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Recent Updates

  • If your course includes multiple sections, you can limit users in a section to only see users enrolled in the same section. This option is useful when several sections have been cross-listed into a single course.

    You can set limitations when adding users to a course, or after students have already been added to the course.

    Limiting students to interact by section only affects Collaborations, Chat, People, and Conversations. When enrolling instructors and TAs, section limitations allow those users to grade students in their same section(s).

    Discussion topics and Pages are not affected by section limitations and can be viewed by any student. These feature areas could be restricted by creating content in course groups.

    Note: The option to limit a user displays even if there is only one section in the course.

  • The Learning Mastery Gradebook helps instructors and admins assess the outcome standards being used in Canvas courses. This gradebook helps institutions measure student learning for accreditation and better assess the needs of their students.  

    The default view in the Learning Mastery Gradebook is to view all students at the same time, but you can also view students individually using Individual View.

    Note: The Learning Mastery Gradebook is currently a course opt-in feature. To enable this gradebook, learn how to manage feature options in the course features lesson.

  • When creating an assignment, you can choose to set up an assignment with moderated grading, which allows multiple reviewers to grade a student’s work and create draft or provisional grades. Moderated grading is enabled on a per-assignment basis.

    Once you publish the assignment you can add students to the assignment moderation set.

  • You can view all replies in an announcement by scrolling or searching content. Announcement replies are hierarchal, collapsable, and expandable.

  • If your course includes Multiple Grading Periods, grading periods created at the account level automatically display in your course and can be filtered in the Assignments Index Page, the Gradebook, and the student Grades page.

    Grading periods consist of a specific date range that define the grading period. Grading periods also include a close date as to when you can no longer edit grades in a grading period. Grading periods can also be weighted. To view grading period date ranges and any weighted grading periods, you can view the grading periods in a course.

    At the course level, Canvas validates all assignments against closed grading periods in Canvas. For a complete overview of the Multiple Grading Periods feature and current limitations associated with close dates, please view the Close Dates for Grading Periods document in the Canvas Community.

  • You can subscribe to the Calendar Feed using Outlook 2013 on your desktop. The calendar feed will contain events and assignments from all of your Canvas calendars. Once you have subscribed to the calendar feed, you can remove the calendar feed at any time in Outlook by opening the Tools menu, clicking Account Settings, and selecting the Internet Calendars tab.

    If you are using an earlier version of Outlook, these steps may differ.

    Notes:

    • All future events, and past events within 30 days, are included when exporting a Canvas calendar to Outlook.
    • Outlook periodically updates but may take up to 24 hours to sync with the Canvas Calendar. Canvas update may not be immediately visible in Outlook.
    • If your institution/organization uses a Microsoft Exchange Server account, you can also subscribe to the calendar feed using the Outlook Web App in Exchange Server. This allows you to access your Outlook calendar online if you are away from your desktop. Please contact your IT administrator at your organization/institution for more information.
  • You can import your Canvas calendar to Google Calendar. The calendar feed will contain events and assignments from all of your Canvas calendars.

    The steps in this lesson are also relevant for those using Gmail via Google Apps for Education. Google Apps for Education provides an Institution Email Account to those institutions participating in the program. To learn more, visit the Google Edu website.

    Once you have subscribed to the calendar feed, you can remove or unsubscribe from the calendar feed at any time.

    Note:

    • All future events, and past events within 30 days, are included when exporting a Canvas calendar to Google Calendar.
    • Google Calendar periodically updates but may take up to 24 hours to sync with the Canvas Calendar. Canvas update may not be immediately visible in Google Calendar.
  • If Scheduler is enabled for your institution, you can create appointment groups in the SchedulerAppointment groups create a block of time where students can meet with you. Students can sign up for appointment times in their own calendars.

    Appointments will appear in your calendar after a student or group has reserved a time slot.

    Notes:

    • If user participation is limited to dates between the course start and end dates, Scheduler events cannot be edited or deleted after the date the course ends.
    • The Scheduler tool is optional. If it is not already enabled for your account, please contact your Canvas administrator.
    • Currently, Scheduler has two options for viewing appointments. This lesson is for instructors who can manage appointment groups directly in their calendar. If your calendar displays the Scheduler button as a calendar view, you can only add appointment groups in the Scheduler page.