New Canvas Features & Enhancements

Instead of a new version once in a long while, Canvas makes regular enhancements to their product as they become available. Below are some enhancements or new features that we think are worth noting:

  • Differentiated Assignments by Individual:  In Assignments, instructors have the flexibility to differentiate assignments between individual students and select which students are required to complete specific tasks.  More information is available in the release note.
  • Copy of Announcement to Sender:  Instructors can set a new notification preference that allows them to receive a copy of all announcements they created.  More information is available in the release note - scroll down to the NOTIFICATIONS part of the notes.
  • Conferences can now be recorded:  Users of the Conferences tool now have the option to record their session. The recording is stored for 14 days.  More information is available in the release note.
  • New Canvas email tool that includes a subject line:  Canvas has introduced a new version of the internal email tool, called Conversations, that now includes a subject line for your emails. However, you MUST opt-in in order to use the new version of the email tool.  More information is available in the release notes - scroll down to the CONVERSATIONS part of the notes.
  • Gradebook now includes a notes column:   Instructors can use a Notes column in their Gradebook to keep track of extra information in their course, such as general student notes.  More information is available in the release notes - scroll down to the GRADEBOOK part of the notes.
  • Polls for Canvas mobile app:   Instructors and students can use this mobile app to collect student opinion in the classroom.  More information is available in the release notes.

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