Canvas Tip of the Week (11 November 2019)

New Release features 11/16/19


Not a traditional “Canvas Tip of the Week” this week, but some specific Canvas information that I did want to pass along.  Every third or fourth Friday, Canvas releases a series of updates to their platform.  Most of those updates go unnoticed, and even those that we do notice (such as those new icons by the course menu), don’t impact us that much.

However, this coming Friday the Canvas update will be a little more significant, so I wanted to share this summary with you.  It’s a great release with features that I think will be very helpful.

View video here along with notes below.

Help Menu-New feature

The Help Menu includes a new training portal link for admin-, instructor-, and designer-based roles in North America. This new training portal contains complimentary self-paced training resources and provides one-click registration for Subscription Training Webinars. The Training Services Portal is hosted in Bridge, a tool built and administered by Instructure.

Dashboard-New feature

In the Course Card Dashboard, courses can be removed as favorites from the course card Options menu.

Plagarism Icons in the Gradebook

For plagiarism tools, plagiarism reports display in the Gradebook as below screenshot. The New Gradebook will be released on 1/18/20.  More info to follow as we get closer to the release date

Microsoft Immersive Reader

This feature creates a reading experience that adds accessibility and comprehension for learners of all ages and abilities. 

Rich Content Editor Interface Enhancements

The Rich Content Editor is deprecated. The New Rich Content Editor is available for institutions to enable in their courses. The toolbar includes a condensed, more intuitive look. Toolbar menus are grouped by common icons and interactions.

The following enhancements are included with this feature update:

  • The Rich Content Editor expands to the full width of the browser
  • The toolbar includes a condensed, more intuitive look
  • Toolbar menus are grouped by common icons and interactions
  • The content sidebar only displays when linking to other parts of Canvas, accessing Canvas files, or accessing uploaded media
  • Image and media additions include drag and drop; images include an Unsplash search and content auto-scaling
  • The Keyboard shortcut, Accessibility Checker, and HTML Editor icons have moved to the bottom of the editor next to the word count. Additionally, the Rich Content Editor window can be resized using the Move handle below the window.

Michael K. Barbour, Ph.D.
Fellow, Center for Innovative Learning and Teaching (Touro University Western Division)