Teaching with Canvas:


  • The Discussions page includes an updated design to improve accessibility for all users. Most functionality has not been affected.
  • The following changes have been made to course discussions: 
    • The Unread button has been changed to a menu, where users can filter between all discussions and unread discussions.
    • The Last Posted date has been updated by an unread indicator that displays next to each discussion with recent activity.
    • Like with other assignment types, discussions can be dragged and dropped among the Pinned Discussions section, Discussions section, and Closed for Comments section. Discussions in the Pinned Discussions section can be placed in any order. Discussions and Closed for Comments sections are both automatically ordered by recent activity.
    • Discussions display the date a discussion was posted. Copied discussions do not display a date.
      The Discussion Subscription icon has been changed to a Bookmark icon.
      The Peer Review icon has been moved to the right side of the Discussions page next to the Publish or Unpublish icon.
    • Non-graded discussions can be posted for a specific section or all sections. The number of sections is visible to all users who are able to view the discussion. Only non-graded discussions display section visibility in the Discussions page.
    • The Post To field does not support graded discussions and group discussions. Group discussions should be assigned using a group set, and graded discussions should be assigned using the Assign To field to differentiate the discussion for individuals, sections, or groups.
    • If an individual section is selected in the Post To menu, graded and group discussions are unavailable. Graded and group discussions can be enabled by selecting All Sections option in the Post To menu.
      Discussions can be duplicated within both a course and group context. However, in groups, students can only duplicate discussions that they’ve created; they cannot duplicate a discussion by another student in the same group. Instructors can duplicate any student discussion.
Screenshot of the Discussion Tools
(Image: Canvas)

Modules Duplication

  • Entire modules can be duplicated within a course. The duplication option is located in the Settings menu for every supported module item.
  • When a module is copied, the word Copy is added to the end of the module name.
Canvas Rich Text Editor (Image: Canvas)

Student Experience:

Image Support

  • DocViewer annotations can be added to BMP, JPEG, JPG, PNG, TIF, and TIFF images in SpeedGrader and the Submission Details page.
  • Large images are scaled to a lower resolution so the entire image can be displayed without having to scroll.
Canvas Rich Text Editor (Image: Canvas)

Admin 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.


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