Canvas Corner: July 2017 Edition

Every month in Canvas Corner, we discuss the new features and enhancements available in Canvas.Canvas Corner
This month, we cover duplicating assignments and pages, new font sizes, Inviting Observers to Conferences, and WalkMe guides.

Canvas Updates

Duplicating Assignments

You can duplicate any assignments from the Assignments index page. To copy one of your assignments, click on the Settings menu drop down and select Duplicate. The name of the assignment will automatically be appended with the word “Copy.”

A picture that shows the gear icon menu with the option "duplicate" highlighted

By default, the duplicated assignment are unpublished. All items in the assignment are duplicated including the name, description, point value, and options, except for the following situations:

  • Copied peer review assignments retain the peer review setting and Assign Review date, but the number of reviews per user will be set to zero.
  • Copied assignments are always assigned to everyone in the course; differentiated assignments are not retained for individual users, groups, or sections.
    • If a differentiated assignment includes an “Everyone Else” date, the copied assignment retains the Everyone Else due date, if any.
    • If a differentiated assignment does not include an “Everyone Else” date, the copied assignment does not include a due date.
    • Copied external tool (LTI) assignments may need to be reconfigured.

Please Note: Canvas assignments cannot be duplicated for discussions and quizzes and do not feature a Duplicate option in the Settings menu. Instructure plans to add this feature in a future release.

Pages Duplication

Just like Assignments, Pages can now be duplicated in the Pages index page. To copy one of your assignments, click on the Settings menu drop down and select Duplicate. Like duplicated assignments, the name of the assignment will automatically be appended with the word “Copy.”

A picture that shows the gear icon menu with the option "duplicate" highlighted

By default, the duplicated page will be unpublished. All items in the page are duplicated including the page name, content, and options.

If a page is used in MasteryPaths, the MasteryPaths setting is also enabled in the copied page. Additionally, any MasteryPaths page also displays in the Assignments index page.

Canvas Font Size Update

The base font size in Canvas has been increased from 14 pixels to 16 pixels. By making the base font size larger, Instructure is improving accessibility and text legibility. Also, all other font sizes have been increased accordingly.

Please note: Some Canvas areas using multiple text components may still display smaller font sizes. Instructure designers are still adjusting CSS for these areas and will update them in future releases.

Inviting Observers to Conferences

Observers can be invited to participate in course conferences with all course members or individually. In the Conferences creation page, the Invite All Course Members default includes observer enrollments. Observers can be individually added or removed from a conference invitation by deselecting the checkbox.

WalkMe Guides

WalkMe LogoWe recently added some new WalkMe guides to Canvas. WalkMe provides real-time guidance that is easy to follow by providing on-screen, step-by-step guidance that you can utilize to complete any task successfully. To access a WalkMe guide, simply click on the Canvas WalkThru menu and type in a question or task, then follow along as WalkMe shows you where to click, what settings to choose, and explains the options.

Here are some new WalkMe guides we’ve added to Canvas:

  • How to view course analytics
  • How to view the course access report for a student
  • How to auto-open an inline preview of a document
  • How to duplicate an assignment
  • How to duplicate a page

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ExamSoft Retires on July 1, 2017.

ExamsoftOver the past few months, Academic Computing Services and your Academic Technology Services Directors (ATSD) have communicated with University faculty that SMU has ended its partnership with ExamSoft as of July 1, 2017. After that date, faculty will not have access to your exams, assessments, or question bank data. We would like to remind you again to retrieve any data or questions from ExamSoft before July 1, 2017. If you need help with this contact your ATSD or the IT Help Desk at 214-768-HELP. Continue reading ExamSoft Retires on July 1, 2017.

Creating a Canvas Assignment using Kaltura’s Video Quiz Feature

KalturaIf you haven’t yet checked out SMU’s video management tool, Kaltura, a third-party video capture tool which is integrated with Canvas, you should. It’s fairly straightforward and easy to use. You can find a quickstart guide and information on how to create a video quiz at smu.edu/kaltura.  I created a video quiz recently and was amazed at how simple the process of using a video for quizzing can be. Continue reading Creating a Canvas Assignment using Kaltura’s Video Quiz Feature

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