Instructional Tools News and Updates

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

Canvas: Media organization, Student View Button

Newly recorded media is stored in the Files system and the Student View button displays as an icon in the top-right corner of supported individual Canvas pages. Effective December 19, 2020.

Canvas: Grade Change Activity Log

Grade Change Activity log supports multi-parameter search fields to allow for more granular search functionality. Effective November 21, 2020.

Canvas: Update on New Quizzes Implementation

The ISU Learning Technology Change Advisory Board continues to monitor the progress and development of the Canvas New Quizzes tool. Effective October 19, 2020. Updated January 8, 2021.

Canvas: Recent History, Notifications, Equations

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. Effective October 17, 2020.

Canvas: Gradebook History, Groups, Grade Detail Tray

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. Effective October 7, 2020.

Top Hat: Virtual Classroom Features

Vvirtual classroom features will be enabled in Top Hat to provide additional options for remote delivery. Effective September 30, 2020.

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.

Using Zoom for class

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

Canvas: New Analytics

New Analytics gains the ability to create CSV reports. Effective September 19, 2020.

Webex: User Experience Updates

Webex Meetings will have a more intuitive and convenient user experience: better buttons, better meeting panels, and targeted updates for upcoming changes. Effective September 8, 2020.

Canvas: Terms of Use FAQ

Find answers to some of the more frequently asked questions pertaining to the use of Canvas at Iowa State University.