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Canvas Deploy Notes (2024-01-31)

Canvas Deploy Notes (2024-01-31)

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 Canvas Features by User Role.

Fixed bugs are located in Known Issues. For related issues resolved in this deploy, view the 2024-01-31 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 Release FAQ

Looking to discuss the features in the Deploy Notes? Post a reply in the Features Q&A: Canvas Deploy Notes (2024-01-31)

Table of Contents

Interface Updates

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Admin Tools

Restore Deleted User [Delayed as of 2024-01-31]

Admin

Summary Link

Canvas Features by User Role

Affected Feature Areas

Admin Tools

Account Setting to Enable

None

Permissions

Users - manage login details

Related Ideas

[People] Allow admins to search for and edit deleted objects


Summary

In Admin Tools, the Restore Course tab is renamed Restore Content and Account Admin can restore deleted users.

Change Benefit

This functionality allows administrators to recover deleted users directly within the Canvas interface, eliminating the sole reliance on SIS imports for this process.

Feature Workflow

Admin Tools Restore Content Drop-Down MenuAdmin Tools Restore Content Drop-Down Menu

On the Admin Tools page, the tab is renamed Restore Content [1]. Click the Select a type to Restore drop-down menu and select Users [2].



Authentication

SAML Manual Refresh

Admin

Summary Link

Canvas Features by User Role

Beta Environment Availability

2024-01-22

Affected Feature Areas

Authentication

Account Setting to Enable

None

Permissions

Account-level settings - manage

Related Ideas

None


Summary

On the Authentication page, admin can refresh SAML metadata.

Change Benefit

This update allows the admin to manually refresh the SAML metadata from the user interface.

Feature Workflow

Authentication SAML Refresh Metadata ButtonAuthentication SAML Refresh Metadata Button

On the Authentication page, click the Refresh Metadata button.



Courses

Account Course Hyperlink

Admin

Summary Link

Canvas Features by User Role

Affected Feature Areas

Account Courses

Account Setting to Enable

None

Permissions

Inherent to user

Related Ideas

[Courses] Make Sub-Account Name a Hyperlink in the New Course Search


Summary

In the Account Level Courses page, the sub-account text is hyperlinked.

Change Benefit

This update allows admin to quickly access a specific sub-account.

Feature Workflow

Courses Sub-Account LinkCourses Sub-Account Link

Admin can access sub-accounts using the sub-account link in the account course list.



Modules

Unpublish Module Only

Instructor

Summary Link

Canvas Features by User Role

Affected Feature Areas

Modules

Account Setting to Enable

None

Permissions

Course Content - add/edit

Related Ideas

[Modules] Options to Only Publish/Unpublish the Module

[Modules] Un-Publish module without un-publishing the items within the module


Summary

In Modules, instructors have the option to unpublish a module only. This option is available in the Publish All drop-down menu and individual module drop-down menus.

Change Benefit

This functionality allows instructors to unpublish the module while leaving items within the module still published.

Feature Workflow

Unpublish Module Only OptionUnpublish Module Only Option

In the publishing drop-down menu, instructors have the option to unpublish the module only.



People

Additional Add Login Fields

Admin

Summary Link

Canvas Features by User Role

Affected Feature Areas

User Profile

Account Setting to Enable

None

Permissions

Users - manage login details

Related Ideas

[Accounts] Show extra fields in Add Login screen


Summary

When creating a login in a user’s profile, the following fields have been added to the Add Login modal:

  • SIS ID
  • Integration ID

Change Benefit

This update improves the workflow for adding and editing new logins.

Feature Workflow

Add Login ModalAdd Login Modal

When creating a login for a user, admin can include the SIS ID and Integration ID.


Deleted Users in Search Results [Delayed as of 2024-01-31]

Admin

Summary Link

Canvas Features by User Role

Affected Feature Areas

People

Account Setting to Enable

None

Permissions

Users - view list

Related Ideas

[People] Allow admins to search for and edit deleted objects


Summary

On the Account-level People page, admin can use the Include deleted users in search results checkbox when searching users.

Note: The checkbox does not display if the account has no deleted users. 

Change Benefit

This functionality allows admin to easily search deleted users within the user interface.

Feature Workflow

Include Deleted User in Search Results CheckboxInclude Deleted User in Search Results Checkbox

To include deleted users in a search, select the Include deleted users in search results checkbox.

 

Feature Options

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Enrollments

Temporary Enrollment Ending Workflow State

Admin

Feature Option Name

Temporary Enrollments

Enable Feature Option Location & Default Status

Account (Disabled/Unlocked)

Beta Environment Availability

2024-01-17

Production Environment Availability

2024-01-31

Subaccount Configuration

No

Permissions

Temporary Enrollments-add

In addition, users must have at least one of the following permissions:

Users Designer-add

Users Observer-add

Users Students-add

Users TAs- add

Users Teachers-add

SIS Data - read

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected Areas

Enrollments

Mobile App Support

Not available

Free-for-Teacher Availability

Not available

Feature Option State

Production-ready

Related Ideas

[Enrollments] Temporary Enrollment Pairing: Choose Enrollment State After End Date


Summary

When assigning a temporary enrollment, admin can select an ending workflow state. The default state is Deleted.

Change Benefit

This functionality allows admin to easily assign the state of an ending temporary enrollment.

Feature Workflow

Ending Enrollment State Drop-Down MenuEnding Enrollment State Drop-Down Menu

In the Ending Workflow State drop-down menu, select the desired state.



Section Restrictions

Admin

Feature Option Name

Temporary Enrollments

Enable Feature Option Location & Default Status

Account (Disabled/Unlocked)

Beta Environment Availability

2024-01-17

Production Environment Availability

2024-01-31

Subaccount Configuration

No

Permissions

Temporary Enrollments-add

In addition, users must have at least one of the following permissions:

Users Designer-add

Users Observer-add

Users Students-add

Users TAs- add

Users Teachers-add

SIS Data - read

Affects User Interface

No

Affected Areas

Enrollments

Mobile App Support

Not available

Free-for-Teacher Availability

Not available

Enforcement Date

Production-ready

Feature Option State

2024-01-17


Summary

When a provider is enrolled to a specific section of a course, any creation or editing of a temporary enrollment recipient pairing ensures that the recipient is exclusively restricted to the provider’s course section only.

Change Benefit

This update maintains the limitation of privileges to the course section value for any new or updated temporary enrollments.

Change Log

2024-01-31

Updated feature People: Additional Add Login Fields

2024-01-31

Delayed Admin Tools: Restore Deleted User and People: Deleted Users in Search Results. Also removed additional details from People: Deleted Users in Search Results

2024-01-19

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