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Canvas Deploy Notes (2021-07-07)

Canvas Deploy Notes (2021-07-07)

Canvas deploys contain code changes that are intended to fix bugs, improve performance, and prepare for new features, but they do not affect customer workflows. These deploys take place every two weeks and can be tested in the beta environment before the production deploy date indicated in the title of this document. Intended changes in workflow are noted in the Canvas Release Notes published monthly.

Deploy notes may include notable fixed bugs, resolved fixes in Known Issues, and other updates that do not affect user functionality.

 

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Deploy Notes Change Log

 

Interface Updates

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Gradebook

Gradebook CSV Column Order


Summary

The Gradebook CSV assignment columns display in the same order as shown in the Gradebook for an individual user.

Change Benefit

This change fulfills expectations for users and aligns the Gradebook view and CSV file.

Affected User Roles

Instructors

When an instructor or other grader customizes the Gradebook assignment columns and downloads the CSV file, the CSV file assignment columns display in the same order as shown in the user’s Gradebook. Previously CSV files were always ordered by Assignment Group ID and Assignment Order. 

Related Idea Conversation: Exported gradebook should match filters on the gra...

 

Pages

Mark as Done Button Placement


Summary

The Mark as Done button for students has been moved to the bottom of the page.

Change Benefit

This change aligns consistency through other Canvas areas and places the button in a more intuitive location.

Affected User Roles

Students

When students are required to read a page and mark it as done, the Mark as Done button has been moved to the bottom of the page. The button can be marked more easily after students have reached the bottom of the page. Previously users must scroll back up to the top of the page to mark the page as done.

Mark as Done ButtonMark as Done Button

Related Idea Conversation: Please Move the "Done" Marker to the Bottom of the Page

 

Permissions

Manage Courses Permission Adjustments


Summary

The Manage Courses granular permissions includes the Reset Course permission. Additionally, for admin roles, the Manage/Update permission has been removed from the group as a standalone permission.

Change Benefit

These changes resolve confusion between various permissions functionality.

Affected User Roles

Admins

Within the Manage Courses permission at both the account and course levels, the granular permission group includes the Courses - Reset permission. Previously the course reset functionality was included in the Courses - Delete permission.

This permission will be set to the same access as the Courses - Delete permission (e.g. if the permission is disabled, Courses - Reset will also be disabled). Admins can customize both of these granular permissions as needed.

Course Reset permissionCourse Reset permission


At the account level, the Manage/Update permission has been removed from the group as a standalone permission as Courses - Manage / Update. This change allows the granular Manage Courses permission to be edited for course roles the same way as all other granular permission. Previously for individual course roles, each permission within the group had to be managed individually—all permissions in the group could not be updated at the same time.


Courses - Manage/Update permissionCourses - Manage/Update permission

Related Idea Conversation: Add a Checkbox to Disable Reset Course Content

Reports

ePortfolio Login IDs


Summary

Login ID and SIS ID field are included in the ePortfolio report.

Change Benefit

This change allows admins to view login information for ePortfolio users.

Affected User Roles

Admins

When admins configure the ePortfolio report, author_sis_ID and author_login_id fields are included in the report CSV file. The SIS ID field will be populated only if the user has an SIS ID.

 

Rich Content Editor

Media Uploads Alt Text Adjustments


Summary

The Upload Media window allows the name of the file to be changed before the file is added to the Rich Content Editor.

Change Benefit

This change allows a file name to be updated without having to remove the file, rename the file, and upload the file again. The name of the file generates the alt text used by screen readers.

Affected User Roles

All Users

When a file is selected for a media upload and the preview is generated, a text field displays below the preview with the name of the file. The file can be renamed before the file is submitted and uploaded in the Rich Content Editor.

Media File Name FieldMedia File Name Field

  

Other Updates

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Assignments

Empty Assignment Description Content


Summary

The default text has been updated for description content that is blank.

Change Benefit

This change helps minimize confusion for students regarding descriptions with no content.

Affected User Roles

Students

When an assignment is created with no description, the assignment displays to students as: No additional details were added for this assignment. Previously the content read as No Content.

Assignment with No DescriptionAssignment with No Description

 

Permissions

Sidebar Formatting Updates


Summary

Formatting has been updated in the Permissions sidebar.

Change Benefit

This change provides better scannability among permissions content.

Affected User Roles

Admins

The Permissions sidebars include additional white space for improved scannability and separation between permissions functionality. Additionally, the What it Does and Additional Considerations headers have been changed to all caps instead of title case.

Permissions SidebarPermissions Sidebar

Related Idea Conversation: Permission Definition Highlighting

Rich Content Editor

Allowlist HTML Updates


The HTML Editor allows the following HTML tags:

  • Picture, ruby, rp, rt

The HTML Editor allows the following attributes on HTML Elements:

  • Area: alt, coords, href, shape, target
  • Img: usemap
  • Map: name
  • Source: media, sizes, src, srcset, type

The HTML Editor allows the following style properties:

  • Border-radius, flex, grid


Related Idea Conversations
: Don't strip Flex properties from style attributes

 

Fixed Bugs

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Accessibility

Files

The entire focus indication ring is visible for keyboard users throughout the Files page.

Quizzes

The Following Questions need Review section can be read by screen readers as an H2. 

The Question points field in SpeedGrader and the Quiz submission history include labels for screen readers.

Rich Content Editor

In the Table Properties window, the General and Advanced tabs display a color contrast of 3:1 for the default Canvas interface and 4.5:1 for high contrast profiles.

Assignments

Assignment Enhancements and Rubrics

When Assignment Enhancements is enabled in a course, On Paper and No Submission types display the View Rubric option for students.

Explanation: When Assignment Enhancements was enabled in a course, and a rubric was set for grading for an On Paper or No Submission assignment type, the View Rubric option did not display to the student. Canvas code has been updated to display the View Rubric option for students.

Notifications

Annotated Document Submissions

Notifications are disabled for Student Annotation submissions.

Explanation: When an instructor enabled the Submission Comments notification set to ASAP, each annotation added to a Student Annotation submission by a student would send a notification to the instructor. Canvas code has been updated to disable notifications for annotations created during a student annotation submission. 

Related Idea Conversation: Disaggregate "submission annotation" notifications...

SpeedGrader

Reassign Assignment Button and Student Annotation Submissions

The Reassign Assignment button is supported in Student Annotation submissions.

Explanation: When a Student Annotation submission was created for a student, and the student submitted an assignment, the Reassign Assignment button was not available in SpeedGrader. Canvas code has been updated to allow Student Annotation Submissions to support the Reassign Assignment button.

 

 

 

Deploy Notes Change Log

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Date  
2021-07-06

Changed—Interface Updates

  • Permissions: Manage Courses Reset Permission to Manage Courses Permission Adjustments 

Added—Interface Updates

  • Included update to Courses - Manage / Update permission in Permissions: Manage Courses Permission Adjustments 
2021-06-28

Added—Interface Updates

  • Permissions: Manage Courses Reset Permission
2021-06-25 Published Deploy Notes

 

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Thanks for separating out the "Courses - reset" permission! I know a lot of admins are going to love the extra bit of granularity there.

-Chris