Over the past year, Canvas has been busy making updates. What is awesome is that these changes happened seamlessly with the intent to make the product even easier for both educators and students to use.
As a reminder, Canvas is upgraded and updated every three weeks so that institutions and students benefit from continuous, incremental product improvement, new features, and extended functionality. Significant product updates are announced on the CTL website, so please visit it often! Also, follow us on Twitter @MoraineCTL to stay up-to-date on everything CTL-related.
In case you missed them, here is a list highlighting some of the cool changes that have happened in Canvas over the past year:
Ease of Use
- A student view button has been added to the course home page. Please, take a look at your course from the student perspective!
- The course home page now defaults to the modules page, putting your content at the forefront of the class. You can still change the course home page to display the Recent Activity Dashboard, Pages Front Page, the Course Modules, the Assignment List, or the Syllabus.
- Faculty members can now copy materials within a course using the module duplication, assignment duplication, page duplication, and discussion duplication options in the item settings.
- Checking for accessibility issues within Canvas can be done using either the Accessibility Checker in the content editor or by using the UDOIT tool on the course menu.
- When adding images, it is now easier to add alternative text or indicate an image as decorative.
- A word count displays in the bottom corner of the content editor.
- Delayed announcements now include the upcoming post date and time on the announcements page.
- Comments are disabled by default.
- Faculty can choose to show recent announcements on home page when the home page is set to display the Pages Front Page.
- The DocViewer in SpeedGrader now has varied annotation options, including the option to annotate images.
- Rubrics can now be defined as non-scoring rubrics or use a rubric range.
- SpeedGrader has new options for group assignment feedback.
- The student to-do list view automatically populates graded to-do items and allows students to add their own to-do items. Instructors can now add pages and non-graded discussions to the student to-do list.
- The Canvas Teacher App was released for Android and iOS.
- Mobile analytics are now tracked.
If you have questions or want to learn more about any of the updates, follow the corresponding links to the Canvas Community or contact the Center for Teaching and Learning.
Canvas has been actively working on and testing a new gradebook and a new quiz tool called Quizzes.Next. Stay tuned to the CTL website for updates on these changes!