What’s New in Canvas: February 2021

Canvas rolled out some interesting updates for the end of February. We’ve highlighted some of those below, but you can access the full Canvas release notes on their community site.

MathJax Equation Enhancers

LaTeX equations can be entered in any Canvas text field, and MathJax is loaded if Canvas detects an equation image added by delimited LaTeX characters.

LaTeX equations can be added in any text field in Canvas and are typeset or processed by MathJax. Equations can be added through manual entry, or through the Equation editor as supported in the Rich Content Editor.

Equations can be added manually in any Canvas area that includes a text field, such as the title of an assignment or in a calendar event. Manual entries must be formatted according to LaTeX specifications.

Screenshot of Canvas calendar entry displaying an equation

For more information about using the LaTeX Editor, please see the Canvas Equation Editor Advanced PDF.

Gradebook – View Ungraded as 0

The Canvas Gradebook View menu now includes the “View Ungraded as 0” option. This setting only affects the instructor’s view of student grades and displays grades as if all ungraded assignments were given a score of zero. This setting is a visual change only and does not affect grades for students or other users of the Gradebook. 

When the setting is enabled, Canvas will not populate zeros in the Gradebook for student submissions within individual assignments. Only the assignment groups and total columns will automatically factor in all scores of zero into the overall percentages for each student. 

Screenshot of Canvas Gradebook with the view option set to View Ungraded as 0.

Enabling this option has no effect outside of the Gradebook; students cannot see any difference in their grade pages. Similarly, TAs or other instructors in the course will not see any change in their view of the Gradebook. Only the user who enables this option in the Gradebook will see the affected grades.

Screenshot of the Canvas gradebook highlighting the columns with Ungraded as 0 in the header.

Pretty HTML Editor for the Rich Content Editor

When using the Rich Content Editor, users can switch to the HTML editor by clicking the HTML editor icon.

Screenshot of the Canvas Rich Content Editor highlighting the HTML view button

By default, the HTML editor displays an improved, pretty version of the HTML.

Users can switch to the existing (raw) HTML editor by clicking the Raw HTML Editor link in the lower left corner. Only the Raw HTML Editor is currently accessible to screen reader users.

Pretty HTML Editor (Default)

Screenshot of the Pretty HTML Editor view of the Rich Content Editor.

Raw HTML Editor

Screenshot of the Raw HTML Editor view in the Rich Content Editor.
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