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Canvas Production Release Notes (2018-07-14)

Canvas Production Release Notes (2018-07-14)

Upcoming Release Notes Changes

Starting July 14, the Canvas release notes space will be modified with a new design, and each release will only include one release notes document. Details about these and other improvements can be found in Simplifying the Release Notes Process: Upcoming Release Notes Changes

Upcoming Canvas Changes

August 4: New Scheduler

On August 4, the New Scheduler feature option will be enabled for all institutions currently using the Scheduler feature in the Calendar. Institutions not using the Scheduler will not be affected. For more information about New Scheduler, please review the New Scheduler documentation. Existing enhancement ideas for this feature can be viewed in Canvas studio; new ideas should include the scheduler tag.

In this production release (July 14), the Developer Keys page allows admins to create and manage API tokens created for third-party tools. The Permissions page has been updated with a new interface for simplified permissions management. And the Rubrics page allows admins to customize learning mastery ratings for the Learning Mastery Gradebook.

In courses, the current anonymous and moderated grading features have been updated to provide improved assignment flexibility with fully anonymized, multiple grader anonymity, and moderated options. Rubrics can be created without point values to create non-scoring rubrics. In the SpeedGrader menu, the Keyboard shortcuts and Help links have been moved to the Settings menu.

In Canvas Commons, the Grade/Level search filter includes an updated design using checkboxes to filter search results. And for courses using the Quizzes.Next LTI, the course home page displays the +Quiz/Test button when the home page is set to the Assignments List.

For all users, institutions that have enabled the Microsoft Office 365 LTI integration will see small modifications related to embedded files. Additionally, institutions that have enabled self-registration can use pairing codes to pair students with observers. In DocViewer, comments remain on the same page as the associated annotation. And clarifications have been made throughout Canvas regarding page and wiki terminology.

For accounts located outside the United States, the User Settings page no longer displays the option for users to request to delete their accounts.

Production release notes also include fixed bugs.

Features are subject to change based on user feedback and testing. Please follow the release notes for the latest information.


Canvas New Feature Screencast (2018-07-14)

Next release schedule

  • Release notes: July 23
  • Production release and documentation: August 4

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

  • Not all features will apply to mobile apps, and some functionality may be implemented in mobile apps at a later date.
  • Mobile features are updated and announced separately according to app and device in the Mobile release notes

The Canvas product team welcomes feedback according to Canvas Community Feedback Guidelines. Release notes comments are subject to release notes comment policies.

Account-level features are not available in Free-for-Teacher accounts unless otherwise indicated.

Flash Content Reminder: Canvas displays Flash content as supported within major browsers. Microsoft Edge, Safari, Chrome, and Firefox default to HTML5 as the preferred method for displaying website content, which promotes a faster, more secure browsing experience. These browsers will eventually block all Flash content. For best performance in Canvas, course content should be designed to support HTML5. Any affected content can still be accessed by manually allowing permission for flash content in the browser. Using the camera and microphone to record media content within the Canvas Rich Content Editor currently still relies on Flash and is being addressed by Canvas engineers.

Advanced CSS and JavaScript users: Canvas releases may include undocumented changes that affect styles and code in custom applications. Please make sure to view your Beta environment for any customization conflicts.


  New Features



Anonymous Moderated Grading

This feature requires the Moderated Grading and Anonymous Grading feature options, which can be enabled for an entire account or on a course-by-course basis. Canvas admins can enable this feature option in Account Settings.

The current anonymous and moderated grading features have been updated to provide improved assignment flexibility with fully anonymized, multiple grader anonymity, and moderated options. Additionally, moderated grading has been simplified for a better user experience.

For more information about anonymous moderated grading, please see the Canvas Release: Anonymous Moderated Grading document.

Grade Summary page for anonymous moderated marking

release-notes-feature-idea-icon.png Canvas Community contributions: multiple moderated grading feature ideas


Non-Scoring Rubrics

This feature requires the Non-Scoring Rubrics feature option, which can be enabled for an entire account. Canvas admins can enable this feature option in Account Settings.

Rubrics can be created without point values to create a non-scoring rubric. This feature promotes learning engagement by helping students focus on assignment feedback instead of point values. Additionally, improvements have been made to the Learning Mastery Gradebook and Student Learning Mastery Gradebook interfaces for a simplified user experience.

At the account level, the rubrics page allows admins to customize learning mastery ratings for their institution.

For more information about non-scoring rubrics, please see the Canvas Release: Non-Scoring Rubrics document.

Non-scoring rubrics in SpeedGrader

release-notes-feature-idea-icon.png Canvas Community contributions: 


Self-Registration Observer Pairing Codes

This update applies to institutions who have enabled self-registration with Canvas authentication.

Institutions that have enabled self-registration can use pairing codes to pair students with observers. This update replaces the current process for linking an observer to a student and does not require the observer to know a student’s username or password. Students can automatically generate pairing codes for themselves, and account admins can generate pairing codes for all students.

Other admins and instructors can generate pairing codes for students if the Generate Observer Pairing Codes for Students permission is enabled for their role. This permission is disabled by default and cannot be enabled for students.

Pair with Observer Button

Students can generate a pairing code by using the Pair with Observer button from their User Settings page. This button will generate a pairing code that the student can give to the observer.

Pair with Observer button in the User Settings page

Other user roles with the pairing code permission enabled can generate a pairing code using the Pair with Observer button in the User Details page of any student.

Pair with Observer button in the User Details page

Observer Pairing Code

Pairing codes are six-digit alphanumeric codes that will expire after 24 hours. There is no limit to the amount of pairing codes that can be created by a user.

Pairing code for a observer

Observers can use a pairing code to pair with a student in the Observing page in their User Settings.

Pairing code is entered on the Observing page for the observer

  Updated Features



Canvas Commons updates will be included in the Canvas release notes.  Commons-specific release notes have been discontinued.

Commons features are not available for testing in the beta environment.

Grade/Level Search Filter Design Update

In Canvas Commons, the Grade/Level search filter includes an updated design using checkboxes to filter search results. This change allows users to select specific grade levels when searching for resources in Commons and provides improved accessibility for all users.

Commons Grade and Level Search Filter Design Update to Checkboxes

Developer Keys

API Key Management and Token Scoping

This feature requires the Developer Key Management and Scoping feature option, which can be enabled for an entire account. Canvas admins can enable this feature option in Account Settings.

Admins can manage the state and actions of API keys created for third-party tools. These changes allow admins to control direct access and specific API endpoints for a third-party tool associated with their institution. Previously, all API permissions were scoped to the role of the user, and the same permissions were always shared with the third party tool.

Developer Keys can only be managed by users with the Developer Keys permission. Additionally, Developer Keys are only available at the root account level and are not currently available for sub accounts.

Key Types

Developer Keys page includes two tabs: account and inherited. Account keys are keys created and managed at the account level by account admins. Inherited keys are keys created and managed at a global level by Instructure staff for all accounts.

Developer Keys Account Tab

Inherited Keys

To avoid breaking existing integrations, inherited keys issued prior to this release are opt-out only; newly generated inherited keys will be opt-in. However, if a key is grayed out, it has been enabled globally and cannot be modified on a specific account level.

Developer Keys Inherited Tab

Admins can control the state of each key type as being on or off, which enables or disables access for the third-party tool. Additional management benefits include visibility details for each account-specific key and an improved user interface.

The state of new developer keys, whether account-specific or inherited, defaults to off.

API Scopes

As part of creating a new developer key, scopes for all API endpoints are disabled, which allows tokens to access all endpoints available to the authorizing user.

Developer Key Scopes disabled scopes page

To enforce scopes, click the Enforce Scopes button.

To scope all Read Only endpoints, select the Read Only checkbox, which will automatically select all GET endpoints for the developer token.

Read only developer keys

To customize API scopes, admins can search for specific endpoints or scroll down the list of endpoints. To select all endpoints in a scope, click the checkbox next to the scope name. All selected request types for an API endpoint—GET, PUT, POST, or DELETE—display to the right of the scope name. However, endpoints can be selected individually by selecting the associated checkbox. The scope name will display the selected request types.

Select individual scopes for an endpoint

Scopes can be edited for a developer key at any time and update access tokens for the authorizing user appropriately.

Existing Global Development Keys

Existing global development keys will remain global and provide access to all endpoints until Instructure is able to work with vendors to migrate them to a scoped developer key.

Admins should contact their vendors to ensure the vendors can support scoping for their developer key. Enforcing or restricting scopes will deactivate any previously issued API tokens, so the tool should request authorization using the newly scoped key. For more details about this change, see the notes in the API documentation.

OAuth2 Workflows

Once a developer key has scope enforcement enabled, tools that rely on that developer key for API access will need to adjust their OAuth2 workflow to explicitly declare their scopes in the initial OAuth2 request.

Technical documentation for implementing scopes for OAuth2 are available in the Canvas API documentation OAuth2 section. These documents should be fully reviewed to understand Developer Key Scopes and their associated considerations.

release-notes-feature-idea-icon.png Canvas Community contributions: 


Single Page Comments

DocViewer features are not available for testing in the beta environment.

DocViewer comments have been updated to improve comment usability and management. Comments remain on the same page as the annotation. If there are too many comments to display, comments near the top or bottom of the page are automatically hidden, and comments become scrollable within the page. An indicator shows how many comments are hidden on the page.

DocViewer single page comments


Microsoft Office 365 Files Access Update

These changes were deployed to production on July 3.

Microsoft has modified some functionality that affects the Microsoft Office 365 LTI integration in Canvas.

Files Access

All users must re-login to Microsoft Office 365 to access their files. When accessed from the Office 365 link in Course Navigation, files display directly in the Microsoft  editor, making it easier for users to edit and save files. PDF file types cannot be edited.

Microsoft Office 365 LTI File Editor

Options Placement

This update also improves file accessibility for users when a file is embedded in an assignment. When an instructor embeds a Microsoft file in an assignment using the External Tool submission type, the accessibility, edit, print, and share options display at the top of the frame.

Microsoft Office 365 LTI Instructor View

The accessibility, edit, print, and share options also display for student users when they view an embedded Office file. Additionally, students can click the More Options icon for additional file options.

Microsoft Office 365 LTI Student View


New User Interface

The Permissions page has been updated with a new interface for simplified permissions management. This change allows admins to learn about each permission directly in the interface and manage permissions by user role.

Permissions page updated interface

Admins can search for individual permissions by name, or they can use the user drop-down menu to display all permissions assigned to one or multiple roles. Additionally, the Permissions column is static while allowing the rest of the table to scroll appropriately. Role order is assigned by base role.

Permissions names have been adjusted and are grouped according to function. No permissions functionality has been affected. For a complete list of permissions name comparisons, please see Permissions Name Updates (2018-07-14 Canvas Release)

Note: The Roles API documentation will be updated with the revised permission names in the next release.

Permissions icons have been updated within the page. As part of managing permissions, the permissions menu also includes a simplified design that displays a checkmark next to the selected permission status.

Permissions Sidebar

Permissions links display a sidebar that includes the assigned and unassigned roles associated with a permission. Individual roles can be edited directly by clicking the status icon. Grayed out icons cannot be modified.

For each permission, the sidebar also displays information about what the permission does and if there are any additional considerations for the permission, such as if the permission affects other permissions or requires additional permissions for a feature's full functionality.

Note: The permissions sidebar information will be fully translated by August 4.

New Permissions page sidebar showing alerts permission

Roles Sidebar

Role links display a sidebar that includes the assigned and unassigned permissions associated with a role. Role names can also be edited or deleted. Individual permissions can be edited directly by clicking the status icon. Grayed out icons cannot be modified. If any changes are made to the role, the date displays in the sidebar for reference. Permissions changes within the same day only display the time.

Permissions new UI with users sidebar

release-notes-feature-idea-icon.png Canvas Community contributions: 

  Other Updates



Wiki Terminology Update

To ensure additional consistency throughout Canvas, Pages terminology has been changed from wiki to page(s) in the following locations:

  • Content menus (e.g. Modules)
  • Page titles
  • Email notifications
  • Rich Content Editor sidebar

release-notes-feature-idea-icon.png Canvas Community contributions: 


Course Home Page Quiz/Test Button

This update applies to institutions using the Quizzes.Next LTI. As of 29 June 2018, all Canvas admins can enable this feature by contacting their Customer Success Manager.

When a course home page is set to the Assignments List, the home page displays the +Quiz/Test button. This change helps content creators easily create a new Quiz from the home page instead of having to access the Assignments page.

Quiz button on Home Page for Quizzes LTI when enabled for assignments


Menu Icon Changes

In the SpeedGrader menu, the Keyboard shortcuts and Help links have been moved to the Settings menu. This change helps consolidate icons in the menu and provide more space for assignment information.

Updated SpeedGrader menu icons

User Settings

Delete My Account Button

This update only to users with accounts located outside the United States.

For accounts located outside the United States, the User Settings page no longer displays the option for users to request to delete their accounts. Users who want to delete their Canvas account should contact their institution. Users who created a free account and are not associated with an institution should contact Canvas support.

Please note that deleting a Canvas account cannot be undone and will delete all Canvas information including courses, assignments, grades, and participation.




API Change Log

Please see the API Change Log for details on the following modifications:

API Changes

API Additions

  • Plagiarism Platform APIs
  • Proficiency Ratings API
  • API Token Scopes

  Fixed Bugs




In the assignment creation page, screen readers are notified when an external tool has been selected.

Global Navigation

Typing J in the Help Menu does not place focus on an assignment group.


Courses API

The Courses API accepts the sis_section_id parameter as a valid input.

Explanation: When enrolling a user in a course via API, the parameter for course_section_id was not accepting the sis_section_id as a valid input. Canvas code has been updated to accept the sis_section_id parameter in the API.


Concluded Enrollments and External Tools

External tool assignments with concluded enrollments do not hide the assignments sidebar.

Explanation: When an assignment configured with an external tool included a concluded enrollment, the external tool hid the assignment sidebar from instructors, preventing them from accessing SpeedGrader. This behavior did not affect other assignment types. Canvas code has been updated to retain the assignments sidebar for external tool assignments with concluded enrollments.

Multiple Assignment Groups and Index Page Loading

Courses with multiple assignment groups maintain performance when loading in the Assignments page.

Explanation: When a course included more than 11 assignment groups, the Assignments page was unable to load completely or displayed other negative performance behavior. Canvas code has been updated to improve performance for the Assignments page.

Multiple Enrollment Assignment Access

Students enrolled in multiple sections with multiple enrollment types can only access assignments with active enrollments.

Explanation: When a student enrolled in multiple sections had an inactive enrollment in one section, the student was able to access assignments assigned to the section with the inactive enrollment. Canvas code has been updated to verify enrollment status and not display assignments to inactive enrollments.

Course Import

Numerical Answer and Scientific Notation

Numerical Answer quizzes copied in a Canvas course retain the Answer with Precision answer type when the value is converted to scientific notation.

Explanation: When a Canvas course was copied that contained a numerical answer question set to the Answer with Precision answer type, and the value was greater than the precision set and converted to scientific notation, the answer type changed to the Exact Answer answer type.


New Course Search Validity

At the account level, the Courses page displays a loading indicator when search results are still loading.

Explanation: When an account user searched for a course in the Courses page, the page showed that no courses could be found before listing the results of the search. Canvas code has been updated to show a loading indicator when search results are still loading.

Global Announcements

Account User Role Access

Global announcement notifications are only available to roles within the account or subaccount where the global announcement was created.

Explanation: When an admin created a global announcement, the announcement was able to be viewed for user roles outside the account where the announcement was created. Canvas code has been updated to restrict global announcement viewing for user roles within the account or subaccount where the global announcement was created.


Course Content Order Display

When added to a module, course content is displayed alphabetically.

Explanation: When course content was added to a module, the course content list did not display any specific order. Canvas code has been updated to display course content in alphabetical order.


New Gradebook Late Policy and Grading Status

Late Policies in the New Gradebook apply correctly in SpeedGrader.

Explanation: When the Late Policy feature was enabled in the New Gradebook, SpeedGrader would not mark students as graded when students were given a grade. Canvas code has been updated to verify graded statuses from the Gradebook in SpeedGrader.

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I definitely like that the release notes will be easier to track. I just hope that it will be easy to see any changes from beta to release. I did like seeing the features also posted in the release notes as just a sort of confirmation that things went ok with the feature, even if the text was verbatim from the beta notes.  I'm sure after a couple runs it will be easier to get used to.

There are some really great updates in this release! One thing to consider (and I was just reminded of it by a colleague): when performing a content selection tied to 'Import Course Content', Pages terminology includes 'Wiki Pages'. I don't see this location in the list above and am wondering if it can be added and/or will be addressed at a later date. Thanks!

Given that the "Anonymize all annotations made by instructor..." checkbox is not functional yet with anonymous grading (as pointed out in comments in the Beta Release Notes), is it possible to just not have that display?  I can see people being confused by that until it actually works.

MRW I see the new Permissions interface.

You're the most beautiful thing I've seen in my entire life

Praise be to the Engineers and UI Designers.

Hi, Christian,

Canvas release notes will only be one document, so the traditional beta and production release notes will be combined. As we transition and move forward with this new design be sure to share your feedback so we can continue to make improvements if needed!



Hi, Ken,

Sometimes it's harder to pull the code out... but if all goes well that checkbox should be functioning sooner than later. Smiley Wink



Thanks, Stephen. We'll get that checked out!


I LOVE the new permissions interface, but I did notice an issue with custom account role names. They're getting truncated after a set amount of characters (these custom role names are a bit lengthy at 20 characters). See the screenshot below. For roles with the same prefix, this is a problem. The course roles seem to have at least 17 character length available, so I wonder why this is happening for the account roles.


Thank you all for your work on this feature!

Good catch ssimpso4‌, that is a prime place that people encounter the term, hopefully it gets added to the list as an oversight.

Yes  @jason_hill ‌, this is my favorite update this time as well! Permissions have been in need of a refresh for quite some time. I love that we can just hone in on a role or jump to a specific permission. Glad I didn't update my permissions/roles listing. Smiley Happy

After doing a bit of testing on the moderated marking tool, it appears that the admin option is switched off in the feature options, but is switched on at a course level. I switched the admin settings from off, to on and then back to off, it seems to have fixed the availability of the tool at course level. Has anyone else noticed that the options differ between admin and course level?

Hi, Andrew,

Thanks! Our product manager has asked our engineering team to look into the truncation and see how we can modify that behavior.


At the very least, it seems like they could potentially not truncate the role name when you click on it to open the sidebar.  Having to click on edit the role just to be able to see the full role name doesn't really make sense.  When you click on edit it shows the full role name wrapped (non-truncated), so you would think that would be the functionality by default.

**To be clear, this only mildly affects us, as we have a couple of account roles where the "Admin" is truncated off the end of the role, such as "Masquerade Ad...", "Civitas Data Ad...".


To all folks reading through this (since I'm the one who raised the issue), the "sooner" appears to be this weekend!  Check erinhallmark‌'s comment on the Anonymous Moderated Grading release notes here.

I agree, Good catch Stephen!

When I checked in our beta instance, it appeared that the parent pairing code option was on by default, and there was no way to adjust it. My understanding was that it was going to be a switch?

Was the parent pairing code change implemented 7/14? I see the setting in beta (on by default with no ability to change) but there is no setting visible in prod and the parent account creation still asks for the students username and password. 


Whilst we are very enthused about the new anonymous marking features, our internal processes require (a) our e-learning team (as admins) to be able to see grades in the GradeBook and (b) our Exams team to be able to download the grades from the GradeBook before they are released to students.

Will there be a particular permission that will allow us to continue to provide this facility whilst also ensuring that grades remain anonymous to academic staff and students?

Hi, Tiffany,

That feature should be turned on now! Thanks for letting us know.


Hi, Ken, 

This fix is in with our engineers and we'll let you know when it's been deployed.



Awesome!  You guys are amazing erinhallmark!

It's all good now--thanks for the quick response!


Hi, Richard,

The Grade Summary (Moderate) page has two buttons: one that posts grades to the Gradebook and the other to release grades to students (unmute). So you can use the first option until you're ready to release to students. The only permission required to post the grades is to be able to select grades for moderation, but for other supported user roles who can view the Gradebook, no permissions are required once grades are posted.

Hope that helps!


I would like to have a note field associated with the roles to be available to the teachers when adding enrollments to their course.  I set up permissions to align with our FERPA policies. It's difficult for the teachers to remember to use particular roles and a clickable note field would really help with this process.  It's unrealistic to expect the teachers to remember to go back and look through instructional materials and trying to assign clear role names only goes so far. I'd envision that the role would include a little question mark hyperlink or similar that when clicked on would open a pop-up or tool-tip note field. Let me know if this should be moved to a new feature request. Thanks

Hi, Kristie,

Great idea. I'd definitely recommend creating a feature request for our product team. Thank you! Smiley Happy


Unfortunately we are now unable to create assignments using the Turnitin external tool and students cannot submit their assignments to those points that have already been created. We get a box pop up asking us to sign into TurnitinUK and if we don't an "Authorization required" error then appears. This was never an issue before so any information as to why this is now happening and how we can rectify it is needed as soon as possible.

Hi Richard,

We have switched both AMM off in our production environment and our turnitin intergation works fine. Have you raised this with canvas support?


Thanks for this Bethan. When you say you turned "both" AMM off, what exactly do you mean? Also, will turning this off have any implications on all of the assignments submitted previously?

Sorry, I'm referring to the new Anonymous and Moderated marking tools. I'm assuming switching them off wont have any impact, as this is new functionality.

Where did you go to turn these off? We have unticked the boxes in the assignment settings but the issue still persists.

These would be system admin settings, or you may be able to switch them off in the feature options within your course settings and test whether you can replicate the issue. I'd raise the issue with Canvas support to see whether they can establish where the issue is.

I've raised a ticket with Canvas. I did just turn off AMM to create a new Turnitin point but the issue still persists. So frustrating.

Worth a try, hope they get it sorted for you soon!

We have just discovered that all annotations for all previous submissions across Canvas are now hidden from view with the new anonymous marking tool turned on. Can this easily be fixed as we have students in need of viewing their feedback and currently they cannot see anything. We have raised a case with Canvas Support but is everyone else experiencing this?

I think the DocViewer update is good however the annotations / column could have it's own additional scrollbar allowing the user to scroll quicker and easier, therefore enhancing this update.  I welcome your comments and if you agree please vote for my idea here: 



The Non-scoring Rubics is a great new option for Rubrics, however the colors displayed with any more than 3 ratings are duplicated.  For example:  3 Ratings - Green, Orange and Red; 4 Ratings - Green, Orange, Red and Red; 5 Ratings - Green, Orange, Orange, Red and Red.   Also there is not enough contrast between the Orange and Red for accessibility. This is problematic!  I don't have vision issues with color and I can hardly see the difference between the Orange and Red.  I Rubric showing colors used in Non-graded rubics.

I am wondering if this is what others are seeing?

 @pfellows ...

I did a bit of testing on this and found similar, but different results.  For example, in a row of five ratings, my colors were green, orange, red, red, red.  In a row of three ratings, my colors were green, orange, red.  However, when I made two different rows of four ratings, I got different results.  The first was green, orange, red, red.  The second was green, orange, orange, red.  My theory on why these last two row are different is based on the order in which new values were manually added to the row.

Add Ratings to Rubric

If I already have three values in my row, when I click on the left-most "+" sign (between "Exceeds Expectations" and "Meets Expectations"), I will get another orange.  However, if I click on the middle "+" sign (between "Meets Expectations" and "Does Not Meet Expectations"), I will get another red.

It would be nice if there were additional colors to cover more than three ratings in a row.  Sounds like a good Feature Idea submission to me!

While I like the idea of color-coded rubrics and am pleased with many of the recent updates, I'm in the same boat as  @Chris_Hofer  and am afraid that my students will misinterpret my positive feedback negatively because of these added colors that don't seem to jive with the ranges of ratings I've provided.  I was right in the middle of grading a batch of summer essays when this update hit, and the students' rubrics are now peppered with tons of red and orange because the "spread" of colors doesn't correlate with the grades they've received in each skill area. 

For instance, when I have a 3-rating or 4-rating spread, the green shows up for the highest point value just fine; however, with a 6-, or 7-rating spread (which represents an A+, A, B, C, D, F, and 0 for a skill area), any grade except an A+ or Exemplary score is turned into an orange or red arrow--which, to me, suggests to a student that he/she did very poorly on that skill.  So, technically, the essay in the attached screenshot below is an A- paper with an overall percentage of 90.5%, but look at all that red and orange (which I really can't differentiate between)!  I can't imagine that this student wouldn't look at this and think he'd done something horribly wrong in all areas except the essay title!  Mathematically speaking, he received no individual rating lower than 83.3%, yet why is that considered "in the red"?

Good, well-developed, skill-rewarding rubrics take instructors foooooreeever to create and fill out in Canvas, and I hate to see all of that valuable feedback thrown in the "trash" by a student because he/she sees "red" and interprets that as failing the skill or the assignment.  Can this be adjusted?  Can we have the option to apply colors based on our own grading parameters?  And are these color choices fine for our vision-impaired students?  I fear I will end up having to forewarn future students to ignore the rubric colors altogether because they don't accurately represent their workmanship.

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Yes we have the same problem. Commenting here as well to get Canvas to look at this issue.

Thank you,

Karen Matson

What does this statement in the release notes mean - "fully anonymized"? I thought is meant it would be anonymous on both sides, the grader doesn't know which student they are grading AND the student doesn't know who graded them, but that is not the case so please explain the term so I understand what that means in Canvas. We have classes that would like the grading to be anonymous on both sides.

Thank you,

Karen Matson

Hi, all,

To avoid duplication of replies for questions about Anonymous Moderated Grading, please see the comments in Canvas Release: Anonymous Moderated Grading



Hi, Pat,

You can customize the colors that are associated with the rubric ratings at the account level. I've clarified the release notes to better indicate this. Each rating allows you to select a specific color when you add new ratings. For more info please see Canvas Release: Non-Scoring Rubrics.

Hope that helps!


We've not used observers before, since we want to work directly with students and not parents.  Can you point me to how this role works exactly?  Is there anything preventing a student from pairing with another student, thereby sharing work/tests, etc.?  I like the idea of not giving that control to the students.  Is this optional or on by default?  Thanks!

Hi Erin,

I am still not seeing how colors can be set at the account level for Rubrics, only for Learning Mastery Gradebook.  I am referring to the Rubrics.  If I create a non-scoring Rubric with four ratings levels, either the Red or Orange is duplicated.  Note that I don't get to see the account level access Smiley Sad  so I am not sure if it is even there for Rubrics.



Thanks, Erin, and, yes, just as  @pfellows  said, instructors don't appear to have account-level access to change color-coding for rubrics.  I searched all over Canvas (including in Outcomes, where you can manage nearly everything about a rubric--except colors), and then I finally contacted my administrator, and this was confirmed.  The color-coding suggestion your link above refers to seems to impact Learning Mastery, not rubrics.

When we create individual rubrics for assignments, if rubrics now have colors, we should be able to designate what each color means--otherwise, as I said in my original post above, with a wider spread of points, unless a student gets equivalent to an A+, the color for anything else will be orange/red.  That's visually confusing for students since orange/red indicates something is wrong.  Please see the screenshot of the student essay rubric above that shows red assigned to all scores except for the title...even though the student's overall essay grade was an A-!  In the meantime, I'll either have to tell my students to ignore the color-coding in the rubrics until this gets hammered out...or I'll have to give them all A+ ratings!  Smiley Wink

Hi, Heidii,

I should have confirmed your user role, but yes you are correct, only admins can adjust the colors with the implementation of this feature. And even though the colors were created for learning mastery, they do affect rubrics in general. You may want to contact your admin and see if he or she has plans to make modifications that will prove satisfactory for all instructors, or set up a learning mastery scheme that will support all courses regardless of whether you are using the learning mastery functionality.



Not only that but Speedgrader markup tools aren't available when student names are hidden. This is a serious problem as I use those tools all the time when I'm grading. This wasn't an issue previously. Have I missed a new setting somewhere?

Hi, Tori,

Currently if you have enabled the anonymous grading feature for an assignment, DocViewer annotation tools are not available. Our product team is working to make that option compatible with DocViewer as soon as possible. Watch the release notes for more information as it becomes available.



Hi, everyone!

Let's officially wrap up this release and move to the next! Introducing the first of our new single-document release notes: Canvas Release Notes (2018-08-04)