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. 
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Teaching with Canvas

There are no updates specifically for instructors this month.

Student & Teacher Experience

Courses – MathJax Equation Improvements 

  • For both new and existing content throughout Canvas, equation rendering has been replaced by MathJax.  Additionally, MathJax offers context-menu providing functions for interacting with the equation.
  • This change improves accessibility for equations throughout Canvas. Previously, equations were treated as an image and included title attributes and alternative text and were not available to keyboard users. Additionally, image views varied by browser and screen readers, equations could not be copied, and alternative text could be inadvertently changed or removed. 
screenshot of the Canvas math assignment tool
screenshot of the Canvas math assignment tool

Global NavigationRecent History

  • The Global Navigation Menu includes a Recent History link. This History link displays the most recent pages viewed in Canvas up to the last three weeks. 
  • This change helps users remember what page they last viewed in one or multiple courses.
screenshot of the Canvas Recent History
screenshot of the Canvas Recent History

Notification Preferences Interface Updates

Notification settings can be controlled in two places: via Account > Notifications and within a course via Home page > View Course Notifications.

  • The user-level Notifications page has been updated to match the design of the course-level Notifications page.
  • This page includes a banner reminding users that account-level notifications apply to all courses. 
screenshot of the account notification settings
Screenshot Canvas Account Notification Settings
  • Notifications for individual courses can be changed within each course and override user account notifications. The Course Notifications page also includes a banner notifying users about these overrides.
screenshot of the Canvas course notification settings alert
screenshot of the Canvas course notification settings alert

Additional Updates

The following are already enabled

Studio button placement in the Rich Content Editor (RCE)

  • The Studio tool button is now included in the primary tool bar view.
screenshot of the Canvas Rich Content Editor
screenshot of the Canvas Rich Content Editor

New Upload / Embed Image (UEI) Tool for the Rich Content Editor (this is live now)

  • The new UEI tool integrates with the popular free stock photography libraries from Pexels.com and Unsplash.com.
  • Pull images directly from your computer, your Canvas course files, or your Canvas user files directories to place in your Canvas content.
screenshot of the Canvas Upload/Embed Image function
screenshot of the Canvas Upload/Embed Image function
screenshot of the Canvas image source tool
screenshot of the Canvas image source tool

MISSION

The mission of the Rothwell Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence is to empower faculty members in their pursuit of professional growth through diverse offerings for the universal goal of student success.


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