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You may notice a different course home page default in Winter 2018 Canvas course sites.

Check out the new course home page default starting in Winter 2018 Canvas course sites.

Previously, the "Recent Activity" view was the starting place for your course site design, though many instructors would change the Home Page to Modules, a Front Page, or the Syllabus view. Now, the course home page defaults to the Modules view with the module tool ready to use. A new "Add Existing Content" button is provided to take instructors directly to the Copy a Canvas Course feature.

You are not required to use Modules for the home page or for your course site design. You can set the course home page to your usual setting as part of your course copy from a prior term or by clicking Choose Home Page from your sidebar. You might be prompted to choose a home page when publishing your course if you have not already done so.

 

Every three weeks Canvas updates features and applies bug fixes. The next production release is scheduled for Saturday, June 24, 2017. View the full Canvas Production Release Notes, watch the release screencast, or continue below for a "what you need to know" summary of the latest updates for Dartmouth.

...continue reading "Canvas Updates for June 24, 2017"

Beginning Saturday, June 11, you’ll notice that Canvas has a new look. These changes are intended to make Canvas easier to use on a wide range of screen sizes.

The Dashboard and Global Navigation have the most changes. Click the image for the visual tutorial.
The Dashboard and Global Navigation have the most changes. Click the image for the visual tutorial.
From within a course you can hide/display the course menu – handy from within Grades! Click the image for the visual tutorial.
From within a course you can hide/display the course menu – handy from within Grades! Click the image for the visual tutorial.

...continue reading "Introducing the New User Interface for Canvas!"

After the next production release goes live (Saturday, February 20th, 2016), you'll be able to see whether your students are viewing feedback you leave using Speedgrader!

Whenever you use Speedgrader to annotate your students' work or leave comments, they should click "Grades" in the course navigation menu on the left, then click "Preview" after selecting the proper assignment. When they do this, they'll be able to view the annotations you've made in the margins of their work.

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Instructors will now be notified that students have clicked "Preview". This is a good way to ensure that students are receiving the feedback you leave.

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If you'd like to incorporate this feature into your assignments, feel free to contact an instructional designer by writing edtech@dartmouth.edu. You may also be interested in registering for an upcoming workshop on Using Grading for Learning and Assessment (DCAL, March 16th, 12:30-2:00 pm). Click here to register: http://libcal.dartmouth.edu/event/2285101

When you manually add someone to your Canvas course, you can now change the role (and the associated privileges) without adding and removing the person from the course site.

...continue reading "Canvas Feature: Change User Role"

When you choose to hide the final grade from students in Course Settings, assignment group totals are now also hidden from students.

...continue reading "Canvas Feature: Hide Assignment Group Totals"

Canvas is updated every three weeks. The next production release is scheduled for Saturday, December 19th. Please click here for the release notes, or watch the video below.

Note: The date is a week behind in the video because Instructure changed the date of the Canvas release for this cycle.