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Recent Updates

  • As an Admin, you can choose to set default restrictions for student access in your institution. These restrictions include student access to courses before the start date and/or after the end date.

    To manage student access, you can set the default value but allow instructors and sub-account admins to edit access for the course and sub-account levels as necessary, or you can set and lock the student access setting for the entire institution. The checkbox settings at the account level are passed to the sub-account and course levels as default values.

    Restrict students from viewing course before start date: When a student enrolls in a future course, the course displays in the Future Enrollments section in the student Courses list. Once a course is published, the course displays an invitation to join the course, where the students can view course content at any time before the course begins. However, when the student restriction for the course start date is enabled, students cannot view a link to the course until the start date, even if the course is published.

    Restrict students from viewing future courses in enrollments list: When a student enrolls in a future course, the course displays in the Future Enrollments section in the student Courses list. However, when the view courses before the start date restriction is enabled, a second option is displayed to completely remove the future enrollment from the Courses list. This setting can also be enabled to keep students from knowing they are enrolled in a course with a future start date.

    Restrict students from viewing course after end date: Once a course has concluded, students can still view the course but all content is displayed in a read-only state. However, when the student restriction for the course end date is enabled, students can no longer view the course in the Courses list after the course has concluded. This setting can be used if your institution uses the course across multiple terms and want to restrict students from accessing prior content for future students, or if students have to re-enroll in the course.

    These restriction settings also apply to the override start and end dates for the course. If no override dates are specified, the start and end dates apply to the term dates. Learn more about term and course dates in Canvas.

  • There are different icons and colors in the new Gradebook. Depending on how you grade assignments (manually or otherwise), you will see different icons or colors.

    Icons and colors are simply gradebook indicators to assist you with course grading. All assignments count toward a student's total grade unless they are excused assignments.

  • Updated on: Nov 15, 2019

    How do I view Course Analytics?

    Course analytics will show you activity, assignment submissions, grades, and students. You can view analytics in both active and concluded courses.

    Notes:

    • Viewing analytics is a course permission. If you cannot view analytics, your institution has restricted this feature.
    • The Analytics button only displays once students have been enrolled and students have started to participate in the course.
    • Currently, analytics does not measure activity on mobile devices.
  • Student analytics show you how well a particular student is doing in your course. You can also view student analytics after your course has concluded.

    Your institution may allow students to view their own course analytics, which helps show them accurate information about their course activity and interactions. If this permission is enabled, your view and the student's view of their analytics is the same.

    Notes:

    • Viewing analytics is a course permission. If you cannot view analytics, your institution has restricted this feature.
    • Currently, analytics does not measure activity on mobile devices.
    • Analytics can also be accessed through the People page and viewing a student's user details page.
  • Canvas is integrated with a number of third party web services. Most of these services can be configured from the user settings page.

  • By default, Canvas allows students to see assignment grades as soon as you have graded the assignment. In some cases, however, you may wish to hold student grades until all assignments have been graded, and then release grades to all students at the same time. To hide student grades temporarily, you can choose to mark an assignment as "muted". You can also mute assignments in the Gradebook.

    A muted assignment will not send out grade change notifications or any new instructor comments until the assignment is unmuted. A muted assignment displays a "mute" icon on the student grades page so students know the assignment is muted. Students will be unable to view their grades, including grade and score changes, submission comments, and curved assignments for the assignment until the assignment is unmuted.

    Muting should only be used to temporarily block grading work in progress from student view. It should not be used to conceal grades for longer than reasonably necessary.

    If you do not want students to be able to view their total grade, you can hide the total grade from students.

    Notes:

    • If you make changes to a muted assignment, the total score as you see it (in both the Gradebook and the student Grades page) will be affected. However, students will not see any changes when they view their Grades page. Once you unmute the assignment, the total grade in the student's view will update accordingly.
    • If you unmute an assignment with varied due dates, all students will receive score results at the same time.
    • Viewing the Total Column in the Gradebook may be restricted when multiple grading periods are enabled.
    • Students will not be able to view their quiz responses while a quiz is muted.
  • Once you have filtered student enrollments or sections in your Gradebook, you can sort the Gradebook columns by student name, secondary id, total grade, individual assignment, assignment group (if you have assignment groups set up), and assignment due date. You can also resize and rearrange the columns in the Gradebook.

    Note: Gradebook columns are persistent, meaning the columns will stay in the order they are arranged.