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Welcome Back – Spring 2015

As we start into the new semester the Digital Learning Team would like to update you on a feature enhancement within Canvas: the Files re-design. If you have any questions or want more information contact the Digital Learning Team at dlc@hws.edu or stop by during our office hours.

Update to Files

Instructure updated the Files with a new look and new functionality. Below are some ideas for new ways to use the files:

  • Unpublish files
    You can load all your files in advance, keep them unpublished and then publish them when you are ready for students to view them, for instance lecture slide decks.
  • Restrict access to files by date
    You can set up times the students will have access to certain files. This could correlate to an assignment, such as a video or problem set answers.

For more information on how to use the new files check out the "How do I use Files" help guide.


Copy of Announcement to Sender

Faculty can now enable the ability to receive a copy of all announcements sent to students via the Canvas announcements tool. To enable this feature:

  1. Click Your Name in the top right navigation bar
  2. Click Notifications in the left navigation bar
  3. Under Course Activities, look for Announcement Created By You
  4. Hover over the notification delivery time to change. The options are:
    • ASAP
    • Daily
    • Weekly
    • Never
    Note: This will apply to all of your courses.

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.