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Recent Updates

  • You can add people to an existing thread in the Conversations Inbox.

    Note: When adding users to an existing conversation, you cannot change the course or the subject line.

  • You can forward conversations to other individuals in your courses.

  • Even when you are part of a group conversation, you can privately respond to another individual.

  • Canvas makes it easy to reply to messages from other users in your Conversations Inbox.

    If you want to reply to a submission comment, you can reply using submission comments in your Inbox or directly from your assignment or quiz.

  • When importing course content with the Course Import Tool, you can choose to select specific content as part of the import. This option allows you to select specific content areas such as assignments, settings, and files without importing the entire course.

    Not all content can be copied as part of a course.

    Note: If you change your mind after the import has started and you want to import all course content, you can import all content by selecting each item for a content type.

  • When creating or editing an assignment, you can assign an assignment to individual students. You can also set different due and availability dates for a student within an assignment that is assigned to the rest of the class. Availability date functionality is still available for each assignment.

    Only the student(s) specified in the assignment details can view the assignment.

    When using differentiated assignments with the Gradebook, the assignment appears as a column for all students, but grade cells are grayed out for students who have not been included in the assignment. Grades cannot be assigned for students who have not been included in the assignment, and assignments that are not assigned to a student are not factored into overall grades. 

    When Multiple Grading Periods are enabled in a course, assignments are also respected against closed grading periods.

    Note: If your course is using MasteryPaths, you do not have to manually assign assignments to individual students. Learn how to assign an assignment using MasteryPaths.

  • When you set up prerequisite modules, students must complete a module before moving to the next module.

    For each module, you can only set prerequisite modules that come before a specific module. You may need to reorder modules to create correct prerequisite availability.

    Please note that you cannot prevent a student from accessing an upcoming module unless requirements have also been set for the prior modules. Requirements indicate the order that students are required to complete module items.

    Note: You can only add prerequisites if you have added at least one module.

  • MasteryPath assignments release conditional content to students based on a set of rules in three scoring ranges. After the initial assignment has been graded by the instructor, the student’s score designates which conditional items(s) will be assigned as a learning path. For instance, a student who scores above 90% on an assignment could be assigned more advanced work, while a student who scores below 60% could view assignments designed for content clarification and improvement. Please note that resubmitted assignments may affect conditional paths, as updated grades may change the associated assignments released to the student.

    Any graded assignments, graded discussions, and quizzes in a module can be the source for a MasteryPaths item. However, ungraded assignments, ungraded discussions, practice quizzes, and surveys (both graded and ungraded) cannot be used in MasteryPaths.

    MasteryPaths items should be created from assignment assigned to everyone, such as a pre-test or an introductory assignment.

    Once you have added conditional content to a MasteryPath assignment, you must differentiate each conditional assignment for MasteryPaths.

    Notes:

    • Because content pages do not require grading, content pages cannot be the source of a MasteryPath and can only be added to an assignment as conditional content. However, a page must be allowed for MasteryPaths before it can be added to a conditional path.
    • ‪If conditional items are added to a path and later changed (such as separating conditional items in the same range or adding another item), the change will not apply to any students who have already been graded based on the original conditional path. Conditional items should be final when course content is published.‬
    • ‪Added items can include due dates, but due dates are controlled by each individual item, not by the conditional path. Instructors may want to confirm any assigned due dates for conditional items are aligned with the rest of the coursework appropriately in the module page structure.‬
    • Conditional content items can be set up with their own conditional items.
    • All module items should be published before the course is available to students. If an unpublished item is added as a conditional content item, the student will not be able to view the content until the item is published. Any publishing delays may have unintended consequences for the student's conditional path.

     

    Note: MasteryPaths is currently a course opt-in feature. To enable this feature, learn how to manage feature options in the course features lesson.

  • You can use the Gradebook to send messages to your students. Message subjects are filtered based on specific assignment categories:

    • Haven't submitted yet—students who haven't submitted the assignment. This category does not include students who have been manually awarded a grade, even if they did not submit the assignment. Once a grade has been awarded for an assignment (either automatically or manually), Canvas no longer verifies actual submissions.
    • Haven't been graded—students whose assignments have not yet been graded (submitted or unsubmitted).
    • Scored less than [point value]—students who earned a grade on their assignment less than X number of points.
    • Scored more than [point value]—students who earned a grade on their assignment more than X number of points.  

     

    Although one message most likely will be sent to multiple students at the same time, each student will receive an individual message.

  • You can use the Gradebook to send messages to your students. Message subjects are filtered based on specific assignment categories:

    • Haven't submitted yet—students who haven't submitted the assignment. This category does not include students who have been manually awarded a grade, even if they did not submit the assignment. Once a grade has been awarded for an assignment (either automatically or manually), Canvas no longer verifies actual submissions.
    • Haven't been graded—students whose assignments have not yet been graded (submitted or unsubmitted).
    • Scored less than [point value]—students who earned a grade on their assignment less than X number of points.
    • Scored more than [point value]—students who earned a grade on their assignment more than X number of points.  

     

    Although one message most likely will be sent to multiple students at the same time, each student will receive an individual message.