The following section outlines features that were developed by the Ember development team that will not be available on the Canvas LMS and outlines how these changes might impact users.
Changes to Course Publishing Status
The status of a course on the course home page will not specify the date and time a course is expected to publish.
Instead of displaying the course publishing information on the course home page, the course status will only state whether or not the course is Published. Instructors can view the course settings page to view information about the course start date.
Courses will no longer auto-publish based on course/term start date.
Each course will need to be manually published to allow students to participate in the course. However, students will not receive course inviations until after the course start date. Instead of courses publishing based on the course start date, administrators will need to configure term availability options in combination with course viewing and participation options to determine how and when content is made accessible to students and instructors.
Fewer Details in Course Listing Information
Courses listed on the "All Courses" page and the account course list will have less information.
- In Canvas, the All Courses page will have the name of the course and the term that it belongs to when students or instructors view their courses.
- When admins try to search for courses, they will not be able to see student enrollments or the sections of the course. This information will be available once the course settings are accessed.
Fewer Options for Providing Custom Links
There will not be an option to rename the Syllabus portion of a course.
This section of the course will default to "Syllabus" in courses launched within the new Canvas LMS.
There will not be a function to add custom course navigation links.
Only course links that are part of the default course navigation menu or that links to an application that has been added through the LMS will appear in the course navigation menu. Course writers may need to adjust course content for all course that have custom links as these links will not be retained once content has been migrated to the Canvas LMS.
The global Resources tab will not be available in Canvas.
There will no longer be a configurable global Resouces menu that allows admins to provide multiple websites to users. Instead, admins will be able to use the Canvas global Help menu to provide custom links to users.
Changes to Course Filtering Options
Course filtering is not present in Canvas. Course search functionality is, however, still present.
Although you will have less filtering options, you will have expanded options for sorting course results in Canvas.
Changes to User Account Tools
The new Canvas calendar will have less course identifying information than Ember's calendar.
The Canvas calendar will not:
- De-select courses whose end dates have passed.
- Have additional course information (such as section number and course start and end date)
- Exclude the inactive or completed courses when scheduling an event
Instructors who teach multiple instances of the same course will want to ensure that they select the correct course calendar based on the corresponding color code.
The Rich Content Editor will not be available for use when editing the profile section of a user account.
Users will still be able to edit their profiles using the plain text editor and can provide additional links in the links section of their profile.
Changes in Rubric Management Options
Instructors and course designers will not be able to see a Rubric's linked items.
In Canvas, instructors and course designers will not be able to a list of all associated graded assignments to a particular rubric. Rubric information can still be viewed by clicking into each associated assignment or discussion.
When using SpeedGrader, Rubrics will now have a responsive design.
Instructors will not be able to expand or contract Rubrics when using SpeedGrader. In Canvas, the Rubrics window will automatically adjust to the width of the browser window.
There will not be an option to duplicate a Rubric.
Course designers will need to recreate the criterion for each new rubric.
Revisions to Account Structures and Permissions
Accounts and subaccounts will have a revised hierarchal structure.
There will be one root account available for your Canvas instance. This may change the way that subaccounts were initially created in Ember. In Canvas, all accounts will need to be under the main university account. Here is an example below:
Some account and course level permisisons will not be configurable.
The following is a list of teacher permissions that cannot be restricted with the missing Canvas permissions that were previously created by the Ember development team:
- Export course content
- Create discussions
- Change course settings