Coming Updates for Canvas and Zoom

June 26, 2023

Major tools for online learning are getting updates this summer. 


Discussion/Announcements Redesign

The interface for individual discussion and announcement topics will be larger. The newest replies will display at the top of the page, rather than at the bottom. Each individual user can toggle whether to have the newest or oldest post first using the “Sort” button in the top toolbar. 

Replies will be nested together in a side bar, and the number or total replies and unread replies will be displayed at the bottom of the post. Users can quote and mention other users in the course by using the @ symbol and the drop-down menu. Learn more about the redesign in the Canvas Community post

This will go into effect by default on August 15, but you can go ahead and enable the change in your course settings under Feature Options.

Increased Storage

Currently, each Canvas course is limited to 1.5 GB of file storage. On July 5, this will be increased to 2.5 GB, with individual user storage going up to 350 MB and group storage going to 200 MB. 

Removal of Old Courses

All Canvas courses that were completed 5 years ago will be deleted on August 14. If you have material in an older course that you would like to maintain going forward, please email to request a sandbox course.


Course Groups in Breakout Rooms

Starting August 15, when you schedule Zoom meetings from your Canvas courses, you will be able to set breakout rooms based upon the groups you have set previously in that course. This will allow students to work together more easily on group projects or continue in their usual discussion groups. 

Attendance and Polling

Zoom will enable you to keep attendance more easily by integrating with Canvas. Polls launched during the class session can also be available for grading as assignments in the course GradeBook. You will need to enable these in the course through the Zoom app. These features will be available starting August 15

Have questions? Schedule a consultation with one of the Clemson Online staff and look for future training.

Upcoming Events

Quick Hit – Grouping Canvas Assignments

Thursday, June 29, 3:30 – 4:00PM

Grouping assignments can be a great way to add weight to the grades in your courses and adding accommodations to your tests can make them more versatile. Join Clemson Online for a quick look at these topics. We will explain the purpose of both grouping assignments and online testing accommodation and demonstrate how to use them in your course. All of this is in just a 20-minute Quick Hits session!

Facilitated by Axel Ruiz, Sr. Learning Technology Specialist.

Register for Quick Hits: Grouping Canvas Assignments on June 29th .

Design Principles for Learning

Wednesday, July 12, 1:30 – 2:15PM

Design principles can transform how your Canvas site looks and feels and how it communicates information to your students. Join this presentation to learn what design principles you can apply to enhance the impact of your course content. We have tools and resources for you to start applying what you learn in this session.

Facilitated by Casey Pearce, Digital Learning Designer

Register here for Design Principles for Learning on July 12th .

Clemson Online Summer 2023 Events Calendar

Review our Summer 2023 Events Calendar to see what Online Instruction Development opportunities await!

We have a robust Summer lineup of topics and live training formats to support your use of Canvas and other e-learning tools. Topics cover demonstrations of using Kaltura, presentations on inclusive practices for online education, and workshops to get your Canvas site ready to teach!

All of our live training is recorded. Registrants will automatically receive a link to that day’s video after it has been processed.

Contact James Butler with any questions regarding these sessions. 

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