June 2024 Canvas Changes and Updates

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Canvas regularly releases updates to their system, and on this page you will find a number of important updates that have happened over the past several months.


Discussions/Announcements

Starting summer semester 2024, Discussions and Announcements in Canvas will look a bit different and include some new features. Check out our Canvas Discussions and Announcements Redesign support page for a full list of what’s changing, feature comparison chart and video, and user guides.

Assignments

Submit Assignment on Behalf of Student is now available. Instructors can submit a file to Canvas Assignments that are set to allow file uploads on behalf of a student in their course’s Gradebook. The submission will include a timestamp as well as the teachers name who submitted the file on behalf of the student. The instructor can also submit multiple files at a time for a single student, and submit beyond the availability date of a Canvas Assignment.

This feature will only work for newly created assignments. It does not retroactively work on past assignments. Also, it will not work with third-party assignment tools (Turnitin External App) that do not use the native Canvas Assignment file upload function and process.

SpeedGrader

Randomize list of students in SpeedGrader. By default, the SpeedGrader student list arranges student names alphabetically by last name. For easier grading, you can sort the student list by student name (alphabetically), submission date, by submission status, and now you can view the students in a random order.

Gradebook

Multi-Select Gradebook Filters are now available for teachers and TAs and can display graded activities by module, assignment group, status, submission, start/end dates or any combination of these options. Multiple filters can be applied at the same time. Check out our support article on how to Filter and Arrange Grade Columns in the Canvas Gradebook for more information.

Google Apps / Canvas Collaborations

Canvas has decided NOT to deprecate the Google Apps LTI tool after all, as it was originally planned for June 2024. Canvas does not plan any future development with the Google Apps LTI tool (the tech behind the “old” collaborations option. As a result, we encourage folks to transition to Google Assignments LTI 1.3 when using the collaborations tool in Canvas

Course Settings

Removal of More Options Link

In Course Settings, the ‘More Options’ link at the bottom of the page has been removed to allow the additional options remain displayed on the page. This update improves the user experience by reducing steps needed to access additional course setting options.

Course Dates, Term Dates and Section Dates Display

In the ‘Sections’ tab, located at the top of the Course Settings page, course dates, term dates and section dates are displayed. This update allows instructors to quickly view all important dates related to a course.
section tab with dates displayed
In the Sections tab, instructors can view the Course dates [1], Term dates [2] and Section dates [3].

New Quizzes

Canvas New Quizzes at Georgetown are not available to instructors by default. If you are interesting in exploring New Quizzes we recommend you check out the support articles on How New Quizzes compares to Classic Quizzes and How to enable New Quizzes in your Canvas course.

Build on Last Attempt

In New Quizzes, instructors can allow students to build on their last attempt of a quiz by reattempting incorrectly answered questions. When this feature is enabled, students can only view questions marked with incorrect answers, all other questions are hidden. Students can reattempt incorrectly answered questions until the answer is marked correct in SpeedGrader or they run out of attempts. Students who get all questions correct will not have the option to reattempt.

Answer Frequency Summary tables

You can generate and view reports for a quiz created in New Quizzes. The reports available in New Quizzes are the Quiz and Item Analysis and the Outcomes Analysis. The Quiz and Item Analysis reports include statistics for the entire quiz and individual items. The Outcomes Analysis report includes outcome mastery statistics for all students who took the quiz.

In the Item Analysis Report, the Answer Frequency Summary tables display the total number of correct responses, incorrect responses, and no responses for the following question types:

  • Multiple Choice
  • Multiple Answer
  • True or False
  • Change Benefit

This update provides additional information on specific question types for instructors to evaluate student responses and provide appropriate intervention. Learn more about New Quizzes Item Analysis Reports and other Quiz reports available in Canvas.

CSV download support for the Quiz and Item Analysis

You can now download reports for a quiz created in New Quizzes. Learn how to generate reports and download them as a CSV file.

Item Banks Shared in Course Copy

When a course is copied that includes a New Quiz with an item bank, the item bank is automatically shared with the new course. Shared item banks are only visible to users with a teacher and TA course role (or those with admin roles).


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Learn about past Canvas changes and updates at Georgetown.