Canvas Guides (en)Recent Updates

Recent Updates

  • By default, you will automatically be subscribed to all discussion threads you create in your courses and be notified when new comments are posted to the topic.

    You can subscribe to discussions created by TAs or other students in your course (if you allow). You can also subscribe to discussions posted within student groups. If you reply to a discussion, you will automatically be subscribed to discussions and will be notified of updates unless you manually unsubscribe to that discussion. Please also note that you cannot subscribe to individual threads within a threaded discussion.

    Note: You must specify your Notification Preferences to receive updates for subscribed discussions.

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  • You can attach a file to a Discussion reply using the attachment icon. Attached files are also uploaded to your Personal Files in the unfiled folder.

    Notes:

    • You can only upload one attachment in your reply.¬†Once an attachment is posted to a discussion post, the attachment cannot be deleted.
    • Instructors have the option to not allow students to attach files to Discussions. If you cannot attach a file, this feature has been disabled.
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  • You can insert an image file directly into discussion replies using the image icon. You can choose an image from a website URL, an image you've uploaded into your Canvas files, or an image from Flickr. If a change is made to the source of your image after you have embedded it in a discussion reply, the image added to your discussion reply will not be changed.

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  • You can view all replies in a discussion by scrolling or searching content. Focused discussion replies are shown in hierarchal order; threaded discussions are hierarchal, collapsable, and expandable.

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  • By default, as you read new discussion posts, Canvas will mark them as read (changing the indicators from blue to white) as you scroll down the page. However, you can manually mark each posts back to a read or unread state.

    You can tell Canvas not to automatically mark all your posts as read in your Discussion settings.

    Note: Once a post's state is manually changed, the post will not change states (become read or unread) until you manually change it again.

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  • You can require that students reply to a discussion before the see any of the other students' replies.

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  • Manually assigning peer reviews allows you to choose which students will be assigned peer reviews.

    Note: When manually assigning peer reviews, students can complete their assigned peer reviews without having to post their own discussion reply first. If you require students to post to the discussion before being able to complete a peer review, you must automatically assign peer reviews.

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  • You can delay posting a discussion topic until a specific date by changing a setting in your discussion. This lesson shows how to set posting dates, also referred to as availability dates, for non-graded discussions.

    Note: In graded discussions, the availability date fields shown in this lesson do not apply. Graded discussions include separate availability dates that are set when assigning a discussion to specific course users.

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  • Updated on: Oct 07, 2017

    How do I pin a discussion in a course?

    You can pin discussions so students will see them at the top of the Discussions index page. Such discussions could include short-run discussions, discussions that only run for a single week, and any other discussions that students should specifically pay attention to. You can also pin discussions within Student Groups.

    There are two ways to pin a discussion.

    Note: Students do not see the Pinned Discussion heading when there are no pinned discussions.

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  • If you automatically assign peer reviews, Canvas will assign peer reviews to students automatically once they have submitted their own discussion reply.

    You can also tell Canvas to automatically assign peer reviews after an assignment due date has passed.

    Notes:

    • It may take up to one hour for Canvas to assign peer reviews.
    • When using peer reviews with Groups, it is best practice to manually assign peer review discussions to students. Additionally, if the student has not submitted the assignment or submits the assignment after the due date, the student will not automatically be assigned a peer review and you must manually assign one.
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