Canvas Updates – Changes Coming August 10

A Message from Geni Wright, Assistant Director, Online Learning

In the next couple of weeks, you may notice some changes in Canvas. These changes include:

New Gradebook
Currently the new Gradebook is an optional feature in Canvas. However, starting Saturday, August 10, 2019, it will become the default gradebook. There are additional features that will make grading easier as well as some visual changes to the layout. If you would like to see an overview of the changes, please view this tutorial on the Canvas Community: How do I use the new Gradebook?

Grade Posting Policy in the New Gradebook
Faculty who are using the new Gradebook may have noticed a recent change to the way grades are posted to students. There are now two options to select in the Grade Posting Policy: automatically (unmuted) or manually (muted). By default, the policy is set for grades and comments to post automatically to students.

If a faculty member chooses to post grades manually, the visual representation now looks like an eye icon to represent the assignment’s visibility. This icon is also used in SpeedGrader and on the Grades page for students.

The eye will change to a solid red color once the assignment is graded but is still hidden from student view.

If you are ready to post the grades, select the three dots next to the assignment name; on the menu, select “Post Grades.” View this tutorial for additional information on posting grades to an assignment.

Note that for assignments that were previously muted, you may see a red eye next to the assignment in the Gradebook. If you are ready for students to view their grade for this assignment, you will have to manually post the grades using the Post Grades button.

New Unicheck Reporting Tool
Faculty who use the plagiarism detector for online assignments in Canvas will notice a change to the tool starting Saturday, August 10, 2019. The new Unicheck Reporting Tool has increased functionality, including the ability to view the word count for a document, a minimap that makes navigating the report easier, more accessible color coding for analyzing the report and the ability to view detailed information about matched sources in the institutional repository.

For additional details about the new Unicheck Report, you may view the following tutorials:


Our latest accessibility tool that will become available to faculty is UDOIT, which will scan your Canvas course and notify you of accessibility errors and suggestions. When the tool becomes available on Saturday, August 10, 2019, we highly recommend that you meet with a faculty developer/instructional designer for support with running the report and interpreting the results. Don’t be surprised if the first report generated in UDOIT identifies more than 100 errors. This is normal for the initial report. The tool scans a variety of course elements, so we encourage you to stop by a Center for Teaching/Learning Innovation for resources and consultations.

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