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Canvas Plus: March 2024 Edition

Canvas LMSIn our Canvas Plus Monthly, we discuss the new features and enhancements available in Canvas and any updates to academic technology/software that are integrated into Canvas. All Canvas updates will be available in Canvas by the 3rd weekend of the month. 

Canvas Courses

Rich Content Editor (RCE) 3-13-24

When right-clicking on media in the Rich Content Editor, the options to download media, open media in a new tab, and copy the media address are removed from the menu. This update enhances the security of Canvas media, increasing the level of difficulty for users attempting to share Canvas media outside of the platform.

If you have allowed downloads of Panopto media, students can still download that/those from Panopto.

Gradebook 3-16-24

In the Gradebook, instructors can choose multiple filter options for each filter type. This update improves the user experience by streamlining the process of managing filter selections, offering increased customization options, and facilitating faster filter navigation.

A screenshot of the filter options in SpeedGrader.

Additionally, Instructors can manage selections (filters) directly from the pill in the Gradebook.

A screenshot of the filter options in SpeedGrader.

SpeedGrader 3-13-24

In SpeedGrader, the media recorder includes screen capture and captioning. This update enhances the clarity of instructor feedback and improves accessibility by providing a streamlined user experience. When creating a media comment, click the Screen Capture icon to begin recording the display screen. Additionally, captioning is auto-enabled for voiceovers.

A screenshot of the comments options in SpeedGrader.

The screen capture and captioning are available for media comments in SpeedGrader only. Additionally, the recorder is only available in Chrome and Edge. Currently, there are no plans to introduce support for Firefox and Safari in the recorder.

Canvas Integrations


How to use PlayPosit’s interactive video tools to satisfy multiple levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy with your learners.

  1. Free response interactions let you collect writing samples from students for reflection or evaluation.
  2. Our new PDF interaction allows students to make individual annotations and reflective comments on a text document included within your bulb.
  3. Use discussion forums to foster rich, collaborative analysis.
  4. Assign learner-made bulbs for your students to self-evaluate or evaluate existing third-party content.


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Zach Peterson

Zach is a Senior IT Training & Communications Consultant with OIT. Zach began his SMU career at the IT Help Desk in 2012 and joined the Training & Communications Team in 2015. He is a 2011 graduate from the University of North Texas and obtained a Master of Liberal Studies degree from SMU in 2018. He enjoys reading and collecting vintage and antique radio sets. He grew up in Valley View, Texas near Denton.