Canvas Beta Release Notes (2016-07-25)

Document created by Erin Hallmark Administrator on Jul 25, 2016Last modified by Erin Hallmark Administrator on Aug 6, 2016
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In this beta release, Canvas has a new feature for Assignments, Files, and Reports. Updates are also available in Authentication, Reports, the Rich Content Editor, SpeedGrader, and APIs.

 

Beta features are subject to change based on user feedback and testing.

 

The beta environment is for testing new and updated features, which are subject to change based on user feedback. Learn more about Canvas Beta.

 

  New Features

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Assignments

Final Grade Exclusion

As part of creating or editing an assignment, instructors can choose whether or not assignments count toward the final grade. This feature allows instructors to provide feedback without an assignment counting toward Gradebook calculations. The option to remove assignments from the final grade can be changed at any time on a per-assignment basis. Updates are also available via the Assignments API.

 

Note: This feature is only available in assignments; it does not apply to graded discussions or quizzes.

 

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When an assignment is removed from total grade calculations, the assignment displays a banner in the assignments page and assignment details page indicating that the assignment does not apply to the final grade.

 

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The Gradebook displays a warning icon for assignments that do not apply to the final grade. Selected assignments are excluded from Gradebook calculations in the Total Grade column.

 

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The student Grades page also displays the same icon showing the assignment does not apply to the final grade.

 

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release-notes-feature-idea-icon.png This feature was originally suggested by the Canvas Community.

 

 

Files

Read-only Submissions Folder

This feature is an account-level feature option that must be enabled by a Canvas Customer Success Manager (CSM). If you are a Canvas admin, please contact your CSM for assistance. Additionally, once this feature is enabled, it cannot be turned off.

Admins can require student assignment submissions to be stored in a read-only Submissions file folder within User Files. This folder ensures a permanent archive of a student's assignment submissions in Canvas that cannot be deleted by the student. Currently, copies of submissions are stored in the student’s Unfiled folder, which contains both assignment and non-assignment submissions.

 

When a student uploads a file for an assignment, or if a student uses a file that is already uploaded in his or her user files, Canvas copies the file submission into a new User Files folder called Submissions. Indicated by a lock icon, this read-only folder contains all the student’s assignment submission files. The Submissions folder is organized into subfolders according to course name; files cannot be moved or deleted, but students can preview and download the files. Submission folder files are not counted against the user files quota.

 

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For new uploaded group submissions, Canvas creates a read-only Submissions folder in the Group files.

 

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After the Submissions Folder feature is enabled, only newly submitted assignments will appear in the Submissions folder. However, the Unfiled folder still retains any previously submitted submission files, which cannot be modified or deleted. The Unfiled folder will also continue to store any files not associated with an assignment, such as a user’s attachments to a non-graded discussion.

 

As part of a folder object, the Files API also shows if the submission folder exists for user files.

 

Reports

Multiple Grading Period (MGP) Grade Export Report

Account-level features are not available in Free-for-Teacher accounts.


Account-level reports include the MGP Grade Export Report. Admins whose institutions are using grading periods can use this report to show grading period grades (and overall course grades) for each student enrolled in a given term. The resulting CSV file will have one row per enrollment.

 

 

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Authentication

SAML Federated Attributes

Account-level features are not available in Free-for-Teacher accounts.

 

SAML authentication supports federated attributes, which complements JIT provisioning. When users log into Canvas, more information beyond just ID is passed to Canvas, and that information is associated with their existing user accounts. Additional information includes display name, email, given name, integration ID, locale, name, sis user ID, sortable name, surname, and time zone. More information can also be found in the Authentication Providers API.

 

Reports

Enrollments Provisioning Report Base Role Type

Account-level features are not available in Free-for-Teacher accounts.

 

In the Provisioning report, the Enrollments CSV includes a column for the base role type. This column helps admins view the base role inherited by any custom enrollment role. Base roles include student, teacher, TA, observer, and designer.

 

Rich Content Editor

Track Whitelist

The Rich Content Editor supports the track tag, which supports captions in media files.

 

SpeedGrader

UI Updates

In SpeedGrader, the primary navigation buttons have been moved to the right side of the menu bar to be more closely associated with the most frequently used features in Speedgrader. Navigating from student to student is now located directly above the sidebar.

 

The less frequently used navigation buttons have been moved to the left side of the menu bar, including the link to return to the Gradebook, mute the assignment, view keyboard shortcuts, view the help menu, change gradebook settings, and view assignment details and grading statistics.

 

Note: The help menu icon matches the help icon set by a Canvas admin, so icons may vary across accounts.

 

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release-notes-feature-idea-icon.png This feature contains multiple ideas originally suggested by the Canvas Community.

 

Comment Drafts

If an instructor creates a comment in SpeedGrader and navigates to another submission without submitting the comment, or refreshes the page, SpeedGrader autosaves the comment and notifies the instructor it has been saved as a draft. The instructor can go back to the student’s submission and submit the comment at a later time. Comments cannot be viewed by students when in draft.


Note: Currently, draft comments cannot be edited, but they can be deleted or submitted at any time.

 

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Gradebook Enrollment Settings

SpeedGrader displays assignment submissions for students according to the enrollment settings in the Gradebook. If an instructor displays inactive enrollments in the Gradebook, SpeedGrader shows inactive student submissions as part of the SpeedGrader student drop-down menu. Likewise, if an instructor displays concluded enrollments in the Gradebook, SpeedGrader shows concluded student submissions.

 

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For group assignments where students are graded as a group, the group displays as long as there is at least one active student in the group. If there are no active students in the group, the group displays if one group member aligns with the enrollment settings in the Gradebook.


For group assignments where students are graded individually, individual student submissions display according to the enrollment settings in the Gradebook.

 

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release-notes-feature-idea-icon.png This feature was originally suggested by the Canvas Community.

 

 

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API

For details about using Canvas APIs, please see the Canvas API Policy page.

 

Announcements API

In the Announcements API, users can list announcements in a given course and date range. This API is specific to announcements, though the Discussion Topics API also operates on announcements.

 

Courses API

In the Courses API, the include[] parameter supports tabs, which includes the list of tabs, or course navigation links, configured for each course. Tabs can also be used in the Tabs API.

 

Groups API

In the Groups API, the include[] parameter supports tabs, which includes the list of tabs configured for each group. Tabs can also be used in the Tabs API.

 

SIS Integration API

In the SIS Integration API, users can view the group_weight as part of an assignment group object.

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