What's New in UNM Canvas
UNM Canvas Implementation Updates
- In order to accommodate development in late-ending courses, Temp courses for each term will now close (become Read Only) on the first day of the following term instead of two weeks after the end of the full term for the Temp course. For example, Fall 2022 Temp courses will now close on 1/16/23, which is the start date for the Spring 2023 term (instead of closing on 12/31/22).
- UNM Canvas was added to a list of systems that IT implemented an interim workaround solution to address business continuity needs. Most HSC users (that also have UNM Main NetIDs) will be able to sign into UNM Canvas seamlessly with their HSC username and password.
- The Anonymous Grading Feature Option is now available which provides an optional checkbox instructors can select within Assignment details. Selecting the Anonymous Grading checkbox hides student names from graders when they view assignment submissions in SpeedGrader.
- The Moderating Grading Feature Option is now available. It is disabled by default; to enable it, within your course go to Settings > Feature Options and change the state for ‘Moderated Grading’ to ‘Enabled’. Moderated grading allows multiple reviewers to grade student work and create draft or provisional grades for an assignment. For each moderated submission, the user set as the moderator is the only user who can specify the final grade for each assignment. Note: Once an assignment has been set as a moderated assignment, the option cannot be disabled once submissions have been received.
- The iClicker integration is now available to use in Canvas. Instructors will need to build their course in the iClicker Cloud instructor website to sync iClicker data and rosters with Canvas. Instructors will also need to download the iClicker Cloud desktop software to run synchronous Polling, Quizzing, and Attendance activities. The old application instructors used with Learn will not work.
- Spring 2022 courses have been bulk migrated to Canvas. For more information about migrated courses, visit the Migration Options page.
- Respondus 4.0 (test creation tool) is now available to use in Canvas. This is different than the Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor (virtual exam integrity tool), which has been available since April 2022.
- Section Groups are now available in UNM Canvas for instructors who wish to merge two or more sections into a single Canvas course. Section Group requests should be submitted at least one week before your class will start. Visit our Section Groups page for more information, including important caveats to consider when grouping and the major differences between Learn and Canvas Section Groups.
- Ally is a content accessibility tool that is now integrated with Canvas. It provides feedback to instructors on items in their course and how to make them more accessible. It also generates alternative formats for students to view content.
- RedShelf is a textbook aggregator tool that is now integrated with Canvas. It is used to provide access to Inclusive Access course materials instructors set up with the UNM Bookstore.
- The ability to have SCORM content is now available. Please see our warning on the SCORM page before loading any SCORM packages in Canvas.
- Several publisher integrations have been added to Canvas. These are primarily used with the UNM Bookstore's Inclusive Access program:
- Banner courses for Summer and Fall 2022 are now available in UNM Canvas for instructors to develop or copy from a Temp course. Online and hybrid courses are automatically added to the system, and web-enhancement is available for face-to-face courses. Section Grouping is not yet available. If you are an instructor and plan to group your sections in Canvas, we strongly recommend you develop content in a Temp Course until the Section Group Request Form is ready. If you only build in your Banner course, you will lose access to that content in the original course once the sections get grouped. Courses are added to UNM Canvas in an “unpublished” state. Students will have access to courses in Canvas once instruction is scheduled to begin and the instructor publishes the course.
- Respondus LockDown Browser (and Monitor) is a virtual exam integrity tool that is now integrated with Canvas.
- LibGuides are subject, course, and topic guides created and curated by UNM librarians that you can now integrate within your Canvas courses.
- Personal Pronouns: Users now have the ability to select personal pronouns inside of Canvas. Note: Currently, personal pronouns do not sync with the Banner/LoboWeb but the pronoun choices in Canvas will match with available options in LoboWeb.
- The Zoom web-conferencing system is now integrated with Canvas.
Now available in Canvas for instructors
- Temp Courses are temporary course shells that instructors can use to start building their courses or to clean up migrated courses that they want to use in a future semester in Canvas.
- Migrated Courses are courses that were migrated from Learn that instructors can copy to reuse for a future Canvas course. For more information on which were bulk migrated or how to request an older course be migrated, please see our Migration Options page.
- Kaltura media service integration
Canvas New Releases and Updates (from vendor)
Canvas is a cloud-hosted system with multiple updates per month. Below we have collected some resources on updates that may impact instructors and students. These will help you get the most up-to-date information about Canvas.
Canvas Release and Deploy Notes (User Summaries)
Use the links below to access Canvas’ latest release notes.
Please note that there will be differences in our instance of Canvas. Some tools may not be available in our UNM Canvas instance and the system may be configured differently in some areas, especially when it comes to available course settings that interact with Banner data.
Additional New Features
Some new features in Canvas do not get included in the regular Canvas release and deploy notes and instead have their own set of release notes and user groups. Below is a list of the current new features and resources for those.
New Quizzes is a quiz engine that integrates with Canvas as an LTI tool and replaces the Classic Quizzes functionality that has historically been used in Canvas. This feature is turned on as an option in UNM Canvas. When building a quiz in a course, you will have the option to choose between a Classic Quiz or New Quiz. Visit our New Quizzes page for more information.
New Quizzes: Join the User Group | View the latest Release Notes
Assignment Enhancements is an update to the Classic Assignment Details page that improves the assignment interface and submission workflow for students. This is the default option enabled across all courses in UNM Canvas, but instructors can choose to revert back to the older assignment interface if needed.
Assignment Enhancements: Join the User Group | View the latest Release Notes
New Analytics allows instructors to track average course grades for student submissions using an interactive chart graph or table. Data is for viewing only and cannot directly be changed. This is the default and only option enabled across all courses in UNM Canvas. The older analytics tool is not available in our instance.
New Analytics: Join the User Group | View the latest Release Notes