Canvas Updates

Instructure releases updates to Canvas each month. Some recent updates include: 

  • Modal window from Canvas gradebook to sort by student first and last name

    In the Canvas Gradebook, instructors can sort by first name. With Split Student Names enabled in the View menu, select a sort order from the kebab menu in the column header. Note: the Test Student will remain the last row regardless of sort order.

  • When several files are added at once to a Canvas course, users will receive an email notification that lists the title of each uploaded file. You must have File notifications enabled in your notification preferences

Zoom Updates

To use these updates, users must have the Zoom desktop client 5.14

  • Enhanced caption options include the ability to:
  • New chat message functionality:
    • Users are able to view the main meeting chat message history when they join a breakout room and also view breakout room chat history when they return to the main meeting. See the new meeting chat experience for more information.
Professor Victor Barocas facing forward, writing on Gopher Glass

In a recent Extra Points post, two instructors share their perspectives of Gopher Glass, a large piece of glass illuminated by small LEDs. Gopher Glass is an eye-opening way to diagram and convey complex information. A benefit over a white board is instructors face the learner as they write. Read the blog post in full.

Instructure Seeks Your Input

On Page URLs 

Instructure wants to allow instructors to change the title of a page without worrying about links breaking. Tell them how you use Pages.

On the Direction of Canvas Development 

Canvas Ideas and themes web page with "Themes open for voting" highlighted in red

Instructure has distilled community-generated ideas into 12 'themes.' They are looking to Canvas users to up-vote themes they want prioritized for development in Fall 2023. To provide your input

  1. Sign into the Canvas Community.  
  2. Select the Themes: Open for Voting tab on the Canvas Ideas and Themes page. 
  3. Vote for some or all of the 12 themes by selecting the vote indicator button.

Planning Flexibility for Accessibility in your Teaching

April 18, 2023 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Building flexibility into our courses is an important aspect of inclusive teaching. And identifying how to integrate flexibility into our courses can be challenging, given our disciplinary contexts and workloads. This 90-minute interactive session introduces participants to frameworks related to flexibility in their approach to teaching. The first hour of our session will be recorded, and the final 30 minutes of our session will not be recorded to offer time for open discussion. Register for Planning Flexibility for Accessibility in your Teaching.

Canvas Gradebook: Prepare to submit final grades

May 11, 2023 11:00 am
Academic Technology Support Services (ATSS) staff will be available to address questions about preparing your gradebook. Register for Canvas Gradebook: Prepare to submit final grades.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day

May 18, 2022 9:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m.
Faculty, staff, and students across the University of Minnesota (UMN) are invited to register for Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). In coordination with people and institutions around the globe, join us for a half-day-long online event based on the theme of Amplifying Accessibility. Visit the GAAD event website for more information. 

Self-Paced Online Teaching & Design Program

The Online Teaching & Design program consists of 9 self-paced online modules; you may choose to enroll in as many as you like. In the context of your own instructional goals, you will learn to choose appropriate online strategies and technology tools, and then apply them to your own courses.

  • Online Teaching and Design Program: Badge with person wearing a headset points to laptop connected to others

    Register for the prerequisite course, OTDP: Foundations for Success, to begin your journey. 

  • Once you have completed OTDP: Foundations for Success, you will be eligible to register for other modules in the program.
  • If you choose to earn digital badges, you will complete a final project demonstrating the skills you learned in the modules. Completion of the digital badge projects requires you to have an online or blended course to work on and submit samples of your work.

Register for the Online Teaching & Design Program