On Monday, May 20, Instructure released a new gradebook for Canvas that will have many new features. Although many of the core gradebook features will remain the same, some functions will move to a different location or change the look of the icons.
Canvas now includes an option to view all course tasks in a List View for students. In addition to displaying automatically populated items from assignments, the List View allows instructors and students to add non-graded items to the To-Do list.
New features are added to Respondus Monitor almost monthly. Features added in February include facial detection before the exam, facial detection alerts during an exam, and pre-exam tips for a successful exam session.
Cidi Labs Design Tools was developed to take away the heavy lifting of making your Canvas course look great in the fraction of the time. With Design Tools, you can easily customize the visual appeal and organizational elements of content presented on your homepage, content pages, assignments, the course syllabus, discussion board descriptions, and quiz descriptions.
On June 19, Canvas will begin using a new plagiarism framework for TurnItIn. The Canvas Plagiarism Framework allows third-party plagiarism services to integrate with Canvas in the most seamless way possible. Existing assignments may need to be modified or recreated if TurnItIn is to be used.
TurnItIn.com provides services for plagiarism education, prevention, and detection. TurnItIn currently integrates with Canvas in two different ways, but TurnItIn will soon begin phasing out the older methods in favor of a new plagiarism framework integration in Canvas.
Beginning on January 6, instructors can enable the New Gradebook on a per-course basis to begin testing the new gradebook format that will be deployed to all of Canvas later this year. Instructors testing the New Gradebook can apply late and missing policies to course assignments.
A new look for the Canvas website is coming soon! When you visit http://canvas.baylor.edu beginning on December 19th, you’ll see things on a new, modern, responsive layout that is fully compatible with both mobile and desktop devices.
On October 3, 2017, we will expand the protection that Duo provides to other campus information resources including Box, Canvas, Compass and more. Along with this extended coverage, the Duo login interface will undergo a design change so that access to all Baylor online resources will have the same look and feel.
Baylor’s newest solution for web conferencing, WebEx, is officially available for use within the Canvas learning management system. Touted as the industry standard application for web and video conferencing, WebEx replaces Blackboard Collaborate, offering synchronous, web-based, virtual classroom environments.
On June 20, SpeedGrader will be updated to use DocViewer for document previews and annotations. DocViewer contains all the same document types and all the same annotation types, with some extra benefits!
Several upcoming changes to the Canvas interface will bring enhancements to course home pages and will allow users to access their Office 365 content for course documents, assignments, and collaborations.
In May 2016, we implemented TurnItIn's LTI-based Canvas integration that requires users to create TurnItIn assignments using the "External Tool" submission type. This integration replaced the older "check box" based method of creating TurnItIn assignments. As many of you are aware, TurnItIn's LTI-based integration proved to be less reliable than the previously used approach, resulting in many submissions not being correctly pushed back to Canvas's SpeedGrader.
In the summer of 2016, TurnItIn introduced changes to its Canvas integration that occasionally cause student submissions to not appear in SpeedGrader. Until TurnItIn fixes these issues, you should make sure to check the TurnItIn interface in Canvas when student submissions fail to appear in SpeedGrader.
Instructure has issued a security advisory to inform Canvas users about a Chrome browser extension that behaves like malware called OneClass being distributed via phishing emails. Do not respond to the messages or go to the website included in the messages. If you have installed the extension, please contact the Baylor University Help Desk immediately for assistance.
In an effort to keep the course lists current, all courses older than one year will be moved to the Past Enrollments list in Canvas. On August 10, all courses in the 201520 term and older will be moved to Past Enrollments.
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