In this Canvas release (October 17), users can view a list of recently visited pages in the Global Navigation Menu. Additionally, the user-level and course-level notification pages have been updated for design simplification in managing notifications in each location.
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The Global Navigation Menu includes a Recent History link, which displays recently visited pages in Canvas.
This change helps users remember what page they last viewed in one or multiple courses.
Affected User Roles
The Global Navigation Menu includes a Recent History link. This History link displays the most recent pages viewed in Canvas up to the last three weeks. Page content is displayed by title.
Recent History Link in Global Navigation
Page history is identical to the information found in a user’s page views or the user access report.
Acting as a student displays recent history for the student, not the page views created by the admin.
Any pages that are removed from a course will remain in the history, but the link will no longer be valid. Course content should be completed and verified before the course is published for students.
Page history is not supported in the beta or test environments. Accessing the Recent History link in either environment displays an individual link notifying users that Recent History is unavailable. The link directs to the Canvas Guides article about using the Beta or Test environments, respectively.
The user-level Notifications page has been updated to match the design of the course-level Notifications page. Additional enhancements have been added to clarify notifications between each level.
These changes align the user interface for consistency, remind users about notification overrides at either the course or user levels, and improve navigation.
Affected User Roles
The user-level Notifications page has been updated to match the design of the course-level Notifications page. This page includes a banner reminding users that account-level notifications apply to all courses.
The name of the Account Notifications page is also included in the breadcrumb trail for easier navigation.
Additionally, for the Grades notification, the Send Scores in Emails option has also been added as a course-level notification preference.
User Account Notifications Page
Notifications for individual courses can be changed within each course and override user account notifications. The Course Notifications page also includes a banner notifying users about these overrides.
The MathJax JS library has been improved to render equations in a more accessible format and promote ease of use. Math equations created anywhere in Canvas will be rendered as MathML.
This change improves accessibility for equations throughout Canvas. Previously, equations were treated as an image and included title attributes and alternative text and were not available to keyboard users. Additionally, image views varied by browser and screen readers, equations could not be copied, and alternative text could be inadvertently changed or removed.
Affected User Roles
For both new and existing content throughout Canvas, equation rendering has been replaced by MathJax.
Additionally, MathJax offers a context-menu providing functions for interacting with the equation.
Release features are summarized for individual roles in the User Summaries page.
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All items listed in the release notes are immediately available for testing in the Canvas beta environment, unless otherwise indicated. If functionality in the beta environment does not match the functionality shown in the release notes, please submit a support case through your institution's preferred method as shown in your Global Navigation Help Menu. The Canvas Support Team can help escalate behaviors that may need to be resolved before they are deployed to the production environment, which takes place on the date of these release notes. When submitting a case, please indicate that the behavior is occurring in the beta environment.