Canvas Release Notes Highlights (Jan 7, 2017)

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 2017-01-07 Release Notes:

  • Course Home Page Announcements Display (Pages)
  • “Copy A Canvas Course” List Order (Course Import)
  • Course List Enrollments Default (Dashboard)
  • Canvas Icons Update


Course Home Page Announcements Display
If a course has a content page set as the course home page, instructors can display a certain number of recent announcements at the top of the page. This change allows instructors to show announcements as part of the course home page when users view Canvas in a web browser.

release-notes-feature-idea-icon.png Canvas Community contributions: Display most recent announcements on a Page

“Copy A Canvas Course” List Order
In the Copy a Canvas Course option, the course drop-down menu is sorted in order from newest to oldest terms, then alphabetically by course. This change helps admins and instructors more easily locate terms and courses for course copies.

Course List Enrollments Default
For users who have never customized their courses list, Canvas has increased the number of courses automatically displayed in the Dashboard and Global Navigation Courses menu from 12 to 20. If the Courses menu includes more than 12 courses, the Courses menu includes a scrollbar.

Canvas Icons Update
The existing Canvas icon font has been updated with a new Instructure icon library that compiles icons as SVG files. This new library also enables consistency across all Canvas products and is already incorporated into the Canvas mobile apps.


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