In this update, the Canvas by Instructure app supports push notifications, profile picture enhancements, and landing pages in the app. This release also includes an updated Courses page to compliment the Dashboard in the new Canvas User Interface browser version of Canvas.
Download the Canvas by Instructure app in the iTunes Store. Version 3.12 requires iOS 8.0 or later.
The Courses page has been updated to display up to four icons representing course interaction features: Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, and Files. For institutions that have enabled the new Canvas User Interface in the browser version of Canvas, this change compliments the Dashboard with a more similar display, including changing the course color.
Users on any device can also show and hide grades in the Courses page, as well as manage favorite courses and groups. iPhone users can also choose course colors.
For institutions who allow profile pictures in Canvas, instead of uploading a new or existing photo, users can create a panda avatar, complete with various head, accessories, and clothing styles. Users can share their avatars with others or set them as their profile pictures.
Users can also add a cover photo to their profile that appears behind the profile picture.
As with other profile pictures, changing a profile picture within the Canvas app also applies to the browser version of Canvas. Profile pictures are also subject to any profile picture settings for the institution.
In Settings, users can select their own landing page for the app. The landing page is the page that is displayed when users first open the app. For a landing page, can choose from the Courses list, Calendar, To-Do List, Notifications, or Messages.
The Canvas by Instructure app supports push notifications. Push notifications allows the Canvas app to send notifications, even if users have not opened the app on their device.
When a user opens the Canvas app, the app registers push notifications in Canvas. In the Notification Preferences page, users can select a communication channel and select the notifications they want to receive for that channel. They can also set notifications for all devices.
Selecting a notification preference means the notification will be sent ASAP; not selecting a preference means a notification will never be sent. Daily and weekly notifications are not supported on mobile devices.
Any preferences changed in the app will also be applied in the browser version of Canvas. However, once push notifications are enabled and if a user changes preferences in the browser version, Canvas notifications will be sent as a daily digest.
It's exciting to see that Push Notifications have arrive for iOS users. I teach in a 1:1 setting where students have iPads, but I own Android devices. It's one of the things I appreciate the most about the Andriod App, and now my students can receive notifications via the app...rather than notifications bogging down their student email.
I also like that the interface looks more like the new UI. That's awesome.
With the update, users should double-check their calendar settings. My students have found that they need to select their semester's courses again for the information to sync correctly.
Question regarding this feature: "Users on any device can also show and hide grades in the Courses page." I'm not seeing where this is done. Tried the "gear" icon, tried user settings, etc. I'm logged in as a sample student, as well. Is this one of the updates that requires the institution to be on the new user interface? The other things seem fine, though.
The iOS team recently realized that this icon wasn't part of the release and they're not quite sure how, but they're working to get it fixed and pushed back out. Sorry about the inconvenience!
Thanks for pointing out that Mobile group, @KristinL ! I just now joined it. (I don't usually regard myself as much of a mobile user--I'm lucky enough to see things on a monitor--but it can't hurt to follow the discussions there since I often have to answer questions for our users!)
The grades icon is a small bug that affects a small amount of users. If you cannot view the grades icon, close and relaunch the app, which should make the icon appear in the Courses page. I've added this info as a known issue in the release notes.
This is nice update. We are still looking for the grading period filter on the grades. This is a big issue as many of our parents and students see one grade on the app and a different grade on the browser version. I know Canvas is working on this, but as soon as you can get it out, we would appreciate it. Thank you.