You may notice a different course home page default in Winter 2018 Canvas course sites.
Previously, the "Recent Activity" view was the starting place for your course site design, though many instructors would change the Home Page to Modules, a Front Page, or the Syllabus view. Now, the course home page defaults to the Modules view with the module tool ready to use. A new "Add Existing Content" button is provided to take instructors directly to the Copy a Canvas Course feature.
You are not required to use Modules for the home page or for your course site design. You can set the course home page to your usual setting as part of your course copy from a prior term or by clicking Choose Home Page from your sidebar. You might be prompted to choose a home page when publishing your course if you have not already done so.
After the next production release goes live (Saturday, February 20th, 2016), you'll be able to see whether your students are viewing feedback you leave using Speedgrader!
Whenever you use Speedgrader to annotate your students' work or leave comments, they should click "Grades" in the course navigation menu on the left, then click "Preview" after selecting the proper assignment. When they do this, they'll be able to view the annotations you've made in the margins of their work.
Instructors will now be notified that students have clicked "Preview". This is a good way to ensure that students are receiving the feedback you leave.
If you'd like to incorporate this feature into your assignments, feel free to contact an instructional designer by writing firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also be interested in registering for an upcoming workshop on Using Grading for Learning and Assessment (DCAL, March 16th, 12:30-2:00 pm). Click here to register: http://libcal.dartmouth.edu/event/2285101