|Title||Start Date & Time||End Date & Time|
|Service Issue Reported: Turnitin||Friday, February 15, 2019 - 6:33pm||Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 7:15am|
|Service Maintenance Scheduled: Wired Network||Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 10:00am||Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 11:30am|
|Service Maintenance Scheduled: Wi-Fi in Multiple Buildings||Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 6:30am||Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 7:15am|
Canvas makes regularly scheduled updates. There are two categories of updates:
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.