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February 15 Canvas Release

Canvas is updated every month with new features and fixes. The Macomb CTL posts new release highlights to our blog at emacomb.com.  Please contact us at ctlsupport@macomb.edu if you have questions about Canvas releases.

February 15 Release

Please watch the New Feature Screencast for a review of the updates in this release:

Gradebook Import – Ignore Reserved Names

This change will impact instructors who import their own CSV files into the Canvas Gradebook.  The Gradebook will now ignore any reserved name columns or hidden/deleted custom columns and not import them into the Canvas Gradebook.  Examples of reserved column names include Student, ID, SIS User ID, SIS Login ID, Section, and other information taken directly from your institution’s SIS (Student Information System database such as Datatel, Ellucian, etc.)

This change will prevent instructors from accidentally overwriting any information in these columns – if instructors accidentally use a CSV column named “Section,” for example, it will be ignored during import, and the original SIS-supplied value kept in the Gradebook.

Many instructors do not import CSVs and therefore will notice no change.

Direct Share

COMING SOON:  Canvas is planning a new content sharing feature for instructors, and we’re in the process of evaluating the feature for use at Macomb.  The Direct Share feature will allow you to share module items – pages, assignments, quizzes, files – with other instructors.  Click the three-dot icon to use the feature.  The three dots are located on both the Modules page and on individual pages or assignments.

You may send items to any instructor at Macomb.  The recipient will see a notification in the Account area of the Global Navigation menu:

Click Account > Shared Content to see details of the shared item:

The recipient can then import the content into one of their courses or delete it.

A related new feature is Copy To… , which allows you to copy a module item from one of your courses to another. (You must be an instructor in both courses.)  You’ll find the Copy To feature directly below the Send To feature in the three-dot menu.

You may then choose the destination course and module where you’d like to place the copied content.

 

The complete production release notes for this release are available on the Canvas Community.

The next Canvas production release will be available Saturday, March 21, with release notes available Tuesday, February 18.

 

Images on this page are from the Canvas Guides and Release Notes, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Agreement.

January 18 Canvas Release

Canvas is updated every month with new features and fixes. The Macomb CTL posts new release highlights to our blog at emacomb.com.  Please contact us at ctlsupport@macomb.edu if you have questions about Canvas releases.

January 18 Release

Please watch the New Feature Screencast for a review of the updates in this release:

Student Context Card Progress Summary

This feature has been optionally available and is now standard.  Context cards are small windows which give you a snapshot of the student’s progress in the course, including their current/final grade, number of missing and late assignments, and grades on the last 10 graded items.

Click on a student’s name from the Gradebook or People pages and the context card will display.  Context cards are currently unavailable in Inbox, SpeedGrader, or Groups.

Post Submission Comments Without Grade

Instructors may now draft comments on manually-graded assignments without requiring a grade.  Previously, instructors were required to enter a grade before they could enter a comment.

Note that the comments as well as the grades will be hidden from the students until you decide to Post them.  The small red dot in the grade cell indicates a hidden grade or comment.

Personal Pronouns

COMING SOON: Students and instructors will be soon able to display their preferred pronouns, if desired.  To select your personal pronoun, browse to Account (in left-side global navigation) > Settings.

If students opt to show a pronoun, it will appear across various areas in Canvas, such as the User Navigation Menu, Inbox, Discussions, Comments, and People pages.

 

The complete production release notes for this release are available on the Canvas Community.

The next Canvas production release will be available Saturday, February 15, with release notes available Monday, January 20.

 

Images on this page are from the Canvas Guides and Release Notes, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Agreement.

September 21 Canvas Release

Canvas is updated every month with new features and fixes. The Macomb CTL posts new release highlights to our blog at emacomb.com.  Please contact us at ctlsupport@macomb.edu if you have questions about Canvas releases.

September 21 Release

Please see the New Feature Screencast for a review of the updates in this release:

SpeedGrader – Filter By Student Group

This change is a Feature Option intended to streamline grading in large courses.  You may turn on the feature in Settings :

Course Setting for large courses to enable SpeedGrader by student group

Once this feature is activated, you will NOT be able to launch SpeedGrader from the Gradebook window until you first select a student group in the filter menu.

New Gradebook grade detail tray displays if selecting a group is required before viewing SpeedGrader

The feature is designed to improve slow performace in SpeedGrader that occurs upon hitting a threshold of 2,500 submissions.

 

The complete production release notes for this release are available on the Canvas Community.

The next Canvas production release will be available Saturday, October 19, with release notes available Monday, September 30.

 

 

Images on this page are from the Canvas Guides and Release Notes, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Agreement.

May 11 Canvas Release

Canvas is updated every third Saturday with new features and fixes. The Macomb CTL posts new release highlights to our blog at emacomb.com.  Please contact us at ctlsupport@macomb.edu if you have questions about Canvas releases.

May 11 Release

Please watch the New Feature Screencast video for a review of the updates in this release:

 

New Gradebook: Student Context Card displays Final Grade Override

The Student Context Card has been updated to show the Final Grade Override, if the Override feature has been activated for the Gradebook.   Click the student’s name in the Gradebook to bring up the Context Card pane on the right.  This update ensures that the Override grade is consistently displayed acr0ss various areas of Canvas.

context card override grade

 

Files: Sharing Permissions Interface Update

The interface for setting sharing permissions on in your Canvas Files area (Account > Files) has been simplified.

File sharing permissions

Though Published and Unpublished are the most common permissions for a file, instructors can also set files to:

  • Not visibile in student files – only available to those with direct link
  • Schedule student availability – make file available in course for a specific period of time

restricted files

No functionality has been changed – this is only a design change in the user interface.

 

Internet Explorer 11 End of Support: August 3

Please be advised that on August 3, Internet Explorer 11 will no longer be supported as a Canvas browser.  You may still use Internet Explorer, but some features may not work as intended.  Chrome, Firefox, or Safari are recommended as alternatives.

 

The complete production release notes for this release are available on the Canvas Community.

The next Canvas release will be deployed Saturday, June 1, with release notes available Monday, May 20.

Images on this page are from the Canvas Guides and Release Notes, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Agreement.

March 9 Canvas Release

Canvas is updated every third Saturday with new features and fixes. The Macomb CTL posts new release highlights to our blog at emacomb.com.  Please contact us at ctlsupport@macomb.edu if you have any questions about Canvas releases.

March 9 Release

Please view the New Feature Screencast for a demonstration of the updates in this release:

 

Assessment Audit – Moderated Assignments

NOTE: This update only applies for instructors who have opted into the Moderated Grading feature for their course.  This allows multiple reviewers to grade student assignments.

The March 9 update streamlines the process for graders to view the audit trail  from within SpeedGrader:

Previously, instructors had to activate a separate Feature Option to view the audit trail.  Now, you’ll find a link directly in SpeedGrader.  The audit trail shows all actions taken on the assignment by all graders.

 

Discussion Topic Author Search

Instructors are now able to search discussion topics using a student’s name.  Previously, discussion search was limited to topic keywords only.  You will find the Discussion Search box at the Discussions link in your Course Navigation menu.

 

 

New Gradebook: Override Final Grade CSV Export

NOTE: This update only applies for instructors who have opted into the New Gradebook. By the end of 2019, the New Gradebook will replace the existing Gradebook. We’ll keep you updated as the deployment timeframe is announced.

The Override Grade feature deployed in the previous release introduced the ability for instructors to override the final calculated grade with a letter grade of the instructor’s choosing:

In this release, the Override column has been added to the CSV file generated for a Gradebook Export (accessible from the Settings gear at top right of gradebook).

At this time, you may not import a CSV file containing the Override column into a Canvas Gradebook.

The complete production release notes for this release are available on the Canvas Community.

The next Canvas release will be deployed Saturday, March 30, with release notes available Monday, March 18.

 

Images on this page are from the Canvas Guides and Release Notes, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Agreement.