Canvas Release Notes (2019-03-09)

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In this Canvas release (March 9), discussion topics can be searched by author name in addition to title.

 

Feature Options

  • For institutions using Moderated Grading, the Moderated Grading Audit Trail feature option no longer has to be enabled separately. Any user who has permission to view the moderated grading audit log will be able to view it for a moderated assignment at any time.
  • For institutions using the New Gradebook, the Final Grade Override column is included in Gradebook CSV export files.

 

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. Federal- and state-level outcomes can also no longer be added to resources. Additionally, the Rich Content Editor allows instructors to view and import content from their Commons Favorites directly in Canvas.
  • For institutions using the Quizzes.Next LTI, on-screen calculators can be used in assessment questions.

 

Release notes also include small non-functionality changes, 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:

  • Account: Moderated Grading Audit Trail (Removed)
  • Course: Moderated Grading, New Gradebook

 

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Release Notes Change Log

 

 

Updated Features

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Assignments

Moderated Grading Audit Trail Enforcement

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

Moderated Grading Feature Option

Affected Canvas Areas

SpeedGrader

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors

 

Summary

As part of a moderated assignment, the Assessment Audit section displays automatically within SpeedGrader for any user with permission to view the moderated grading audit log.

 

Change Benefit

This change removes the Anonymous Moderated Marking Audit Trail feature option and no longer requires this feature option to be enabled separately when creating moderated assignments.

 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

Instructors

 

Instructors with the Grades - view audit trail permission can act as an auditor for a course and always view the Assessment Audit section in SpeedGrader. Auditing also displays any changes made for moderated assignments that are also anonymous. All details about the Assessment Audit section are included as part of the Canvas Release Notes (2018-12-08).

 

SpeedGrader assessment audit 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.

 

Commons

These features are 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.

              

Location to Enable Feature

Commons LTI

Configuration Details

Commons LTI

Resource Previews has been removed as an opt-in account setting and is enabled for all accounts

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

 

Favorites and Downloads Sorting

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 download and favorites icons and indicators Filter Commons results by most favorited and most downloaded

 

Institution Search Results

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 views 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.

 

Filter Commons results from a specific institution

View Commons filter by institution

 

Resource Card Improvements

Summary

This update includes several changes to the interface of resource cards in Commons search results. The updated resource cards now show updated icons, resource type, grade level, and the number of times a resource has been downloaded and added as a favorite.

 

Change Benefit

This update simplifies the information displayed on the resource card.

 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

Instructors

The updated resource card displays in the Commons search results and in the Favorites page.

 

Updated Commons resource card

 

Outcomes Removal

Summary

Commons resources no longer include a section to tag resources with K-12 Federal or State outcome standards. Resources with existing associated outcomes will not be affected. This change only applies to tagging and searching outcomes in Commons and does not affect rubrics and outcomes linked to assignments, discussions, and quizzes shared from Canvas.


Change Benefit

This change simplifies resource management and allows instructors to import resources and add the outcomes that are specific to their teaching needs.

 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

Instructors
Instructors sharing a new resource or editing a resource will no longer be able to tag resources with outcomes within Commons. This only applies to the Federal and State K12 outcomes standards and does not apply to rubrics and outcomes created within Canvas and linked to assignments, discussions, and quizzes.

Any resource that has an existing associated outcome still displays the resource in the details page and in the resource card.

 

Commons resources with and without associated outcomes

 

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

Author Search Functionality

 

Location to Enable Feature

Discussions

Configuration Details

N/A

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

All Users

 

Summary
Users can search discussion topics by author name in addition to title.

Change Benefit
This change restores previous author search functionality within the Discussions page.

 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors
All Users

When viewing the Discussions page, users can use the search field to search for a discussion by title or author. The Search field help text has been updated to specify the search options.

 

Any discussions that have been copied from a previous course do not include an author.

 

Discussions page search by author

 

Feature Idea Contributions

Reinstating Ability to Filter Discussion Topics by Author 

 

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

 

New Gradebook

Gradebook Export CSV Final Grade Override Column

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

New Gradebook

Configuration Details

New Gradebook Feature Option

Affected Canvas Areas

New Gradebook

Related APIs

Custom Gradebook Columns API

Affects User Interface

No

Affected User Roles

Instructors

 

Summary

When the Final Grade Override feature option is enabled, any entries in the Override column display in CSV Gradebook exports. However, override grades are not valid as part of Gradebook uploads.

 

Change Benefit

This change adds override grades to Gradebook exports.

 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

Instructors

Instructors can enable the Final Grade Override feature, add override grades, and view the override grades in the Gradebook CSV export file.

 

The Gradebook download file includes override grades for the entire course. If a course includes grading periods, override grades are included in the download for the selected grading period.

 

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

 

Quizzes.Next

On-Screen Calculators 

These features are 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.

              

Location to Enable Feature

Quizzes.Next Assessment Items

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 enabling on-screen calculators for assessment questions.

 

Change Benefit

This feature allows students to use a basic or scientific calculator when answering assessment questions.

 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

Instructors

Instructors can enable an on-screen calculator with basic or scientific functions from the Options menu of any question type.

 

On-screen calculators are best used for assessments presented in One Question at a Time mode. If a calculator is enabled in an assessment where students can view all questions on the same page, students can use the calculator to answer any question.

 

A warning message allows instructors to enable One Question at a Time mode within the question after the on-screen calculator is enabled.

 

Enable calculator in Quizzes.Next

 

Students

If the calculator is enabled, students can open the calculator by clicking the Calculator icon.

 

Student use of calculator in Quizzes.Next

 

Basic calculators include the functions to add, subtract, multiply, and divide. Scientific calculators include all basic functions in addition to several scientific functions.

 

Quizzes.Next calculator

 

Feature Idea Contributions

Calculator available for quiz questions 

 

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.

              

Location to Enable Feature

Rich Content Editor

Configuration Details

Commons LTI

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

Permissions

Course Content - add / edit / delete

Discussions - view

Assignments and Quizzes - add / edit / delete

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 allows instructors 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 sidebar. Users can only import embeddable content types (documents, videos, audio, and images).

 

Commons icon in the Rich Content Editor

 

View Commons favorites in the Rich Content Editor

 

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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Commons

Favorites Removal Confirmation Message

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.

              

Location to Enable Feature

Commons LTI

Configuration Details

Commons LTI

Affected Canvas Areas

Commons LTI

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

The Remove from Favorites confirmation message has changed from an animation on the resource card to a confirmation message in a separate browser window.

 

Change Benefit

This change improves accessibility within Commons.

 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

Instructors

When instructors remove a resource from their Favorites, the confirmation message displays in a separate browser window. No functionality has been affected.

 

Dashboard

Course Card Icon Size

 

Location to Enable Feature

N/A

Configuration Details

N/A

Affected Canvas Areas

Card View Dashboard

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

All Users

 

Summary

The icon class displayed in course cards defaults the icon display in a slightly smaller size.

 

Change Benefit

This change provides consistency for icons in both the Card View Dashboard and the List View Dashboard.

 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

All Users

Users who have enabled course cards in the Dashboard can view the course card icons in a slightly smaller size than previously displayed. No functionality has been affected.

 

Card View Dashboard Icon Changes

 

 

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:

 

  • SIS Imports API

  • Users API

 

 

Fixed Bugs

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Accessibility

People

As part of deleting a section, content is read as Remove User from Section to screen readers.

 

Rich Content Editor

Uploaded audio files are tagged as audio files.

 

Settings

The Course Link Validator does not consider quiz answer comments with rel attributes as broken links.

 

API

Courses API Missing Policy and Auto-Graded Submission Date

Submissions that are automatically assigned grades through a Missing Policy include a graded_at date indicated in the Courses API.

 

Explanation: When a grade was automatically assigned through the Missing Policy in the New Gradebook, the score was entered in the New Gradebook, but the graded_at date was not updated within the API. This behavior also affected SIS grade passback efficiency, as grades can only be passed back if a graded_at date is included. Canvas code has been updated to update the graded_at date in the API for submissions updated via the Missing Policy.

 

In the Canvas API Index page, the API Terms of Service link displays the intended page.

 

Explanation: When a user clicked the API Terms of Service link, the link displayed a not found page. Canvas code has been updated to correct the API Terms of Service link.

 

Search API Duplicate Group Results

The Search API does not duplicate search results for group conversations.

 

Explanation: When a group conversation was created in Canvas, the Search API duplicated each member in the given context according to each member’s total number of enrollments. Conversations paginated only 20 results, which truncated the list of possible recipients and would occasionally omit some group members. Canvas code has been updated to not duplicate group members in conversation messages.

 

Blueprint Course

Rubric Associations

Rubric associations are updated in Blueprint Course syncs after creating a copy of a rubric.

 

Explanation: When a rubric was edited with multiple associations to other assignments, a copy of the rubric was made and added to the assignment. However, additional Blueprint syncs were not updating the assignment’s new rubric association. Canvas code has been updated to retain rubric associations after a Blueprint Course sync.

 

Conversations

Media File Name

Conversation messages include the file name of any media file uploaded or recorded within a message.

 

Explanation: When a media file is uploaded or recorded in a conversation message, Canvas would name the media file as undefined, even if a specific file name was included. Canvas code has been updated to retain file names of media files.

 

External Apps

Assignment State and Plagiarism Detection LTI Platform

Changing an assignment workflow_state does not affect the plagiarism platform association.

 

Explanation: When a published assignment was unpublished and included no submissions, the plagiarism review settings were not retained and set back to None. Canvas code has been updated to retain the tool associations if the workflow state of the assignment is changed.

 

Course Apps Page and Account LTI Deletion

Deleting a course LTI tool does not affect the display of the Apps page.

 

Explanation: When an LTI tool was installed in both an account and a course, and the course-level tool was deleted, the Apps page loaded a blank page. Additionally, if multiple installations of the same LTI were included, deleting the top-most LTI caused it to break. Canvas code has been updated to prevent deleting course LTI tools from affecting the Apps page.

 

Modules

Non-Graded Discussion Section Changes

Changes to non-graded discussions sections are displayed in Modules.

 

Explanation: When section changes were made to a non-graded discussion, the updates were not displayed for affected students in the Modules page. Canvas code has been updated to display updated changes in the Modules page.

 

Rich Content Editor

Chrome Browser Extensions and External App Access

This change was deployed to the production environment on February 28.

External apps can be accessed in the Rich Content Editor when browser extensions are enabled in Chrome.

 

Explanation: When an external app was installed in the Rich Content Editor, the app displayed a launch error if browser extensions were installed, such as Dragon or Grammarly. This behavior affected Chrome browsers. Canvas code has been updated to fix external app launches when browser extensions are installed.

 

SIS

Anonymous Assignments and Grade Passback

Anonymously graded assignments do not prevent data from being passed back via LTI Grade Passback.

 

Explanation: When an assignment was anonymously graded, and an LTI tool returned an outcome service message, Canvas displayed a user lookup error. Canvas code has been updated to allow tool or quiz IDs to be included in moderated or anonymous assignment audit information and provide the correct details for LTI tools.

 

SpeedGrader

Deleted Discussion Post Attachments

Attachments from deleted discussion posts do not display in SpeedGrader.

 

Explanation: When a discussion post was deleted that included an attached file, the file was not removed when the discussion was viewed in SpeedGrader. This behavior affected instructors as they could see the file but not the post where it belonged. Canvas code has been updated to remove attachments from deleted discussion posts.

 

 

Release Notes Change Log

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Date
2019-03-01

Added—Fixed Bugs

  • Rich Content Editor: External App Access and Chrome Browser Extensions
2019-02-25Release Notes Published
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