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Canvas Deploy Notes (2022-01-05)

Canvas Deploy Notes (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 by feature. To view functionality according to user role, please see View Canvas Features by User Role.

Fixed bugs are located in Known Issues. For related issues resolved in this deploy, view the 2022-01-05 Known Issues tag.

 

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Deploy Notes Change Log

 

Interface Updates

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People

User Suspension Link

 

User Roles

Admins | Canvas Features by User Role

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected Feature Areas

People (Account)

Permissions

User - manage login details

Feature Q&A

Releases Q&A: 2022-01-015 Account User Suspension Link

Related Idea Conversation

Log Off all Devices


Summary

The User Details page allows admins to suspend or reactivate logins for individual users.

Change Benefit

This change allows admins to manage user access to Canvas.

Affected User Roles

Admins

Feature Workflow

The User Details page includes a Suspend User link. When selected, a window will display confirming the action, as suspending the user from the account will remove all access to all authorized systems from all their logins. The user will not be able to access Canvas using any login method from any previously authorized tool, such as a mobile device. 

Suspend User LinkSuspend User Link

Suspended logins display an alert icon. The user can be reactivated by selecting the Reactivate User link. A window will display confirming the action, as reactivation allows all logins for the user to log in to Canvas and regain access to previously authorized API integrations.

Reactivate User LinkReactivate User Link

Additional Details

User suspension and reactivation is also supported in the SIS Export report, the Users API, and the SIS Import Format Documentation Users.csv. If multiple states exist for multiple logins, the interface may display both Suspend User and Reactivate User options. However, selecting either link in the interface will affect all logins.

 

LTI Tools

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Conferences

Conferences Link Name Transition

Affected LTI Tools

BigBlueButton, Adobe Connect

User Roles

Instructors, Observers, Students | Canvas Features by User Role 

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected Feature Areas

Conferences


Summary

The Conferences wording included in BigBlueButton and Adobe Connect Course Navigation Links has been removed.

Change Benefit

This change completes the process of transitioning conferences Course Navigation Links to display the name of each tool. 

Affected User Roles

All Users

Feature Workflow

The Conferences Course Navigation Link has been replaced with the name of an institution’s conferences provider. No functionality has been affected.

Institutions using BigBlueButton conferences will see the Course Navigation Link as BigBlueButton. Additionally, for institutions using Adobe Connect, the Course Navigation Link displays as Adobe Connect.

Course Navigation Conference Tool LinksCourse Navigation Conference Tool Links

Additional Details

This change was originally introduced in the 2021-08-04 Canvas Deploy Notes.

Zoom, WebEx, and other conference tools already display their tool names independently in the Course Navigation Menu and are not affected.

Conference LTI links can be hidden in the Course Navigation Menu on a course-by-course basis if needed. Additionally, admins can contact their Customer Success Manager to remove one or more links for their entire account.

 

Dashboard

BigBlueButton List View Dashboard Conference Links

 

Affected LTI Tools

BigBlueButton

User Roles

Observers, Students | Canvas Features by User Role 

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected Feature Areas

Dashboard List View


Summary

In the List View of the Dashboard, calendar events that include a BigBlueButton link in the description or location field display a Join Conference button. 

Change Benefit

This change allows students to view scheduled BigBlueButton conferences and join conferences directly from the List View Dashboard.

Affected User Roles

Students

Feature Workflow

If a BigBlueButton conference is created for a course as a calendar event, the event displays in the List View Dashboard for students. If the Join Conference icon is solid and green, the conference is currently active. If the button is lined and gray, the conference is not currently active.

Additional Details

Additional Conference providers were originally added as part of the 2021-11-20 Canvas Release Notes.

Conference providers can be enabled via LTI tools. Additional details can be found in the Web Conferencing Resources Community page.

 

Feature Previews

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New Quizzes

Content Import Terminology Adjustment

 

Feature Preview

New Quizzes Feature Preview

User Roles

Admins, Instructors | Canvas Features by User Role

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected Feature Areas

Content Import

Feature Q&A

Releases Q&A: 2022-01-05 New Quizzes Content Import Terminology Adjustment 

User Group

New Quizzes User Group


Summary

The Import Assessment Content as New Quizzes checkbox has been replaced as the Import Existing Quizzes as New Quizzes checkbox.

Change Benefit

This change clarifies that quizzes are the only content type that are being imported via the New Quizzes engine.

Affected User Roles

Admins, Instructors

Feature Workflow

When an institution has enabled the option to import quizzes as New Quizzes, supported Course Import options display the checkbox to import assessments as New Quizzes. The checkbox has been updated for clarification.

Import Content CheckboxImport Content Checkbox

Additional Details

The option to migrate existing quizzes during a course import or course copy only displays via the New Quizzes Migration During Course Import/Copy feature option. Canvas admins can contact their Customer Success Manager to enable this feature option.

Migration improvements regarding question banks in New Quizzes will be announced on 2021-12-22 via the user group.

 

 

 

 

 

Deploy Notes Change Log

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Date  
2021-12-17 Published Deploy Notes
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