Canvas is updated every three weeks. Each update typically includes a variety of small fixes and minor improvements, but occasionally there are more substantial updates to specific tools, or new features added.
Highlights in the 2017-01-28 Release Notes:
- Student Context Card (People)
Student Context Card
Instructors can now view more standardized interaction with student data in a course. Currently, when an instructor clicks the name of a student in a course, the link displays the student’s user details page. With the Student Context Card feature, instructors can click a student’s name in a course and view a sidebar-type overlay that shows quick insights and context about the student. Users with student roles cannot view context cards in a course.
Context cards are meant to be a simplified overview of a student’s progress. The context is generated from grades in the Gradebook and standard page view and participation activity in course analytics. Mobile data is not included unless a user accesses Canvas directly through a mobile browser, or if a user accesses content within the mobile app that redirects to a mobile browser.