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svigallon
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Did Canvas stop working on this tool?

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New features are being introduced for the old Assignments tool, such as the webcam pics and student annotations, but they don't work in Assignment Enhancements. No word in the release notes about this. Anyone know if Assignment Enhancements will be kept up to date? We made a mistake enabling this tool, but if we go back, there are issues with multiple submission attempts. Furthermore, it's an all or nothing feature, with no Allow option. I'm feeling a bit stuck.

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erik_lysbakken
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This is probably the most anticipated update for Canvas since we started using it at our university in 2017/18 due to the flaws with the current system. And i might be very wrong, but it feels like this project has been on a stand still for the past year and a half based on the user group for the new enhancements. It would be great to get more status updates regarding the new enhancements, what your plans are on features etc.

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GideonWilliams
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I have also noticed that as of last week the timeline feature has been removed. No mention at all why..

It is a great feature and guides the student along. At the moment, it just feels as though the student has been dropped into the assignments halfway through it..

Hoping this gets sorted ASAP and put back to how it was...

jsailor
Instructure
Instructure

@svigallon, we are still very much invested in this work and are actively engaged in making improvements. Also, the added features for webcam capture and student annotations will be added to the assignment enhancements in the near future. 

@GideonWilliams, I am still seeing the basic timeline that  was available previously, but will check in with others to see if there is another that is no longer linked. 

Also, as mentioned, we continue to make improvements, so as you see updates, please let us know how we are doing in ensuring that the flow is clear for students and does not continue to feel like the student has dropped into the assignment halfway through it. 

erik_lysbakken
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This is probably the most anticipated update for Canvas since we started using it at our university in 2017/18 due to the flaws with the current system. And i might be very wrong, but it feels like this project has been on a stand still for the past year and a half based on the user group for the new enhancements. It would be great to get more status updates regarding the new enhancements, what your plans are on features etc.

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Hi, erik_lysbakken! I have recently taken over as the product lead on this project and have a blog post coming soon. In that post, I will detail the work that we've done as well as provide some updates on what you can expect to see in the near future. Please be on the lookout for that post. It will be linked to this space. 

svigallon
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@jsailor Hi Jody. I know you probably can't say much, but I thought I'd ask anyway because faculty are asking me: Is there any chance that the webcam capture and student annotations will be added to the assignment enhancements by June 1? That's the start of our summer session.

Hi @svigallon, I don't have exact timelines that I can share at the moment, but both of these are top priorities for our upcoming work in the continued enhancement of this feature. I will make a note to provide an update in the beta group as we make progress on these two items.  

jsailor
Instructure
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Just a quick follow-up to inform that the blog post detailing updates and upcoming work went live this morning. 

cc: @erik_lysbakken@GideonWilliams@svigallon   

GideonWilliams
Community Champion

Many thanks for taking the time to let us know about the updates to this feature.