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Recent Updates

  • Crocodoc is a tool that allows annotations on online assignment submissions in Canvas. If Crocodoc has been enabled for your institution, you can use Crocodoc for assignments. You can also use Crocodoc when viewing annotated feedback on assignment submissions.

    When you open a submission, Crocodoc will automatically save any annotations made to the submission file for one hour. You can restart a Crocodoc session at any time by refreshing the submission page. To help you avoid losing work, Canvas will generate a session expiration warning after 50 minutes.

    Some browsers may not initially render comments correctly when viewing feedback. If your browser includes a built-in PDF viewer, select the option to view the PDF in the system viewer. You can also download PDF files with comments to view on your computer. The settings required to view or print the annotations in the PDF vary based on the software installed on your computer.

    Compatible Crocodoc Files

    If a submission includes a file that can be rendered in Crocodoc, but the submission preview is not complete, Canvas will generate a message stating the document is still processing.

    If a file is submitted that is not compatible with Crocodoc, the Canvas document previewer will still display the file, but Crocodoc markup and commenting will not be available.

    Canvas currently supports .doc/.docx, .ppt/.pptx, and .pdf Crocodoc file formats.

    Notes:

    • Crocodoc is not available in the Canvas beta environment, so Crocodoc documents will never be rendered.
    • Files over 100 MB and password-protected files will not be converted by Crocodoc.
    • Crocodoc annotations can be viewed in the Canvas by Instructure app.
    • Crocodoc annotations cannot be viewed by screen readers; for users with accessibility concerns, please leave feedback in the assignment's comments sidebar.
    • Crocodoc has limitations when used in Firefox. To avoid losing any annotations, click the screen before navigating away from the page, or choose another browser.
    Tags annotations, Assignments, Canvas, Crocodoc, Student, Student Guide
  • On the assignment submission details page, some of your graded assignments may appear as file upload attachments that include a View Feedback button. Instead of leaving comments directly on the assignment, your instructor may choose to include comments directly in the assignment using annotations, or inline comments. These comments are made using Crocodoc, which you can also use to reply to any comments or make your own annotations.

    Some browsers may not initially render comments correctly when viewing feedback. If your browser includes a built-in PDF viewer, select the option to view the PDF in the system viewer. You can also download PDF files with comments to view on your computer. The settings required to view or print the annotations in the PDF vary based on the software installed on your computer.

    Note: If the assignment attachment displays a Preview button instead of the View Feedback button, your file is not Crocodoc compatible and will not include any annotated comments.

    Tags annotations, Assignments, Canvas, canvas docviewer, Comments, Crocodoc, doc viewer, docviewer, feedback, Grades, Student, Student Guide, Submission Details
  • Your instructor may require you to submit a peer review of another student's assignment. To complete the assignment, you must review the student's assignment and add a comment in the comment sidebar.

    If your instructor includes a rubric, which is a pre-determined outline of how an assignment is graded, you must also assign a grade using the rubric.

    Some peer reviews may also be anonymous, which means you cannot view the name of the student whose assignment you are reviewing. Additionally, the student cannot see your name as the reviewer when you leave a comment to complete the review.  

    Tags Assignments, Canvas, Crocodoc, docviewer, feedback, Peer Reviews, preview, Rubrics, Student, Student Guide, Submission Details, submissions, submit assignments
  • If one or more of your courses have enabled ePub exports, you can view your course offline as an ePub file. You can download the ePub file and upload it into any eReader software for viewing, such as iBooks or Azardi.

    ePub content is for offline viewing only; you cannot interact with course content directly, such as completing an assignment or viewing any submissions. In an ePub file, you can view assignment details, availability dates, and point values. Discussions include the discussion topic. All discussion replies (graded or ungraded) are considered submissions and must be viewed online. Additionally, you can view any embedded media files in the ePub. Any files that aren't supported in the ePub format, such as file attachments or PDFs, can be downloaded to be viewed in the file's native environment.

    Currently ePub files and any associated files can only be generated in the browser version of Canvas, but the files can be transferred for viewing on any supported device.

    Depending on the course setup, the ePub may be organized by modules or content type (assignments, discussions, quizzes, etc.). When viewing by module, only items you have access to view in each module will be included in the ePub file. Locked modules list either their prerequisites or the unlock date, as well as the items that are contained within that module (though not the actual content of those items themselves).

    Notes:

    • You cannot download ePub files for concluded courses.
    • If you can view the Download Course Content button but cannot download an ePub file for a specific course, the feature has not been enabled for that course.
    • If your account does not display the Download Course Content button, your institution may only allow you to export content offline as an HTML file in Modules.
    Tags Course Download, ePub, Student, Student Guide, User Settings
  • You can create a conference in a course to hold virtual office hours and speakers. Although you cannot send out invitations to the conference until it begins, you can create course events on the Calendar to indicate an upcoming conference.

    Conferences can accommodate up to 50 people. You can create multiple conferences, which are listed in chronological order by the date they were created. The most recently created conference will appear at the top of the list.

    Note: Creating a conference is a course permission. If you cannot create a conference, your institution has restricted this feature.

    Tags Canvas, Conferences, Instructor, Instructor Guide
  • In Conversations, you can send a message to one user or multiple users in a course.

    Note: Currently you cannot message users in multiple courses.

    Tags Canvas, Canvas Network, Conversations, Instructor, Instructor Guide
  • In Conversations, you can send a message to one user or multiple users in a course.

    Note: Currently you cannot message users in multiple courses.

    Tags Canvas, Conversations, Student, Student Guide
  • Updated on: Jun 24, 2017

    What are What-If Grades?

    What-If Grades allow students to calculate their total grade by entering hypothetical grades for assignments. Only students can enter and view What-If scores. Learn how students use What-If Scores.

    Notes:

    • If Multiple Grading Periods are enabled in your course and users cannot view total grades, or if you have hidden student grade totals in Course Settings, students cannot view their current or total grade in the student Grades page.
    • Currently instructors cannot create hypothetical scores for students like What-If scores. However, you can view current and total scores for students by viewing the Student Interactions Report.
    Manual Canvas Basics
    Tags Canvas, canvas basics, Grades, Instructor, Student, What-If Grades
  • Updated on: Jun 24, 2017

    What is SpeedGrader?

    Manual Canvas Basics
    Tags Canvas, canvas basics, Grades, grading, Instructor, Moderated Grading, SpeedGrader
  • Updated on: Jun 24, 2017

    What is Conversations?

    Conversations is the messaging tool used instead of email to communicate with a course, a group, an individual student, or a group of students. You can communicate with other people in your course at any time.

    Manual Canvas Basics
    Tags All Users, Canvas, canvas basics, Canvas Network, Conversations