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Canvas Deploy Notes (2020-11-04)

Canvas Deploy Notes (2020-11-04)

Canvas deploys contain code changes that are intended to fix bugs, improve performance, and prepare for new features, but they do not affect customer workflows. These deploys take place every two weeks and can be tested in the beta environment before the production deploy date indicated in the title of this document. Intended changes in workflow are noted in the Canvas Release Notes published monthly.

Deploy notes may include notable fixed bugs, resolved fixes in Known Issues, and other updates that do not affect user functionality.

 

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Deploy Notes Change Log

 

Interface Updates

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Account Settings

User Pronoun Setting


Summary

When personal pronouns are enabled in an account, admins can also choose whether or not users can change their pronouns in Canvas.

Change Benefit

This change allows admins to manage whether or not users can change their pronouns in Canvas.

Affected User Roles

Admins

In the Personal Pronouns section, admins can enable personal pronouns for their account. When this option is selected, another option is selected by default, which allows users to change their pronouns in Canvas. If admins do not want to allow users to change their pronouns in Canvas, this option should be deselected before saving the Settings page.

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When users cannot change their pronouns in Canvas, their user page displays the pronouns field, but no pronouns will be displayed. Additionally, the pronoun field will not be editable as part of the User Settings edit window.

 

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Blueprint Courses

Blueprint History Editor Column


Summary

The Blueprint History page includes the name of the user who synced changes a part of a Blueprint Course.

Change Benefit

This change adds user information next to the number of changes in the Blueprint Sync.

Affected User Roles

Admins

In the Blueprint History page, each Blueprint Sync includes the name of the user who synced changes, along with the number of changes included in the sync.

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Instructors

Instructors added to an associated course can view the Blueprint Information and also view the name of the user who synced changes.

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Related Community IdeaBlueprint Courses Improve the Synch History

 

Other Updates

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InstUI Update

Instructor View Edit Group Window

The Edit Group window for instructors has been updated to use the icon style used in InstUI. No functionality has been affected.

Outcomes

Academic Benchmarks 4.1

The Academic Benchmark API is migrating from version 3 to version 4.1. Credentials are not affected, but institutions should ensure they have access to version 4.1 by February 2021.

 

Fixed Bugs

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Accessibility

Account Settings

The icon in the Pronouns heading includes a tooltip to clarify use of pronouns in Canvas.

Calendar

Invalid color hexcodes are read by screen readers. Additionally, the Apply button is disabled until a valid color is selected.

Dashboard

In the Course Card Dashboard, invalid color hexcodes are read by screen readers. Additionally, the Apply button is disabled until a valid color is selected.

Assignments

Edit Icon and MasteryPaths

The Settings icon can be used for an assignment when MasteryPaths is enabled for the course or entire account.

Explanation: When MasteryPaths was enabled for a course or the entire account, the Settings menu in the assignment edit page was not responsive, preventing instructors from deleting the assignment in the Edit page. Canvas code has been updated to correct the Settings menu.

Calendar

Multiple Section Dates and Event Deletion

Calendar events with multiple section dates can be deleted.

Explanation: When the Use a Different Date for Each Section option was selected in a calendar event, and not all the sections included a date, the event would not delete from the calendar. The calendar item appeared to delete but would display the event again once the page was refreshed. Canvas code has been updated to delete a calendar event even with blank sections.

External Apps

LTI - Add / Edit / Delete Permission and RCE Favorites

Account roles without the LTI - Add / Edit / Delete permission cannot see the option to add LTI tools to the RCE toolbar.

Explanation: When a user did not have the LTI - Add / Edit / Delete permission, the user was able to see the Add to RCE Toolbar button in the External Apps page. Canvas code has been updated to respect the LTI permission when displaying the Add to RCE Toolbar button.

Inbox

Observer Roles

Observers are able to send a message to linked students.

Explanation: When an observer linked to a student attempted to message the student, the observer was unable to send the message. Canvas code has been updated to allow observers to send a message to linked students.

People

Designer Role

Users with the default Designer role are shown with the Designer role in the People page.

Explanation: When a user was enrolled in a course with the base Designer role, the user was listed in the People page as Course Designer. Canvas code has been updated to list users with the default Designer role as Designer to ensure consistency with other roles displayed in the page.

Terms

Terms Filter

Navigating away from the Terms menu does not affect the list of terms in the menu.

Explanation: When the Courses tab was selected at the account level and the Filter by Term menu was listed, navigating away from the menu and then selecting it again no longer displayed all terms. Canvas code has been updated to retain all terms in the menu.

 

Source Code Summary

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To view a summary of all code included in the deploy, please see the Deploy Source Code Summary (2020-11-04) reference sheet.

 

 

 

Deploy Notes Change Log

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Date  
2020-10-23 Deploy Notes Published

 

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I love the new pronoun option, as we populate the Canvas pronoun field from our SIS (via CSV upload).

The only remaining issue we really need to have addressed with Pronouns is having the ability to remove a pronoun from Canvas through the SIS CSV file.  Unlike a name, which basically everyone must have, there are cases where a person had a pronoun set in our SIS and then chose to remove it completely, but we're currently unable to then remove the pronoun from Canvas too.  We have to tell users who run into this that they'll need to remove their pronoun from the SIS first, then go into Canvas and remove it from there manually as well.

I'd love to enable this new option to try to prevent users from changing their pronoun in the wrong place, but I can't use this until we have a way to remove pronouns through the SIS CSV upload.

-Chris

Hi @chriscas 

Will you confirm if an idea conversation already exists for this topic? That's the best place to get traction for a feature enhancement.

Thanks!

Erin

Hi @erinhallmark ,

The lack of a removal option is mentioned in comments at https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Idea-Conversations/Add-updating-Pronouns-field-to-the-Users-API-a..., but should a whole new idea be started?  This seems like something that is probably not major enough to garner a ton of votes/stars, but is critical for pronoun implementation for some institutions.  If a separate idea is needed, let me know and I will definitely create it.  The pronoun feature is now at about 98% of what we need and this is the final 2%.  Unfortunately, without the final 2%, the other 98% of the effort that's been put in so far is likely going to be very underutilized.

-Chris

UC Berkeley would also require the ability for a user to clear their pronouns via SIS. Thanks for pointing out that it's not currently an option, @chriscas 

@chriscas let me see what I can do for that one.

Thanks,

Erin

Hi, all,

The next deploy notes are available: Canvas Deploy Notes (2020-11-18)

Thanks,

Erin

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