These are the latest Canvas system updates that will become available on 9th March 2019.  Please click on an update to expand and view the information.  If you have any questions please submit a support ticket via the help menu in Canvas

Update 12th March 2019: Updates 4 – 7 are now also available in Canvas.

Update 1: Discussions – Author Search Functionality. This update is available for all Canvas roles.

 

Summary
Users can search discussion topics by author name in addition to title.

Change Benefit
This change restores previous author search functionality within the Discussions page.

Affected User Roles & Behaviours

All Users

When viewing the Discussions page, users can use the search field to search for a discussion by title or author. The Search field help text has been updated to specify the search options.

Any discussions that have been copied from a previous course do not include an author.

Discussions page search by author

Other related guides for Instructors and Students
· What are Discussions?
· How do I view Discussions as a student?
· How do I use the Discussions Index Page?
· How do I create a discussion as an instructor?

 

Update 2: Dashboard - Course Card Icon Size. This update is available for all Canvas roles.

 

 Summary
The icon class displayed in course cards defaults the icon display in a slightly smaller size.

Change Benefit
This change provides consistency for icons in both the Card View Dashboard and the List View Dashboard.

Affected User Roles & Behaviours

All Users

Users who have enabled course cards in the Dashboard can view the course card icons in a slightly smaller size than previously displayed. No functionality has been affected.

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Other related guides for Instructors and Students
· How do I use the Dashboard as a student?
· How do I use the Dashboard as an instructor?

 

Update 3: Commons - Favorites Removal Confirmation Message. This update is available for the following Canvas roles: Teacher, TA and Course Designer.

 

Summary
The Remove from Favorites confirmation message has changed from an animation on the resource card to a confirmation message in a separate browser window.

Change Benefit
This change improves accessibility within Commons.

Affected User Roles & Behaviours

Instructors

When instructors remove a resource from their Favorites, the confirmation message displays in a separate browser window. No functionality has been affected.

Other related guides for Instructors
What is Canvas Commons?
How do I add and manage Favorites in Commons?

 

Update 4: Commons - Favourites and Downloads View/Sorting. This update is available for the following Canvas roles: Teacher, TA and Course Designer.

 

Summary
Resource cards display the number of times a resource has been downloaded or imported and the number of times a resource has been favourited. Users can also sort search results by Most Favourited and Most Downloaded.

Change Benefit
This update allows instructors to easily view how many times a resource has been favourited and downloaded. It also allows instructors to sort search results by Most Favourited or Most Downloaded.

Affected User Roles & Behaviours

Instructors
The resource card displays the number of times a resource has been favourited and downloaded, allowing instructors to easily find content in Commons. Instructors can also sort search results by Most Favourited or Most Downloaded.

Commons download and favorites icons and indicators

Filter Commons results by most favorited and most downloaded

Other related guides for Instructors
·
What is Canvas Commons?
· How do I use Commons?
· How do I preview resources in Commons?

 

Update 5: Commons - Institution Search Results. This update is available for the following Canvas roles: Teacher, TA and Course Designer.

 

Summary
When viewing the Resource Details tab in Commons, users can view filtered search results that only display resources from the same institution.

Change Benefit
This update allows users to find resources from the same institution as the resource they’re currently viewing.

Affected User Roles & Behaviours

Instructors
When an instructor views the Resource Details tab for a resource in Commons, they can click the Institution name to view filtered search results that only display resources from that institution.

Filter Commons results from a specific institution

View Commons filter by institution

Other related guides for Instructors
· What is Canvas Commons?
· How do I use Commons?

 

Update 6: Commons: Resource Card Improvements. This update is available for the following Canvas roles: Teacher, TA and Course Designer.

 

Summary
This update includes several changes to the interface of resource cards in Commons search results. The updated resource cards now show updated icons, resource type, grade level, and the number of times a resource has been downloaded and added as a favourite.

Change Benefit
This update simplifies the information displayed on the resource card.

Affected User Roles & Behaviours

Instructors
The updated resource card displays in the Commons search results and in the Favourites page.

Updated Commons resource card

Other related guides for Instructors
· What is Canvas Commons?
· How do I use Commons?

 

Update 7: Commons Favourites Importing. This update is available for the following Canvas roles: Teacher, TA and Course Designer.

 

Summary
Instructors can view and import content from their Commons Favourites list directly in the Rich Content Editor in Canvas.

Change Benefit
This feature allows instructors to import favourite content from Commons directly in their Canvas course.

Affected User Roles & Behaviours

Instructors
Instructors can use the Commons Favourites button in the Rich Content Editor toolbar to import favourite content from Commons.

Any supported content added to the Favourites list in Commons are available for import in the Rich Content Editor. Users can search for items or filter by content type within the sidebar. Users can only import embeddable content types (documents, videos, audio, and images).

Commons icon in the Rich Content Editor

View Commons favorites in the Rich Content Editor

Other related guides for Instructors
· What is Canvas Commons?
· How do I add and manage Favourites in Commons?
· How do I import Commons Favourites in the Rich Content Editor in Canvas?

 

Other recent updates: Canvas Integration - Turnitin LTI.

 

22nd February 2019: Problems with One Drive upload have been resolved. This update is available for the following Canvas roles: Student.

A bug had prevented users from uploading files via One Drive.  Turnitin identified the root cause of this issue and students can now use this method to upload submissions again. For more information please see the following guide: How to submit a paper using cloud upload

15th January 2019: Change the visibility of QuickMark sets. This update is available for Instructor roles in Turnitin.

Turnitin comes packed with many QuickMark sets that help to make marking easier. However, not every set will be relevant to every Instructor. You can now change the visibility of QuickMark sets with just a few clicks. For more information please see the following guide:  Changing QuickMark set visibility options.

Other related guides for Instructors and Students
Turnitin within Canvas – Staff Guide
Important notes for Staff – Turnitin Assignments 
Turnitin within Canvas – Student Guide
Full Turnitin LTI Release Notes