July 13, 2019 Canvas Updates

Starting July 13, 2019, Canvas will receive a number of improvements and updates as part of the regularly-scheduled upgrade cycle by Instructure. Updates are made regularly to bring new features, improve user experience, and fix bugs. Such updates do not typically result in downtime.


  • Gradebook
    • New grade posting course policy is applied to the entire gradebook. The option is located where Late policies are set in the course Gradebook. After a course policy is applied, any additional changes must be made to individual assignments.
    • Mute icon has been replaced with a new Eye icon. An orange eye with a slash means that the grade is currently hidden. The new Eye icon has the same functionality as mute.
    • Post Grades/Hide Grades Process: Instructors can open the assignment menu in the Gradebook and post grades at any time. The new Post Grades sidebar indicates the number of student submissions that are hidden. In the Gradebook assignment columns, an orange dot will display next to individual submissions that are hidden. 
    • Grades can now be posted to all students or posted for only the students with graded submissions. Additionally, instructors can now post grades to one or multiple specific sections in a course. This process can also be used in SpeedGrader.

Additional Updates

  • Commons Featured Content
    • Commons will now have featured content at the top of the Commons page. The content is curated by Instructure’s Commons Team. There is also an Imported Tab Search for Commons courses.
  • (Admins) Account Course and User Search
    • There is now a sort arrow by ascending and descending for Account People Page and Account Courses Page.
  • New Finnish Language added
  • Fixed Bugs
    • Links will not be in underlined text unless High Contrast Styles enabled.
    • Users who are added to an assignment and removed from course a restored to the assignment if they are re-added to the course.
    • Inactive student submissions do not display in to do list. 

Learn more

To learn more about this Canvas update, and to see how the changes may affect instructors’ and students’ work, refer to the audience-specific release note links.