What's new in Canvas?

To view recent updates and changes in Canvas, follow the links below.

Staff can access Canvas by going to canvas.ox.ac.uk and logging in using their Single Sign On (SSO) username and password.

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You can now create a Microsoft Teams Class with all the same users added as are enrolled on your Canvas course.  

You can also schedule a Microsoft Teams meeting from inside your Canvas course, and automatically invite all the enrolled users. The Microsoft Teams meeting will then appear in the enrolled users calendars in Outlook and Teams. 

Users will benefit from all the functionality available when arranging Microsoft Teams meetings outside of the integration, ie the ability to allocate students to breakout rooms, recording, using Whiteboards, survey software. Students will also be able to locate chat information and other resources as previously.  

Please note that the changes will not be automatically enabled in Canvas. Full instructions on how to switch on one or both functions can be found on the Microsoft Teams integration page of the Guides to using Canvas at Oxford.  

You can now update notifications for individual courses from your central account making it even easier to customise them for your preferences.

The Immersive Reader is now available in more parts of Canvas.

Graders can now change the submission status for a student’s assignment directly in SpeedGrader. The following link provides an overview and further links to a Q&A and usage video: Canvas Release Notes (2021-10-16) - Instructure Community (canvaslms.com)

This new feature enables Canvas users to select and import one of the new inclusive teaching course templates from Canvas Commons at the course creation stage.

As a user, if a new course is created, a generic message now appears as a prompt to import prepared templates so that users are aware of/reminded of the functionality available to them. 

The new calendar sync tool can be used to import your Canvas calendar into another calendar (eg Google or Outlook), integrating ‘due dates’ and other events into any calendar used regularly.

You can also export your Canvas calendar to PDF or Word, and easily print or save your calendar event and share with others.

‘Oxford Terms and Dates’ is the latest addition to the Canvas calendar and will allow users to add the University term names and week numbers to their personal Canvas calendar, helping to keep better track of the academic year within the calendar itself. 

Details of all the changes can be found in the Oxford Canvas guides.

Several bespoke templates have been created for use in Canvas courses. 

Templates simplify course creation and deliver a consistent student experience, offering a standardised format that can be customised to suit the needs of individual departments and courses.

They also incorporate recommendations on accessibility and inclusive teaching, including suggested teaching and learning activities.

Please visit Canvas templates guidance to find out more. 

New roles have been created in Canvas for staff working primarily in undergraduate, admissions and outreach settings. 

The roles come with additional permissions for safeguarding, such as the prohibition of messaging to individual course members and students being prevented from viewing the user list. Roles U18-Student and U18-Teacher can be found in the ‘8HB0SZ Undergraduate admissions and outreach’ sub-account.

Please see Canvas Roles for Use in Oxford for more information. 

The Manage Sections tool has been designed to help users to manage section enrolment in Canvas more efficiently.

Users are able to see the list of course members and the list of members in each section. It is also possible to add a new section within the tool. Drag and drop functionality lets users quickly move course members into the relevant section(s) or remove them from a section. Protections are in place to prevent course members assigned to a section via the Oxford Groups (Group Enrolment) tool being removed from the relevant section.

Staff interested in sections will also find the guidance on Groups helpful.

The new functionality is available to users who already have access to Canvas functionality to manage section enrolments in the People page. This will usually, but not exclusively, be Local Canvas Coordinators and Unit Administrators.




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