Canvas Update (1/18/2020)

Vendor Updates

On Saturday, January 18, 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.

  • Postable Submission Comments: Assignments with the “Manual” Posting Policy will now be able to have Comments posted for students to see before entering a grade.
  • New Quizzes – Answer Shuffling: Instructors using the “New Quizzes” tool will now be able to shuffle answers on multiple choice, multiple answer, and matching quiz questions.
    • Please note that “New Quizzes” is still in Beta and UW-Whitewater recommends the use of the standard quizzing tool.
  • Rich Content Editor Update: Instructors can start using the Rich Content Editor update early by enabling it in their settings area. Instructure plans to make the updates on by default in a future update.

UW-Whitewater Updates

Winterim 2020 grades are due 4:00pm, Tuesday January 21. Directions for eGrading are available for instructors who wish to use this process.

Remember to Publish your courses. Spring 2020 courses start Tuesday January 21. It is important to remember that students will be unable to enter the course, and instructors will be unable to us the Inbox to message students until the course is published.

If you have any questions or concerns about the service pack updates, please contact UW-W Canvas Support.

Spring 2020 Canvas Course Prep Session

On Friday, January 10th there will be a three hour Open Lab in McGraw 19C, spotted with five-minute mini sessions about targeted reminders on a wide range of topics. The LTC and LEARN Center would like to help you work on anything on your start of semester to-do list. Even if the mini session don’t touch on your tasks, there will be people here to help with anything during the Open Lab times.

  • 1:00pm-1:30pm Canvas 24-7 Support vs HelpDesk followed by Open Lab
  • 1:30pm-2:00pm Transferring content from one Canvas course to another followed by Open Lab
  • 2:00pm-2:30pm What goes into a syllabus, and what resources are available? Followed by Open Lab
  • 2:30pm-3:00pm Gradebook setup followed by Open Lab
  • 3:00pm-3:30pm Designing good assignments in Canvas followed by Open Lab
  • 3:30pm-4:00pm LEARN Center offerings for Spring followed by Open Lab

If the above is too much to keep track of during this busy time of year, just stop in during any time that works for you, and we will be here to help you get done the things YOU need to get done.

While walk-ins are encouraged, if you plan on joining us at any point, please consider signing up in advance so we know to expect you.

If you have any questions about these sessions, please reach out to the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

What’s New in Canvas? (12/21/2019)

On Saturday, December 21, 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.

  • Global Announcements: The notifications area for each user now includes a space to set how you would like to receive notifications about a new Global Announcement being posted by Administrators.
  • New Quizzes – Numeric Question Invalid Input Warning: If a quiz question is set up to only accept the Numeric Question, a warning for an invalid entry will pop up if a student attempts to enter an invalid character. The warning should say “only numeric values are accepted”.
    • Please note that “New Quizzes” is still in Beta and UW-Whitewater recommends the use of the standard quizzing tool.

On Wednesday, January 1st, the New Analytics tool will be set to “On” for all of UW-System, making the Old Analytics tool unavailable. For details on the differences, Instructure has made documentation available.

Office 365 / Google Collaborations are now working as expected in Canvas. If you experience any issues using Collaborations, please contact Canvas 24/7 Support.

If you have any questions or concerns about the service pack updates, please contact UW-W Canvas Support.

Canvas Grading Lab

Have you entered zeros in your gradebook for missing work? Are your assignment groups weighted the same way in Canvas as they are in your syllabus? Have you set your courses Grade Scheme to match your syllabus? Do you need assistance submitting final grades to WINS? During the Fall 2019 final exam period, the LTC will be offering opportunities to work on each of these with local support available.

Canvas Grading Lab 
We will be available to answer your Canvas questions during the sessions below!

DATE/TIMELOCATIONREGISTER
Wednesday, December 18th
1:30 – 4:30pm
McGraw 19c, Whitewater CampusIn-Person Registration
Thursday, December 19th
1:00 – 4:00pm
Allen Hall 03/04, Rock CampusIn-Person Registration

If you have any questions about these sessions, please reach out to the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

November 2019 Canvas Update

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.
  • Dashboard – Unfavorite a Course option: In the Course Card Dashboard, courses can be removed as favorites from the course card Options menu.
  • Pages – Microsoft Immersive Reader: The Microsoft Immersive Reader is being offered in Canvas as a trial feature. This will offer students some basic accessibility options for all Pages in courses. To learn more about this feature, see the Microsoft Immersive Reader website.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

What’s New in Canvas? (10/21/2019)

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.
  • Analytics – New Course and User Analytics: Existing course and user analytics have been replaced with the New Course and User Analytics functionality.

If you have any questions or concerns about the service pack updates, please contact UW-W Canvas Support.

Canvas Workshops – Fall 2019

During the Fall 2019 Semester, the LTC will be offering opportunities to work on and learn about Canvas features.  For self guided assistance, please view the Canvas Service Page.

Canvas Open Lab 
We will be available to answer your Canvas questions during the sessions below! Whether you are working on your current course, or planning for the future – stop on by!

Date/Time Location Register
Tuesday, October 8th
8:00am – 10:00am
McGraw 19c, Whitewater Campus In-Person Registration
Wednesday, October 16th
Noon – 4:00pm
Williams 29, Rock Campus In-Person Registration
Wednesday, October 23rd
2:00pm – 4:00pm
McGraw 19b, Whitewater Campus In-Person Registration
Tuesday November 5th
1:00pm – 3:00pm
McGraw 19c, Whitewater Campus In-Person Registration
Wednesday, November 13th
8:00am – Noon
Williams 29, Rock Campus In-Person Registration
Wednesday, November 20th
10:00am – Noon
McGraw 19b, Whitewater Campus In-Person Registration
Tuesday, December 3rd
Noon – 4:00pm
Williams 29, Rock Campus In-Person Registration
Wednesday, December 4th
1:00pm – 3:00pm
McGraw 19b, Whitewater Campus In-Person Registration

Canvas Deep Dives (1 Hour)
We will focus on a single tool, and dive deep into various options and use cases for how that tool works.

  • Groups: This training will discuss what the toolis, how it differs from what we are use to in D2L, when it should be used, and when it shouldn’t be used.
  • Webex Tools: Webex is usable through Canvas, but does take some initial setup there.  If you are interested in using Webex for your classes, this is the workshop for you.
Event Name Date/Time Location Register
Groups Monday, October 7th
9:00am – 10:00am
McGraw 19c, Whitewater Campus In-Person Registration
Webex Tools Monday, November 18th
9:00am – 10:00am
McGraw 19c, Whitewater Campus In-Person Registration

If you have any questions about these sessions, please reach out to the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

[Resolved] “New Quizzes” Canvas Issue

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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 my courses?

“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.