New Canvas features coming in June!

May 26, 2020
Several new features are coming to Canvas on June 1 including new analytics, enhancements to file uploads, bulk editing of assignments, and a new rich content editor!

Product Tours: Canvas provides a welcome tour for instructors that guides them through setting up an online course. After logging in to Canvas, instructors view a short welcome message that gives them a quick tour through setting up notifications, locating their courses and setting them up online, and accessing Canvas resources and how-to guides. The “Setting up a Canvas course” section, directs instructors to tutorial videos showing them how to set up a course in less than 30 minutes. This change also displays a welcome tour to orient instructors and guide them toward Canvas best practices and resources in the Canvas Community.
Product Tours Video

File Upload Enhancements: Instructors can add multiple module content from the Course Home Page or the Modules page. This change helps instructors build module content with multiple files at one time, using the same functionality supported in Course Files. Additionally, the Course Home Page has received small design modifications.

UI Improvements: Instructure has added a collection of responsive improvements throughout Canvas. Rubrics have also been added in the course navigation.

Help for Unpublished Courses: The Dashboard, Courses menu, and All Courses page all indicate if any courses are unpublished. This change helps instructors see what courses are unpublished in various Canvas locations.

Mute Notifications by Course: The Mute Notifications by Course feature option displays a notifications button in the Course Home Page and allows users to mute all notifications for the course.
Mute Notifications by Course Video

Assignment Bulk Editing: The Assignments page now supports editing all assignment, discussion, and quiz dates in a single page. This change allows assignment dates to be adjusted at one time in the same location.
Assignment Bulk Editing Video

Rich Content Editor Enhancements: The enhanced rich text editor toolbar includes a condensed, more intuitive look. Toolbar menus are grouped by common icons and interactions. The following enhancements are included with this feature update:

  • The Rich Content Editor expands to the full width of the browser
  • The toolbar includes a condensed, more intuitive look
  • Toolbar menus are grouped by common icons and interactions
  • The content sidebar only displays when linking to other parts of Canvas, accessing Canvas files, or accessing uploaded media
  • Image and media additions include drag and drop; images include an Unsplash search and content auto-scaling
  • The Keyboard shortcut, Accessibility Checker, and HTML Editor icons have moved to the bottom of the editor next to the word count. Additionally, the Rich Content Editor window can be resized using the Move handle below the window.
The enhanced rich text editor also has an auto-save feature. To find out more about the Rich Text Editor enhancements, click on the links below.
New Rich Content Editor Link - Instructors
New Rich Content Editor Link - Students

New Course and User Analytics: The New Analytics displays both course grade and weekly online activity data, as selected in the analytics menu.

Course Grade allows instructors to view the average course grade for all course data using an interactive chart or table. Additionally, instructors can filter analytics results to compare the average course grade with a specific section or student and quickly access assignment data. This feature also includes a student table, which displays all students within a specific filter below the chart. For each student, the table displays the student's name, number of page views, and number of participations. Clicking the student’s name opens the individual student view, which displays the average course grade, submission information, participation metrics for the student, and communication data between the teacher and student using an interactive chart or table.

Weekly Online Activity allows instructors to view the average number of page views and participations for a course using an interactive chart or table. Additionally, instructors can filter analytics results to compare the average course activity with a specific section or student.
New Course and User Analytics

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