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Canvas Release Notes (2021-06-19)

Canvas Release Notes (2021-06-19)

Upcoming Canvas Changes

2021-07-17

  • End of Life for TLS Protocols 1.0 and 1.1 Legacy Endpoints
  • End of Life for Classic Rich Content Editor

2021-07-31

  • End of Life for SMS - Announcements and Grading

For more information, please see Upcoming Canvas Changes.

 

In this Canvas release (June 19), admins can manage the Courses - add / edit / delete permission as five granular permissions.

For instructors, comments can be added and saved for reuse within SpeedGrader.

Feature Options

  • The Discussions Redesign (Beta) feature allows users to view individual discussion topics with an updated design and small usability enhancements. These changes ensure page responsiveness and prepare the interface for feature functionality improvements.
  • The Embedded Release Notes feature allows default release information to be viewed directly in Canvas.

Account Settings

  • The Canvas for Elementary (Beta) feature is available to all institutions and provides elementary students with a digital classroom that reflects the physical classroom experience.

External Tools (LTI)

  • For institutions using New Quizzes, item banks can be shared with the entire account as well as one or more courses. Additionally, item banks can be shared as view only.

 

 

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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Account Settings

Canvas for Elementary

 

This feature can be enabled in Canvas through an account setting. Please view the content below for additional details.

Location to Enable Feature

Account Settings - Settings Details Page

Affected Canvas Areas

All Canvas Areas

Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors, Students

Feature Video

Account Settings: Canvas for Elementary (2021-06-19 Release Screencast)

Canvas for Elementary Video Walkthrough (User Group video)

Feature Q&A

Canvas for Elementary User Group

 

Summary

The Canvas for Elementary feature creates a digital classroom that reflects the physical classroom experience for elementary students.

Change Benefit

This change allows teachers to set up a homeroom course and a course for each subject to organize and focus student course participation.

Additional Details

For full details about the Canvas for Elementary feature, please see the Canvas Release: Canvas for Elementary document.

Global Navigation Menu

Release Notes Interface

 

This feature can be enabled in Canvas through a feature option in Account Settings. 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

Account Settings, Feature Options (default: Off)

Feature Functionality Details

Embedded Release Notes Feature Options doc

Affected Canvas Areas

Global Navigation Menu

Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Affects User Interface

Yes   

Affected User Roles

Admins, Instructors, Observers

Feature Q&A

Releases Q&A: 2021-06-19 Release Notes Interface

Feature Video

Global Navigation Menu: Release Notes Interface (2021-06-19 Release Screencast)

 

Summary

Users can view feature release information directly in Canvas.

Change Benefit

This change helps users know when a new feature is available in Canvas for their user role and promotes self-training for Canvas features. 

Affected User Roles

All Users

The Canvas Help Menu displays an indicator when a release note has been published for the user’s role. Notes display a summary of a feature or multiple features available to the user and provides a link where the user can view more details. 

Only default features available to all users are included as release note entries. Each link is customized to the user role and directs to the user summary document for the intended release.

Users can choose to disable the indicator that displays when a new note is available. 

The Help Menu always displays the last 10 release notes posted for the user’s role.

Notes

  • If a user has more than one user role, the user will receive links to notes for each role. Notes are available for admin, instructor, and observer roles. TA roles receive instructor release notes. Custom roles receive notes for the base role used for the custom role.
  • Feature options are not mentioned in release notes until the feature will become a default feature for all users.
  • Because of Canvas Community age guidelines, only students over the age of 16 are able to participate in the Community. Canvas admins and observers/parents are welcome to share feature updates with younger students when appropriate.

Release Notes InterfaceRelease Notes Interface

 

Discussions

Discussions Redesign

 

This feature can be enabled in Canvas through a feature option in Course Settings. 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

Account Settings, Feature Options (default: Off)

Feature Functionality Details

Discussions Redesign (Beta) Feature Options doc

Affected Canvas Areas

Individual Discussions

Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

All Users

Related Idea Conversations

Order Discussion Posts from Newest to Oldest

Feature Q&A

Discussions Redesign User Group

Feature Video

Discussions: Discussions Redesign (2021-06-19 Release Screencast)

 

Summary

Discussion topics display an updated design with small usability enhancements.

Change Benefit

These changes ensure page responsiveness and prepare the interface for feature functionality improvements.

Additional Details

For full details about the Discussions Redesign feature, please see the Canvas Release: Discussions Redesign document.

Discussions RedesignDiscussions Redesign

 

Updated Features

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New Quizzes

Item Bank Management

 

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 feature options, please see the Canvas Release Notes FAQ.

Location to Enable Feature

New Quizzes

Feature Functionality Details

New Quizzes LTI doc 

Affected Canvas Areas

New Quizzes

Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Affects User Interface

Yes

Permissions

Item Banks - manage account

Affected User Roles

Instructors

Related Idea Conversations

New Quizzes: Allow item banks to be tied to a course rather than an instructor

New Quizzes: Item Banks to show up in navigation menu

Feature Video

New Quizzes: Item Bank Management (2021-06-19 Release Screencast)

 

Summary

Item banks can be shared with the entire account as well as one or more courses. Additionally, item banks can be shared as view only.

Change Benefit

This change allows item bank editors to increase collaboration and disseminate quiz content in either a view-only or edit permission state.

Affected User Roles

Admins

When sharing an item bank, admins can provide access to a bank as read only through the View permission. The permission is selected at the time that an item bank is shared. Additionally, admins can share item banks with the account or a course. 

Item Bank PermissionsItem Bank Permissions

 

Item Banks can be accessed using the Item Bank link in both the Account and Course Navigation Menus.

At the account level, admins can view Item Banks from the Global Navigation Menu. At the course level, they can view them from any quiz, or from the link in the Course Navigation Menu. Item banks display in the following circumstances:

  • Item banks created by the admin
  • Item banks shared directly with the admin
  • Item banks shared with the admin indirectly via a course where the user is an enrolled as an instructor 

Item Banks Course Navigation Menu LinkItem Banks Course Navigation Menu Link

 

Instructors

Instructors can view Item Banks from any quiz, or from the link in the Course Navigation Menu. Item banks display in the following circumstances:

  • Item banks created by the instructor
  • Item banks shared directly with the instructor
  • Item banks shared with the instructor indirectly via a course where the user is an enrolled as an instructor 

Instructors can also share item banks with the View permission or Edit permission. Additionally, they can share an item bank with a course. Instructors or designers in the course can edit any item bank that is shared with the course.


Item Bank - Manage Accounts Permission

Admins can grant the Item Banks - manage account permission to users in account and course roles to manage all item banks within an account. This permission defaults to on for account admins and off for other roles. It can be enabled for any admin role, designers, and teachers.

Note: The main account admin role can remain disabled; however, it must be enabled to provision other roles with the permission. These roles should be provisioned prior to removing the permission from the account admin role.

Canvas PermissionsCanvas Permissions

When a user with an admin role is granted this permission, item banks created by any user also display in the Account and Course Item Banks pages and can be managed by the admin.

When a user with a course role is granted this permission, item banks created by any user also display in the Course Item Banks page and can be managed by the instructor.

 

Permissions

Manage Courses Granularity

 

Location to Enable Feature

N/A

Affected Canvas Areas

Permissions

Affects User Interface

Yes

Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Affected User Roles

Admins

Community Idea Contributions

In Permissions, Separate "Manage (create/edit/dele...

Feature Q&A

Releases Q&A: 2021-06-19 Manage Courses Permissions

Feature Video

Permissions: Manage Courses Granularity (2021-06-19 Release Screencast)


Summary

The Courses - add / edit / delete permission has been grouped into five separate permissions for Account roles, and four permissions for Course roles.

Change Benefit

This change provides granularity in managing courses.

Affected User Roles

Admins

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

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 an account user role. 

Manage Courses PermissionManage Courses Permission

 

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.

  • Admin - manage / update (e.g. edit courses) [Account Role only]
  • Courses - add
  • Courses - conclude
  • Courses - delete
  • Courses - publish

Notes: The manage_courses and change_courses_state permissions in the Roles API have been deprecated in favor of the newer granular permissions.

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. 

Expanded PermissionsExpanded Permissions

 

 

SpeedGrader

Comment Library

 

Location to Enable Feature

N/A

Affected Canvas Areas

SpeedGrader

Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Permissions

Manage Grades

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors

Related Idea Conversations

Ability to Save and Copy from Frequently Used Comments in Speedgrader/DocViewer

Feature Q&A

Releases Q&A: 2021-06-19 SpeedGrader Comment Library

Feature Video

SpeedGrader: Comment Library (2021-06-19 Release Screencast)

 

Summary

Comments can be added and saved for reuse within SpeedGrader.

Change Benefit

This change allows graders to save frequently used comments in SpeedGrader and be reused across multiple students and assignments.

Affected User Roles

Instructors

When instructors and other graders access SpeedGrader, the comments field includes a Feedback icon that opens the Comment Library. Comments can be entered in the text field and added to the comment library.

Comments can be edited in and deleted from the library at any time.

Open Comment LibraryOpen Comment Library

 

Add Comment to LibraryAdd Comment to Library

Comments can be added directly from the Comment Library by opening the library and clicking the comment that should be added. The library will close and the comment will display in SpeedGrader.

Add Comment via LibraryAdd Comment via Library

Notes: 

  • Comments are saved per individual user regardless of course, so comments saved by a user in one course will also display when the user is viewing SpeedGrader in another course.
  • The Comment Library functionality is not supported in the assignment submission details page.

 

Other Updates

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External Tools (LTI)

SCORM Launch Links


Beginning July 17, 2021, Canvas will integrate signed launch links into SCORM content. This change ensures that all SCORM content will be encrypted, meaning that only users enrolled in the course where the SCORM content was uploaded will be given access.

SCORM content facilitators should make changes necessary to ensure SCORM content is provided in a supported method. Customer Success Managers will work with affected institutions prior to the upgrade. 

Canvas users with course materials containing direct links to SCORM content will need to reupload the SCORM package through the SCORM option in their Course Navigation Menu. Details about this process can be found in the SCORM Launch Links blog post.

 

Release Resources

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Release Q&A

To discuss a feature in this release, visit the Feature Q&A link listed in the table for the relevant feature in this document.

User Summaries

When available, release features are summarized for individual roles in the User Summaries page.

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 all related links, view the 2021-06-19 Community tag.

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.

 

Change Log

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Date  
2021-07-16

Updated Features—New Quizzes: Item Bank Management

  • Removed feature availability row
  • Included updates about Item Bank - Manage Accounts permission
2021-07-09

Updated Features—New Quizzes: Item Bank Management

  • Added feature availability row noting the feature is currently unavailable; please see the included link for updates 
2021-06-07

Updated Features—Discussions: Discussions Redesign

  • Changed beta environment availability to Yes
  • Added link to user group
2021-06-04

Updated Features—New Quizzes: Item Bank Management

  • Changed Release Q&A Link
  • Added feature video
2021-05-26

Updated Features—Global Navigation: Release Notes Interface

  • Changed functionality to an account-level feature option
  • Added feature video

Updated Features—SpeedGrader: Comment Library

  • Added functionality for comment editing
  • Added functionality for comment suggestions
  • Updated images
  • Added feature video
2021-05-25 Added Other Updates: External Tools (LTI)
2021-05-24 Added Feature Videos: Account Settings, Discussions, Permissions
2021-05-17 Published Release Notes
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