Teaching with Canvas:

DocViewer updates –

  • Annotation Comment Icons:  Individual comments include an icon that displays the type and color of the annotation. This change helps associate each comment with its annotation. The annotation icon displays next to the commenter’s name and only displays in the primary comment for an annotation. Replies to a comment do not include the icon. 
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Canvas Rich Text Editor (Image: Canvas)

Free Draw Stroke Widths: The Free Draw annotation supports varied stroke widths. This change allows users to choose one of three different widths for line annotations. Each ink annotation can only have one width. Individual annotations must be saved before creating a new line with a different width.

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Canvas Rich Text Editor (Image: Canvas)

IE11 Functional Support – 

  • Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) will transition from a fully supported browser to a functionally supported browser.
  • As future Canvas releases take place, Internet Explorer may begin to exhibit slight visual differences from other browsers, but these differences will not restrict product functionality or accessibility. 

Announcement

The appearance of Announcements is changing a few ways.When creating an announcement there is a new interface named ‘Post to’.  By default this has:  ‘All my sections’.  This should be left as is and can be ignored.  Do not remove the default ‘All my sections’. 

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Canvas Rich Text Editor (Image: Canvas)
  • Delayed announcements are identified in the Announcements page and include the upcoming post date and time. 
  • Currently, if instructors copy announcements from a prior term the instructor profile image does not appear.  After the update, there will be a circle with a letter in the center. 
  • The lock and unlock icon for allowing or disallowing comments has been changed to a Reply arrow icon. By default, the ‘reply to announcement’ feature is disabled in Worldwide courses, so this will have little impact.
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Canvas Rich Text Editor (Image: Canvas)

Student Experience:

IE11 Functional Support: 

  • Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) will transition from a fully supported browser to a functionally supported browser.
  • As future Canvas releases take place, Internet Explorer may begin to exhibit slight visual differences from other browsers, but these differences will not restrict product functionality or accessibility. 

Admin Experience:

  • The Course and People search tools are changing to help admins more easily navigate courses and users in their account.
  • Tip for finding courses:  enter the course code into the search field and click the SIS ID column heading to sort by SIS ID (sort descending).  This is the same as newest to oldest.  Or enter the course code as done in the past:  2435_9W1_ASCI_202 .
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Canvas Rich Text Editor (Image: Canvas)
  • With the new People search, we are able to search by name, email, SIS ID (Emp ID). 
  • The People page paginates results in sets of 15 users. Each user result shows the name of the user, email address, SIS ID (if applicable), and last login date and time.
    • We now have a filter by role (e.g. select role and enter last name).
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Canvas Rich Text Editor (Image: Canvas)
  • The video below reviews these search tools during the first two minutes.

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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