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Instructure will release updates to our Canvas environment Saturday, May 11, 2019. Notable changes in this release include:

  • Teachers see a simpler interface with four options to set file states: publish, unpublish, not visible in student files, schedule student availability. (The last two options used to appear under an umbrella of Restricted Access. Now they are top-level options with their own icons.) All four states have distinctive icons that appear next to files in the Files and Modules tools.
  • Teachers in classes using the New Gradebook and Override Final Grades see the override grade in Student Context Cards in the People tool for improved consistency.

Instructure recently created a document to announce upcoming changes further out than the next release cycle. Click here to view the Upcoming Canvas Changes document.

  • Canvas will cease support of Internet Explorer 11 on August 3, 2019.
  • The New Gradebook will replace the original gradebook for all Canvas institutions starting on January 4, 2020.

Click here to view the full Canvas release notes for May 11, 2019. The notes contain more details about these and other changes, a link to a screencast explaining some of the changes contained in the release, a comments section, and role-specific user summaries. You can join in the discussion if you log in to the Canvas Community.

A new release arrives every third Saturday. The notes are published about 12 days before a release at

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