Canvas Release Notes (2020-05-16)

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Upcoming Canvas Changes

 

Feature Enforcements

During this unprecedented time, features introduced as part of a regular release date will be opt-in feature options until July 2020 if supported—some Canvas features do not support feature option functionality. On 18 July 2020, all previously introduced features will become default for all institutions, unless otherwise indicated.

 

2020-06-20

 

      

For more information, please see Upcoming Canvas Changes

                            

In this Canvas release (May 16), All SMS notification types are deprecated except Announcements and Grading notification types. Users should transition to the Canvas mobile apps. This change will be enabled on Saturday, May 2.

 

Feature Options

  • The Confetti for Valid Links feature option displays confetti for instructors who run the link validator on a course and no issues are found. If enabled for their institution, instructors can choose to disable celebrations in User Settings.

 

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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Course Settings

This feature can be enabled in Canvas through a feature option in Account Settings. Please view the content below for additional details. For more information about feature options, please see the Canvas Release Notes FAQ.

                       

Configuration Details

Confetti for Valid Links Feature Options doc

Affected Canvas Areas

Settings

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors

Feature Enhancement Ideas

View existing Course Settings feature ideas

Specified Tag for Feature Ideas

Course settings

Community Idea Contributions

Celebration Animation for 0 errors in Link Validator 

Feature Video

Assignments and Course Settings: Confetti for On-Time Submission and Confetti for Valid Links (2020 Ready Releases) 

 

Summary

Canvas generates a virtual celebration when instructors run the link validator and no issues are found.

 

Change Benefit

This change provides validation to instructors after they’ve verified and resolved course links.

 

Affected User Roles

Instructors

Celebrations take place in Canvas when the Link Validator finds no errors.

 

Confetti in Link Validator

 

If instructors prefer to not have Canvas display celebrations, they can choose to hide all celebration animations in the User Settings page.

 

Note: This User Settings feature option is included for all users and defaults to off. Instructors only need to adjust this feature option if they are seeing celebrations in the link validator page and they want to opt-out of the animations.

 

User Settings Disable Celebrations Option

 

Notifications

SMS Notification Types Deprecation

 

Feature Availability

2020-05-02

Affected Canvas Areas

Notifications

Beta/Test Environment Support

Not supported

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

All Users

Feature Enhancement Ideas

View existing Notifications feature ideas

Specified Tag for Feature Ideas

notifications

Feature Video

Notifications: SMS Notification Types Deprecation (2020-05-16 Release) 

 

Summary

On 2 May, all SMS notification types are deprecated except Announcements and Grading notification types. Remaining notification types can be enabled through other communication channels.

 

Change Benefit

This change provides a better communication experience for all user roles. Other notification types are more consistent and reliable for Canvas users. The timing for this change is affected by COVID-19. Resources regarding other communication channels can be found in the Upcoming Canvas Changes Feature Clarifications page.

 

Affected User Roles

All Users

When users open their Notification Preferences page, all SMS options are disabled except announcements and grading notification types. 

  • Announcements notifications include new announcements in a course
  • Grading notifications include assignment graded and submission grade changed

 

Any unsupported notification type includes a tooltip that notifies users appropriately.

 

Notifications page with changes to SMS

 

Users can set up other communication channels according to their preference and also use the Canvas mobile apps.

 

 

 

 

Release Notes Change Log

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Date
2020-04-27

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2020-04-20Release Notes Published
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