Ready Releases introduce new and updated features or adjusted user functionality that will be available in the production environment on Saturday. All features are opt-in feature options unless otherwise indicated.
The following features will be available in the production environment on 2020-03-28:
Blueprint Courses: Courses associated with a Blueprint course can be published as part of the initial Blueprint sync.
User Role: Admin
Courses: New Instructor Canvas tutorials have been updated with revised content and links.
User Role: Instructor
User Navigation: Students can use a QR code to log in to the Canvas Student App.
User Role: Students
Opt-in: No (Opt-in functionality is not available for web features directly associated with the Canvas mobile apps)
Release notes describe upcoming Canvas functionality and are subject to change.
Courses associated with a Blueprint course can be published as part of the initial Blueprint sync.
This change allows admins to choose if they want to publish all associated courses as part of the sync process.
Affected User Roles & Behaviors
Courses associated with Blueprint courses may be taught by instructors who are not the creator of the course content. When admins associate courses with a Blueprint Course, admins may choose to ensure that courses are published as part of the association sync by selecting the Publish Upon Association checkbox. However, admins can choose to disregard this checkbox and publish courses using another method.
New Instructor Canvas tutorials have been updated with revised content and links.
This change assists instructors using Canvas for the first time and helps them become familiar with Canvas.
Affected User Roles
When enabled for an account, New Instructor Tutorials display for instructors in newly created courses. These tutorials can be accessed by an icon at the top of the page and explain the purpose of the page and what to do next.
The course setup tutorial is shown to new Canvas instructors in new courses. New instructors are defined as users with instructor roles created in an account after the new tutorial feature has been enabled. The course setup tutorial can be collapsed from view and is persistent across Canvas pages, so if the tutorial is collapsed in one page, it will stay collapsed until expanded again.
Note: When the New Instructor Tutorials feature option is turned on, it replaces the traditional Course Setup Checklist.
Instructors can end the tutorial series in any page using the Don’t Show Again button. However, ending the tutorial in one course applies to all other courses. Instructors can view the tutorial in new courses again at any time by accessing their User Settings page and enabling the Course Setup Tutorial user feature option.
This user feature option only displays for users enrolled as instructors. For instance, a user enrolled as an admin wouldn’t see the feature option unless the user were enrolled in a course with an instructor enrollment.
User Feature Option & Existing User Access
Once the New User Tutorial feature option is enabled for an account, the Course Setup Tutorial feature option displays in each instructor's User Settings page. Existing instructors can view the tutorials in new courses by enabling this user feature option at any time. User feature options cannot be managed by admins.
Mobile App Login QR Code
Location to Enable Feature
N/A; opt-in functionality is not available for web features directly associated with the Canvas mobile apps
Students can use a QR code to log in to the Canvas Student App.
This change helps students more easily log in to the Canvas Student App without having to know their institution’s Canvas URL.
Affected User Roles & Behaviors
When students are in Canvas, their User Navigation Menu includes a QR for Mobile Login link. This link generates a QR code and tells students they can use the code to log in to their account from the Canvas Student app.
Canvas Student App version 6.7 is required to view the QR code, which will be enabled in the app on 2020-03-28.