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Canvas Release Notes (2022-12-17)

Canvas Release Notes (2022-12-17)

Upcoming Canvas Changes

2022-12-09

  • Depreciation of Unsplash Images within Canvas LMS

For more information, please see Unsplash Images Changes blog.

 

In this Canvas release (17 December), in the Grades page, the placement for grade distribution, rubrics, and comments have been updated. Also, in the Grades page, students can view an unread indicator on the feedback button, and comments display in a pop-out comment tray. In the Permissions page, an updated Manage Course Content granular permission has been added. Additionally, in New Quizzes, the Rich Content Editor is available in individual questions, Blueprint courses support the locking of New Quizzes, and Fill in the Blank questions with Multiple Word Banks have improvements. Also in New Quiz Settings, instructors can allow students to clear multiple choice answer selections. The Schedule Page Publication feature option default status has been updated and in the Inbox, coding has been updated to improve functionality.

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 2021-12-17 Community tag.

 

Updated Features

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Grades

Student Feedback Visibility Update

Beta Environment Availability

2022-11-21

Production Environment Availability

2022-12-17

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles and Areas

Students, Observers, Grades Page

Related Idea Conversations

View Feedback Button

Feature Video

Release Screencast: 2022-12-17 Grades Student Feedback Visibility Update


Summary

In the Grades page, placement for grade distribution, rubrics, and comments have been updated for consistency. The score column displays the assignment score and total score in a single column. Additionally, students view an unread indicator (blue dot) on the feedback button when a new comment is added to an assignment or a rubric, and comments display in a pop-out comment tray.

Change Benefit

These updates improve the visibility of assignment scores and new feedback comments for students. Additionally, the updated comment display allows students to view the comments alongside a submission.

Feature Workflow

Student Grades PageStudent Grades Page

In the Grades page, the score column has been updated to display the score and total score in a single column [1]. When a new comment is added to a rubric, an indicator (blue dot) displays on the rubric button [2]. Additionally, when a new comment is added to an assignment an indicator and the number of comments displays on the feedback button [3].

 

Comment Pop-Out TrayComment Pop-Out Tray

To view feedback, click the View Feedback button to display comments in a pop-out tray.


Additional Details

The unread indicator is removed after comments have been viewed.

 

 

Permissions

Manage Course Content Granularity

Beta Environment Availability

2022-11-21

Production Environment Availability

2022-12-17

Location to Enable Feature

Permissions

Permissions

Manage Course Content

  • Course Content-add
  • Course Content-delete
  • Course Content- edit

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles and Areas

Admins, Permissions

Related Idea Conversations

Course Content Permissions - Break into 3 separate permissions

Feature Video

Release Screencast: 2022-12-17 Permissions Manage Course Content Granular Permission


Summary

In the Permissions page, Manage Course Content- add / edit / delete group permission has been added to Course and Account Roles. Additionally, admin can manage the individual permissions separately within the group.

Change Benefit

This update provides more granularity for managing course content.

Feature Workflow

Manage Course Content Granular PermissionsManage Course Content Granular 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.

 

Manage Course Content Pop-Out TrayManage Course Content Pop-Out Tray

To view a sidebar with details related to each granular permission, click the Manage Course Content link.

 

Permission Status IconPermission Status Icon

 

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.

 

Additional Details

Previously this permission was an individual permission and known as Course Content-add / edit / delete. 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.

 

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. For a complete list of feature options, please see Canvas LMS Feature Options.

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.

New Quizzes

Rich Content Editor in New Quizzes [Feature Delayed as of 2023-01-10]

Feature Option Name to Enable

New Quizzes

Enable Feature Option Location & Default Status

Account (Disabled/Unlocked)

Beta Environment Availability

2022-11-21

Production Environment Availability

2022-12-17

Subaccount Configuration

Yes

Permissions

Inherent to user role

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles and Areas

All Users, New Quizzes, New RCE

Mobile App Support

Not available

Free-for-Teacher Availability

Not available

Feature Option State

Production-ready

Related Idea Conversations

New Quizzes - RCE to match Canvas

Feature Video

Release Screencast: 2022-12-17 New Quizzes Rich Content Editor in New Quizzes


Summary

The Rich Content Editor (RCE) is available in New Quizzes.

Change Benefit

This update provides instructors the ability to utilize the accessibility checker on questions and instructions, add media recordings within New Quizzes, and change the view between HTML editor and classic view for advanced users. Users can also access a math editor. Additionally, this update provides students with the ability to record audio and video within the RCE of a New Quiz.

Feature Workflow

Building a New Quiz Rich Content Editor ViewBuilding a New Quiz Rich Content Editor View

When building a New Quiz, instructors can use the Rich Content Editor.

 

Taking a New Quiz Rich Content Editor ViewTaking a New Quiz Rich Content Editor View

When taking a New Quiz, students can use the Rich Content Editor.

Additional Details

This update completes phase one and phase two of the Rich Content Editor integration in New Quizzes. For more information on the Rich Content Editor integration, see the New Quizzes - Rich Content Editor (RCE) integration status and plans blog.

 

Blueprint Courses Support New Quiz Locking

Feature Option Name to Enable

New Quizzes

Enable Feature Option Location & Default Status

Account (Disabled/Unlocked)

Beta Environment Availability

2022-11-21

Production Environment Availability

2022-12-17

Subaccount Configuration

Yes

Permissions

Inherent to user role

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles and Areas

Admin, New Quizzes

Mobile App Support

Not available

Free-for-Teacher Availability

Not available

Feature Option State

Production-ready

Related Idea Conversations

[Blueprint Courses] Lock Quiz Settings in Blueprint (Prevent Teachers from Editing)

Feature Video

Release Screencast: 2022-12-17 New Quizzes Blueprint Courses Support New Quiz Locking

Summary

Blueprint Course Quiz Locking disables editing of New Quizzes in associated courses.

Change Benefit

This update provides consistent quiz content across blueprint associated courses.

Feature Workflow

Blueprint Course Locked Quiz IconBlueprint Course Locked Quiz Icon

A locked icon displays when a New Quiz from a blueprint course is locked for an associated course.

 

Allow Clearing Selection of Multiple Choice Question Answers

Feature Option Name to Enable

New Quizzes

Enable Feature Option Location & Default Status

Account (Disabled/Unlocked)

Beta Environment Availability

2022-12-8

Production Environment Availability

2022-12-17

Subaccount Configuration

Yes

Permissions

Inherent to user role

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles and Areas

Instructors, Students, New Quizzes

Mobile App Support

Not available

Free-for-Teacher Availability

Not available

Feature Option State

Production-ready

Related Idea Conversations

Clear answers button

Feature Video

Release Screencast: 2022-12-17 New Quizzes Unselect Multiple Choice Question

Summary

In the New Quizzes settings, instructors can enable Allow Clearing Selection (Multiple Choice) allowing students to clear multiple choice answers.

Change Benefit

This update provides instructors the option to allow students to clear a multiple choice answer in New Quizzes. Additionally, when enabled, it allows students to unselect answers for later review or leave the question unanswered.

Feature Workflow

Allow Clearing Selection (Multiple Choice) New Quiz SettingAllow Clearing Selection (Multiple Choice) New Quiz Setting

To allow the clearing of multiple choice selections, click the Allow Clearing Selection (Multiple Choice) toggle button.

 

Clear My Selection LinkClear My Selection Link

When the Allow Clearing Selection (Multiple Choice) setting is enabled, a Clear my selection link displays for students.

Additional Details

If the Allow Clearing Selection (Multiple Choice) is disabled, the Clear My Selection link is unavailable and students are required to select a different answer.

 

 

Fill in the Blank with Multiple Word Bank Improvements

Feature Option Name to Enable

New Quizzes

Enable Feature Option Location & Default Status

Account (Disabled/Unlocked)

Beta Environment Availability

2022-12-8

Production Environment Availability

2022-12-17

Subaccount Configuration

Yes

Permissions

Inherent to user role

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles and Areas

Instructors, Students, New Quizzes

Mobile App Support

Not available

Free-for-Teacher Availability

Not available

Feature Option State

Production-ready

Related Idea Conversations

[New Quizzes] Don't require distractors for Word Bank in Fill-in-the-blank questions

Design issue with "Fill in the blank" in new quizzes

Feature Video

Release Screencast: 2022-12-17 New Quizzes Fill in the Blank with Multiple Word Bank Improvements


Summary

In New Quizzes, when building a Fill in the Blank question with multiple word bank choices, distractor words display in a separate section for instructors. Also, word choices can be used more than once when Allow Word Bank Choices to be Reused is selected and duplicate answer choices are graded correctly. Additionally, for students, Fill in the Blank questions with multiple word banks display all word bank choices in the answer blank drop-down menu.

Change Benefit

This update improves the Fill in the Blank multiple word bank answer option experience for students and instructors.

Feature Workflow

Build a New Quiz Multiple Choice Word Bank ViewBuild a New Quiz Multiple Choice Word Bank View

When building a New Quiz with a Fill in the Blank question with a word bank answer type, enter the correct answers in the Correct Answer field [1]. Word Bank Distractors can be added separately [2]. To reuse word bank choices, click the Allow word bank choices to be reused checkbox [3].

Additional Details

When building a Fill in the Blank question with multiple word bank choices, additional distractors are not required. Additionally, if the Allow Word Bank choices to be reused option is enabled, reused answer options will not be removed from the word bank.

 

 

Pages

Schedule Page Publication Default Status Update

Feature Option Name to Enable

Scheduled page publication

Enable Feature Option Location & Default Status

Account (Enabled/Unlocked)

Beta Environment Availability

2022-09-19

Production Environment Availability

2022-12-17

Subaccount Configuration

Yes

Permissions

Inherent to user role

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles and Areas

Admin, Instructors, Pages

Mobile App Support

Not available

Free-for-Teacher Availability

Not Available

Feature Option State

Production-ready

Related Idea Conversations

Add "Lock until date" to content pages

Let us schedule a Publish Date / Time for Content Pages

Feature Video

Release Screencast: 2022-10-15 Pages Schedule Page Publication


Summary

The Schedule Page Publication default status has been updated to Enabled/Unlocked. Instructors can delay pages for publication on a specific date and time.

Change Benefit

This update allows instructors to prepare and schedule pages in advance to automatically publish in a course.

Feature Workflow

Edit Page Publish At FieldEdit Page Publish At Field

When editing a page, select a Publish At date [1] and enter a Time [2].

 

Edit Page Save ButtonEdit Page Save Button

Click Save.

 

Schedule Page to Publish IconSchedule Page to Publish IconIn Modules and Pages, instructors can view when a page is scheduled to publish.

Additional Details

Previously, this feature option was disabled by default. Additionally, scheduled pages remain invisible to students until the publish date and time.

This feature update was originally introduced in the Canvas Release Notes (2022-11-19).

 

Other Updates

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Inbox

Improved Inbox Functionality [Feature Delayed as of 2022-12-08]

Beta Environment Availability

2022-09-14

Production Environment Availability

2022-12-17

User Role & Summary Link

All Users | Canvas Features by User Role

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected Feature Areas

Inbox

Previous Feature Mention

Canvas Deploy Notes (2022-09-14)

Canvas Release Notes (2022-10-15).


Summary

In the Inbox, coding has been updated to improve functionality for all users.

Change Benefit

This update utilizes InstUI for Inbox, Instructure’s internal design language, to provide improved accessibility and quality experiences.

 

Release Notes Change Log

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Date  
2023-01-18

Updated Feature

  • New Quizzes: Rich Content Editor in New Quizzes Feature Delayed as of 2023-01-10
2022-12-08
  • Improved Inbox Functionality Delayed as of 2022-12-08
  • Added Upcoming Canvas Changes
2022-11-22

Other Updates

  • Added Feature: Improved Inbox Functionality
2022-11-21 Published Release Notes
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