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Canvas Feature Updates April 2023

Gradebook – Sort Assignments by Excused Submissions and Unposted Grades Production Environment Availability – 4/12/2023 In the Gradebook, instructors can sort individual assignment columns and rows by excused submissions and unposted grades. This update provides instructors with more sorting options and improves efficiency when working in Gradebook columns. To sort submissions by Excused or Unposted […]

Canvas Feature Updates March 2023

Rich Content Editor -RCE Supports Pasting and the Drag and Drop of Content Production Environment Availability – 3/1/2023 The Rich Content Editor (RCE) supports pasting and the drag and drop of content. Students can copy and paste an image from a browser or photo viewing app in the RCE. Also, users can copy an image, […]

Canvas Support During VCU Closure

Greetings VCU faculty, staff and students, As a reminder, Canvas 24/7 support is and will continue to be available to the VCU community while VCU is closed. We recommend reaching out to this support option for any questions that you have about Canvas, in order to guarantee the quickest turnaround time for your request. For […]

Canvas Feature Updates – November 2022

Rich Content Editor – External Link Icon, Download File Icon, Focus Ring Around Content Match Link Color The external link icon and download file icon that appear next to external links and files match the link color. Additionally, the focus ring that displays when tabbing through content matches the link color in the institution’s theme. […]

Canvas Feature Updates – October 2022

Course Settings – File Visibility Access Production Environment Availability – 10/18/2022 Instructors can customize file access in published courses.  The Files drop-down menu allows instructors to set the file visibility access to the Course, Institution, or Public. When files are uploaded, the file visibility matches the course default setting unless visibility is otherwise specified in […]

Canvas Feature Updates – September 2022

Calendar – Edit Event Start and End Time Drop-Down Menu Update Production Environment Availability – 9/14 2022 When editing a calendar event, the start and end time drop-down menus have been updated to include 5-minute intervals. Previously, the drop-down menu displayed in 30-minute increments. This update utilizes InstUI for creating calendar events, Instructure’s internal design […]

New Feature Alert – Respondus Monitor, “Show Your Work”

One of the top requests we get from math and science faculty is a way for students to “show their work” at the end of an online exam. This feature is now available in the Respondus Monitor proctoring system – and it’s as easy as writing 1 + 1 + .

Canvas Feature Updates – August 2022

Calendar – Edit Event Start and End Time Drop-Down Menu In the Calendar, when editing an event, the start and end time fields have been updated to include a drop-down menu. When editing an event, to view the drop-down menu, click the Start Time and End Time fields. This update utilizes InstUI for creating calendar events, Instructure’s internal design […]

VoiceThread Training – Sept. 2022

Join VoiceThread for their free workshops! If you are new to VoiceThread or just want some new ideas, these interactive and hands-on explorations are just what you need. The sessions are led by VoiceThread’s instructional designer and online educator George Haines who will share his expertise to help you get the most from VoiceThread. VoiceThread Basics 1: […]

Canvas Feature Updates – July 2022

Assignments – Individual Student Due Date Override In the Assignments page, individual student due date overrides take priority over section and group due dates on assignments. Previously, if a student was given an individual assignment override that was within the date range for a section specific override, Canvas used the most lenient assigned dates  to […]

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