Canvas Release Notes (2018-10-06)

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Upcoming Canvas Changes

 

October 4–8: Analytics Beta LTI (Beta Environment)

Beginning October 4, Analytics Beta will be added as an LTI tool in all Canvas beta accounts. Production availability will be part of the following Canvas release. For full details about this feature, please see Canvas Release: Analytics Beta (Course Grade).

 

October 27: Developer Key Management and Scoping Feature Option Enforcement

On October 27, the Developer Key Management and Scoping Feature Option will be enabled for all Canvas institutions and applies to Canvas admins. For details about this feature, please see Canvas Production Release Notes (2018-07-14).    

              

In this Canvas release (October 6), rubrics can be created without point values and Quizzes.Next supports restricting students from viewing their results. Section-specific discussions include an updated workflow. DocViewer supports manual image and document rotation.

 

For students, the List View Dashboard includes Peer Review assignments, and the Alerts tab displays both new and dismissed alerts.

 

For admins, the Moderate Grade permission has been removed as a Canvas permission.

 

For all users, right-to left language support is enabled by default for all supported languages. Various Canvas areas include non-functional interface updates.

 

LTI Tools

  • For institutions using Quizzes.Next, Quizzes.Next supports restricting students from viewing their results after submitting an assessment.

 

Feature Options

  • For institutions using Anonymous Grading, assignments that have enabled anonymous grading as part of the assignment settings do not display the SpeedGrader settings option to hide student names.
  • For institutions using the Learning Mastery Gradebook, improvements have been made for a simplified user experience. As part of the rubric creation process, results can be set to be hidden from the Learning Mastery Gradebook. Additionally, admins can create custom ratings for all courses using the Learning Mastery Gradebook.
  • For institutions using the Student Learning Mastery Gradebook, the Gradebook includes an improved interface. When students view the rubric from their Grades page or from the Submission Details page, they can view the instructor’s selected ratings for each criterion. Additionally, all aligned items are displayed in an outcome, both assessed and unassessed.

 

Release notes describe upcoming Canvas functionality and are subject to change.

 

Feature Options

The following feature options are addressed in this release:

  • Account: Allow RTL users to see RTL interface (enforced), Non-Scoring Rubrics (enforced)
  • Course: Anonymous Grading, Anonymous Instructor Annotations (added), Learning Mastery Gradebook, Student Learning Mastery Gradebook
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Release Notes Change Log

 

 

  Updated Features

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Account Settings

Anonymous Instructor Annotations Feature Option

This feature can be enabled in Canvas through a feature option in Account Settings. Please view the content below for additional details. For more information about feature options, please see the Canvas Release Notes FAQ.  

Location to Enable Feature

Account Settings, Assignments

Configuration Details

Anonymous Instructor Annotations Feature Option

Affected Canvas Areas

SpeedGrader (DocViewer)

Beta/Test Environment Support

Not Supported

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors, Students

 

Summary

In Assignments, the Anonymous Instructor Annotations option is enabled by a course-level feature option. This assignments-based feature was introduced in a previous release.

 

Change Benefit

This change enables the Anonymous Instructor Annotations option for instructors who want to create anonymous instructor annotations in their course assignments.

 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

Instructors

When this feature option is enabled, instructors can view the option in assignments to create anonymous annotations and comments in DocViewer-supported submissions`.

 

The Anonymous Instructor Annotations option only affects DocViewer in the SpeedGrader submission window. When Anonymous Instructor Annotations is enabled, DocViewer comments do not display an instructor's name.

 

Anonymous Instructor Annotations checkbox in assignment settings

 

Students
When the Anonymous Instructor Annotations option is enabled in an assignment, annotations and comments in a student’s submission do not display the name of the instructor or grader.

 

Anonymous Instructor Annotations Student View

 

Feature Idea Contributions

Hide Names of Graders (aka Anonymous graders) 

 

Canvas features are always welcome to feedback. Product teams may make adjustments at any time via the Canvas Feature Idea process.

 

Dashboard

List View Dashboard Dismissed Alerts

 

Location to Enable Feature

Card View Dashboard

Configuration Details

N/A

Affected Canvas Areas

Card View Dashboard

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

All Users

 

Summary

In the List View Dashboard, the Alerts Menu displays both new and dismissed opportunities.

 

Change Benefit

This change allows students to view opportunities that have been dismissed from the menu.

 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

Students

In the List View Dashboard, students can view the Alerts Menu and view new opportunities and dismissed opportunities. New opportunities can be dismissed at any time. Dismissed opportunities are only removed if they are fulfilled according to the label in the opportunity, such as submitting an assignment.

 

List View Dashboard and Alerts tab with New and Dismissed Options

 

Feature Idea Contributions

Canvas features are always welcome to feedback. Product teams may make adjustments at any time via the Canvas Feature Idea process.

 

List View Dashboard Peer Review Items

 

Location to Enable Feature

Card View Dashboard

Configuration Details

N/A

Affected Canvas Areas

Card View Dashboard

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

All Users

 

Summary

Peer Review assignments are included as to-do items in the List View Dashboard.

 

Change Benefit

This change allows students to view and complete peer review assignments in the List View Dashboard.

 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

Students
In the List View Dashboard, students can view and complete peer review assignments. Peer review assignments indicate the peer review that must be made by the student and display the peer review icon. Peer reviews can either be due on the same day as the initial assignment, or it can be due after the due date.

 

List View Dashboard Peer Review Due Date

 

Feature Idea Contributions

Canvas features are always welcome to feedback. Product teams may make adjustments at any time via the Canvas Feature Idea process.

 

Discussions

Section-Specific Discussions Workflow Update

 

Location to Enable Feature

Discussions

Configuration Details

Sections Menu and/or Graded Checkbox

Affected Canvas Areas

Discussions

Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Permissions

Assignments and Quizzes - add / edit / delete

Discussions - view

Discussions - moderate

Discussions - create

Discussions - post

Related APIs

Discussion Topics API

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors

 

Summary
The Discussion Details page includes an updated workflow for section-specific discussions.

 

Change Benefit
This change clarifies the workflow functionality of adding section-specific discussions.

 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors
Instructors
By default, the Discussion Details page includes all sections for the discussion. If all sections are selected, the discussion can be created as a graded discussion. The sections menu is removed, and individual sections and due dates can be added to the graded discussion.

 

Discussions with All Sections assigned and Graded checkbox selected

 

However, if the discussion is changed to include one or more specific sections, the Graded checkbox is grayed out and the discussion is not available for grading.

 

Discussions Selection Selection with Grading checkbox unavailable

 

Feature Idea Contributions

Canvas features are always welcome to feedback. Product teams may make adjustments at any time via the Canvas Feature Idea process.

 

DocViewer

Document Rotation

 

Location to Enable Feature

DocViewer

Configuration Details

N/A

Supported in Beta/Test Environment

No

Affected Canvas Areas

DocViewer

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructor, Student

 

Summary
DocViewer supports manual image and document rotation. Files that are viewable in DocViewer can be manually rotated in DocViewer using the Rotation button. Rotation is available on a per-page basis in documents with multiple pages.

Change Benefit
This feature allows instructors and students to manually rotate images and documents in DocViewer to allow easier viewing of files that were uploaded with a different image orientation.

Affected User Roles & Behaviors
Instructors & Students
Instructors and Students viewing documents in DocViewer can manually rotate a single page of content from the DocViewer Toolbar. The Rotate button rotates the current page clockwise by 90 degrees.

 

DocViewer image rotation button

 

Feature Idea Contributions

DocViewer: Rotate page/image 

 

Canvas features are always welcome to feedback. Product teams may make adjustments at any time via the Canvas Feature Idea process.

 

Grades

Non-Scoring Rubrics Feature Option Enforcement

 

Location to Enable Feature

Assignments

Configuration Details

Add Rubric

Affected Canvas Areas

Rubrics, Grades, Student Learning Mastery Gradebook


Learning Mastery Gradebook Feature Option

Student Learning Mastery Gradebook Feature Option

Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Permissions

Rubrics - add / edit / delete

Related APIs

Proficiency Ratings API

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Admins, Instructors, Students

Original Feature Introduction

Canvas Production Release Notes (2018-07-14)

 

Summary

The Non-Scoring Rubrics feature option has been enabled for all Canvas institutions and applies to all users. This feature allows rubrics to be created without point values. Additionally, improvements have been made to the Learning Mastery Gradebook and Student Learning Mastery Gradebook interfaces for a simplified user experience.

 

Change Benefit
These changes promote learning engagement by helping students focus on assignment feedback instead of point values.

 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors
Admins
Admins can create custom ratings that display in the Learning Mastery Gradebook and Student Learning Mastery Gradebook. This feature allows admins to specify specific proficiency ratings that display to all users in courses that have enabled these gradebooks.

 

Note: Custom learning mastery ratings do not affect ratings within individual outcomes at the account or course level.

 

The Learning Mastery tab is located in the account-level Rubrics page. Admins can manage the Proficiency Ratings, select the rating at which students display mastery, and customize Proficiency Rating names, points, and display colors.

 

Account-level Rubrics tab to create custom learning mastery ratings

 

Instructors

When adding a rubric to an assignment, instructors can choose to remove criterion point values to create a non-scoring rubric. This change allows instructors to help their students focus on the feedback for an assignment instead of the actual point value and improve learning engagement.

 

When non-scoring rubrics is enabled, instructors can select the Remove points from this rubric checkbox in the rubric details. Selecting this checkbox removes points from rubrics and instructors can no longer see the Use this rubric for assignment grading and Hide score total for assessment results checkboxes.

 

Additionally, instructors can choose to not display rubric results in the Learning Mastery Gradebook. By selecting this option, instructors can provide students with proficiency feedback, but the resulting score will not affect Learning Mastery Gradebook calculations. This option can be used for practice assignments or other types of assessments where outcome results should not be officially recorded in the Learning Mastery Gradebook.

 

Assignment Rubrics options to remove points and not post results to learning mastery gradebook

 

Note: This option is not retroactive once a submission has been graded and should always be selected before grading takes place. Any submissions that are assessed using the rubric before this option is selected will not have outcome results hidden in the Learning Mastery Gradebook.

 

When grading an assignment with a non-scoring rubric in SpeedGrader, instructors select ratings from the rubric for students to view, but points are not associated with each of the ratings.

 

Rubrics view in SpeedGrader for instructors

 

In the Learning Mastery Gradebook, improvements have been made for a simplified user experience. Additionally, sidebar ratings can be customized by a Canvas admin at the account level.

 

Outcomes view in Learning Mastery Gradebook

 

Students

When students view the rubric from their Grades page or from the Submission Details page, they can view the instructor’s selected ratings for each criterion.

 

When enabled for a course, the Student Learning Mastery Gradebook also displays an improved interface. The name of the outcome group displays the associated number of mastered outcomes. Expanding the page shows each outcome in the course and the number of aligned assignments. For each associated outcome in an outcome group, students can view their outcome results. Non-scoring rubrics do not display the point value associated with the rubric.

 

New view for student learning mastery gradebook

 

Feature Idea Contributions

Canvas features are always welcome to feedback. Product teams may make adjustments at any time via the Canvas Feature Idea process.

 

Languages

Right-to-Left Language Support Enforcement

 

Location to Enable Feature

Account/Course/User Settings - Language Menu

Configuration Details

N/A

Affected Canvas Areas

All Canvas

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

All Users

Original Feature Introduction

Canvas Production Release Notes (2018-06-02)

 

Summary

The Right-to-Left language feature option has been enforced for all Canvas accounts.

 

Change Benefit
This change enables any supported language with right-to-left functionality automatically and affects all navigational elements and text components in Canvas.

 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors
All Users
Users can enable supported right-to-left languages in their User Settings. Right-to-left functionality is supported for Arabic, Hebrew, and Persian languages. Admins and instructors may enable a language for an entire account or course through Account or Course Settings, respectively.

 

Feature Idea Contributions

Canvas features are always welcome to feedback. Product teams may make adjustments at any time via the Canvas Feature Idea process.

 

Outcomes

Student Learning Mastery Gradebook Unassessed Aligned Outcome Items

This feature is used in conjunction with an existing feature option in Canvas. Please view the content below for additional details. For more information about feature options, please see the Canvas Release Notes FAQ.  

Location to Enable Feature

Grades - Learning Mastery Tab

Configuration Details

Student Learning Mastery Gradebook Feature Option

Affected Canvas Areas

Grades - Learning Mastery Tab

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Students

 

Summary

The Student Learning Mastery Gradebook displays alignments for assessed and unassessed alignments.

 

Change Benefit

This change allows students to view all assignment alignments for an outcome, regardless of assessment status.

 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

Students

For courses that have enabled the Student Learning Mastery Gradebook, students can open an outcome and view all items aligned with the outcome.

 

Aligned outcomes in the student learning mastery gradebook

 

Feature Idea Contributions

Canvas features are always welcome to feedback. Product teams may make adjustments at any time via the Canvas Feature Idea process.

 

Permissions

Moderate Grade Permission Removal

This feature is used in conjunction with an existing feature option in Canvas. Please view the content below for additional details. For more information about feature options, please see the Canvas Release Notes FAQ

Location to Enable Feature

N/A

Configuration Details

N/A

Affected Canvas Areas

Permissions

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Admins

 

Summary
The Grades - Moderate permission has been removed from Canvas. Functionality is related to the Moderated Grading feature option.

 

Change Benefit
This change removes the deprecated Grades - Moderate permission.

 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

Admins
Admins who want to allow users to moderate grades should use the Grades - Select Final Grades for Moderation permission. This permission is enabled with the Moderated Grading feature option.

 

Feature Idea Contributions

Canvas features are always welcome to feedback. Product teams may make adjustments at any time via the Canvas Feature Idea process.

 

Quizzes.Next

Restrict Student Results Option

 

Location to Enable Feature

Quizzes.Next Delivery Settings

Configuration Details

Quizzes.Next LTI

Affected Canvas Areas

Quizzes.Next

Beta/Test Environment Support

Not Supported

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors, Students

 

Summary

Quizzes.Next supports restricting students from viewing their results after submitting an assessment.

 

Change Benefit

This change allows instructors to control the visibility of the Quizzes.Next results page for students.

 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

Instructors

Instructors can enable the Restrict student result view option in Delivery Settings. Results will not be displayed to students.

 

 

Students
When the Restrict student result view option is enabled, students cannot view the assessment results page, which includes their answer choices, feedback, and scores.

 

After submitting an assessment, students will only see a message that their submission was successful and their results are hidden.

 

 

The Restrict student result view option will not affect students’ ability to see their assessment grades in the Gradebook. To completely hide grades from students, instructors will need to mute the assignment.

 

Feature Idea Contributions

Canvas features are always welcome to feedback. Product teams may make adjustments at any time via the Canvas Feature Idea process.

 

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Announcements

Profile Initials

 

Location to Enable Feature

N/A

Configuration Details

N/A

Affected Canvas Areas

Announcements

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors

 

Summary
The Announcements page displays user profile initials for users without profile pictures. Initials are based on the first name and last name of the user’s display name.

 

Change Benefits
This change upgrades the current interface functionality of non-profile-picture user accounts.

 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors
Instructors
Users who can create announcements who and do not have a profile picture display the initials of their name as their profile picture. Previously user images without profile pictures displayed a gray profile outline.

 

People

Profile Initials

 

Location to Enable Feature

N/A

Configuration Details

N/A

Affected Canvas Areas

People Page, Accounts

Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Permissions

Users - view list

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Admins

 

Summary
The account-level People page displays user profile initials for users without profile pictures. Initials are based on the first name and last name of users’ full name.

 

Change Benefits
This change upgrades the current interface functionality of non-profile-picture user accounts.

 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors
Admins
In the account-level People page, users without profile pictures display the initials of their name as their profile picture. Previously user images without profile pictures displayed a gray profile outline.

 

User initials for users without a profile picture

 

Rich Content Editor

Mark Text Element

 

Location to Enable Feature

N/A

Configuration Details

N/A

Affected Canvas Areas

Rich Content Editor

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

All Users

 

Summary
The Rich Content Editor supports the mark text element.

Change Benefit
This change indicates marked or highlighted text within HTML.

 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors
All Users
Users using the HTML Editor can include the mark text element (<mark>), which assists with accessibility.

 

SpeedGrader

Anonymous Grading SpeedGrader Options

This feature is used in conjunction with an existing feature option in Canvas. Please view the content below for additional details. For more information about feature options, please see the Canvas Release Notes FAQ.  

Location to Enable Feature

N/A

Configuration Details

Anonymous Grading Feature Option

Affected Canvas Areas

SpeedGrader

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructor

 

Summary

Assignments that have enabled anonymous grading as part of the assignment settings do not display the SpeedGrader settings option to hide student names.

 

Change Benefit

This change removes the Hide Student Names checkbox in SpeedGrader settings, as anonymous assignments already have this option selected by default.

 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

Instructors

When an instructor views the SpeedGrader settings menu, the Hide Student Names in the SpeedGrader checkbox is not included. Only the Sort Student List option displays in the settings window.

 

SpeedGrader Anonymous Grading Options

 

User Navigation

Profile Initials

 

Location to Enable Feature

N/A

Configuration Details

N/A

Affected Canvas Areas

User Navigation

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

All Users

 

Summary

The User Navigation Menu displays user profile initials for users without profile pictures. Initials are based on the first name and last name of the user’s display name.

 

Change Benefits

This change upgrades the current interface functionality of non-profile-picture user accounts.

 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

All Users

In the User Navigation Menu, users without profile pictures display the initials of their name as their profile picture. Previously user images without profile pictures displayed a gray profile outline.

 

User Navigation profile initials in sidebar

 

 

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API

API Change Log

The following changes have been made in the API Documentation change log:

 

API Calls

  • Changes: Accounts API, Courses API, Uploading Files
  • Additions: Groups API
  • Removals: Uploading Files

 

API Responses

  • Changes: OAuth2 Endpoints
  • Additions: Courses API

 

External Tools

Embedded Assignment LTI Launch Points

External tools can be configured to appear embedded in assignment content. When an external tool is configured with an Assignment Edit or Assignment View placement, the tool will be embedded at the bottom of assignment edit/view pages. If the tool is configured at the account level, any assignment in a course in that account or any of its subaccounts include the external tool. If the tool is configured at the course level, the external tool will only display in assignments for that course. Unless otherwise specified, all assignment placements display in assignment, discussion, and quiz pages.

 

Additional information can be found in the API documentation under the External Tools API documentation.


Note: The assignment_view launch point is not supported in Quizzes.Next quizzes.

 

 

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Accessibility

Assignments

When submissions are being downloaded from Canvas, the loading indicator includes an alt tag for screen readers.

 

The assignments LTI submission tab can be opened by keyboard users.

 

Gradebook

The Message Students Who window displays the grade entry field width as em units instead of pixels.

 

Statistics

The Statistics page tables are read more clearly with table headers for screen readers.

 

API

Users API

The enable_sis_reactivation parameter restores deleted SIS users re-added to Canvas along with their previously set default communication channel.

 

Explanation: When a deleted SIS user was re-added using the Users API call with the enable_sis_reactivation parameter, the default email associated to the user was still retired from the previous deletion. Canvas code has been updated to activate the previous default communication channel for re-added users.

 

Calendar

Event Attendees Label

In Calendar events, the Attendees label only displays for Scheduler appointment groups that have been reserved by an attendee.

 

Explanation: When an instructor created a calendar event, the event displayed an Attendees label for all events and for all users. Canvas code has been updated to only display the Attendees label for Scheduler appointment groups. When students reserve an appointment group, the name of the student(s) display within the calendar event for the instructor.

 

Calendar iCS Host URL

Downloaded Calendar iCS events always includes the URL of the host Canvas account.

 

Explanation: When a calendar was downloaded as an ICS file, the URL displayed canvas.instructure.com for all calendar events that used the user as the context instead of the course. Canvas code has been updated to include the correct URL for Calendar iCS downloads.

 

DocViewer

Highlight Color

Highlights in DocViewer display as a solid color in all browsers except Internet Explorer. Highlights in Internet Explorer are translucent.

 

Explanation: When using certain hardware and software configurations, highlights appeared as opaque colors, rendering text unreadable in DocViewer when using the Highlight tool. Canvas code has been updated to set highlight colors as solid colors in all browsers except Internet Explorer, which displays as translucent.

 

Quizzes

Public Course Anonymous Submission Quiz Statistics

Statistics and quiz results are supported for users who complete practice quizzes and ungraded surveys in public courses.

 

Explanation: When an instructor tried to view the submission results for a user who has taken a practice quiz or ungraded survey without logging in to Canvas, the page displays an error. Additionally, all users could not be viewed in quiz statistics and had to be viewed by section. Canvas code has been updated to validate statistics and quiz results for anonymous users.

 

SpeedGrader

Saved Comment Truncation

Free-form comments saved for reuse are truncated when viewed in the Saved Comments menu.

 

Explanation: When a user attempted to view long saved comments in a rubric, hovering over the text made the comment difficult to read by bouncing within the comment drop-down menu. Canvas code has been updated to truncate long comments within the Saved Comments menu. The full comment is included in the Comments field when a saved comment is selected.

 


Release Notes Change Log

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Date
2018-10-15

Added—Fixed Bugs

  • DocViewer: Highlight Color
  • SpeedGrader: Saved Comment Truncation
2018-10-03

Added—Updated Features

  • Quizzes.Next: Restrict Student Results Option
2018-09-28

Added—Platform/Integration

  • External Tools: Embedded Assignment LTI Launch Points

Removed—New Features

  • Analytics: Analytics Beta LTI
2018-09-24Release Notes Published
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