Canvas Beta Release Notes (2017-05-01)

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In this beta release, Canvas has a new feature in the Dashboard. Updated features are also available in Pages, Reports, Sections, and the API.

 

Features are subject to change based on user feedback and testing. Please follow the release notes for the latest information.

 

The beta environment is for testing new and updated features, which are subject to change at any time. Beta features will be available in production environments as noted in the Canvas release schedule.

 

Account-level features are not available in Free-for-Teacher accounts unless otherwise indicated.

               

 

  New Features

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Dashboard

Color Overlay

The Dashboard Settings drop-down menu allows users to switch between two views: Recent Activity and Course Cards. When Course Cards is selected, users also have the option to remove the color overlay from any course cards that include an image. Like all Dashboard options, this feature allows users to view course cards in the Dashboard according to their personal preference. Dashboard features cannot be enabled for an entire institution.


The Course Cards view displays the color overlay option by default. When a user choose to remove the color overlay option, the transparent course color is removed from any course card that contains an image. However, the color of the course card displays as a circle behind the card’s More Options icon.

 

 

Notes:

  • This option only applies to color over course images; it does not apply to the general color of a course card.
  • Adding an image to a course card is a course-level feature option. When available, course images can be added by an instructor in Course Settings.

 

release-notes-feature-idea-icon.png Canvas Community contributions: Remove colour overlay from course cards that have an image

 

 

  Updated Features

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Pages

Front Page Individual Setting

In an individual page, the page settings menu supports the Use as Front Page option. This update allows a front page to be set from any individual page.

 

 

A page can still be set as the front page by opening the Pages Index Page and selecting the page’s settings menu.

 

 

Reports

LTI Report

The LTI report includes a configuration option to include deleted items.

 

Provisioning

The Provisioning report includes a User Observer CSV file, which exports user observer data. The Users CSV file includes the integration_id and authentication_provider_id fields, and the Courses and Sections CSV files include the integration_id field.

 

SIS Export

The SIS Export report includes a User Observer CSV file, which exports user observer data. The Users CSV file includes the integration_id and authentication_provider_id fields, and the Courses and Sections CSV files include the integration_id field.

 

release-notes-feature-idea-icon.png Canvas Community contributions: Report for Observers and who they are Observing

 

User Access Tokens

The User Access Tokens report includes a configuration option to include deleted items.

 

release-notes-bug-fix-icon.png This change resolves a fixed bug in Canvas:

When an admin ran the User Access Tokens report, the report always included deleted items by default. Canvas code has been updated to include a configuration option for consistency with other reports.

 

 

Sections

Section End Date and Past Enrollments

In the Courses list, the Past Enrollment section displays courses with section end dates. This change aligns functionality with the end date in Course Settings, which was updated in the April 1 release. Previously, sections with override dates were only considered to be concluded if the end date accompanied the Users can only participate in the course between these dates (or Users participation) checkbox.

 

 

User Participation Checkbox and Favorite Courses
The Users participation checkbox restricts users from participating in the course, such as replying to discussions, submitting assignments, etc. If an instructor is using course or section dates to override term dates and prefers the course be placed in a read-only state after the course or section has ended, the Users participation checkbox should be selected. Otherwise, students can still participate in the course after the course end date.

 

 

Additionally, the Users participation checkbox affects courses that have been marked as a favorite and display in the Dashboard. If a course or section includes an override date and the User participation checkbox is selected, users cannot participate in the course after the end date, and the course will be removed from the Dashboard. However, if the User participation checkbox is not selected, the course will still display in the Dashboard as a favorite course after the end date since the course still allows participation.

 

 

  Platform/Integration

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For details about using Canvas API documentation, please see the Canvas API Policy page.

 

API

Users API

As part of listing users in an account, the search_term parameter supports searches by login ID.

 

Source Code-16.png Canvas open source contributions: Users API search term - search on login_id

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