Teaching with Canvas:

New Features

  • DASHBOARD – Card View Course Ordering
    • Course cards can be manually ordered in the Card View Dashboard. This change allows users to place course cards in a specific order.
    • In the Card View Dashboard, users can select the Settings menu for a course and move the card to another location in the Dashboard. Depending on the placement of the existing card, cards may be moved to the top of the Dashboard, ahead or behind a specific card, or to the bottom of the Dashboard.
    • Cards can also be manually dragged and dropped to another location in the Dashboard.
    • Once a dashboard card has been reordered, new courses added to the dashboard always display at the end of all existing courses.
Canvas Rich Text Editor (Image: Canvas)
    • HTML5 is used instead of flash within the Rich Content Editor in Firefox and Chrome browsers. This change allows recorded media without requiring flash within the Firefox and Chrome browsers. Internet Explorer and Safari are not supported.
    • Users can click the Media button in the Rich Content Editor and view an improved interface when recording media. Users can confirm their microphone and webcam, and if more than one device is supported, select which device should be used.
    • If a user does not have a webcam, the audio option will be selected automatically.
    • Note: The browser may briefly display a flash message, even though flash is not required. Additionally, the browser may ask to allow access to the computer’s microphone and webcam before initial use.
    • When a HTML5-supported page is being created or edited, the computer’s microphone and webcam are activated, even if the Rich Content Editor Media window has not yet been opened. The microphone and webcam will no longer be active after the user saves the page content or navigates away from the page.
Screenshot of the Rich Content Html5 Recording
(Image: Canvas)

Student Experience

  • No major updates (other than the above).

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

2018-12-08 New Feature Screencast from Instructure Community on Vimeo.

Video note: All features shown may not be available. 


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