Canvas Deploy Notes (2019-08-28)

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Canvas deploys contain code changes that are intended to fix bugs, improve performance, and prepare for new features, but they do not affect customer workflows. These deploys take place every two weeks. Intended changes in workflow are noted in the Canvas Release Notes published monthly.

 

Deploy notes include notable fixed bugs and additional updates that do not affect user functionality.

 

 

 

Deploy Notes Change Log

 

Interface Updates

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Permissions

Data Services - Manage

Summary

The Permissions page includes the Data Services - Manage permission.

 

Change Benefit

This change allows users to view and access Data Services, which is a feature currently in development. 

 

Affected User Roles

Admins

The Data Services - Manage permission defaults to Account ADmins. This permission should be assigned to a user who will be accessing and setting up Canvas Data Services. By default this permission can be assigned to any account-level user.

 

No action is required as part of this change. Currently this permission does not manage any Canvas features and was created to support future functionality.

 

Feature Options - View

Summary

The Permissions page includes the Feature Options - View permission.

 

Change Benefit

This change allows more granularity with admin permissions between viewing feature options and managing feature options.

 

Affected User Roles

Admins

Users with the Feature Options - View permission can see all feature options in the account in a read-only state. This permission has been granted automatically to everyone who has the Feature Options - Enable/Disable permission.

 

No action is required as part of this change. However, admins can choose to remove the Enable/Disable permission from specific admin roles if needed.

 

Account Settings

LTI 1.3 and LTI Advantage Feature Option Removal

Summary

The LTI 1.3 and LTI Advantage account-level feature option has been enabled for all accounts and removed from the Feature Options tab.

 

Change Benefit

This change allows Canvas admins to configure tools that include LTI Advantage services without having to enable a feature option. Removing this feature option does not create any negative impact.

 

Affected User Roles

Admins

With the feature option enabled for all accounts, the Add Developer Key button includes two options: Add API Key and Add LTI Key. Selecting the Add LTI Key option displays a page for creating an LTI Key. Data for LTI Keys are provided by an external tool provider that has built LTI tools using LTI Advantage services. 

 

This functionality is based in the Developer Keys page, which requires users to have the Developer Keys - manage permission. Additionally, users who want to add an LTI Advantage tool to a course must have the LTI - add / edit / delete permission.

 

To review new functionality created by this feature, see the Canvas Release: LTI 1.3 and LTI Advantage document.

 

Assignments

Post/Hide Grades Text Clarification

Summary

When a user posts or hides grades for an anonymous assignment, the sidebar text has been revised to clarify that grades will be posted or hidden for everyone.

 

Change Benefit

This change clarifies that posting or hiding grades is required for everyone in the assignment.

 

Affected User Roles

Instructors

Depending on the post policy for an assignment, instructors can hide or post grades in SpeedGrader. When posting or hiding grades for an anonymous assignment, the sidebar text has been updated to clarify that grades will be posted or hidden for everyone in the course. When posting grades, anonymity is removed. However, when hiding previously assigned grades, anonymity is re-applied to protect student identities.

 

SpeedGrader text adjustment to clarify what happens when hiding or posting anonymous assignments

 

New Quizzes

New Quizzes Terminology Update

Summary

Mentions of Quizzes.Next throughout Canvas have been updated to New Quizzes.

 

Change Benefit

This change helps align terminology consistency throughout Canvas.

 

Affected User Areas

Instructors & Admins

The Feature Options page and the Course Import page have been updated with terminology for New Quizzes. 

 

Platform/Integration

Live Events Updates

 

Fixed Bugs

Accessibility

Files

Column header sort actions are read by screen readers. 

 

Grades

The Muted/Hidden icon is announced to screen readers in the student Grades page.

 

Groups

The student groups page items and menus are identified as links to screen readers.

 

Modules

When a module title receives focus, the module is read to screen readers as being expanded or collapsed.

 

SpeedGrader

The Post or Hide Grades menu displays a tooltip and is announced to screen readers.

 

Grades

Posted Grade Calculations

The Points Possible data calculated in the student Grades page includes submissions that have not been posted or are muted.

 

Explanation: When a student viewed the Grades page, the Points Possible calculations were not including submissions that had not been posted or were muted. Canvas code has been updated to verify points possible calculations.

 

New Gradebook

Student Group Sorting

After the New Gradebook is sorted by Total grade, the Student Group filter correctly displays students in the group.

 

Explanation: When the New Gradebook was sorted by Total grade, the Student Group filter displayed more users than were in the group. Canvas code has been updated to filter by student group and display users in the group.

 

Notifications

Collaborations

Collaborations notifications are only sent to active users in a published course.

 

Explanation: When a collaboration was created in a course, notifications were being sent to students even if the course was unpublished. Canvas code has been updated to only send notifications to active users in a published course.

 

Rich Content Editor

H3 Styling

H3 styling does not include extra margin padding.

 

Explanation: When a heading was added to the Rich Content Editor and styled as an H3, the H3 rule increased top and bottom margins. Canvas code has been updated to remove the extra margins.

 

Image Size

Images added to the Rich Content Editor display in their natural size.

 

Explanation: When an image was added to the Rich Content Editor, setting a maximum width caused it to shrink. Canvas code has been updated to correct the behavior of shrinking images with a maximum width.

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