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Canvas Release Notes (2022-01-15)

Canvas Release Notes (2022-01-15)

In this Canvas release (January 15), the expanded or collapsed state of the Course Navigation Menu persists throughout all Canvas courses.

In the Rich Content Editor, accessibility issues are displayed via an indicator over the Accessibility Checker icon. This functionality was previously managed by the Accessibility Checker Indicator feature option, which has been enforced for all Canvas institutions. 

In the Gradebook, the Missing status is removed for missing submissions that receive a manually entered grade.

In Modules, the state of the Load in New Tab checkbox is retained for External URL and External Tool (LTI) links.

In SpeedGrader, graders are notified about unposted comments.

In Course and Account Settings, the Feature Preview tabs have been restored to their original terminology as Feature Options. The term Feature Preview has been repurposed only as a label that references a feature in active development.

In Permissions, The LTI - add / edit / delete permission has been grouped into three separate permissions.

Account Settings

  • The Gradebook View menu can include the option to split student names into two separate columns and show and export first and last name separately.

Feature Options

  • For institutions using New Quizzes, Matching questions include the option to select partial credit.
  • The Slack Notifications feature option has been transitioned to an account setting.

 

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 2022-01-15 Community tag.

 

Updated Features

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Courses

Course Navigation Menu State

 

Beta Environment Availability

2021-12-20

Production Environment Availability

2022-01-15

Location to Enable Feature

N/A

Affected Canvas Areas

Course Navigation Menu

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors, Students, Observers | Canvas Features by User Role

Feature Q&A

Releases Q&A: 2022-01-15 Course Navigation Menu State

Feature Video

Release Screencast: 2022-01-15 Course Navigation Menu State


Summary

The expanded or collapsed state of the Course Navigation Menu persists throughout all Canvas courses.

Change Benefit

This change offers consistency with the behavior of the Global Navigation Menu and allows a user to set the state of the Course Navigation Menu.

Feature Workflow

When a user changes the state of the Course Navigation Menu, the collapsed or expanded state is retained throughout the course until changed by the user. The menu state is applied on a per-user basis and retained for all courses where the user is enrolled.

Course Navigation MenuCourse Navigation Menu

Additional Details

The Gradebook page hides the Course Navigation Menu by default, which will always be collapsed regardless of the user’s preference.

 

Gradebook

Missing Status Removal

 

Beta Environment Availability

2021-12-20

Production Environment Availability

2022-01-15

Location to Enable Feature

N/A

Affected Canvas Areas

Gradebook, SpeedGrader

Permissions

Grades - edit, Grades - view all grades

Affects User Interface

Yes   

Affected User Roles

Instructors | Canvas Features by User Role

Feature Q&A

Releases Q&A: 2022-01-15 Grading Missing Status Removal

Feature Video

Release Screencast: 2022-01-15 Grading Missing Status Removal

Related Idea Conversations

Automatically Remove Missing Flag Once Grade is Entered


Summary

When a grade is entered manually for a missing submission, the missing status is removed. 

Change Benefit

This change removes the Missing label for submissions that have not been submitted online but that have received a manually entered grade.

Feature Workflow

When an assignment indicates a student’s submission as missing, and a grade is entered manually in the Gradebook, the Missing status is removed. In the Gradebook, the Missing status is indicated as a color. The Grade Detail Tray displays both the status and the color.

Grade Entry removes Missing statusGrade Entry removes Missing status

Additional Details

Once a manual grade has been entered, the Missing label is removed. Removing the entered grade does not replace the Missing label. Labels that need to be reapplied must be done manually.

The Missing label is also removed if the assignment is part of an assignment with a Late Policy, and a manual grade is entered for the assignment submission.

This behavior also applies in SpeedGrader.

 

Modules

Modules Link State

 

Beta Environment Availability

2021-12-20

Production Environment Availability

2022-01-15

Location to Enable Feature

N/A

Affected Canvas Areas

Modules

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors | Canvas Features by User Role

Feature Q&A

Releases Q&A: 2022-01-15 Modules Link State

Feature Video

Release Screencast: 2022-01-15 Modules Link State


Summary

When External URL and External Tool (LTI) links are added to a module, the state of the Load in New Tab checkbox is retained for all additional link entries.

Change Benefit

This change assists content creators in retaining their preferred action for managing links within modules.

Feature Workflow

When an External URL or an External Tool (LTI) links are added to a module, the Load in New Tab checkbox is not selected by default. However, if the checkbox is selected, the checkbox will remain selected for all additional links added to a module. 

The checkbox will always retain the state of the last added link. If the checkbox is deselected when a link is added to a module, the checkbox will return to its default state.

 

External Link "Load in New Tab" CheckboxExternal Link "Load in New Tab" Checkbox

 

Permissions

External Tools (LTI) Granularity

 

Beta Environment Availability

2021-12-20

Production Environment Availability

2022-01-15

Location to Enable Feature

N/A

Affected Canvas Areas

Permissions

Permissions

Manage LTI

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Admins | Canvas Features by User Role

Feature Q&A

Releases Q&A: 2022-01-15 Permissions External Tools LTI Granularity

Feature Video

Release Screencast: 2022-01-15 Permissions External Tools LTI Granularity

Related Idea Conversations

More granular permissions for admins


Summary

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

Change Benefit

This change provides more granularity for managing External Tools (LTI).

Feature Workflow

The LTI - add / edit /delete permission is grouped in the permissions list as Manage LTI.

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 LTI PermissionManage LTI PermissionTo 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.

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.

Manage LTI Permission ExpandedManage LTI Permission Expanded

Additional Details

  • LTI - add: Add LTI apps
  • LTI - delete: Delete LTI apps
  • LTI - edit: Edit LTI apps, including placements

 

Rich Content Editor

Accessibility Checker Indicator Feature Enforcement

 

Affected Canvas Areas

Rich Content Editor

Affects User Interface

Yes   

Affected User Roles

Instructors, Students | Canvas Features by User Role

Feature Q&A

Releases Q&A: 2021-08-21 RCE Accessibility Checker Notifications

Feature Video

Release Screencast: 2022-01-15 Rich Content Editor Accessibility Checker Indicator


Summary

When accessibility issues are detected within the Rich Content Editor, the Editor display an indicator over the Accessibility Checker icon. This functionality was previously managed by the Accessibility Checker Indicator feature option, which has been enforced for all Canvas institutions. 

Change Benefit

This change shows content creators when accessibility concerns are detected without needing to open the Accessibility Checker. 

Feature Workflow

When accessibility issues are detected within the Rich Content Editor, the Editor display an indicator over the Accessibility Checker icon.

Rich Content Editor Accessibility Checker IndicatorRich Content Editor Accessibility Checker IndicatorAdditional Details

This feature was originally introduced in the 2021-08-21 Canvas Release Notes.

 

SpeedGrader

Unposted Comment Warning

 

Beta Environment Availability

2021-12-20

Production Environment Availability

2022-01-15

Location to Enable Feature

N/A

Affected Canvas Areas

SpeedGrader

Permissions

Grades - edit, Grades - view all grades

Affects User Interface

Yes   

Affected User Roles

Instructors | Canvas Features by User Role

Feature Q&A

Releases Q&A: 2022-01-15 SpeedGrader Unposted Comment Warning

Feature Video

Release Screencast: 2022-01-15 SpeedGrader Unposted Comment Warning

Related Idea Conversations

Improve instructor awareness of draft submission comments


Summary

Graders are notified about unposted comments.

Change Benefit

This change notifies graders if a comment has been created but not posted.

Feature Workflow

When a grader creates a text, media, or audio comment and tries to advance to the next student or a previous student for the assignment, the grader is notified that the comment has been created but not posted. Selecting the Proceed button indicates the comment should be saved as a draft for the submission being viewed.

Users can choose to not be notified for comments that have not been posted by selecting the checkbox at the bottom of the window.

Unposted Comment Warning in SpeedGraderUnposted Comment Warning in SpeedGrader

Additional Details

The option to not show the warning applies on a per-assignment basis. Viewing another assignment and navigating between students before posting a comment also displays the warning.

The option is also stored on a per-browser basis, so viewing an assignment in a different browser will also display the warning.

 

 

Account Settings

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Gradebook

Split Name Columns

 

Beta Environment Availability

2021-12-20

Production Environment Availability

2022-01-15

Location to Enable Feature

Account Settings

Affected Canvas Areas

Gradebook

Permissions

Grades - edit, Grades - view all grades

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors | Canvas Features by User Role

Feature Q&A

Releases Q&A: 2022-01-15 Gradebook Split Name Columns

Feature Video

Release Screencast: 2022-01-15 Gradebook Split Name Columns

Related Idea Conversations

Last name, first name as separate cells


Summary

The Gradebook View menu can include the option to split student names into two separate columns and show first and last name separately.

Change Benefit

This change allows student first and last names to be displayed and exported in separate columns.

Feature Workflow

Canvas admins have the option to allow the Gradebook to display split student name columns in Account Settings.

Account Setting to Allow Gradebook users to view student first and last names in separate columnsAccount Setting to Allow Gradebook users to view student first and last names in separate columns

When this feature is enabled for the institution, the Gradebook View menu in individual courses displays the Split Student Names option, which displays student names as last name first.

Gradebook View Menu: Split Student Names OptionGradebook View Menu: Split Student Names Option

Additional Details

When student names are split, the Last Name column can still be sorted by type and order and supports secondary info.

Split names are respected and displayed in the Gradebook CSV export.

If a user has a preferred name that is different from their legal name, the legal name will be displayed.

 

Other Updates

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Account Settings

Slack Notifications Feature Option Transition

 

Beta Environment Availability

2022-01-12

Production Environment Availability

2022-01-15

Location to Enable Feature

Account Settings

Affected Canvas Areas

Notifications

Permissions

Account-level settings - manage

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Admins | Canvas Features by User Role

 

Summary

The Slack Notifications feature option has been transitioned to an Account Setting. 

Change Benefit

This change removes the need to enable this feature as a feature option before enabling it as an Account Setting.

Feature Workflow

Admins can view a Slack API section in Account Settings, which can be used to enable Slack as a contact method for users to receive Canvas notifications. This integration requires an existing Slack account. A user with admin access to a Slack workspace must set up the Slack integration before it can be used for all users in a Canvas account.

Details about enabling Slack for an institution can be found in How do I enable Slack for an account?

 

Settings

Feature Preview Terminology Adjustment

 

Beta Environment Availability

2021-12-20

Production Environment Availability

2022-01-15

Location to Enable Feature

N/A

Affected Canvas Areas

Account Settings, Course Settings

Permissions

Feature Options - enable / disable, Feature Options - view

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Admins, Instructors | Canvas Features by User Role

Feature Q&A

Releases Q&A: 2022-01-15 Settings Feature Preview Terminology Adjustment


Summary

The Account and Course Settings Feature Preview tabs have been restored to Feature Options. The term Feature Preview has been repurposed as a label only and references to a feature that is in active development.

Change Benefit

This change adjusts the strategy behind Feature Options and Feature Preview terminology.

Feature Workflow

The Feature Options tab displays the list of all feature options available in Canvas. Although feature options are designed to be enforced at a later date, not all existing feature options will be enforced. In future Canvas deploys, all feature option descriptions will be updated to designate whether the feature option is eventually intended to be enabled for all institutions.

Feature options may include a feature preview label, which indicates a feature option in active development. Feature previews represent functionality being built directly through user feedback, and their releases are scheduled outside the regular Canvas release process. Feature Preview release availability is posted in the Canvas Releases & Deploys Related Releases section. Feature previews include a user group for feature participation. Users should subscribe to the user group to receive feature updates.

Feature Options page with Feature Preview labelFeature Options page with Feature Preview label

Additional Details

Feature Option visibility is an account permission.

The change to the Feature Options tab was originally adjusted in the 2021-07-21 Canvas Deploy Notes.



Feature Options

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Feature options allow institutions to enable newly developed Canvas functionality according to their preferred time frame. Unless otherwise noted, all feature options are opt-in and do not require any action by a Canvas admin until a feature’s enforcement date is announced.

A feature preview label indicates a feature option in active development, which is being built directly through user feedback. Feature previews deploy updates outside the regular Canvas release schedule and are posted in the Related Releases section in Canvas Releases & Deploys.

Please reference the table below each feature heading for specific feature information. For general information about feature options, please see the Canvas Release Notes FAQ.

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New Quizzes

Matching Questions Partial Credit

 

Beta Environment Availability

2021-12-21

Production Environment Availability

2022-01-15

Feature Option Name

New Quizzes

LTI Tool

New Quizzes LTI

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors | Canvas Features by User Role

Feature Q&A

Releases Q&A: 2022-01-15 New Quizzes Matching Questions Partial Credit

Feature Video

Release Screencast: 2022-01-15 New Quizzes Matching Questions Partial Credit

Feature Option User Group

New Quizzes User Group

Related Idea Conversations

New Quizzes: Partial Credit for Matching Questions


Summary

Matching questions include the option to select partial credit, similar to the Multiple Answer questions. Partial credit is the default option for this question type.

Change Benefit

This change allows instructors to award partial points for partially correct matching questions through auto grading.

Feature Workflow

When a Matching Question is created, the Matching Questions question type includes the Grading section, which allows the question to require exact matches to receive full points or allow for partial credit. Previously, matching questions awarded all points or not points, even though a student was asked to assess multiple items within the same question.

Newly created matching questions default to the partial credit option.

Partial Credit OptionPartial Credit Option

 

 

 

 

 

Release Notes Change Log

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Date  
2022-01-12

Added Other Updates

  • Account Settings: Slack Notifications Feature Option Transition
2021-12-20 Published Release Notes
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