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Upcoming Canvas Changes [Archive]

Periodically functionality will be added, changed, or removed in Canvas. Announcements are made in Release Notes on an ongoing basis. Other changes may not be directly related to Canvas, such as browser updates, which are not associated with Canvas releases.

This document outlines the summary of all previously announced changes that may have affected Canvas customers.

Current announcements can be found in Upcoming Canvas Changes

Document Change Log

 

2020-07-18

Change Type Previous Announcement Date Change Description Resource
{Ready Release} + Monthly Release Enforcements 2020-03-23 Multiple Features Indicated feature options introduced in monthly Canvas Releases or in Canvas Ready Releases will be enforced for all accounts:
  • Allow Blueprint Publishing After Association
  • Assignment Allowed Attempts
  • Assignment Bulk Editing
  • Direct Share
  • Mute Notifications by Course
  • Help for Unpublished Courses
  • Module File Upload Enhancements
  • Responsive Options
  • Rubrics in Course Navigation
July 2020 Canvas Feature Enforcements

 

2020-05-02

Change Type Change Description Effective Date Resource
End of Life SMS Notification Types Except Announcements, Grades

Only Announcements and Grading notification types can be enabled as SMS notifications in Canvas.

This change is affected by COVID-19. For concerns regarding this change, customers should contact their Customer Success Manager.

Enforcement: 2020-05-02

How do I set my Canvas notification preferences as a student?

How do I set my Canvas notification preferences as an instructor?

 

2020-04-08

Change Type Change Description Effective Date Resource
Deprecation SMS Notification Types Except Announcements, Grades

All SMS notification types are deprecated except Announcements and Grading notification types. Institutions should transition to the Canvas mobile apps.

This change is affected by COVID-19. For concerns regarding this change, customers should contact their Customer Success Manager.

Enforcement: 2020-05-02

How do I set my Canvas notification preferences as a student?

How do I set my Canvas notification preferences as an instructor?

 

2020-03-28

Change Type Change Description Effective Date Resource
{Ready Release} + Monthly Release Preview Announcements Multiple Features

Beginning 2020-03-28, various features will be introduced in Ready Releases, which are in addition to regular Canvas releases. Unless otherwise indicated, these feature options will be opt-in (when available) until July 2020.

In addition, features in regular monthly releases (beginning 2020-04-18) will also be opt-in until July 2020 as indicated.

Enforcement: 2020-07-18 Ready Release Features page

 

2020-02-18

Change Type Previous Announcement Date Change Description Resource
End of Life 2019-12-21 Live Events: New Quizzes New Quizzes events have been set to inactive. See documentation in the Data Services Portal

 

2020-01-18

Change Type Previous Announcement Date Change Description Resource
End of Life 2019-05-11 Gradebook The existing Gradebook will be removed from Canvas and replaced by the New Gradebook.

Instructor Guide - Grades Chapter

Student Guide - Grades Chapter

End of Life 2019-08-26 Canvas Data The muted column in the assignment_dim table will be removed from the Canvas Data schema. Canvas Data Release Notes (2019-08-26)
Enforcement 2019-09-21 Multiple Feature Options

Multiple Feature Options will be enforced for all accounts.

  • Rubric Criterion Range: Includes a checkbox in rubric criterions to create a range
  • Student Context Cards: Displays student context cards anywhere in Canvas that includes a student link
  • Enable Dashboard Images for Courses: Adds an Image box in Course Settings (Course Details tab) and allows instructors to select a decorative image for the course card
 
End of Life 2019-11-16 Legacy Training Portal The Canvas Community Legacy Training Portal will be removed and replaced by the Training Services Portal located in the Canvas Help Menu.

Guide: Canvas Training Services Portal 2.0

Training Services Portal Overview

 

2019-12-21

Change Type Previous Announcement Date Change Description Resource
Enforcement 2019-09-21 Live Events Payloads All events will be compressed to allow for smaller payloads. All data elements with null values will be omitted from events payloads.  

 

Change Type Change Description Effective Date Resource
Deprecation Live Events: New Quizzes New Quizzes events will be set to inactive. End of Life: 2020-02-18 See documentation in the Data Services Portal

 

2019-11-16

Change Type Change Description Effective Date Resource
Deprecation Legacy Training Portal The Canvas Community Legacy Training Portal is deprecated; institutions should use the Training Services Portal located in the Canvas Help Menu. End of Life: 2020-01-18 Guide: Canvas Training Services Portal 2.0

Training Services Portal Overview

 

2019-10-22

Change Type Previous Announcement Date Change Description Resource
End of Life 2019-07-08 Firefox ESR 60

Firefox ESR 60 is replaced by Firefox ESR 68.

Users who have not upgraded will not be able to use Firefox ESR 60 as a browser.

Firefox ESR release cycle | Firefox for Enterprise Help

Firefox Release Calendar - MozillaWiki 

What are the browser and computer requirements for Canvas?

 

2019-09-21

Change Type Change Description Effective Date Resource
Deprecation Live Events Payloads

All events will be compressed to allow for smaller payloads. All data elements with null values will be omitted from events payloads.

Caliper is already getting compressed by default; all properties in Caliper event with the null value get omitted from Caliper payload.

Per API guidelines, this change provides a transition period for users to adjust custom applications. Existing functionality will be removed in the December 21 release and all events will be compressed by default.

Enforcement: 2019-12-21  
Preview Multiple Feature Options

Multiple Feature Options are being enforced for all accounts on the indicated enforcement date.

  • Rubric Criterion Range: Includes a checkbox in rubric criterions to create a range
  • Student Context Cards: Displays student context cards anywhere in Canvas that includes a student link
  • Enable Dashboard Images for Courses: Adds an Image box in Course Settings (Course Details tab) and allows instructors to select a decorative image for the course card
Enforcement: 2020-01-18  

 

2019-08-26

Change Type Change Description Effective Date Resource
Deprecation Canvas Data The muted column in the assignment_dim table is deprecated. End of Life: 2020-01-18 Data Release Notes (2019-08-26

 

2019-07-08

Change Type Change Description Effective Date Resource
Deprecation Firefox ESR 60

Firefox ESR 60 is deprecated by Firefox; users should upgrade to ESR 68.

The warning banner that alerts users about an outdated browser will be re-enabled in Canvas on 25 September 2019. Any users accessing Canvas with Firefox below version 68 will see the warning banner once per session.

If automatic updates are enabled, Firefox will update to Firefox ESR 68 automatically. Otherwise, admins must upgrade to ESR 68 before 22 October 2019.

End of Life: 2019-10-22

Firefox ESR release cycle | Firefox for Enterprise Help 

Firefox Release Calendar - MozillaWiki 

What are the browser and computer requirements for Canvas? 

 

2019-05-11

Change Type Change Description Effective Date Resource
Deprecation Gradebook The existing Gradebook is deprecated; institutions should enable the New Gradebook. End of Life: 2020-01-18

Instructor Guide - Grades Chapter

Student Guide - Grades Chapter

 

 

 

Document Change Log

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Date  
2020-07-20 Added entries for 2020-03-28 and 2020-07-18
2020-04-18 Added entries for 2020-04-08 and 2020-05-02
2020-02-18 Added deprecation entry from 2019-12-21 and added entry from 2020-02-18
2020-01-20 Added entries for 2019-05-11, 2019-08-26, Multiple Feature Options entry from 2019-09-21, 2019-11-16, 2020-01-18
2019-12-23 Added entry for 2019-09-21 and 2019-12-21 (Live Events Payloads)
2019-10-25 Created archive document; added entries for 2019-07-08 and 2019-10-22
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