Canvas Release Notes (2019-12-21)

Document created by Erin Hallmark Administrator on Nov 18, 2019Last modified by Erin Hallmark Administrator on Nov 22, 2019
Version 8Show Document
  • View in full screen mode

Upcoming Canvas Changes

 

  • 2020-01-18:
    • End-of-Life functionality related to Canvas Data
    • End-of-Life date for Gradebook
    • Enforcement of multiple feature options

For more information, please see Upcoming Canvas Changes.

                                                                                                                         

In this Canvas release (December 21), Global Announcements are included as a notification preference. Additionally, the BigBlueButton interface allows participants to resize the webcam window during a conference and displays the user who is talking in the left corner of the meeting window.

 

For admins, the Grade Export report and the MGP Grade Export report include grading scheme values in the CSV export.

 

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

 

Canvas release summary by user roleCanvas New Release ScreencastCanvas Release Collaborative ChatCanvas API Change Log


Release Notes Change Log

 

Updated Features

BACK TO TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Announcements

Global Announcement Notification Option

 

Location to Enable Feature

Notifications

Configuration Details

N/A

Affected Canvas Areas

Global Announcements, Notifications

Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Permissions

Global Announcements - add / edit / delete

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

All Users

Feature Enhancement Ideas

Send Account- or Sub Account- level Announcements to Inbox 

Specified Tag for Feature Ideas

View existing Announcements feature ideas

View existing Notifications feature ideas

 

Summary

Global Announcements include a checkbox to distribute a notification to subscribed users when the announcement starts.

 

Change Benefit

This change helps distribute global announcements via notifications.

 

Affected User Roles

All Users

In the Notifications page, the Alerts section includes a Global Announcements option. By default, the notification preference is set to Immediately via email. Other notification channels default to off.

 

Notification Preferences page with Global Announcements option

 

Admins

As part of creating a global announcement, an admin can enable a checkbox to send the global announcement via notification when the announcement starts. All users will receive the global announcement via email, unless a user has disabled the notification for global announcements.

 

Global Announcements page with Notifications checkbox

 

Conferences

These features are managed by a third-party provider. To provide feedback, please see the Feature Enhancement Ideas section.

                           

Production Feature Availability

Rolled out to all institutions December 18–20

Configuration Details

N/A

Beta/Test Environment Support

test.bigbluebutton.org

Affected Canvas Areas

Conferences

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

All Users

Feature Enhancement Ideas

Blindside Networks Contact Page

 

BigBlueButton Interface Webcam Window Resizing

 

Summary

The BigBlueButton interface allows participants to resize the webcam window during a conference.

 

Change Benefit

This change allows participants to manage the size of the webcam in a BigBlueButton conference.

 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

All Users

When a participant is viewing another user through a webcam window, the participant is able to resize the window larger than the default view. This change benefits conferences where the presenter needs to be seen more prominently on screen, such as for sign language classes.

 

To see how this feature can be used, please see the Resize webcams in BigBlueButton video.

 

BigBlueButton Interface User Talking Indicator

 

Summary

The BigBlueButton interface displays the user who is talking in the left corner of the meeting window.

 

Change Benefit

This change allows moderators to better see who is talking in large BigBlueButton conferences.

 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

Moderators

The BigBlueButton interface displays all users in a conference in the sidebar. When a conference includes a long list of users, the moderator can view the specific person who is talking in the corner of the meeting window. Previously a moderator could only see who was talking by scrolling down the sidebar to see which user’s name included a highlighted icon.

 

Example of Who is Talking indicator in BigBlueButton Conferences

 

New Quizzes

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

Configuration Details

New Quizzes LTI

Affected Canvas Areas

Quizzes, Assignments

Beta Environment Support

Yes

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors

Feature Enhancement Ideas

Existing New Quizzes feature ideas

Specified Tag for Feature Ideas

New quizzes

 

Quizzes Page New Quizzes Button

PRODUCTION RELEASE DELAYED

 

Summary

The New Quizzes button has been moved from the Assignments page to the Quizzes page. 

 

Change Benefit

This change helps instructors logically identify new and old quizzes.

 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

Instructors

Instructors using New Quizzes can view the Quizzes page to create a new quiz instead of the Assignments page. To differentiate quiz versions, New Quizzes are identified as the + Quiz button, while old quizzes has been renamed to the + Old Quiz button.

 

Quizzes created with New Quizzes or migrated to New Quizzes display a solid Quiz icon. Quizzes created with Old Quizzes display an outlined Quiz icon.

 

Quizzes Instructor View with adjusted quiz buttons

 

Students

Students can also view New Quizzes in the Quizzes page, complete with the new and old icons to differentiate quiz versions.

 

Quizzes Student View with adjusted quiz buttons

 

Numeric Question Invalid Input Warning

 

Summary

In Numeric questions, the invalid input warning displays if a student responds to a numeric question with an invalid character.

 

Change Benefit

This change reduces unintentional misgrading when students attempt to answer a numeric question and matches parity with numeric questions in existing quizzes.

 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

Students

If a student enters an invalid character in a numeric question and clicks the Submit button, a confirmation window displays informing the student an invalid answer has been received, and the student can change the answer to receive credit. The student can cancel or continue submitting the quiz.

 

Invalid answer warning for students

 

If the student cancels and returns to the numeric question, the warning text indicates that the answer must be a number and not include any symbols or units.

 

Quizzes warning text for numeric questions

 

Reports

Grading Scheme Values

 

Location to Enable Feature

Account Settings - Reports

Configuration Details

Reports

Affected Canvas Areas

Reports

Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Permissions

Courses - View Usage Reports

Related APIs

Account Reports API

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Admins

Feature Enhancement Ideas

View existing Reports feature ideas

Specified Tag for Feature Ideas

reports

 

Summary

The Grade Export report and the MGP Grade Export report include grading scheme values in the CSV export.

 

Change Benefit

This change allows admins to see the final and current grade compared to the course grading scheme.

 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

Admins

When admins configure and run the Grade Export report or the MGP Grade Export report, the CSV file includes columns for current grade, final grade, unposted current grade, and unposted final grade.

 

 

Platform/Integration

BACK TO TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Live Events

Compressed Events Payloads Enforcement

For users of Live Events, all events are being compressed to allow for smaller payloads. All data elements with null values will be omitted from events payloads.

 

Per API guidelines, this change provides a transition period for users to adjust custom applications in the production environment.


For additional details about live events, please see Live Events: Event Type by Format

 

This deprecation was previously announced in Canvas Release Notes (2019-09-21).

 

Group Events Deprecations

Events in the following groups have been deprecated and will be removed on 2020-02-18:

  • Quizzes Next Quiz
  • Quizzes.item
  • Quizzes.quiz Clone Job
  • Quizzes.quiz
  • Quizzes.quiz Session
  • Quizzes.qti Import
  • Quizzes-lti.grade

 

 

Release Notes Change Log

BACK TO TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Date
2019-11-22

Removed—Updated Features

  • New Quizzes: Quizzes Page New Quizzes Button [production release delayed]
2019-11-18Release Notes Published
7 people found this helpful

Attachments

    Outcomes