Canvas Release September 21, 2019

By , September 18, 2019 8:16 pm

Canvas, the application better known as BlueLine, operates on a monthly release cycle through which features are added or updated. Some highlights from the most recent release notes follow. For further clarification, check out the full release notes site.


New Gradebook: Student Group Filter

SpeedGrader can be filtered by student group via an option in course settings. When this feature is enabled, SpeedGrader will only load submissions from a selected group when the submission is accessed via the New Gradebook or the assignment details page. Note this feature is currently not supported when a submission is accessed from the Dashboard, or a discussion or quiz details page (old quizzes). This feature is designed for large courses and helps manage submissions for an instructor or TA. Filtering submissions by student group also improves SpeedGrader loading times more efficiently than filtering submissions by section.


New Quizzes: Multiple Choice Individual Level Feedback

Multiple Choice Questions support individual feedback for each answer. This change allows students to receive specific feedback relating to each individual answer choice. If students are allowed to view their quiz results, students can view the custom feedback for each of their answers.


Navigation: Menu Visibility     ON HOLD UNTIL OCTOBER UPDATE!

The Admin, Course, and User Navigation Menus have been updated to include color and visual indicators to define active menu items. Additionally, the Course Navigation Menu includes tooltip indicators to clarify inactive menu items. No functionality has been affected. This change helps improve accessibility in Canvas. Previously the inactive links displayed in light gray text with a light border, which did not fulfill contrast ratios. Additionally, active and inactive links only relied on color to convey information.


Note: No existing functionality has been affected with this change. Third party LTI tools are not included in the course sidebar unless they are visible in the course.


For a complete production release update, please see: Canvas Productions Release Notes: Sept. 21, 2019.


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