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Ready Release Notes (2020-05-16)

Ready Release Notes (2020-05-16)

The following features will be available in the production environment on 2020-05-16:

Commons

Category Templates

  • User Role: Instructors
  • Opt-in: No

Courses

Canvas Elementary Theme

  • User Role: Instructors, Students
  • Opt-in: Yes

Modules

File Upload Enhancements

  • User Role: Instructors
  • Opt-in: Yes

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

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Commons

Category Templates

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.

Feature Functionality Details

Commons LTI

Affected Canvas Areas

Commons LTI

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors

Feature Enhancement Ideas

Existing Commons feature ideas

Specified Tag for Feature Ideas

Commons

Summary

Admins can identify a resource as a Template or Open Textbook content type. Additionally, the Filter includes options to search for either of these content types.

Change Benefit

This change allows instructors to easily locate Template or Open Textbook content types. Previously these content types could only be located by using search terms.

Affected User Roles

Admins

When a resource is shared to Commons and managed by an admin, the resource can be identified as a template or an open textbook. 

Commons Admin Content Type Options

Instructors

The Share page includes a new category called Content Type. When an instructor searches for templates, the Filtering option displays both content types. Existing resources are identified as templates or open textbooks based on their titles and tags.

Commons Filter Menu with New Options

Courses

Canvas Elementary Theme

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 Functionality Details

Canvas Elementary Theme Feature Option

Affected Canvas Areas

Global Navigation Menu, Course Navigation Menu, Rich Content Editor

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors, Students

Feature Enhancement Ideas

Existing courses feature ideas

Specified Tag for Feature Ideas

courses

Summary

Courses can display a user interface designed for K–6 users.

Change Benefit

This change provides a simplified Canvas experience and displays a font conducive to younger students.

Affected User Roles

Students, Instructors

When this feature option is enabled, and a course has not customized the Course Navigation Menu, visible links default to Home, Announcements, Modules, and Grades (subject to content being available in Announcements and Modules).

Canvas also displays a new font, Architect’s Daughter, in the Global Navigation Menu, Course Navigation Menu, and Breadcrumbs bar. The font is also updated in the Rich Content Editor. If the feature option is turned off, the font changes from Architect’s Daughter to the Canvas default, Lato.

Note: Enabling the Elementary Theme will change the font in all applicable locations and simplify the Course Navigation Menu for all users in the course. The Global Navigation Menu will display in Lato when the student views any other course not using the Elementary Theme.

Elementary Theme with instructor and student navigation views

Modules

File Upload Enhancements

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 Functionality Details

Module File Upload Enhancements Feature Options doc

Affected Canvas Areas

Modules, Course Home Page

Affects User Interface

Yes   

Affected User Roles

Instructors

Feature Enhancement Ideas

View existing Modules feature ideas 

Specified Tag for Feature Ideas

modules

Feature Idea Contributions

https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/5443-drag-and-drop-files-into-course-modules-and-assignment-ed... 

 

Summary

Instructors can add multiple module content from the Course Home Page or the Modules page. Additionally, the Course Home Page has received small design modifications.

 

Change Benefit

This change helps instructors build module content with multiple files at one time, using the same functionality supported in Course Files.

Affected User Roles

Instructors

When Modules is selected as the Course Home Page, instructors can add new module content directly in the Course Home Page. With a new course, instructors are shown the option to create a new module. The Import Existing Content option displays in the Course Home Page sidebar as an additional button.

Modules uploads in Home Page

Once a module name has been added and saved, the module displays a files area to drag and drop multiple files. Users can also browse for files by selecting them from their computer desktop.

Modules Upload Files area

 

Module Items

In the module’s Add Item window, the File selection allows multiple files to be uploaded at one time. The number of selected files are displayed next to the Choose Files button. Once added, the files are uploaded to Canvas, and the progress of the file upload displays directly in the module window. When file uploads are complete, the names of the files are shown directly in the window. 

 

If an uploaded file is a duplicate of an existing file, Canvas displays a prompt asking if the file should be overwritten, renamed, or skipped.

Multiple Files Uploaded in Modules

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Date
2020-05-13Release Notes Published
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Hi there, that file upload for module enhancement looks good. Took me awhile to work out exactly what the enhancement was, but got there in the end. I cannot see the canvas elementary theme option in Beta. Perhaps I'm looking in the wrong spot. How do I enable it? As a higher ed institution, its not something we are interested in at the moment, but I like to understand optional feature functionality anyway. Just in case something ever changes when we were not expecting it to Smiley Happy

Hi, Kirsten,

It's in the Course section in the Feature Options page. I've confirmed we've allowed it so you should see it in the list.

Thanks!

Erin

Hi, so, turning on the multiple file upload module enhancement seems to remove the "Add existing content" button area to the newly created course shells.  A lot of our faculty look to that button to start the importing course material process and don't go to settings to start it.   This will be problematic in preparing for the fall term.  Also, the click & drag area placement in Modules might need to be a little more nuanced than taking up as much real estate as it does already/as it is designed to.  Probably a menu presenting after files have been dragged to anywhere in "modules" to choose where they should fall/end up will be better, or something like that.

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Hi, Clint,

I'm not quite sure where in Canvas you're referencing... In the Dashboard, the Add Existing Content has indeed been removed, but you'll find it in the right sidebar. 

Erin

Hello, I have a quick question. When the ready releases are enforced in July, since the elementary theme is a course level option, will the admin feature option be set to allow so that the teachers can enable in their course if they choose to do so?

Thanks,

Lisa

Hi, Lisa,

We're removing the feature flag but it will become an account settings so admins can still decide if they want to enable it for their institution.

Thanks,

Erin

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