On Tuesday, December 3rd starting at 2:30am Instructure will be performing maintenance on Canvas to help prevent future performance issues. This work is expected to take roughly 30 minutes, resulting in Canvas being unavailable from approximately 2:30 AM to 3:00 AM.
Between 3:15 PM CDT and 3:20 PM CDT on Friday, November 22nd some users were unable to access Canvas. The Canvas team describes this as a momentary issue. At this time the issue is resolved and Canvas is operating normally.
Winterim 2020 and Spring 2020 courses are now available in Canvas.
Course Combinations. Do you want to combine multiple sections of the same course into a single Canvas course? Follow the steps in the Cross-Listing/Merging Canvas Courses guide. If you need to combine courses that you are not the teacher for or if you have any questions please contact Canvas support.
Sync Grades to WINS (eGrading). Canvas does have the ability to send your course final grades directly to the WINS Grade Roster at the end of the semester. Get started by viewing the step-by-step instructions.
On Saturday, November 16, Instructure will deploy the latest release to the Canvas environment. The highlights of this release are listed below. The full release notes are also available.
Training Options: The Help Menu includes a new training portal link for instructors. This new training portal contains complimentary self-paced training resources and provides one-click registration for training webinars which are offered by Instructure.
On Saturday, October 19, Instructure deployed the latest release to the Canvas environment. The highlights of this release are listed below. The full release notes are also available.
Grades – Post Policy Icons Updates: The word Manual displays in the assignment header to indicate the assignment is set with the Manual Posting Policy. Additionally, the outlined Visibility icon only displays when entered grades need to be posted.
Navigation – Menu Visibility: A visual change has been made for Teachers to more easily tell which Navigation Menu items are visible to students. Icons not visible to students will be marked by the symbol of an eye with a slash though it.
NOTE: Some external tools are never visible to students, but do not receive the new icon.
On Saturday September 14th, between approximately 9:40am and 6:53pm, users attempting to take or access the “New Quizzes” tool received “invalid launch” errors.
The fix implemented by Instructure technicians involved restoring database data from 9:00am, resulting in a potential loss of data entered between the times of 9:00am and 9:40am.
What does this mean for me and how do I know if this affected
“New Quizzes” is a tool that is currently in Beta testing available for instructors to use to create and administer online quizzes. Once this tool has been fully developed it will one day replace Quizzes.
While both tools are available, the majority of instructors utilizing online quizzing are using Quizzes and will be unaffected. UW-Whitewater currently recommends that you continue to use the current “Quiz” tool via the “Quizzes” menu inside of Canvas.
If you have any questions or concerns about the outage and whether or not your courses were affected, please contact UW-W Canvas Support.
Welcome to the Fall 2019 Semester! Here is what you should know for the Fall Semester.
Courses may or may not have a Canvas component. Instructors have the option to use Canvas for their courses, but not all do. If you aren’t sure if Canvas is utilized for your class, be sure to ask your instructor. If you are just enrolling in a course now, be aware that it can take 24-48 hours for that enrollment to move from WINS to Canvas.
Canvas 24/7/365 support is available for all users. Most students are already familiar with the D2L Support Form, but what happens when a student needs help with Canvas? You can contact the Canvas 24/7/365 Support team. You can find the Chat and E-mail options on both the Canvas Login Page and in the Help button in the lower left hand corner after you are logged in. If you prefer to call someone, you can reach the 24/7/365 Support at 1-833-811-3207.
Self-paced Student Training Course is available. Anyone interested in receiving an introduction to Canvas before the start of the semester can self-enroll in the state provided Canvas Student Training course http://go.uww.edu/canvas-student-training
Canvas Deep Dives (1 Hour) Followed by Canvas Open Lab (1 Hour) We will focus on a single tool, and dive deep into various options and use cases for how that tool works. The second hour will be available as an Open Lab.
Grades: Weighting grades, Late policies, Muting Assignments, SpeedGrader, setting a default grade, and setting up extra credit.
Rubrics: This will start by touching briefly on rubric creation, but will focus on techniques to maximize the amount of value you can get by building rubrics directly in Canvas.
On Tuesday May 28th, UW-System approved a change in Canvas to allow for additional flexibility in the Course Navigation area and in the number of Announcements shown. The following items can now be added or removed from the student view in the following order:
Instructors are now able to modify the number of recent Announcements that are visible in the Home area. Announcements were previously set so that the three most recent were visible in the Home area. This update will allow instructors to choose to allow between one and fifteen announcements to be visible.
These updates will not cause any visible changes in existing courses. Any instructor wishing to take advantage of this increased flexibility will need to update their courses themselves.
If you have additional questions about Canvas please reach out to Canvas 24/7/365 support by going to http://uww.edu/canvas.