Below is a text-only version of the November 2021 Edition of the Canvas@UD Newsletter.

November 2021 EDITION

University of Delaware

New Course Data Retention Process

Time to read: 2 minutes

A new LMS Guidelines, Practices, and Procedures resource has been created to govern the administration and use of Canvas at the University. All faculty should read this resource as it includes a new Course Data Retention process which defines how we will conclude old Canvas courses in 2022. The first courses to be concluded will be the old migrated Sakai sites on February 1, 2022.

Review the new Course Data Retention process.

What’s New: Winter and Spring Course Availability

Time to read: 2 minutes

Winter courses in Canvas were created as of November 9 and spring courses are tentatively scheduled to be created on December 7. Instructors should log into Canvas after these dates to check their Canvas Dashboard to see if their courses have been created correctly.

Here’s how you can prepare for your courses each semester.

What’s New: Classic Quizzes vs. New Quizzes (Part 2)

Time to read: 5 minutes

As Classic Quizzes moves toward a planned deprecation, it is recommended that users begin exploring New Quizzes or migrate and verify a few Classic Quizzes to become familiar with the changes prior to the transition.

Read Classic Quizzes vs. New Quizzes (Part 2) to better understand the differences and the timeline.

What’s New: Canvas Discussions Redesign

Time to read: 3 minutes

To enhance the Discussions tool, Canvas recently introduced the Discussions Redesign project which incorporates many community feature requests. Starting December 17, 2021, an early-access release will be available to enable in your courses.

Learn more about these enhancements.

Did you know?

  • Final Reminder: Migrate any UD Capture videos created before 2019 to the new platform by December 10, 2021. Any videos not migrated by the deadline will be retired and can no longer be accessed. Review this guide to learn how to migrate older videos, as well as how to share, edit, and embed videos in the new platform.
  • Request UD Capture Classroom recording for your winter courses by Tuesday, December 21, 2021 and spring courses by Thursday, February 3, 2022 to ensure your first sessions are recorded. Requests made afterwards will be honored but may be delayed.
  • We have a new form for the Miscellaneous Site Request. It is still listed under Canvas forms on the Canvas Gateway page, but if you have bookmarked or saved the old form, make sure you update the link.
  • UD Zoom users are required to update their Zoom Client software to ensure it is no more than nine months behind the current version at any given time. You will be blocked from joining meetings if your software version is older than nine months. This change became effective Nov 1, 2021. The next scheduled update will occur on January 3, 2022. All users must have version 5.6.0 or higher. Visit the How to Update Zoom page for detailed instructions.
  • Without proper security settings, your Zoom meetings are at risk of Zoombombing (disruption from uninvited guests) and other potential security issues. Enable one or more of the following security settings to help protect your University-related Zoom meetings: UD AuthenticationPasscodeWaiting room, or Registration. Visit our Zoom security page often to read about Zoom security best practices and important updates.


Coming this winter!

Innovative Teaching Strategies
4-week workshop for instructors: January 3 to January 28, 2022

Keep Calm Teach On (KCTO):
A just-in-time workshop series for instructors: January 31, 2022 to February 4, 2022


We have a variety of other upcoming workshops in November and December. Check out our workshop calendar to learn more and register.