This Saturday the new Canvas production release will go live. To preview its new features, log in to Macomb’s Canvas beta server at macomb.beta.instructure.com with your Macomb credentials. This beta installation resets every week and allows you to view Canvas updates before the production release. Please see the official Canvas documentation for more information on the release schedule and beta server.
Canvas releases are launched every three weeks. To sign up for email notifications on beta and production releases, visit the releases.canvaslms.com page and click the Follow button in the upper right.
The most noticeable changes are the late and missing assignment status labels:
These red labels are visible on the submission details page, the student Grades page (shown above for fictional student), and in SpeedGrader. These status labels allow you to quickly distinguish between assignments which were submitted after the due date and assignments which were never submitted at all.
Please see the official release notes for more information on the status labels and for detailed explanations of several small bug fixes, including issues with screen reader accessibility, the Canvas Calendar, and the Rich Content Editor.
The New Feature Screencast video gives a great overview of the new release:
The next Beta release arrives on August 14 – you’ll find any changes on the Beta server in preparation of the next Production release on August 26.
Please contact the Macomb Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at 586-226-4774 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about using Canvas in your courses or would like to speak to our knowledgeable Instructional Technology Specialists!