Discover new features, bug fixes, and improvements. 

  • 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 – March 20, 2021 

Teaching with Canvas

SpeedGrader – Submission Reassignments 

  • In SpeedGrader, instructors can reassign an assignment to an individual student and ask them to redo their submission. 
  •  For online assignments, instructors can view a Reassign button in SpeedGrader. If they require a student to redo an assignment, they can reassign the assignment directly to the student from within their grading workflow in SpeedGrader.  
    • The instructor must first provide feedback regarding the assignment, which will enable the button.  
    • The reassignment does not change the original due date for the student.
  • Notes 
    • The Reassign Assignment button is not available for External Tools (LTI), on paper, and no submission assignments. 
    • If the assignment’s settings do not allow students to make an additional attempt, the Reassign Assignment button remains disabled, and the tooltip notes that the student has met the maximum number of allowed attempts. 
    • If an instructor returns to SpeedGrader after navigating away from the page, the Reassign Assignment button tooltip indicates that the assignment has been reassigned. However, the product team is changing this workflow so the button itself indicates the assignment has been reassigned. 
Screenshot of the Canvas Reassign Assignment
Canvas Rich Text Editor (Image: Canvas)

Student & Teacher Experience

Assignments – Webcam Submissions 

  • In File Upload assignments, students can use their webcam to submit to an assignment.  
    • Students: For File Upload assignments, students have the option to use their webcam for file uploads. The first time they use the feature, they will need to give permission to Canvas to access their computer webcam. 
    Screenshot of the canvas webcam submission
    Canvas Rich Text Editor (Image: Canvas)
    • Instructors: Instructors can view uploaded images submitted via a student’s webcam as they see other file uploads in SpeedGrader and anywhere that submissions are available.  

Rich Content Editor – File Preview Enhancements 

  • Files linked in the Rich Content Editor can be previewed in an overlay or inline. 
  •  Users who link a file can open the File Options menu and indicate a preview type. 
    • Preview in overlay displays the existing file preview functionality, where the file preview opens and overlays the entire page.  
    • Preview inline loads the displays the preview directly in the Rich Content Editor window once the file is clicked. If the option to expand the preview by default is also selected as an option, the file is automatically expanded in the page and the user does not need to click the file to view it. Instead, the user can close the preview by clicking the Minimize Preview link that displays along with the image. 
Screenshot of the Canvas file preview enhancement
Canvas Rich Text Editor (Image: Canvas)


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