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Canvas Production Releases: August 25 and August 4

Canvas is updated every third Saturday with new features and fixes. The Macomb CTL will post highlights from the production release notes and related content to our blog at ctl.emacomb.com.  Please contact us at ctlsupport@macomb.edu if you have any questions about Canvas releases. 

August 25 Release

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

Dashboard List View and Mark as Done Module Requirements
  • Existing feature: Instructors can require the student to click “Mark as done” on a page
  • Change: The Mark as Done requirement now synchronizes with the recently-implemented Dashboard List View
  • When the student marks a page as done, the checkbox in Dashboard List View will be automatically checked.
Mark page as done

When the student marks the page as done, the checkbox in Dashboard List View will automatically be checked.


SpeedGrader: Anonymous Assignment Hidden Submission Details
  • SpeedGrader will hide submission details if an assignment is muted.
  • Upon unmuting the assignment, all details will show in SpeedGrader, including student names and submission time.


Student Learning Mastery Gradebook Outcome Icons
  • Only available in the New Gradebook
  • Clicking on the “i” icon allows students to quickly view information on their progress towards outcome mastery
  • Promotes the alignment of assessments with learning outcomes


Full production release notes for the August 25 release are available on the Canvas LMS Community. 


August 4 Release

Please see the New Feature Screencast for a video demonstration of the updates in this release.

Student To Do List View
  • The Student Dashboard now offers a List view for to-do items in each course.
  • Toggle List view by clicking the three dots near the top right of the Dashboard.
  • Students can add list items of their choice, and instructors can add graded and ungraded assignments to students’ to-do lists.

dashboard list view

Instructors can directly add modules, assignments, quizzes, or discussions to students’ to-do lists when creating or editing the page:

add to student to do


Google Docs and Office 365 Assignment Submission Processing Notification
  • Upload process for Google Docs and Office 365 submissions has been improved
  • Students can browse away or close the page without affecting the submission

Office 365 processing


DocViewer Comment Stacking
  • In DocViewer, related comment threads are now represented by stacking.
  • Initially shows the number of replies.
  • Click the comment box to expand all replies to the original comment

Docviewer Comments

Full production release notes for the August 4 release are available on the Canvas LMS Community. 

Future Updates

The next production release is scheduled for Saturday, September 15. Please see the Canvas Releases page for Production Release Notes, available on September 4.

Canvas Production Release – August 5

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:

Student Grades in Canvas with Late and Missing 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 ctlsupport@macomb.edu if you have any questions about using Canvas in your courses or would like to speak to our knowledgeable Instructional Technology Specialists!