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Draft State

Canvas has implemented some system feature enhancements. In particular, you now have more control over releasing specific assignments, pages, quizzes, discussions and modules via a "draft" state. You will notice new icons within these tools (little clouds) to prompt you to publish specific items for your students. In sum, this new functionality will allow you to privately build within some tools even after you've "published" the course site itself and then intentionally publish specific objects for students as you deem appropriate.

View a four-minute overview of the new features.


Welcome Back

The Digital Learning Team would like to update you on some feature enhancements within Canvas. In particular, the Canvas course design resource page, draft state, course status bar, group tab and ability to switch grade display from percentage to points.

The Digital Learning Team is also offering one-on-one consultations Tuesdays at 2 p.m. on: Aug. 12, 19 and 26 in the Digital Learning Center in the Library Learning Commons. The times are open to anyone looking for help with Canvas but there are limited seats. To guarantee a Digital Learning Consultant please let us know in advance if you are going to attend.

In addition to Tuesdays at 2 p.m. the Digital Learning Team offers drop-in office hours throughout the week. View the schedule.

Draft State:

Canvas has implemented some system feature enhancements. In particular, you now have more control over releasing specific assignments, pages, quizzes, discussions and modules via a "draft" state. You will notice new icons within these tools (little clouds) to prompt you to publish specific items for your students. In sum, this new functionality will allow you to privately build within some tools even after you've "published" the course site itself and then intentionally publish specific objects for students as you deem appropriate.

View a four-minute overview of the new features.

Group Tab:

There is a new and easy way to create groups in Canvas via the "People" tab. Creating groups in Canvas provides students with space to share files, brainstorm, co-author materials and have asynchronous discussions.

Gradebook:

Canvas has added a new feature into the gradebook which allows a Faculty member to switch the total points view from percentage to points. This will also change the view for students so there won’t be any confusion as to their grade.

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