Northwest Online Update Notes (2016-09-17)

In this release:

  1. Student Attendance View
  2. Attendance with multiple sections
  3. Gradebook/SpeedGrader Excessive Points Warning
  4. Captions in Rich Content Editor

New Feature:

Student Attendance View

For courses using the Attendance tool, students can view their attendance as part of the Attendance assignment submission details page. Students can also access Attendance submission details from the Grades page.

The first time students access the submission details, they are asked to authorize the app for their account.

Submission details display attendance statistics in the course. In the attendance graph, students can view the total number of days they were graded on attendance; within the total, they can view the specific number of days they have been late, absent, and on time. Below the graph, students can view the date and day of the week they were marked late or absent.


  • Attendance data only displays to students after an instructor updates attendance in the course. Otherwise the submission details show the assignment as No Submission.
  • Unlike submission details in other assignments, instructors are not able to view specific attendance views for a student. Accessing the submission details page for a student’s attendance assignment always points back to the LTI tool, which for instructors only displays the list or class view showing all students for the current date.


Updated Features:

  1. Attendance (with multiple sections):
    Attendance sections are now displayed in a drop-down menu instead of individual tabs.
  2. Gradebook: Excessive Points Warning

    If an instructor adds an excessive amount of extra points to a student’s grade, Canvas generates an alert notifying that the student was awarded an unusually high grade. This update helps instructors be aware when excessive points are entered in the Gradebook. Excessive points can occur when the amount entered is 50% above the total possible points or when an extra digit is entered (e.g. 500 instead of 50). The alert is also generated if an assignment is given negative points. Alerts only apply to assignments with total points; they do not apply to assignments with no points possible or excused assignments.


    SpeedGrader will give the same warning.

  3. Rich Content Editor: Caption Files in Mobile Apps
    If a content creator uploads a video in Canvas with a captioning file, the mobile app video player includes an icon for the viewer to select a captioning language.Please note that the iOS app only supports videos with VTT captions. Any other caption formats cannot be displayed in iOS devices.