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Project update: New features and tools added to Canvas

Project update: New features and tools added to Canvas

  UBC’s Canvas Project Team is excited to provide you with an update on our progress in implementing Canvas. For Winter Term 2, we’ve been focused on improving Canvas functionality, adding new features and tools to Canvas, and transitioning courses over from Connect. New features and tools Following testing and validation, a number of new […]

New Quiz tool now available in beta

New Quiz tool now available in beta

  Canvas’s new Quiz tool, Quizzes.Next, is now available in beta at UBC. Quizzes.Next (beta)—also known as Quizzes LTI and Quizzes 2—can be used alongside the current Quiz tool in any Canvas course. Note: Quizzes.Next is still under development UBC has activated Quizzes.Next (beta) to give instructors and staff the opportunity to experiment with this […]

Project update: Self-Enrol Groups functionality now available

Project update: Self-Enrol Groups functionality now available

We’re excited to announce that the People page has been activated for students. This enables full functionality of Canvas’s Groups tool, including the ability for students to self-enrol into groups. The People page displays the names of students enrolled in a Canvas course, allowing them to create their own online study groups and to self-enrol […]

New Gradebook now available in beta

New Gradebook now available in beta

Canvas’s New Gradebook (currently in beta) is now available to instructors at UBC. The New Gradebook (beta) offers an improved, more intuitive interface and includes additions and changes to functionality when compared with the existing Gradebook. New developments include Persistent sorting: Your last sorting settings (e.g., by last name or total score) will be retained […]

Register now for the all-day Canvas Open Studio (UBC Vancouver)

Register now for the all-day Canvas Open Studio (UBC Vancouver)

  Need a semi-quiet place to plug in and work on your Canvas course? Join us on Thursday, January 4, for the LT Hub’s all-day drop-in Canvas Open Studio. You’re invited to stop by any time between 8:45–3:30 pm to work alongside Canvas experts who can answer all your questions about UBC’s new online course […]

This Thursday: Pose your Canvas questions to a Canvas expert (UBC Vancouver)

This Thursday: Pose your Canvas questions to a Canvas expert (UBC Vancouver)

  Do you have questions about Canvas? A product representative and change management expert from Canvas will be holding a drop-in session from 2:00–4:00 PM this Thursday, December 7 in the Life Sciences Centre, Room #1312. If you’re attending the Teaching with Technology Showcase this Thursday from 4:00–6:00 PM, she will also be on hand […]

Project update: Improved threaded discussions coming to Canvas by Term 2

Project update: Improved threaded discussions coming to Canvas by Term 2

  This past semester, the Canvas implementation team received a number of requests for changes to be made to the way that threaded discussions are displayed in Canvas. We’ve heard your feedback! Before the start of Winter Term 2, we’ll be launching a new and improved look for threaded discussions. Vertical bars will be added […]

View your Canvas course through the eyes of a (test) student

View your Canvas course through the eyes of a (test) student

If you’re new to Canvas and have recently set up an online course, you’ll likely want to take a moment to see how it will look to your students. This can be done through Canvas’s Student View feature. Student View is available in all instructor, TA, and course designer accounts. Access Student View Student View […]

Sharing your feature ideas with Canvas

Sharing your feature ideas with Canvas

According to Instructure—the company that designed and delivers Canvas—95% of the Canvas software releases from the past two years have included features that were originally suggested by users. Thanks to past suggestions, Canvas now allows instructors to edit Global Announcements and message students from the Gradebook. Students also no longer have to worry about accidentally […]

Use Canvas to “Message Students Who…”

Use Canvas to “Message Students Who…”

Picture this. Midterms have just wrapped up, and a surprising number of students in your class have not done as well as you had expected. At the same time, you’ve been getting very few visitors during office hours. What now? Presenting Canvas’s “Message Students Who…” feature. This tool allows instructors to contact all students who […]