Between 3:00 AM and 9:12 AM on Thursday, December 5th Turnitin Originality reports through SpeedGrader in Canvas were not available. The issue has now been resolved, and systems are functioning as expected.
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.
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
The Cisco Webex Connector is now available for use in Canvas! The Webex Connector allows you to interact with Webex Meetings and Webex Teams directly from your Canvas course. It can be accessed by clicking on “Cisco Webex” in the course navigation menu.
Inside of Canvas, you can access the “My Media” tool by clicking on the “Account” item on the left global navigation menu, and then by selecting “My Media” from the account menu. Within this interface, you will be able to create, edit, delete and view all of your Kaltura media that exists within Canvas.
From the editing toolbar in Canvas, you can click on the “More Tools” icon highlighted in the image below, and select “My Media” to embed videos in your content.
Can I still use Kaltura CaptureSpace?
Kaltura CaptureSpace has been discontinued as of June 1st, 2019 and is no longer supported by the vendor. There is a new tool called Kaltura Capture which has the same functionality as CaptureSpace. Visit the Kaltura Capture guide to get started.
What if I can’t find all of my media content in Canvas?
If there is video content missing that you had within D2L, contact the Learning Technology Center and we can migrate that over as well. Currently, we only moved over media that was created by instructors and accessed since September 1st, 2018.
Why was it necessary to migrate my media?
With the launch of Canvas, there was also a new Kaltura instance that was put in place by UW-System. This is totally separate from the Kaltura instance that has been connected with D2L.
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.
Between 7:35 PM CDT and 8:20 PM CDT on Sunday, April 28th some users were unable to access Canvas. The Canvas team found an issue with one of their backend services that caused multiple instances to become unresponsive. At this time the issue is resolved and Canvas is operating normally.
The LTC will be offering a full day of rotating workshops on Thursday, May 23rd, 2019. We also have a series of Hands-On Introduction and Canvas Construction Zone sessions scheduled for June. We will continue to offer workshops throughout the summer.
Canvas Hands-On Introduction (2 Hours) – Thursday, May 23rd We will cover the basic function of the core tools in the Canvas platform. There will be time to ask questions throughout the session. We will offer repeats of this workshop all day – so feel free to attend multiple sessions – or drop in at any time. Please register for any sessions that you may attend to help give us an idea for planning. Registration is not required and you are welcome to drop in the day of the event. Remote viewing options will also be available. Light refreshments will be available.
Canvas Hands-On Introduction (2 Hours) We will cover the basic function of the core tools in the Canvas platform. There will be time to ask questions along the way. If this is your first time touching Canvas, this workshop is the one for you!
Canvas Construction Zone (2 Hours) Are you ready to start digging into your course setup? Do you need help straightening up after moving a course from D2L into Canvas? Do you have questions on how to set things up? This is the session for you! This session will be 2 hours of lab time with support staff on hand to help you construct your course in Canvas. Don’t forget your hard hat!
Canvas Open Lab (2 Hours) We will be available to answer your Canvas questions during the sessions below! Whether you are working on your current course, or if you are getting ready to teach in Canvas for the first time – stop on by!
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.
Content: This is delivered on the concept of backwards design driving the look and feel of course setup. It is about taking what you already do and molding a better experience for you and your students.
Quizzes: This will touch on different question types, building in targeted feedback in auto-graded quizzes, and most likely spend the bulk of the time in the Question Bank area to help instructors get a feel for how Canvas Question Bank is different than D2L Question Library.
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.
Discussions: We will look at setup (including threaded vs unthreaded), visibility, the lack of a “Forum” in Canvas (compared to how D2L had it), group setup, and grading.
Grades: Weighting grades, Late policies, Muting Assignments, SpeedGrader, setting a default grade, and setting up extra credit.