Teaching with Canvas

Updated Features

Content Link Error – This change allows instructors to be notified about broken links via notifications when they are accessed by students in the course.

If instructors want to be notified of broken links in their course, instructors can visit their Notification Preferences page and select the Content Link Error notification. Instructors are notified with both the location and content of the link error.

This notification is triggered in the following conditions:

  • The link cannot be accessed by students because of a permission error
  • The link is broken
  • The link is unpublished
Canvas Rich Text Editor (Image: Canvas)

SMS Message Content  – Cellular (SMS) Notifications have been shortened to distribute one message about the related content. Additionally, content no longer includes direct URLs to access the content within the course.

This change minimizes the number of text messages sent to a subscribed user. Any user can select text messages as an option for receiving notification updates. However, notifications sent via text message have been shortened to minimize the number of messages a user receives.

Users who prefer accessing the content directly should consider accessing the Canvas apps and enabling push notifications.

Group Membership Edit Message Clarification – The group membership edit message has been reworded for functionality clarity. This change makes the warning message stronger about data loss that may occur when editing group memberships for existing group submissions.

When an instructor has previously created a group assignment that has received group submissions, adding or removing any student within the group triggers a group membership warning. The previous message did not warn instructors about the loss of data within SpeedGrader that may occur.

Canvas Rich Text Editor (Image: Canvas)

Updated features

Discussions – Author Search Functionality
Users can search discussion topics by author name in addition to the title. This change restores previous author search functionality within the Discussions page.

Student Experience

  • Students have the same SMS message content update as the Teachers.
  • No other major updates.

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

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