Canvas Beta Release Notes (2017-07-24)

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In this beta release, Canvas has updated features for assignments, grades, and SpeedGrader. Updates are also available in the SIS Import Format Documentation.


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


The Canvas product team welcomes feedback according to Canvas Community Feedback Guidelines.


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


Flash Content Reminder: Canvas displays Flash content as supported within major browsers. Microsoft Edge, Safari, Chrome, and Firefox default to HTML5 as the preferred method for displaying website content, which promotes a faster, more secure browsing experience. These browsers will eventually block all Flash content. For best performance in Canvas, course content should be designed to support HTML5. Recorded media content within the Canvas Rich Content Editor currently still relies on Flash and is being addressed by Canvas engineers. Any recorded content can still be accessed by manually allowing permission for flash content in the browser. 


Advanced CSS and JavaScript users: Canvas releases may include undocumented changes that affect styles and code in custom applications. Please make sure to view your Beta environment for any customization conflicts.


  Updated Features




Late and Missing Status Labels

The submission details page, student Grades page, and SpeedGrader display labels for missing submissions. Additionally, areas that already displayed labels for late assignments have been updated to reflect the same styling.


Assignments cannot be identified as both missing and late. If an assignment has not been submitted by the due date, the assignment is identified as missing. If the assignment is submitted after the due date, the assignment is identified as late.


Submission Details Page

In the submission details page, the label for a late assignment has been updated to reflect the same styling.


Assignment Submission Details Page in Canvas with Late and Missing Status Labels


Student Grades Page

The student Grades page includes a new Status column that displays the labels for late and missing assignments.


Student Grades in Canvas with Late and Missing Status Labels



In SpeedGrader, late assignments include a label with updated styling but also still includes the current styling with the text, which will be removed in a future release. However, if an assignment is re-submitted, the submission information retains the existing styling only.


SpeedGrader examples of late and missing labels






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


SIS Import Format Documentation

Diffing Mode

Admins can specify the diffing threshold for their SIS import file. If using automated systems and diffing and there is an issue where the system sends a partial or an empty file, diffing would see that all users not included should be removed. Using change_threshold=10 will then not perform diffing if the files being compared are greater than 10% different. The threshold can be set to help prevent removing objects unintentionally. When set and the file is over 10% different it will be the same as if diffing_remaster_data_set=true. The change_threshold can be set to any integer between 1 and 100.


Change SIS IDs

Canvas supports the change_SIS_ID CSV data format, which allows users to change SIS IDs for existing objects. This file is optional. When included in a ZIP file, this file will process first and all other files should include the new SIS IDs.

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