Canvas Release Notes (2019-02-16)

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In this Canvas release (February 16), DocViewer supports stylus tools to create annotations within supported touchscreen devices. For embedded images in the Rich Content Editor, the Canvas files folder structure displays thumbnail images. Interface updates have also been made in Pages and the Rich Content Editor Accessibility Checker.

 

Feature Options

  • For institutions using the New Gradebook, instructors can replace a student’s final grade calculated through Canvas activities with a manually entered grade.

 

External Tools (LTI)

  • For institutions using the Canvas Commons LTI, when viewing the Resource Details tab in Commons, users can view filtered search results that only display resources from their specific institution, and resource cards display the number of times a resource has been downloaded or imported and the number of times a resource has been favorited [REMOVED].
  • Additionally, the Rich Content Editor allows instructors to view and import content from their Commons Favorites directly in Canvas [REMOVED].
  • For institutions using Quizzes.Next LTI, instructors can reopen submitted assessment attempts from the Moderation page. And the Restrict Student Result View option supports additional options to display or hide points, items, responses, and feedback.

 

Release notes also include API updates and fixed bugs.

 

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

 

Feature Options

The following feature options are addressed in this release:

  • Course: Final Grade Override

 

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Release Notes Change Log

 

New Features

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New Gradebook

Final Grade Override

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 LTI tools, please see the Canvas Release Notes FAQ.

                               

Location to Enable Feature

New Gradebook, Individual Gradebook

Configuration Details

New Gradebook Feature Option

Final Grade Override Feature Option

Affected Canvas Areas

New Gradebook, SpeedGrader, Student Grades

Related APIs

Enrollments API

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors, Students

 

Summary

Instructors can replace a student’s final grade calculated through Canvas activities with a manually entered grade. 

 

Change Benefit

This change allows instructors to adjust the final grade for a student if needed in the course, such as before sending course grades to a student information system. However, once this feature is enabled, it cannot be turned off.

 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

Instructors

When the Final Grade Override feature option is enabled for a course, instructors can enable the final grade override in the Gradebook Settings menu.

 

New Gradebook Setting for Final Grade Override option

 

The Gradebook displays an Override column where a new grade can be entered. In the Individual View Gradebook, the grade overrides can also be enabled.

 

New Gradebook Override Column

 

For an override score, a letter grade results in the lower value of the grading scheme. This behavior varies from entering letter grades for individual assignments, where entries take the higher value of the grading scheme. A percentage is retained as the percentage as the override score. Overridden grades can be removed by deleting the grade from the column.

 

Students will view the overridden score in their Grades page. However, they will not know the score has been overridden.

 

New Gradebook Override Grade showing in Student Grades Page

 

Notes:

  • When enabled in a course by one instructor, the Override column will not automatically display for all instructors. The column must be enabled by instructors individually.
  • Final grade override actions are not recorded in the Grading History page, which only records changes for individual assignments.
  • Currently final grade overrides are not displayed in the student context card and will be updated in a future release.

 

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

Reopen Student Assessment 

 

Location to Enable Feature

Assignments                                

Configuration Details

Quizzes.Next LTI

Affected Canvas Areas

Assignments

Beta Environment Support

No

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors, Students

 

Summary

Quizzes.Next supports reopening submitted assessment attempts from the Moderation page.

 

Change Benefit

This feature allows instructors to grant a student access to an assessment that was submitted before it was complete.

 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

Admins, Instructors

Instructors can reopen an assessment attempt for an individual student from the Moderation page. Reopening an assessment will reopen the most recent attempt.

 

Quizzes.Next reopen assessment button

 

Students

When a student resumes a reopened assessment, previously recorded responses will be retained and can be changed, unless the assessment displays one question at a time with backtracking disabled. The assessment timer will resume from its remaining time from the attempt.

 

Quizzes.Next reopen submission student view

 

Feature Idea Contributions

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

 

 

Updated Features

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Commons

Favorites and Downloads Sorting

This feature is used in conjunction with an external tool (LTI) in Canvas. Please view the content below for additional details. For more information about LTI tools, please see the Canvas Release Notes FAQ.

                               
Status

REMOVED 2019-02-11

Location to Enable Feature

Commons LTI

Configuration Details

Commons LTI

Resource Previews must be enabled by a Commons admin

Affected Canvas Areas

Commons LTI

Any area with imported content

Beta/Test Environment Support

Functionality affects content in the beta environment only; New/updated features not available until production deploy

Permissions

Course Content - add / edit / delete

Discussions - view

Assignments and Quizzes - add / edit / delete

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Admins, Instructors

 

Summary

Resource cards display the number of times a resource has been downloaded or imported and the number of times a resource has been favorited. Users can also sort search results by Most Favorited and Most Downloaded.

 

Change Benefit

This update allows instructors to easily view how many times a resource has been favorited and downloaded. It also allows instructors to sort search results by Most Favorited or Most Downloaded.

 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

Instructors

The resource card displays the number of times a resource has been favorited and downloaded, allowing instructors to easily find content in Commons. Instructors can also sort search results by Most Favorited or Most Downloaded.

 

Commons Favorites View   Favorited views in Commons

 

Feature Idea Contributions

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

 

Institution Search Results

This feature is used in conjunction with an external tool (LTI) in Canvas. Please view the content below for additional details. For more information about LTI tools, please see the Canvas Release Notes FAQ.

                               

Status

REMOVED 2019-02-11

Location to Enable Feature

Commons LTI

Configuration Details

Commons LTI

Resource Previews must be enabled by a Commons admin

Affected Canvas Areas

Commons LTI

Any area with imported content

Beta/Test Environment Support

Functionality affects content in the beta environment only; New/updated features not available until production deploy

Permissions

Course Content - add / edit / delete

Discussions - view

Assignments and Quizzes - add / edit / delete

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors

 

Summary

When viewing the Resource Details tab in Commons, users can view filtered search results that only display resources from their specific institution.

 

Change Benefit

This update allows users to find resources from the same institution as the resource they’re currently viewing.

 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

Instructors

When an instructor is viewing the Resource Details tab for a resource in Commons, they can click the Institution name to view filtered search results that only display resources from that institution.

 

Account filter view in Commons

Commons account search results 

 

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

Stylus Support

 

Location to Enable Feature

DocViewer                                                                                   

Beta Environment Support

No

Affected Canvas Areas

DocViewer

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructor, Student

 

Summary

DocViewer supports the use of a stylus for annotations in certain browser configurations on touchscreen devices.

 

Change Benefit

This feature allows instructors and students to use a stylus to make annotations in DocViewer on supported touchscreen devices.

 

Affected User Roles

All Users

Stylus functionality is supported for any user who can access DocViewer. Support is provided for the Microsoft Surface Pro running Windows 10 using the Chrome or Edge browser. Stylus support is limited to Bamboo Ink and any stylus officially supported by Microsoft for the Surface Pro. Limited stylus compatibility is also available in the Firefox browser.

 

Feature Idea Contributions

Use of Stylus with DOCViewer 

 

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

 

Quizzes.Next

Additional Result Restriction Settings

 

Location to Enable Feature

Quizzes.Next Delivery Settings

Configuration Details

Quizzes.Next LTI

Affected Canvas Areas

Assignments

Beta Environment Support

No

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors, Students

 

Summary

The Restrict Student Result View option in Quizzes.Next supports additional options to display or hide points, items, responses, and feedback.

 

Change Benefit

This change gives instructors additional options when determining the information that students can view in their assessment results.

 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

Instructors

Instructors can manage additional settings when the Restrict Student Result View option is selected. Student result settings include displaying total points awarded, total points possible, and assessment items and questions. The options to show total points awarded and show points possible apply to overall points and individual question points.

 

When the option to display assessment items and questions is selected, instructors can also manage the option to display student responses and item feedback. When the option to display student responses is enabled, instructors can also manage options to indicate whether answers are correct or incorrect and display correct answers if an incorrect answer was selected.

 

To completely hide all assessment results, instructors will need to uncheck all options on the Restrict student result view settings.

 

Quizzes.Next restrict student result view option

 

Students

The information displayed in the assessment results page will vary for students based on the options selected by their instructor.

 

Assessment results page view for students

 

Feature Idea Contributions

Quizzes.Next: Options for quiz response settings 

 

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

 

Rich Content Editor

Commons Favorites Importing

This feature is used in conjunction with an external tool (LTI) in Canvas. Please view the content below for additional details. For more information about LTI tools, please see the Canvas Release Notes FAQ.

                               

Status

REMOVED 2019-02-11

Location to Enable Feature

Rich Content Editor

Configuration Details

Commons LTI

Resource Previews must be enabled by a Commons admin

Affected Canvas Areas

Commons LTI, Rich Content Editor

Beta/Test Environment Support

Functionality affects content in the beta environment only; New/updated features not available until production deploy

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors

 

Summary

Instructors can view and import content from their Commons Favorites list directly in the Rich Content Editor in Canvas.

 

Change Benefit

This feature gives instructors access to import favorite content from Commons directly in their Canvas course.

 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

Instructors

Instructors can use the Commons Favorites button in the Rich Content Editor toolbar to import favorite content from Commons.

 

Any supported content added to the Favorites list in Commons are available for import in the Rich Content Editor. Users can search for items or filter by content type within the modal. Users can only import embeddable content types (documents, videos, audio, and images).

 

Open Commons Favorites in the Rich Content Editor

 

Select Commons Favorites from Commons menu

 

Feature Idea Contributions

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

 

Files Thumbnail Images

 

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

Related Bug Fixes

Rich Content Editor: File Image Thumbnails

 

Summary

When a user embeds an image into the Rich Content Editor, the Canvas files folder structure displays thumbnail images.

 

Change Benefit

This change allows users to view a small version of each image before embedding the image in the Rich Content Editor.

 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

User Role

When a user selects a Canvas file to embed in the Rich Content Editor, any image files in Canvas display a thumbnail version of the file to help identify the file. This functionality was temporarily unavailable after the Rich Content Editor was updated in a previous release.

 

Rich Content Editor Image embedding thumbnail previews

 

Feature Idea Contributions

Restore image thumbnails in RCE 

 

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

 

 

Other Updates

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Pages

Column Heading Capitalization 

 

Location to Enable Feature

Pages

Configuration Details

N/A

Affected Canvas Areas

Pages

Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Permissions

Pages - add / edit / delete

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

All Users

 

Summary

Page column headers do not display in all caps.

 

Change Benefit

This change helps align column headings with other design elements in Canvas.

 

Affected User Roles

All Users

When a user with permission to view pages views all pages for the course, the page column headers have been updated to not display in all caps.

 

Page headings are not displayed in all caps

 

Rich Content Editor

 

Location to Enable Feature

Rich Content Editor - Accessibility Checker

Configuration Details

N/A

Affected Canvas Areas

Rich Content Editor

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

All Users

Related Bug Fixes

Accessibility: Rich Content Editor

 

Summary

The Accessibility Checker information Learn More link has been replaced with a descriptive text link.

 

Change Benefit

This change helps conform with accessibility guidelines and link text expectations.

 

Affected User Roles

All Users

When a user opens the information link in the Accessibility Checker, the Learn More text at the bottom of the menu window has been expanded to include more description about the linked reference.

 

Rich Content Editor Accessibility Checker Link Description Text

 

 

Platform/Integration

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API

API Change Log

Adjustments have been made to the following APIs as noted in the API Documentation change log:

 

  • Users API

 

 

Fixed Bugs

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Accessibility

Pages

The Page History page wraps the full date, time, and author information if an entry is too long for one line.

 

Quizzes

Student text answer fields for multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, fill-in-multiple-blank, numerical answer, and multiple dropdown questions include label tags for screen readers.

 

Rich Content Editor

In the Accessibility Checker, the Learn More link has been replaced with a descriptive text link.

 

API

LTI Variable Supported Substitutions

The Supported Substitutions section can be viewed in the LTI Variable Substitutions page.

 

Explanation: When users tried to view the Supported Substitutions section in the LTI Variable Substitutions page, the section was unable to be displayed. Canvas code has been updated to regenerate the information that should display within the section.

 

Assignments

Anonymous Grading and Peer Reviews

When anonymous grading is enabled in a peer review assignment, students can view peer reviews without error.

 

Explanation: When the Anonymous Grading feature had been enabled on a peer review assignment, students received an Unauthorized message when accessing the submissions page for any student they were peer reviewing. Canvas code has been updated to view peer reviews for anonymously graded assignments.

 

Muted Assignments and Peer Review Comments

When a peer-review assignment is muted, students can view peer review comments from other students.

 

Explanation: When an instructor muted a peer review assignment, and a student left a comment on the assignment for another student, the second student was not able to view the comment for the peer review. Canvas code has been updated to display peer review comments to students in muted assignments. However, comments from instructors continue to be hidden until the assignment is unmuted.

 

Blueprint Courses

Grading Scheme State

The state of a grading scheme in a Blueprint Course is synced to associated courses.

 

Explanation: When a Blueprint Course was synced with a disabled grading scheme, the grading scheme was not disabled in the associated course. Canvas code has been updated to sync the grading scheme state to associated courses.

 

Sync History Page and Course Settings

Updates to Course Settings are indicated in the Blueprint Course Sync History page.

 

Explanation: When course settings are synced with a Blueprint Course, the Sync History page did not include any history about syncing course settings. Canvas code has been updated to include the history for course settings syncs.

 

Calendar

Course Visibility and Calendar Display

When a course is set with visibility to anyone in the institution, users not enrolled in the course can view the course calendar.

 

Explanation: When a course was set with visibility to anyone in the institution, the View Course Calendar button was still displayed to users not enrolled in the course and generated an error when trying to load the calendar. Canvas code has been updated to redirect users to the calendar even if users are not yet enrolled.

 

Course Import

Graded Discussions and New Gradebook Missing Labels

Graded discussions are not imported as missing assignments when dates are shifted for the course.

 

Explanation: When graded discussions were imported into a course that had enabled the New Gradebook, and dates were shifted as part of the import, graded discussions were being imported as missing before the course had been completely imported. Canvas code has been updated to skip due date caching for assignments and not apply late policies before the date shift has been completed.

 

Remove Dates Option and Sync to SIS Settings

Dates are removed from all assignments, including Sync to SIS assignments, when the Remove Dates option is selected in course imports.

 

Explanation: When a Canvas course was imported or copied with the option to remove existing dates, and the Default SIS Sync features in Account Settings were enabled, dates were not removed for assignments with the Sync to SIS setting enabled. Canvas code has been updated to remove dates for all assignments when the Remove Dates option is selected in course imports.

 

Courses

Default Assignment Groups

Newly created courses include the default assignment group.

 

Explanation: When a new course was created in an account, and a user tried to create a discussion, the default assignment group was not generated in the drop-down menu until the user viewed the Assignment Index Page was viewed. Canvas code has been updated to ensure a default assignment group exists upon course creation.

 

Gradebook

Default Grade Banner Confirmation Count

When a default grade is set for a group assignment in a course with more than 50 student enrollments, the banner that confirms the grade update confirms the correct number of students who received the default grade.

 

Explanation: When a default grade was set for a group assignment in a course with more than 50 student enrollments, the banner that confirmed the grade update displayed the incorrect number of students who received the default grade. This behavior affected both the current and New Gradebooks. Canvas code has been updated to ensure the banner displays the correct number of students who received the default grade.

 

Notifications

Anonymous Late Submission Notifications

Notifications about late submissions in anonymous assignments do not display the names of the students with the late submission.

 

Explanation: When an instructor received a daily or weekly summary notification for late submissions, anonymous assignments would include the names of students with the late submissions. Canvas code has been updated to anonymize all late submission notifications.

 

Grading Counts and Unenrolled Sections

Instructors who are limited to participating in a specific section only receive notifications for their specific sections regarding submissions that need to be graded.

 

Explanation: When an instructor was limited to participating within one section and received notifications about course grading, the notification included grading counts outside of the instructor’s section. Canvas code has been updated to only count submissions that need to be graded in the instructor’s specific section.

 

Quizzes

Fudge Points

Fudge points can be changed to zero after being assigned a non-zero value.

 

Explanation: When fudge points were changed to a non-zero value, and then the points were changed back to zero, the fudge points reverted to the previous value. Canvas code has been updated to support zero values as fudge points after a non-zero value has been applied.

 

Quizzes.Next

Course Copy Retry

Failed course copies with Quizzes.Next assessments can be retried.

 

Explanation: When a failed course copy included Quizzes.Next assessments, the option to retry the copy would become unusable. Canvas code has been updated so failed course copies with Quizzes.Next assessments can be retried.

 

Rich Content Editor

Files Thumbnail Images

When a user embeds an image into the Rich Content Editor, the Canvas files folder structure displays thumbnail images for files.

Explanation: When a user selected a Canvas file to embed in the Rich Content Editor, image files did not display a thumbnail of the image, which caused confusion as to which image was being embedded. Canvas code has been updated with a new version of the Instructure UI library that supports thumbnail images.

 

HTML5 Media Recorder Video Interface

When Canvas does not detect a webcam with a user’s device, the media recorder displays the video interface.

 

Explanation: When a user opened the media recorder, and Canvas did not detect a webcam, the inline media class updated to video in the HTML, but the recorder continued to display the video interface. Canvas code has been updated to display the video interface when a webcam is not detected for recording media.

 

SpeedGrader

Student submission links for anonymous moderated assignments link to the correct submission in SpeedGrader.

 

Explanation: When anonymous moderated grading had been enabled for an assignment, links to submissions in SpeedGrader from the Moderate page were not linking to the student with the same submission in SpeedGrader. Canvas code has been updated to confirm that submissions are linked to the correct student within SpeedGrader.

 

Group Assignments and External Tool Submissions

Group assignments submitted through an external tool display in SpeedGrader.

 

Explanation: When a student submitted a group assignment through an external tool, such as Google Drive, Dropbox, or Office 365, the file would not submit to SpeedGrader as a submission. However, the file displayed in the group’s Files page. Canvas code has been updated to associate external tool submissions with the correct student group and display correctly in SpeedGrader.

 

Release Notes Change Log

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Date
2019-02-25

Added - Fixed Bugs

  • API: LTI Variable Supported Substitutions
2019-02-11

Removed - Updated Features

  • Commons: Favorites & Downloads Sorting
  • Commons: Institution Search Results
  • Rich Content Editor: Commons Favorites Importing
2019-02-04Release Notes Published

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