Canvas and Technology Updates

  • Canvas has updated their Gradebook (Grades) . While some of the features of the old Gradebook remain the same, new features and enhancements have been added. These new features can make grading more flexible and intuitive, elevating the Gradebook’s overall user experience.

  • Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment in Canvas. When students use LockDown Browser to access a quiz, they are unable to print, copy, visit other websites, access other applications, or close a quiz until it is submitted for grading.

  • The spring 2019 semester will see a change in the current Turnitin assignment configurations. Turnitin and Canvas have recently published a new Plagiarism Framework built to improve the use and functionality inside Canvas. While you will not see any changes in the way Turnitin reports their score, you will notice a difference in the way you configure the assignment.

  • Some new features are immediately available, while a few are feature options and are available for instructors to enable for desired courses.
  • The Dashboard List View displays all course To Do items in an agenda view to help students easily manage tasks across all courses.
  • Instructors can now embed UAB Library Guides in a Canvas course for students to use. Instructors can manually select which library guide and embed in a module or Canvas page or instructors can have Canvas automatically curate which library guide to have available in their course based off the meta data in their course name. Read below for more information.

  • Canvas has released a new feature that allows instructors to view an improved version of the Gradebook. While some of the features of the existing Gradebook remain the same, new features and enhancements are being added. These new features can make grading more flexible and intuitive, elevating the Gradebook’s overall user experience.

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