Canvas announced there is no August production update since no feature updates are available. Production updates occur on the third Saturday of each month, and the next planned update is Saturday, September 17, 2022. The following updates occurred in deploys since the last update and in updates from third-party partners:
SpeedGrader Now Available Using Google Assignments in Google Apps LTI 1.3 (Available August 11)
The Canvas Google Apps LTI 1.3 integration now offers support for SpeedGrader, and instructors can choose to grade with either Canvas SpeedGrader or Google Assignments. For more information, please see the Canvas blog post, New Features in Google Assignments LTI 1.3, or the Google Workspace Update, Choose to grade with Canvas SpeedGrader or Google Assignments.
If you choose to grade with Canvas SpeedGrader, you may provide feedback with video and audio comments and have access to the capabilities of SpeedGrader including annotation to do final grading after submission. Google will export and submit the file content – for example, a Google Doc will be submitted as a PDF or as a Microsoft Word .docx file that matches the content of the Google Doc at the time of submission to prevent further edits displaying in the submission.
If you choose to grade with Google Assignments, you may grade student work in Google editors like Docs, Sheets, and Slides using Google’s grading interface. If you are already using this solution, existing features such seeing students’ in-progress work and using originality reports are still available.
Document Link Disable Preview Option (August 17 deploy)
Users now have the option to disable preview of a document link inserted into the rich content editor and force a download of the document.
Preview in Overlay is the default selection for new links.
Distribution Graph Statistics Update for Students (August 3 deploy)
Students now view more detailed grading statistics on their assignments including median and upper/lower grade quartiles, in addition to mean, high, and low scores in the Grades page.
Students see grade distribution graphs by default in your Canvas course. For more information about this option, please see the Canvas guide, How do I hide grade distribution scoring details from students?
For more information, browse the Canvas Release Notes to find updated features or bug fixes that apply to you based on your Canvas usage. 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 email@example.com.