The most recent updates to Canvas were rolled out on March 11th. Changes included:
If an instructor enables discussion settings to allow students to add attachments and edit discussion replies, the Edit option allows students to remove a file attached to a reply.
Currently, attachments can only be removed from the reply and cannot be replaced with another file.
Peer Review Discussion Completion
When a student completes a peer review in a graded discussion, the discussion page indicates that the peer review for a specific student has been completed. This change aligns consistency for students in peer review assignments.
Rich Content Editor
The Rich Content Editor supports the abbr attribute, which supports additional accessibility context for screen readers.
Sidebar New Page Links
Rich Content Editor sidebars in the Pages and Syllabus once again include functionality to add a link to a new page, which already exists in other sidebar feature areas. This link is located in the Links tab in the Pages section.
This option allows users to enter a name for a new page, which will be linked inside the Rich Content Editor. However, the new page link simply acts as a placeholder for the page and will not be added to the course until the user opens the new page, adds content, and either saves or publishes the page.
Unmute Assignment Warning
When an instructor unmutes an assignment, SpeedGrader displays a warning indicating that the assignment will be visible to all students. This change matches the behavior when an instructor unmutes an assignment in the Gradebook.
- Dashboard – Coming Up List and Unpublished Courses: The Coming Up list does not display assignment due dates from unpublished courses. Explanation: In an unpublished course, when an instructor added student enrollments and created published assignments with due dates within seven days, students were able to view the due dates from the unpublished course in their Dashboard Coming Up list. Canvas code has been updated to not display any due dates from unpublished courses in the Dashboard.
- Image Embedding: Embedded images in a discussion reply still retain the image after the user refreshes the page. Explanation: When a user embedded an image in a discussion reply, refreshing the page showed a broken image link. This behavior affected displaying images for graded discussions in SpeedGrader. Canvas code has been updated to display embedded images in discussion replies.
- Student View: Discussion settings are enforced for the Test Student in Student View. Explanation: When an instructor disabled Discussion settings such as allowing students to create discussion topics, the Test Student was still able to view the Add Discussion button and create discussion topics. Canvas code has been updated to enforce discussion settings in Student View.
- Rich Content Editor – Caption Files: In Pages and the Syllabus, users can upload captions to media files. Explanation: When a user uploaded a caption file to media in the Rich Content Editor, the caption file would not upload and the user viewed an error message. Canvas code has been updated to allow captions in media files.