Canvas Updates

Canvas Users Update – Week of February 18, 2013

Important Notices

  • Changes to Withdrawn/Dropped students in Canvas:  Soon you may notice a change in how we handle Withdrawn and Dropped students in Canvas.  No longer will they appear in the ‘completed’ state in Analytics and Grades within your courses.  Withdrawn and Dropped students will be completely removed from the course.  If you need to see their data or if the student is re-added to the course (through SIS) all of their work and grades will reappear.  This is a change the district has made from the current processes.

Current Updates – January/February Release

  • Closed Captioning: Instructors can now add closed captioning to any video created or uploaded in Canvas and students can add captioning to their own videos. Note: Videos embedded from YouTube or other sources will have to include captioning from the source file.

Canvas Kaltura Screenshot

  • Improvements for iOS Devices: The majority of videos in Canvas will now play on iOS Devices, like iPads making it easier for all students to access your content across devices.
  • Convenient Discussion Settings: Discussion board settings are now linked from the discussion board page  making it easier for instructors to set specific permissions like file attachments or allowing students to create their own discussion topics. These settings were previously only available in the Course Settings area.

Discussion Settings Screen Shot Canvas

  • All the Small Things! A new Printer Friendly Option has been added to the student gradebook making it easier for students and faculty to print grades. Students are also able to quickly move from one course grade view to another.

Student Grade Print Feature Screenshot

Upcoming Releases

The next change to Canvas will occur on 3/4/2013.  The Beta Release and Notes will be available on 2/25/2013. If you’d like to see a preview of the changes, login to on 2/25/2013.

Mesa Community College Canvas Integrations Update
At Mesa Community College, VoiceThread is now integrated into Canvas to allow instructors to make every day slideshows, presentations and images into interactive collaborative course materials or engaging assignments. Attend a training session or pick up a VoiceThread Quick Reference to learn how to use this amazing tool to tell content stories, generate lively discussions, debate topics and more. Learn more about VoiceThread.

VoiceThread Canvas Screenshot

Did You Know?

Provide Valuable Feedback & Speed Up Your Grading with the Canvas SpeedGrader!

The Canvas SpeedGrader is an extremely convenient way to grade student assignment submissions including discussion boards. Rather then having to print assignments, the SpeeGrader includes a preview of all assignments and compiles discussion posts by student in an easy to use interface. The SpeedGrader also includes an inline commenting tool, Crocodoc, that allows you to provide valuable feedback to each student.

Finally, the SpeedGrader features excellent sorting and messaging tools, allowing you to see at a glance and remind students that still need to complete an assignment.The SpeedGrader can be accessed from the Gradebook (drop down menu at the top of the column) or from an individual assignment, discussion board or quiz.
The SpeedGrader is also available for the iPad. Learn more about the SpeedGrader.

Canvas Training Opportunities

Training opportunities for Canvas are available throughout the spring semester at MCC, online and with Instructure.Instructure:

  • 11am Thursday 2/28 Canvas LIVE! ONLINE Webinar:  Canvas Quizzes – Register at: Review the basic features and functions of the Canvas Quizzes tool including Quiz Banks and Outcomes.

Mesa Community College:
Mark your calendar for March Learning Madness March 18 – 23, a week of engaging sessions to help you re-energize your class after Spring Break. Canvas sessions will include design strategies, ideas for scavenger hunt learning and effective discussion boards. Check the CTL calendar for more information. Register through HRMS  Registration Instructions