The following information will introduce you to what is new in Canvas for Spring 2021:
- New Tools & Features
- Course Development, Design, & Management
- Assignments & Grading
- Account Settings & Preferences
New Tools & Features
New Rich Content Editor
The New Rich Content Editor (RCE) is an update to the current text editor that provides an updated, condensed, and more intuitive interface. On January 6, 2021, the New Rich Content Editor (RCE) will be enabled in all courses in the University of Pennsylvania Canvas instance. Highlights of the New RCE include an improved interface and auto-save feature.
Learn more about the New Rich Content Editor.
Penn Zoom Account & Canvas Integration
Penn has purchased a university-wide license to Zoom for all faculty, staff, and students. Log in at upenn.zoom.us/signin to create your account. The Penn Zoom account includes integrations with Canvas and Panopto (Class Recordings). These integrations make it easy for you to schedule Zoom meetings for your classes, invite students, and share recordings.
Storing & Sharing Class Recordings
Class Recordings (Panopto) provides a secure way to store and share your lecture recordings, including lecture recordings you may want to use again in the future. Organize existing videos, record materials, perform inside-video searches, take quizzes, administer quizzes, and more.
The easiest way to manage Zoom recordings of class sessions is to schedule or initiate recordings directly in Canvas. Zoom sessions that are initiated in Canvas and recorded to the cloud will automatically be posted to the Class Recordings folder in Canvas and available only to people enrolled in the Canvas site.
Piazza & Perusall Available in All Courses
Two new communication tools, Piazza and Perusall, are now available for all courses in Canvas.
- Piazza is a robust discussion tool that allows students to ask and answer questions under the guidance of their instructors. Encourage engagement by endorsing student answers, supporting collaborative editing, and allowing students to participate anonymously,
- Perusall is a social annotation tool that allows students and faculty to interact with reading materials in a style akin to social media posting.Instead of reading a document and engaging with it via a separate discussion thread, Perusall brings the discussion to the text.
Learn more about enabling Piazza or Perusall in a course.
Course Development, Design, & Management
Resources for Remote Instruction & Learning
With the continuation of online instruction under the University’s COVID-19 recommendations, Courseware Services has developed a resource guide for students and instructors using supported digital learning tools in an online environment.
Learn more about resources for remote instruction and learning.
Office Hours & Instructional Design Consultations
Courseware Services is now offering virtual office hours and instructional design consultations. Schedule an appointment for individualized, hands-on assistance with your Canvas site and supported tools. Instructional design consultations are available for all teaching modalities including fully online, flipped, blended, face-to-face courses, and single-session class visits.
Assignments & Grading
The New Gradebook has been designed to make grading more flexible and intuitive, as well as to elevate the Gradebook user experience. New Gradebook functions in much the same way as the Classic Gradebook, however, there are some important changes of which faculty and staff should be aware:
- The mute assignment function has been replaced with grade posting policies.
- Post grades to release grades and feedback to students.
- Updated icons and colors for assignment status and course late policies.
Learn more about the New Gradebook.
Account Settings & Preferences
All users have the ability to indicate personal pronouns in their Canvas profiles. Pronouns in Canvas display in several locations such as Discussions, People, User Profiles, Inbox, Speedgrader, and more. The default is “None” and users can opt-in to displaying a pronoun if they wish in their User Settings. Available pronouns include:
- Another/Not Listed
Learn more about personal pronouns in Canvas.
Mute Notifications by Course
Users can specify and manage notification preferences for a single course on the Course Notification Settings page. Course notification settings only apply to the course in which they are set. Once a notification preference is changed in a course, the course course notification preference will override preferences set in your Account Settings. Any additional changes for that notification type must be managed within your course.
Learn more about managing notifications for a single course.
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Last Updated: 20 Oct 2021