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  • Canvas operates on a monthly release cycle through which features are added or updated. The information below contains highlights from Canvas’s production release notes, a link to these notes, and other relevant content.  These updates will occur weekdays.  
  • For more information:  

Summary of Canvas Release Notes – December 17, 2020 


Teaching with Canvas

Gradebook – View Ungraded as Zero (Delayed to January 16, 2021)

  • The View menu includes the View Ungraded as 0 option, which allows instructors to view student grades as if all ungraded assignments were worth zero points. This setting also persists for the Individual View Gradebook. 
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Canvas Rich Text Editor (Image: Canvas)
  • When the View Ungraded as 0 setting is enabled, Ungraded as 0 displays as a heading in all assignment group columns and the total column to indicate this feature is turned on in the Gradebook. This feature also includes grading periods, if used for a course. 
  • Canvas will not populate zeros in the Gradebook for student submissions within individual assignments. Only the assignment groups and total columns will automatically factor in all scores of zero into the overall percentages for each student. 
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Canvas Rich Text Editor (Image: Canvas)
  • Enabling this option has no effect outside of the Gradebook; students cannot see any difference in their grade pages. Similarly, TAs or other instructors in the course will not see any change in their view of the Gradebook. Only the user who enables this option in the Gradebook will see the affected grades.  

Rich Content Editor – Uploaded Media File Placement

  • When users record media or upload media using the Upload/Record Media link, the media file is stored in the Files folder for the media location (course or group). For students who record or upload media for an assignment submission, the media file is stored in the User Files folder.
  • These media files can be downloaded and shared like all other files in the Files page. Media files default to an unpublished state.
  • Notes:
    • This change does not affect institutions who are using their own media tool and have disabled the Upload/Record Media link.
    • This change only applies to media files created or uploaded after November 21.
    • Storage Quotas:  This change to newly recorded or uploaded media via the Upload/Record Media link does not affect Canvas file quotas. However, media files uploaded via any other method (such as the Upload Files link) do affect the course, group, or user files quota, respectively. To learn more about available options for using media files in Canvas, view the Canvas Media Comparison PDF.

Pages – Individual Page Student View

  • The Course Settings page includes the Student View button, which allows users with instructor-based roles to view the course with the student perspective. Individual buttons have also been placed at the top of most course pages, which provides quick Student View access for the specific page.
  • In the Home Page, the Student View button has been removed from the sidebar and replaced with the smaller button at the top of the page, since the Home Page can be viewed by students.
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Canvas Rich Text Editor (Image: Canvas)
  • The Student View button does not display in pages that are not visible to students, such as the Course Settings page.
  • If an instructor clicks the Student View button from a page or other location that has been hidden to students, such as in Course Navigation, the page redirects back to the home page.

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