Canvas Updates

The Canvas Learning Management System provides updates and enhancements to the software every three weeks.  Stay up to date with what is new with Canvas by checking or subscribing to this page.

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Canvas Release Notes – Release Date 1/9/2016

Updated Features:

  • People – Student UO IDs

Instructors of record will now be able to view students’ U of O ID (95 numbers) in the People area under the “SIS ID” column. Duck IDs (uoregon emails) will still be available under “Login ID.”

  • Assignments – Moderated Grading

When creating Moderated Grading assignments and assigning students to a moderation set, the Moderation page only adds a second reviewer column when it is needed.

Additionally, when a student is added to the moderation set, the Moderation page adds a SpeedGrader link to the 1st Reviewer column. If the student received a grade before being added to the set, the SpeedGrader link is added to the 2nd Reviewer column and opens directly in the 2nd Reviewer tab.

Moderated grading supports provisional grades for up to two reviewers and one moderator. As clarification, if a moderator does not want to use the score from the 1st Reviewer, the moderator can add a second review or a moderator review in SpeedGrader to use for grading.

  •  Grades – Hide Assignment Group Totals with Final Grade

When an instructor chooses to hide the final grade from students in Course Settings, assignment group totals are also hidden from students.

  • Gradebook – Remove Specific Students from “Message Students Who…”

When using the “Message Students Who…” feature in the Gradebook, instructors can remove student names that are shown in the student list. If a student is removed from the message list, the student will not receive the message.

  • Gradebook – Percent Symbol in Percentage-based Assignments

When an instructor displays an assignment grade as a percentage, the percent sign appears in the Gradebook column. The percent sign is already included in the Student Grades page. This creates clarity to resolve any confusion if the grade was out of points or percentage.

Other Updates:

  • Course Settings – Link Validator

The Link Validator find links to deleted and unpublished content. Instructors can choose to hide unpublished links. Additionally, the Link Validator provides a warning when links direct to different courses.

  • Differentiated Assignments and Arranging Columns by Due Date

When arranged in the Gradebook by due date in the Gradebook Settings, assignments are ordered according to the latest due date. For instance, if an assignment with three sections includes a different due date for each section, the assignment will be arranged in the Gradebook according to the latest due date in the assignment.

 

Canvas Release Notes – Release Date 12/19/2015

New Features:

  • Assignments – Moderated Grading

When creating an assignment, instructors can choose to have multiple graders, called Reviewers, evaluate a student’s work. The instructor (Moderator) can access the reviewers’ grades and either publish one of those grades as the final or override the grade with their own. This feature keeps grading fair and consistent.

Moderated Grading can be applied to any assignment by checking the box next to the new area labeled Moderated Grading.

 

  • Link ValidatorInstructors can verify all published and unpublished links throughout a course to ensure they are valid. This option is available in course Settings under the Course Details tab. On the right-hand navigation, click on the button titled Validate Links in Content.  The course link validator searches through course content and returns invalid or unresponsive links. If links are found, Canvas provides the name of the content item with a link so instructors can correct the error.
  • SpeedGraderAnonymous GradingWhen grading assignments, the SpeedGrader option to Hide Student Names can now be used in any course in Canvas. To enable this, first go to the course Settings and click on the Feature Options tab. Then click on the table to enable Anonymous Grading. When the Anonymous Grading feature option is enabled, the Hide Student Names checkbox is enabled by default.Students can also view whether or not an assignment was graded anonymously in both the student Grades page and the sidebar of the assignment submission page.

    Note: Once feature is enabled, you cannot disable it for only one assignment or quiz.

Updated Features:

  • Calendar – Export Assignment DescriptionsCalendar feeds include the description of an assignment, in addition to the title and time of the event. The Calendar Feed link can be pasted into any calendar app that takes iCal feeds (Google Calendar, iCal, Outlook, etc.). The Calendar Feed link can be found on the Calendar page and then click on the link Calendar Feed located in the bottom-right of the page.
  • CalendarScheduler MessagesWhen instructors use the Message Students Who feature in the Scheduler tool, messages that include over 100 recipients are automatically sent as individual messages.
  • SpeedGrader – Firefox Crocodoc AnnotationsIt has been reported that while using the Firefox browser when making annotations within Speedgrader, it frequently removes the last annotated comment when updating the score field in SpeedGrader. Crocodoc is currently doing further testing to resolve this issue. To warn about the effects of Firefox and Crocodoc annotations, Canvas now displays a warning banner that says “Warning: Crocodoc has limitations when used in Firefox. Comments will not always be saved.” To avoid losing any annotations, instructors may choose to use another browser when providing Crocodoc annotated feedback, or try clicking the screen before navigating to another student.How to know when your annotated comment in SpeedGrader has saved or not?

    When using Speedgrader to make annotations, we currently recommend to make sure that after leaving a comment on the paper, to click anywhere within the Crocodoc interface so that the comment is saved.

    (Note: A solid line attached to the text box will appear when you first make a comment, you will then need to click somewhere else on the page for that line to turn to a dotted line, which has indicated that the comment has been saved.)

  • Canvas Links in DocumentsMicrosoft Office Document and Canvas LinksAn instructor can now include web links to areas within their Canvas course in a Microsoft Office document (word, PPT, excel). When students click on the link, it will prompt them to the UO log-in and then direct them to the desired page.

Canvas Release Notes – Release Date 11/21/2015

Updated Features:

  • Assignments – Anonymous Grading Student View

Students can view whether or not an assignment was graded anonymously in SpeedGrader. Instructors can enable anonymous grading by opening SpeedGrader options and selecting the Hide Student Names in SpeedGrader checkbox.

Students can now view if the assignment was graded anonymously in both the student Grades page and the sidebar of the assignment submission page.

  • Assignments – Assignment Link

When a student submits an online assignment, there is now a clear link for students to view and download their submission(s). The download link is shown below the submission details links.

  • Calendar – Assignment Publish Toggle

When creating an assignment using the Calendar, the publish button has been changed to a toggle button. Instructors can now easily determine if the assignment is published or unpublished. If the toggle is pushed to the right, a green checkmark displays indicating the assignment will be published (as shown in the image to the right). If the toggle is pushed to the left, a grey “X” displays indicating the assignment is NOT published. Remember to press Submit!

  • SpeedGrader – Firefox Crocodoc Annotations

It has been reported that while using the Firefox browser when making annotations within Speedgrader, it frequently removes the last annotated comment when updating the score field in SpeedGrader. Crocodoc is currently doing further testing to resolve this issue. To warn about the effects of Firefox and Crocodoc annotations, Canvas now displays a warning banner that says “Warning: Crocodoc has limitations when used in Firefox. Comments will not always be saved.” To avoid losing any annotations, instructors may choose to use another browser when providing Crocodoc annotated feedback, or try clicking the screen before navigating to another student.

How to know when your annotated comment has saved or not?

When using Speedgrader to make annotations, we currently recommend to make sure that after leaving a comment on the paper, to click anywhere within the Crocodoc interface so that the comment is saved.

 (Note: A solid line attached to the text box will appear when you first make a comment, you will then need to click somewhere else on the page for that line to turn to a dotted line, which has indicated that the comment has been saved.)

 

Canvas Release Notes – Release Date 10/31/2015

Updated Features:

  • Announcements + Discussions – Cancel Button added

Now when you create an announcement and/or discussion and decide that you don’t want to send out the announcement or create a new discussion, you can now just hit the new “Cancel” button!

  • Files – Student Submission Files

Students cannot delete user files if they are associated with a submission in a course. This change allows instructors to always download assignment submissions in SpeedGrader.   The next time you ask your students to upload homework, you will find it if they have submitted it.

  • Modules – Requirements and Sequential Order Placement

The Module requirements field displays an option for having students move through the requirements in sequential order.

Instructors can only require students to complete module requirements in sequential order if students complete all the requirements in the module.  The option to allow students to complete one of multiple requirements does not support sequential order and is no longer an option.

You can now have your students complete one from a number of requirements, or require that they complete them all and choose if you would like the requirements completed in sequential order.

  • Quiz Statistics and Section Views

When instructors view quiz statistics for a course, they can choose to view quiz statistics by section. Filter the quiz by selecting the Section Filter button.   You may find this section specific information really valuable. We would love to hear your thoughts on the matter.

  • Numerical Answer with Precision

In Quizzes, the Numerical Answer question type includes an “Answer with Precision” quiz option. “Answer with Precision” allows an instructor to set an answer that is rounded to a precision of up to 16 in standard or exponential format (e.g. 1e+26).

Question answer fields accept numerical inputs with or without an ‘e’ exponent and are formatted according to the configured precision. Any numerical entries past 16 are truncated for grading and comparison. By default, the precision answer field is set to 10.

If any of the potential answers to a numerical question is a precision answer, then the student answer fields will accept precision answers. If none of the possible answers are precision answers, then the student answer fields will continue to round to four decimal places.

Now all the science and engineering courses can have their students work with very large or small numbers depending on the desired outcome.

 

 

 

Canvas Release Notes – Release Date 10/10/2015

New Features:

  • Modules – And/Or Requirements When creating requirements in a module, instructors can give students an option between two or more tasks. This change allows instructors to have their students choose which task they prefer to complete to demonstrate their learning and move forward in the course content.To enable the And/Or option, instructors can edit a module, add a requirement, and select the Students must complete one of these requirements option.The requirement for the module appears as part of the module header (either Complete One Item or Complete All Items). Module prerequisites also appear in the module header.For students, requirements are shown with the task item. The circles next to the module item show the state of the item. Blank circles indicate the requirement has not yet been completed.When a student completes the prerequisite the module item changes to a green check mark icon. An orange dash icon indicates that the student has failed the prerequisite, or that the assignment is overdue. Students can hover over the icon to view the details about the item.Note: If you choose to use this feature for graded items, please note that all assignments with their current grades are reflected in the Gradebook. For instance, if a module requires a student to submit one of three assignments, the two assignments that aren’t submitted still factor into the Gradebook as unsubmitted. To bypass this issue, an instructor can create an assignment group with a rule to drop the lowest scores –OR – keep the gradebook option of “treat zero as ungraded”.
  •  Calendar – Scheduler Comments When students sign up for an appointment slot in the Scheduler, they can add a comment as part of the reservation. However, this field is optional. In the student’s calendar, the student can view the submitted comments by viewing the reserved appointment group event. Instructors can view any comments left by students by viewing the reserved appointment group slot.This feature is ideal for having students provide further information regarding the appointment (office hours, presentation sign-ups, etc.)

Updated Features:

  • Assignments – Peer Review NotificationsThis update included a fix to ensure complete anonymity for when instructors enable anonymous peer reviews, the notifications sent to students about the peer review assignment are now anonymous. Notifications do not include the name of the student whose work is to be reviewed.
  • Quizzes – Quiz Question Breakdown by UserWhen instructors view the breakdown of a quiz question, they can now see the number of respondents for each answer choice. This statistic is in addition to the percentage of respondents. Instructors can click the respondents’ link to view the names of the students who chose each specific answer.This feature may be ideal for instructors who want to gage their instruction toward a specific population of students who may have tended to answer quiz questions in an undesired or specific pattern. For example, if a significant number of students answered the same incorrect answer, an instructor may decide to include further clarification in their instruction. Furthermore, this updated feature provides a context in the number of students when analyzing quiz statistics.
  • Gradebook – Muted Assignments (Total Column Icon)When an instructor mutes an assignment (homework 1, quiz 5) in the Gradebook, the Total column will display a warning indicating that the total score is different than what is shown to students.Note: This is NOT related to hiding/muting the entire total column, an instructor can hide the total grade in the Settings area of the course; however, there is no indicator in the gradebook that you have hidden the total column.

 

Canvas Release Notes – Release Date 09/19/2015

New Features:

  • Calendar – Recurring Events
    • Recurring events can be used for adding office hours, class meetings, or any repeating event/assignment to the course calendar. Note, you cannot edit repeated assignments: for example, if you had 10 assignments but they were all numbered/named differently, this function would not be ideal because you cannot change the title or details. However, if you have the same office hours for the term, you can use recurring events to show these times and days on the course calendar.
  • Conferences – Polling
    • Conferences can be a great tool for virtual office hours, live/recorded lectures (short-term storage), or even showing presentations/virtual group meetings. By adding polling, it functions similar to i<Clicker but in a virtual setting. So if an instructor is giving a presentation and would like to ask retention/logistical questions within the presentation, they can create the poll before or during the presentation (more informal). It may also be beneficial when having virtual office hours or meetings & using polling to gain a consensus on a matter/question – obviously raising hands and voting is somewhat different in a virtual environment so the new polling feature may be ideal for these situations. Please note: only the presenters can create polls, not the participants of a conference.
  • Groups – Concluded Groups at Course Conclusion
    • When a course is concluded, the groups will automatically disappear from the Courses & Groups drop-down menu. However, group participants will still be able to access any previous & current groups in the “View all groups” page. Previously, this was not happening after the course was concluded and the only way to remove it from the Courses & Groups drop-down menu, was for an instructor or admin to manually un-enroll the student from the group.
  • Announcements & Notifications – New Look
    • Canvas as provided a new and updated look to the colors and icons of announcements and notifications.

Updated Features:

  • Gradebook – Muted Assignments
    • Previously, when an instructor would mute an assignment, the student’s total grade was still calculating in the muted assignment grade. Therefore if a student recognized, they could back calculate what they received on an assignment using their total grade. Canvas has fixed this issue, so that from a student view, the muted assignment is no longer calculated within the total, a muted assignment is completed muted. From the instructor view, the muted assignment is still calculated into the total grade but an indicator states “This grade differs from the student’s view of the grade because some assignments are mute”.
  • SpeedGrader – Manual Quiz Question Grading
    • Previously, when instructors would have to manually grade a quiz answer, they would need to manually delete dashes from the “grade” input box before entering a grade. Now, once the instructor clicks into the grade box, the dashes automatically disappear so instructors can easily enter a number/grade.
  • SpeedGrader – Hiding Names in Anonymous Surveys
    • In an anonymous survey, instructors had the option of un-checking the “hide student names” box. Now, that is not an option for anonymous surveys, the box is automatically checked & disabled from viewing names thus preventing extra work for the instructor.

 

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