As you may know, Instructure updates and repairs Canvas every few weeks. Here are some highlights from last weekend’s update:
- Calendar 1, Gradebook 1, and Old Conversations will no longer be available in Canvas.
- Internet Explorer 9 will no longer be a supported browser.
Gradebook: Individual View
The Gradebook Individual View allows instructors to assess one student and one assignment at a time. Complete with all features in the Gradebook, this gradebook view is fully accessible to screen readers and improves the accessibility functionality found in Gradebook 1.
In the Gradebook, access Individual View by clicking the Switch to Individual View link. Unlike the standard Gradebook, Individual View does not take up the entire Canvas window and shows the Course Navigation menu. Like all Gradebook tabs, Individual View is persistent and will always display when it is the Gradebook last accessed by an instructor. To leave Individual View, click the Switch to Grid View link.
Individual View contains all the global settings found in the standard Gradebook. Instructors can sort by section and assignments and set any preferred settings options.
Assignment Settings: Online Default
For new assignments, the assignment submission type defaults to online. Additionally, assignment settings are persistent to always remember and display the settings created or edited in the previous assignment in the course. For instance, if an instructor creates a group assignment that accepts text entry and file uploads, the instructor will automatically see those same settings the next time he or she creates an assignment. Note that this feature only applies to settings; it does not include assignment due dates.
Calendar: Undated Events & Assignments
Users can drag and drop undated assignments and events from the undated items list in the sidebar to the calendar month view and create due dates. Conversely, users can also drag and drop dated assignments and events from the month view back to the undated items list.
Submission Icons Update
The Gradebook submission icons have been updated to match the same icons located in other areas of Canvas. Icons are also darker throughout the Gradebook.
On the profile and settings pages, profile pictures are displayed in a circle. Additionally, the cropping tool in the profile picture uploader also crops in a circle. This change is to make profile pictures more consistent across all areas of Canvas.
Assignments: Google Docs
Restricting file types also blocks Google Docs that don’t contain appropriate file extensions. Additionally, Crocodoc renders any Google Doc that contains an acceptable file extensions.
Explanation: When an instructor restricts file types for an assignment, students have been able to submit Google Docs because most Google Docs don’t display with a file extension. Moreover, Crocodoc can’t render documents with no extension. Canvas code has been updated to include additional parameters in the Google Docs URL and properly identify the file type.
Student View Scores
Scores generated by the Test Student are not included in Assignment data.
Explanation: On the Grades summary page, test student scores were being factored into the entire course, occasionally displaying as the highest, mean, and lowest scores. Canvas code has been updated to disregard any scores associated with Student View.
Student Detail Page
On the Student Submission Detail Page, students cannot view previous submissions.
Explanation: When viewing a submitted assignment, students could see a link to view the original assignment submission. Because this link is only available to instructors, Canvas code has been updated to remove the view original submissions link for students.
New Conversations: Submission Comments
Submission comments from assignments do not appear in New Conversations.
Explanation: When an assignment submission comment was the last item sent within a user conversation, the submission comments was appearing in the Conversations preview pane. Additionally, deleting all messages inside the thread only created an undeleted submission comment and did not fully remove the thread. Canvas code has been thoroughly updated to never display assignment submission comments in New Conversations.
If you’d like to see all the gory details, check out the complete Canvas 5/24/14 Production Release Notes.