Canvas Update – Spring / Summer 2021
Here’s what’s new for Spring / Summer 2021
- Bulk Question Upload for Canvas Quizzes
- Slack in Canvas
- Ed Discussion (Q&A Tool)
- Course Availability Date Enhancements
- SpeedGrader Comment Library
- Student Annotation Submissions
- SMS Notification No Longer Supported
- Conferences Tool Removed
- Accessibility Checker
- LTS Canvas Road Map
Bulk Question Upload for Canvas Quizzes
Instructors can create quiz questions in Microsoft Word or a text editor and import the questions into Canvas Quizzes. Instructors can access the Text to QTI Converter using their SUNet ID.
Slack in Canvas
Learning Technologies and Spaces (LTS) and Stanford University IT (UIT) partnered together to bring Slack into Canvas. Instructors, TAs, Course Admins, and Designers can now provision a Slack workspace directly from their Canvas course. There are many benefits to creating a Slack workspace through Canvas, including the CourseBot feature and automatic removal of students who drop the course. Learn more about creating a Slack workspace through Canvas.
Ed Discussion (Q&A Tool)
Ed Discussion was chosen as the Piazza replacement. Ed Discussion is an online communication tool that can be used to facilitate synchronous and asynchronous online discussions in a course. Ed Discussion supports customizable thread categories and subcategories, anonymous posting, private posts among instructors and TAs, LaTex, multiple computer programming languages, and more. It can be integrated with Canvas or used as a standalone tool.
For more information, please refer to the Getting Started with Ed Discussion guide.
Course Availability Date Enhancements
Instructure has improved the interface to easily see the course participation end date. Once the course end date has passed, the course concludes and becomes read-only. Students will no longer be able to engage in the course and instructors will no longer be able to grade or make changes to course content. If extended participation access is needed, instructors can adjust the end date of a course.
SpeedGrader Comment Library
Instructors now have the option to save commonly used comments using the SpeedGrader Comment Library. Comments can be added and saved for reuse within SpeedGrader for individual users across their Canvas courses.
Student Annotation Submissions
A new submission type has been added to Canvas Assignments. Instructors can now create an assignment and choose the Student Annotation option. This submission type allows instructors to upload a file for students to mark-up and annotate all within Canvas.
SMS Notification No Longer Supported
As of July 31, 2021, Instructure has removed support of all SMS notifications. Canvas users can no longer receive text messages for course related notifications.
Conferences Tool Removed
The Conferences tool (recently renamed to BigBlueButton (Formerly Conferences)) has been removed from all Canvas courses as of August 16, 2021. Conferences is no longer an option in Canvas. If you have a need for video conferencing, we recommend utilizing Zoom.
The Rich Content Editor (RCE) now notifies content creators when accessibility concerns are detected without needing to click the Accessibility Checker icon. Previously, there was no indication of whether content entered in the RCE had accessibility issues.
LTS Canvas Road Map
Learn more about the work the LTS Canvas team is working on by checking out the recently updated Canvas Roadmap.