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Canvas Production Release Notes (2017-01-07)

Canvas Production Release Notes (2017-01-07)

Upcoming Canvas Changes

Canvas Authentication Passwords: January 7

On January 7, passwords for Canvas authentication will require eight characters instead of six characters. Passwords set through external authentication methods will not be affected. The eight-character length requirement only applies when a user creates a new password or resets a password. Existing six- and seven-character passwords will not be affected unless the password needs to be changed or reset.

Canvas Commons

Release notes previously indicated that Canvas Commons would automatically be enabled for all institutions on January 3. This date has been postponed and will be re-announced at a later date.

In this production release (January 7), admins can add an email address in the Help Menu, view future terms in terms drop-down menus, and disable announcement replies for all courses. Canvas authentication passwords also require eight characters, and admins receive a warning when attempting to remove all authentication methods. When copying a Canvas course, admins and instructors can also more easily find courses in the courses list.

Instructors can display recent announcements as part of a Front Page course home page and view the updated Rich Content Editor sidebar in Pages and the Syllabus. Instructors also have additional close date verifications when editing assignments in a closed grading period.

Students can view all available Scheduler items in the Calendar regardless of calendar visibility.

All Canvas users who have not set any course favorites in their Dashboard now view 20 courses instead of 12, and users can use a Move-To menu to move ePortfolio pages. Additionally, the majority of icons throughout Canvas have been updated.

Production release notes also include fixed bugs.


Canvas New Feature Screencast (2017-01-07)

Next release schedule

  • Beta release and notes: January 16
  • Production release notes: January 23
  • Production release and documentation: January 28

Production release notes indicate Canvas updates that will be included with Saturday’s release and are subject to change. New features may differ from those available in your beta environment. Learn more about the Canvas Release Schedule.

Account-level features are not available in Free-for-Teacher accounts.

  New Features


Account Settings

Disable Announcement Comments

In Account Settings, admins can set an option to disable comments on announcements by default. This option can also be locked for all sub-accounts and courses. Announcements can also be managed in the Accounts API.


Course Level

When an admin selects the option to disable comments on announcements, all newly created sub-account and course announcements are shown to all users with a lock icon, meaning the announcement is closed for comments. If this option is applied for new courses, all announcements will default to being closed for comments, but if the option is applied after a course contains announcements, previous announcements do not apply and must be closed to comments manually.

In the course, the Course Settings option to disable comments in announcement is selected automatically, but instructors can remove the check mark so they can manually open or close comments on a per-announcement basis.


However, when an admin selects the option to disable comments and lock the setting for sub-accounts and courses, the Course Settings option to disable announcements is grayed out and cannot be changed at the course level. Instructors are not able to manually open any announcements to comments.


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External Apps

Google Apps LTI

Canvas supports an LTI integration with Google Apps in Assignments, Collaborations, Modules, Course Navigation, and the Rich Content Editor. This integration allows students and instructors to use, create, share, and collaborate on Google Drive files within Canvas. Users can also view their Google Drive files directly in Canvas.

  • Google Apps is an external app (LTI) available to institutions with Google Apps for education. However, anyone with a Google account can use this integration.
  • This integration does not require the current Google Drive web service in Canvas. If instructors and students already have Google Drive set up as a web service, they will still have to authenticate through the LTI.
  • Google Apps requires the Google LTI app, which can be added to an account, sub-account, or course. The LTI can be configured manually by users who have permission to add and edit LTI tools.

For more information about Google Apps, please view the Canvas Release: Google Apps LTI document.


Course Home Page Announcements Display

If a course has a content page set as the course home page, instructors can display a certain number of recent announcements at the top of the page. This change allows instructors to show announcements as part of the course home page when users view Canvas in a web browser.

For instructors, the home page also displays delayed announcements to be posted at a later date. Instructors can use Student View in Course Settings to confirm how the home page displays to students.


To enable this feature, instructors can select the Show Recent Announcements checkbox in Course Settings and specify the number of recent announcements that should be shown (up to 15). By default, the interface displays three announcements unless the number is adjusted.

Announcements are not removed from the home page after a specific date, so instructors who post a large number of announcements may consider setting the display to show more announcements; instructors who only periodically post announcements may consider setting the display to show a smaller number.

Course Settings can also be updated in the Courses API, which defaults to showing five announcements.


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  Updated Features


Account Settings

Custom Help Link Mail Scheme

In the Help Menu, custom help links support the mail (mailto:) scheme, which allows institutions to create an email link in the Help Menu. The mailto scheme includes mailto:, followed by the email address.

The mailto: scheme opens the link according to the email service configured in the user's browser. If no browser configuration is set, the browser will try to pass the email link to a desktop email program such as Outlook or Apple Mail. However, users can configure links to be sent to web-based email services such as Gmail and Yahoo. For help configuring mailto links in a browser, please reference the browser’s support information.

Note: Custom help links only display in web browsers and are not available in the Canvas mobile app.


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Canvas Authentication Password Characters

To improve security, passwords for Canvas authentication have been changed from six characters to eight characters. This change mostly affects Free-for-Teacher accounts since FFT accounts have Canvas authentication enabled by default. However, institutions using other external authentication methods are not affected.

The eight-character length requirement only applies when a user creates a new password or resets a password. Existing six- and seven-character passwords are not affected unless the password needs to be changed or reset.

Remove All Authentication Alert

When an admin clicks the Remove All Authentication button, Canvas generates a confirmation warning about the removal and reminds the admin that users may not be able to log in if existing authentication methods are removed. Authentication methods are not removed until the admin confirms the removal.

Course Imports

Copy a Canvas Course Order

In the Copy a Canvas Course option, the course drop-down menu is sorted in order from newest to oldest terms, then alphabetically by course. This change helps admins and instructors more easily locate terms and courses for course copies.

Note: The course drop-down menu does not display for users with access to more than 100 courses; users must use the search field to locate a course.



Course List Enrollments Default

For users who have never customized their courses list, Canvas has increased the number of courses automatically displayed in the Dashboard and Global Navigation Courses menu from 12 to 20. If the Courses menu includes more than 12 courses, the Courses menu includes a scrollbar.

Note: Once users customize their courses list, the Dashboard and Global Navigation Courses menu only display courses that have been set as a favorite. Customizing the course list means a user has clicked the All Courses link in the Courses menu and manually favorited at least one course in the Courses list.

Term List Future Group

The Terms drop-down list includes a group for future terms. This change helps admins more easily locate terms with no start date or a start date in the future. Future terms are ordered alphabetically.

The Terms menu is updated in the following locations:

  • Account level: Courses page sidebar (Course Filtering section) and Add New Course window (via the + New Course button)
  • Account level: Users page sidebar (Choose Term section)



Move-To Menu

ePortfolio pages and sections can be reordered using a Move-To dialog window. The Move-To option is part of the ePortfolio page settings when there are two or more pages in the ePortfolio. This change improves accessibility for all Canvas users in managing ePortfolio pages.

Pages can still also be ordered by dragging and dropping directly in the sidebar.


Multiple Grading Periods

This feature is used with the Multiple Grading Periods feature option, which can be enabled by an institutional admin in Account Settings.

Close Date Assignment Edits

In assignments, if any due date is in a closed grading period, instructors who edit an assignment view a message that all attributes except the Rich Content Editor, the submission type drop-down menu, and peer review option have been locked to editing. If an assignment is not locked, all fields are editable as normal.

Grading period restrictions only apply to instructors; they do not apply to admins.

Rich Content Editor

Sidebar Update

The Rich Content Editor sidebar has been updated with backend improvements with some small interface changes:

  • Each selector tab supports pagination, and content sections include scrollbars.
  • In the Links tab, Pages content is displayed alphabetically. The link to create a link to a new page has been removed, so new pages need to be created from the Pages index page.
  • The Files tab displays all files alphabetically.
  • When usage rights are enabled for files, the Files and Images tabs display usage rights options.

Currently, the Rich Content Editor sidebar update only applies to Pages and the Syllabus. Remaining feature area updates will be available in a future release.

This release also includes a small change by the Canvas Rich Content Editor provider related to tables. To resize a table horizontally, users can press the Shift key and drag the table using any corner; the center handle has been removed.

Note: Previously, this sidebar change was associated with an account-level feature option. However, the feature option has already been enabled for all institutions and displays for Pages and Syllabus sidebars in the production environment.

release-notes-bug-fix-icon.png This feature resolves multiple Rich Content Editor bugs in Canvas.

  Other Updates


User Interface

Canvas Icons Update

The existing Canvas icon font has been updated with a new Instructure icon library that compiles icons as SVG files. This new library also enables consistency across all Canvas products and is already incorporated into the Canvas mobile apps.

  • All new Instructure icons can be viewed in the Github Instructure Icons documentation page. Default icons display as solid icons, though the library also includes an outline variation.
  • Previous icons can be viewed by adding /styleguide#icons to the end of any Canvas production URL. (Icons are no longer displayed in the style guide when viewed from a Canvas beta URL.)

Most Canvas icons have been updated to reflect the new Instructure icon library. Remaining icons are still being updated and will be available in a future release. All icons are subject to change.





For details about using Canvas APIs, please see the Canvas API Policy page.

API Index

The API Index page encourages the use of string IDs.

Appointment Groups API

The Appointment Groups API includes an option to include all context codes.

Collaborations API

The Collaborations API documents the Collaborations object.

Canvas open source contributions: Collaboration missing from API documentation

Conversations API

The Conversations API removes reference to removing subject lines.

SIS Imports API

The SIS Imports API includes endpoints to abort SIS imports and all pending SIS imports.

  Fixed Bugs



Account Settings

The Restrict Students from Accessing Courses after End Date and Start Date checkbox labels are read by screen readers.

The Quiz IP name and filter fields are linked to their labels and read correctly by screen readers.

In the Navigation tab, the Move option includes a label for screen readers.

In the Admins tab, admin email addresses display a color contrast of 3:1 for the default Canvas interface and 4.5:1 for high contrast profiles.

In the Global Announcements tab, announcements display a contrast of 3:1 for the default Canvas interface and 4.5:1 for high contrast profiles.

In the Reports tab, the download icon is read to screen readers.


The Choose an Authentication Service menu displays a color contrast of 3:1 for the default Canvas interface and 4.5:1 for high contrast profiles.


In the account-level Courses page, the Show Courses from the Term drop-down menu includes a label for screen readers.

External Apps

In both the account and course level settings page, the External Apps tab announces to screen readers whether the current view is showing all apps, not installed apps, or installed apps.

Feature Options

In both the account- and course-level settings page, the Feature Options tab displays gray hidden labels with a color contrast of 3:1 for the default Canvas interface and 4.5:1 for high contrast profiles.


The Edit, Delete, and Can’t Delete icons include link text that can be read by screen readers.


SIS Import Format Documentation

Passwords can be overwritten by SIS imports as long as the password has never been manually set in the user interface.

Explanation: In the SIS Import Format Documentation page, the users.csv documentation stated that existing passwords (from a previous SIS import or otherwise) could not be overwritten, but this statement was incorrect. Canvas code has been updated to correct the statement about overwriting passwords in the API documentation. This fix was deployed to production on December 22.

Submissions API

The Submissions API considers the selection for moderated assignments when displaying Crocodoc annotations.

Explanation: When an instructor created a moderated assignment with multiple reviewers and posted the final grade, Crocodoc annotations associated with the posted grade displayed in the Canvas user interface. However, in the Canvas mobile apps, students were able to view all annotations for all reviewers, regardless of final grade posting. Canvas code has been updated to consider moderated assignment selection when displaying annotations through the Submissions API.

Text Column Overlap

Text in the API documentation tables does not overlap in adjacent columns.

Explanation: When a user viewed the API documentation, long text in one table column overlapped into the second column. Canvas code has been updated to avoid text overlap in each column.


Course Title Length

Course titles without spaces truncate in the Calendar sidebar.

Explanation: When a course title has a long name without spaces, the name pushed the Calendar sidebar to the full width of the name, interfering with the Calendar window. However, if a space was added to the title, the title wrapped in the sidebar appropriately. Canvas code has been updated to truncate long titles without spaces.

Course Import

Angel and Deleted Content

Canvas restores any previously deleted quizzes or pages in an Angel import.

Explanation: When a user imported content from Angel, deleted content in the course, and later re-imported the same content that was previously deleted, the deleted content was not restored to the course. Canvas code has been updated to restore previously deleted content.

Calendar All-Day Events

Course imports can remove dates from all-day calendar events.

Explanation: When a user tried to remove the date from an all-day calendar event, the import generated an error message. Canvas code has been updated to remove dates from all-day calendar events.

Course Home Page Layout

When a course home page is set to be the course’s front page, course imports retain the designated front page.

Explanation: When a user created a course where the home page is a designated front page, importing the course set the layout to a front page, but the default front page was set instead of the designated front page. Canvas code has been updated to retain the designated front page in the course home page layout.

Deleted Outcome Groups

Canvas restores any previously deleted quizzes or pages during an import.

Explanation: When a user imported content from a Canvas course, deleted an outcome group in the course, and later re-imported the same outcome group that was previously deleted, the outcome group was not restored to the course. Canvas code has been updated to restore previously deleted outcome groups. This behavior only affects entire outcome groups; it does not affect individual outcomes that are deleted within the group.

External Tool Module Items

External tools retain their published state in course imports.

Explanation: When a user added and published an external tool in a course module, copying the course did not retain the published status. Canvas code has been updated to retain the published state of module items. This fix was deployed to production on December 29.

Course Settings

File Preview Visibility

File previews load for all authenticated users.

Explanation: When an instructor adds a file to a course where the visibility is set to Institution, the file previews showed as locked for all non-enrolled authenticated users. This behavior did not affect users when the visibility was set to Public. Canvas code has been updated to show file previews in courses for institution-authenticated users.


Recent Feedback Draft Comments

SpeedGrader comments saved as a draft do not display in the Dashboard.

Explanation: When an instructor saved a submission comment as a draft in SpeedGrader, the draft comment also displayed in the Recent Feedback area in the Dashboard. If a student clicked the comment, they could view the submission but it did not include the comment. Canvas code has been updated to not show draft comments in the Dashboard.

Sidebar Content Length

Course text or links without spaces truncate in the Dashboard sidebar.

Explanation: When an item in the Dashboard sidebar included long content without spaces, the text pushed the sidebar to the full width of the text, interfering with the Dashboard window. However, if the content included a space, the content wrapped in the sidebar appropriately. Canvas code has been updated to wrap and truncate long content without spaces.


Concluded Course Graded Group Discussions

Students cannot leave replies to graded group discussions in concluded courses.

Explanation: When a student was enrolled in a course that had concluded, the student could make a reply to a group discussion. The student’s reply showed in the group discussion but was not displayed in SpeedGrader. Canvas code has been updated to disable group discussion replies in concluded courses.

Unread Group Discussion Indicator

Group discussions do not show an unread count indicator in the Discussion Index Page.

Explanation: When an instructor created a group discussion, the group discussion displayed an indicator showing the number of unread responses. However, the unread replies could not be viewed by students (unless the student was assigned to the group discussion), and the indicator did not show the instructor the number of unread replies for all groups. Canvas code has been updated to remove the unread indicator for group discussions in the Discussions Index Page.


Special Character Folder Names

Files can load folders with special characters in the folder name.

Explanation: When a user created a folder with a special character in the folder name, the folder did not display the files. Canvas code has been updated to support special characters in folder names.


Gradebook Import Changes

Gradebook imports only display changes between the file and the Canvas Gradebook.

Explanation: When an instructor uploaded changes to the Gradebook, the Gradebook displayed all grades and assignment data instead of just the data that had changed. Canvas code has been updated to prevent the Gradebook from counting existing data as changed data.

Multiple Grading Period Differentiated Assignments

When an instructor creates an differentiated assignment for individual students in different grading periods, the student’s grade only applies to the student’s respective grading period.

Explanation: When an instructor created an assignment for individual students in different grading periods, the assignment’s grade was counting in all the grading periods where the assignment was assigned to a student. Canvas code has been updated to only apply the grade for an individual assignment to the appropriate individual grading period.


Courses Page

Concluded groups do not display under the Past Courses heading.

Explanation: When an group was concluded by term dates, the group displayed in the list of current courses but also in the Past Courses list. Canvas code has been updated to only display groups concluded by term dates under the Past Courses heading.


Usage Rights

Files added to a module cannot be published unless a usage right is set for the file.

Explanation: When usage rights were required for uploaded files, instructors were able to avoid setting a usage right by adding a new file to a module and publishing the module. However, the Files page still showed that the file required a usage right. Canvas code has been updated to not publish module files if a usage right is required. When the instructor tries to publish the module, Canvas generates a warning that some items were not able to be published. Instructors can set a usage right for the file and publish the file.


Section-Limited Instructor-Based Roles and Manual Quiz Grades

Instructor-based roles who can only view individual sections in a course only receive section-specific notifications for manual quiz grading.

Explanation: When an instructor or other instructor-based role (such as a TA) was enrolled in a course to only interact with students in a specific section, the instructor received quiz submission notifications for all students in the course. Canvas code has been updated to only send notifications for students in the instructor’s specific section.


Observer Student Links

Observers remain linked when linked to more than one student.

Explanation: When an observer was linked to a student, the People page retained the linked association. However, when additional students were linked, the page only showed the associations until the page was refreshed. Canvas code has been updated to retain observer links to multiple students.


Student Messages

If the Send Messages to Individual Course Members and Send Messages to the Entire Class permissions are disabled, students can still send messages to their instructors.

Explanation: When an admin disabled the Send Messages to Individual Course Members and Send Messages to the Entire Class permissions, students would try to send messages to their instructors but the message was never sent. Canvas code has been updated to still allow students to send messages to instructors if the two message permissions are disabled.


Profile Picture Uploads

When users have met or exceed their user files quota, uploading a profile picture generates an error message.

Explanation: When a user tried to upload a profile picture, but the user had met or exceeded the users quota, the upload failed and was not completed. However, no indication of the failure was made to the student. Canvas code has been updated to display an error message for exceeded quotas.

Rich Content Editor

Content Scrollbars

The Files and Links tabs include scrollbars for lengthy content.

Explanation: When an instructor viewed the Links or Files tabs, the content in the sidebar did not contain any scrollbars, which affected users who had multiple files and folders. Canvas code has been updated to include scrollbars in the Links and Files tabs.

Embed Links

Uploading an image does not embed the image over selected text.

Explanation: When an instructor created text in the Rich Content Editor, selected the text, and uploaded a new file to link to the text, the image would embed in the Rich Content Editor instead of linking to the text. Canvas code has been updated to link uploaded files to selected text.

File Upload and Edge

In the Edge browser, users can upload a file and then close the file selection window.

Explanation: When a user uploaded a file in the sidebar, the window to choose a file could not be closed after selecting the file. This behavior only affected Canvas in the Edge browser. Canvas code has been updated to close the file window after upload.

Folder Directory

In file uploads, the Folder menu displays the names of nested folders in a directory structure.

Explanation: When an instructor created identical course folder names in different directories, uploading a file displayed the folders alphabetically without indication of the folder directory. Canvas code has been updated to display the names of nested folders in a directory structure with nesting represented by spaces.

HTML Documents

Uploaded HTML document links can  be previewed in the Rich Content Editor.

Explanation: When a user uploaded a HTML file and saved the page, clicking the file link downloaded the file instead of displaying a file preview. Canvas code has been updated to display HTML file previews in the Rich Content Editor.

Usage Rights

Usage rights information displays in the Files tab in the Rich Content Editor content selector.

Explanation: When the new content sidebar was enabled in addition to the Usage Rights feature option, the usage rights information did not display when a user tried to upload a new file. Canvas code has been updated to display the Usage Rights menu, Copyright Holder text field, and usage right warning message.


Microsoft Office 365 Cloud Assignments

Microsoft Office 365 cloud assignments are submitted as a copy of the student’s submission and are not automatically scored with a zero grade.

Explanation: When a student submitted a Microsoft Office 365 cloud assignment, the assignment displayed in SpeedGrader but the assignment could still be edited by the student after the submission. Additionally, the submission was automatically scored with a zero grade. Canvas code has been updated to retain an unscored version of the assignment until graded by the instructor. Additionally, the student’s assignment is submitted as a true copy at the time of submission, and assignments that are resubmitted after the due date are marked as late in SpeedGrader.


Editor Link

The Syllabus page shows the correct editor link after saving or canceling a change in the Rich Content Editor.

Explanation: When a user edited or canceled a change in the Syllabus, the Rich Content Editor displayed the HTML Editor as the editor link, but clicking the link and viewing the HTML Editor did not update the editor link (to Rich Content Editor) appropriately. Canvas code has been updated to display the appropriate editor link according to the Rich Content Editor view.

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The icon for the equation editor in the rich editor no longer makes sense. The new icon, a pilcrow—commonly known as a paragraph mark, does not read "mathematical notation," but is typically used to indicate where a new paragraph or a carriage return should be placed.

Pi was previously used for that icon, and while it may not be perfect, it does represent a mathematical concept. I suggest changing that particular icon back to its previous (or similar) version.

 @jls2245 ​, I made a similar comment in the comments section of this guide--How do I use the Math Editor in the Rich Content Editor? (thanks for turning me on to "pilcrow," a brand-new word for me!)--and learned that the documentation team and Canvas Support are already looking into this.

It's not clear what has been updated regarding the calendar and course visibility. If a student only has their personal calendar selected (as was demonstrated in the video) then when they click on a link in the scheduler list they don't see any time slots. They instead get a message saying "No events after this date". The reason for this is the course for which that appointment signup was created is not selected on the right side. It's not intuitive for a student to select the course on the list on the right side, they (rightly) assume that if they click on a link to an appointment group, they will see a list of items to sign-up for. I originally thought this problem was the one that was fixed but it was not. What has changed?

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Our dates didn't change, but when I looked I noticed immediately that Terms suddenly have times as well as dates. I happen to have a screenshot of Spring 2017 from an email I sent a few weeks ago:


And here's what it looks like today:


Maybe the times were always there in the background, and this is just a UI change, or maybe it's more (and potentially messing with your environment).

Ours were changed as well. All of the dates are 1 day earlier.

I think they added the times in the Dec 10th release. Canvas Production Release Notes (2016-12-10)

In this production release (December 10), admins can set grading period start dates to 12:00 AM, find courses by sort options, and view terms by active and past terms.

I have a screen shot from 01/02/2017 with the time in.  ( Which implies an earlier updated caused that change)

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It's not a good quality image I had e-mailed it.

I want to echo support for the recent announcements available on a content page set as the homepage.  However, from an accessibility perspective, as a user of screen reading software, it would be helpful if Recent Announcements were labeled as a heading rather than text.  Or even if each announcement title were a heading and not just a button.  It is extremely easy to "overlook" the Recent Announcements when navigating with keystrokes,

Hi  @kona ​, according to the response from Instructure, the issue with discussion replies not being available in student view in unpublished courses is by design. The test student account is also not able to add comments to announcements in unpublished courses. The responding Instructure tech did not know when this change was implemented. Seems that is something we have to live with. It has already caused some confusion among instructors who are used to being able to check their content in student view prior to publishing the course.

Hi - I looked into this too as all our courses are created using the syllabus for the homepage template. At the moment we just have a link to announcements and it would be great to have the actual announcements on the homepage too!

This appears to have reverted back so that instructors can now again reply to a Discussion in an unpublished course.

Or am I seeing things?   :smileyinfo:

It looks almost identical to the QuizUp icon. 

Nope! It appears to be back! Smiley Happy

It is working for us again as well. Smiley Happy

I agree with Robert, the lightning bolt has nothing to do with Quizzes. The content page and assignment icon are too similar and in the grade book and assignment icon now looks like the content page icon. Why change something that was working just fine and professors and students were used to?


The password length change is causing a serious issue for our college. As in Lisa's situation, our automatic file loads are using a six digit password value, which is controlled by delivered functionality in our Banner SIS. While I realize it is our choice as to which SIS we use, the statements that I've seen in both the release notes, and from you personally, say that for institutions who use external authentication methods, the change should not affect them. This is not the case. We use CAS for authenticating to Canvas and it IS affecting us. Is this change not working as designed? Any new accounts we try to create using our automated processes or the SIS Import are being rejected due to the use of six digit passwords. Why wouldn't this have been set up as an option on a per institution basis so that for those of us who do use external authentication, this requirement could be ignored? I've contacted Instructure support and up to this point I haven't gotten any satisfaction. Since January 7 for any new accounts we need we have been creating them manually. What I found interesting about that process is that I was not required to specify ANY password, let alone one that had a minimum eight character password. Is this because password requirements are not enforced for users with admin rights (as I have) or are null or blank passwords not subjected to validation?

I believe if you have Canvas setup for a single sign-on solution, you shouldn't be sending any password info in your SIS upload files.  This is how ours is configured, and there have been no issues at all.  I think the password field in the SIS upload is meant to be used only for schools using Canvas's login, and not a single sign-on.  Someone else may chime in with different info, as this is just based on my own personal experience.

Agree Christopher.  We use a 3rd party Single Sign On solution and we leave the password field in Canvas blank as authentication happens in a different system.

On the issue of manual account creation, when you create a manual account, you don't have to specify a password, but if you don't, users will have to set their own password when they initialize their account by following the link in the account creation notification email. And it will have to be 8 characters.

I'm not entirely sure how it would work if you're not sending creation notification emails.

Hi Randall,

I didn't preview the Beta notes like I should have and was caught off

guard by this change. I'll be paying more attention to Beta notes in the

future!! Smiley Happy

Like you, we don't have a single-sign on at our institution, and we are

pulling students' information and initial password from PeopleSoft (much

like your Banner). I had to change my query and the View I initially

created when we joined Canvas over 5 years ago. Then, I changed the

uploading script's password field to not restrict to 6 digits. This goes

automatically to Canvas every hour. The server which holds the scripts had

to be manually restarted (why? not sure but it finally worked.)

Sorry you are also running into this difficulty. Once we changed the

query, view, and script, & restarted the server everything is now working


Wishing you the best,


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I recently learned that if you Disable Announcement Comments at the admin level but don't lock it down, instructors aren't able to open announcements for comments one by one like the release notes say. They need to go into their course settings, click "More Options," then uncheck the "Disable announcement comments" box. Announcements then work as they previously did, where they're open for comments until closed.

Now that you mention this,  @mmitchell ​, I ran into some inconsistencies on this when trying it out on Beta, but with the craziness of the new term never had a chance to fully test it and wrote it off to the fact that they were test courses.  Here's one thing I think I'm seeing on our test server:  if an Announcement was created by the instructor before this change took place (and yes, our scenario is the same--I disabled comments but did not lock it down at the subaccount level), that older Announcement appears to still be open to replies.  So I wonder if it's a question of timing??

Since this update, I have been getting reports from staff that copying a Canvas course Master over a course which already has the items and assignments of the same names is now replacing the pages/assignments instead of making copies. These staff expressed that they have never seen a copy replace content, only duplicate in the past. Was this a change related to the production release? Is there a breakdown for when content that is copied will replace the content in the destination course vs. make a duplicate version?

I think you're right. I saw a course this morning that had announcements created before I flipped the switch and those announcements are still open for comments. Spot checking a few other courses confirms this. Any announcements made last week are still open for comments. Thanks for the info!

First of all, Canvas, we love you!

However, regarding Fixed Bugs > Rich Content Editor > Embed Links --

Oh my goodness! Why? The way it worked before was wonderful! Our instructors found uploading, embedding, and changing images through the RCE more efficient than going through the embed image button on the toolbar. We haven't heard anyone complain that they weren't able to link an image to text so that it could be downloaded. If they wanted to do that, wouldn't they go to the Files tab?

In the RCE tab for Images it says, "Click any image to embed the image in the page." This does not convey the idea of embedding the image to text as a download link. The functionality it had before was perfect -- to embed/insert the image on the page! It used to take three clicks to swap out an image! 1) Click an image you want to replace, 2) click the images tab in the sidebar tabs, 3) find the image and click the replacement image. Voila! Swap complete! Three clicks! Going through the embed image button on the tool bar takes six clicks to swap out an image! 1) Click image in content area to be replaced, 2) click embed image button in toolbar, 3) click Canvas tab, 4) click the folder the image is in, 5) click the image file you want to use, 6) click Update. Whoa! When you're moving quickly, 3 vs. 6 clicks makes a difference!

The Links tab states, "Link to other content in the course. Click any page to insert a link to that page." The Files tab states, "Click any file to insert a download link for that file." It makes sense to embed links and files (an image file, if you wish) in text on a page. The Images tab does not state anything about creating a link and is now a bit confusing. I guess we were using the Images tab in an unintended way, but we loved it! This update totally revolutionizes the way we use the editor tabs and makes the Images tab in the sidebar kind of useless for us. An aside note, the "Load more results" button doesn't appear to load more results? Or is that just because there aren't more images to load (there've been times when I know there are more images to load).

While we're on the topic of the editor tabs in the right side bar... in the code, I wonder why there are still beta classes in the editor_tabs div? I noticed this a few weeks ago and thought that the buggy Image functionality (now I see it was intentional!) was a result of accidental push of some Beta code to Production. I totally understand how that can happen, but I thought with last weekend's release that it would be updated as there were a few significant RCE updates to the Pages editor. Just a wonder. Also, I'm wondering if I missed a specified reason that the test environment wasn't updated last Saturday? Our test instances still have the old tabs. It says in What is the Canvas release schedule for beta, production, and test environments? that "the test environment is updated on the same Saturdays as indicated for the production environment (unless otherwise specified)." Maybe I am misunderstanding this?

Still love you, Canvas. Hugs!

Hi, Rob,

If you wouldn't mind, I'd recommend sending in a support ticket so we can check out what's going on with the inconsistency.



Hey, Jeff,

Thanks for the feedback. Watch for an update to this feature in our beta notes. Smiley Happy


Hi, Kona,

That behavior ended up being an inadvertent change that was corrected last week. We appreciated those who reported it to our support team to help us get that resolved!



Hi, Christopher,

Release notes indicate intentional changes, but sometimes things happen so it's always best to report the behavior to our support team so they can investigate. Our support and engineering teams will always do everything they can to correct contrary behavior.



Hi, Daniel,

This feature was pulled from the production release and is not an available feature. We'll reintroduce it in a future release.



Hi, John,

Updates related to the release are always added to the release notes, but as always, things can sometimes happen with the release. Although comments can be good here to assist others, they do not help our team investigate the behavior. So if you are seeing inconsistencies after a release, I always recommend submitting a support case.

Thank you,


Hi, Katie,

Hugs to you too! Here are some responses to your comments that I hope are helpful.

The fixed bug was directed for users who were trying to link an image to selected text; they didn't want it embedded in place of the text. This change did not relate to image replacement.

I looked at the open tickets for the Rich Content Editor and found that there is a reported behavior for replacing images using the new sidebar, though I don't currently have a timeline for the fix. I always recommend submitting support cases when you've discovered unintended functionality because often times the changes are unintentional, and our support team can let you know the status of the behavior. For the sidebars, last week our team did enable the sidebar for all instances, but if you think yours was missed, again, a support case would be good to help our team look into your account and get things resolved for you!

We always want you to get the help that you need, so although we love your comments, feel free to check with our support team because they will probably make you much happier faster. Smiley Happy



Hi, everyone,

If you haven't seen them yet, beta release notes have been posted: Canvas Beta Release Notes (2017-01-16)



Hi, Mark,

In checking with the team, the icon class doesn't support sizes. So unfortunately size functionality isn't available in the new icon updates.