Canvas Guides (en)Recent Updates

Recent Updates

  • You can filter the conversations in your Inbox for easier organization, especially if you are enrolled in multiple courses. Filtering conversations allows you to selectively view conversation messages by course, inbox, or user.

  • Starring conversations allows you to see important messages at a glance.

  • The Public Course Index allows all users within an institution to publicly view the institution’s course index in a catalog format. You can view a link to the Public Course Index on the My Courses page.

    Note: The Public Course Index is currently an account opt-in feature. If you cannot see the courses link, your institution has not enabled this feature.

  • Canvas can upload specific image, video, and audio files as user content. 

    Canvas converts video and audio files up to 500 MB through the media tool. If a file exceeds the 500 MB limit, you can host the file through an external source such as YouTube and embed it using the Rich Content Editor. To learn more about available options for using media files in Canvas, view the Canvas Media Comparison PDF.

    Canvas files have quota limits set for user (personal) files and group files. Files uploaded directly to your user files or group files count against each specific quota, except for uploading a profile picture. Any attachments added as part of a graded assignment submission are uploaded into user files but are not counted against the user quota.

    When you upload a file, Canvas will convert the file into a format supported by your browser. Media playback is determined according to browser, so if you cannot view the file, you may need to try to view the file in another browser. You may also need to enable or update the Adobe Flash plugin.

  • When you record a new video or upload an existing video in Canvas, you can upload a caption file for your users. If you do not have a caption file, you can use the subtitle creation tool to create the file for your video.

    Once you have created and downloaded your caption file, learn how to add captions to Canvas videos.

    Note: Canvas must render the video and create a URL link before you can create a caption file. If you try to add subtitles and the subtitle creation tool is not yet available, try accessing your video later.

  • Some videos within Canvas may contain closed-captioned files. You can view the captions in the closed-captioning menu.

    Note: If you view a video in the Canvas by Instructure app, iOS devices can display captions created with WebVTT files. If you cannot view video captions in an iOS device, the caption type is not supported.