Canvas makes regularly scheduled updates. There are two categories of updates:
- Feature Options: Feature Options are new tools released in Canvas available for instructors to use. These tools may not be fully developed and Canvas is working on improving their functionality. Descriptions of the beta tools are listed on the Canvas - Feature Options page
- Latest Updates: New features are released every month. Descriptions of these features are listed on this page. Note that some of these features may only be relevant to instructors, and others only to students. Only significant changes that impact CU Boulder are listed; to see the complete release notes from the vendor, visit Canvas: Release Notes
January 15, 2022
For more information about these and other changes please refer to the Canvas release notes user summaries for instructors.
Instructors: Gradebook - Missing Status Removal
When an assignment indicates a student’s submission as missing, and a grade is entered manually in the Gradebook, the Missing status is removed.
Instructors: Gradebook - Split Name Columns
The Gradebook View menu can include the option to split student names into two separate columns and show first and last name separately. This change also allows student first and last names to be displayed and exported in separate columns.
Learn more: How do I filter columns in the gradebook?
Instructors: New Quizzes - Partial Credit for Matching Questions
Matching questions include the option to select partial credit, similar to the Multiple Answer questions. Partial credit is the default option for this question type. The partial credit is calculated using "right-minus-wrong."
October 16, 2021
All Users: Course Notification Customization
Users can now adjust course-level Notifications from the account Notification menu.
- How do I manage notifications for a single course as a student?
- How do I manage notifications for a single course as an instructor?
Instructors: SpeedGrader Submission Status Label Edits
Users with access to the gradebook can now edit the status labels (e.g., Missing, Late, Excused) for a student's assignment directly in the SpeedGrader.
Instructors: Gradebook Assignment Search
Users with access to the gradebook can now search the gradebook for specific assignments.
Learn more: How do I use the Gradebook?
June 19, 2021
Instructors: SpeedGrader Comment Library
Instructors can now save frequently used comments in SpeedGrader and be reused across multiple students and assignments.
Learn more: How do I use the Comment Library in SpeedGrader?
Instructors: New Quizzes Item Bank Management
New Quiz item banks can be shared with the entire account as well as one or more courses. Additionally, item banks can be shared as view only.
Learn more: How do I share an item bank in New Quizzes?
May 15, 2021
All Users: Student Annotation Submissions
Instructors can now create an annotated assignment type. This assignment type allows instructors to upload a file and ask students to annotate the file directly in Canvas using the tools within DocViewer.
- How do I create an online assignment? (Instructors)
- How do I annotate a file as an assignment submission in Canvas? (Students)
- Student annotation assignments cannot be used for group assignments
- Student annotation assignments are not currently supported on mobile devices. If instructors want students to be able to annotate a document via the mobile app, they should also use the File Uploads submission type and provide the original file in the assignment description for students to download and annotate in the app.
All Users: Auto-Show Closed Captioning
Users can enable captions to show by default in all Canvas videos.
Learn more: User Settings: Auto Show Closed Captioning
- This setting will only affect videos uploaded to Canvas directly with a caption file. This setting will not affect Canvas Studio videos or third-party hosted videos.
Instructors: New Quizzes Save and Build Button Workflow
The New Quiz creation page includes both a Save button and a Build button.
Learn more: How do I create an assessment using New Quizzes?
April 17, 2021
For more information about these and other changes please refer to the Canvas release notes user summaries for instructors.
Instructors: Multiple Attempts First Score Option for New Quizzes
The Multiple Attempts menu includes an option to retain the first score for grading when multiple submission attempts are allowed.
March 20, 2021
Instructors: Course Availability Date Enhancements
The course availability date UI has been changed to provide more clarification in its functionality; instructors can now choose between "term" dates and "course" dates.
Please note: There is no functional change; course dates will still automatically be set and enforced by default. If you need to grant a student extended access please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or dial 303-735-4357.
Students: Webcam Assignment Submission
For File Upload assignments, students now have the option to use their webcam.
Please note: The first time a student uses this feature they will need to give permission to Canvas to access their webcam.
Instructors: Modules Support for New Quizzes
Instructors can now choose to create a New Quiz when creating a quiz via modules.
Learn more: How do I add a quiz as a module item?
All Users: Rich Content Editor File Preview Enhancements
Users who link a file in the Rich Content Editor can now choose between overlay or inline preview types.
Overlay preview is the existing file preview functionality, where the file preview opens and overlays the entire page.
Inline preview loads the preview directly in the Rich Content Editor window once the file is clicked. If the option to expand the preview by default is also selected, the file is automatically expanded in the page and the user does not need to click the file to view it.
Instructors: SpeedGrader Submission Reassignments
Instructors can now reassign an assignment with a specified due date to an individual student and ask them to redo their submission in SpeedGrader.
Please note: The Reassign Assignment button is only available for assignments with due dates.
Learn more: How do I use SpeedGrader?
Instructors: Learning Mastery Gradebook Student Filters
Instructors who have the Learning Mastery Gradebook enabled can view outcomes data in the Learning Mastery Gradebook for students who no longer have an active enrollment in their course.
February 20, 2021
Instructors: View Ungraded as Zero
Instructors, Graders, and TAs with gradebook access can now access the View Ungraded as 0 option in the Gradebook View menu. Previously this setting was only available in the Individual Gradebook.
Learn more: How do I use the Gradebook?
Instructors: Import Override Scores in Gradebook
Instructors, Graders, and TAs with gradebook access can now import and apply changes to Final Grade Overrides via CSV uploads.
- How do I override a student's final grade in the Gradebook?
- How do I import grades in the Gradebook?
All Users: Pretty HTML Editor
The Rich Content Editor includes a "pretty" HTML editor in addition to the raw HTML editor.
January 16, 2021
Instructors: Feature Option Management
In order to provide consistency with other areas of Canvas, the Feature Options management page has been updated.
To see which Feature Options are available in your course go to your Course Settings and select the Feature Options tab at the top.
Learn more: How do I manage new features for a course?
Students: Canvas Student App Push Notifications
In order to streamline communication for all user roles, Canvas has decreased the number of notifications types available for Push notifications.
To view/edit your Push notifications, open the Canvas Student App, open your Settings page, select Push Notifications.
December 19, 2020
All Users: New Rich Content Editor
The Rich Content Editor has updated to the New Rich Content Editor. Despite the new UI and small workflow changes, all previous functionality remains.
For an in-depth look at the New Rich Content Editor please read the What is the New Rich Content Editor? feature-overview by Canvas.
All Users: Auto Save in Rich Content Editor
In pages with one Rich Content Editor (e.g., Pages, Assignments, Quizzes, single Discussion replies), the editor autosaves any content that hasn't been submitted for up to one hour.
Note: Canvas can only recover autosaved content using the same browser on the same computer an hour within the last edit.
- How do I add and modify text in the New Rich Content Editor as an instructor?
- How do I add and modify text in the New Rich Content Editor as a student?
Instructors: Student View Now Accessible Throughout Canvas
The Student View button now displays in most course pages, providing quick Student View access for that specific page.
Note: On the Home Page, the Student View button has been removed from the sidebar and replaced with a smaller button at the top of the page.
All Users: Media Recordings Now Reusable
Newly recorded/uploaded media via the Upload/Record Media link is now stored in the Course, Groups, or User Files folder.
Previously, media recorded/uploaded could not be repurposed without being exported. Now, when users record/upload media using the Upload/Record Media link, the media file is stored in the Files folder for the media location (course or group).
For students who record or upload media for an assignment submission, the media file is stored in the User Files folder. These media files can be downloaded and shared like all other files in the Files page.
October 17, 2020
All Users: Recent History
All users are now able to access a new tab on the Global Navigation Menu displaying recently viewed content from the past three weeks.
- How do I view my recent page view history in Canvas as an instructor?
- How do I view my recent page view history in Canvas as a student?
All Users: Notification Preferences Interface Updates
The user-level notifications page has been updated to match the design of the course-level. Additional enhancements have been added to clarify notifications between each level. This is mostly a UI change.
- How do I set my Canvas notification preferences as an instructor?
- How do I set my Canvas notification preferences as a student?
Student App: Score Statistics for Android and iOS
If enabled in the course, score statistics are available below grades in the assignment details page.
- How do I view Course Grades in the Student app on my Android device?
- How do I view Course Grades in the Student app on my iOS device?
Student App: Annotation Comments for iOS
When a submission includes annotation comments an icon displays in the submission which students can tap to view the associated comments, then tap the Comments button.
September 19, 2020
For more information about these changes please refer to the Canvas release notes user summary for instructors.
Instructors: New Analytics Reports
Instructors can now use New Analytics to generate CSV reports for missing assignments, late assignments, excused assignments, the class roster, and course activity data.
August 15, 2020
Instructors: Bulk Page Delete
Instructors can now delete multiple pages at one time in the Pages Index page. Note: The delete functionality is disabled for the page designated as the Front Page.
Learn more: How do I delete pages in a course?
All Users: Global Announcement History
All users now have access to view announcements that were previously dismissed from the Dashboard.
June 20, 2020
To ensure the smoothest Canvas experience possible we have been waiting to enable these features until now.
All Users: Granular Course Notifications
When adjusting notification preferences at the course level, users are provided the same level of granularity as they have when adjusting account level notifications.
May 16, 2020
To ensure the smoothest Canvas experience possible we have been waiting to enable these features until now.
For more information about these changes please refer to the April 18th Canvas update user summary for instructors, the April 25th Ready Release user summary for instructors, and the May 16th Ready Release user summary for instructors.
Instructors: Canvas Dashboard Now Distinguishes Between Unpublished and Published courses.
To help instructors identify which courses are published, the Dashboard now separates courses into two categories: Published Courses and Unpublished Drafts.
In addition to the normal publishing workflow, Instructors can also publish courses directly from the Dashboard when it is ready for student access.
- Learn more: How do I publish a course?
Instructors: Rubrics Can Now Be Accessed from the Course Navigation Bar
Instructors can now access Rubrics directly from the Course Navigation Bar. Previously instructors would have to go to Outcomes > Manage Rubrics.
- Learn more: How do I manage rubrics in a course?
Instructors: File Upload Enhancements for Modules
Instructors can now upload multiple files into a module at one time. This can be done through drag-and-drop or the traditional add item window. In addition, the course home page will now always display an import existing content button.
- Learn more: How do I add content as module items?
April 18, 2020
In addition, please refer to release note user summaries for the applicable “Ready Release.”
- April 18th, 2020: instructors and students
- April 11th, 2020: instructors and students
- April 4th, 2020: instructors and students
- March 28th, 2020: instructors and students
All Users: Mute Notifications by Course
Users can mute all notifications from a course they’re enrolled in.
- Learn more: How do I manage notifications for a single course as an instructor?
- See also: How do I manage notifications for a single course as a student?
All Users: Mobile App QR Code Login
All users can now generate a QR Code to login to the mobile app.
- Learn more: How do I view a QR Code to login to the Canvas mobile apps as an instructor?
- See Also: How do I view a QR Code to login to the Canvas mobile apps as a student?
Instructors: Bulk Edit Assignment Due/Availability Dates
The Assignments page now supports editing all assignment, discussion, and quiz dates in a single page
Instructors: Assignment Submission Limit
Instructors can now limit the number of submissions students can make on a given Assignment.
- Learn more: How do I add or edit details in an Assignment?
Instructors: Partial Credit for Multiple Answer Questions (New Quizzes)
Instructors can now select “partial credit with penalty,” otherwise known as “right-minus-wrong,” when creating a Multiple Answer question in New Quizzes.
Instructors: Quiz Engine Preference
Instructors can now set their preferred quiz engine when creating a quiz. Please note: This is a course-level setting. Additionally, you can reset your preference by using the quiz options menu (the three vertical dots in the upper right hand corner of the course’s Quiz Index Page.
- Learn more: How do I create an assessment using New Quizzes?
- See Also: How do I use the Quizzes Index Page?
Instructors: Assignment Header SpeedGrader Menu Link
Instructors and TAs can now, once again, go directly to the SpeedGrader from the Assignment Header Menu.
- Learn more: How do I get to SpeedGrader from the Gradebook?
March 21, 2020
Instructors: Course Summary Visibility
Instructors are now able to remove the auto-generated Course Summary section in the Syllabus.
Instructors: Re-Upload Submissions Status Page
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.
February 15, 2020
Instructors: New Quizzes Creation
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.
Enable New Quizzes
To enable New Quizzes please go to your course settings > feature options and toggle the button on next to New Quizzes.
All Users: Canvas Mobile Responsiveness
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!
January 18, 2020
Instructors: Direct Share
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: Attendance Tool Updates
Instructors are now able to prevent the attendance tool from counting toward the final grade of the course.
Instructors: Postable Submission Comments
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: New Quizzes Answer Shuffling
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.
December 23, 2019
Instructors: New Gradebook
Effective December 27, 2019 all Canvas courses will exclusively use Canvas’ New Gradebook.
Instructors: New Course and User Analytics
Effective December 27, 2019 all Canvas courses will exclusively use Canvas’ New Course and User Analytics.
Instructors: Numeric Question Invalid Input Warning (New Quizzes)
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.
November 18, 2019
All Users: Course Card Unfavorite Option
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: Manually Submit New Quiz Attempts
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.
- How do I manually submit outstanding quiz submissions?
- How do I moderate a student’s assessment attempt in New Quizzes?
Instructors: New Training Portal in the Help menu
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.
October 19, 2019
All Users: Course and User Menu Visibility
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.
Instructors: Private Chat Restriction in Conferences
The BigBlueButton conferences interface now supports restricting viewers from creating private chat messages with other users.
Instructors: Grade Post Policy Icon Updates (New Gradebook)
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.
September 21, 2019
Instructors: Student Group Filter in SpeedGrader
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.
Instructors: Individual Choice Feedback in New Quizzes
The New Quizzes tool now allows you to provide specific feedback relating to each individual answer choice for multiple choice questions.
August 17, 2019
Instructors: Course Card Images Now Provided by Unsplash
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).
Instructors: Student View and Item Bank Sharing in New Quizzes
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.
July 13, 2019
Instructors: Grade Post Policies in New Gradebook
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.
June 22, 2019
Instructors: See Groups in New Gradebook
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.
Instructors: Give Students Extra Time or Attempts in Quizzes.Next
In Quizzes.Next, a student can now be given extra time or attempts on a particular quiz without affecting other quizzes.
June 1, 2019
Instructors: Calculators and Scientific Notation in Quizzes.Next
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.
- What is Quizzes.Next?
- How do I manage settings for an assessment in Quizzes.Next?
- How do I create a Numeric question in Quizzes.Next?
Instructors: View Modules in the Teacher App
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.
Students: Improvements to Mobile App
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.
March 30, 2019
Instructors: Tag and Search Quizzes.Next Bank Items
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: Notifications of Broken Links
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).
March 9, 2019
Instructors: Enable On-Screen Calculator in Quizzes.Next
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.)
All Users: Search Discussions by Author Name
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.
February 16, 2019
Instructors: Enhanced Flexibility with Quizzes.Next
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.
January 26, 2019
Instructors: Additional Comments in Speedgrader Rubrics
While grading, instructors can now add additional comments for rubric criteria directly in the Speedgrader sidebar. These additional comments are displayed below each criterion.
December 8, 2018
Instructors and Students: Reorder Course Cards in Dashboard
Instructors and students can now manually reorder the course cards on their dashboard by dragging and dropping the card.
Instructors: SpeedGrader Audit Log
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?
November 16, 2018
Instructors and Students: Direct File Upload for Rich Content Editor
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?
October 27, 2018
Students: To Do List and Sidebar Updates
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: Student ID Filter in Gradebook
Instructors are now able to search by student ID number in the New Gradebook.
Learn More: Canvas Release: New Gradebook
August 4, 2018
Students: List View for Dashboard
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.
Instructors: Quizzes.Next No Longer in Beta
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.
July 14, 2018
Instructors: Moderated and Anonymous Grading
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.
- How do I add a moderated assignment to be graded by multiple reviewers?
- How do I add an assignment that includes anonymous grading?
Instructors: Updated Grading Features
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.
June 23, 2018
Instructors: New Modules Capabilities
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?
Students & Instructors: Updated Discussions Page
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?
June 2, 2018
Students & Instructors: Updated Annotations in DocViewer
DocViewer now supports annotations to BMP, JPEG, JPG, PNG, TIF, and TIFF images in SpeedGrader and the Submission Details page.
Instructors: New Annotation Management Capabilities
Within DocViewer, Instructors are now able to delete annotations or comments by other users, such as students or TAs.
April 21, 2018
Students & Instructors: Update to Rich Content Editor
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.
Students: Redesigns in Canvas Student App (iOS)
The Canvas Student app for iOS has been redesigned for improved usability and accessibility.
- The Grades page now includes labels for late, missing, submitted, and unsubmitted assignments.
- Students can now “like” individual discussion replies.
- On the Files page, students can no longer edit or delete multiple files.
Students & Instructors: New Login Page for iOS Apps
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.
March 31, 2018
Instructors: Updated Notifications in Teacher App
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.
March 10, 2018
Students & Instructors: New Announcement Features & Accessibility Updates
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.
Students: Course Invitations & Global Announcements Supported in Student App
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.
Students: Redesigns to Course Navigation & Dashboard Within App
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.
February 17, 2018
Instructors: New Gradebook Feature Options & Late Policies
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.
Instructors: Canvas Teacher Now Supports Pages, Files, & To-Do Lists
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.
Students & Instructors: Decorative Image Checkbox
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.
Students: Canvas Student Grades Widget on iOS Devices
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.
Instructors: Student View Button on Course Home Page
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.
December 9, 2017
Students & Instructors: Rich Text Editor Accessibility Checker
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.
Instructors: Duplicate Discussions
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.
Instructors: Gradebook History Filters
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.