Canvas Production Release Notes: February 20, 2021

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Canvas operates on a monthly release cycle through which features are added or updated. Courseware Support posts highlights from Canvas’s production release notes, a link to these notes, and other relevant content to the Canvas at Penn a few days before the production release, which usually occurs on Saturdays. Please contact Courseware Support at if you have any questions about an upcoming production release.

February 20, 2021 Production Release Highlights

  • MathJax Equation Enhancements & Text Field LaTeX Characters: LaTeX equations can be added in any text field in Canvas and are processed by MathJax. Equations can be added through manual entry, or through the Equation editor in the Rich Content Editor. Equations can be added manually in any Canvas area that includes a text field, such as the title of an assignment or in a calendar event. Manual entries must be formatted according to LaTeX specifications.
  • View Ungraded as Zero: The Gradebook View menu includes the “View Ungraded as 0” option, which allows instructors to view student grades as if all ungraded assignments were worth zero points. Enabling this option has no impact outside of the Gradebook, it is a visual change to identify grading calculations for ungraded assignments.
  • Pretty HTML Editor: The Rich Content Editor includes a pretty HTML editor in addition to the raw HTML editor, providing an enhanced HTML experience for users. By default, the HTML editor displays the improved, pretty version of the HTML editor but users can switch to the existing (raw) HTML editor by clicking the Raw HTML Editor link. Only the Raw HTML Editor is currently accessible to screen reader users.

For a complete production release update, please see:

Canvas Production Release Notes: February 20, 2021

February 20, 2021 Canvas Production Release Screencast

Canvas New Feature Screencast (2021-02-20) from Instructure Canvas Community on Vimeo.

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