New Canvas interface features are now available to instructors and students.

  • The icon maker in the Rich Content Editor (RCE) provides instructors a tool to create simple icons to incorporate into their Canvas content.   The icon maker is accessible from a new RCE menu item.   For more information, please see the Canvas Release Notes – April 16, 2022 blog post.
  • Instructors and students can now add emojis to comments in Canvas.  Click the emoji icon available wherever you can submit comments.  Instructors can add emojis in the SpeedGrader right-sidebar comment box or the Grades comments box.  Students can add emojis to submission comments.

Many emojis include the ability to change skin tone.  Click the indicator next to the emoji to select a different tone.


  • Confetti displays in the assignment submissions page for student to celebrate an on-time submission.

Students can disable the setting in Account Settings.  For more information, please see the Canvas student guide, How do I manage confetti animations in Canvas as a student?

If you have any questions about the changes or about how to use Canvas effectively, IT-Academic Technology Services staff is always available at the IT-ATS Welcome Bar or you can send your questions to