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Canvas Update – Fall 2021

Here’s what’s new for Fall 2021

(Additional updates will be added throughout the quarter)

Canvas Overview Sessions

Need help setting up your Stanford on-campus Fall 2021 course or have questions about Canvas? We are offering Canvas Overview Sessions via Zoom on the following Mondays and Thursdays from 11am-12pm.

  • Monday, September 13, 20, and 27
  • Thursday, September 16, 23, and 30

Zoom information can be found on your Canvas Dashboard.

Removal of Conferences Tool

Learning Technologies and Spaces (LTS) removed the Conferences tool (recently renamed to “BigBlueButton (Formerly Conferences)” from Canvas. Instructors are encouraged to use Zoom in Canvas for all video conferencing needs. Zoom includes more features, more flexibility, and will automatically import all cloud recordings into Panopto.

Canvas navigation tools

New Quizzes

New Quizzes is now enabled in Canvas. Prior to using New Quizzes, please refer to the New Quizzes blog article and familiarize yourself with the Missing or Changed Functionality in New Quizzes guide before using New Quizzes in a live Canvas course. Instructors are welcome to request a sandbox site to start testing out New Quizzes by emailing

New Quizzes edit view

Peer Review Date Text Clarification

For Assignment Peer Reviews where an instructor has selected to Automatically-assigned peer reviews, there is now an explanation under the “Assign Reviews” field to let the teaching team know that the assignment due date will be used if the date field is left blank. Either a date in the Assign Reviews field or Due Date must be added or Canvas will not automatically assign peer reviews even after students have started submitting to the assignment.

Peer review options

Differentiated Assignments Student Secondary Information

When an instructor goes in to assign an assignment to a specific student, any student names with an exact match will display in the list of students. Secondary information for each student, if available, displays in parenthesis after the students’ names to help differentiate between students with the same name.

For New Quizzes added to Modules, there is now a direct link to the quiz Build page to allows instructors to immediately make changes quiz questions, settings, or quiz moderation options. Previously, instructors had to click on the title of the New Quiz, get dropped on the Edit page, and then click Build.

LTS Canvas Roadmap

Learn more about the work the LTS Canvas team is working on by checking out the Canvas Roadmap.