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Canvas Release Notes (2019-10-19)

Canvas Release Notes (2019-10-19)

Upcoming Canvas Changes

  • 2019-10-22: End-of-Life for Firefox ESR 60
  • 2019-12-21: End-of-Life functionality related to Live Events
  • 2020-01-18:
    • End-of-Life functionality related to Canvas Data
    • End-of-Life for Gradebook
    • Enforcement of multiple feature options

For more information, please see Upcoming Canvas Changes‌.                                

In this Canvas release (October 19), the Course Navigation menu has been updated for improved accessibility. In Conferences, the BigBlueButton interface supports restricting viewers from creating private chat messages with other users.

For institutions using Canvas Data, admins can create Data Streams in the Canvas interface to test production systems in the beta environment.

Feature Options

  • The New Course and User Analytics feature option allows institutions to enable the new course and user analytics features for an entire account. The existing course and user analytics pages are deprecated.
  • The Slack Notifications feature option allows institutions to enable Slack as a contact method to receive Canvas notifications. [REMOVED FROM RELEASE]
  • The RCE Enhancements feature option allows institutions to enable the New Rich Content Editor for an entire account. The existing Rich Content Editor is deprecated. [PRODUCTION RELEASE DELAYED]
  • For institutions using the New Gradebook, the word Manual displays in the assignment header to indicate the assignment is set with the Manual Posting Policy. Additionally, the outlined Visibility icon only displays when entered grades need to be posted.
  • In User Settings, the feature options to manage international preferences of byte-order mark, semicolons, and field separators are supported in account-level Outcome Results and Student Competency reports and the Learning Mastery Gradebook Export report. Additionally, the feature option descriptions have been updated to clarify the options apply to any compatible spreadsheet export.

External Tools (LTI)

  • For institutions using the Commons LTI, Commons admins can view statistics for their Commons account and export the content into a CSV file.

Release notes describe upcoming Canvas functionality and are subject to change.

Feature Options

The following feature options are addressed in this release:

  • Account: New Course and User Analytics, Slack Notifications
  • Course: New Gradebook

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Release Notes Change Log

New Features

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Commons

Admin Account Statistics

This feature is used in conjunction with an external tool (LTI) in Canvas. Please view the content below for additional details. For more information about LTI tools, please see the Canvas Release Notes FAQ.

                                                             

Location to Enable Feature

Commons LTI

Configuration Details

Commons LTI

Affected Canvas Areas

Commons LTI

Beta/Test Environment Support

Functionality affects content in the beta environment only; New/updated features not available until production deploy

Permissions

Course Content - add / edit / delete

Discussions - view

Assignments and Quizzes - add / edit / delete

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Admins

Feature Enhancement Ideas

Existing Commons feature ideas

Specified Tag for Feature Ideas

Commons

 

Summary

Commons admins can view statistics for their Commons account and export the content into a CSV file.

Change Benefit

This change allows admins to see who is using Commons and the content being shared.

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

Admins

Commons admins can view statistics to measure activity within Commons. They can see the content that is shared by users and identify users who are sharing Commons content. If approved content is enabled for the account, they can also identify if content was approved.

The Statistics page includes the following column data: 

  • The source resource in Commons
  • The content author
  • The content author’s email address
  • Whether or not the content was approved as curated content
  • Number of times the resource has been favorited
  • Number of times the resource has been downloaded
  • The source course link in Canvas

By default, search results are sorted by Latest resource. All columns are sortable by clicking the name of the column. The Search field and Filter option functionality are the same as elsewhere in Commons.

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Notifications

Slack Integration [REMOVED]

This feature can be enabled in Canvas through a feature option in Account Settings. Please view the content below for additional details. For more information about feature options, please see the Canvas Release Notes FAQ.

                                                             

Feature Availability

REMOVED from release; not available in any environment

Affected Canvas Areas

User Settings, Notifications

Location to Enable Feature

Account Settings

Configuration Details

Slack Notifications Feature Option

Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Permissions

Account-level settings - manage

Feature Options - enable / disable

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

All Users

Feature Enhancement Ideas

Existing Account Settings feature ideas

Idea Contributions

Slack and Canvas Integration

Slack Bot

Specified Tag for Feature Ideas

Account Settings

 

Summary

Users can enable Slack as a contact method to receive Canvas notifications. This integration requires an existing Slack account and is available with any license. 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.

 

Change Benefit

This change provides an additional communication medium for users to receive Canvas notifications. 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

Admins

A user with admin access to a Slack workspace can create and install a Slack App for all users with accounts in the workspace. This process must be completed before Slack can be enabled as a communications method in Canvas for all users. For more details about setting up Slack as a Slack account admin, view the Canvas Slack App Admin Installation Guide

All Users

Once a Slack workspace has been enabled for a Canvas account, the Slack Email communication option displays for all users. Any user with a Slack account can register their Slack email address as a contact method.

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Users must activate the communication channel by entering a four-character confirmation code that will be sent via message from the Slack App set up by a Slack admin.

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Once the code has been entered and the channel is verified in Canvas, Slack notifications should be personalized in the Notifications Preferences page. By default, all Slack notifications are set to never be sent.

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All notifications are received via message from the Slack App. Notifications include the name of the course and the notification type (e.g. new assignment, submission comment). Users must access Canvas directly to view the full information.

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Updated Features

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Analytics

New Course and User Analytics

This feature can be enabled in Canvas through a feature option in Account Settings. Please view the content below for additional details. For more information about feature options, please see the Canvas Release Notes FAQ.

                                                             

Feature State

Production-ready

Location to Enable Feature

Account Settings - New Course and User Analytics Feature Option

Configuration Details

New Analytics LTI

Affected Canvas Areas

All Analytics Content Areas

Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Admins, Instructors, Designers, TAs

Feature Enhancement Ideas

View existing New Analytics feature ideas 

Specified Tag for Feature Ideas

analytics2new

Change Type

Deprecation; see Upcoming Canvas Changes

 

Summary

The existing course and user analytics links and pages are deprecated. The New Course and User Analytics functionality is available in all courses.

Change Benefit

This change allows institutions to preview new Course and User Analytics in their courses before they are enabled by default for all institutions on 21 March 2020. 

Additional Details

For more information about new course and user analytics, please see the Canvas Release: New Course and User Analytics document.

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Conferences

BigBlueButton Interface Private Chat Restriction

This feature is managed by a third-party provider. To provide feedback, please see the Feature Enhancement Ideas section.

                                                             

Feature Availability

Production

Configuration Details

N/A

Affected Canvas Areas

Conferences

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

All Users

Feature Enhancement Ideas

Blindside Networks Contact Page

 

Summary

The BigBlueButton interface supports restricting viewers from creating private chat messages with other users.

 

Change Benefit

This change allows moderators to manage private chats within BigBlueButton conferences.

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

Moderators

Canvas Conferences gives instructors (moderators) the ability to prevent students from seeing and interacting with each other in the Users list. When the lock setting for "See other viewers in the Users list" is enabled, students can only see themselves and the instructor in the conference, and students can only send moderators a private chats (not other students).

If this option is enabled by a moderator, users can send private chat messages to any user in the conference.

For additional details about this functionality, please see the BigBlueButton Lock Viewers guide.

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For all chat messages, the chat displays the name of the user who is typing under the chat text field.

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Rich Content Editor

Rich Content Editor Interface Enhancements [DELAYED]

This feature can be enabled in Canvas through a feature option in Course Settings. Please view the content below for additional details. For more information about feature options, please see the Canvas Release Notes FAQ.

                                                   

Feature Availability

DELAYED AS OF 2019-10-18; only available in the beta environment

Location to Enable Feature

Course Settings - Feature Options tab

Configuration Details

Rich Content Editor Feature Option

Affected Canvas Areas

Rich Content Editor

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

All Users

Feature Enhancement Ideas

View existing Rich Content Editor feature ideas

Specified Tag for Feature Ideas

Rich Content Editor

Change Type

Deprecation; see Upcoming Canvas Changes

 

Summary

The Rich Content Editor is deprecated. The New Rich Content Editor is available for institutions to enable in their courses.

 

Change Benefit

This change allows institutions to preview the New Rich Content Editor in their courses before it is enabled by default for all institutions on 20 June 2020.

Additional Details

For more information about Rich Content Editor Enhancements, please see the Canvas Release: Rich Content Editor Enhancements document.

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User Settings

CSV Report Localization

This feature can be enabled in Canvas through feature options in User Settings. Please view the content below for additional details. For more information about feature options, please see the Canvas Release Notes FAQ.

                                                             

Location to Enable Feature

User Settings

Configuration Details

User Settings Feature Options

Affected Canvas Areas

Account Settings Reports, Learning Mastery Gradebook Export Report

Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Affects User Interface

No

Affected User Roles

Instructors, Admins

Feature Enhancement Ideas

View existing International feature ideas

Specified Tag for Feature Ideas

international

 

Summary

In User Settings, the feature options to manage international preferences of byte-order mark, semicolons, and field separators are supported in account-level Outcome Results and Student Competency reports and the Learning Mastery Gradebook Export report. Additionally, the feature option descriptions have been updated to clarify the options apply to any compatible spreadsheet export.

Change Benefit

This change allows users to view commas and special characters in any compatible spreadsheet export that supports the functionality. Previously only Gradebook exports were supported.

Affected User Roles

Admins, Instructors

In User Settings, the feature options to manage byte-order mark, semicolons, and field separators were previously identified as supported in Gradebook exports only. The wording has been updated to identify the functionality being supported in any compatible spreadsheet export.

For admins, the user feature options apply to the account-level Outcome Results and Student Competency reports, and for both admins and instructors, the user feature options apply to the Learning Mastery Gradebook Export report.

CSV export compatibility in Canvas must be added by Canvas engineering teams individually; future support for additional spreadsheet exports will be announced in future releases.

Other Updates

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Navigation

Menu Visibility

 

Location to Enable Feature

N/A

Configuration Details

N/A

Affected Canvas Areas

Admin, Course, User Navigation Menus

Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

All Users

Feature Enhancement Ideas

View existing Navigation feature ideas

Specified Tag for Feature Ideas

navigation

Summary

The Admin, Course, and User Navigation Menus have been updated to include color and visual indicators to define active menu items. Additionally, the Course Navigation Menu includes tooltip indicators to clarify inactive menu items. No functionality has been affected.

Change Benefit

This change helps improve accessibility in Canvas. Previously the inactive links displayed in light gray text with a light border, which did not fulfill contrast ratios. Additionally, active and inactive links only relied on color to convey information.

Affected User Roles

All Users

When a user accesses a supported menu, all inactive links are displayed in the account’s primary color. The active link is displayed in black and includes a vertical line. The hover state for a link includes an underline by default (when high contrast mode is not already enabled). When selected, the link displays a focus state with a 2px border.

Course Navigation active link and focus state

Instructors & Admins

Default links that are not visible to students display the hidden visibility icon. 

Note: No existing functionality has been affected with this change. Third party LTI tools are not included in the course sidebar unless they are visible in the course.

Course navigation before and after comparison

Pages are not visible to a student in one of two cases: a page contains no content, or a page is hidden via the Navigation tab in Course Settings. Tooltip content clarifies the hidden state appropriately.

View of Course Navigation Menu and the Navigation tab with disabled links

New Gradebook

Post Policy Icon Updates

This feature is used in conjunction with an existing feature option in Canvas. Please view the content below for additional details. For more information about feature options, please see the Canvas Release Notes FAQ.

                                                             

Location to Enable Feature

New Gradebook

Configuration Details

New Gradebook Feature Option

Affected Canvas Areas

New Gradebook

Related APIs

Custom Gradebook Columns API

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors

Feature Enhancement Ideas

Existing New Gradebook feature ideas

Idea Contributions

Visibility Icons

Specified Tag for Feature Ideas

gradebook_new

 

Summary

The word Manual displays in the assignment header to indicate the assignment is set with the Manual Posting Policy. Additionally, the outlined Visibility icon only displays when entered grades need to be posted.

 

Change Benefit

This change helps simplify the number of icons related to the manual posting policy and provide icon consistency throughout Canvas.

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

Instructors

When an assignment is set with the Manual Posting Policy, the outlined Visibility icon has been replaced with the word Manual. This change clarifies the policy status, not the grade status, which aligns consistency with other statuses that display in the Gradebook—Unpublished, Moderated, and Anonymous. 

Assignments set with the Automatic Posting Policy do not include any additional indicator aside from the point value.

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The outlined Visibility icon only displays once grades have been entered into the Gradebook that need to be posted. This change mimics the icon displayed in the Total column and replaces the solid icon, which is no longer used. Additionally, the icon is no longer associated with the primary color of a custom Canvas theme and always displays outlined in black and white to ensure consistency throughout Canvas, such as in SpeedGrader.

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Platform/Integration

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Account Navigation

Data Services Portal

 

Location to Enable Feature

Developer Keys

Configuration Details

External Apps

Affected Canvas Areas

Account Navigation

Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Permissions

LTI - add / edit / delete

Data Services - manage

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Admins

Feature Enhancement Ideas

View Existing Canvas Data feature ideas

Specified Tag for Feature Ideas

Canvas Data

 

Summary

Admins can create Data Streams in the Canvas interface to test production systems in the beta environment.

Change Benefit

This change allows admins to test new Canvas events in the beta environment before they are released to production. 

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

Admins

Admins can access Canvas Data services by accessing the Inherited tab in Developer Keys and turning on Canvas Data Services. The details of the developer key can be used to add an account-level app via Client ID. Once added to the account, the Data Services link displays in the Account Navigation Menu. Details for configuring Data Services can be viewed in the Data Services: Data Streaming Form Community document.

Data Streams can be configured via the Add New Data Stream button. Details about creating a new data stream can be found in the Data Services: Data Streaming Community document.

Notes:

  • The Beta environment should not be used to configure production systems.
  • Beta accounts are never refreshed with production data and only display Beta data streams. 

Release Notes Change Log

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Date
2019-11-06

Removed—New Features

  • Notifications: feature removed from the release (not available in any environment)
2019-10-18

Removed—Updated Features

  • Rich Content Editor: feature delayed from the production release (available in the beta environment)
2019-10-15

Changed—Updated Features

  • Rich Content Editor: updated supplemental document with upload/record functionality
2019-10-14

Changed—Updated Features

  • New Course and User Analytics: updated production availability date as 2019-10-21
2019-10-04

Added—Updated Features

  • Rich Content Editor: Rich Content Editor Interface Enhancements
2019-09-30Release Notes Published
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Comments

Excited to have some usage data around Commons, especially for some of the district level resources that are shared there! Are there any plans to include Commons Groups as a metric in the stats, or level of sharing? It'd be interesting to see which areas are sharing heavily among their Groups or look at which resources are limited to our district vs public for all. I see there's a filter button, what options will be there?

We can see the new eye icon in the left hand navigation in Beta but we can't see the new Manual in the grade book. When will this be in Beta? We need to re-write the new grade book documentation again and would like to do so before this is in production.

Thank you,

Karen Matson

kmatson@uoregon.edu - Just a suggestion.....be sure you've expanded the columns in the New Gradebook.  I didn't see them right away, either, because the columns are often too narrow.

I had a question about the New Analytics. If I am reading this right will the New Analytics (Analytics BETA) just replace the existing page, or will it still reside in the navigation of the courses?

Regards, 

Jason Schaffer 

Hi jschaffer...

I think the first few paragraphs of this document will help to answer your question: Canvas Release: New Course and User Analytics.

Hi Ken,

Thanks for that. When I manually expanded the column, "MANUAL" was displayed instead of "M". Can you tell me if you know of any way of doing this in one action for all the columns? I can see this being a problem in the future when the New Gradebook is implemented for everyone.

There is NOT, bkompe@swin.edu.au‌, to the best of my knowledge and I wholeheartedly agree with you.  The only Feature Idea I could find somewhat related to this is https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/12665-column-width-in-new-gradebook-empty-margins-and-text-wra... .  I hope as the New Gradebook gets fully deployed that more people may view this as an issue and it can gain some traction.

I just don't know that the "Manual" label is even necessary. If I set my gradebook policy to manual post, Manual pops up in the column header for every assignment, including the ones where all grades have been posted. The eye is indicating that all or some grades need to be manually posted, just like the bell used to do. "Manual" seems redundant and unnecessary to me and if it's hidden by the default column widths, most users don't see it anyways. What's the argument for this feature?

Because people had many issues with the previously-used eye icons in the New Gradebook. You may recall that when it was originally released, the New Gradebook spelled out MUTED in the column heading. This new solution--while not perfect--is at least a bit better than the red eye that appeared before. More gory details here: Post Policy Updates Feedback ,

Yay!!! for the Manual text plus Eye iconography. I was not a fan of the Eye plus Dot iconography. This is MUCH more understandable. Thank you for listening to feedback and coming up with a better option!

I think the word MANUAL helps, but wish it wrapped to a new line like the UNPUBLISHED label does.  The 2nd and 3rd column below are both set to Manual, but you can only see that on the 3rd column because I manually made it wider.  The default column width doesn't appear to allow for it to show since it's after the points.  The 1st column shows how an item with the UNPUBLISHED label wraps to a new line and thus is visible no matter how wide the column is.  

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That's an excellent point! I wonder if that could be done?

Hi, Rick,

Nice idea. The column header only allows two lines. Unpublished and anonymous labels are temporary and are eventually replaced by grade data. Would having the Manual label be listed before the grade be an option? 

Erin

Erin,

I thought that the number of lines might be an issue which is why I didn't propose an actual alternative . Having manual in front of the points might be a better in my opinion.  What I found when testing is that I'd set an assignment to manual and thought the label wasn't working since I couldn't see it.  Having manual in front of points should ensure that people see that change when they make it; although I'm sure some might disagree about the order of manual vs points.

Rick

erinhallmark, I think rmurchshafer@unomaha.edu makes a good point, that some will probably prefer it each way. Maybe it would be helpful to see a mock-up of the proposed solution, to help people think of the advantages/disadvantages of reordering the terms.

And, as much as I would normally argue against taking over the gradebook real estate with more titling, I would actually say in this case, I think someone should investigate what it would take to add a 3rd line to the column headers. There is just too much going on in that space now. Who knows maybe it will be awful, and maybe people will dislike taking the extra screen real estate, but maybe just seeing a mockup of that would at least give an opportunity to compare some alternatives.

I think a 3rd line really needs to be added for the status.  The mockups included in the Post Policy Updates Feedback  document did not show any points for the assignments, so they looked better.  Seeing this change live in Beta now, I think it looks a bit clunky on the same line as the points.  If it really *has* to stay with the points, I would prefer it before the points so it's visible when columns are narrow, but it really doesn't seem like adding a 3rd line should be that difficult for something this important (edit: after editing a few .css values and the html, seems like this isn't too difficult to accomplish, see screenshot below).

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html change:

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css changes (I think these were the only once I changed, but I might be missing one more height change from 36px):

  • .slick-header-column .Gradebook__ColumnHeaderContent
    • height: 60px
  • .slick-header-column.ui-state-default
    • height: 60px
  • .slick-header-column .Gradebook__ColumnHeaderDetail
    • height:60px;
    • line-height:60px

-Chris

After testing the New Gradebook "improvement" of the post policy functionality I totally agree what people here are saying. For me it is very weird that a feature that is supposed to be an improvement isn't even visible. For a lot of teachers in my university this will cause problems and confusion! 

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Adding a third line will be a good solution so the "MANUAL" label is visible all the time. I really hope this will get changed soon, because having to inform all teachers for a third time with even more changes will leave them confused and discouraged.

Our team will not be adding a third line. But here's what it looks like with the Manual label listed first:

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Erin

Thanks erinhallmark, that mockup is helpful and it does look better to me. 

If a third line isn't being added, that mockup dopes look better to me.  I wonder if a dash can be added between the MANUAL and the points though, so it would be "MANUAL - Out of 100".  It would look better to my eye than the whitespace between the two words now.

-Chris

But, then won't the point total get cut off by the column width issue? I would think that is more meaningful information to my teachers than the MANUAL label since we already have the eye icon.

The icon will only appear when the grades have not yet been posted, but I agree that this is not very appealing and resizing the column for each item isn't a reasonable workaround.

Since the post policy is such a mess and it keeps changing and our faculty are getting really frustrated we wanted to try a new approach. In the individual view of the gradebook you can mute and unmute assignments, same functionality we are all used to and all love. So we created new assignments and made sure the post policy is automatic and then looked at the new assignments in the individual view and were super frustrated to find that assignments are muted in this view to start with. I am curious why this is different, why it is not consistent with the gradebook view. I am wondering if this is why the quizzes go to MUTE over the weekend and faculty come in screaming that what caused all their quizzes to be muted.

We have yet to establish a best practice because there doesn't seem to be one. We don't want everything manual because we are worried about what happens to third party tools like McGraw Hill Connect assignments and MY Pearson anything.

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Thank you,

Karen

Hi Karen Matson,

That checked Muted? has got to be a bug, right, right?? I mean I know it is, in my sandbox I see it checked and my Student me can clearly see her grade. What a wonky artifact!

Instructor view:

Instructor view of a grade result

Student view:

student view of grade result

Sigh - Shar

Is anyone else seeing an issue with the links in the menu no longer following the Branding Theme settings? A lot of our menu links are now in the default blue instead of the branded green for our university.

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Yup...seeing the same thing in the global menu buttons that have the slide-outs.  😞

Thanks mjennings@uab.edu‌ for posting the screen shots. I tested this and I am seeing the same thing. I have noticed that the color keeps swapping from our default green to the blue. When I am on the Dashboard page I see the blue color. When I click on account-->settings the color changes back to green. Is anyone else seeing a change back to the default color and then back to blue? 

I spoke with Canvas support who was able to replicate the issue. They said this is more than likely a bug and will be reported to the dev team

Grade Posting Policy Still Broken................................

What would your recommendation be to this question from faculty?

post or hide

Thank you,

Karen

The word Manual really does need to be moved before the points.  The new icons already confused our faculty, but if the word Manual is completely hidden (as it is when the columns are small) then faculty may forget to post their grades.  I forsee much unhappiness since they had barely figured out the prior icons. This looks like an okay solution, although I agree that 3 lines for the column header would be better.

Hi, Karen,

If you have the Visibility icon showing, as well as both Post Grades and Hide Grades available, some grades have previously been posted to students, but others have not. Click the Post Grades button and you'll see a preview of what grades will be posted before they are posted.

Thanks,

Erin

Hi, Karen,

I checked our team's list of tickets and they have one coming up to make sure the Mute checkbox does not display when New Gradebook is enabled. Watch for that to be announced soon.

Thanks,

Erin

We have some concerns about the new Rich Content Editor and specifically the new "LTI Tools" button where tools like Kaltura are now relegated.  The button disappears on all but the largest screens (it is not visible on a 15" laptop screen, replaced with the "3 dot" menu button.)  This is going to cause major issues for our end-users, and any institution where an LTI tool like Kaltura is heavily integrated.  You can see more details in this thread posted by Oregon State as a feature request:

https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/15093-ability-to-replace-the-media-button-in-the-new-rce-with-...

Hi Audra, 

If you click the Filter button, you will see the same filtering options as we have on the search page (home page) of Commons. You are able to filter for resource type, grade / levels, and different 'shared with' options. You are able to filter for a certain Commons group and see which resources have been shared with that certain group. 

I hope this is helpful. 

Cheers, 

Zsofi

Yes, losing the plugins button from the default button bar is a MAJOR problem.

There's currently no way to enable Slack notifications on Beta

Hi, Adam,

We're adjusting the visibility of that feature option. However, there isn't much to test with this feature since notifications aren't supported in the beta environment.

Thanks,

Erin

This was brought up in the previous release notes but not addressed, specifically to the update on the Navigation:

"the aria attributes for hidden menu items are a welcome addition
* I would recommend also adding aria attributes to the active menu
  item html. At present there is no way for staff or students to know
  which menu item is highlighted if they don't have access to style
  information (colour and left border). This is also an issue with the
  current implementation, but the addition of aria-current=true or
  aria-current=page would help in this regard

Hi, Jeremy,

If our team needs to consider adding that accessibility attribute, I'd recommend submitting a support case so the situation can be reviewed.

Thanks!

Erin

kmatson@uoregon.edu‌, what is this individual view of which you speak?

If I encounter a bug/error in the enhanced RCE in the beta instance, should I report via a ticket or is there a page where I should add a comment? I encountered this today when I selected 'All' in the file types under 'Add documents'.

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martha@wolseyhalloxford.org.uk...

Maybe both?  There's also some good conversation going on here with occasional responses from Instructure: Canvas Release: New Rich Content Editor.

Hi, Martha,

We encourage support cases when possible, specifically since we cannot triage exactly what you're seeing via release notes. However, leaving a note that you found something is helpful to others who read the comments here. So if you'll submit a ticket, our support team can get on that right away for you! They know not to disregard tickets regarding the beta environment behavior.

Our product manager is working to resolve all outstanding concerns as quickly as possible, and we appreciate your feedback on this issue. 

Thanks!

Erin

Katie,

When you are in the gradebook you can select the Individual view of the gradebook and see students and assignments one by one.

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Karen Matson

Something we've noticed as we're looking at the new navigation menu—classes are no longer being used to distinguish hidden navigation menu sections?

with classes without classes

Having those classes would be useful for anyone doing custom styling.

Thanks, Alexander. Our engineers aren't sure why that class was removed but they will work on getting it added back in.

Erin

I think there are a couple of good options that are not available in the new grades. Go directly to speedgrader in any grade cell and the option to show grades by assuming zero for missing assignments. The Apply grade policy is not the same. You should consider to activate these options in grades. Assume is different to apply grade and it could confuse students on their grades.

H.

Is there any update for links being the proper color in our theme? Our theme's primary color (what is used for links) is 861f41 and in a few locations it is appearing as 008ee2.  There are also times where part of the webpage is using the theme's primary color and the default color at the same time.  One example would be when browsing the list of courses or people as an admin.

Hi, Douglas,

If you've submitted a support case, you'll be notified when an update is available.

Thanks,

Erin

This comment belongs to the last release notes but they are closed for comments so posting it here.

The new feature - Launch SpeedGrader Filtered by Student Group - is only for assignments but it is negatively impacting discussions. We have a class that checked the box and now cannot grade group discussions. This is not supposed to affect discussions but it is. Please fix this.

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But the effect on a group discussion is this and there is no way to select another group.

group discussion grading with large group checked in settings

Thank you for fixing this.

Karen Matson

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