Canvas Beta Release Notes (2016-08-15)

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In this beta release, Canvas has new features in Course Settings and User Settings. Feature updates are available in Account Settings, the Calendar, and Global Navigation, and small design updates have also been made to other Canvas features.

 

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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Course Settings

Dashboard Course Images

This feature is used with the Enable Dashboard Images for Courses feature option, which can be enabled by an institutional admin in Account Settings.

Course cards on the Dashboard can contain an image as uploaded through Course Settings. Images can be dragged and dropped into the browser window or uploaded from a computer. Accepted images include JPG, JPEG, GIF, and PNG files. Larger images may take a few seconds to process. Images can also be added from Flickr; the search field displays image results with a Creative Commons public domain license.

 

After an image has been uploaded, the image automatically displays in the Course Details page. The image display shown in Course Details is true to size; for best practice, images should be approximately 262 pixels wide by 146 pixels high.

 

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Once the Course Details page is saved, the Dashboard image displays in the course card behind the course color. As with all courses shown in the Dashboard and Calendar, instructors cannot control the course color. Colors are automatically assigned by Canvas, though users can change the course color at any time.

 

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release-notes-feature-idea-icon.png Canvas Community contributions: use pictures for courses

 

User Settings

Underline All Links Feature Option

This feature is used with the Underline Links feature option, which can be enabled by any user in User Settings.

Users can view all Canvas links without having to enable high contrast mode. When enabled, this feature underlines hyperlinks in navigation menus, the Dashboard, page sidebars, and text.

 

Note: Currently, the high contrast option also generates underline links, but this functionality will be removed in a future release.

 

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  Updated Features

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Account Settings

Customized Default Help Links

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

 

Admins can disable and reorder default help links in Canvas. Available at the account level only, this feature enables admins to better customize the Help menu for their institutions.

 

To move an available link up or down in the menu list, click the up or down arrow. To delete an available link, click the delete icon. For each link, faded icons mean the link item cannot be changed, so some actions may not be available. For instance, custom links can be edited, but default links cannot be renamed.

 

  • Ask Your Instructor a Question (students only) Search the Canvas Guides, and Report a Problem links can be deleted and re-added at any time.

  • Ask the Community (instructors and admins only) and Submit a Feature Idea links always appear at the end of the menu. These links currently cannot be deleted or moved.

  • The Help menu links also display when a user accesses the Help link in the Login page. However, even when enabled, Ask Your Instructor a Question and Ask the Community links are never part of the Help menu in the Login page since the Login page does not associate a user by role.

 

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Links that are deleted from the Help Menu can be added back to the menu at any time. Available links display in the Add Link menu. Links that are in gray text are already included as part of the menu listing.

 

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release-notes-feature-idea-icon.png Canvas Community contributions: edit order of help menu links

 

Calendar

Calendar Event Edits

After an event has been created, instructors can move the event from one calendar to another. To move an event, open the event in the calendar, click the Edit button, and select the new calendar in the Calendar drop-down menu.


Notes: In the Edit menu, calendar changes cannot be made for section-specific events, assignments, and Scheduler appointments.

 

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release-notes-feature-idea-icon.png Canvas Community contributions: move calendar events

 

Global Navigation

Help Menu Placement

The Help icon displays as the last item in the Global Navigation menu instead of being placed at the bottom of the page. This update helps users be able to view the Help icon as part of the entire Global Navigation Menu and be accessed more easily. Additionally, to align with other Global Navigation features, the Help icon displays a navigation menu instead of a modal window. Help links are not affected and display according to the links set for the Canvas account.

 

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release-notes-feature-idea-icon.png Canvas Community contributions: custom menu options and help menu placement

 

Global Navigation Width

The Global Navigation Menu has been redesigned for smaller screen resolutions. This update helps the Global Navigation Menu be more adaptive to future enhancements. When the browser window size is reduced to a tablet width, the Global Navigation Menu narrows and the icon menu names are hidden.

 

 

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Account Settings

Button Updates

The buttons for adding an account feature in Account Settings match similar button styles throughout Canvas. Updates are included in the sidebar for adding a new course or user, as well as in the Settings, Admin, Announcements, and Apps tabs.

 

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Assignments

Index Page Style Update

The Assignments index page includes an updated design. Instead of all assignment data being grouped in columns in the same content line, data has been reorganized for easier readability. No functionality has been affected.

  • Individual assignment items include a larger icon and additional whitespace.

  • All page content is responsive within a browser window. Assignment names are no longer truncated; long assignment titles wrap to the next line. Assignment content, such as module name, availability dates, due date, and point value, has been moved below the assignment title.

  • For instructors, published assignments also include a green bar for easier recognition.

 

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Conferences

Index Page Style Update

The Conferences index page includes an updated design. Instead of all conferences data being grouped in columns in the same content line, data has been reorganized for easier readability. No functionality has been affected.

  • Individual conference items include additional whitespace.

  • All page content is responsive within a browser window. Conference names are no longer truncated; long names wrap to the next line. Conference content, such as the conference date and description, has been moved below the assignment title.

 

Conferences-Index-Page-Update.png

 

Modules

Index Page Style Update

The Modules index page includes an updated design. Instead of all module data being grouped in columns in the same content line, data has been reorganized for easier readability. No functionality has been affected.

  • Individual module items include a larger icon and additional whitespace.

  • All page content is responsive within a browser window. Assignment names are no longer truncated; long assignment titles wrap to the next line. Module content, such as assignment availability dates, due date, and point value, has been moved below the content item title.

  • For instructors, published module items also include a green bar for easier recognition.

 

Modules-Index-Page-Update.png

 

release-notes-feature-idea-icon.png Canvas Community contributions: allow wrap-around text for content items

 

Quizzes

Index Page Style Update

The Quizzes index page includes an updated design. Instead of all quiz data being grouped in columns in the same content line, data has been reorganized for easier readability. No functionality has been affected.

  • Individual quiz items include a larger icon and additional whitespace.

  • All page content is responsive within a browser window. Quiz names are no longer truncated; long quiz titles wrap to the next line. Quiz content, such as availability dates, due date, and point value, has been moved below the content item title.

  • For instructors, published quizzes also include a green bar for easier recognition.

 

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Rich Content Editor

Keyboard Shortcut Icon

The keyboard shortcut icon has been changed to a keyboard icon. This icon complements the keyboard icon shown in the Gradebook and in SpeedGrader.

 

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Sidebar Updates

This update applies to institutions using the Use remote version of Rich Content Editor and Sidebar feature option, which currently only affects the sidebar in Pages and the Syllabus.

 

The sidebar feature option has currently been disabled for institutions also using the Require Usage Rights for Uploaded Files feature option; more information will be available in a future release.

In the Rich Content Editor sidebar Links tab, the Wiki Pages link has been renamed to Pages. This update helps align terminology throughout Canvas. Additionally, pagination in each content section has been increased from 10 to 50 content items.

 

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release-notes-feature-idea-icon.png Canvas Community contributions: consistent naming in Canvas

 

Rubrics

Button Placement

The Cancel and Create/Update Rubric buttons have been moved to the left side of the Rubrics page.

 

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release-notes-bug-fix-icon.png This change resolves a fixed bug in Canvas:

When a user created or updated a rubric with a large number of ratings, the Create or Update Rubric button overlapped into the sidebar. This behavior occurred for users who created or updated rubrics in small browser windows. Canvas code has been updated to move the rubric buttons to the left side of the rubric window.

 

 

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API

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

 

Courses API

In the Courses API, users can view the public description in the include parameter and return the course time zone.

 

Additionally, users can view if a course has enabled the multiple grading periods feature option as part of a current grading period. When the current grading period scores argument is passed, the course includes the multiple_grading_periods_enabled attribute. This argument is ignored if the course is configured to hide final grades or if the total_scores argument is not included.

 

release-notes-feature-idea-icon.png Canvas Community contributions: allow course time zone in API

 

Assignments API

In the Assignments API, users can filter unsubmitted and ungraded assignments. For an individual student, the API shows which assignments have not been submitted by the student and which assignments have not been graded by the instructor.

 

Calendar Events API

In the Calendar Events API, users can set a course timetable, get course timetable, and create or update events directly for a course timetable.

 

Developer Keys

Multiple Redirect URIs

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

 

Developer keys can have multiple redirect URIs (legacy redirect URI and multiple redirect URIs). This feature can only be added by editing existing developer keys.

 

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LTI

External Link Launch

Users can set LTI links in Course Navigation and embedded in the Rich Content Editor to launch into a new tab.

 

  • Links embedded in the RCE via Content Item specifying to open in a new tab would open in a new tab, but include the Canvas chrome. This behavior has been modified to only open the LTI content in the new tab.
  • Tools that use course navigation placements can specify the launch behavior to open into a new tab by adding the following in the XML configuration:

"<lticm:property name="windowTarget">_blank</lticm:property>"

 

release-notes-feature-idea-icon.png Canvas Community contributions: LTI links open to new tab/window

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