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Canvas Deploy Notes (2021-09-15)

Canvas Deploy Notes (2021-09-15)

On September 17, Canvas deploy notes will be consolidated with the Canvas release notes. This change provides an easier way to view feature updates in one location. Learn more

Canvas deploys contain code changes that are intended to fix bugs, improve performance, and prepare for new features. 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.

Deploy notes indicate notable changes in the deploy.

Fixed bugs are located in Known Issues. For related issues resolved in this deploy, view the 2021-09-15 Known Issues tag.

 

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  • For Canvas Platform Service changes (API, GraphQL, Canvas Data), please see the appropriate page in the Change Log 
  • Other questions? Visit the Canvas Deploy FAQ 


Deploy Notes Change Log

 

Interface Updates

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Account Settings

Global Announcements Ordering


Summary

Global announcements are displayed in descending order by date.

Change Benefit

This change displays the newest announcement at the top of the Announcements list.

Affected User Roles

Admins

 

Assignments

Differentiated Assignments Student Secondary Information


Discussion about this feature is welcome in
Releases Q&A: 2021-09-15 Differentiated Assignments Secondary Information

Summary

The Assign To field displays secondary information to differentiate students with the same name.

Change Benefit

This change provides additional information to differentiate students with the same name who are being added to an assignment.

Affected User Roles

Instructors

Feature Workflow

When an instructor searches for a student name to add to an assignment, any names with an exact match display in the student list. Secondary information for each student, if available, displays in parenthesis after the student’s name.

  • Secondary identifiers are displayed as follows in the following order:
  • The SIS ID is used if the student has a SIS User ID, and the currently logged-in user has permissions to view the SIS User ID
  • The email is used if the student has an email address, and the currently logged-in user has permission to view email.
  • The Login ID is used if the student has a login ID, and the currently logged-in user has permission to view the Login ID.
  • No identifier is shown if none of the previous options are available to the currently logged-in user.

 

Conferences

Conferences Link Update


Summary

The Formerly wording within the Conferences Course Navigation Link has been removed. The Conferences link renaming was previously announced in the 2021-08-04 Canvas deploy.

Change Benefit

This change shortens the wording within the Conferences link and helps ensure design consistency within the Course Navigation Menu.

Affected User Roles

All Users

Conferences LinkConferences Link

 Additional Details

  • The Conferences designation will be removed from the link in the 2021-12-18 Canvas release.
  • These links can be hidden in the Course Navigation Menu on a course-by-course basis if needed.
  • To remove either of these links for the entire account, admins can contact their Customer Success Manager.  

 

Group and Sections Options


Discussion about this feature is welcome in
Releases Q&A: 2021-09-15 Conferences Group and Section Options 

Summary

As part of creating a new conference, the Conferences page includes checkboxes for selecting groups and sections.

Change Benefit

This change allows conference creators to add all members of a specific section or group to a conference.

Affected User Roles

All users with the following permissions: 

  • Web Conferences - create

Feature Workflow

Conference creators can deselect the Invite All box and view specific sections and groups, if available.

  • Sections display if more than one section exists in the course.
  • Group display if more than one group exists in the course.
  • Selecting the checkbox next to a section or group selects all checkboxes next to each of the users in the section or group.
  • If a user is added to a conference via a section or group, the checkbox cannot be deselected for the individual user.


Open Source Contribution:
https://github.com/instructure/canvas-lms/pull/1765

Related Idea Conversation: Creating a Conference for a Single Section

Invite All Course Members CheckboxInvite All Course Members Checkbox

Sections and Groups in ConferencesSections and Groups in Conferences

 

Dashboard

To Do SpeedGrader Link


Summary

The Grade Assignment link in the To Do list opens to SpeedGrader in a new browser tab.

Change Benefit

This change provides consistency within the To Do list, as the link already opens to SpeedGrader with items that need to be graded from the course sidebar.

Affected User Roles

Instructors



Other Updates

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Grades

Responsive Student Grade Page


Summary

The student grades page is responsive in Canvas.

Change Benefit

This change ensures the Grades page is responsive to all browser widths.

Affected User Roles

Instructors, Students

 

Grading Period Gradebook Assignment Loading


Summary

When grading periods are selected, the Gradebook loads assignments for the selected grading period before loading all other assignments. 

Change Benefit

This behavior improves performance in the Gradebook.

Affected User Roles

Instructors




 

Deploy Notes Change Log

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Date  
2021-09-03 Published Deploy Notes

 

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