Canvas Student Release Notes (iOS 6.0)

Document created by Cody Titmus Employee on Feb 13, 2018Last modified by on Jul 15, 2018
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In this update, the Canvas Student app supports global announcements, course invitations, late policies, and the User Navigation Menu. The Dashboard and Course Navigation Menu have been been redesigned for improved usability and accessibility. Admins can use the Act as User link from the User Navigation Menu.


Download the Canvas Student app in the iTunes Store. Version 6.0 requires iOS 10.0 or later.


New Features




Global Announcements

The Student app supports global announcements in the Dashboard. Students can view an announcement in their Dashboard until they dismiss it or it passes its end date.


release-notes-feature-idea-icon.png Canvas Community contributions: Administrative/Global Announcements and iOS App



Course Invitations

The Student app supports course invitations. Course invitations display in the Dashboard and can be accepted or declined.


release-notes-feature-idea-icon.png Canvas Community contributions: accept course invites in mobile app



Late Policies

The Student app supports late policy rules for assignments. Late policies can only be managed using the new Gradebook in the browser version of Canvas. Assignments that have been assessed a late penalty will display the final score, which is the score given by the instructor minus the late penalty.




User Menu

The Profile icon has been replaced by the User Menu icon. Students can use the User Menu to access their personal files, display grades on the Dashboard, get help from Canvas Support, change users, and log out of the app.


Students can also access Gauge, Arc, and Commons from the User Menu.




Updated Features




Course Navigation Menu

The Course Navigation Menu has been redesigned for improved usability and accessibility. The Course Navigation Menu provides access to all course features and the Course Home Page. This menu displays whenever a course is opened from the Dashboard. Previously, opening a course would take the student to the Course Home Page.





The Dashboard has been updated for improved usability and accessibility. The Dashboard displays multiple columns of course cards and a link to view all courses. The Show Grades option in the Dashboard has been moved to the User Menu.


The Courses icon in the Navigation Bar has also been renamed as the Dashboard icon.




Act as User

Admins can use the Act as User link in the User Menu to masquerade as a user in the Student app. While acting as the user, a magenta border and the user's Profile icon displays on every page. Previously, admins could act as a user by double tapping in the profile page of the admin or user.


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