Canvas Release Notes (2020-02-15)

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Upcoming Canvas Changes

 

2020-03-21

  • End-of-Life functionality for existing course and user analytics
  • Enforcement of New Course and User Analytics
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For more information, please see Upcoming Canvas Changes

                  

 

In this Canvas release (February 15), Gradebook import CSV files ignore reserved name columns as well as hidden and deleted custom columns. 

 

When creating an API developer key, admins can allow Include parameters when enforcing scopes.

 

Additionally, Canvas provides a more responsive experience for content scrolling according to web accessibility initiative guidelines. Institutions that rely on custom JS/CSS should confirm their code with these recent changes.

 

External Tools (LTI)

  • For institutions using Commons, favorited Commons items can be imported from Quizzes, Pages, Discussion, Assignments, and Modules.
  • For institutions using New Quizzes, the New Quizzes button has been moved from the Assignments page to the Quizzes page. Additionally, the quiz creation process supports both New Quizzes and Classic (old) Quizzes.

 

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

 

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Release Notes Change Log

 

Updated Features

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Commons

Favorites Import

 

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

Permissions

Course Content - add / edit / delete

Discussions - view

Assignments and Quizzes - add / edit / delete

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors

Feature Enhancement Ideas

Existing Commons feature ideas

Specified Tag for Feature Ideas

Commons

Feature Video

Commons: Favorites Import (2020-02-15 Screencast) 

 

Summary

Favorited Commons items can be imported from Quizzes, Pages, Discussion, Assignments, and Modules.

 

Change Benefit

This change allows users to import all favorited content from Commons into one of the five supported Canvas areas.

 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

Instructors

After favoriting Commons content, instructors can open Quizzes, Pages, Discussions, Assignments, or Modules in their course and import favorited items into the content area. Previously content could only be imported to a course directly from Commons. Embedded content can be any type, not just embedded file types.

 

Commons Favorites option in Assignments page

 

When a user views a Canvas area and imports favorited content, the type of content supported by the area displays in the sidebar. For instance, selecting the Commons Favorites option from the Assignments page displays all favorited assignments. 

 

After the content item is selected and the sidebar is closed, the item displays in the content area.

 

Commons sidebar with favorites

Imported Commons favorite in Assignments page

 

Favorited content can also be accessed from Commons via the Rich Content Editor’s LTI tools menu. However, while other content areas support any kind of file, the Rich Content Editor only imports embedded files.

 

Gradebook

Gradebook Import Reserved Names

 

Location to Enable Feature

Gradebook

Configuration Details

N/A

Affected Canvas Areas

Gradebook

Related APIs

Custom Gradebook Columns API

Affects User Interface

No

Affected User Roles

Instructors

Feature Enhancement Ideas

Existing Gradebook feature ideas

Specified Tag for Feature Ideas

gradebook

Feature Video

Gradebook: Gradebook Import Reserved Names (2020-02-15 Screencast) 

 

Summary

Gradebook import CSV files ignore reserved name columns as well as hidden and deleted custom columns. For new custom columns, custom columns cannot have the same name as a reserved column.

 

Change Benefit

This change confirms data is uploaded correctly as part of the import and prevents grade conflicts from hidden or deleted columns.

 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

Instructors

When the Gradebook CSV file is imported to a course Gradebook, the image behavior ignores existing columns with reserved column names and non-active custom columns.

 

A reserved column name is a column that is already being used by the Gradebook to manage user data. Reserved column names include the following: Student, ID, SIS User ID, SIS Login ID, Section, Integration ID, and Root Account.

 

A non-active custom column is a custom column that has been hidden in the Gradebook via the API or has been deleted from the Gradebook.

 

For new custom columns, the Gradebook does not allow columns to have the same name as a reserved column name.

 

New Quizzes

Quizzes Page New Quizzes Button

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

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

Community Idea Contribution

Move Quizzes.Next to Quizzes Tab

Feature Video

New Quizzes: Quizzes Page New Quizzes Button (2020-02-15 Screencast) 

 

Summary

The New Quizzes button has been moved from the Assignments page to the Quizzes page. Additionally, the quiz creation process supports both New Quizzes and Classic (old) Quizzes.

 

Change Benefit

This change helps instructors logically identify new and old quizzes and be able to create each type from the same location. In an upcoming release, users can choose to make a selected quiz type persistent.

 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

Instructors

Instructors using New Quizzes can view the Quizzes page to create a new quiz instead of the Assignments page. When an instructor selects the Add Quiz button, the page displays a window asking which quiz type should be used to create a quiz: Classic Quizzes or New Quizzes.

 

New Quizzes quiz button

 

Once a quiz engine is selected, the page displays the quiz creation page for the selected tool.

 

In both the Assignments page and the Quizzes page, 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 page icon differentiation

 

Students

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

 

New Quizzes student view

 

 

Platform/Integration

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Developer Keys

Developer Key Include Parameter Support

 

Location to Enable Feature

N/A

Configuration Details

N/A

Affected Canvas Areas

Developer Keys

Permissions

Developer Keys - manage

Related APIs

OAuth2 - Developer Keys, Developer Keys API

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Admins

Feature Enhancement Ideas

Existing Developer Keys feature ideas

Specified Tag for Feature Ideas

Developer Token

Feature Video

Developer Keys and Theme Editor: Include Parameter Support and Responsive Layout Enforcement (2020-02-15 Screencast) 

 

Summary

Admins can allow Include parameters when enforcing scopes for a developer key.

 

Change Benefit

This change allows developer key creators to have access to additional data not included in the selected scopes.

 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

Admins

As part of the new API developer key creation process, enforcing scopes is disabled by default. However, when scopes are enforced for a developer key, admins can select the Allow Include Parameters checkbox, which permits use of all “includes” parameters for the developer key. "Includes" parameters may grant access to additional data not included in the scopes selected for the developer key.

 

Developer Key Includes Parameters button

 

Theme Editor

Responsive Layout Enforcement

 

Affected Canvas Areas

Canvas Interface

Configuration Details

Responsive Layout Feature Option, Account Settings (until 2020-02-15)

Location to Enable Feature

Theme Editor (Upload Tab)

Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Admins

Feature Enhancement Ideas

Existing Theme Editor feature ideas

Specified Tag for Feature Ideas

theme

Feature Video

Developer Keys and Theme Editor: Include Parameter Support and Responsive Layout Enforcement (2020-02-15 Screencast) 

 

Summary

Canvas provides a more responsive experience for content scrolling according to web accessibility initiative guidelines.

 

Change Benefit

This change ensures Canvas continues to meet accessibility guidelines for all Canvas users regarding the vertical and horizontal display of course content.

 

Affected Canvas Users

Admins

Institutions implementing custom JavaScript or CSS through the Theme Editor should review the WAI reflow standards and their current code to ensure no conflicts exist with Canvas pages.

 

This responsive layout change is enabled by default in the beta environment, but it can also be optionally tested in the production environment until 2020-02-15 with the Responsive Layout feature option in Account Settings. 

 

On 2020-02-15, the feature option will be enabled for all accounts in the production environment by default.

 

 

Release Notes Change Log

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Date
2020-02-03Added available feature videos (from screencast) to feature sections
2020-01-20Release Notes Published
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