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Canvas Deploy Notes (2021-12-15)

Canvas Deploy Notes (2021-12-15)


   For the upcoming holidays, the deploy dates are adjusted as follows:

  • The 2021-12-29 deploy has been postponed to 2022-01-05


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 2021-12-15 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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Course Import

Content Import Warning Message


Discussion about this feature is welcome in
Releases Q&A: 2021-12-15 Course Import Warning Message


Summary

As part of course import processes throughout Canvas, Canvas displays a warning message about overwriting existing content. However, the message always displays regardless of whether the actual content was previously imported or not.

Change Benefit

This change reminds users that importing existing content may have adverse effects.

Affected User Roles

Instructors

Feature Workflow

When the Copy To option is selected in Canvas, the Copy To menu includes the message that importing the same course content or export package more than once will overwrite any existing content in the course. The Copy To option is included in Assignments, Modules, and Pages.

Copy To MenuCopy To Menu

Additionally, this same message is displayed when the Course Import option is used in Course Settings to import course content.

 

Course Import WindowCourse Import Window

 

Additional Details

Limitations for the course import tool can also be found in the Canvas Basics Guide, What is the Course Import Tool?


Related Idea Conversation: Course copy confirmation button

 

 

Gradebook Late Policy Support


Discussion about this feature is welcome in
Releases Q&A: 2021-12-15 Course Import Gradebook Late Policy 


Summary

Late Policies are supported in Course Imports.

Change Benefit

This change allows authorized users to copy courses and retain Late Policy settings in the Gradebook.

Affected User Roles

Admins, Instructors

Feature Workflow

When course content is exported into an export package, the Gradebook Late Policy is included in the export. Additionally, if the course is imported or copied to another Canvas course, the Late Policy is also retained as part of the import or copy.

 

Notifications

Notifications Delivery Details


Discussion about this feature is welcome in
Releases Q&A: 2021-12-15 Notifications Delivery Details

Summary

The Notifications page displays the date and time of daily and weekly notifications.

Change Benefit

This change allows users to know what date and time notifications are sent from Canvas, as notification delivery varies among users.

Affected User Roles

All Users

Feature Workflow

The top of the Notifications page includes a banner that displays notification delivery dates and times for each user. Notifications details are displayed for both daily and weekly notifications. The notification can be dismissed from the page if desired.

Notifications Delivery DetailsNotifications Delivery Details

 

Rich Content Editor

Image Options Percentage


Discussion about this feature is welcome in
Releases Q&A: 2021-12-15 Rich Content Editor Image Options Percentage

Summary

Embedded images in the Rich Content Editor can be customized by pixels or percentages.

Change Benefit

This change allows users to enter percentages when changing the size of an image.

Affected User Roles

All Users

Feature Workflow

When an image is added to the Rich Content Editor, the Image Options sidebar includes pixels and percentage options. By default, images are still displayed in pixels. However, the percentage radio button can be selected, and a percentage can be entered to resize the image. Percentages must be a number and must be at least 10%.

Image Options Percentage ButtonImage Options Percentage Button

 

User Settings

To Do SpeedGrader Link Tab Setting


Discussion about this feature is welcome in Releases Q&A: 2021-12-15 User Settings To Do SpeedGrader Link Tab Setting

Summary

User Settings includes an option for managing To Do items in browser tabs.

Change Benefit

This change allows instructors to set their preference on managing To Do tabs in Canvas.

Affected User Roles

Instructors

Feature Workflow

In User Settings, the Feature Options section includes an option to open To Do items in a new tab. This setting is turned on by default. Instructors can disable this option if they prefer to open SpeedGrader links in the existing browser tab.

To Do Items in User SettingsTo Do Items in User Settings

Additional Details

The To Do link change was originally introduced in the 2021-09-15 deploy and affects SpeedGrader links in the Dashboard. This change was intended to provide consistency within the To Do list. This setting allows SpeedGrader links in either location to open in a new tab or in the existing browser tab.

This change does not affect student roles.


Related Idea Conversation:  No new browser tab on To-Do items!

 

 

 

Other Updates

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Course Import

Direct Share Admin Search


To correct contrary behavior for admins also enrolled as teachers, the Direct Share Copy To menu only displays to users who have permission to share course content but who are not admins. When using Direct Share Copy To functionality, admins must search for the name of a course. This behavior is consistent with other areas in Canvas that cannot accommodate searching for admin roles, such as in the Course Import course copy functionality.

Settings

Feature Preview Beta Label Updates


Beta labels have been updated in the Feature Preview pages for both Account and Course Settings. The Beta label represents features that are still in development.

 

 

Feature Previews

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Canvas for Elementary


The Canvas for Elementary feature creates a digital classroom that reflects the physical classroom experience for elementary students. Full details can be found in the
Canvas for Elementary Feature Page.

Homeroom Calendar Important Dates


Discussion about this feature is welcome in
Releases Q&A: 2021-12-15 Elementary Homeroom Calendar Important Dates

Summary

Important Dates can be added for the Homeroom calendar.

Change Benefit

This change allows teachers to select the Mark as Important Date checkbox when creating events for the Homeroom calendar.

Affected User Roles

Teachers

Feature Workflow

When teachers view the Calendar, they can create an event, select the Homeroom calendar, and mark the event as an important date. The calendar event will display in the Important Dates sidebar.

Event Window with Homeroom CalendarEvent Window with Homeroom Calendar

 

 

Missing Items Subject Card Observer Support


Discussion about this feature is welcome in
Releases Q&A: 2021-12-15 Elementary Subject Card Observer Support 


Summary

Missing items display in subject cards for students being observed.

Change Benefit

This change allows observers to view items that are missing for individual students.

Affected User Roles

Observers

Feature Workflow

When observers view the Dashboard and select a specific student they are observing, the subject card displays the number of missing items for the student, if any.

 

Improved Outcomes Management


The Improved Outcomes Management feature provides admins and instructors with improved outcomes creation, navigation, search and import experiences. Full details can be found in the
Canvas Feature Previews page.

Outcomes Friendly Descriptions


Discussion about this feature is welcome in
Releases Q&A: 2021-12-15 Outcomes Friendly Description


Summary

The Outcomes Friendly Description field is included for outcomes shown or created in the Improved Outcomes Management feature.

Change Benefit

This change allows the Outcomes Friendly Description to be visible to parents and students.

Affected User Roles

All Users

Feature Workflow

When creating outcomes, admins and instructors have the option to create a custom, or more friendly description, that is more helpful to students. This separate name field is located below the official description of the outcome, which is still retained for reference within the course. 

The friendly description field is also visible as part of the Find Outcome window.

Admins with permission to manage outcomes can create friendly descriptions for the account and for all courses. Instructors with permission can only create friendly descriptions for outcomes created within their own courses.

Students and parents will be able to view friendly descriptions as part of viewing outcomes in the Student Learning Mastery Gradebook. If a friendly description does not exist for an outcome, the outcome will display the regular description, if available.

Friendly Description Text BoxFriendly Description Text Box

Additional Details

The Learning Mastery Gradebook is a feature option that can be enabled on a course-by-course basis. If this gradebook is not enabled, students and parents cannot view outcomes details.

Friendly descriptions are supported in Outcomes for course imports, course copies, and Blueprint Courses.

Account-level descriptions take precedence over course-level descriptions. If an account has set a friendly description on an outcome, that description is used when viewing the outcome from a course. If a description is added to an account outcome at the course level, and then a description is later added at the account level for the same outcome, the account description takes precedence and overwrites the course description.



 

 

 

 

Deploy Notes Change Log

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Date  
2021-12-21

Other Updates

  • Added Course Import: Direct Share Admin Search
2021-12-03 Published Deploy Notes
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