E-Learning Blog: Canvas Release Notes from 05/24/14

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Hello and thank you for visiting our blog! This week’s blog will describe some of the latest release notes information for Canvas. Among the new features: users can now switch from full Gradebook view to individual student view. Also, the assignment settings were updated to make them more persistent, and more functionality was added to the Calendar, alongside other small enhancements.

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Individual View (New Feature):
The new Gradebook individual view allows you to access one student and one assignment at a time; to access individual view just click on “Switch to Individual View” link.

You can sort by section and assignments and set any preferred setting options.

When you select a student and an assignment, Canvas will populate the correlating grading, student information and assignment information. You can make changes to any of this information, including grades and comments, as if you were in Gradebook.

Switch to Points/Percentage:
When you switch the view of the Gradebook total column to points, Canvas will open a warning message: “Students will also see their final grade as points. Are you sure you want to continue?”

Switch to Points-Percentage

Submission Icons Update:
The Gradebook submission icons have been updated to match the same icons located in other areas of Canvas, and they are darker.

Icon Update


Assignment Settings (New Feature):
In the assignment settings, the assignment submission type will default to “online”. Furthermore, assignments settings will remember the previous assignment settings.

Assignment Settings


Undated Events & Assignments (New Feature):
Canvas added a feature in its calendar where you can drag and drop undated assignments and events from the “undated items” list to the calendar month view, and vice versa.

Calendar Undated Events and Assignments

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Assignments List:
When you set up the Home page to the Assignments List with Draft State enabled, Canvas will display the Draft State student view of the assignment list.

Home Page Assignments List 1

Home Page Assignments List 2

*When the assignments list is set to be the Home page, the names change color from green to gray. Students will also see the names in grey.

Until next time, please feel free to stop by our E-learning office or send us an email if you have any questions.

View the full release notes on the Instructure website for notes on miscellaneous changes and bug fixes included in this update.