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The Product Blog

DanaOkerlund
Instructure
Instructure

Using MasteryConnect and Canvas just got better! Soon Trackers will be connected to Canvas Courses, making it even easier to access the power of the MasteryConnect directly from your Canvas Course. Now you’ll have more time for teaching, assessing, and planning instruction. 

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carlycurran
Instructure
Instructure

Hello, I’m excited to introduce myself to all of you! I’m the new product manager for Canvas data and analytics. Learn a little bit more about me, get a sneak peek at Canvas Attendance — an update to New Analytics — and take the opportunity to share your feedback with us.

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TamasBalogh
Instructure
Instructure

Let's discuss New Quizzes Public API's foundation: GraphQL or REST? 

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dlyons
Instructure
Instructure

There are a lot of different ways to embed content like YouTube videos into Canvas, which is great! Standards and co-existing with the open web is a big part of what makes Canvas, Canvas. Unfortunately, the three most common ways of embedding YouTube videos produce pretty different results.

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jsailor
Instructure
Instructure

In an effort to deepen the security of SCORM content, we are changing the way Canvas interacts with SCORM by integrating signed launch links.

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Katrina-Hess
Instructure
Instructure

[2021-06-07 Update] TheDiscussions Redesign project is now available in the beta environment. Please view more details about this project in our Discussions Redesign User Group.

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SuSorensen
Instructure
Instructure

I know everyone is keen to hear what is coming next for Item Banks. We think we’re onto something good, but are still refining the user interaction experience. 

New improvements to Item Banks will make it possible for Admins to share Item Banks at the Account to disseminate down for courses to assess against using the same set of items. Additionally, anyone with permission will be able to collaborate easily by associating an Item Bank with courses instead of only the user. Admins will be able to exert their super-powers by accessing any Item Bank, even those not explicitly shared, so that content cannot be lost. 

Released 19.6.2021: Release Notes 

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karl
Instructure
Instructure

As I looked at my calendar this month I was reminded this May 13 (today) marks an anniversary of when LTI support was deployed to Canvas. This year will be 10 years! \o/

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mattg
Instructure
Instructure

In our newly released feature, Course Templates, find out how they're different from Blueprint Courses and use cases behind each.

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dlyons
Instructure
Instructure

Canvas LMS is adding an accessibility setting that will allow a user to have all Canvas LMS videos automatically show captions by default when the video has captions available.

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Katrina-Hess
Instructure
Instructure

tl;dr We will be discontinuing the SMS notifications service for Announcements and Grading on July 31, 2021. In an effort to further streamline our notification channels, we will discontinue the SMS notifications service for Announcements and Grading. We will continue to support SMS notifications for Multi-factor Authentication.

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rlufkin
Instructure
Instructure

Canvas and Microsoft: Working together to create an integrated learning platform. This post outlines the timeline and next steps to prepare for roll-out of the improved integration. 

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erinhmcmillan
Community Team
Community Team

In an effort to better manage required maintenance across all customer instances, we will be implementing regular maintenance windows for each region, beginning in 15 July 2021. 

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eschiebel
Instructure
Instructure

Hello,

I am the engineer responsible for, depending on your experience, the enhancement of how math equations are displayed in canvas or the string of horrific errors that rendered math quizzes unreadable. If you're in the latter camp, I am truly sorry. This turned out to have complexities I did not envision. I owe you a beer or a coffee.

While investigating why math is sometimes garbled I stumbled on a surprising pattern for how users are creating equations in their content and wanted to say a couple things about how to make it better.

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SuSorensen
Instructure
Instructure

2021-04-08 Update: We've enabled this change to beta instances per the 2021-04-14 Canvas Deploy Notes to expose those who are interested with the opportunity to play and see how this would work.  Our current plan is to deploy the change end of April or early May.  Please continue to add your comments below.

2021-04-17 Update: Will be addressed as a bug fix and released in the 2021-04-28 Canvas Deploy.

2021-04-28 Update: Confirming released in the 2021-04-28 Canvas Deploy

In March we made a change in New Quizzes, so that Assignment Edit page is always the first page. Previous behavior was that the Assignment Edit page was the first page only on initial New Quiz creation. 

I’m looking for your help to evaluate those trade offs between early communication and immediately solving user pain. 

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mloble
Instructure
Instructure

Earlier today, one of the subsystems that Canvas relies on for service failed, causing a Canvas outage. The outage could have impacted up to 75% of our customers in North and South America if they were trying to access Canvas between 6:48 am and 8:27 am MT. Additionally, on March 3, Canvas users experienced an outage in the afternoon that lasted for 45 minutes due to a Canvas code update that overwhelmed a shared service. We know you expect more of us; we expect more of ourselves. And so we owe you an apology. 

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SuSorensen
Instructure
Instructure

This year Quizzes will be taking a two pronged focus with our development. One focus will be on content migration. The second focus is continued enhancement of the New Quizzes experience. The two will occur concurrently to ensure that you are seeing continual improvement if you are currently using New Quizzes... 

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erinhmcmillan
Community Team
Community Team

If you are using Developer Keys, ensure your HTTP Redirect URIs are secure before March 3.

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peytoncraighill
Instructure
Instructure

On November 18, we deployed a change to math equation rendering around Canvas that caused chaos and pain for some math instructors using classic quizzes, namely in the form of breaking some math equations. most of you have already resolved this behavior in your quizzes, but if not, learn how to fix it.

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SuSorensen
Instructure
Instructure

[UPDATE 18-DEC: Followup post added to New Quizzes User Group; please see Priority Gathering for the New Quizzes Roadmap]


As we’re all getting ready to firmly shut the door on 2020, we have a prime opportunity to look forward to all of the changes 2021 will bring. 

As previously mentioned in the user group, due to the educational changes from Covid-19, the July 2021 enforcement date for New Quizzes has been updated to summer {July} 2022

By the start of 2021, we will share the quizzes plan for 2021 and beyond, which focuses heavily on reducing barriers for using New Quizzes. We have several projects we are exploring in the New Quizzes User Group and invite you to get involved. Your feedback will help determine details and inform the future roadmap New Quizzes.

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Katrina-Hess
Instructure
Instructure

We've all experienced feeling overwhelmed by communication. In our efforts to streamline communication paths to those that teachers and students find most useful and meaningful, we researched the various delivery methods and we're making a few changes to Push notifications, effective 16 January 2021.

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jsailor
Instructure
Instructure

Outcomes are the cornerstones of teaching and learning as they lay the foundation for what is to be learned within a specific time in a student’s learning journey. Is your institution using outcomes? We'd love to hear your thoughts.

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erinhmcmillan
Community Team
Community Team

The Instructure Product Team shared some big news at CanvasCon Online, as well as updates to existing products. Did you see the keynote?

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peytoncraighill
Instructure
Instructure

You’ve got that stressed look on your face and my little boy is suddenly in preschool, so I guess fall start has begun! Here’s a quick update on the new RCE.

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mattg
Instructure
Instructure

As part of the discovery phase in our product development process, we are looking to improve our Assignment Enhancements beta feature and need your feedback. We want to make it easier to show students where their assignment is in the process of submission and grading while making actionable elements more obvious on the page.

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mattg
Instructure
Instructure

As part of the discovery phase in our product development process, we are looking to improve our Assignment Enhancements beta feature and need your feedback. We want to add the ability to see what has happened with an assignment submission over time to better facilitate conversations between teachers and students.

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karl
Instructure
Instructure

Dropbox and the Canvas team have been working together since 2018 to support the learning experience for students and faculty. With the launch of the new deep integration, we’re excited to make it even easier to get the best out of Dropbox and Canvas.

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jfenton
Community Participant

Institutions wanting reCAPTCHA for self registration can opt in before it's made generally available. 

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karl
Instructure
Instructure

If you are a developer who used oEmbed with LTI content embedded into the Canvas Rich Content Editor you will want to review this.

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karl
Instructure
Instructure

[UPDATE May 2021] The current deprecation date of September 1, 2021 is being pushed out to a later date. We are working with the Google Assignments Product Team to re-establish a new timeframe and will provide an update here in the near future as soon as it becomes available. Please view the Google Assignment page for the latest updates.


After a successful Beta, we are excited to announce the Google Assignments LTI is generally available to all Canvas customers. 

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