DocViewer to replace the third-party Crocodoc tool to better support customer needs. DocViewer provides a stronger technical foundation to improve existing features, and future product enhancements.

How is DocViewer different?

DocViewer supports all the same document types and the same annotation types as current functionality, with extra benefits including:

  • Modern interface that looks and feels like Canvas
  • Improved performance
  • Fewer clicks

What does DocViewer look like?

In SpeedGrader, the DocViewer toolbar displays the number of pages for a document, zoom in and out of the file, and use one of six annotation types for commenting: point, highlight, free text, strikeout, free draw, and area.

DocViewer for Speedgrader Annotations

How can I learn more about DocViewer?

Read the Canvas Release: Canvas DocViewer release notes to learn more about supported file types, Annotation Tools and Known Issues.

Summer Trainings

We will be using several Friday mornings this summer to offer a series of hand on iPad training sessions. Each session will focus on an app or a theme, and will be presented live then archived online as well. These sessions will take place from 9:30-11:30:
 
Explain Everything – June 9th – LSB 357
Notability – June 23rd – LSB 357
Baiboard(pronounced bye-board) – July 14th – Hospitality Suite/POST Center
iBooks/iBook Author – July 28th – Hospitality Suite/POST Center
Canvas – New Teacher App and Workflow – Aug 11th – Hospitality Suite/POST
Center
– Revamping syllabi, preparing for semester – Aug 18th – Hospitality Suite/POST
Center
 
No RSVP required, come if you are available and bring your iPads!