This document provides a summary of New Discussions, which was originally introduced in the Canvas Release Notes (2021-06-19). Please see the change log for details about document updates.
Discussion and announcement topics display an updated design with small usability enhancements. These changes ensure page responsiveness and prepare the interface for feature functionality improvements.
This document outlines existing functionality included in the initial release of this feature. This feature will continue to receive additional enhancements over future releases as indicated in the change log at the end of this document.
Community feedback for the Discussions/Announcements Redesign project is welcome in the Discussions/Announcements Redesign User Group.
New documentation for this feature is available in the Canvas Guides:
Comments are welcome for functionality clarification. Lessons will also be updated with all future enhancements as indicated in the change log.
The Discussions/Announcements Redesign project involves the Discussions/Announcements Redesign feature preview, which can be allowed on a course-by-course basis or turned on for all courses across the entire account. By default, this feature preview is set to Off. Canvas admins can manage this feature preview in Account Settings.
By default, this feature preview is set to Off and Unlocked, which means it is visible at the course level but is not turned on. Institutions who prefer that this preview not display at the course level should lock the feature preview at the account level in Account Settings.
This feature enhances the Canvas experience within Discussions. When this preview is enabled in a course, early access to ongoing improvements will be displayed automatically with every release. Customers who choose to enable this feature in the production environment should subscribe to this document and the Discussions/Announcements Redesign User Group to stay current with upcoming features and their release dates.
The Discussions/Announcements Redesign project currently uses the same permissions as classic Discussions and Announcements. Any changes to permissions and this project will be updated in this document.
This feature is not yet available in the Canvas Mobile apps. Please see the Product Roadmap for upcoming updates when available.
This feature will be available in both the beta environment as of 2021-06-07.
Production availability will be as of 2021-06-19.
Additional enhancements will continue to be made to this feature as announced in the change log.
An enforcement date of this feature will be based on planned feature development and user feedback. Additional details will be announced in Upcoming Canvas Changes when available.
For individual discussion and announcement topics, the interface has been expanded for maximum space and ensure responsive views.
The following modifications have been made to individual topics:
The following functionality has been included for parity with classic Discussions:
The following functionality has been included for parity with classic Announcements:
Discussion and announcement threads display a label for users with TA roles and Teacher (Instructor) roles. This feature helps students more quickly identify users with instructor-based roles in the course.
Threads also include a label indicating the discussion or announcement author.
Updated feature details effective in the beta environment as of 2021-07-28:
Added documentation referencing changes in Announcements.
Clarified feature preview behavior
Updated feature details with link to user group, beta environment availability
|2021-05-17||Published Feature Overview|