Canvas @ UD Newsletter

May 29 – June 2: External LTI Tools update

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On the week of May 29th there will be updates to several third-party tools currently integrated into Canvas: Perusall, Flatworld Homework, McGraw Hill ALEKS, McGraw Hill Campus, McGraw Hill Campus-Online (in Graduate Online Programs only), Vista Higher Learning, and Anthology Ally.
Learn more about the update and the steps you may need to take to ensure a seamless transition.

Did you know you can add more features to your courses?

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Canvas is continually creating new features to improve your experience, and there are many features available now that you may not know about—and that you must opt-in to use.
Check out our new webpage to learn more about how to activate these features.

What’s New

  • August 2023: fall 2017 through summer 2018 Canvas course sites will be concluded
    Fall 2017 through summer 2018 Canvas course sites will conclude the week of August 21, 2023, as part of the course data retention process. This process helps faculty and students clear old courses out of their All Courses list. Remember, you will not be able to access these sites after they are concluded to obtain course content, student submissions, or grading information. Review the steps to prepare for the conclusion of these course sites.
  • July 2023: New Quizzes feature option enabled for all fall courses.
    New Quizzes will be enabled by default in all courses beginning with fall 2023 course site creation in late July. Opt-in will no longer be required, and this change will only cause a tool selection option to be displayed when creating a quiz. For more information about this transition, see Canvas New Quizzes Transition Update.
  • April 25: Summer course sites created
    Review Canvas Course Information for a New Term for information about how to check for your courses, make change requests, and prepare to teach this summer.
  • Need help wrapping up for the semester? Check out these Canvas@UD resources to help tame the end-of-semester chaos: End of Term ChecklistEnd-of-Semester Grading Tips, and How to manage student course access.
  • New Zoom Features: An enhanced Zoom meeting chat experience awaits with several new features including automatic save and the ability for participants to send screenshots, interact with emojis, and delete messages live during meetings. Zoom’s new Q&A feature allows participants to ask questions during the meeting, and for the host and co-hosts to answer their questions either privately, for everyone, or mark them to be answered live. After the meeting has ended, you can generate a Q&A report for further analysis.

Did you know?

  • June 1: Request UD Capture Classroom recording for your summer courses to ensure your first classroom sessions are recorded. Requests made afterward Thursday, June 1 will be honored but may be delayed.
  • August 7: Poll Everywhere will end support for Windows operating systems prior to Windows 10 and PowerPoint versions prior to PowerPoint 2016. Questions? Contact the UD Poll Everywhere Team.
  • ON Cultivating Student Engagement in Higher Ed, a podcast originally produced by Dr. Katy Berkow, former Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems at the University of Delaware, will continue under the expert guidance of Dr. Lauren Kelley, an instructional designer in IT Academic Technology Services. The reimagined podcast will still provide teaching perspectives related to instructors and students, but will shift toward ways that technology and innovation add value to the teaching and learning practice.
  • We are excited to announce the launch of the Paul J. Rickards, Jr. Teaching Innovation Grant. This program will support instructors with innovative ideas to develop and implement teaching strategies that enhance student learning and engagement. Proposals from educators across all disciplines and areas of expertise are welcome. Submit your project proposal through the short application form.


Innovative Teaching Strategies: June 12 – 29
If you are looking for ideas to freshen up your courses by incorporating new strategies or educational technology tools, join us for the Innovative Teaching Strategies workshop from June 12 to June 29, 2023, or request a custom cohort session. Learn more about the ITS workshop and register.

Keep Calm Teach On (KCTO): August
Mark your calendars for KCTO Summer 2023, a just-in-time workshop series for instructors, returning in August. Visit the KCTO website for updates.We have a variety of upcoming workshops including a new topic, Canvas Course Analytics. Both in-person and virtual workshops are available.

Check out our workshop calendar to learn more and register. Workshops can also be customized to your department or program!