Canvas Newsletter - February 2017

Canvas Newsletter

New in CANVAS!

Every few weeks, Instructure improves Canvas and sends notices to Canvas administrators. Usually these improvements are “behind the scenes” but sometimes these improvements affect how you use Canvas.


There are a few improvements that have been made available to faculty in the last couple of weeks. The first is that you can now display announcements on your home page if you use Pages as your Home page. To do this, go into Settings, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “more options”. Add a checkmark in front of “Show recent announcements on Course home page” and then select the “Number of announcements shown on the homepage” and then be sure to click on Update Course Details.


Comments on Announcements are now disabled by default however instructors can enable comments if desired on a per announcement basis


Other changes are in the Dashboard, No Submission and On Paper assignments don’t display in the To Do list past their due date, and white is not accepted as a course background color.




Upcoming workshops for the Spring that will be taught by Cynthia Alexander and Dave Gunn in the CTX (LC-201) include:

Canvas Q & A - Tuesday, February 14 at 2:00pm

Using Rubrics and SpeedGrader* - Wednesday, February 22 at 2:00pm

Canvas Q & A – Thursday, February 23 at 2:00pm

Canvas Q & A – Tuesday, March 7 at 5:00pm

Using Rubrics and SpeedGrader* - Wednesday, March 22 at 2:00pm

Accessibility in Canvas* - Tuesday, March 28 at 10:00am

Canvas Q & A – Tuesday, April 4 at 10:00am

Adding WOW to Your Canvas Course* - Wednesday, April 26 at 2:00pm

**Flex Credit available for these workshops only**


The CTX are also offering Canvas trainings. Please see their Workshop schedulePDF document for titles and times. 


Don’t forget the self-paced Introduction to Teaching with Canvas workshop:


Finally, Instructure hosts Canvas training through webinars. If you are interested in signing up for this (available until the end of April), please contact Cynthia Alexanderemail link and let her know.