Welcome back WPI Faculty! Over the summer, Canvas has been busy making some much needed updates and introduced some new features to help you settle into our new normal of online & hybrid delivery. If that wasn’t enough buzzwords for you: in this unprecedented time, it is vital to pivot to a flexible pedagogical model. Canvas is prepared to meet the rigorous demand of WPI’s distinctive academics.

And now for something completely different:



New Rich Content Editor Interface

The toolbar includes a condensed, more intuitive look. The content selector (the right-side menu where you used to add files) has been deprecated.  It’s responsive, so it’s easier to use on tablets and smaller monitors, and it now includes a 24 hour auto-save option.



Share Content with Instructors or Other Course Sites

Users can copy individual course items to another course and share individual items with other users. (How to share content)


View All Past System Announcements

Click on Account > Global Announcements to view a list of all current and past system announcements


Bulk Edit Assignment Dates

The Assignments page in Canvas now supports editing all assignment, discussion, and quiz dates in a single page. (How to bulk edit assignment dates)


Bulk Delete Pages

The Pages index in Canvas now supports deleting multiple Pages at once. (This is being released on 8/15/2020)


Multiple File Upload via Drag and Drop in Modules

You may now drag and drop multiple files at once to add or upload content to a Module.


Limited Assignment Submission Attempts

Submission attempts can now be limited in Canvas assignments. (How to limit submission attempts)


Display Published & Unpublished Courses

The Dashboard, Courses menu, and All Courses page display both published and unpublished courses. Published and Unpublished courses are separated into 2 sections on the Dashboard. (How to customize Dashboard)


Mute Notifications by Course

Users can mute all notifications for a course where the user is enrolled. The Course Notification Settings page allows users to mute all notifications for a course where the user is enrolled. Additionally, users can enable or disable specific course notifications. (How to mute notifications by course)


That’s all for the new and exciting updates to Canvas this Summer. I’m sorry we can’t be together in person to enjoy some snacks and chat about Canvas for the “5th Annual Canvas Camp” in the basement of the library. I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to miss that place!


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Upcoming Workshops

We have lots of upcoming workshops on Canvas to help you get ready for Fall. Keep an eye on your email for our ATC Fall 2020 Newsletter next week.


On Demand Training

We have some of our best trainings recorded and available online for you to watch anytime.


Request Course Site Modifications

Add TAs, course copies, course section merges


Request Custom Course Home Page

Want a snazzy button homepage? We can help with that.


Canvas Blog

Get informed on Canvas Updates before they happen! I post summaries of upcoming Canvas Updates here every month, as well as helpful Canvas tips & tricks, and our upcoming workshops and training.


24/7 Canvas Support

Click on the HELP button in the bottom left hand side of Canvas for immediate tech support via chat, phone, and email. You’ll also find self-guided Canvas training and documentation there. Don’t forget to tell your students the 24/7 tech support is there for them too!


ATC Support

As always, the ATC-TTL team is here to help you. Try to stump us with your best Canvas conundrums at canvashelp@wpi.edu or schedule a 1-on-1 or departmental training.