Teaching with Canvas:

For course developers:  Non-Scoring Rubrics

  • Rubrics can be created without point values to create a non-scoring rubric. This feature promotes learning engagement by helping students focus on assignment feedback instead of point values. 
  • When grading an assignment with a non-scoring rubric in SpeedGrader, instructors select ratings from the rubric for students to view, but points are not associated with each of the ratings.
  • The details:   https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-14923-canvas-release-non-scoring-rubrics

DocViewer – Stacking Replies

  • Comment replies are stacked together and can be expanded to view the entire comment thread.
  • This change helps manage multiple comments in a document.
Screenshot of the Docviewer stacking
(Image: Canvas)

Student Experience:

Dashboard – Student To-Do List

  • The Dashboard includes an option to view all course tasks in a list format. This view is currently only available to students.
  • In addition to displaying automatically populated graded To Do items, the List view allows instructors to add non-graded items to the To Do list and students to add their own items to the To Do items.
  • This change helps students manage all tasks across all their courses in a user-friendly format that also allows for user customization.
Screenshot of the List view dashboard overview
(Image: Canvas)

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

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

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

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


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