Teaching with Canvas:

  • DocViewer
    • Free Text annotations support both white and transparent backgrounds. Annotations default to a white background, which may obscure page content, but the transparency option can be selected in the menu next to the annotation color.
    • The Free Text menu bar also supports selecting a specific text size for the annotation. Text can also be adjusted in existing annotations. 
      In smaller browser windows, the Free Text menu bar displays a secondary toolbar with a scrollbar for easy access.
Canvas Rich Text Editor (Image: Canvas)

Grading icon update

When an assignment needs to be graded, the New Gradebook only displays one assignment icon regardless of assignment type.

Each submission type uses the same logic to show a submission icon, and this change helps simplify the various items presented in the New Gradebook.

Canvas Rich Text Editor (Image: Canvas)

SpeedGrader – Excess Rubric Criterion Points

  • When an instructor grades a submission in SpeedGrader and uses a rubric for grading, the rubric supports excess points above the maximum point value for each criterion.
  • While Worldwide Online has a policy against giving extra credit, this change allows instructors to provide extra credit through rubric criteria.
Canvas Rich Text Editor (Image: Canvas)

Student Experience:

  • None this update.

For a complete production release update information: Canvas Release Notes.

 Video note: all features shown may not be available. For example, the new grade book is not yet enabled for Worldwide courses.

2018-08-04 New Feature Screencast from Canvas LMS on Vimeo.

2018-08-04 New Feature Screencast from Canvas LMS on Vimeo.


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