February 2024 Newsletter

Greetings from the Cidi Labs team! We hope 2024 is off to a great start for you and we’re excited to share some product updates, new resources, and events that might make it even better…

New Resources

Recent Webinar

In case you missed it, this webinar featured Bellevue College, who shared how they rolled out an entirely new faculty training program in 5 months and won over faculty with tools from Cidi Labs.

If you’d like to see more of our past webinars, you can access them all on our website.

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Design Matters Digest: February Edition

We’ve gotten so much positive feedback on this new monthly email that brings together research and action to help you improve the design of your Canvas courses. If you missed the latest edition or want to share the series with a colleague, you can access the Design Matters Blog on our website.

NEW Training Video: Cidiscape

This 17-minute video provides all the information you need to start successfully using Cidiscape – a free add-on reporting tool from Cidi Labs. If your institution hasn’t adopted Cidiscape yet, you can learn more about how to install it here.

Product Updates

NEW Columns Tool for DesignPLUS!

Now available in the new DesignPLUS Sidebar, the Columns tool will revolutionize your Canvas page designs by enabling you to present content in new ways, make better use of space, reduce the need for scrolling, and improve accessibility! To see how the Columns tool works, check out our new video tutorial, available on the DesignPLUS User Guide: Columns page, and in the Video Hub. Imagine being able to create a Canvas page that looks like this? Now you can, with the Columns tool!

UDOIT Advantage: Student Access feature now available!

Our accessibility checking tool – UDOIT Advantage – now has a new feature that allows students to quickly access and optionally generate alternate file formats from wherever they are in Canvas. To learn more, visit our User Guide and watch this short training video. Note that this is an optional feature for UDOIT Advantage that requires some setup – see the install instructions here.

February Product Releases

It has been a busy month for our product development team – some products even had two releases in February! Be sure to check out the release notes to stay up to date on bug fixes and new features that were delivered this month.

Upcoming Events

DesignPLUS Q&A Sessions

We’ll again be hosting 2 sessions in March to answer all your questions about the new DesignPLUS Sidebar. Register for one or both sessions to meet with DesignPLUS experts at Cidi Labs who are eager to help with your transition to the new Sidebar.

Thursday, March 7th 9:30 – 10am MT: Register Here

Monday, March 18th 11 – 11:30am MT: Register Here

Save the Date:
Cidi Labs Semi-Annual Customer Gathering

For the past 3 years, Cidi Labs has hosted 2 virtual customer gatherings per year as a way to provide important company and product updates, spotlight inspiring successes in the customer community, and solicit your valuable feedback.

Our next semi-annual Customer Gathering will be held on Friday, April 5th at high noon Eastern Time / 10am Mountain Time. A detailed agenda will be available soon, and as always, the gathering will be structured in a way that you can join for the portions that are of interest to you. Be sure to RSVP so that we know who plans to attend!

APAC Customers: Save the Date ~ March 28th

Our in-person Asia-Pacific Customer Gathering will be held on March 28th, details are forthcoming!

Upcoming In-Person Events

Here are the events we’ll be attending in the next couple of months, we hope to see you there!

March 2024
UCET: 19-20 in Salt Lake City, UT
TXDLA: 25-28 in Galveston, TX
WACC: 27-28 in Tacoma, WA

April 2024
NHSAA Innovations in Learning:  9-10 in Concord, NH
OLC Innovate: 10-13 in Denver, CO

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Until next month’s Newsletter, when we will be announcing an exciting NEW offering that provides a creative solution to yet another common problem that many institutions have encountered!

~ The Cidi Labs Team