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Canvas Release Notes (2021-03-20)

Canvas Release Notes (2021-03-20)

Effective March 22, release notes comments will be managed differently to provide a better experience for everyone. For details, please see the Canvas tl;dr blog.

In this Canvas release (March 20), students can use their webcam to submit File Upload assignments. 

In SpeedGrader, instructors can reassign an assignment to an individual student and ask them to redo their submission. In Course Settings, the Participation menu includes an option to select course dates by term or course. Files linked in the Rich Content Editor can be previewed in an overlay or inline.

The Course Files - add / edit / delete permission has been grouped into three separate permissions. Additionally, the Add/Remove Teachers, Designers, TAs permission and the Add/Remove Students permission have been consolidated and separated into individual user permissions. 

Feature Options

  • For institutions using the Learning Mastery Gradebook, the Names menu includes filters for showing inactive and concluded enrollments.

External Tools (LTI)

  • For institutions using the New Quizzes LTI, New Quizzes can be created when adding a quiz to a module.

 

For all resources and feedback information related to this release, see the Release Resources section at the end of this document.

Related Links

 

New Features

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Assignments

Webcam Submissions

 

Feature Functionality Details

N/A

Affected Canvas Areas

Assignments

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Students

Related Idea Conversations

Take a Photo and Submit

Feature Video

Assignments: Webcam Submissions (2021-03-20 Release Notes)

 

Summary

In File Upload assignments, students can use their webcam to submit to an assignment. 

Change Benefit

This change allows students to use their webcam to submit a file upload assignment from the browser and aligns behavior with the Canvas Student app.

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

Students

For File Upload assignments, students have the option to use their webcam for file uploads. The first time they use the feature, they will need to give permission to Canvas to access their computer webcam. Like all other graded submission types, images submitted via the webcam functionality do not count against course or user quota.

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Instructors

Instructors can view uploaded images submitted via a student’s webcam as they see other file uploads in SpeedGrader and anywhere that submissions are available. 



Updated Features

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Course Settings

Course Availability Date Enhancements

 

This feature is enabled for all institutions through a feature option in Account Settings, which can be temporarily disabled until 2021-04-17. Please view the content below for additional details. For more information about feature options, please see the Canvas Release Notes FAQ.

Feature Functionality Details

New Course Availability UI Feature Option (temporary)

Location to Enable Feature

Account Settings, Feature Options

Feature Functionality Details

N/A

Affected Canvas Areas

Course Settings

Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors

Feature Video

Course Settings: Course Availability Date Enhancements (2021-03-20 Canvas Release)

Feature Q&A

Releases Q&A: 2021-03-20 Course Settings

 

Summary

The Participation menu includes an option to select course dates by term or course.

Change Benefit

This change offers clarification for how student participation is managed for a course.

Affected User Roles

Instructors

When an instructor views the Participation section in the Course Settings page, the Participation section displays a menu that defaults to Term dates for new courses. This option sets student course participation to the start and end dates defined for the term.

If preferred, instructors can change course participation to the Course option, where course participation is limited to the course start and end dates, which can be added in the course. Course dates override term dates; however, section dates that exist in the course override course dates.

Course dates default to midnight. If the course is set to end at midnight, the page displays a warning icon.

The Participation option is retained when the Course Settings page is updated.

Notes: 

  • The options to restrict students from viewing the course after the end date and before the start date have not been affected.
  • Existing courses will be set by existing dates. If a course includes custom course dates and the participation checkbox is selected, the new Participation checkbox will be set to the Course option. However, if the participation checkbox in the old interface was not selected to override term dates—even if custom start and end dates were included—the new Participation checkbox will be set to the Term option.

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Modules

New Quizzes Support

 

This feature is used in conjunction with an external tool (LTI) in Canvas. Please view the content below for additional details. For more information about LTI tools, please see the Canvas Release Notes FAQ

Location to Enable Feature

Modules

Feature Functionality Details

New Quizzes LTI

Affected Canvas Areas

Modules

Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Permissions

Course Content - add / edit / delete

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors

Related Idea Conversation

Allow Creating New Quizzes From Modules

Feature Video

Modules: New Quizzes Support (2021-03-20 Release)

 

Summary

New Quizzes can be created as part of adding a quiz to a module.

Change Benefit

This change allows instructors to create quizzes using the New Quizzes LTI in modules.

Affected User Roles

Instructors

When an instructor adds an item to a module and selects a quiz, the Create Quiz option displays both the New Quizzes and Classic Quizzes quiz engines. New Quizzes is the default, but instructors can switch to Classic Quizzes and create a name for the quiz.

Existing quizzes in the module are also identified as a classic quiz if created with the Classic Quizzes quiz engine.

Workflow Change Note: For instructors, clicking a New Quizzes title will now always open the Assignment Details page for the quiz, so that availability adjustments can be made faster.

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Outcomes

Learning Mastery Gradebook Student Filters

 

This feature is used in conjunction with an existing feature option in Canvas. Please view the content below for additional details. For more information about feature options, please see the Canvas Release Notes FAQ.

Location to Enable Feature

Learning Mastery Gradebook

Feature Functionality Details

Learning Mastery Gradebook Feature Option

Affected Canvas Areas

Learning Mastery Gradebook

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors

Feature Video

Learning Mastery Gradebook: Student Filters (2021-03-20 Canvas Release)

 

Summary

The Learning Mastery Gradebook includes filters for inactive and concluded enrollments.

Change Benefit

This change allows instructors to view outcomes data in the Learning Mastery Gradebook for students who no longer have an active enrollment in their course.  

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

Instructors

In the Students menu, instructors can show or hide outcomes data for students with inactive and/or concluded enrollments, along with all active enrollments. By default, data is not shown for inactive and concluded enrollments.

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Permissions

Manage Course Files Granularity

 

Location to Enable Feature

N/A

Affected Canvas Areas

Permissions

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Admins

Community Idea Contributions

In Permissions, Separate "Manage (add/edit/delete) course files" into 3 permissions

Feature Video

Permissions: Course Files and Users (2021-03-20 Canvas Release)

 

Summary

The Course Files - add / edit / delete permission has been grouped into three separate permissions. 

Change Benefit

This change provides granularity among the three options to manage course files. This update does not affect Canvas APIs.

Affected User Roles

Admins

The Course Files add, edit, and delete permissions are grouped in the permissions list as the Manage Course Files permission.

As with other permissions, the row displays icons that represent the permission status for the user role. All three permissions within the group can be managed together by clicking the main icon for the user role. 

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To manage individual permissions within the group, the group can be expanded. Each granular permission that is enabled includes a check mark. Individual permissions for the group can be managed by selecting or deselecting the relevant permission. When the permission includes a mix of enabled and disabled permissions, the main permission status indicates the permission is partially enabled, using a half-filled green circle as the icon.

Course Files - add: add course files

Course Files - delete: delete course files

Course Files - edit: edit course files

Individual permissions for a user role can be changed to the full enabled or disabled state at any time by changing the status for the main permission. 

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Users Granularity 

 

Location to Enable Feature

N/A

Affected Canvas Areas

Permissions

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Admins

Community Idea Contributions

In Permissions, Separate "Add/remove other teacher...

Feature Video

Permissions: Course Files and Users (2021-03-20 Canvas Release)

 

Summary

The Add/Remove Teachers, Designers, TAs permission and the Add/Remove Students permission have been reorganized into individual user permissions.

Change Benefit

This change provides granularity among the options to manage users. This update does not affect Canvas APIs.

Affected User Roles

Admins

Note: The beta environment does not reflect how permissions will be updated in the production environment. As part of the production deploy, Canvas engineers will generate a backend migration to match existing user permissions with the granular permissions. This migration was not done in the beta environment.

The Add/Remove Teachers, Designers, TAs permission and the Add/Remove Students permission have been renamed as Users - Allow Administrative Actions and Users - Manage Students in Course, respectively.

Additionally, the functionality to add and remove users has been reorganized into individual user permissions:

Users - Designers

Users - Observers

Users - Students

Users - TAs

Users - Teachers 

Note: For account roles, the Users - add / remove observers permission is not affected by this change, as that permission manages observer enrollments at the account level.


As with other permissions, the row displays icons that represent the permission status for the user role. All permissions within the group can be managed together by clicking the main icon for the user role. 

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Users Permissions

To manage individual permissions within the group, the group can be expanded. Each granular permission that is enabled includes a check mark. Individual permissions for the group can be managed by selecting or deselecting the relevant permission. When the permission includes a mix of enabled and disabled permissions, the main permission status indicates the permission is partially enabled, using a half-filled green circle as the icon.

Users - Designers: Add / Remove in courses

Users - Observers: Add / Remove in courses

Users - Students: Add / Remove in courses

Users - TAs: Add / Remove in courses

Users - Teachers: Add / Remove in courses

Individual permissions for a user role can be changed to the full enabled or disabled state at any time by changing the status for the main permission. 

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Users - Allow Administrative Actions

The Add / Remove Teachers, Designers, and TAs permission has been renamed to Users - allow administrative actions in courses. This permission manages administrative functionality for all user roles except students. By default, the Teacher and Student TA roles can manage this permission.

This permission includes all existing functionality except for adding or removing users:

  • Allows user to view login ID information for users in the course
  • Allows user to view the People page settings menu for users
  • Allows user to view details for users in the course
  • Allows user to limit students to only view fellow section members

Users - Manage Students in Courses

The Users - add / remove students permission has been renamed to Users - manage students in courses. This permission manages administrative functionality for students. By default, the Teacher and Student TA roles can manage this permission.

This permission includes all existing functionality except for adding or removing students:

  • Allows user to view login ID information for students. 
  • Allows user to view prior enrollments.
  • Allows user to access a user’s settings menu and user details.
  • Allows user to edit a student’s section or role.
  • Allows user to resend course invitations from the Course People page.

 

Rich Content Editor

File Preview Enhancements 

 

Location to Enable Feature

N/A

Feature Functionality Details

N/A

Affected Canvas Areas

Rich Content Editor

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

All Users

Feature Video

Rich Content Editor: File Preview Enhancements (2021-03-20 Canvas Release)

 

Summary

Files linked in the Rich Content Editor can be previewed in an overlay or inline.

Change Benefit

This change allows users to control the display of the file preview. Previously all file previews opened in a new browser tab.

Affected User Roles

All Users

Users who link a file can open the File Options menu and indicate a preview type.

  • Preview in overlay displays the existing file preview functionality, where the file preview opens and overlays the entire page. 
  • Preview inline loads the displays the preview directly in the Rich Content Editor window once the file is clicked. If the option to expand the preview by default is also selected as an option, the file is automatically expanded in the page and the user does not need to click the file to view it. Instead, the user can close the preview by clicking the Minimize Preview link that displays along with the image.

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SpeedGrader

Submission Reassignments

 

Location to Enable Feature

SpeedGrader

Feature Functionality Details

N/A

Affected Canvas Areas

SpeedGrader

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors

Related Idea Conversations

Require resubmit for assignments

Feature Video

SpeedGrader: Submission Reassignments (2021-03-20 Canvas Release)

 

Summary

In SpeedGrader, instructors can reassign an assignment with a due date to an individual student and ask them to redo their submission.

Change Benefit

This change allows instructors to provide feedback and reassign an assignment to an individual student, which places the assignment back in the List View Dashboard as another assignment to complete.

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

Instructors

For online assignments with a due date, instructors can view a Reassign button in SpeedGrader. If they require a student to redo an assignment, they can reassign the assignment directly to the student from within their grading workflow in SpeedGrader. The instructor must first provide feedback regarding the assignment, which will enable the button. The reassignment does not change the original due date for the student.

Notes

  • The Reassign Assignment button is not available for External Tools (LTI), on paper, and no submission assignments.
  • The Reassign Assignment button is only available for assignments with due dates.
  • If an instructor returns to SpeedGrader after navigating away from the page, the Reassign Assignment button shows that the assignment has been reassigned.
  • If the assignment's settings do not allow students to make an additional attempt, the Reassign Assignment shows that the assignment is not able to be reassigned.

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Students

When an assignment is reassigned, students see the assignment in the List View Dashboard with the instructor’s feedback. Students can resubmit the assignment and submit for additional feedback from their instructor.

 

Change Log

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2021-03-16

2021-03-05

 

2021-03-03

 

2021-02-24

Changed—Course Settings: Course Availability Date Enhancements

  • Changed to an account-level feature option, which can be temporarily disabled by a Canvas admin


Changed—Permissions: Users Granularity 

  • Clarified the Users - Add / Remove Students from Courses permission

Added Feature Videos

Added note at top of document announcing release notes comment changes

2021-02-22 Published Release Notes

 

Release Resources

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User Summaries

Release features are summarized for individual roles in the User Summaries page.

Canvas Chat

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New Feature Screencast

View a screencast of all the updates included in this release in the New Feature Screencast page.

tl;dr Podcast & Blogs

Features in this release may be included in product blogs and our product podcast, the Canvas tl;dr. For related links, check the Canvas Release Archive for this release date.

Feature Enhancements

The release notes indicate available functionality for a feature. If you want to see any future development planned for any features included in these notes, please visit the Roadmap. Have an idea you don't see prioritized in the next three months? Visit the Idea Conversations page.

Feature Support

All items listed in the release notes are immediately available for testing in the Canvas beta environment, unless otherwise indicated. If functionality in the beta environment does not match the functionality shown in the release notes, please submit a support case through your institution's preferred method as shown in your Global Navigation Help Menu. The Canvas Support Team can help escalate behaviors that may need to be resolved before they are deployed to the production environment, which takes place on the date of these release notes. When submitting a case, please indicate that the behavior is occurring in the beta environment.

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I see that the "Students can only participate in the course between these dates" checkbox disappeared in the new UI. Is this behavior no longer supported in Canvas?

Can anyone tell me what time today these updates will be available in our production environment? I'm not seeing them yet.

@DorothyLH ...

Look at the section on "Production Environment" in this Guide: What is the Canvas release schedule for beta, prod... - Canvas Community.  The time varies per institution.

After this release, our institution's teachers are being taken to assignment settings when clicking the titles of New Quizzes assessments on the Quizzes tab.  There are also inconsistencies with clicked links to New Quizzes assessments on the Assignments tab; some will go to assignment settings, others to the Build tab.  And the module item link goes to assignment settings, contrary to the release notes above.  I've opened case 07461024 with Canvas Support about this set of contrary behaviors.

@RobDitto  I think that going to the assignment settings is the intention of the latest update.  It is meant to resolve issues for faculty needing to change due dates or points after creating the quiz.  The "edit" page could be more effectively described, but I understood it to mean the page that could only previously be reached by selecting edit on the assignment tab.  Clicking save on the assignment settings forwards to the quiz build page, so it is still easy to get there.  There is discussion about the change here: https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/New-Quizzes-Users/Modules-Support-Adding-New-Quizzes-amp-Release-...

It should be applied consistently though.

@Steven_S, thank you for pointing out that page.  For what it's worth, Canvas Support agrees with you in our case 07461024.  However:

  1. That page you shared isn't linked from the release notes, and its content (including the embedded video) mentions nothing about Quizzes tab.
  2. It seems that only one Instructor Guide page currently shows that links to quizzes from Quizzes tab would also now show assignment details first, and that Save must be pressed.  The guide pages for editing quizzes, or for adding them from module items, say nothing about this requirement.
  3. This change adds mandatory scrolling and clicking in a difficult-to-find location -- one wrapped up with a particularly momentous choice for teachers: whether to Publish a quiz. 
  4. The beta worked differently, at least in my recollection.

If the change were limited to Modules, as the release notes imply, then retraining instructors mid-semester wouldn't be necessary (as it is may be now - I really hope not).

I'm speaking to our CSM tomorrow in order to advocate for a more instructor-friendly treatment of this, and I'm continuing to advocate for the notion that what was released contains contrary behaviors.  Ideally, there will be a further change (better yet, a hotfix!) aimed at reducing the need to retrain due to an almost completely unannounced change to Canvas.

@RobDitto  Maybe the simplest "hotfix" would be to update the "save" button to say "save and open"

The change to have the quiz open the same way everywhere and to have a clear and obvious access to the assignment settings that control the due date and points actually is a very instructor friendly change.  (I know because I am one, and we are not fortunate enough to have someone available to "retrain" us.)

@Steven_S, thanks again -- I certainly don't mean to seem opposed to streamlining and standardizing behaviors of Canvas.

However, our faculty who adopted New Quizzes are experiencing this as unavailability of that tool, and raising urgent problem reports.  I believe relying on Save to access Build and other nearby New Quizzes features simply isn't sufficiently discoverable, based on what our institution is now experiencing.

@RobDitto   if the "save and open" button is not adequately discoverable on its own, even with the name updated to "save and open," do you think that adding an alert bubble to the top of the assignment settings page (lets say for at least a semester) would make the steps clear enough for your faculty? 

The real problem is that all new quiz settings are not accessible in one place, and having access move through one screen to the ensures that all settings are at least accessible.  The previous path to accessing the assignment settings was so obscure that, unless you have been very active in training, I would expect some of your faculty did not know it was possible to change the due date and points after they created a new quiz. 

A step towards more consistency with other (non-external tool) assignments would be to open to a closed assignment screen with an edit button in the top right.  An open button could be added next to that edit button for crystal clear access to the quiz (or other external tool).  But that is more of a change then updating the title of a button and adding an alert.

@RobDitto I'm thrilled about this change to route users through the settings screen when they open a New Quiz. Getting back to that settings screen to make an update was impossible to find once the quiz shell was created. Even as an admin, when staff sent me a url for a quiz with an issue, I typically modified the url to the edit url as that was easier than trying to find my way to the the settings screen through the UI.

The note on this change in workflow was presented more as a passing comment in the release notes, and I do think it should have been lifted up a bit more. I didn't discover it until Friday afternoon when I was grabbing screenshots for my staff update. I haven't heard anything from staff yet, so maybe they actually read my updates!

Not sure if anyone else is experiencing this but starting on Saturday 3/20/21, we have a problem with New Quizzes.

From the instructor or admin view, we cannot access the quiz builder. It only shows us the edit page where you put the due date and link to the New Quizzes LTI. 

I will put in a help desk ticket here soon, and will update later.

 

new quizzes not working, new quizzes not showing, new quizzes LTI broken,

 

UPDATE 3/22/21 12:36pm Central

Thank you @RobDitto @rsasso @audra_agnelly !  Our UI for New Quizzes is missing any navigation to edit the questions. The image below shows how Classic quiz has a Preview, Edit and Student View button. 

  • The work-around to select Save, does work, but this is not intuitive, if a user did not make changes to the details page.
  • The user can also delete “edit?quiz_lti” from the end of the URL of the New quiz details page to get to the quiz builder UI.

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The "participation" change is huge and I would support the idea of postponing the of the enforcing of this enhancement. While in theory it sounds great, and gives us, admins, ability to prevent faculty from changing course dates, in real life for schools like us it will work for Full term classes only. We have classes starting on different dates and running for different number of weeks - all of them assigned to one particular term in ERP. If we will be forced to use participation by Term only - it will create huge issue. I also want to express that that taking away the option to chose start and end time, and making us to manually type it in if we choose by Course participation, doesn't make much sense.

@lyra_stephens, we're experiencing those same problems at our institution. Our Canvas Support case number is 07461024 in case you'd like to reference it.

@audra_agnelly, thanks for mentioning the passing reference -- out of curiosity, where is this?

@RobDitto right above the screenshot of the module interface: "Note: For instructors, any New Quizzes created in Canvas open directly to the Edit page for the quiz."

It is a significant change to the workflow for instructors and should have been presented as an additional change, not an aside to the module updates. It's not very clear in this statement that New Quizzes opens to the edit screen every time, from every place.

What happened to the new overlay option for files with inline preview? I see the Overlay option in Beta but I don't see it in Production. Does anyone else see it in their Production instance? Production was updated two days ago.

@lyra_stephens 

If you click on the Save button after entering the New Quiz Assignment Settings edit page, you will be directed to the build side of the New Quiz. I believe it's the new user-interface for New Quizzes since the 3/20 update.

@Sylvia_Ami 

This is what I'm seeing:

By default, inline preview is disabled when you add a course file.

By default, inline preview is automatically added for uploaded files.

We want inline preview the default for BOTH types of files.  It should be displayed by default and turned off only if the instructor chooses to. 

In Reference to the Changes to New Quizzes:

I'll echo some of the sentiment here.  

It's really a clarity of workflow. Generally Canvas is really good at having buttons in which their functions are clear.  In this case the Save button is now doubling as an Edit button.  Which I feel is just confusing.  As well as the description of the change is also not clear.

Here's how I imagine most faculty are experiencing the change.

"Note: For instructors, any New Quizzes created in Canvas open directly to the Edit page for the quiz."

And then what?  What do I do to update the questions or settings for the New Quiz?

Oh I have to hit save?  What if I hit Cancel? Oh hmm that takes me back to Assignments.
Why is there there just not an edit button at the top of the page, like in most of the other canvas tools?

Yes to all of this! @gladysie 

"re:course date settings, if Term is selected, the UI should display what those dates are."

That's interesting @clpatter . When I upload a new file, both the boxes for disable in-line preview and automatically open in-line preview are not checked.

But what I'm confused about is I don't see the "Overlay" option when I select in-line preview. Below are images of what I see today in Beta vs. Production. I thought the "Overlay" option was supposed to be deployed last Saturday, but I don't see it. Was it held back?

Overlay option in Beta.jpg Overlay option missing PROD.jpg

@audra_agnelly, thanks again. I've mentioned that statement in our Canvas Support case, in part because it's confusing -- our teachers think "Edit page for the Quiz" means the Build tool of New Quizzes.  And I completely agree with your second paragraph.

Also, we're learning (from the fifth teacher emergency report about this!) that the current design poses an obstacle for any quiz imported from a past course in a different term.
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As a teacher, you can't access the rest of New Quizzes without fixing up the dates, which to me seems to make this design even more unworkable (on top of the added click, scrolling, and other discoverability issues).

@RobDitto weren't those date warnings there before? I would think it would be better now to launch to the settings screen where you can see there is a date issue and adjust, whereas before you launched right to quiz builder and finding your way to the setting screen to edit dates wasn't intuitive.

At issue, is that Canvas chose to implement New Quizzes as an LTI tool instead of native product. You can't change the button labels on the assignment screen from Save to something else because that impacts all assignments and wouldn't make sense in the context of other assignment types, like file upload. I don't know what the best course of action is here, but I am very glad to finally see traction on updates of this tool. 

 

@RobDitto  It was already true that the due date won't save if those conditions are not met.  It is possible to use course import to copy and selected items from a canvas course and change the due date as you import, but that does not always work and adjusting the dates is required.  Previously it was more difficult to get in and change the due date to one that will be available to students, and the error message that the date was off would not have been displayed when opening the quiz.  In what circumstance would faculty not want the due date to be one that is available to students in the term in which they are working? Adding an open button separate from the save button would allow that.

@gtaylor  yes.  That is how faculty experience canvas changes.  What happened?  Where did that option go?  What can I do with this new option? OK, and what happens if I click that?  Hey, (name) I figured it out!  This is how we do this now.  Clicking save should be a faster learning curve than finding the edit assignment settings screen, especially because newly created new quizzes already began with the assignment settings screen and auto-loaded the build page after we clicked save.  It's the same workflow for editing the quizzes. 

It would be nice to be able to save a change to the availability dates without opening the quiz (which was already what happened before this change once you found the assignment edit screen and saved your changes.)  Separating the save and open buttons would be a better option, but I do not think having them combined is a reason to reject this improved access to the due date and point settings. 

I know someone has mentioned this already, but I would also like to comment that when a teacher reassigns something, it would be good if that original assignment did not still show up as something for the teacher to grade.  As it stands now, the "reassign" really acts like a convenient way to tell a student to resubmit something, but it does not help on the teacher's end by disregarding the submitted assignment that needs to be resubmitted.

@audra_agnelly and @Steven_S, certainly it's true availability and due dates can more readily be adjusted with this change.  And based on the Workflow Change Note added to the release notes, I don't imagine the feature changes you're in favor of keeping will suddenly go away, even though New Quizzes early-adopter institutions are facing challenges as a result.  We'll... make it work.

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In what circumstance would faculty not want the due date to be one that is available to students in the term in which they are working?

It's more a matter of "not yet" -- a teacher working with an imported past quiz might prefer to decide on revisions to the quiz content well ahead on decisions about dates. A similar "not yet" applies to publishing the quiz -- a momentous decision, one this release has made more fraught. With luck there will be further improvements soon; even so, my sense is that the sweeping change to how New-Quiz title-clicking (in any tab) works is now considered intended functionality.  Here's hoping the emergency reports subside...

Hi, all, 

Thank you for your comments and feedback. Comments for this release have been closed. Meanwhile, the April release notes have been posted here: Canvas Release Notes (2021-04-17).

Thanks,

Danielle