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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.

Canvas July 2017 release: New duplication, sidebar features

It’s July and the Canvas team is deploying some exciting new features on the 15th. To preview these or any planned Canvas updates prior to the release date, simply log into the Macomb Canvas Beta Server with your Macomb credentials.

Canvas updates are scheduled every three weeks. Some notable updates in this release include:

  • Duplicate menu item added to the Assignments page and Pages list
  • Rich Content Editor sidebar now appears in Quiz and Assignment editing mode.

Please see the New Feature Screencast for a demonstration:

Detailed release notes are also available on the Canvas Community website.

Duplicating assignments is a quicker alternative to copying and pasting.

Duplicate assigmentBe aware that this new function is currently available only from the Assignments and Pages menus and not the Modules menu.

The Rich Content Editor sidebar, which provides easy access to links, files, and images, is now available for use on Assignments, including Quizzes.

Join the Canvas Community and receive direct updates about Canvas releases by logging in using your Macomb credentials and following the Canvas Release Notes page.

As always, contact us with any questions (ctlsupport@macomb.edu or 586.226.4774) or feel free to leave a comment below.