On Monday, December 27, 2021, Cisco released updates to the Webex Education Connector in Canvas that redesign the Office Hours experience for both instructors and students.
Instructors now have a clearer view of their office hours settings and availability. In the Weekly Hours tab, instructors configure their weekly availability by setting their preferred meeting duration, meeting buffer, date range, time zone, days of availability, and hours of availability.
A Date range selector has been added that allows instructors to define a consecutive period of time for students to book office hours. Only dates within the date range indicated will be shown to students when scheduling. This provides the flexibility to restrict future bookings to a term, semester, or other time-defined period. In addition, instructors can modify their availability for a specific date without needing to update their general office hours availability, making it possible to reduce their availability on a date, increase their availability on a date, or mark themselves unavailable for an entire date.
The time zone selector allows instructors to set their preferred time zone for office hours meetings. This provides clarity and consistency for students when scheduling meetings. The default time zone for office hours is based on the time zone in the course where an instructor first enables office hours. If instructors are located in a different time zone, they can update the time zone for all their office hours.
Students must now first select their instructor before available time slots are displayed, making it clear with which instructor a student is scheduling time.
On Saturday, November 20, 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.
Assignments — Submission Feedback Indicator: In the Assignment Details page, the Show Rubric and View Feedback links indicate when new comments have been added as an annotation or in a rubric.
Settings — Settings Tab URL Links: The Account and Course Settings tabs support independent URL references. This change allows users to remain in a specific tab after a Settings page is refreshed.
SpeedGrader – Assignment Text Entry Word Count: The word count for assignment text submissions is displayed in SpeedGrader.
Beginning on December 1st, 2021 all video files that are created and uploaded into Kaltura through Canvas will have caption files automatically generated. For additional details, please review our blog post on this topic.
If you have any questions or concerns about the service pack updates, or even just curious about how they can help you, please contact UW-W Canvas Support.
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What is LinkedIn Learning?
LinkedIn Learning is a video- based learning platform available to all UW-W faculty, staff, and students, that offers the latest academic, creative, business, and wellness skill development through high-quality instructional videos by industry experts. Often these courses are accompanied by exercise files, handouts, and other resources to support your growth.
Join us on December 6, 2021 at 2:00PM for a workshop on ways to integrate LinkedIn Learning’s on-demand video tutorials into your course content! We’ll explore what’s available, how to use it, and several use cases for in classroom activities. LinkedIn Learning can supplement courses with lectures, materials, and customized playlists.
Web App Attendee Functionality: Attendees, hosts, and cohosts who join from the Web App will see greater parity in functionality for answering Q&A, video layouts, and syncing their stage.
Stop Video for Attendees: Meeting hosts can now stop video coming from video devices and mobile attendees. When any of these attendees leave and re-join the meeting, their video will start, even if it had been stopped previously by the host.
Share Post-Meeting Content to the Webex (Teams) App: From the post-meeting web page, share meeting content to an existing or newly created space in Webex (Teams) to continue collaborating.
Recording Availability Indicator Icon: Your Recorded Meetings page will now display within how much time the recording will be generated, which is typically within 24 hours, depending on file size and bandwidth.
Tool Tip for Customizing the Stage: Participants will see animated tool tip in the stage views to quickly show how they can customize the stage by drag and dropping participants from the filmstrip onto the stage.
Webex Events (New)Now Available: This update brings a new service called Webex Events (New), which includes many of the advanced features you’re familiar with from Webex Meetings, as well as some from Webex Events (Classic). When scheduling a Webex Event, you will have the option to use the New or Classic service.
Look for training and additional resources to be available soon!
You may see this highlighted next time you sign in to uww.webex.com with a walk-through.
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Webex (Teams) 41.5 Update
Full-Featured Meetings: When you join a Webex Meetings scheduled or Personal Room meeting using Webex (Teams), you’ll have access to full-featured meetings, which offers you most of the Webex Meetings features even when you join from Webex (Teams). These features include stage view, breakout sessions, reactions, Webex Assistant, and People Insights profiles.
Webex (Teams) meetings from a space will remain unchanged at this time. Mobile users will see Webex Meetings launch when they join.
Schedule Webex meetings right from the app: No need to go outside the app to schedule your standard and Personal Room meetings. Add important meeting details, check the availability of the attendees, and send out the invites right from the Webex (Teams) app.
Additional In-Meeting features: No more self view when your video is off; shared content is automatically optimized; a new Stop Sharing button for ease; new connection and computer indicators will help meeting quality; and the ability for hosts to turn off attendees videos will improve Webex (Teams) meetings.
Messaging Updates: Mark messages as unread, move quickly between spaces you’ve visited with navigation history, and choose your default tab when the app opens.
Webex now on Linux: All the core capabilities are in a single app for Linux users, with the full-featured meetings to be added soon.
On Thursday, March 25th starting at 3:00 AM Instructure will be performing maintenance on Canvas. The maintenance is expected to take no longer than 60 minutes. Canvas may be unavailable during this maintenance. Please plan your course work accordingly.
Issue Resolved. Cisco Webex support was able to correct the issue over the weekend. Joining Webex Meetings from the web browser is now working as expected.
What’s the issue?
Students joining a Webex Meeting from Canvas using the web browser are currently prompted for a meeting password. This password is not available to the student and they will not be able to join using the web browser. Students joining using the Webex Desktop App or Webex Apps on mobile devices are not impacted by this issue.
What’s the workaround?
Students using Chromebooks must use workaround 2 below. Please contact your instructor for the direct Webex meeting link.
Workaround 1: We recommend students download and join using the Webex Desktop App. This will provide the best user experience for the student during the meeting. Additional information is available at: Download the Cisco Webex Meetings Desktop App.
Cisco Webex Support has notified us that this is scheduled to be fixed on April 7th with the Webex 41.4 software release. Cisco Webex Support was able to deploy a patch on March 13th which corrected the issue. Joining Webex meetings from Canvas using your web browser is now working as expected.
We are in the process of moving our documentation, tutorials, and how-to pages from spaces.uww.edu into ServiceNow. As the pages are moved and complete, a redirect message with the updated link will be placed on the old pages. The old pages will continue to work through the Spring 2021 semester.
The New Rich Content Editor is an update to the previous Canvas Rich Content Editor. It provides a condensed, more intuitive toolbar that is grouped by common icons and interactions. We will be enabling the New Rich Content Editor on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020.
We have scheduled 30 minute training sessions if you are interested in learning more about the New Rich Content Editor.
Animated In-Meeting Reactions (Available Tuesday, November 17th). Express yourself non-verbally with in meeting reactions. All participants in the meeting can see and use these reactions.
Breakout Sessions Screen Sharing Updates (Available Tuesday, November 17th). Adds the ability to share your screen with “Optimize for motion and video” and “Share computer audio” within the breakout session.
Host or Cohost Can Lower a Participant’s Hand. Simply hover over their raised hand in the participants panel and click “Lower hand.”
Automatic Notification When Talking on Mute. Webex Meetings and Webex Events will now let you know if you’re talking while on mute. You can press and hold the space bar to temporarily unmute yourself.
Request for Post-Meeting Emails to Contain Details on Meeting Usage. After the meeting, hosts will receive a summary with a list of top participants who attend their meeting, along with join time, join duration and connection type.
Continue Live Streaming Even After a Crash. An updates has been made to the Windows and Mac Meetings Apps to allow the live streaming to continue, even if the host’s network disconnects or the computer crashes. As long as there is one participant the stream will continue.
Improved Video Quality for Grid View.
Enable Digital Automatic Gain Control (DAGC) for Webex Meetings. Increase audio levels on lower microphone inputs and decrease the audio level as needed to prevent echo.
iOS 14 Widget Support. Mobile iOS 14 OS users will now be able to use a Webex Meetings widget on their iPhone or iPad app screens.
iPhone 12 Official Support. Apple’s new iPhone 12 devices are now officially supported.
Android R Support. The new Android R operating system is officially supported.
Here are some of the additional highlights that were included in the 40.10 update, which was released in October.
Hide Meeting Controls. You can now hide the bottom control bar in Webex Meetings and Webex Events by hovering over the control bar to review the “Hide Control bar” button, or by going to the View menu at the top and unchecking the “Show Meeting Controls” options.
Introducing the Dark Theme. You can now choose whether you want to view the meeting window in the standard Light Theme or the new Dark Theme, available from the View menu.
Remove Background Noise from Meetings and Events. When the “Remove background noise” setting is turned on, your desktop app will remove your barking dog or home improvement project noise, while enhancing your voice.
New Advanced Video Settings. An “Advanced Video Settings” area is now available below the Camera tab of the desktop app for Windows and Mac.
Hardware acceleration for video (Windows only) – This setting reduces the load on the main system processor when possible by off-loading video processing to dedicated hardware when available.
Automatic adjustment of camera brightness (Windows and Mac) – This setting is used to enable or disable automatic camera brightness adjustments. This option improves the visibility of content captured by the camera.
Video capture (Windows only) – This setting allows for the selection of the Microsoft Framework to be used for camera capture.
Easy to find Mute All and Unmute All Buttons. The Mute all and Unmute all buttons are easier to find, right at the bottom of the Participants panel.
Allow Participants to Unmute Themselves. In this update, hosts and cohosts can now choose whether or not participants are allowed to unmute themselves. When this setting is unchecked, participants’ “Unmute” buttons will be disabled.
Mute All with Mute on Entry. When you click “Mute all,” it will also turn on “Mute on Entry” by default to make sure that anyone joining the meeting late will also be muted from that point forward. You can still choose to turn on or off “Mute on Entry” independently.
Unmute and Audio Privacy. Now, when a host or cohost unmutes a participant, that participant will be given a prompt to unmute, instead of being unmuted directly. This helps to prevent meeting distractions or catching others by surprise if they weren’t expecting to be unmuted.
Additional Mute Controls in Meetings Scheduler.
25 Video Systems Displayed in Meetings Desktop Grid View. In this update, users will be able to see the video from all 25 video system users in the 5×5 Grid view layout.
iOS and Android Grid View Support for up to 5×5 (landscape) and 3×7 (portrait). Meetings mobile app users will now be able to experience 5×5 grid view (landscape mode) and 3×7 grid view (portrait mode) on their tablets, including iPads and Chromebooks!
Official Support for Apple Pencil iOS 14. iOS users can now officially use their Apple Pencil to annotate on content directly from the iOS device, while in a Webex Meeting.
Support for Mirror Self-Video. Mobile app users can now mirror their self-video, including their virtual backgrounds, similar to desktop app users.
Android Dual camera support. Android users will now be able to use Dual Camera support to view the area in front of them using the back camera, while they remain on self-video using their front camera.