Canvas Deploy Notes (2020-03-11)

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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 and can be tested in the beta environment before the production deploy date indicated in the title of this document. 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 existing user functionality.

 

 

Deploy Notes Change Log

 

Interface Updates

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Design Updates

Announcements Header Menu Width

 

Summary

The header menu in Announcements displays the full width of the page.

 

Change Benefit

This change improves the width of the Search bar and also improves the display of the menu in mobile browsers.

 

Affected User Roles

All Users

The header menu displays the full width of the page, which also improves responsive design within the page. No functionality has been affected.

 

Announcements Search Bar Comparison

 

 

Direct Share Copy To Sidebar Style

 

Summary

Text and heading sizes within the Direct Share Copy To sidebar have also been updated to align with similar designs throughout Canvas.

 

Change Benefit

This update aligns consistency with other sidebar styles throughout Canvas.

 

Affected User Roles

Instructors

The Copy To sidebar for the Direct Share feature includes an updated design that aligns the text and heading sizes with other areas of Canvas. No functionality has been affected.

 

Copy To Direct Share Font Comparison Change

 

 

Discussions Header Menu Width

 

Summary

The header menu in Discussions displays the full width of the page.

 

Change Benefit

This change improves the width of the Search bar and also improves the display of the menu in mobile browsers.

 

Affected User Roles

All Users

The header menu displays the full width of the page, which also improves responsive design within the page. No functionality has been affected.

 

Discussions Search Bar Comparison

 

 

Page Background Styles

 

Summary

Modules, Assignments, Quizzes, Conferences, and ePub Exports content no longer display a unified gray background. Only the heading for each section within the page displays a gray background. 

 

Change Benefit

This change removes the container used for the background and improves responsiveness when viewed in smaller browser widths.

 

Affected User Roles

All Users

Several Index and content pages in Canvas include an updated page design that no longer includes a unified gray background. No functionality has been affected.

 

Note: The Discussions page is also being updated; this document will be updated when the Discussions change has been deployed to the beta environment.

 

Background Styles Update Comparison of Modules Page

 

 

Gradebook

Gradebook Column Header Width

 

Summary

The Gradebook column widths account for the space used by hidden buttons and icons included on the sides of the header text.

 

Change Benefit

This update provides consistency in column width calculations and column displays.

 

Affected User Roles

Instructors

In the Gradebook, if columns have not been manually adjusted, they display according to a determined width according to the length of the text within the column heading. The previous functionality prevented assignment group column headers from displaying ellipses when the text overflowed its allotted column width. No functionality has been affected.

 

Gradebook Column Alignment Comparison

 

 

Fixed Bugs

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Course Analytics

Muted Terminology and Hidden Grades

The Analytics page shows ungraded assignments with a manual post policy as hidden, not muted.

 

Explanation: The Analytics page displayed ungraded assignments with a manual post policy as muted, even though muting had been removed from Gradebook terminology. Canvas code has been updated to replace muted with hidden in the Analytics page.

 

Gradebook

Comment Confirmation Message

When an assignment includes a manual post policy, and a comment is added to a submission, the confirmation message indicates the comment has been saved successfully.

 

Explanation: When an assignment included a manual post policy, commenting on the submission displayed a confirmation with a message indicating the comment had been posted. However, the comment had not been posted but has only been saved for the submission. Canvas code has been updated to update the success message to indicate the comment has been saved successfully.

 

Notifications

Account Settings Custom Name and Global Announcements

When a custom name is used in Account Settings, notifications for global announcements also include the custom name.

 

Explanation: When a custom from name for notifications was set in account settings, global announcements still contained the default Canvas settings. Canvas code has been updated to display the custom name in notifications.

 

Quizzes

Creating a new quiz using New Quizzes does not affect the visibility of the Quizzes Course Navigation link unless the link is disabled for the course.

 

Explanation: When New Quizzes had been enabled in a course, and a new quiz was created in the Quizzes page, the Quizzes link was not visible to students in the Course Navigation Menu when the Quizzes link had not been disabled. Canvas code has been updated to allow students to view quizzes when the Quizzes link is not disabled for the course.

 

Index Page Quiz Sorting

The Quizzes index page sorts items by due date, or alphanumerically if no due dates are set.

 

Explanation: When the New Quizzes feature was moved to the Quizzes page, the sort order was changed to display quizzes by the time created. However, graded surveys still sorted by due date. Canvas code has been updated to sort items according to previous function.

 

Index Page Quiz Visibility

New Quizzes can be viewed in the Quizzes index page.

 

Explanation: When a new quiz was created that had a due date, viewing the quiz in the index page displayed a spinning wheel and would not load. Canvas code has been updated to display quizzes when viewed from the index page.

 

New Rich Content Editor

The New Rich Content Editor does not display any course links to students.

 

Explanation: When a student used the New Rich Content Editor and opened a pre-filtered link such as User Documents, then the student selected the Links menu, the course content options that displayed in the menu list did not load except Course Navigation, which displayed an error. Canvas code has been updated to only display User Files options in filtered link menus.

 

Embedded Images

Student-embedded images in locations such as discussions or pages can be viewed by other users in the course.

 

Explanation: When a course enabled the New Rich Content Editor, and students embedded images in a discussion or page, the embedded images were unable to be viewed by other users. Canvas code has been updated to make embedded images visible to all course users.

 

Embedded Items and Quiz Questions

Users can embed links, images, and files in Classic Quiz questions using the New Rich Content Editor.

 

Explanation: When a course enabled the New Rich Content Editor, and a user edited a quiz and added a new question, the user was intermittently unable to embed links, images, or files. Canvas code has been updated to support embedding using the New Rich Content Editor.

 

 

Deploy Notes Change Log

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Date
2020-02-28Deploy Notes Published
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