Canvas Update – Fall 2021
Here’s what’s new for Fall 2021
(Additional updates will be added throughout the quarter)
- Canvas Overview Sessions
- Removal of Conferences Tool
- New Quizzes
- Peer Review Date Text Clarification
- Differentiated Assignments Student Secondary Information
- New Quizzes – Build Link in Modules
- Ed Discussion Demo Site
- Peer Review Date Text Clarification
- Differentiated Assignments: Student Secondary Information
- SpeedGrader: Submission Status Labels
- Sticky Navigation Menus
- Course Notification Customization
- Gradebook: Name & Assignment Search Fields
- Gradebook History: Link back to Gradebook
- Assignment Submission Feedback Indicator
- Settings Tab URL Links
- SpeedGrader: Text Entry Word Count
- New Quizzes: Stimulus Orientation
- Gradebook: Settings Sidebar
- Course Publish Buttons
- Content Import Warning Message
- Gradebook Late Policy Support
- Notification Delivery Details
- RCE: Image Options Percentage
- LTS Canvas Roadmap
Canvas Overview Sessions
Need help setting up your Stanford on-campus Winter 2022 course or have questions about Canvas? We are offering Canvas training sessions via Zoom.
- Basic Canvas Overview: Tuesdays and Thursdays, December 14 & 16, 2021 and January 4, 6, 11, 13, 18 & 20, 2022 from 11am-12pm.
- Beyond the Basics: Wednesdays, January 5, 12 & 19, 2022 from 11am-12pm.
Zoom information can be found on your Canvas Dashboard starting on December 1, 2021.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
New Quizzes – Build Link in Modules
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.
Ed Discussion Demo site
The Canvas Team built a Canvas Ed Discussion demo site for new Ed Discussion users. The demo sites covers the differences between the standalone Ed Discussion option versus the Canvas integration, the various features Ed Discussion supports, how to request an Ed Discussion site, the option to join an Ed Discussion site with various feature samples. You are welcome to enroll and explore the Canvas Ed Discussion demo site.
Peer Review Date Text Clarification
In a Peer Review assignment where ‘Automatically Assign Peer Reviews’ is selected, there is now clarifying text to explain that if the Assign Reviews field is blank, the due date will be used to automatically assign peer reviews. If no date is listed under Assign Reviews and no date is listed in the due date field, then Canvas will not automatically assign peer reviews.
Differentiated Assignments: Student Secondary Information
When assigning an assignment to specific students, any students with the exact same name will have a secondary information to differentiate between students. The SIS ID will appear in parenthesis next to any students with the same name when creating differentiated assignments. For students who have unique names within the course, there is no secondary information presented.
SpeedGrader: Submission Status Labels
When grading in SpeedGrader, there is now a pencil icon to allow instructors to easily select an appropriate status for a student’s submission. This change is most helpful for excusing a student from a quiz. Previously, the score box would be grayed out in SpeedGrader, requiring instructors to excuse a student by navigating to the Canvas Gradebook. Now, instructors can excuse students either through the Gradebook or SpeedGrader. Status changes either through SpeedGrader or the Gradebook will sync with the other.
Sticky Navigation Menus
The Canvas Account, Course, and User navigation menus now remain sticky and always visible when scrolling. Previously, for lengthy pages, the navigation would disappear when scrolling. The navigation is now always visible regardless of page length.
Course Notification Customization
Canvas users can now customize their course specific notifications from the account level, rather than needing to go directly into a Canvas course to make adjustments. When navigating to Account > Notifications, all active courses will be listed in the drop-down menu under ‘Settings for’.
Gradebook: Name & Assignment Search Fields
The Canvas Gradebook now includes two search fields instead of one. Instructors can now search and display results based on both student names as well as assignment names. Typing in ‘ka’ will display all students whose name includes ka. Previously, instructors were only able to search based on student names, not assignments.
Instructors have the added option to do advanced filtering. Instructors can click on the drop-down menu in either of the two search bars and select multiple students and/or assignments. The Gradebook will then filter and display results based on the selections chosen.
Gradebook History: Link back to Gradebook
Starting October 27, 2021, the Gradebook History page will include a link to navigate back to the Canvas Gradebook without the need to click on Grades via the lefthand navigation.
Assignment Submission Feedback Indicator
Students are able to see when new comments have been added to their submission through the Assignment Details page. The Show Rubric link and View Feedback link will display a blue dot if there are comments that have not been read.
Settings Tab URL Links
The Canvas Account and Course Settings tabs now have specific URL references so Canvas can remember exactly which tab you were on so when you refresh the page, you’ll be dropped back on the same page rather than always being dropped on the Course Details page.
SpeedGrader: Text Entry Word Count
SpeedGrader now displays the word count for assignment submissions where students submit through the Text Entry type. Only the Text Entry type is supported so word count won’t display for other submission types such as file uploads.
New Quizzes: Stimulus Orientation
Instructors using New Quizzes can choose whether questions attached to a stimulus continues to display to the right of the stimulus or beneath the stimulus. The default selection will be to the right of the stimulus conten.
Gradebook: Settings Sidebar
Anytime the Gradebook Settings icon is clicked on, the menu will display as a sidebar rather than a separate pop-up in the middle of the screen. This change is so that the action is more consistent with other menus in Canvas.
Course Publish Buttons
Course team members have the ability to publish and unpublish a course through the course settings page. Once the new addition is in place, instructors have many options when it comes to where to go to publish their course (Canvas dashboard, course home page, and course settings page).
Course Import Warning Message
Starting December 15, Canvas will continuously display a warning message explaining how importing the same content into a course will overwrite existing content.
Gradebook Late Policy Support
Starting December 15, when course content is exported into an export package, the Gradebook Late Policy is included in the export. Additionally, if the course is imported or copied to another Canvas course, the Late Policy is also retained as part of the import or copy.
Notifications Delivery Details
Starting December 15, the Notifications page displays the date and time of when daily and weekly notifications are sent out per user, given notification delivery differs based on user.
Rich Content Editor: Image Options Percentage
Starting December 15, when an image is added to the Rich Content Editor, the Image Options sidebar includes pixels and percentage options for resizing an image. By default, images are still displayed in pixels. However, the percentage radio button can be selected, and a percentage can be entered to resize the image. Percentages must be a number and must be at least 10%.
LTS Canvas Roadmap
Learn more about the work the LTS Canvas team is working on by checking out the Canvas Roadmap.