What’s New in Canvas

August 4, 2018 Production Release Highlights

In this release, changes include the Student Dashboard List View that allows students to view all course tasks in a list format or To Do format.  In addition to displaying automatically populated graded To Do items, the List view allows instructors to add non-graded items to the To Do list and students to add their own items to the To Do items.  list-view-dashboard-overviewThis change helps students manage all tasks across all their courses in a user-friendly format that also allows for user customization.  Learn more about Student Dashboard List View 

July 14, 2018 Production Release Highlights

Non-Scoring Rubrics are now available which means rubrics can be created without point values.  This feature promotes learning engagement by helping students focus on assignment feedback instead of point values . Learn more by accessing Canvas Guide on Non-Scoring Rubrics non-scoring rubrics

June 23, 2018 Production Release Highlights

In this release, changes include:

  • The Discussions page includes an updated design to improve accessibility for all users. Most functionality has not been affected. Additionally, when creating a non-graded discussion, instructors can create section-specific discussions in their courses for all sections, one section, or multiple sections.
  • Entire modules can be duplicated within a course. The duplication option is located in the Settings menu for every supported module item. When a module is copied, the word Copy is added to the end of the module name. A copied module is placed directly below the originating module. While the module is being copied, a loading indicator shows the copy is in progress.

June 2, 2018 Production Release Highlights

In this release, changes include:

  • In DocViewer, annotations can be added to various images in SpeedGrader and the Submission Details page. Instructors can delete any annotations or comments for any user, and users can comment on annotations if they are not the author of the annotation. 
  • Conferences can display multiple recording formats. Additionally, instructors whose institutions have upgraded to the Canvas Conferences premium tier can see a new recording format called statistics that displays metrics about student participation in the recorded session.

March 3, 2018 Production Release Highlights

The Announcements page includes an updated design to improve accessibility for all users. 

announcement redesign

Design changes include the following:

  • The Unread button has been changed to a menu, where users can filter between all announcements and unread announcements.
  • Announcements are locked by default and no longer display a lock icon. Announcements that allow comments include a Reply link under the announcement. Users can view and reply to the announcement by clicking the announcement title or the Reply link.
  • Announcements can be specified for a specific section or all sections. The number of sections is visible to all users who are able to view the announcement.
  • Profile pictures display next to each announcement for the user who posted the announcement.

February 17, 2018 Production Release Highlights

In this release, Student View is now available as an option in the Home Page right sidebar. This changes makes it easier for faculty to switch to student view to test course setup and content without having to open Course Settings.

Student View from Home Page

December 9, 2017 Production Release Highlights

In this release, changes include:

  • Instructors can view the inactive label for students within a group. This change helps instructors identify inactive students in a group and move group memberships, if necessary.
  • Small design updates have been made in the Canvas interface for Collaborations, the Dashboard, and the Rich Content Editor, and Italian is a supported language in Canvas.

You may view the full Canvas Production Release Notes for Dec 9, 2017 and its accompanying screencast.


November 18, 2017 Production Release Highlights

New features and upgrades in the November 18 release are highlighted below. You may view the full Canvas Production Release Notes for October 28, 2017 and its accompanying screencast. 

In this release, key changes include:

  • Assignments, graded discussions, and pages can be duplicated within a module. The duplication option is located in the Settings menu for every supported module item. When a module item is copied, the word Copy is added to the end of the item name.
  • Criteria can be duplicated within a rubric. This feature allows instructors and course designers to easily copy and modify existing criteria.

October 28, 2017 Production Release Highlights

New features and upgrades in the Oct 28 production release are listed below. You may view the full Canvas Production Release Notes for October 28, 2017 and its accompanying screencast.

New Features and Upgrades

  • The Rich Content Editor Accessibility Checker helps verify common accessibility errors in Canvas content.
  • Discussions can now be duplicated from a discussion’s Settings menu.
  • In course rubrics, the Create or Edit Rubric view visibly displays all add, edit, and delete icons in a criterion. Additionally, ratings also support rating descriptions.
  • And in DocViewer, comments with multiple lines are collapsed by default and can be expanded to view the entire comment, and the Delete icon only displays when creating an annotation.
  • The Gradebook History page has been redesigned for improved performance and includes display filters for a specific student, grader, assignment, and start and end date.

October 7, 2017 Production Release Highlights

In this release, key changes include:

  • Rubric criteria can now include a point range instead of an individual point value.
  • Several icons and styles have changed in user interface to improve accessibility.

You may view the full Canvas Production Release Notes for Oct 7, 2017 and its accompanying screencast.


Sept 1, 2017 – Canvas Conferences / Big Blue Button V2.0 

Version 2.0 of Big Blue Button is released on the Endicott Canvas platform. Key changes include:

  • Cleaner user interface with new icons.
  • Students can download presentations if presenter turns on the download option.
  • Public chat transcript can be saved and downloaded.
  • Multi-user whiteboard is available with user names displayed when drawing.
  • Shared notes layout lets students collaborate to created shared notes during lecture and breakout rooms.

Watch the 5 minute BigBlueButton 2.0 Overview to see new features.

 


July 15, 2017 Production Release Highlights

In an effort to continually improve Canvas, Instructure, the parent company of Canvas, releases Canvas upgrades every three weeks along with Production Release Notes. Key features and upgrades in the July 15 production release are listed below. You may view the full Canvas Production Release Notes for July 15, 2017 and its accompanying screencast.

New Features and Upgrades

1. Assignments and pages can now be duplicated in Canvas courses!  Duplicating discussions and quizzes are planned for a future release.

2. Modules replaces Recent Activity Stream as the default Course Home page for new courses. Instructors can still choose a different course home page option.

3. A Course Setup Tutorial is now available and replaces the Course Setup Menu. In Account Settings, faculty can enable the tutorial to display for all courses.

4. The default font size has increased from 14px to 16 px and new icons are used throughout Canvas.

5. The new Calendar Scheduler feature is turned on for Endicott. Use the links below to learn about the new Scheduler feature:


June 19, 2017 – Canvas DocViewer Released

On Monday, June 19 – Canvas DocViewer, a new native content preview and annotations tool, will replace the current Box previewer and Crocodoc annotation tools in Canvas. Learn more about DocViewer capabilities in this blog post.

Read the Canvas Release: Canvas DocViewer release notes to learn more about supported file types, Annotation Tools and Known Issues.