About Canvas course defaults

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Overview

Effective November 1, 2018, the default settings and course navigation menu for new Canvas courses are as listed below. Canvas courses that existed prior to November 1, 2018 are not affected. Instructors can override the course defaults at any time using controls on the Settings > Course Details and Settings > Navigation pages or by importing the settings from an existing course.

The tools listed in this section are now hidden by default in new Canvas courses. For instructions on how to add, remove, or move items in the course navigation menu, see How do I manage Course Navigation links? in the Canvas Guides.

Native Canvas tools

Note:
Even when they are disabled, native Canvas tools are visible to instructors in the course navigation menu. If you want your students to be able to access these tools directly, you will need to enable them.
  • Pages: Links to pages created with the Pages tool will continue to work for students (for example, in Modules, Assignments, etc.), even though the tool is hidden.
  • Files: Links to files stored in the Files tool will continue to work for students (for example, in Modules, Assignments, etc.), even though the tool is hidden.
  • Outcomes
  • Collaborations
  • Conferences

External tools and apps

Note:
When external tools are disabled, they are not visible in the course navigation for any role.
  • Course Networking (CN Post)
  • IU Photo Roster: Now available via a button in the Canvas People tool.
  • Kaltura: Media Gallery
  • Kaltura: My Media
  • SIS Faculty Center
  • SIS Grade Roster: Now available under Settings (gear) menu in classic Gradebook and under the IU Grading Tools menu in the New Gradebook.

Course settings

The following settings have been changed in newly provisioned and manually created courses. All but the last can be found on the Settings > Course Details page under more options.

  • Show recent announcements on Course home page: Changed from Off to On.
  • Let students attach files to discussions: Changed from Off to On.
  • Let students create discussion topics: Changed from On to Off.
  • Hide grade distribution graphs from students: Changed from Off to On.
  • Course home page: Changed from Course Modules to Syllabus; see How do I change the Course Home Page?

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Last modified on 2019-09-30 09:02:19.

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