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Canvas Feature Updates – October 2023

Rich Content Editor – Color Gradients in the Accessibility Checker Production Environment Availability: 10/11/2023 The Rich Content Editor Accessibility checker does not inspect color gradients when checking contrast requirements. This update improves accuracy of the checker by reducing the occurrence of inaccurate errors. New Quizzes – Locked Quiz Details Production Environment Availability: 10/11/2023 When viewing […]

Turnitin New Similarity Report View

Turnitin’s similarity report has been thoughtfully redesigned with an integrated, intuitive interface and new categorization of match types, making it easier to interpret and use as a formative learning tool to strengthen academic writing skills – View the New Similarity Report. Below are a couple of resources to help get you acclimated to the new […]

The Benefits of Using Centrally Supported Tools

Oftentimes, instructors get overwhelmed by the hundreds of Canvas 3rd Party Tool options available to use in their courses. Canvas 3rd Party Tools are external apps that add functionality to a course which enhance course facilitation through the platform.  However, many of these tools are to be used ‘at your own risk’ with no real […]

VoiceThread Training – Oct. 2023

Join VoiceThread for their free workshops! If you are new to VoiceThread or just want some new ideas, this interactive and hands-on explorations is just what you need. All sessions are led by VoiceThread’s instructional designer and online educator George Haines who will share his expertise to help you get the most from VoiceThread. Using VoiceThread in Canvas – […]

Revolutionizing Course Management: Ellucian ILP Meets Canvas

In collaboration with Administrative Systems & the Registrar’s office, we are thrilled to announce a significant enhancement to our Canvas Learning Management System that will revolutionize the way we manage course data and student information. Starting with the Spring 2024 semester, we will be implementing the Ellucian Intelligent Learning Platform (ILP) to seamlessly integrate our […]

Canvas Feature Updates – September 2023

Outcomes – Question Bank Alignment Calculation Update Production Environment Availability: 9/13/2023 The Average Alignment per Calculation is updated to count question bank alignments as a single alignment regardless of the number of questions. Also, question banks and rubrics are not calculated in the assessable artifact calculations as they must be added to artifacts in order […]

Möbius + OpenStax Webinar

If you are interested in Open Educational Resources (OER), this Möbius + OpenStax Webinar on engaging STEM content is for you! In partnership with OpenStax, we’re hosting a webinar about Transforming STEM Content with Engaging Course Content. This webinar will take place on September 26th, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. EDT – Click on this link to […]

New VoiceThread is Here!

Table of Contents New VoiceThread is simpler, more accessible, and more powerful than ever before. The biggest update in VoiceThread history is ready for you to give it a whirl! There are dozens of new features and enhancements in the New VoiceThread. To see the new commenting features in action, watch this video. Here are […]

Canvas Feature Updates – August 2023

Announcements – Unpublished Course Warning Production Environment Availability: 8/2/2023 When creating an Announcement in an unpublished course, a warning displays that notifications are not sent retroactively. This update clarifies announcement notification expectations in unpublished courses. Announcements – Editing an Announcement Warning Production Environment Availability: 8/2/2023 When editing an Announcement, a warning displays that the user […]

Canvas Third Party Tool Removals: May 2024

The Learning Systems team carried over a number of Third Party Tools available institution-wide in Blackboard to Canvas in 2020. This carryover effort was made to ensure continuity for the VCU community during a transitory period.  For a list of these tools, please see: https://go.vcu.edu/canvas-tools We have since re-evaluated the number of tools installed at […]

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