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The most recent updates to Canvas were rolled out on June 23rd 2018. Changes included:


Event Duplication

Users can duplicate events in the Calendar. Previously enabled through the Recurring Calendar Events feature option, this feature has been renamed to better represent the intended functionality and align with other feature elements that can be duplicated in Canvas. This feature has been enabled for all institutions and no longer requires a feature option.

When calendar event details are added through the More Options button, the calendar edit page displays the Duplicate checkbox. Like other items duplicated in Canvas, duplicated events are independent from each other, and once created, must be managed individually.


Users can specify to duplicate the event for a certain number of days, weeks, or months. Users can also modify a count number to the end of each event to help differentiate each occurrence once they are duplicated.



Courses Page Design Updates & Section-Specific Discussions

The Discussions page includes an updated design to improve accessibility for all users. Most functionality has not been affected. Additionally, when creating a non-graded discussion, instructors can create section-specific discussions in their courses for all sections, one section, or multiple sections.



Modules Duplication

Entire modules can be duplicated within a course. The duplication option is located in the Settings menu for every supported module item. When a module is copied, the word Copy is added to the end of the module name.


A copied module is placed directly below the originating module. While the module is being copied, a loading indicator shows the copy is in progress.

Module and Module Item Status

Duplicating a module defaults the module and all module items to an unpublished status. Each item within the module is duplicated except in situations as indicated by the item type. For details about specific item duplication limitations, please see Canvas Production Release Notes (2017-07-15) (assignments and pages), and Canvas Production Release Notes (2017-10-28) (graded discussions)

Duplicated module items follow the same behavior as a new item created in a module. The item displays in the Modules page but is also visible in the item’s respective index page. All assignments, pages, and graded discussions within the copied module also include the word Copy at the end of the module item name.


  • If applicable, the Modules page displays any Blueprint Course icons after the page is refreshed.
  • MasteryPath items may be copied in a module, but assigned paths are not retained. Paths should be set after the course module structure is complete.

Bug Fixes


New Scheduler Edit View Calendar Button Formatting

In New Scheduler, the Edit appointment group view Calendar list includes improved icon alignment and column formatting. Explanation: When an existing appointment group was edited in a course using the New Scheduler, and the Calendar button was selected, the arrows and checkboxes next to the list of calendar and section names was misaligned. Canvas code has been updated with improved icon alignment and column formatting.

Rich Content Editor

Course Quota Limit Error

When a file is uploaded to a course using the Content Selector, Canvas generates an error if the file exceeds the course quota limit. Explanation: When a file was uploaded to a course using the Content Selector, no error was displayed if the file size exceeded the course quota, which confused users as to why the file could not be uploaded. Canvas code has been updated to display an error if the file exceeds the course quota limit.