|Title||Start Date & Time||End Date & Time|
|Service Issue Reported: Kaltura integration with Canvas||Monday, March 30, 2020 - 6:53pm|
|Service Issue Reported: Cellular Issues||Monday, March 23, 2020 - 12:06pm|
|Service Maintenance Completed: Network Switches - Building-by-Building||Monday, March 2, 2020 (All day)||Monday, June 8, 2020 (All day)|
Canvas makes regularly scheduled updates. There are two categories of updates:
Instructors are now able to remove the auto-generated Course Summary section in the Syllabus.
The re-upload submissions tool has moved to a background process. Instructors can now navigate away from the page without having to wait for a confirmation screen.
In courses with New Quizzes enabled, the button to create a new New Quiz has moved. Previously located on the Assignments page, the button has merged with the original +Quiz button on the Quizzes page. When you click +Quiz on the Quizzes page, instructors now have the option to create a Classic Quiz or a New Quiz.
Like Classic Quizzes, you and your students will now be able to access New Quizzes on both the Assignment and Quiz pages. The icon for New Quizzes has been updated accordingly.
To enable New Quizzes please go to your course settings > feature options and toggle the button on next to New Quizzes.
The Canvas website is now mobile responsive. The user experience of visiting the Canvas webpage through a mobile browser, not the Canvas app, has vastly improved. Visit https://canvas.colorado.edu on your mobile phone to try it yourself!
Direct Share allows users to copy individual course items to another course and share individual items with other users.
Learn more: Canvas Release: Direct Share
Instructors are now able to prevent the attendance tool from counting toward the final grade of the course.
Instructors are now able to post comments to student assignments without a grade. This functionality is only available to assignments with a manual posting policy.
Instructors are now able to shuffle answers for all applicable question types in New Quizzes. Previously this was only available as a per-question option.
Effective December 27, 2019 all Canvas courses will exclusively use Canvas’ New Gradebook.
Effective December 27, 2019 all Canvas courses will exclusively use Canvas’ New Course and User Analytics.
When a student attempts to submit a New Quiz, a warning will display if any Numeric question type has an invalid character in its answer.
While using the Course Card Dashboard, users can open the options menu for a course card, click the move tab, and select the unfavorite option removing the course card from their Dashboard.
Note: The unfavorite option only displays if you previously selected favorite courses.
Instructors can now submit outstanding quiz submissions on behalf of their students, specifically in situations where a quiz will never auto-submit because it is missing a timer and/or due date.
The Help Menu includes a new training portal link for admins, instructors, and designers. This new training portal contains self-paced training resources and registration opportunities for training webinars.
Note: You will need to accept the authorization request to access your Canvas account.
The Course and User Navigation Menus have been updated to include both color and a visual indicator defining active menu items.
For Instructors: The Course Navigation Menu now includes tooltips to clarify inactive menu items.
The BigBlueButton conferences interface now supports restricting viewers from creating private chat messages with other users.
In the New Gradebook, when an assignment has a Manual Posting Policy, the previously used Visibility icon has been replaced with the word Manual. Additionally, the Visibility icon will now only display once grades have been entered into the New Gradebook that need to be posted.
Assignments using an Automatic Posting Policy do not include any additional indicators.
Instructors can enable a course setting that causes students to be filtered by group when viewing submissions in SpeedGrader. This is designed to make it easier to grade submissions in large courses.
The New Quizzes tool now allows you to provide specific feedback relating to each individual answer choice for multiple choice questions.
When adding an image to your course card on the Dashboard, you can now search Unsplash, a library of high-quality, safe images (previously, Canvas used Flickr for this purpose).
The New Quizzes tool (previously called Quizzes.Next) now allows you to preview a quiz as a student. In addition, item banks can now be shared with other instructors.
The way grades are released to students has changed in the New Gradebook. Instead of muting and unmuting assignments, instructors can post or unpost individual grades. Grades for an entire assignment can be hidden by default and then posted automatically as students complete work, or manually as the instructor is ready.
Instructors can now see student group data in the New Gradebook, either as Secondary Info under the Student Name column display settings, or as a filter under the View settings.
In Quizzes.Next, a student can now be given extra time or attempts on a particular quiz without affecting other quizzes.
In Quizzes.Next, Instructors can now use scientific notation for Numeric question answers that use the Exact Response or Within a Range requirement options. Instructors can also now enable the on-screen calculator for an entire quiz at once.
To enable Quizzes.Next in your course, go to Settings, then Feature Options, then click the switch next to Quizzes.Next.
In the Canvas Teacher app for Android and iOS, instructors can now view the Modules within their course. The Teacher app does not yet support editing Modules.
You can download the Teacher app any time from the App Store on iOS or the Play Store on Android.
In the Canvas Student app for iOS and Android, the Syllabus page of each course has been redesigned for improved usability. In addition, the iOS app now supports creating Siri Shortcuts to quickly check grades for any Canvas course. Shortcuts can be added from Siri & Search or by asking Siri.
You can download the Student app any time from the App Store on iOS or the Play Store on Android.
Instructors can now tag items within Quizzes.Next item banks, allowing for easy categorization of similar items. This also allows instructors to now search item bank results by tag or item type.
Learn More: How do I edit an item bank item in Quizzes.Next?
Instructors now receive an alert when a student tries to click on a broken link within the Canvas course. By default, instructors are notified once a day if broken links are clicked. Instructors can change this notification frequency or disable it (see link below).
Instructors can now enable the use of on-screen calculators for Quizzes.Next assessment questions. This new feature allows students access to basic or scientific calculator functionality on relevant assessments.
Learn More: How do I create a Multiple Choice question in Quizzes.Next? (The on-screen calculator can be enabled for any other question type using the same method.)
Users can now also search and sort Discussions topics by author name, in addition to searching by topic title. This change enhances flexibility for searching specific Discussion topics on Canvas.
Instructors can now reopen students’ access to previously submitted Quizzes.Next assessments. Additionally, instructors have greater control over which information students see in their Quizzes.Next Result View.
While grading, instructors can now add additional comments for rubric criteria directly in the Speedgrader sidebar. These additional comments are displayed below each criterion.
Instructors and students can now manually reorder the course cards on their dashboard by dragging and dropping the card.
Instructors who have enabled anonymous or moderated grading in their courses can now view an audit log in SpeedGrader showing how grades were assigned and what changes were made to an assignment submission. (Note: anonymous and moderated grading are feature options that can be enable by going to the Features tab within your course settings.)
Learn More: How do I audit an assessment in SpeedGrader?
Instructors and students can now directly upload files to embed in the Rich Content Editor, without first having to upload the image files to Canvas.
Learn More: What is the Rich Content Editor?
The To Do list now displays up to seven items, instead of five, and can display items that are due more than two weeks in advance. Due to this change, the Coming Up section has been removed from the Card View and Recent Activity Dashboard sidebars, and from the Course Home Page sidebar.
Instructors are now able to search by student ID number in the New Gradebook.
Learn More: Canvas Release: New Gradebook
Students can now set their Canvas Dashboard to “List View,” which displays all course To Do items in an agenda view to help you easily manage tasks across all of your courses.
Canvas’ next-generation quiz tool, Quizzes.Next, has been fully released and is no longer in beta. Still, features and improvements will continue to be added over the coming months. Instructors can create a Quizzes.Next assessment by going in their course to Assignments and then clicking +Quiz/Test.
Canvas now offers improved support for moderated grading, along with new features for anonymous grading. Both anonymous and moderated grading must first be enabled in your course by going to Settings and clicking the Feature Options tab.
An option to “Remove points from rubric” has been added when creating a new rubric, allowing instructors to build rubrics that are not tied to an assignment’s score.
In SpeedGrader, the Keyboard Shortcuts and Help links can now be found under the Settings (cog wheel) menu.
Entire modules can now be duplicated within a course, through the Settings menu.
Only Quizzes. Next quizzes are supported for copying within modules, though. For more information and instructions, see How do I duplicate a module?
The Discussions page has been updated for improved accessibility among all users. For non-graded discussions, instructors can also now create section-specific discussions.
Full details on this new look for Discussions are available here: How do I use the Discussions Index Page?
DocViewer now supports annotations to BMP, JPEG, JPG, PNG, TIF, and TIFF images in SpeedGrader and the Submission Details page.
Within DocViewer, Instructors are now able to delete annotations or comments by other users, such as students or TAs.
The Rich Content Editor will now display a word count tracker for students and instructors as they type. This change tells users how many words they have typed into a discussion, page, assignment text entry, or other content location where the Rich Content Editor is supported.
The Canvas Student app for iOS has been redesigned for improved usability and accessibility.
The Login Page in the Canvas Student and Teacher apps on iOS has been redesigned for consistency with Android devices. The “Find My School” button has been added to allow users to search institutions.
The Canvas Teacher mobile app now supports push notifications. Users can tap on notifications to open the app and the related page. Learn how to enable push notifications.
For iOS devices, the To Do List and Inbox tools now support notification badges for new items. The To Do List notification badge will display the number of items that need grading for all assignments, while the Inbox will display the number of unread messages in the Inbox. For Android devices, the To Do List displays a notification badge, but not yet the Inbox tool.
Instructors can now create section-specific announcements in their course. While drafting an announcement, they can select to send the announcement to all sections, one section, or multiple sections. Visit the Canvas guide on creating announcements to learn more.
Announcements have also received an updated design to improve accessibility for all users. Most functionality has not been affected.
The Canvas Student app now supports course invitations. Within the app, students will have the option to accept or decline course invitations appearing on their dashboard.
The Canvas Student app also now supports global announcements. Students will be able to view announcements in their Dashboard until it is dismissed or until the due date has passed.
The Canvas Student app’s Dashboard and course navigation menu have been redesigned for increased usability and accessibility to all students. Visit the Canvas Student app guide for information on using the mobile app.
Instructors can now choose to individually enable the New Gradebook at the course level. This means instructors can choose which courses they want to enable the New Gradebook for, and toggle this setting themselves. To enable the New Gradebook, click Settings in the NavBar, and under the Feature Options tab, toggle the New Gradebook button so that it reveals a green checkmark.
For more information about using the New Gradebook, see the New Gradebook tutorial in the Canvas Guides.
The New Gradebook now also supports late policies, which allow instructors to automatically apply grading rules for late and missing submissions in their courses. For more information about using late policies in the New Gradebook, see the Late Policies tutorial in the Canvas Guides.
The Canvas Teacher app now includes support for Pages, Files, and To-Do Lists. For more information about using the Canvas Teacher app, see the Using Canvas Teacher tutorial in the Canvas Guides.
In order for individuals with vision disabilities to access your content, images that contain meaningful content should always have explanatory alt text associated with them. (You can add alt text in Canvas through the Embed Image dialog in the Rich Content Editor.) However, if an image is decorative, you can now indicate that it should not be read out by screen readers by checking the Decorative Image checkbox in the Embed Image dialog box.
The Canvas Student app now supports a grades widget on iOS devices. This widget displays a student's current grade for up to eight courses. For more information about using the Grades Widget, see this iOS Grades Widget tutorial in the Canvas Guides.
The Course Home Page now includes the Student View button, which allows instructors to view their course as a student without having to open Course Settings. For more information about using Student View, see this Student View tutorial in the Canvas Guides.
The Rich Content Editor Accessibility Checker is designed to help instructors, students, and course designers create accessible content in Canvas. The Accessibility Checker is available everywhere the Rich Text Editor can be used, and is located on the far right-hand side of the text editor menu. For more information about using the Accessibility Checker, see the Accessibility Checker tutorial in the Canvas Guides.
Discussions can now be duplicated from both the Discussions and Assignments page. The duplication option has been added to the Settings menu for each discussion. When a discussion is copied, the word “copy” is added to the end of the discussion name. Copied discussions are set to unpublished by default. For more information about copying discussions, see the Copy Discussion tutorial in the Canvas Guides.
The Gradebook History page has been redesigned for improved performance and can now be filtered by student, grader, assignment, start date, and end date. Previously the Gradebook History page only displayed the name of the assignment with a grade change. For more information about gradebook history filters, see the Gradebook History tutorial in the Canvas Guides.