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Canvas Production Release Notes (2016-02-20)

Canvas Production Release Notes (2016-02-20)

Upcoming Canvas Changes

New Canvas User Interface (UI): July 9

On July 9, 2016, the New Canvas Interface will no longer be a Feature Option in Canvas and will be enabled for all Canvas users as a standard feature. Enabling the New UI affects the user interface for the entire Canvas account.

In this Canvas release (February 20), admins can restrict students from viewing future enrollments in their courses list, and instructors can tell if their assignment submission Crocodoc annotations are being read by students. Canvas also includes various design enhancements to existing feature areas.

Unless otherwise mentioned, features apply to both the current and new Canvas user interface.


Canvas New Feature Screencast (2016-02-20)​

The next release schedule:

  • Beta release and notes: February 29
  • Production release notes: March 7
  • Production release and documentation: March 12

Production release notes indicate Canvas updates that will be included with Saturday’s release and are subject to change. New features may differ from those available in your beta environment. Learn more about the Canvas Release Schedule.

  New Features


Account Settings

Restrict Future Enrollments in Courses List

As part of selecting the Restrict students from accessing courses before start date checkbox, admins have an additional option that allows them to restrict students from viewing those courses in their Courses (or enrollments) list. This checkbox option is called Restrict students from viewing future courses in enrollment list and only appears if the start date restriction checkbox is selected.

This feature removes the name of the future enrollment course from the Courses list so that students do not see they are enrolled in the course. This setting can also be locked for sub-accounts.

This change also rearranges the account restriction checkboxes so the course start date checkbox is listed first. (This change has not yet been applied at the course level.)



Crocodoc Student Feedback Document Review

When an instructor adds Crocodoc annotations to a student’s submission, instructors can view if the student has viewed the feedback. This change does not affect any student behavior in Canvas.

Students view Crocodoc feedback by viewing the submission details page and click the View Feedback button.

Note: Crocodoc only supports specific file types, such as Microsoft Word and PDF documents. If a student submission does not support Crocodoc, SpeedGrader renders the document in the Canvas document previewer and the submission details page shows the Preview button.

Student View


Instructor View


release-notes-feature-idea-icon.png This feature was originally suggested by the Canvas Community.

  Updated Features



Graph Enhancements

Account, course, and user analytics graphs have been improved for accessibility and readability; changes do not affect current functionality.

The Activity by Date graphs show the number of page views and participation activity by date. The graphs have been changed to display light and dark bars for contrast instead of bars with similar brightness. Specific participations and page views can be viewed by hovering over the date.

In the Courses page, all explanatory text that was shown to the left side of each graph has been replaced with a summary key directly above the graph. Additionally, because the page includes breadcrumb text, the course name at the top of the page has also been removed for redundancy.


The Submissions graphs use different colors and shapes to distinguish missing, late, and on-time assignment submissions. Specific percentages for each submission status can be viewed by hovering over the assignment. The Courses page shows submissions for all students; the users page shows the submissions for each individual student, as well as future assignments that are not due yet.

Courses Page


Users Page


The Grades graphs have a more simplified Y axis with fewer point lines only displayed on the left side of the graph. The percentile color has also been updated for better accessibility contrast. The users page shows individual performance for each and whether the student received a good, fair, or poor grade.

Courses Page


Users Page


In the Courses page, the individual student graph at the end of the page has been replaced with numerical data. Submission data is identified individually as the number of assignments that were on time, late, or missing. Data also includes the student’s current score in the course. The page views, participations, and current score columns can be filtered in ascending or descending order.



Announcement Likes in Student Replies

When an instructor creates an announcement, they can choose to allow students to like a reply. This feature is only applicable to courses that allow students to respond to announcements. When a student responds to an announcement, other students can view and click the like icon below the reply.

Announcements mirror the functionality of Discussions in that instructors can set other options for liking as part of the announcement settings. They can choose to allow only graders in the course to like an announcement reply and sort replies by the number of likes.



External Tool URL

When an instructor created an External Tool assignment submission, previously instructors could only add an External URL by clicking the URL field. This functionality has been improved by allowing a direct URL to be entered in the link field. Instructors can still locate an External Tool by clicking the Find button.



Sidebar Enhancements

Dashboard sidebar content includes more white space and enlarged font sizes for better readability. All sidebar areas include the name of the course, and assignments also include the total number of points.

The Coming Up section includes the specific date of the assignment or event instead of the day of the week. Additionally, any assignments that have already been graded include the assignment score.

For instructors, the To Do list assignment icons are replaced with an indicator representing the number of submissions that require grading. The indicator matches the primary color of the account's theme as set in the theme editor. If there are more than nine submissions, the indicator shows as 9+. Additionally, removing a sidebar item (by clicking the x icon) only hides the item until another submission is made.


Course Nicknames (New UI Only)

The sidebar supports course nicknames. When a student creates a nickname for a course, the course nickname is displayed with all associated assignments or events.



Grade Sorting

When students view the Grades page, they can sort grades by due date, module, assignment title, or assignment group. By default, sorting is by due date.  If modules or assignment groups aren’t used in a course, they won’t be included as sorting options.



Single Calculation Methods

When calculating a decaying average, outcomes creates a calculation when only one assessment has been made. Previously the calculation wouldn’t return a calculation unless two submissions had been made.


Additionally, when calculating for n number of times, outcomes supports a calculation that is set to achieve mastery only once.



Quiz Statistics Updates

The Quiz Statistics page has been updated for accessibility. The overall statistics graph no longer includes an option to view a specific segment. Instead, the graph includes a Y axis that indicates the percentage of students who received a specific score.


Question breakdown graphs have been changed to display horizontal bars with question responses, the number of respondents, and the percentage of students who selected each response. Correct answer responses display a green bar with a check mark, and incorrect responses display a black bar. The bars are scaled according to the percentage of answer responses. Question types that do not have set answer choices, such as as Fill-in-the-Blank questions, display answers other than the correct answer in a black striped bar. For responses that show a discrimination index, the index displays the number but no longer displays the associated graph.



Masquerade and Student View Notification Bars (New UI Only)

The admin masquerade and instructor Student View notification bars has been updated to stretch the full width of the browser window. This change keeps the notification bar below the Canvas footer and helps prevent content from being hidden inadvertently. Additionally, the bar color has been updated to match the action menu in the Canvas style guide, which also helps draw more attention to the functionality and reminds admins and instructors that they are viewing Canvas as another user. The color also borders the entire browser window.

Note: Currently the notification bars cover the Help icon in Global Navigation. Our UI team is working on an update for a future release.



  Other Updates


User Interface

Font Sizes

The user interface has been updated to support relative font sizes throughout Canvas. This change does not apply to any specific text sizes as noted in HTML, vendor libraries’ css, or through font size editing in the Rich Content Editor.


Password Reset Field

For users who can reset their own passwords through Canvas, the password reset field verifies password reset information by user login. This feature also supports functionality for institutions who set the login label field as something other than email. If a user enters a login credential (e.g., username or student ID) that is associated with multiple email addresses, the user will receive a password reset email at each address.

SIS Import

User Enrollment Error Messages

Canvas has improved the SIS imports error messages for user enrollments to show specific errors with the user, course, and section ID.

Theme Editor (New UI only)

Custom CSS/JS Upload Warning

The Theme Editor upload tab contains a warning message about custom CSS/JS files. Although custom CSS and JS files can be updated, custom CSS and Javascript may cause accessibility issues or conflicts with future Canvas updates.





For details about using Canvas APIs, please see

API Page

The Canvas API page has been revised to help users better view API calls and documentation. Request parameters are shown in columns for easier readability. To access the beta API page, visit [institution]


Multiple Grading Period IDs

When using multiple grading periods, the Courses API and Users API includes the current grading period ID. This parameter can be viewed as part of the following endpoints:

  • /api/v1/courses
  • /api/v1/courses/:course_id
  • /api/v1/users/:user_id/courses
  • /api/v1/users/self/favorites/courses

  Fixed Bugs




The Account, Course, and User Analytics pages in Canvas have been updated to address multiple accessibility for both screen readers and keyboard users regarding color, sorting options, navigational cues, and focus indicators. Analytics pages display a color contrast of 3:1 for the default Canvas interface and 4.5:1 for high contrast profiles.


When displaying a grade as a GPA Scale or Letter Grade, the Help icon and View Grading Scheme links are accessible for keyboard users.

All settings for an assignment include an assignment-specific identifier for screen readers.


The Calendar radio button roles function as tabs.

The mini calendar on the right sidebar shows a black highlight with white text for the current day and black outlines around days with events.

Calendar event buttons behave as buttons instead of links.

When keyboard users navigate through date and time fields, field contents are selected instead of the cursor being placed at the end of the tabbed field.


In the legacy UI, the Dashboard sidebar needs grading text for instructors displays in 12px. In the new Canvas UI, the text has been replaced by a numbered indicator.


When an attachment is removed from a discussion, focus is retained on the Choose File field.


The Message Students Who feature includes a label for screen readers. Additionally, when an instructor selects the grade cutoff score, focus is retained in the score field.

The toggle to expand or collapse a grade history chart includes an aria-expand attribute.

The screen reader warning that tells users the Gradebook Grid View is not accessible has been changed from red to blue.

In Individual View, the fixed width for the complete/incomplete assignment type column has been removed and displays the words Complete, Incomplete, and Excused.

The Gradebook includes a keyboard shortcut icon.


When a keyboard user deletes a prerequisite, focus is retained on the previous prerequisite; if no prerequisites exist, focus is retained on the Add Prerequisite button. When a requirement is deleted, focus is retained on the previous requirement; if no requirements exist, focus is retained on the Add Requirement button.

Keyboard users can edit a module, cancel editing a module, delete a module, cancel deleting a module, and move a module via the Move To menu.


The Outcomes page buttons are focused from left to right. Additionally, the <a> style buttons have been changed to <button> tags.

Using the Space bar on an outcome or outcome group selects the outcome or outcome group.

The Outcomes Back button retains keyboard navigation in the list of outcomes and groups. Additionally, the Back button at the top of the Outcomes page resets focus to the New Outcome button.


The Discrimination Index button in the stats page is accessible to keyboard users.

The Quiz taking page does not include any italics <i> tags that wrap around screen reader tags.

When users take a quiz with one quiz question at a time, screen readers only read the Next or Previous buttons once.

The Quiz statistics page has been updated to address multiple accessibility issues for keyboard users regarding question breakdowns, hover content, and color.

Using the Enter key on the question bank bookmark icon retains focus on the bookmark icon.

When a question is moved or copied to another question bank, focus is set on the dialog’s close button.

Fill-in-Multiple-Blank questions do not include a skip to question text link.

In question banks, the header and text body of questions are not included in the tab order. When a question bank includes more than two pages, the headers are displayed as links in the tab order. Clicking a heading should retain focus and expand the question details.

Multiple Dropdown questions do not contain drop-down options once the quiz has been submitted.

Rich Content Editor

The toolbar insert/edit image button is accessible to keyboard users to navigate and select images from the Canvas tab.

After searching, using the Enter key on a Flickr image sets the focus on the image alt field.

The media recording dialog includes a message indicating that screen reader users can upload pre-recorded media to avoid using flash.

To distinguish the selected color, the text color and background color icons display a focus indicator for keyboard users.


Keyboard focus is not applied to content where there are no actions to be taken.

Using the Enter key on the Add Rubric button sets the focus in the rubric title field.

When a rating is deleted, focus is set to the next available rating edit button.


Peer Reviews API

Using the Peer Review API, users cannot assign a peer review to the same student who submitted it.

Explanation: When a user made an API call to assign peer reviews, some users were assigning reviews to the student who submitted it, causing the student to not be able to complete an attached rubric. This behavior occurred because the API was not confirming the peer review source. Canvas code has been updated to confirm if the assigned reviewer is the same person as the student.


Analytics Date Labels

When course data is consolidated into weeks or months, the analytics tooltip updates the content appropriately.

Explanation: When a course used dates that spanned longer than a few weeks, analytics displayed as weekly bars, but the text description indicated the bars were shown by day. This behavior occurred because the bars collapsed into weeks without updating the tooltip data. Canvas code has been updated to identify content when graph data is consolidated.


External Tool Submissions

Assignments set as an External Tool submission must include a URL.

Explanation: When an instructor created an assignment shell with an external tool assignment type and did not include a URL, the assignment was able to be saved. However, when the assignment was copied, trying to view the assignment generated a page error. This behavior occurred because the assignment never included a URL to the external tool. Canvas code has been updated for assignments with no URLs to notify the user that the external tool settings were not valid.

Assignment Group Weights and Designer Roles

Designers can update Assignment group weights in a course.

Explanation: When a user with the Designer role tried to update an Assignment group weight, Canvas did not update the change. This behavior occurred because Canvas was saving the course with a grading standard ID attribute, even though it wasn’t affected by changes to group weights, and Canvas does not allow users to change grading standards without the Manage Grades permission. Canvas code has been updated to allow designers to update group weights and only update grading standards if a grading standard is actually being changed by a user with the correct permissions.

Firefox Browser and Assignment Points

Students can view the points possible for an assignment in Firefox.

Explanation: When a student viewed Canvas using the Firefox browser and viewed the assignment page, the points possible for each assignment was faded out. This behavior occurred because of a conflict with the CSS class. Canvas code has been updated to show assignment points possible to students in Firefox.

New Outcomes

Instructors can create new outcomes from an assignment.

Explanation: When an instructor created an assignment, added a rubric, chose to find an outcome, and then created a new outcome, the page displayed an error message. This behavior occurred because of incorrect linking to the outcomes page. Canvas code has been updated to display the outcomes page when creating a new outcome.


Email Addresses

Email addresses are required when adding a user through third party authentication.

Explanation: When any third party authentication was enabled except for Canvas authentication and an admin added a user to the root account through the interface without entering an email address, the user addition failed. This behavior occurred because the email address field was not marked as a required field. Canvas code has been updated to allow non-Canvas authentication institutions to add users without adding an email address.

Passwords and SIS IDs

Users with SIS IDs whose institutions use external SSO and Canvas authentication can reset their passwords.

Explanation: When an institution configured Canvas authentication and an external SSO provider, users with SIS IDs were unable to change their Canvas authentication passwords in the Forgot Password page. This behavior occurred because Canvas was unable to determine if the login was associated with the Canvas authentication or the SSO provider, with the assumption that the login was for the SSO provider. Canvas code has been updated to allow users to reset their passwords if the login is associated with Canvas authentication. Currently logins can only be associated via SIS import or the API.


Courses List and Instructor Enrollments

Users who are added to a future course with an instructor role can only view the course in the Courses list.

Explanation: When an admin created courses in a future term and restricted term access dates for instructors, users who were given an instructor role were able to view the courses in the Global Navigation Courses list, even if the courses were not set by the user as a favorite. Instructors were able to view the courses but could not access the courses. This behavior occurred because the courses were not verifying the term access date set for instructors. Canvas code has been updated to enforce term date restrictions for instructor course access.


Graded Discussion Attachments and Student File Quota

Student attachments uploaded in a graded discussion do not apply to the user’s file quota.

Explanation: When instructors allowed students to add attachments to discussions, and a student added an attachment to a graded discussion, the attachment was counting toward the user file quota. If the user quota had been exceeded, students were unable to attach files to their discussion posts. This behavior occurred because Canvas was not differentiating graded discussions as an assignment submission type; assignment submissions are not included against a user’s quota. Canvas code has been updated to not count student attachments in a graded discussion toward the user’s quota. This fix was deployed to production on February 16.


Storage Quota and Adding Files

Adding a file to user, course, or group files updates the quota respectively.

Explanation: When a user uploaded a file to user, course, or group files, the quota was not updating according to the added file size. This behavior occurred because Canvas was not refreshing the quota after uploading a file. Canvas code has been updated to calculate the quota after any appropriately calculated files are uploaded.


Gradebook Imports and Multiple Grading Periods

When using multiple grading periods, instructors can add an edit assignments to a Gradebook CSV file without due dates.

Explanation: When a course or account included a grading period set in the future, grading imports were not able to create new assignments for undated assignments. This behavior occurred because the CSV file did not support new assignments in multiple grading periods. Canvas code has been updated to add new assignments in a CSV file to the last grading period available.

Multiple Grading Periods and Admin Permissions

Admins with the Manage Courses and View All Grades permissions can view a course Gradebook using multiple grading periods.

Explanation: Some admins were not able to view grades in a course with multiple grading periods. This behavior occurred if the admin did not have the Manage Assignments and Quizzes permission. Canvas code has been updated to allow an admin to view grades if they have the Manage Courses account permission and View All Grades course permissions.

Account Multiple Grading Periods and Course Gradebook Sorting

Multiple Grading Periods created at the account level do not affect course Gradebook sorting.

Explanation: When an admin created multiple grading periods at the account level where one grading period is in the past, instructors and TAs were not able to sort their course Gradebooks according to their preferred column arrangement as assignments were always being sorted by creation date. This behavior occurred because the visible columns were displaying according to the parent columns. Canvas code has been updated to honor sorting preferences in the course Gradebook when multiple grading periods are enabled.

Q Icon

Instructors cannot change the state of a quiz by clicking the Q icon.

Explanation: When an instructor clicked the Q icon in the Gradebook for a quiz that needed grading, the Gradebook assigned all pending submissions with a score of zero. This behavior occurred because of a change made in the October 31, 2015, release that allowed the Q icon to be removed by entering zero as a grade. Canvas code has been updated to not change the state of a quiz by clicking the Q icon.

Negative Fudge Points

SpeedGrader does not add fudge points when an instructor manually grades quiz questions.

Explanation: When an instructor viewed a quiz in the Gradebook, clicked the comments icon, and clicked the More Details link to view the quiz in SpeedGrader, manually grading the quiz cause the point values to be added as negative fudge points, which were being subtracted from the quiz total. This behavior occurred because of a change made in the October 31, 2015, release. Canvas code has been updated to retain the correct grade for manually graded quizzes.

New Canvas UI

High Contrast Styles and Custom CSS/JS Files

Custom CSS/JavaScript files in the Theme Editor are retained when users enable the High Contrast Styles user feature option.

Explanation: When an institution uploaded custom CSS/JS files in the Theme Editor and a user enabled the High Contrast Styles feature option, the JavaScript would not load for the account. This behavior occurred because custom files were not supported with High Contrast Styles. Canvas code has been updated to support custom JavaScript files for high contrast users.

Narrow Screens and Quiz Questions

Users can view full quiz questions when taking quizzes in a narrow or low-resolution screen.

Explanation: When a user accessed Canvas using the new Canvas interface in a narrow or low-resolution screen, full quiz questions were not always able to be viewed. This behavior occurred because the text was not wrapping correctly in the browser. Canvas code has been updated to wrap the text or allow for the page to scroll horizontally. This fix was deployed to production on February 10.

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Thank you for the change to the decaying average outcome calculation!  This is something that definitely threw us off last semester at UM-Dearborn.  Glad to see it's been updated to produce a result when only one assessment was done!

Thank you!   The Grade Sorting and seeing when students review their feedback are both helpful features that I will highlight to our faculty!

Definitely liking some of the updates here - particularly the change to pink for masquerading/student view. I'm a big fan of those obvious visual indicators.

Regarding this bug fix: "External Tool Submissions | Assignments set as an External Tool submission must include a URL" - some external tools (notably Pearson MyLab & Mastering) sync grades to the Canvas Gradebook by creating dummy Assignments that don't have a URL entered in the External Tool field. Will this fix affect that process in any way?

Good updates here, especially in the bug fix area.  I find that with every prod update i am finding more and more gems there including this week with:

Fix for the New UI and High Contrast Styles

The fix to the storage Quota properly being reflected for user files

A ton of accessibility fixes is a always a good thing

Fix for Speedgrader group submissions

All issues our support team has had to deal with this academic year.  These things create big wins for us on the support side and to me are more important than the new features in this weeks update.

Plus Negative Fudge Points & Narrow Screens and Quiz Questions & Q Icon - fixes very much welcomed by support. Smiley Happy

Hi Emily,

I am not familiar with how those tools work with assignments. I did ask the support team though and they aren't convinced dummy assignments are actually created. This bug mostly addresses course copies, so if you're not copying the course, things (in theory) should be fine. Then again I was also able to figure out that Canvas allows assignment shells to be set as an external tool assignment (but doesn't ask for a URL), so I guess we'll just have to see what happens with these things! But don't worry: if there is a problem, our support team and engineers are always on standby after a release and are happy to make things right as quickly as they can.



I like a lot of the changes in this update, but I'm wary of the enhanced analytics. There isn't any mention of enhanced mobile support, so it looks like instructors from my school can't trust any of the analytics they're given. As long as there's a way to access Canvas courses that isn't tracked (i.e. the mobile app), students will use it to skew the validity of the data.

Wait, the analytics that a teacher might use for grading do not include actions those students took though a mobile app? Module progression/reading content? What about posting to discussions? But I'm guessing it does include quiz and/or course grades?

Said it once, and I'll say it again - love the HOT PINK!!

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As I understand it, time spent viewing pages on the app doesn't count as time spent "in course." Likewise, page views aren't tracked. However, student submissions such as discussion posts, quizzes, and grades are tracked. The issue became relevant on my campus when instructors started using analytics to assume primarily mobile students weren't looking at the course site, failing to do the reading, etc.

Here are two descriptions of the current limitations, as described by Support:

"I am sorry for any frustration that this may be causing.  We are working on ensuring that mobile analytics report more information, currently the only content that reports to page views is when an actual submission takes place such as to an assignment or discussion." (Support ticket #01235410)

"[U]nfortunately because of the way the App is designed we are currently unable to track [document views] on mobile devices. The option to encourage students to use the desktop Canvas is best for being able to track this. While we do have the app for mobile devices it is still being improved on and is much newer than the desktop version of Canvas which has the full capabilities." (Support ticket #0123034).

Will the viewed date for Crocodoc feedback (which I'm delighted about) be retroactive? We're mid-term now, so will I be able to go back to an assignment from two weeks ago and see if students viewed their feedback last week? Or is it only recording going forward?

Related to that, is the most recent view date displayed? Or the first view date?

Thank you Zach.  is a feature idea that you may be interested in?  There is a recent update from a product manager!

I had already voted and shared that link with my faculty, Renee! Thanks for chasing it down--it looks like I'm just catching up with request creator, @Susan Hicks.

I am very pleased by the accessibility updates, particularly the keyboard accesses now provided.


Thanks for this clarification.  I tested this yesterday and realized that you can see when students download a file in the "page views" section of the user interaction screen (which I think is only open to account and sub account admin roles). But in the Course Analytics screen and the Student interactions report (ones that teachers see) it doesn't show interactions with files on mobile at all - even if they download a file.  Can someone from Instructure confirm this? 

I am also curious if any schools have been successful in turning off the student interaction data? We were able to turn it off for the "out of the box" roles that Canvas provides, but not for custom sub account roles.  I'd love to know if anyone has insight on this; we've been asking Instructure why we can't turn this off for custom roles for about a month.

In my experience, pages viewed on the mobile app do not show up in the Page Views area of the User Account Details page. If this is the bit that you're talking about, mobile app page views don't show up here, either:

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Regarding Group Assignments bug fixes: Will the bug fix included in this release also fix the problem with only one student in a group seeing any of the annotations made by faculty in speedgrader? Right now, there is a bug where only one student (the student with the lowest Canvas ID number) sees any of the markups in the Speedgrader.  According to Canvas support, the fix is for the one student to let the others in her/his group know what the teacher has written in speedgrader. I do hope this release fixes this bug!

Downloads do show up ... which is a little better than the other analytics screens; which don't show downloads, let alone page views. Here's a pic of a download (see unrecognized browser for the app):


Thanks for the questions  @tom_gibbons ​. The answer is that it isn not retroactive. It works by recording clicks that the student makes, and since we weren't recording clicks until now, we can't know what happened before we put the new code in.

Regarding the view date: I believe it will update with the most recent view (I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure that's how it's written). Similarly, if an assignment is resubmitted, the view date will stay with the original submission and any new views of the new feedback on the most recent submission will be tied to that new submission.

I hope that helps!


Which is different than general page views.

You can see when students view pages on the mobile app only if those pages are marked as module requirements (see below).

It also record when students make assignment submissions through the mobile app.

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Related to the above conversations regarding tracking mobile activity and the recent Crocodoc update, I have a question: If students view the Crocodoc feedback on their mobile device, will this document review be tracked in the assignment submission?

I read how you were going to change the indicator on the number of assignments that needed graded in the To Do list, but all of your examples were in the single digits so I didn't realize you were going to break its functionality.


It would be much more useful to have the actual number of assignments that need graded rather than 9+. I used this to quickly monitor when students were turning in the assignment or new students were joining the participation and to get an overall view of the class. Now it's useless for me - the fact that it's in the To Do list with the word "Grade" in front of it means I need to grade them.

I don't need the points or due date, but I admit the students would appreciate it and you're using the same code for both, so I'm okay with it. But the number of assignments that need graded is useful for me. You can't even make the argument that it will take substantially more space for classes with less than 100 students: 2 characters for "37" or 2 characters for "9+".

Please restore the actual count rather than useless "9+".

*Note from the Community Team

Please direct all additional comments and questions regarding the 9+ issue to Re: Total # of students submitted - why the 9+?

All official updates will also be posted there.  Thank you.

On a different note, has anybody else noticed that the "x" on the To-Do list no longer gives you the option to "ignore forever" (which was really just 6 months)?  Now it only will ignore until a new submission by default.  

I'm frustrated at this change because I was not expecting it and I actually used the "ignore forever" function to hide stuff on my course list that the professor graded rather than the TA.  Now, I'm going to have to click that "x" every single time or allow my list to get abnormally large!

Please restore this functionality as well!

For what it's worth, this appears to have been fixed over the weekend for our institution. I haven't received an official all-clear but my testing and a quick call to Canvas Support have confirmed that everyone in a group should be able to see annotations again.

Thank you everyone for your feedback on the 9+ issue.  We are working with the product manager to see if/how this identifier can be improved.  We will update you when we have more information. 

If you would like to continue to discuss use cases, please post a discussion in Find Answers​ by clicking Start a Discussion​ and unchecking the 'Mark this discussion as a question'.

Thank you.

As an update to this, here's the discussion for more conversation about this issue - Total # of students submitted - why the 9+?

*Note from the Community Team

Please direct all additional comments and questions regarding the 9+ issue to Re: Total # of students submitted - why the 9+?

All official updates will also be posted there.  Thank you.

I've contacted the product manager and I think this list already has plenty of discussion. So at this point the additional conversation probably isn't necessary at this time until we have more information back from her.



I am a little confused by the change in how eternal tool assignments are created.  In most web applications, when a "find" or "search" button appears next to a text box, the system searches for the expression typed in the box.  The new UI doesn't make it clear that these are actually two completely separate functions.  Also, how many faculty remember the exact launch URL for the LTI tools available in the system.  The old version forced users to select the tool from a list, which is what I believe most users will want to do. 

A better approach, in my opinion, would be to use the text box as an autocomplete feature...i.e., as user starts typing the name of the tool and the system finds matches in real time.

Hi  @leward ​...

It appears that this is more of a user interface change...where a "Find" button has been added.  You can see an example of what the interface used to look like prior to this change at about 0:55 seconds into this video.  With the new interface, I guess I would recommend to users to use the "Find" button...because they might not know what URL to put in the box.  Hope this helps.

Create a Turnitin Assignment in Canvas - YouTube

Hi  @Chris_Hofer ​. I understand the nature of the change.  I'm having a hard time understanding why the change was made. I find the new interface confusing in that the "find"button is immediately adjacent to the text box, which makes the text box look like a search box.  I would like to see the those two elements separated so it's clearer that you should either enter a URL or search for an app, but not both. 

Maybe for accessibility?  erinhallmark​?

Hi Chris,

Yes, the Find button had to be added for accessibility purposes. However, in testing this out some more I did figure out that you can't paste a URL without the tool already being configured for the course, so I submitted a ticket to see if our engineers can address that behavior.



Does the yellow text in the "To Do" list meet ADA guidelines? I have a few people telling me that they cannot read their to do list because of vision issues. I think color blindness is the problem.

My text is black and blue, not yellow. Could that be some sort of institutional or personal setting?

Huh. I need to check on that. Thanks, Tammy!

It turns out that it is a setting our tech guys are working on. However, it is worth noting, that turning on the high contrast beta did not turn off the yellow. I dunno. Hopefully the local guys will figure it out. Smiley Happy

Hi Dallas,

If you're in the new UI, that probably has something to do with how your institution has set up the theme editor. The Canvas default is blue, which is how you'll see all the release notes screenshots. Smiley Happy


Hi everyone,

After speaking with our product manager, I've made some changes in the release notes that reflect the updated instructor behavior in the Dashboard To Do list. The To Do list indicator shows 9+ if there are more than nine assignments, and the ignore option only ignores the assignment until another submission is made. These changes were made in an attempt to simplify the Dashboard experience for the majority of our users, and we apologize for not calling out these changes more explicitly.

If you feel that the grading indicator only showing 9+ significantly disrupts your workflow, our product manager welcomes your feedback by submitting a support ticket; she would like to be able to track the number of affected users (especially from users who don't tend to post their thoughts in the community). In your support ticket, please explain how being able to view the exact number of gradable submissions aids in your workflow.

Thank you!


*Note from the Community Team

Please direct all additional comments and questions regarding the 9+ issue to Re: Total # of students submitted - why the 9+?

All official updates will also be posted there.  Thank you.

I just wrote a user script that will restore the functionality while we wait for Canvas to count how many users this will affect. Here's the blog post announcing it: Restoring the Needs Graded count

It works with Chrome, Firefox, and Safari and on both the Canvas Activity Stream and the Course Homepage. It automatically runs on the page once it's installed. If you've used any of my other user scripts (Roster Sorter, Access Report Data, etc.,) then it should be easy to install. If you have Greasemonkey or Tampemonkey running, you just click the install link and then enjoy the assignment counts.

When developing the code, the naming of classes suggests that they might be trying to move towards a badge (icon?) for the assignments and so that's why they're limiting it to 9 before going 9+. That's not conveyed in the release notes and I don't have any special insight into the situation, it's just what I observed when writing this script and is about the only thing I can think of as to why they would even hesitate to restore the functionality or at least open it up to 99.

In the meantime, please fill out those support tickets that erinhallmark​ requested if the 9+ significantly disrupts your workflow. I sincerely hope this script quickly becomes obsolete.

Negative Fudge Points

SpeedGrader does not add fudge points when an instructor manually grades quiz questions.

Explanation: When an instructor viewed a quiz in the Gradebook, clicked the comments icon, and clicked the More Details link to view the quiz in SpeedGrader, manually grading the quiz cause the point values to be added as negative fudge points, which were being subtracted from the quiz total. This behavior occurred because of a change made in the October 31, 2015, release. Canvas code has been updated to retain the correct grade for manually graded quizzes.


Question:  is this retroactive?  Meaning, if I have a quiz from last semester where this was happening and I have copied it to this semester...will I be able to grade it manually and have it work as it should?

Case study: Received a call from an instructor last night.  Quiz was taken 2/23/2016.  She tried to manually grade a couple of Multiple Answer questions and the Quiz was altering the Fudge Points and leaving them with incorrect scores.

Hello!  Our school relied heavily on the user analytics for our last date of attendance when students dropped a course.  Now, it is only available by week (rather than specific date).  If one looks at the submissions graph, that leaves out several items that the participation graph at the top included.  For instance, if an instructor has an assignment for no points, such as a practice exam or an ungraded survey, it used to show in the top graph, but it doesn't show in the submissions item.  Submissions only show the students' initial post in a discussion, not their latest one.  These are just a few examples.  I can give you more detail and documentation if you desire, please just let me know. 

This change will require instructors to look in several areas to find the right LDA, which will invariably lead to discrepancies, which is a huge issue in regard to our federal financial aid compliance.  (For those of you having gone through one of these audits, I think you will understand where I'm coming from!)  Smiley Happy

We really would like this changed back or to have the option to use the old analytics so we can quickly and clearly define a last date of attendance.  Will you please let me know your thoughts on this?

Thank you!

Hi Amy,

Thanks for your comments. Obviously the analytics changes were based primarily on making content more accessible to all users. A few of those changes are also carrying over into this next release, which will provide a table option to view information according to a specific date. Plan to check out the beta notes when they are published on Monday and see if those updates will help fulfill your needs!



Thank you for your quick response, Erin.  I will keep an eye out for those notes on Monday and keep you posted. 


Hi Lesley,

I confirmed with the developer that the change is not retroactive for quizzes taken before February 20. However, if the quiz was taken yesterday, not having the fudge points apply correctly sounds a little inconsistent to me. But if you copied it previously, that factor may relate as well. I'd recommend submitting a support ticket just so our team can verify things for you. Sorry for the inconvenience!



 @amyjohns ​ - I don't know if this will help, but I'm glad you made this comment and reminded me. One of our faculty members who heavily uses analytics pointed out to me on Monday that the only way to see the participation by day was to zoom out the browser (Ctrl-[-]). Weirdly, when you make everything smaller on the screen, the weekly "Activity by Date" bars break down into individual days. If that is intended functionality, it's not super-intuitive.


AWESOME work around.  Thank you so much for sharing this as I never would have thought to zoom out the browser.  I'll be anxious to see if that's what they are updating next time around.  (Because while it's awesome, I don't really want to have to do that each and every time!)  Smiley Happy

Tracey and  @amyjohns ​,

Okay I now understand what you are talking about. The reason that the analytics bars can do that is the page is designed to be responsive according to the browser size and width. So if manipulating the browser view helps you out in the meantime, go for it. Smiley Happy



Hi everyone!

We've had lots of discussions about great things for the past release. As some of you know, comments no longer stay paginated once we hit 100 comments—and we're getting close to that number! So in order to keep things organized, here are a few updates:

Regarding the To Do list (9+ indicator) feature:

  1. You do not need to submit any additional tickets to support. We've received lots of great information that has been passed on to the product team for review.
  2. If you want to add any additional thoughts about this feature, please post them in the following discussion: Re: Total # of students submitted - why the 9+? (Please do not post any additional comments in this thread.) On Monday when we publish the next set of beta notes, we will close these notes for comments. Transitioning comments out of this space will keep the conversation open so we can still keep you updated with information as we have it.

If you have comments related to any other topic for the February 20, 2016, release, you are still welcome to post them here.

Thanks for being involved in the community!


*Note from the Community Team

Please direct all additional comments and questions regarding the 9+ issue to Re: Total # of students submitted - why the 9+?

All official updates will also be posted there.  Thank you.

Thanks for adding this feature!  Question though, will this also tell me when/if a student clicked on a file that I returned to them in a comment?  I stopped trying to use crodoc because I can't really edit my hand-drawn comments, besides deleting them and starting again, so I now use Adobe Pro to correct a student's submission and then return the marked up file to them.  Will this register them clicking to open that file?

 @amyjohns ​, because it's so hard to get LDA (even before the change to user analytics), we created our own Assignment Submissions Report Programming​ that allows us to quickly and easily see every assignment in the course, the due date, and when (or if) the student submitted it. It takes a little bit of programming on the back-end, but then it works perfectly and is a HUGE time saver!