Canvas Newsletter Fall 2015

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What’s New with Canvas?

New Canvas Support Website

We’ve redesigned the USF Canvas support and training page. The page contains updated support materials and tutorials we have developed here at USF as well as links to content created by Instructure, the maker of Canvas.  Take a look at the new design at

Canvas Commons is here!

Looking for a way to quickly share Canvas resources and parts of your course with other instructors, your department or the USF Canvas community in general? Commons is the answer. Commons instructors can:

  • Upload a Master Course that other instructors can easily copy into their own course.
  • Upload and share specific components of a course such a pages, modules or files.
  • Easily search and download content uploaded by USF Canvas users as well as users from other Universities.

For a brief introduction to Commons, please see the videos below:

To learn how to find, import and share resources in Commons, please see the Canvas Commons Page at

Recent Canvas Updates and Improvements

Excuse An Assignment for a Student in the Gradebook

As needed, you can use the Gradebook to excuse a student from an assignment, discussion, or quiz. You can also excuse a student from a group assignment. Excused assignments are not calculated as part of a student’s total grade.

When an assignment is excused, the assignment page and the student grade page will show the student that he or she has been excused from the assignment. Students cannot submit excused assignments.

*Click for more details:

Create separate Assignments for student, or each section

When creating or editing an assignment, instructors can specify whether the assignment should be for everyone in the course, for specific sections, or for individual students. Availability date functionality is still available for each assignment.

*Click for more details

Best Practices and Tips

With the new semester starting soon, please reference the new Canvas Checklist page for useful tips and reminders.

Remember to Publish your Course to Make it Available to Students. Click on the Publish button on your Canvas course homepage and/or within a content area.

For questions and comments on Canvas, please email

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