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Canvas Release Notes (2021-11-20)

Canvas Release Notes (2021-11-20)


   For the upcoming holidays, no release will take place on 18 December 2021.

   The next Canvas release will be 15 January 2022.


In this Canvas release (November 20), the Account and Course Settings tabs support independent URL references. In the Dashboard, the Create Course window may display an option to select a subaccount. Additionally, the word count for text submissions is displayed in SpeedGrader.

For students, the Assignment Details page indicates whether comments have been added as an annotation or within a rubric. And in the List View of the Dashboard, calendar events that include a link for a supported provider in the description or location field display a Join Conference button.

Feature Previews

In New Quizzes, the Assignments and Quizzes pages include a link to the quiz Build page. Additionally, the Stimulus type includes the ability to choose if the related questions appear to the right or below.

 

Screencast | View the New Feature Screencasts page for a compilation of all available videos in this release.

All Resources | Features in this release may be included in product blogs and other content areas. For all related links, view the 2021-11-20 Community tag.


Release Notes Change Log

 

Updated Features

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Assignments

Submission Feedback Indicator

 

Beta Environment Availability

2021-10-18

Production Environment Availability

2021-11-20

Location to Enable Feature

N/A

Affected Canvas Areas

Assignment Details

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Students

Feature Q&A

Releases Q&A: 2021-11-20 Assignments (Submission Feedback Indicator)

Feature Video

Release Screencast: 2021-11-20 Assignments (Submission Feedback Indicator)

Related Idea Conversations

Making feedback more visible to students


Summary

In the Assignment Details page, the Show Rubric and View Feedback links indicate when new comments have been added as an annotation or in a rubric.

Change Benefit

This change allows students to see when new comments have been added to a submission.

Feature Workflow

The View Feedback link displays an indicator if annotated comments have been added to a supported assignment.

Additionally, the Show Rubric link displays an indicator if comments have been added in a rubric.

Feedback IndicatorsFeedback Indicators

Additional Details

In the Assignment Details page, the View Feedback link only displays for students in assignment types that support DocViewer annotations. Otherwise the assignment displays a Preview button. 

Dashboard

Course Creation Subaccount Menu

 

Beta Environment Availability

2021-10-18

Production Environment Availability

2021-11-20

Location to Enable Feature

N/A

Affected Canvas Areas

Dashboard

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Set by Canvas Admin (commonly Instructors)

Feature Q&A

Releases Q&A: 2021-11-20 Dashboard (Course Creation Subaccount Menu)

Feature Video

Release Screencast: 2021-11-20 Dashboard (Course Creation Subaccount Menu)

Related Idea Conversations

Sub-Accounts for Manually Created Courses

 

Summary

The Create Course window may display an option to select a subaccount.

Change Benefit

This change allows admins to manage whether manually created courses can be placed in a subaccount other than the Manually-Created Courses subaccount.

Feature Workflow

In Account Settings, the Who Can Create New Courses section has been updated to include two course creation options. When a user role is allowed to create courses, the default is option is to allow that role to add a course to any subaccount where the user has active enrollments. However, this option can be changed to restrict course creation only in the Manually Created Courses subaccount.

If the Student checkbox is selected, the same options apply.

Note: For Teachers enrolled in Canvas for Elementary courses, teachers can always select a subaccount when creating new courses, regardless of the account setting.

Courses OptionsCourses Options

 

For users who are allowed to create a course, the Start a New Course button displays in the Dashboard. Selecting this button opens the window to create a new course, which includes an interface update.

 

If the option to create a course anywhere is selected, the Account drop-down menu is included in the window. Otherwise, only the Course Name field is visible.

 

Create Course InterfaceCreate Course Interface

Course content license and course visibility options are no longer displayed in the window, as both are set to private by default. If necessary, both of these options can be changed in Course Settings.

A course code will also automatically be created based on the first string of connected characters in the course name. For users with permission, the course code can be changed in Course Settings.

Course Name FieldCourse Name Field

Additional Details

In Account Settings, admins can specify which types of users can create new courses: 

  • Teachers
  • Students
  • Users with no enrollments

By default, admins can always create courses.

 

List View Dashboard Conference Links

 

Beta Environment Availability

2021-10-18

Production Environment Availability

2021-11-20

Location to Enable Feature

N/A

Affected Canvas Areas

List View Dashboard

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors, Students

Feature Q&A

Releases Q&A: 2021-11-20 Dashboard (Conference Links)

Feature Video

Release Screencast: 2021-11-20 Dashboard (Conference Links)


Summary

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

Change Benefit

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

Feature Workflow

If a 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.

Conferences Join ButtonConferences Join Button

Additional Details

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

Settings

Settings Tab URL Links

 

Beta Environment Availability

2021-10-18

Production Environment Availability

2021-11-20

Location to Enable Feature

N/A

Affected Canvas Areas

Account Settings, Course Settings

Affects User Interface

No

Affected User Roles

Admins, Instructors

Feature Q&A

Releases Q&A: 2021-11-20 Settings (Tab URL Links)

Feature Video

Release Screencast: 2021-11-20 Settings (Tab URL Anchor Links)


Summary

The Account and Course Settings tabs support independent URL references. 

Change Benefit

This change allows users to remain in a specific tab after a Settings page is refreshed.

Feature Workflow

When a user accesses a Settings page, the tab being viewed is the same tab that displays if the page is refreshed. Additionally, when multiple Settings tabs are viewed, the browser back/forward button will return to the previous/next tab that was visited.

Previously, the Settings pages always reloaded to the Course Details tab regardless of the tab previously being viewed.

Settings Tab LinksSettings Tab Links

 

SpeedGrader

Assignment Text Entry Word Count

 

Beta Environment Availability

2021-10-18

Production Environment Availability

2021-11-20

Location to Enable Feature

N/A

Affected Canvas Areas

SpeedGrader

Permissions

Grades - edit

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors

Feature Q&A

Releases Q&A: 2021-11-20 SpeedGrader (Text Entry Word Count)

Feature Video

Release Screencast: 2021-11-20 SpeedGrader (Text Entry Word Count)

Related Idea Conversations

Word count for Speedgrader (DocViewer) grading


Summary

The word count for assignment text submissions is displayed in SpeedGrader.

Change Benefit

This change allows instructors to display the word count in assignment text submissions while grading in SpeedGrader.

Feature Workflow

When a text entry is displayed in SpeedGrader, the word count of the assignment entry displays in the sidebar. 

Note: Current functionality is only for text entry assignment submissions and does not apply to any other submission type, such as graded discussions.

SpeedGrader Assignment Word CountSpeedGrader Assignment Word Count

 

 

Release Previews

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Feature previews allow institutions to preview Canvas functionality and participate in the Canvas development process. Preview functionality is eventually incorporated into Canvas for all users at a future date.

Unless otherwise noted, feature previews are opt-in and do not require any action by a Canvas admin until a feature’s enforcement date is announced. Please reference the table below each feature heading for specific feature information. For general information about feature previews, please see the Canvas Release Notes FAQ.

 

New Quizzes

Assignments and Quizzes Build Link

This feature is associated with the New Quizzes Feature Preview.

Beta Environment Availability

2021-11-10

Production Environment Availability

2021-11-10

Affects User Interface

Yes 

Affected User Roles

Instructors

Feature Q&A

Releases Q&A: 2021-11-20 New Quizzes (Assignments Build Link)

Feature Video

Release Screencast: 2021-11-20 New Quizzes (Assignments Build Link)

Feature Preview User Group

New Quizzes User Group


Summary

New Quizzes in Assignments and Quizzes pages include a link to the quiz Build page.

Change Benefit

This change allows users to bypass the assignment details page and quickly access the quiz Build page.

Feature Workflow

The link to the quiz Build page allows instructors to immediately change quiz questions, general settings, or quiz moderation options.

Assignments and Quizzes Build LinkAssignments and Quizzes Build Link

 

Stimulus Orientation

This feature is associated with the New Quizzes Feature Preview.

Beta Environment Availability

2021-10-18

Production Environment Availability

2021-11-20

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors

Feature Q&A

Releases Q&A: 2021-11-20 New Quizzes (Stimulus Orientation)

Feature Video

Release Screencast: 2021-11-20 New Quizzes (Stimulus Orientation)

Related Idea Conversations

New Quizzes: Horizontal Stimulus Prompt

Feature Preview User Group

New Quizzes User Group


Summary

The Stimulus type includes the ability to choose if the related questions appear to the right or below.

Change Benefit

This change allows instructors to control the presentation of an item’s stimulus, functionality that is useful when printing quizzes or when adding narrative stimulus content.

Feature Workflow

The Stimulus question type includes an Orientation menu. By default, associated questions are shown to the right of the stimulus. Questions can alternatively be placed below the stimulus. 

New Quizzes Orientation FieldNew Quizzes Orientation Field

 

 

 

 

 

Release Notes Change Log

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Date  
2021-11-11

Updated—Course Creation Subaccount Menu

  • Added Account Setting, which allows admins to specify whether or not users can create courses in any account where they have active enrollments. 

Updated—New Quizzes Assignments and Quizzes Build Link

  • Changed production availability date to 2021-11-10
2021-10-28

Updated—New Quizzes Assignments Build Link

  • Removed beta availability date; feature will only be available in the production environment
2021-10-27

Updated—Course Creation Subaccount Menu

  • In Additional Details section, added note to indicate this feature will include an account setting.
2021-10-18 Published Release Notes
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