Canvas Release: Learning Mastery Gradebook, File Previews, Submission Reassignments, Course Availability Dates, and Webcam Submissions (March 20, 2021)

In the March 20, 2021 Canvas Release, the changes below are slated to become part of the main Canvas environment.  
  • Learning Mastery Gradebook Student Filters: The Learning Mastery Gradebook includes filters for inactive and concluded enrollments, this feature already exists in the standard Gradebook view.
  • File Preview Enhancements: Files linked in the Rich Content Editor can be previewed in an overlay or inline. 
  • Submission Reassignments: In SpeedGrader, instructors can reassign an assignment with a due date to an individual student and ask them to redo their submission. Additional submissions cannot exceed the maximum number of permissions available for that student.
  • Course Availability Date Enhancements: Course Settings will now include a menu to select whether to use the university-determined Term dates or the instructor-specified Course dates. Instructors may still also specify dates for each specific section via ISU AdminTools; these continue to not display within the course. 
  • Webcam Submissions: In File Upload assignments, students can use their webcam to submit to an assignment. 
Additional features included in this update but not applicable to the ISU environment include: 
  • New Quizzes Modules Support: For institutions who have enabled New Quizzes, Canvas now includes support to build them straight from a module. Read the latest news about the New Quizzes implementation at ISU. 

March 15, 2021
The enhancements to Course Availability Dates will be reviewed for implementation at a later time.

Canvas Deploy: File Folder Structure in Blueprint Courses and Rich Content Editor focus (March 17, 2021)

The March 17, 2021 Canvas Deploy addresses the following features:

  • Rich Content Editor: When a user switches between editors, focus is retained in the editor link (Pretty HTML editor or Raw Editor, respectively).
  • File Folder Structure in Blueprint Courses: Folders changed in a Blueprint Course display in associated courses after the course sync.

Visit the Canvas Deploy Notes website for a full description of changes.

Canvas Deploy: Quiz Questions and Rich Content Editor (March 3, 2021)

The March 3, 2021 Canvas Deploy addresses several accessibility and user interface bugs, as well as the following features:

  • Mathematical Formulas in Quiz Questions: Mathematical formulas are rounded correctly in Quizzes.
  • Numerical Quiz Questions with Precision Answers: Auto-generated decimal places are not added to numerical questions with precision answers in Quizzes.
  • Rich Content Editor: Removing alternative text from an image and marking the image as decorative does not get flagged in the Accessibility checker.

Visit the Canvas Deploy Notes website for a full description of changes.

Webex: Meetings to Have Breakout Rooms

Implementation Date: September 15

The following features will become available in Webex Meetings:

  • Hosts will be able to create and use breakout rooms.
  • Attendees will be able to share their webcam in breakout rooms.
  • Meeting hosts can now assign other meeting participants as cohosts. 

These features can be used in any Webex Meeting, including those scheduled within Canvas.

For more information, please visit the Webex update web page.

Webex: User Experience Updates

Webex user experience updates coming September 8, 2020 

On September 8, Cisco Webex will release updates to the Webex Meetings applications for a more intuitive and convenient user experience. Updates include: 

  • Larger buttons with labeled actions such as “Test speaker and microphone” and “User computer audio” in preview screen 
  • A simplified host view, with always-visible command buttons such as “Share,” “Record,” and “Chat” displayed during meetings 
  • Clear commands of “Mute / Unmute” and “Start video / Stop video,” which will replace the current, unlabeled icons 
  • Fly-out menus with more direct and intuitive options 
  • Additional updates targeted for later this year include enhancements to breakout sessions, including the ability to pre-assign sessions, share video content with better quality and use a “whiteboard” feature.  

For more information, please visit the Webex update web page.

Canvas: Push Notifications, Feature Options

Implementation Date: January 16, 2021

In this Canvas Release, the changes below become part of the main Canvas environment. 

  • Push Notifications: The push notification has been simplified to push only certain types of notifications. Users can adjust notification preferences in their user profile or in the course notifications settings. Instructions for students and instructions for faculty. 
  • Feature Option Management: The buttons to manage feature flags have been changed to a dropdown menu and lock icon at the course and user levels. 

Read the Canvas Release Notes for more information on these changes.

Canvas Release: LaTeX, HTML Editor

Implementation Date: February 20, 2021

In this Canvas Release, the changes below became part of the main Canvas environment. 

Additional features included in this update but not added to the ISU environment are listed below. These decisions are continuously revisited as Canvas adds further functionality.

  • Grading Period in CSV Headers: Grading Periods have not been enabled at ISU as they do not accommodate courses with non-standard start and end dates.
  • Import Override Scores in Gradebook: This adds the ability to import a CSV file to a Final Grade Override column in the Gradebook, which has not been enabled at ISU. 
    • Any Teacher, Co-teacher, or TA has the ability to enable the Final Grade Override column; it is not specific to the Instructor of Record.
    • Once enabled in a course it cannot be disabled.
    • If applied too early in the semester, students would see an inaccurate grade throughout the semester, which could potentially result in a student’s grade changing from an A to an F immediately prior to grade submission.
    • Final Grade override actions are not recorded in the Gradebook history so there is no record of who changed a student’s score or when.
  • View Ungraded as Zero: This feature allows an instructor to view student grades as if all ungraded assignments were worth zero points. This change is not reflected in the student’s view; the instructor and student see two different grades.
    • There is a warning when the option is first turned on but the setting persists until the instructor turns it off, with no additional warnings.
    • The only indicator that this is enabled is each Gradebook column will now include the words “Ungraded as 0” in the column header. This indicator can get lost in the clutter of posting policies and the unpublished status indicator.
    • A similar option previously existed in Canvas and caused significant issues during grade submission.

Read the Canvas Release Notes for more information on these changes.m

Canvas: Student View Button, Rich Content Editor, Minor Visual Improvements, Quiz Previews

Implementation Date: February 17, 2021

This Canvas Deploy addresses the following issues: 

  • The Student View button now includes the text ‘Student View’, has been removed from the Course Settings page, and is now visible in smaller screen sizes, including browsers on mobile devices. 
  • The Rich Content Editor will now display embedded iframes inline and a download icon next to a file link. 
  • The People and Syllabus pages receive some minor visual changes to improve accessibility. 
  • Instructors’ quiz previews are no longer treated as student submissions and the option to lock questions after answering does not affect the quiz previews. 

Visit the Canvas Deploy Notes website for a full description of changes.