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Some Chrome users need to clear cache in order to view certain Canvas content

Canvas Status Update
Some Chrome users need to clear cache in order to view certain Canvas contentSince the release Oct 18, we’ve seen reports from some Chrome users that they’re unable to view discussion responses, see a list of files in a course’s Files section, edit / view pages, etc. In every case reported to us so far, clearing browser cache once has solved the problem entirely, for all Canvas content. The issue only seems to affect some Chrome users, not all. It does not seem to matter which version of Chrome.  If you experience these symptoms (Chrome, can’t see certain content) try clearing your Chrome cache.

We’ve reported this problem to our engineering team. Ideally, they’ll be able to push a global fix—but we haven’t identified a root cause yet, and this might prove to be an issue that can’t be addressed for all users from here.


Canvas Support

Notification and Communications Preferences in Canvas

You and your students can control the destination and frequency of the notifications Canvas sends out to you.  Canvas pushes out notifications for a wide variety of activities and events that occur in a Canvas course.  Your notifications will come to your email address right away by default, but you can edit how often these notifications come to you, and choose to get them somewhere else, like a text to your mobile phone, a tweet on Twitter, a message in Facebook or LinkedIn, etc.

NotifPrefsWith the explosion of social media and mobile electronic devices, we live in an increasingly connected world. Canvas understands that, and gives you a wide variety of communication options to keep you connected to your courses and your students.  Notification Preferences allow you to select how and when you want to be notified when various events occur within your course. This same functionality is extended to students, so they’ll be notified whenever there is a change in a due date, an updated assignment, or a message sent from within Canvas. You can access written documentation and information and watch the eLearning screencasts on eLearning’s Notifications and Communication Preferences page.

The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, be sure to visit Canvas One Stop.

Canvas Draft State Features Now Available

Canvas has implemented a new Draft State feature set that allows instructors to publish or unpublish course content.  It allows instructors to hide access to course content by making it published or unpublished.  The unpublished feature is available in assignments, quizzes, pages, discussions, and modules.  Unpublished course content is not visible to students and is excluded from course grade calculations. Imported content previously published in another Canvas course will be in the Published state in the new, destination course.  New assignments, quizzes, pages, discussions, and modules created by instructors will be in the Unpublished state until the grey cloud is clicked to publish it.

Draft state has also added significant new user-interface elements in Canvas. One of the most noticeable of these is the new interface for the Pages tool.  When clicking on Pages from the course tools menu users will be taken to the Front Page of the course as before, but they will also have a View All Pages link in the upper left corner.  This will open a list of all the pages in the course, and allow instructors to publish or unpublish, edit the name, and designate which page is the course Front Page right from there.  Check out this link for

 Additional information and comprehensive screencast

Draft State screen

Creative Canvas Course Contest (C-4) Winners available for review

Last Spring, the Center for Teaching and Learning’s second annual Creative Canvas Course Contest (C-4) saw students nominate Canvas courses from almost every department that they felt were intuitive and easy to navigate, provided convenient access to information and materials they needed, and offered resources and activities that helped them succeed in that class.

After the results came in, some of the nine winners (listed below) have graciously agreed to provide short video course tours so that others can see and learn from the design features of their well-received Canvas courses. 

 Congratulations to:

  •  Lauren M. Bowen, (HU3151), Assistant Professor, Humanities
  •  Paul Charlesworth, (CH1160), Associate Professor, Chemistry
  • Kalen Larson (FA 3650) Assistant Professor, Visual & Performing Arts
  • James DeClerck (MEEM3502), Professor of Practice, Mechanical Engg-Engg Mechanics
  • Timothy Havens (CS5821), Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Michele Loughead (BUS 1100), Lecturer, School of Business and Economics
  • Gordon Parker (MEEM 4700), Professor, Mechanical Engg-Engg Mechanics
  • Judith Perlinger (UN 5100) Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Joseph Wagenbrenner (FW4370), Assistant Professor, Forest Resources & Environ. Sci.

The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). If you see anything in these course tours that you’d like to emulate, but don’t know how, eLearning Walk-In Hours are available at the Center, and as always, for more information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, be sure to visit Canvas One Stop.

To Do List Links for Fall 2014 Canvas Courses

Your new Canvas course shells for teaching Fall 2014 semester courses are ready to be used.  Once the upcoming semester’s Canvas courses become available there are a few things many instructors and instructional staff often want or need to do in Canvas.  We’ve included links to help you with a handful of them below.

You will probably need to Customize your Courses drop-down menu to remove any courses from previous semesters, and possibly add some course to that menu too. Instructors at Michigan Tech can use the Combine Canvas Sections tool on the CourseTools page to combine two or more BANNER sections into one Canvas course.  Go to Combining Canvas Sections for directions.  If you would like to copy the content in one of your previous Canvas courses into a new Fall 2014 Canvas course, you can do that too.  See Copying Content from Another Canvas Course to find out how.  If you would like to enroll a TA, additional instructors, etc. into your course, see Adding New Users to your Canvas Course.  And finally, you will need to Publish your Canvas course in order for your students to be able to see and access it.  See How do I publish my course? for directions.

You may just want some help or information, and the best place to start is Canvas One Stop .  From there you can Contact Support, find out about eLearning Walk-in Hours for Canvas Help, get quick links to online help resources, and more.  The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at Michigan Tech.

Creative Canvas Course Contest (C-4) Winners Announced

This spring semester the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning hosted an “explosive” program intended to showcase the most effective and user-friendly Canvas Courses at Michigan Tech.  The second-annual C-4 competition focused on Canvas courses that are intuitive and easy to navigate, feature good course design, provide convenient access to information and materials students need, and offer resources and activities that help students succeed in the class. Canvas courses were nominated almost entirely by students, but other faculty and chairs were eligible to nominate spring term courses for C-4 too.

Congratulations to this year’s C4 winners:

  • Lauren Bowen (HU3151)
  • Paul Charlesworth (CH1150)
  • James DeClerck (MEEM3502)
  • Timothy Havens (CS5821)
  • Kalen Larson (FA3650)
  • Michele Loughead (BUS1100)
  • Gordon Parker (MEEM4700)
  • Judith Perlinger (UN5100)
  • Joe Wagenbrenner (FW4370)

The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).   For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, be sure to visit Canvas One Stop.

Upcoming Canvas LIVE Web Sessions

There is a new topic Join us for Canvas LIVE! February 2013 in forum ‘Community Activities and Announcements’

  • Mobile Series: Canvas Mobile 2.0 for iPad, Android, iPhone

    Join the Canvas Mobile Product Team for a closer look at Mobile 2.0 features. Discover the new Dashboard, Grade Peek, Course and Global Notifications, Course Home Pages, Modules, Quizzes, and External Apps.

    Facilitator: Jordan Dayton and Canvas Mobile Team
    All (Instructors, Course designers, Admins, Support)


    Thursday, February 13, 2013 at 9am MST
    Thursday, February 13, 2013 at 1pm MST


    A Tour of the Canvas Conference Tool (BigBlueButton)

    Ever used the conference tool in Canvas? Want to try? This session will give participants a tour of the Conference button in Canvas and offer tips and suggestions on best ways to leverage conferences in your courses.

    Facilitator: Jordan Dayton, Instructure with Frederick Dixon from BigBlueButton
    Audience: All (Instructors, Course designers, Admins, Support)
    Level: Introductory


    Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 9am MST
    Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 1pm MST



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Update from Canvas: Brief (five-minute) maintenance event on Thursday, 12/19/13

Canvas Status Update
Brief (five-minute) maintenance event scheduled for Thursday, 12/19 between 2:30 AM and 3:00 AM Eastern Time

Instructure will conduct a very brief (<15 minutes) preventative maintenance event between 2:30 AM and 3:00 AM Eastern Time on Thursday, 12/19/13 in order to apply critical upgrades to Canvas.  Users will be unable to access or use Canvas during the event.

Turnitin Maintenance on Saturday, December 21st


Scheduled Maintenance on December 21st

Service Announcement


Turnitin service may be intermittently unavailable during a scheduled maintenance period on Saturday, December 21st, 2013, from 7 to 11 AM U.S. Pacific Time (click for local time). An announcement will appear for users within Turnitin in advance of when the system will be unavailable for this scheduled maintenance.

Instructors are encouraged to modify assignment due dates either before or at least several hours after the scheduled maintenance window.

Thank you for working with us as we improve Turnitin.


The Turnitin Team

Stay Updated at All Times

Providing a fast, reliable and secure service is something that Turnitin takes seriously. Stay current with Turnitin’s system status, performance, security, and scheduled maintenance updates via the Turnitin System Status page or via Twitter at@TurnitinStatus.

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CanvasLIVE! webinar this month: Assignments

Thursday, 9/26/2013

Join the Canvas Community Team for a CanvasLIVE! webinar this month. Our primary topic is ASSIGNMENTS.

CanvasLIVE is a free webinar series designed to give Canvas users additional training and an opportunity to share their knowledge with the community. Each session includes a brief tutorial on a Canvas tool or feature, focused demonstration, and a short Q&A with Canvas experts. Join us to learn something new and share your ideas and best practices with other Canvas users.

Find the schedule, more info, and register here: