LaTeX recognition added to Canvas text fields

LaTeX equations can now be added in any text field in Canvas -- including in title fields, for example -- and will be typeset and processed by MathJax. Previously, LaTeX could only be added via a tool in the Rich Content Editor (which has been retained), and only in the body of a course page.

Text fields support MathJax delimiters to identify equations.

For more details, see the release notes here:...

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New Manager of Instructional Technologies - Dean Redfearn

We are delighted to announce that Dean Redfearn, former faculty assistant at the school, has been appointed Manager, Instructional Technologies working in the GSE IT department under the guidance of Greg Fuccillo. If you have any questions about Canvas or related tools, please feel free to reach out to him directly at

Welcome, Dean!

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Embedding Qualtrics Surveys in Canvas

Previously, Qualtrics' integration with Canvas was limited to anonymous surveys. However, if you want to securely capture the name and email address of the person completing the survey (for example, if it's a quiz), it is now possible! The survey can be embedded in either an assignment or a page, and will look like it's part of the Canvas course site. The student will be automatically logged in to Qualtrics based on their Canvas credentials. Step-by-step instructions are included in the attached document.

Course Conclusion Policy


Courses in Canvas are sorted and managed by terms which are pre-determined durations of times and dates; as a result Canvas is designed to conclude courses following the end of the academic term. When a course is concluded, it will become read-only, thus content on the course site cannot be edited or contributed to unless it is unconcluded. Concluding a course once a term has ended offers several benefits such as reducing any clutter within the Courses menu tab accessed within the Global Navigation (dark blue menu bar) in Canvas for students,...

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Karen Brennan


Like most faculty at HGSE, Karen Brennan has made some significant adjustments in the transition from iSites to Canvas. She reminisced, “I really came to love iSites, in a perverse way.” Karen’s first Canvas site honored The iSites Way, with many page links in the left-hand navigation column. As she has iterated on that design, working within the constraints of the Canvas platform, she has come to develop one of the most popular site designs here at HGSE.... Read more about Karen Brennan

Limitations of Blind Grading

Description: Blind grading works well so long as you only grade within SpeedGrader. While you are able to hide the student names in the Gradebook (Grades), student names will appear again if you refresh the page within the SpeedGrader.

Workaroound: Coordinate with teaching staff such that all grading remains in the same space.