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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, review All About Release Notes
  • The full set of Release Notes are available via the Canvas Community

Summary of Canvas Release Notes – 02-20-2021

Teaching with Canvas

Gradebook – View Ungraded as Zero

  • The Gradebook 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. 
    • The first time the View Ungraded as 0 setting is selected, the Gradebook displays a window explaining the details about the setting.  
    • The user must agree to the details before the setting can be used. 
  • This setting only affects the user’s view of student grades and displays grades as if all ungraded assignments were given a score of zero. This setting is a visual change only and does not affect grades for students or other users of the Gradebook.  
    • When the setting is enabled, 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. 
    • 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.   
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Student & Teacher Experience

Rich Content Editor – Pretty HTML Editor

  • The Rich Content Editor includes a pretty HTML editor in addition to the raw HTML editor. 
  • When using the Rich Content Editor, users can switch to the HTML editor by clicking the HTML editor icon. 
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  • By default, the HTML editor displays an improved, pretty version of the HTML. 
  • Users can switch to the existing (raw) HTML editor by clicking the Raw HTML Editor link. Only the Raw HTML Editor is currently accessible to screen reader users. 
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  • A key feature of the pretty HTML editor is syntax highlighting. 
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  • Both HTML editors can be expanded to the width of the screen by clicking the Full Screen icon. 
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MathJax Equation Enhancements & Text Field LaTeX Characters 

  • LaTeX equations can be entered in any Canvas text field, and MathJax is loaded if Canvas detects an equation image added by delimited LaTeX characters. 
  • Equations can be added manually in any Canvas area that includes a text field, such as the title of an assignment or in a calendar event. Manual entries must be formatted according to LaTeX specifications. For help using the LaTeX Editor, please see the Canvas Equation Editor Advanced PDF
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