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  • The Pope Tech LTI accessibility tool is now available in our Canvas Test instance for residential Canvas. HUIT Academic Technology and Digital Accessibility Services (DAS) will contact your school’s technologists (a.k.a. school liaisons) to share a test plan.
  • The HUIT AT User Provisioning Tool is now installed at the ExEd root level and is available for sub-account admins to use. This tool allows admins to create Canvas accounts for HarvardKey/HarvardKey Light holders in the ExEd Canvas instance.
  • The New Rich Content Editor (RCE) has been disabled in New Quizzes. This is to address a bug that affected New Quiz content created after the new RCE was enabled for New Quizzes on December 17 and then copied to a new course. Keep an eye on the Product Blog for more details and updates.

To be released February 15 (delayed from last month)

The RCE supports the pasting and drag and drop of content. Pasting content requires the Command+V, Control+V or Paste from the browser’s context menu. 

Feature delay

This feature was scheduled to be released last month but has been delayed:

Canvas roadmap

In this blog post Instructure’s Chief Product Officer reviews 2022 and looks ahead. He highlights the new forward-looking community roadmap that identifies outcomes being worked on over the next four quarters. Take a look at the Canvas roadmap for 2023!

Canvas Ideas & Themes

The reimagined process called Ideas & Themes, formerly known as “Idea Conversations,” is now live.This is the new way for community members and Instructure to identify trends, determine priority, and collaborate on high value solutions. 


Poll Everywhere logoThe implementation of the new retention policy for residential courses has been pushed back so that content will now be archived February 8th. Please see the updated wiki page for FAQs and resources.

Poll Everywhere

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  • Changes to visual settings mentioned last month have been delayed and will not be rolled out until later this spring.
  • After working with HUIT’s DAS team and Poll Everywhere, the new Poll Everywhere training portal is available and more accessible! Check out the offerings for you or your users.


Qualtrics XM logoThis month, Qualtrics is introducing a Library user interface (UI) redesign. All resource types will be combined within one library, the process for creating new resources will be simplified, and the library will be WCAG 2.0 AA accessible. The new organization structure introduces flexible folders that enable users to organize their resources as they’d like. Please take some time to reorganize your own current library items by moving items out of the “Uncategorized” grouping into folders. This will help in the transition to the new UI. Please feel free to share this change and action item with your users.


Slack logoWith the launch of new huddles features such as video, multi-person screen sharing, and a dedicated messaging thread, all features that were available in a Slack call can be done in a huddle, plus more. To provide one tool for live audio and video conversations, huddles will replace Slack calls on March 30. At that time, Slack calls will no longer be available. To have live audio or video conversations within Slack huddles will be available instead. 

Upcoming Events

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Drop in for advice on software development or to ask questions about any of Academic Technology's services.

Calendar icon HUIT AT Panopto office hours

Join us if you have questions about or are seeking advice for using Panopto.

Calendar icon Silicon Flatirons Annual Conference: The Internet’s Midlife Crisis

At this conference, a range of speakers from academia, government, civil society, and industry will focus on the past and future as they grapple with the challenges created by the Internet.

Calendar iconNavigating the Perfect Storm: How the Pandemic is Forcing a Reimagination of Higher Education and Workforce Preparedness

Harvard Business Review Editor Amy Bernstein will lead a conversation with Dr. Raghu Krishnamoorthy about the current state of higher education and how to better prepare students. They will explore the role that higher education, corporations, and EdTech can play in empowering the next generation of the workforce to succeed.

Calendar iconEquity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Forum: Reckoning & Transformation

Sponsored by the Harvard Office for EDIB, this forum brings together Harvard community members from across campuses and from all levels of the organization to envision, discuss, and develop new directions and ideas about how we can individually and collectively advance the University's EDIB goals. All Harvard affiliates are invited to attend and participate.

Calendar iconHarvard Professional and Lifelong Learning Summit

Designed to bring together Executive, Continuing, Online, and Professional Education colleagues from across the University, the summit provides an opportunity to share best practices, discuss strategies for navigating in this fast-changing landscape, network with peers, and hear from distinguished guest speakers.

Calendar iconQualtrics X4 Experience Management Summit

Attend Qualtrics’ annual conference to get the latest regarding improving the student experience, increasing enrollment, and preventing employee attrition. Review the full agenda or check out the education track.
  • 3/7-3/9 in Salt Lake City, UT
  • Register for Qualtrics X4 using promo code X4EDUCATION499 to get the education rate of $499.

Calendar iconSave the date for InstructureCon 2023

This conference all about Canvas will include over 100 sessions and keynote speakers, an exhibitors hall, and the Future of Learning Exhibit. New tracks and more details will be announced. The Call for Proposals is open, so if you have a presentation idea submit it now to be notified by 2/27 if it has been selected.
Let us know if you have any questions!
—The HUIT Academic Technology Team
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