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Canvas Release Notes (2020-08-15)

Canvas Release Notes (2020-08-15)

In this Canvas release (August 15), the Account Navigation Menu includes a link to Global Announcements, where users can view current and recent announcements.

In courses, multiple pages can be deleted at one time in the Pages Index page. The Sections column can be hidden from students in the People page when more than one section exists in the course.

Feature Options

  • For institutions using the New SIS Integration Setting feature option, the Post to SIS button does not need to be removed for assignments in closed grading periods.

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

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Release Notes Change Log

Updated Features

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Pages

Bulk Page Delete

 

Affected Canvas Areas

Pages

Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Permissions

Pages - Create

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors

Feature Enhancement Ideas

View existing pages feature ideas

Specified Tag for Feature Ideas

pages

Feature Idea Contributions

https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/4224-delete-multiple-pages 

Feature Video

  

 

Summary

Multiple pages can be deleted at one time in the Pages Index page.

 

Change Benefit

This change allows outdated content to be removed more quickly. Previously pages could only be deleted one at a time.

Affected User Roles

Instructors

The Pages Index page (View All Pages button) allows for multiple pages to be deleted at one time. Pages can be multi-selected by selecting a checkbox next to the pages.

Note: The delete functionality is disabled for the page designated as the Front Page. To delete the page used as the Front Page, a new Front Page must be set.

Pages bulk delete checkboxes

People

Course Section Column Student Visibility

 

Affected Canvas Areas

People

Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Permissions

Users - view list

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors, Students

Feature Enhancement Ideas

View existing people feature ideas

Specified Tag for Feature Ideas

people

Feature Idea Contributions

https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/11904 

Feature Video

  

Summary

The Section column can be hidden from students in the People page when more than one section exists in the course.

 

Change Benefit

This change prevents students from viewing sections for other students when they have access to view the People page.

Affected User Roles

Instructors

When a course includes more than one section, the Course Settings Details page includes an option to hide sections on the People page from students. Instructors can select this option for the course. 

Course Details tab with Hide sections option

When enabled, the Section column displays to instructors (and admins), as well as other user roles with People permissions.

People page with Section Column

Students

When the option to hide sections is enabled for the course, students are not able to view the Section column when viewing the People page.

Note: This functionality does not prevent students from identifying section information in other areas of Canvas, such as if students can send messages to all students in a section from their Inbox.

 

People Page Student View without Section Column

User Navigation

Global Announcements Page 

 

Affected Canvas Areas

User Navigation Menu

Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

All Users

Feature Enhancement Ideas

View existing Announcements feature ideas

Specified Tag for Feature Ideas

Announcements

Feature Idea Contributions

https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/11506-view-previous-global-announcements 

Feature Video

  

Summary

The User Navigation Menu includes a link to Global Announcements, which displays current and recent announcements for the institution.

Change Benefit

This change allows users to view announcements that were previously dismissed from the Dashboard.

Affected User Roles

All Users

Global Announcements display as a notification in a user’s Dashboard if the user’s role is included for the announcement. Users can manually close the notification at any time. Closing the announcement displays an alert indicating that the announcement can be viewed again in the user’s Navigation Menu.

Dashboard notifications removal and notification about dismissed announcements

The Global Navigation link is located at the end of the User Navigation Menu.

Account Navigation Menu with Global Announcements Link

The Global Announcements page defaults to the Current Announcements tab, which displays all active announcements for the institution.

Global Announcements Current Tab

The Recent tab displays all announcements with an end date within the past four months.

Global Announcements Recent Tab

Platform/Integration

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Browsers

TLS Protocol Changes

Summary

TLS Protocols 1.0 and 1.1 are not supported in Canvas. Institutions must update to TLS 1.2 by 19 September or switch their API URLs to a legacy endpoint.

Change Benefit

This change ensures all customers are using the highest encryption protocols to protect user interactions with Canvas. TLS 1.0 and 1.1 protocols support usage of ciphers that do not meet modern security standards.

Affected User Roles & Behaviors

Admins

Users who rely on browsers to interact with Canvas must update their TLS protocol to 1.2, as support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 will no longer be available. Users should ensure they are using the latest version of each supported Canvas browser. Users may be affected if applications are parsing page content or using a script against Canvas APIs. Background regarding these changes can be found in Deprecating TLS 1.0 & 1.1.

Test Environment Support: 15 August 2020

  • Institutions can test changes to their TLS protocols using the Beta environment at any time. On 15 August, Canvas engineering will disable support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 in the Test environment. Institutions that still produce TLS 1.0 and 1.1 data will be contacted by their Customer Success Manager.

Legacy Endpoint Support: July 17, 2021

  • Institutions that are not able to transition to TLS 1.2 by 19 September should update their API URL to a legacy endpoint, which is created by adding legacyapi after the institution name (e.g. institution-name.legacyapi.instructure.com). Legacy endpoints will be supported until 17 July 2021.

For additional questions about this change, please see Customer TLS Protocols FAQ.

Release Notes Change Log

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Date
2020-07-31

Changed—Platform/Integration

  • Added Customer TLS Protocols FAQ document
2020-07-28Added Feature Video Links
2020-07-20Release Notes Published
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