Instructional Tools News and Updates

A listing of all news and updates pertaining to ISU’s instructional tools.

Canvas Release (October 2020)

In the October 17, 2020 Canvas Release, the Global Navigation Menu includes a Recent History link, the user-level Notifications page has been updated, and the MathJax JS library has been improved to render equations in a more accessible format.

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Canvas Deploy (October 7, 2020)

In the October 7, 2020 Canvas Deploy, the word “Assignment” has been replaced with “Artifact” in the Gradebook history, the Add Group window has an updated design, and the hidden label is not displayed in the grade detail tray of anonymously graded assignments.

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Course conclusion in Canvas

On the evening of Tuesday, September 29th, any course created for a semester prior to Fall 2020 will be concluded. Courses with end dates set in the future will be excluded.

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Using Zoom for class

Although Zoom is not integrated with Canvas, it can still be used to host virtual class sessions. See the Canvas documentation on using Zoom in

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Webex user experience updates

On Sept. 8, Webex Meetings will have a more intuitive and convenient user experience: better buttons, better meeting panels, and targeted updates for upcoming changes.

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Canvas Release (August 2020)

In the August 2020 Canvas Release, these updates became part of the main Canvas environment: Bulk delete pages, Hide the Section Column from students, see all previous Global Announcements.

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Canvas Release (July 2020)

In the July 2020 Canvas Release, many features released during the spring became part of the main Canvas environment: Direct share assignments, Bulk edit due and availability dates, Limit submission attempts on assignments, Enhancements to file uploads in Modules, Course-specific notification muting, Rubrics moved to the course navigation.

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