Canvas Corner: January 2017

Canvas CornerEvery month in Canvas Corner, we discuss the new features and enhancements available in Canvas.
This month, we cover new WalkMe guides, how students can see their attendance, notifications
updates, and expanding quiz questions.

Newly released WalkMe Guides

WalkMe LogoWe recently added some new WalkMe guides to Canvas. WalkMe provides real-time guidance in an easy to follow format by providing on-screen, step-by-step walkthru 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 Add Web Services
  • How to Access your Files in Canvas
  • How to Delete a Quiz
  • How to Get into Qualtrics for the first time
  • How to add a Qualtrics Survey as a Graded Assignment
  • How to view your enrollment in a course section
  • How to move and Assignment or Event on the Calendar

Canvas Updates

Duplicating Canvas Course Content.

To copy your content from a previous course, in your new courses, go to settings. S Select the option to Import Content into this Course. In the Import Content dialog box, select “Copy a Canvas Course” for Content Type. To select the course with the source content, use the “Select a course” dropdown. The courses listed in the dropdown are now sorted in order from newest to oldest terms, then alphabetically by course.

picture showing the import content screen in CanvasPlease Note: The course drop-down menu does not display for users with access to more than 100 courses; users must use the search field to locate a course.


An increase in the number of default dashboard courses.

Canvas has increased the number of courses automatically displayed in the Dashboard and Global Navigation Courses menu from 12 to 20. For times when the Courses menu includes more than 12 courses, the Courses menu will display a scroll bar.

Please Note: Once users customize their courses list, the Dashboard and Global Navigation Courses menu only displays courses marked as a favorite. Customizing the course list means a user has clicked the All Courses link in the Courses menu and favorited at least one course in the Courses list.

Canvas App Updates

Add Attachments to New Messages

picture showing how to add an attachment to an message on mobileUsers can now add attachments to new messages. To attach an item:

  1. Click on the paperclip icon from the compose window.
  2. Select the file you wish to attach.
  3. Click the paper airplane icon when you are ready to send your message.


Multiple Dropdown Questions

The Canvas by Instructure app has been updated to natively support Multiple Dropdown quiz questions.

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Cassidy Porter