Canvas Updates pt. 2 – August 2015

Canvas has made many updates during spring and summer. This second of two posts will highlight the updates to Files, Calendar, Quizzes, Peer Review, and the Rich Content Editor that we think you most need to know about at the start of the semester.

Canvas makes updates every three weeks. This year we will post the updates as they happen, so check back often to see what is new.

Content and images provided by Instructure in their Canvas Guides and Release Notes.

Files
Calendar
Quizzes
Peer Review
Rich Content Editor


Files

Updated interface

The Files interface has been improved with additional columns about date created, date modified, modified by, and file size. Files can be sorted by column header.

Learn more about this feature in this guide.

Manage Files

Instructors can manage files directly from the Modules page. This feature aligns publishing functionality of all items within Modules and allows an instructor to publish, unpublish, or restrict a file.

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The state of the file is aligned with the Files Index page. If a file is unpublished within Files, the file will also be shown as unpublished on the Modules page.

To access permissions, click on the Publish icon.

Learn more about restricted files in this guide.

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Calendar

Custom Colors

Canvas allows users to set their own colors for each calendar in their account. Canvas will assign an arbitrary color for each calendar unless a custom color is chosen. Each calendar contains 15 default colors, but users can insert a Hex code to create any color of their choice.

Note: The Calendar can only display up to 10 calendars at one time.

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Learn more about this feature in this guide.

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Quizzes

Average Scoring Policy

When allowing multiple attempts in a quiz, instructors can choose to score a quiz by the average score. This feature generates an average score for all attempts in a quiz.

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Peer Review

Anonymous Peer Review

The anonymity option now hides student names to avoid biased peer reviews. The submitting student’s name is hidden from the reviewer and any linked observers on the reviewer’s dashboard and the assignment submission page.

Instructors can always view the name of the student reviewer in SpeedGrader and the student submission page.

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In the comments sidebar, the student assessing the submission cannot view any comments made by other users in the course, including comments from other reviewers or from the instructor.

Note: In anonymous peer reviews, users cannot create annotations in Crocodoc  (including instructors).

Learn more about this feature in this guide

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Rich Content Editor

The Rich Content Editor has been updated with new icons and  better support for creating and deleting tables.

Users can easily add, merge, and split table cells without having to switch to the HTML Editor. Rows can be added, copied, and pasted anywhere in the table.

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The editor also supports directional text so users can insert content right to left. This feature can be added using the Right to Left button within the editor.

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