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Canvas Deploy Notes (2020-05-23)

Canvas Deploy Notes (2020-05-23)

Deploys may take place weekly to align with temporarily deploy adjustments as announced in COVID-19 Updates to Canvas Releases and Deploys. Otherwise, deploys take place every two weeks.

Canvas deploys contain code changes that are intended to fix bugs, improve performance, and prepare for new features, but they do not affect customer workflows. These deploys take place every two weeks and can be tested in the beta environment before the production deploy date indicated in the title of this document. Intended changes in workflow are noted in the Canvas Release Notes published monthly.

Deploy notes may include notable fixed bugs, bugs included in the Current Canvas Issues page, and additional updates that do not affect user functionality.

Deploy Notes Change Log

Other Updates


New Rich Content Editor

Auto-Save Duration Update

The New Rich Content Editor Auto-Save duration has been extended from 1 hour to 1 day.  The Auto-Save feature is currently only available in the New Rich Content Editor and enabled by an individual feature option.

Fixed Bugs




When the Assignment Allowed Attempts feature option is enabled and no more submissions attempts are available for an assignment, the disabled Submit button shown to students can be read by screen readers.


Product Tours Feature and Arrow Keys

Enabling the Product Tours feature option does not affect the use of left and right arrow keys.

Explanation: When the Product Tours feature option was enabled for an account, the left and right arrow keys became unresponsive in the text boxes where titles are edited for items in a course. This behavior also affected text areas in the Help Menu. Canvas code has been updated to correct the behavior of arrow keys.


Global Announcements and Recent Activity View

Global Announcements are removed when dismissed from the Recent Activity view in the Dashboard.

Explanation: When the Recent Activity view was selected in the Dashboard, dismissing a global announcement appeared to succeed, but the announcement returned to the page after the page was refreshed. Canvas code has been updated to remove announcements after they are read in the Recent Activity view.


Concluded Courses and File Upload Quiz Questions

File submissions can be downloaded from a quiz in a concluded course.

Explanation: When a course was concluded by term dates, instructors were not able to select the Download All Files option from quizzes that included a File Upload Question. Canvas code has been updated to allow quiz file submissions to be downloaded from concluded courses.

Multiple User Roles and Classic Quiz Icon

Classic Quizzes are displayed as outlined quiz icons in the Assignments and Quiz pages for users with multiple roles.

Explanation: When a user with at least one student enrollment in any course viewed a Classic Quiz assignment, the Classic Quiz icon displayed as a solid icon as if it were a quiz created with the New Quizzes engine. If the user role is anything other than a student, the icons displayed correctly in the Modules page but not in the Assignments and Quizzes page. Canvas code has been updated to display quiz icons according to the quizzing engine and regardless of a user’s role.

Source Code Summary


To view a summary of all code included in the deploy, please see the Deploy Source Code Summary (2020-05-23) reference sheet.

Deploy Notes Change Log



Deploy Notes Published

Added—Fixed Bugs

  • Quizzes: Concluded Courses and File Upload Quiz Questions

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Extending the auto save feature to a full day is very helpful! 

Hi, all,

Deploy notes are available for our next deploy: