Upcoming Canvas Changes [Archive]

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Periodically functionality will be added, changed, or removed in Canvas. Announcements are made in Release Notes on an ongoing basis. Other changes may not be directly related to Canvas, such as browser updates, which are not associated with Canvas releases. 

 

This document outlines the summary of all previously announced changes that may have affected Canvas customers.

 

Current announcements can be found in Upcoming Canvas Changes 

Document Change Log

 

2019-05-11

Change TypeChangeDescriptionEffective DateResource
Deprecation                    Gradebook              

The existing Gradebook is deprecated; institutions should enable the New Gradebook.

End of Life:

2020-01-18

Upcoming Canvas Changes Feature Clarifications

 

2019-07-08

Change TypeChangeDescriptionEffective DateResource
Deprecation         Firefox ESR 60                                        

Firefox ESR 60 is deprecated by Firefox; users should upgrade to ESR 68.

 

The warning banner that alerts users about an outdated browser will be re-enabled in Canvas on 25 September 2019. Any users accessing Canvas with Firefox below version 68 will see the warning banner once per session.

 

If automatic updates are enabled, Firefox will update to Firefox ESR 68 automatically. Otherwise, admins must upgrade to ESR 68 before 22 October 2019.

End of Life: 2019-10-22                            

Firefox ESR release cycle | Firefox for Enterprise Help 

Firefox Release Calendar - MozillaWiki 

What are the browser and computer requirements for Canvas? 

 

2019-08-26   

Change TypeChangeDescriptionEffective DateResource
Deprecation                       Canvas Data       

The muted column in the assignment_dim table is deprecated.                                       

End of Life: 2020-01-18                            

Data Release Notes (2019-08-26)            

 

2019-09-21

Change TypeChangeDescriptionEffective DateResource
Deprecation                                                      

Live Events Payloads

All events will be compressed to allow for smaller payloads. All data elements with null values will be omitted from events payloads.

 

Caliper is already getting compressed by default; all properties in Caliper event with the null value get omitted from Caliper payload.

 

Per API guidelines, this change provides a transition period for users to adjust custom applications. Existing functionality will be removed in the December 21 release and all events will be compressed by default.

Enforcement: 2019-12-21                              

Live Events: Event Type by Format
Preview                                                      

Multiple Feature Options                                                                       

Multiple Feature Options are being enforced for all accounts on the indicated enforcement date.

 

  • Rubric Criterion Range: Includes a checkbox in rubric criterions to create a range
  • Student Context Cards: Displays student context cards anywhere in Canvas that includes a student link
  • Enable Dashboard Images for Courses: Adds an Image box in Course Settings (Course Details tab) and allows instructors to select a decorative image for the course card

Enforcement: 2020-01-18

Upcoming Canvas Changes Feature Clarifications 

 

2019-10-22

Change Type

Previous Announcement

Date

ChangeDescriptionResource
End of Life             2019-07-08Firefox ESR 60                          

Firefox ESR 60 is replaced by Firefox ESR 68.

 

Users who have not upgraded will not be able to use Firefox ESR 60 as a browser.

Firefox ESR release cycle | Firefox for Enterprise Help 

Firefox Release Calendar - MozillaWiki 

What are the browser and computer requirements for Canvas? 

 

2019-11-16

Change Type

 

Change
DescriptionEffective DateResource
Deprecation                                         Legacy Training Portal                              

The Canvas Community Legacy Training Portal is deprecated; institutions should use the Training Services Portal located in the Canvas Help Menu.

End of Life: 2020-01-18

Guide: Canvas Training Services Portal 2.0

Training Services Portal Overview

 

2019-12-21

Change Type

Previous Announcement

Date

ChangeDescriptionResource
Enforcement                          2019-09-21Live Events Payloads                 

All events will be compressed to allow for smaller payloads. All data elements with null values will be omitted from events payloads.

Live Events: Event Type by Format                         

 

Change TypeChange

Description

Effective Date

Resource
Deprecation             Live Events: New Quizzes

New Quizzes events will be set to inactive. 

End of Life: 

2020-02-18

See documentation in the Data Services Portal

 

2020-01-18

Change Type

Previous Announcement

Date

ChangeDescriptionResource
End of Life                                                                 2019-05-11Gradebook

The existing Gradebook will be removed from Canvas and replaced by the New Gradebook.

Upcoming Canvas Changes Feature Clarifications 
End of Life         2019-08-26Canvas Data

The muted column in the assignment_dim table will be removed from the Canvas Data schema.

Canvas Data Release Notes (2019-08-26)  
Enforcement         2019-09-21Multiple Feature Options                                  

Multiple Feature Options will be enforced for all accounts.

 

  • Rubric Criterion Range: Includes a checkbox in rubric criterions to create a range
  • Student Context Cards: Displays student context cards anywhere in Canvas that includes a student link
  • Enable Dashboard Images for Courses: Adds an Image box in Course Settings (Course Details tab) and allows instructors to select a decorative image for the course card
 Upcoming Canvas Changes Feature Clarifications                                          
End of Life         2019-11-16Legacy Training Portal

The Canvas Community Legacy Training Portal will be removed and replaced by the Training Services Portal located in the Canvas Help Menu.

Guide: Canvas Training Services Portal 2.0

Training Services Portal Overview

 

2020-02-18

Change Type

Previous Announcement

Date

ChangeDescriptionResource
End of Life                        2019-12-21Live Events: New Quizzes                   

New Quizzes events have been set to inactive.                                  

See documentation in the Data Services Portal                 

 

2020-04-08

Change TypeChangeDescriptionEffective DateResource
Deprecation                                                       SMS Notification Types Except Announcements, Grades

All SMS notification types are deprecated except Announcements and Grading notification types. Institutions should transition to the Canvas mobile apps.

 

This change is affected by COVID-19. For concerns regarding this change, customers should contact their Customer Success Manager.

Enforcement:

2020-05-02                                        

Upcoming Canvas Changes Feature Clarifications              

 

2020-05-02

Change TypeChangeDescriptionEffective DateResource
End of Life                                                       SMS Notification Types Except Announcements, Grades

Only Announcements and Grading notification types can be enabled as SMS notifications in Canvas.

 

This change is affected by COVID-19. For concerns regarding this change, customers should contact their Customer Success Manager.

Enforcement:

2020-05-02                                        

Upcoming Canvas Changes Feature Clarifications              

 

 

Document Change Log

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Date
2020-04-18

Added entries for 2020-04-08 and 2020-05-02

2020-02-18

Added deprecation entry from 2019-12-21 and added entry from 2020-02-18

2020-01-20

Added entries for 2019-05-11, 2019-08-26, Multiple Feature Options entry from 2019-09-21, 2019-11-16, 2020-01-18

2019-12-23

Added entry for 2019-09-21 and 2019-12-21 (Live Events Payloads)

2019-10-25

Created archive document; added entries for 2019-07-08 and 2019-10-22

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