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Upcoming Master’s Degree Information Sessions

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The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will hold informational open houses for prospective master’s degree students in January 2014.

Attendees will receive a brief overview of the university, information about specific master’s degree programs, the admissions process, financial aid and other services. There will be complimentary food and beverages in addition to a campus tour. There will also be an opportunity to meet in small groups with the appropriate academic advisors to discuss prerequisites, transcripts and other details pertaining to individual programs of interest, and to meet faculty and graduates.

January 9, 2014                                                         
Master’s in Social Work*                                         
4:00-5:30 p.m.                                                           
Selby Auditorium
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January 25, 2014
All Master’s Degrees
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Selby Auditorium
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Master’s degree programs include:

  • Business Administration
  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Education (Human Resource Education or Online Teaching and Learning)
  • Educational Leadership
  • English Education
  • Exceptional Student Education
  • Hospitality Management
  • Social Work
  • Teaching

Note: The Master of Social Work degree program has a February 15, 2014 application deadline. It is a cohort, taught as a group over eight consecutive semesters and hosted at USF Sarasota-Manatee. A fall 2014 cohort start date is contingent upon a minimum number of qualified acceptances; without the minimum number, the start date would be delayed to January 2015. Website: www.usfsm.edu.

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Clyde G. Nixon International Business Endowment Scholarships Awarded for Study Abroad Experiences

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SARASOTA, Fla. (March 31, 2015) – Two USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) students received scholarships from the Clyde G. Nixon International Business Endowment Fund to study abroad in Italy and Korea this summer.

Michelle Teeter, junior in accounting, will spend six weeks at Florence University of Arts taking business classes and traveling to Rome and Venice. Her studies will include global perspective and ethical and entrepreneurial aspects of the global business environment. “I am over-the-moon excited,” said Teeter. “Although I had already accepted the commitment to the program, I would have had to sell my car to finance the portion of my education abroad without the funds provided by the Clyde G. Nixon Scholarship.”

Kathy Vu, sophomore in marketing, will spend six weeks in Seoul, South Korea, taking Basic Marketing and Beginning Korean Language 1. “By living and studying in a foreign country, I hope to gain personal growth, valuable life skills, strengthened leadership skills, and advance my career,” said Vu. “This will be the first time I live independently and through this independence, I will be more self-reliant and self-confident as I learn to navigate and live comfortably in a different culture.” Vu chose this program because she would be placed in business environments to learn about marketing techniques, capturing different audiences and responding quickly to evolving markets.

About Clyde Nixon and the Scholarship in his Memory

Before he died in 2007, Clyde G. Nixon was chairman of Sun Hydraulics Corp., a member of the USFSM Campus Board and chair of the Community Leadership Council, helping to raise $7.5 million for USFSM’s 2006 move to a new campus. His innovative approach to global and regional business development inspired his friends and family to establish the Fund in his memory, which provides scholarships to students and graduate research assistants with financial need.

Joan Nixon loved traveling the globe with her husband and continues to support the fund every year, as do friends and business colleagues of Clyde Nixon.

Alumnus Ed Hashey Honored as Sarasota County Teacher of the Year

USFSM alumnus Ed Hashey was named Sarasota County Teacher of the Year (Photo credit: Rachel O'Hara - Sarasota Herald-Tribune)

USFSM alumnus Ed Hashey was named Sarasota County Teacher of the Year (Photo credit: Rachel O’Hara – Sarasota Herald-Tribune)

SARASOTA, Fla. (March 30, 2015) – Ed Hashey, Wilkinson Elementary School teacher and University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) alumnus, has been named Sarasota County’s 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year. Finalists included Christi McDowell-Cameron of Brookside Middle School and Russell Finger of Suncoast Polytechnical High School.

Before teaching, Hashey’s career paths spanned the mechanical engineering field, service in the Navy’s Nuclear Power program and graphic design with a specialization in new-media journalism. Each successful career path fostered the skills that would shape his teaching career: from civic duty to understanding and communicating with one’s audience.

For Hashey, his defining moment came on September 11, 2001, when he witnessed the terror attack firsthand. “I witnessed many situations where parents did not come home that day,” he said. “I was very reflective and felt a strong need to start giving back.” After his wife gave him a pamphlet on USFSM’s Master of Arts in Teaching K-6 program, he knew that he had found his next step.

While at USFSM, Hashey applied his studies to internships and hands-on experience in local classrooms. His coursework enabled him to teach two elementary school classes and participate in collaborative conferences set up by his cohort mentor, Dr. Stephen Rushton. Hashey knew he had found his passion when ESOL coordinator Alicia Whitaker connected him with an at-risk boy who was failing school.  “It was a win-win for both of us,” he said, recalling his daily routine of reading with the boy to build his confidence. “This inspired me with the purpose I was after: to help at-risk children in need.”

Hashey was hired at Wakeland Elementary immediately after graduation in May 2008. During the six years he taught there, the number of at-risk students gradually decreased as the school transitioned into an IB school. Last year, he saw an opening at Wilkinson Elementary as an opportunity to help a greater number of at-risk children. There, he currently engages at-risk fifth-grade students with a curriculum he designs to fit their individual needs. “Getting a new class roster each fall is like winning a big prize. I love to identify their passions and tailor my lessons around what they like,” he said. “That is my fuel and most rewarding aspect: knowing a child, and then designing curriculum that aligns with benchmarks but is also specifically tailored for them to realize they are intelligent and can succeed.”

Every year, Sarasota County selects three finalists for the Teacher of the Year honor and reveals the recipient at an award luncheon. On Tuesday, March 24, Superintendent Laurie White officially named Hashey the 2015-2016 Sarasota County Teacher of the Year. With the honor comes a cash prize of $3,500. All finalists will also receive instructional technology advancements for their classrooms worth $10,000.

“It humbles me and makes me reflect. I sincerely feel any of those teachers deserved to be up there instead of me. It means that I am being recognized for a very noble cause—that is to teach children,” Hashey said when asked what the award meant to him. “I said it at the award luncheon, and I will say in writing: ‘I am among giants in this profession!’”

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About USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM)

USF Sarasota-Manatee is a regional campus of the University of South Florida system, offering the prestige of a nationally ranked research university with the convenience of a hometown location, including classes in Manatee County, in North Port and online. Separately accredited, USFSM is ideal for those interested in pursuing a baccalaureate or master’s degree, professional certification, or continuing education credit in a small, personal setting with distinguished faculty and a dynamic curriculum of over 40 academic programs. Website: www.usfsm.edu

Campus Compact Honors USFSM Student as a Newman Civic Fellow for Community Engagement

USF Sarasota-Manatee student Jeanine Ashforth Named Newman Civic Fellow

SARASOTA, Fla. (March 26, 2015) – Inspired by a class service project, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) student Jeanine Ashforth turned her idea into a reality to help a disabled veteran. For her commitment to community and service, Ashforth was named a nationally recognized Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact.

Ashforth’s  inspiration for the service project came from the  Reintegration and Resiliency course she took with Dr. Eric Hodges, in which the primary objective is to develop an idea to address the needs of homeless veterans in the community.

In the course of three months, in addition to her six classes and three part-time jobs, Ashforth designed, acquired supplies for and constructed a “tiny house” for a mentally disabled veteran with whom she had developed a personal friendship. He was able to move out of his van and into his new home days before this winter’s polar vortex brought freezing temperatures to southwest Florida.  He lives there to this day.

“Jeanine is a model for how one person can make a difference, as well as for how to take knowledge from the classroom into the community,” said Dr. Sandra Stone, USFSM Regional Chancellor. “She is an effective change agent, not only through her very intelligent and articulate presentation of the issues, but also through her focused and effective problem-solving efforts.  She is clearly one who translates theory into action to make a meaningful difference.”

Having grown up as an “Army brat,” Ashforth plans to commit her career to serving veterans. In addition to her work on the issue of homelessness among veterans, she also serves as a mentor in the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), a support organization for those who have lost loved ones to military service.

The Newman Civic Fellow designation is given to promising student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in their community. The Newman Civic Fellows Award is generously sponsored by the KPMG Foundation.  Through service, research and advocacy, these Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the causes of social issues and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change.

As these students tackle community challenges, they provide fresh energy and perspective, inspire and mobilize others and develop their own skills and potential. This year’s record number of Fellows will create an even greater capacity for engagement and change through online networking. In keeping with their generation’s emphasis on networks over hierarchies, Newman Civic Fellows will share ideas and materials to further their work through an exclusive online community.

“These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can—and does—play in building a better world,” notes Campus Compact Board member Richard Guarasci, president of Wagner College (NY).

Through service-learning courses and other opportunities for community engagement, colleges are developing students’ public problem-solving skills, such as the ability to analyze community needs, the willingness to participate in public processes and debate, the commitment to raise awareness about challenges and the ability to inspire others to become part of the solutions.

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About Campus Compact

Campus Compact is a national coalition of nearly 1,100 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. For more information about the organization and the award, visit http://www.compact.org.

About USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM)

USF Sarasota-Manatee is a regional campus of the University of South Florida system, offering the prestige of a nationally ranked research university with the convenience of a hometown location, including classes in Manatee County, in North Port and online. Separately accredited, USFSM is ideal for those interested in pursuing a baccalaureate or master’s degree, professional certification, or continuing education credit in a small, personal setting with distinguished faculty and a dynamic curriculum of over 40 academic programs. Website: www.usfsm.edu

 

E-Learning Blog: Canvas Release Notes for 03/14/15

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Every 3 weeks we bring you the details on scheduled updates to the Canvas
system, with information specific to the Canvas features enabled by our institution.

Have a question about something you see here? Contact us!

In this update, instructors can manage the state of Files in Modules, enable an average scoring policy for quizzes, and more quickly manage announcements. As always, the production notes also include other Canvas updates, platform integrations, and fixed bugs.


New Features


Modules

Manage Files

Instructors can manage files directly from the Modules page. This feature aligns publishing functionality of all items within Modules and allows an instructor to publish, un-publish, or restrict a file.

Manage Files 1

Manage Files 2

The state of the file is aligned with the Files page. If a file is unpublished within Files, the file will also be shown as unpublished on the Modules page.

Manage Files 3

Please note that in order to view the publish status of files from the Files page, and to publish or un-publish from this view, you must have the “Better File Browsing” feature enabled for your course. You can enable this feature through the Settings page, under the Feature Options tab.

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Quizzes

Average Scoring Policy

When allowing multiple attempts in a quiz, instructors can choose to score a quiz by the average score. This feature generates an average score for all attempts in a quiz.

Average Scoring Policy


Updated Features


Announcements

Settings Menu

The Announcements Index page includes a settings menu for each posted announcement. In addition to improving accessibility, this feature aligns Announcements with all other areas within Canvas and allows quick access to closing an Announcement for comments or deleting an announcement.

Announcements Settings Menu


For complete documentation and list of bugs fixed in this update,
please visit the Canvas release notes page.

Well-Known Criminologist to Headline Upcoming Knowledge-A-Bull Speaker Series

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SARASOTA (March 3, 2015) – The upcoming University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Knowledge-A-Bull Speaker Series will feature Dr. Robert Agnew, a renowned criminologist and professor. Dr. Agnew will lead a discussion presented by the College of Arts & Sciences titled “Race and Youth Crime: Why isn’t the Relationship Strong?” The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday March 12, 2015 in USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Selby Auditorium with a reception to follow. The event is open to the public at no cost.

Dr. Agnew’s discussion will examine the relationship between race and youth crime, the stereotypes that pervade the issue and consequences of discrimination with regards to crime.


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Dr. Agnew serves as the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Sociology at Emory University. He has served as the president and fellow of the American Society of Criminology, member of the Southern Sociological Society Roll of Honor and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Criminal Justice and several other scholarly journals focused on Criminology. His research focuses on the causes of crime and delinquency, particularly his general strain theory of delinquency.  His recent works include Criminological Theory: Past to Present (Oxford, 2015); Juvenile Delinquency: Causes and Control (Oxford, 2015); Toward A Unified Criminology: Integrating Assumptions about Crime, People, and Society (NYU Press, 2011); Pressured into Crime: An Overview of General Strain Theory (Oxford, 2006); and Why Do Criminals Offend: A General Theory of Crime and Delinquency (Oxford, 2005).

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee offers the free, public Knowledge-A-Bull Speaker Series to engage students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community in cutting-edge conversations with experts on subjects that have relevance in our lives. Each college within USF Sarasota-Manatee (College of Education, College of Business, College of Hospitality & Technology Leadership and College of Arts & Sciences) hosts topics in the series.

To register or learn more about Knowledge-A-Bull, please visit: http://usfsm.edu/series.

USFSM College of Education Inspires Students’ Future Careers

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The USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education collaborated with fifth grade students at Emma E. Booker Elementary to create original works of art entitled “What I Could Be With a College Degree”. The art exhibit, located at USFSM, is collaborative effort to promote the value of higher education among students that are culturally, linguistically, racially/ethnically and socioeconomically diverse.

To prepare for the display, students were assigned homework researching different state universities to see what college degrees were offered and which would interest them. They researched how long it would take to acquire that degree, what clothes they would wear in that profession, what tools they would use and what type of salary they would earn once they were working in that field. Each student drew an image of themselves working in that profession, which helped the young artists express their creativity.

“It is our pleasure to present the self-portraits of the 5th graders at Emma E Booker Elementary as they envision the future with a college degree,” said Dr. Marie Byrd, associate professor in the College of Education. “The artwork will grace the hallway of the College of Education at USF Sarasota Manatee for the next year.”

Veteran Training Program Hopes to Give Fresh Start

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By: Sarah Smith
USF Sarasota-Manatee
Class of 2016

To University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee student chef Bryan Jacobs; it’s not just about making food, it’s about changing lives.

“My job in the military as a Navy Corpman was to take care of my Marines,” said Jacobs. “And that will never change.”

After two tours in Iraq as a combat medic with the 2nd Light Armored Recon Battalion, he was honorably discharged in 2005 with little idea of what awaited him in his next phase of life. During this time, Jacobs suffered from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), alcoholism and homelessness, while cycling through 16 different jobs in an attempt to get back on his feet.

In 2012, Jacobs enrolled in USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Hospitality Management program with the hope of building on his knowledge of the business side of hospitality. During his studies, he met professor and Chef Joe Askren at USFSM’s Culinary Innovation Lab who immediately recognized Jacobs’ untapped artistic and visual skills.

This is where Jacobs found his purpose. After his younger brother Kevin tragically passed away in May of 2014, Jacobs’ grief was coupled with a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of veterans. Kevin, a 31 year-old Marine, served multiple tours in Iraq, and also struggled with PTSD, alcoholism and readjusting to civilian life.

“The concept of Vets-2-Chefs was developed before my brother passed because we both struggled so hard to reintegrate back to civilian life,” said Jacobs. “I wanted to help people overcome the challenge and Kevin taking his life really solidified my direction. He had always told me to help someone else – that I couldn’t help him.”

With the sadness of losing his brother and best friend hovering over him, Jacobs’s was inspired to guide and support those who have trouble coping with the return home from their service to their country.

“On average, 22 veterans a day take their lives,” said Jacobs. “Twenty-two veterans made that decision yesterday, and 22 more will make that decision today.”

Jacobs wants to stop the statistic there.

With help from the Jewish Family & Children’s Services of the Suncoast, Inc.’s Operation Military Assistance Program (JFCS’s OMAP), USFSM’s Culinary Innovation Lab and local philanthropist and former Marine Burton “Skip” Sack, Jacobs began a training program to help veterans find a place and purpose after their service.

“My major goal is not to create chefs but to create passion, direction, inspiration and that light at the end of the tunnel that so many can’t see. I want to provide a skillset to these veterans,” said Jacobs.

And the Vets-2-Chefs program is accomplishing just that.

It began with a trial run last summer when Chef Jacobs provided five veterans with a five-day “boot camp” in sanitation and culinary technique. The Vets-2-Chefs program continued over the next two months where they met weekly to hone their skills and listen to others’ inspirational stories. Since its start, Jacobs trained three separate groups of veterans selected for their interest in culinary arts through the JFCS’ OMAP.

Jacobs believes that anyone who has served in the military has the ability to be trained and educated at a faster rate than most because certain skillsets have been engrained in them.

“The ability to be leaders, role models, organizers, strategic planners – all these skills exists.” Jacobs’ goal is to focus these abilities on a passion for the culinary field.

Since the trial run, all five veterans from the first group have sought further education and employment in the culinary arts. “One has moved from waiting tables to working in the kitchen. Another is starting her first culinary experience as a junior chef,” said Jacobs. “They all found jobs in the culinary field thanks to great community support.”

“Starting a program for homeless veterans couldn’t have been placed in a better spot,” said Jacobs. “There are so many older veterans here who have been in their shoes and taken time to help make a difference. Without a strong community like Sarasota, this program wouldn’t be possible because the biggest part of success isn’t the man behind the idea, it’s the community that embraces the idea and helps carry it over the finish line.”

To learn more about ways to support Vets-2-Chefs, please contact Dennis Stover at 941-359-4582.

Cobanoglu to Continue as Director of USFSM M3 Center Full-Time

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SARASOTA Fla. (March 3, 2015) – The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee announced Tuesday that Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu will extend his commitment to the M3 Center for Hospitality Technology and Innovation by moving into a full-time role as Director and McKibbon Endowed Chair Professor of the center.

“I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu has agreed to extend his position with the University’s M3 Center for Hospitality Technology and Innovation which will enable him to focus his time and attention to the Center’s further development,” said Dr. Sandra Stone, regional chancellor for USF Sarasota-Manatee.

The M3 Center for Hospitality Technology and Innovation is a direct reflection of the university’s commitment to a community-engaged presence interacting meaningfully with the businesses and industry of our area.  The center’s applied research and the innovative Hotel Benchmarking Index project continue to position USFSM as a leader in hospitality and tourism.

“Dr. Cobanoglu’s leadership of the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership (CHTL) has positioned hospitality as one of the signature programs on our campus, and it is only natural that he be the one to lead the M3 Center’s continued research-oriented, community-engaged outreach,” said Dr. Stone.

Dr. Cobanoglu will be ending his time as Dean of CHTL and as Director of the Global Engagement Office (GEO) to serve building this important outreach component of our university. Plans for identifying the next Dean of the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership and Director of GEO will be announced soon.

“I am excited to be able to focus on my role with the M3 Center for Hospitality Technology and Innovation in a full-time capacity,” Dr. Cobanoglu said. “The M3 Center is involved with exciting projects like the hotel benchmarking index and hospitality software distribution for educational purposes, and these projects deserve my full time attention. I am grateful to USFSM for the time that I spent as Dean of the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership. We were able to accomplish so much with our students and our fantastic community partners. I look forward to having a similar impact with the M3 Center in the future.”

Under Dr. Cobanoglu’s leadership, CHTL increased enrollment and faculty productivity, added a new international certificate attracting students from Taiwan to the university, created the first study abroad session in Cruise Management and secured the largest donation in the history of USFSM to establish the M3 Center for Hospitality Technology and Innovation.  The College’s Culinary Innovation Lab in Lakewood Ranch and Teaching Hotel at The Resort at Longboat Key Club have likewise been significant accomplishments in his tenure as Dean.

In his role with the center, he will continue to oversee research, special projects and major initiatives. The center grew out of a partnership with M3 Accounting Services, developed in 2012, that allowed USFSM students to gain hands-on hospitality experience funded by a transformational gift from Tampa businessman John McKibbon III’s JB McKibbon Foundation.

Mr. McKibbon believes that the M3 Center for Hospitality Technology and Innovation will become the first source for sharing new tools and knowledge that will propel the hospitality industry forward.

M3 Hotel Accounting is the industry leader in hotel-specific accounting software, processing over $8 billion in financial transactions annually. The company was founded in Gainesville, Georgia in 1998 from one of the oldest and most successful hospitality companies in the industry. This experience, coupled with its software development expertise, has allowed M3 to develop an integrated suite of hospitality accounting products, including AccKnowledge, M3 Link, payroll services and document imaging, allowing hotel owners, operators and managers unsurpassed access to the information they need most.

College of Education Hosts Emma E. Booker Elementary Students for Special Event

Colorful self-portraits expressing “What I Can Be With a College Degree” will be displayed in the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education beginning February 27, 2015. The art was created by 5th graders at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in a collaborative initiative to help them understand and visualize their future careers.

Colorful self-portraits expressing “What I Could Be With a College Degree” will be displayed in the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education beginning February 27, 2015. The art was created by 5th graders at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in a collaborative initiative to help them understand and visualize their future careers.

SARASOTA Fla. (February 24, 2015) – The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee College of Education is working with fifth grade students at Emma E. Booker Elementary to create original works of art entitled “What I Could Be With a College Degree”. A reception introducing the display will be held in the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on February 27th.

“What I Could Be with a College Degree” is a collaborative effort to promote the value of higher education among students that are culturally, linguistically, racially/ethnically and socioeconomically diverse. It grew out of the College of Education’s Partnerships for Arts Integrated Teaching (PAInT) Center, which infuses the arts into all teacher preparation. Emma E. Booker Elementary School serves as a host for USFSM’s teacher candidates completing their internships to promote future educators to work with diverse students and encourage their growth and success through professional development and community service.

To prepare for the display, students were assigned homework researching different state universities to see what college degrees were offered and which would interest them. They researched how long it would take to acquire that degree, what clothes they would wear in that profession, what tools they would use and what type of salary they would earn once they were working in that field. Each student drew an image of themselves working in that profession, which helped the young artists express their creativity.

“It is our pleasure to present the self-portraits of the 5th graders at Emma E Booker Elementary as they envision the future with a college degree,” said Dr. Marie Byrd, associate professor in the College of Education. “The artwork will grace the hallway of the College of Education at USF Sarasota Manatee for the next year.”

E-Learning Blog: Canvas Release Notes for 02/21/15

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Every 3 weeks we bring you the details on scheduled updates to the Canvas
system, with information specific to the Canvas features enabled by our institution.

Have a question about something you see here? Contact us!

Canvas updated over the weekend, but very few of the changes made in this update affect our institution. The one you might note is a change to the layout of the Gradebook navigation buttons, explained below. As always, the production notes also include other Canvas updates, platform integrations, and fixed bugs.


Updated Features


Gradebook Toolbar

The Gradebook toolbar includes a revised design to help instructors manage their Gradebook data more easily. No functionality has been affected by this change, but this is the first of several small upgrades to create a more intuitive interface in the Gradebook.

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The Settings menu and sections sorting menu are located on the right side of the Gradebook, and the import and export features have been removed from the Settings menu and replaced as standalone buttons.


For complete documentation and list of bugs fixed in this update,
please visit the Canvas release notes page.