Ready Release Notes (2020-04-18)

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Upcoming Canvas Changes

 

2020-05-02

  • End-of-Life functionality for all SMS Notifications except Announcements and Grading
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For more information, please see Upcoming Canvas Changes

                       

The following features will be available in the production environment on 2020-04-18:

 

Assignments

Due and Availability Date Bulk Edit

  • User Role: Instructors
  • Opt-in: Yes

 

Commons

Admin Featured Content

  • User Role: Admins
  • Opt-in: No

 

Courses

New Instructor Tutorial Page Additions

  • User Role: Instructors
  • Opt-in: Yes

 

Files

Multiple File Upload Enhancements

  • User Role: All Users
  • Opt-in: No

 

New Quizzes

Quiz Engine Option

  • User Role: Instructors
  • Opt-in: No

 

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

 

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Release Notes Change Log

 

New Features

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Assignments

Due and Availability Date Bulk Edit

This feature is used in conjunction with an existing feature option in Canvas. Please view the content below for additional details. For more information about feature options, please see the Canvas Release Notes FAQ.

                    

Feature Functionality Details

Assignment Bulk Editing Feature Options doc

Affected Canvas Areas

Assignments

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors

Feature Enhancement Ideas

View existing Assignments feature ideas

Specified Tag for Feature Ideas

assignments

Feature Idea Contributions

Adjust all assignment and quiz dates on a single page 

 

Summary

The Assignments page supports editing all assignment, discussion, and quiz dates in a single page.

 

Change Benefit

This change allows assignment dates to be adjusted at one time in the same location.

 

Affected User Roles

Instructors

The Assignments Settings menu includes an option to Edit Assignment Dates. This option displays all existing assignments in a single page arranged by due date. Assignments with the same due date are listed in alphabetical order. The full name of an assignment is included in the hover text for the assignment.

 

Dates can be selected via the Calendar icon or by typing a date directly in the text field. Currently times cannot be adjusted within the page and are set to the default of 11:59 pm.

 

Edit Assignment Dates Page

 

For assignments with multiple due dates, all due dates display below the Everyone Else date, and the student, section, or group is right-aligned in the assignment name column. Only due dates and availability dates can be edited in this page—details such as changing the specific group or section assigned to the assignment must be edited directly within the assignment.

 

Assignments with Differentiated Due Dates

 

Once all dates have been adjusted, changes must be saved via the Save button. The status of the page updates can be viewed in the status percentage bar, which displays the percentage of changes saved to the page.

 

Assignment Date saving page with percentages showing how much has been saved

 

The saving date process also validates availability dates, due dates, and course and term dates. Any errors are displayed in the page to be corrected so the dates can be saved again.

 

Due Date Adjustment Errors

 

 

Updated Features

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Commons

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.

                

Feature Functionality Details

Commons LTI

Affected Canvas Areas

Commons LTI

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Admins

Feature Enhancement Ideas

Existing Commons feature ideas

Specified Tag for Feature Ideas

Commons

 

Summary

Admins can edit a managed resource and share the resource as featured content.

 

Change Benefit

This change allows admins to manage featured content for their institution.

 

Affected User Roles

Admins

Admins can edit a managed resource and share the resource as featured content. Featured resources include a Featured banner as part of the resource, and Featured content displays at the top of the Search page.

 

Commons Featured Content Button

 

Note: This feature does not affect resources featured by Instructure. Admins can choose to disable content featured by Instructure in Account Settings.

 

 

Courses

New Instructor Tutorial Page Additions

This feature is used in conjunction with an existing feature option in Canvas. Please view the content below for additional details. For more information about feature options, please see the Canvas Release Notes FAQ.

               

Feature Functionality Details                                                  

New User Tutorials Feature Option

Affected Canvas Areas

Announcements, Assignments, Collaborations, Conferences, Discussions, Files, Grades, Course Home Page, Course Import, Modules, Pages, People, Quizzes, Settings, Syllabus

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors

Feature Enhancement Ideas

Existing Tutorial feature ideas

Specified Tag for Feature Ideas

tutorial

 

Summary

New Instructor Canvas tutorials have been added to Outcomes, Rubrics, and New Analytics. A tutorial is also included for the Zoom LTI integration page.

 

Change Benefit
This change adds feature overview information to pages that previously did not include tutorials.

 

Affected User Roles
Instructors
When enabled for an account, New Instructor Tutorials display for instructors in newly created courses. Tutorial pages display in Outcomes, Rubrics, and New Analytics pages to provide additional resources and information about these features. Additionally, because of the number of customers using Zoom as a conferencing tool, the Zoom LTI integration page also includes a tutorial.

 

Instructor Tutorial Outcomes Page

 

Files

Multiple File Upload Enhancements

 

Feature Functionality Details

Files

Affected Canvas Areas

Files

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors

Feature Enhancement Ideas

View existing Files feature ideas

Specified Tag for Feature Ideas

Files

 

Summary

Course Files has been updated to clarify support of drag-and-drop functionality.

 

Change Benefit

This change helps users more easily discover how to upload multiple files to Canvas.

 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

All Users

The Course Files page and User Files page have been updated with minor adjustments to clarify support of drag-and-drop functionality in the main page and within individual folders.

 

Empty folders show how to upload multiple files within the page or how to choose files from a computer.

 

Drop Files Here to Upload notice in Course Files

 

For existing folders that contain files, files can be added by dragging and dropping files anywhere in the folder window. 

 

Existing files Drag and Drop notice in Course Files

 

New Quizzes

Quiz Engine Option

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.

            

Feature Functionality Details

New Quizzes LTI

Affected Canvas Areas

Quizzes, Assignments

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors

Feature Enhancement Ideas

Existing New Quizzes feature ideas

Specified Tag for Feature Ideas

New quizzes

 

Summary

Instructors using New Quizzes can set their preferred quiz engine for each course.

 

Change Benefit

This change allows a quiz engine selection to persist.

 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

Instructors

When an instructor selects the Add Quiz button in the Quizzes page, the page displays a window asking which quiz type should be used to create a quiz: Classic Quizzes or New Quizzes. Once a quiz engine is selected, the next time the instructor clicks the Add Quiz button, Canvas displays the quiz creation page for the selected tool.

 

Note: This preference applies to each course individually. 

 

Quiz Engine save preference checkbox

 

Instructors can reset the selected quiz engine through the Settings menu in the Quizzes page. This option resets the quiz engine so the instructor can select a different quiz engine.

 

Quiz engine reset option in Quizzes page

 

 

 

 

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Date
2020-04-15Release Notes Published
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