Commons Beta

Instructure
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We are happy to let you know that a Beta environment version of Commons is available. 

Why have we built it? 

Previously, Commons hasn’t had a Beta version, and even if you used Canvas Beta, it had production Commons configured with it. 

Having a Beta environment for Commons allows you to access a preview of what is coming. Admins can create trainings or guidelines, or simply play around with the new functionality before it comes to the production environment.

When does Commons Beta get released?

From now we will release improvements and new features to Beta first, just like the rest of Canvas.  We will release to Commons Beta at the same time as Canvas Beta. The next beta release is scheduled for 20 January, 2020 which includes features for the 15 February 2020 production release. 

How does it work? 

Similarly to Canvas, Commons Beta syncs with production every Saturday. While syncing, Commons functionalities will be unavailable on Beta. 

How can I get access to it? 

We ensure that if you use Canvas Beta, and you already have Commons configured for your institution, you will have Commons Beta set up in your Canvas beta environment automatically.

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Community Advocate
Community Advocate

zsgoreczky@instructure.com‌, will there be beta release notes for Commons and if so will these be included in the Canvas release notes or separate? If so, where will these be located? Thank you so much for this much needed improvement!

Community Advocate
Community Advocate

This page connects to Canvas Release Notes: https://community.canvaslms.com/groups/commons-users-group 

Community Advocate
Community Advocate

Will we be notified of the release notes as admins? 

Instructure
Instructure

Hi Jessica,

Commons Beta release notes will be included in the regular Canvas Release Notes. I'm also going to send an update to the Commons User Group every month so it's easier to keep pace with what's new and what gets released. 

Zsofi

Community Advocate
Community Advocate

Great, thank you. What type of information will the update entail? Information that will be in the Canvas beta notes?

Instructure
Instructure

I'm planning to send an update each month about what we have been working on and what will become available soon. If there is some other information that you would find helpful, please let me know. Thanks! 

Community Advocate
Community Advocate

Hi zsgoreczky@instructure.com‌, Any additional testing information and if there is something in particular that an admin would need to turn on and where it is located or if Instructure will be already pushing the feature out for us that would be great to know.

Instructure
Instructure

I see, thank you, Jessica for sharing it. Will keep it in mind for the next update. 

Community Advocate
Community Advocate

Great, thank you.

About the Author
Zsofi loves how her two passions, education and product development, come together in Canvas. At the beginning of her career, she worked as a teacher in Budapest, Hungary. Later she studied digital media and learning in San Francisco before finding a home in product management.