bCourses Updates: November 3, 2015

November 3, 2015

Please note: this article includes updates from the October 10, 2015 Canvas Release Notes

New Features

Student Files

Students cannot delete user files if they are associated with a submission in a course. This change allows instructors to always download and view assignment submissions in SpeedGrader, and from the Download Submissions tool.

Screenshot of student files

And/Or Requirements in Modules

When creating requirements in a module, instructors can give students an option between two or more tasks. This change allows students to choose which task they prefer to complete to demonstrate their learning and move forward in the course content.

Screenshot of Module settings

Updates (highlights)

Peer Review Notifications

When instructors enable anonymous peer reviews, notifications sent to students about the peer review assignment are also anonymous. Notifications do not include the name of the student whose work is to be reviewed.

Fixes (highlights)

Disable Comments Setting

The Disable Comments on Announcements course setting is now retained in course export. Previously, when an instructor selected the Disable Comments on Announcements course setting and copied the course, the setting was not retained when the course was imported. Canvas code has been updated to retain the state of announcements after exporting a course.


For the full explanation of new features, updates, and bug fixes in bCourses (Canvas), please see Instructure’s October 10 and October 31, 2015 Canvas Production Release Notes. Please note: some New or Updated Features in Canvas might not be implemented in bCourses.