E-Learning Blog: Canvas Release Notes for 04/12/14

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Canvas Logo - Horizontal ColorRecently, Canvas released some new great features. Below you will find an explanation of what has changed. As always, please let us know about any difficulty you experience with these or other Canvas and related tools. We are here to help you navigate and take advantage of the wonderful world of Canvas.


— Affected Features —

Announcements & Discussions
Assignments
Course Imports
GradeBook
Conversations
User Profile


Please view the following video for a quick guided tour of all the updated features; we’ve also provided more detailed explanations of the changes below.

(Download the video transcript)

Announcements & Discussions

Unsaved Changes Warning Message (New Feature):
When instructors create a new Announcement or Discussion and try to navigate away from the page without saving, Canvas will confirm whether or not it should leave the page. This feature helps instructors avoid losing entire announcements or discussions inadvertently.

Unsaved Changes Warning Message

Assignments

Assignment Submission Preview Button:
To help students identify assignment previews and feedback from their instructors, the preview icon has been replaced with a button. If the assignment is previewed with Crocodoc, Canvas will show the View Feedback button to allow for any feedback that the instructor may include on the assignment. If the assignment is previewed in a format that does not support feedback (Scribd or Google Docs), Canvas will show the Preview button. Hovering over the button provides students with more information about their submissions.

Assignment Submission Preview Button

Course Imports

Select Course Content:
Within the Course Imports tool, users must specify the content they want to import into Canvas—whether they want to import all content or select specific content. Additionally, selection options have changed from checkboxes to radio buttons. These changes appear on most content types and help clarify the course imports process.

Course Imports

Gradebook

Page Footer:
To allow more space in the browser window, the Canvas webpage footer has been removed from the Gradebook.

Conversations

Page Footer:
To allow more space in the browser window, the Canvas webpage footer has been removed from New Conversations.

Select Multiple Messages as Read:
Users can select multiple messages as read within New Conversations. When multiple unread messages are selected, the right panel displays a multiple conversations message, and users can mark all messages as read. This feature is in addition to the Select All Messages functionality introduced in the 02/08/14 Production Release Notes.

Mark Multiple Messages as Read

User Profile

Picture Uploader:
Canvas users have a new profile picture uploader to add pictures to their profiles. Users can upload an existing picture from their computer or take a new picture, and users with Gravatar accounts can import their existing Gravatars. When uploading a picture, users can also drag a picture from their desktop and drop it into the uploader. Pictures can be cropped and resized. The user’s profile picture folder will automatically store a copy of the saved profile picture. When a new picture is saved in a user’s profile, the new picture will override the existing picture file in the user’s folder. 

Picture Uploader

Note — (1) Canvas no longer allows users to select a picture from previously uploaded profile pictures; (2) The Take a Picture option is not supported when using Safari or Internet Explorer.

 


View the full release notes on the Instructure website.