Once again it’s time for some new feature highlights that have been added to Canvas. As usual, the complete set of changes can be found on Instructure’s website, and this feature release is found here.
Grading and Comments, Now Without SpeedGrader Required
One can now make comments and give grades directly from the Gradebook without having to enter the SpeedGrader tool. Here are some screenshots from Instructure showing this new functionality:
Of course, you can always click on “More details in the SpeedGrader” if you’d like to annotate the submission or review the students’ work.
Total Student Activity At A Glance
Within the “People” section of your course, you’ll now be able to see the total amount of time a student, observer, or TA has spent viewing and interacting with the course.
Take That Mixed-Content!
Finally, a small but very welcome change to us administrators is the ability to have external websites open in a new window from a Module. Previously, websites would fail to load within Canvas if the site was an unsecured site. This lead to many news articles and organizational websites failing to load unless one “right-clicked” and forced them to open in a new window or tab. Now, when adding an external URL, you can force the behavior automatically!
As always, please don’t hesitate to contact ITG by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 617-824-8090 if you have any further questions or requests.