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Production Release Notes for Saturday, August 8, 2015
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Production Release notes for Saturday, April 23, 2016.<br>
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In this Canvas release (April 23), instructors can better manage inactive enrollments in the Gradebook and the People page and access the Course Navigation Menu from the Gradebook. .
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<strong>Important Upcoming Dates</strong>
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<li>On <em><strong>August 8, 2015</strong></em>, all Etherpad collaborations that are hosted by Canvas will be permanently deleted.  Due to Canvas no longer hosting Etherpad collaborations, users are strongly encouraged to save any necessary content before August 8.  To export your content, please click the double-arrow icon (Import/Export) within the specified Etherpad collection.  Export file types include: HTML, Plain text, Microsoft Word, PDF, ODF (Open Document Format), and DokuWiki.</li>
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In this release (August 8), Instructors can view student interaction reports in a new overview layout, and several Canvas features receive small updates for clarification and consistency. This release also removes all existing Etherpad collaborations in Canvas.
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<h1>New Features</h1>
<h1>New Features</h1>
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<h2>People</h2>
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<h2>Grades</h2>
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<h3>Student Interactions Report Overview</h3>
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<h3>Inactive Enrollments Setting</h3>
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Instructors who access the People page in their course have a corresponding button to the Student Interactions Report.
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<p>When a student is deactivated in a course, instructors can view inactive enrollments through the Gradebook Settings menu. Similar to the behavior of concluded enrollments, this feature allows instructors to filter inactive students from the Gradebook. When enabled, the Settings menu displays a checkmark next to the option to show inactive enrollments.</p>
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<p><em>This feature was originally suggested by the Canvas Community.</em></p>
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The Student Interactions Report shows an overview of the last interaction with each student in their course, in addition to the student’s current score, final score, and any ungraded assignments. Instructors can also access individual course access reports by clicking the name of a student.
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<h3>Enrollment Labels</h3>
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<p>When displaying inactive or concluded students, Gradebook includes a label next to the name of the student indicating the student’s enrollment status. Grade fields for both enrollments types are grayed out, but inactive enrollment grades can still be edited.</p>
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The report can also be accessed by locating the name of an instructor, selecting the Settings icon, and selecting User Details. The Student Interactions Report link appears in the sidebar of the user details page.
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<h1>Updated Features</h1>
<h1>Updated Features</h1>
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<h2>Collaborations</h2>
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<h2>Courses</h2>
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<h3>Etherpad</h3>
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<h3>Courses Page Updates</h3>
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Canvas no longer supports Etherpad as a collaboration tool. All existing Etherpad collaborations that are hosted by Canvas will be permanently deleted.  Due to Canvas no longer hosting Etherpad collaborations, users are strongly encouraged to save any necessary content before August 8. To export your content, please click the double-arrow icon (Import/Export) within the specified Etherpad collection. Export file types include: HTML, Plain text, Microsoft Word, PDF, ODF (Open Document Format), and DokuWiki.
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<p>The Courses page design has been redesigned to incorporate the styles used in the Dashboard. The page displays all course details in a column format for easier readability. This change mostly affects the new Canvas UI; the legacy UI design only adds page headings to show each column type. Contrast ratios for the favorites star icon have also been increased for accessibility.</p>
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<h2>People</h2>
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<h3>User Details Inactive Status</h3>
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<h2>Course Navigation</h2>
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<p>Users who have permission to view the user details page in a course can view an inactive label for inactive enrollments. This change helps clarify a user’s enrollment status when the user has multiple enrollments within a course.</p>
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<h3>Gradebook Link</h3>
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<h1>Other Updates</h1>
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For consistency in all user roles, the instructor Gradebook link in Course Navigation has been changed to Grades. However, the link behavior has not changed and still opens to the Gradebook.
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<h2>Assignments</h2>
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<h3>Turnitin Icon Contrast</h3>
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<p>Turnitin icon colors in the assignment submission details page, Gradebook, and SpeedGrader display with higher contrast ratios.</p>
<h2>Gradebook</h2>
<h2>Gradebook</h2>
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<h3>Excuse an Assignment in Individual View</h3>
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<h3>Performance Updates</h3>
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In the Gradebook Individual View, instructors can excuse an assignment for a student. After an instructor selects the student and the assignment from the drop-down menus, instructors can excuse the assignment by clicking the Excuse an Assignment checkbox. This feature was deployed to production on July 28.
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<p>Gradebook content is loaded incrementally for improved performance. Some Gradebook features such as column sorting may not be available in larger courses until all students have been loaded on the page.</p>
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<h2>Notifications</h2>
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<h3>Communication Channel Update</h3>
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<h2>Grades</h2>
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<p>If a user tries to reply to a message in an unconfirmed communication channel, the error delivery message includes information about how to confirm the communication channel so replies can be sent back through Canvas. Previously the message only mentioned that the reply could not be delivered, and the majority of users were unsure how to update or confirm a communication channel.</p>
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<h3>Total Column Decimals</h3>
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<p><em>This feature resolves a fixed bug in Canvas</em></p>
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In the Gradebook, if the Total Grade column is shown as a percentage, the percentage is rounded to two decimal places. The student Grades page also now shows the percentage rounded to two decimal places.
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<p><em><strong>Explanation</strong>: When a user’s communication channel is an alias of their address on their mail server, and the user replies to a message, the user receives a delivery notification that the message cannot be delivered. Replies cannot be made through external notifications if the sending address cannot be identified with a confirmed communication channel in Canvas. Canvas code has been updated to include information about how users can update their communication channels.</em></p>
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This change also retains two decimals in student view when an instructor uses percentage-weighted assignment groups in the Gradebook.
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This feature was originally suggested by the Canvas Community.
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<h2>Outcomes</h2>
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<h3>Decaying Average Calculation</h3>
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In the Decaying Average calculation method, at least two scores are required before the method returns a score. This clarification has been added to the outcome method description when creating outcomes at both the account and course levels. Additionally, the clarification also appears in the description for a Decaying Average outcome alignment in the Learning Mastery Gradebook and the Student Learning Mastery Gradebook.
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<h2>Quizzes</h2>
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<h3>Quiz Item Analysis Calculation</h3>
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Canvas has changed the minimum calculation method for quiz item analysis. Canvas Quiz Quiz item analysis will generate a Cronbach’s alpha score so long as there are two or more questions and the test variance is greater than zero. A variance greater than zero implies two or more submissions produce different scores. To maintain optimum course performance, the maximum values for calculation remain at 1000 submissions or 100 questions. For instance, a quiz with 200 questions will not generate quiz statistics. However, a quiz with 75 questions will generate quiz statistics until the quiz has reached 1000 attempts.
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This change resolves a fixed bug in Canvas:
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<em><strong>Explanation:</strong> Canvas generated alpha data in the item analysis for quiz statistics with a minimum of 15 submissions. However, this minimum was creating data inconsistencies related to the number of quiz questions as related to submissions. Canvas code has been updated to calculate alpha data when there are two or more questions and variance is zero.</em>
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<h2>Rich Content Editor</h2>
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<h3>Default Icons</h3>
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The default Rich Content Editor icons have been updated for consistency and style. Updated icons include link to URL, embed image, insert math equation, and record/upload media. Icons added from LTI tools are not affected.
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<h1>Fixed Bugs</h1>
<h1>Fixed Bugs</h1>
<h2>Accessibility</h2>
<h2>Accessibility</h2>
<h3>Assignments</h3>
<h3>Assignments</h3>
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<li>Keyboard users cannot navigate to resizing controls that are available to screen readers.</li>
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<li>Turnitin icon colors in the assignment submission details page, Gradebook, and SpeedGrader display with higher contrast ratios.</li>
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<h3>Calendar</h3>
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<li>Calendar dates are only highlighted if a calendar is visible and includes a calendar event.</li>
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<h3>Conversations</h3>
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<li>The dates and times for all sent messages can be read by screen readers.</li>
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<li>In the Compose a Message field, the To field instructions can be read by screen readers.</li>
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<li>The status of a conversation star icon (read or unread) can be read by screen readers.</li>
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<h3>Courses</h3>
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<li>The Courses list favorite icons display a color contrast of 3:1 for the default Canvas interface and 4.5:1 for high contrast profiles.</li>
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<h3>Discussions</h3>
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<li>In High Contrast Mode, dragging and dropping a discussion is highlighted with a 2px inset rectangle.</li>
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<h3>Files</h3>
<h3>Files</h3>
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<li>When users select a file or multiple files to move to a folder, the generated alert reflects the number of selected files.</li>
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<li>The Move button is shown as disabled to screen readers until a folder is selected.</li>
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<li>When a user creates a new folder, keyboard focus is retained on the name of the new folder.</li>
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<li>When a keyboard user navigates down the Files page below the currently viewable area, the Files page adjusts focus to the area being viewed.</li>
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<h3>Gradebook</h3>
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<h3>Modules</h3>
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<li>In Individual View, the grade summary for a student only displays once on the page.</li>
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<li>Module buttons for Add Modules and Cancel do not persist for screen readers after closing the modal window.</li>
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<li>The Add Item button reads as aria-disabled=true when the button is visually disabled.</li>
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<li>In the Edit Module window, adding a requirement retains the focus on the newly added requirement. Additionally, the requirement drop-down boxes include aria labels, and the delete requirement icon includes a focus rectangle in Firefox.</li>
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<h3>People</h3>
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<h3>Profile</h3>
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<li>When adding a user to a course and confirming the user, focus is retained on the Done button.</li>
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<h3>Quizzes</h3>
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<h2>Conferences</h2>
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<h3>Adobe Connect</h3>
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<li>Essay questions include a link to the HTML editor.</li>
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Adobe Connect conference names cannot exceed 60 characters.
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<h3>Syllabus</h3>
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<em><strong>Explanation:</strong> When a user generated a conference name in Adobe Connect that exceeded 38 characters, the user received an error. This behavior occurred because conferences created in Canvas were less than Adobe Connect’s 60 character limit. Canvas code has been updated to limit conference names to 60 characters.</em>
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<li>The Jump to Today link is focused after the H1 heading.</li>
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<h2>Accounts</h2>
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<h3>Subaccount SIS Export Reports</h3>
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<p>To maintain accuracy for subaccount reports, Canvas updates all user account associations weekly.</p>
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<p><em><strong>Explanation</strong>: When an admin in a subaccount generated the SIS Export reports, users were only included in the report if the first course where they were enrolled was the subaccount where the report was generated. Even though courses and groups can be created within subaccounts, user data is maintained at the account level. Canvas code has been updated to update all account associations weekly.</em></p>
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<h2>Analytics</h2>
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<h3>Group Discussions</h3>
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<p>When a user participates in a group discussion, participation is shown in the user access report and the course activities analytics page.</p>
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<p><em><strong>Explanation</strong>: When a user participated in a group discussion, the user access report and course activities analytics page were not showing any participation in the discussion, although discussion was shown as a page view. Canvas code has been updated to include group page views and participations in course analytics.</em></p>
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<h2>Announcements</h2>
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<h3>Announcement Titles</h3>
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<p>Long announcement titles do not affect the Announcements Index Page layout.</p>
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<p><em><strong>Explanation</strong>: When an instructor created an announcement with a long title, the title affected the announcement text and misaligned the announcement container in the Announcements Index Page. Canvas code has been updated to correct announcement titles from affecting the page layout.</em></p>
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<h2>Calendar</h2>
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<h3>Scheduler Appointments and Deleted Student Enrollments</h3>
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<p>If a student enrollment is deleted from a course, any future appointments in Scheduler are also deleted.</p>
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<p><em><strong>Explanation</strong>: When a student was deleted from a course, any future appointments with the student were not removed from the instructor’s calendar. Canvas code has been updated to cancel future appointments when a student is deleted from a course.</em></p>
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<h3>Multi-Course Scheduler Appointments</h3>
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<p>Multi-course Scheduler appointments are shown to instructors in the associated course.</p>
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<p><em><strong>Explanation</strong>: When an instructor created a Scheduler appointment group for multiple courses, the appointment group in one course showed signups from students in another course. Canvas code has been updated to display student appointments to instructors in their respective courses.</em></p>
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<h3>Multi-Course Scheduler Appointments and Deleted Instructor Enrollments</h3>
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<p>If an instructor’s course enrollment is deleted from a multi-course Scheduler appointment, the instructor can edit the appointment group.</p>
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<p><em><strong>Explanation</strong>: When an instructor created a Scheduler appointment group for multiple courses, and the instructor’s enrollment was deleted for one of the courses, the instructor was not able to edit the appointment group. The group could only be edited if the instructor were re-enrolled in the additional course. Canvas code has been updated to allow users with the Add, edit, and delete events on the course calendar permission to manage any appointment groups without enrollments in all contexts.</em></p>
<h2>Conversations</h2>
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<h3>Recipient Search in Large Courses</h3>
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If a user role is limited to viewing users in a course section, sending a message to all members of a group only displays users who are part of the section.
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<p>Users can search for recipients when creating a message.</p>
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<p><em><strong>Explanation</strong>: When a user tried to search for recipients in a large course with multiple groups or use the Address Book icon, the recipient list was unable to load if the request took longer than 60 seconds. Canvas code has been updated to improve recipient search in Conversations.</em></p>
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<em><strong>Explanation:</strong> When a user whose role is restricted to viewing users in a course section sent a message to group members in a course, Conversations displayed the names of all users in the group, not just the ones that were part of the section. This behavior occurred because Conversations was not verifying group members and their respective section. Canvas code has been updated to only list the current members of a group within a section.</em>
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<h3>Relative Links</h3>
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<p>Conversations messages treat relative URLs as absolute links.</p>
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<p><em><strong>Explanation</strong>: When a user sent a Conversations message without the full website path (e.g., canvaslms.com), the link was treated as a relative page URL in the user’s Canvas account URL structure. Canvas code has been updated to treat relative URLs in Conversations messages as absolute links with the full website path.</em></p>
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<p>Messages sent to multiple recipients through the Canvas Help menu are treated as a group conversation.</p>
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<h2>Course Imports</h2>
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Quiz answer comments containing &gt; or &lt; symbols are retained as part of a course copy.
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<p>Canvas only processes one course import at a time.</p>
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<p><em><strong>Explanation</strong>: When a user imported multiple courses into Canvas, graded discussions and quizzes sometimes created duplicate or incorrectly linked items. Canvas code has been updated to only allow one course to be processed at a time.</em></p>
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<h3>Allow Liking Option</h3>
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<p>Allow Liking Discussions settings are retained in course imports.</p>
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<p><em><strong>Explanation</strong>: When a user imported a Canvas course and the Discussions Allow Liking checkbox was selected, the checkbox option was removed after import. Canvas code has been updated to retain Discussions Allow Liking settings in course imports.</em></p>
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<p>Copying a course into itself includes an updated warning message that importing course content into the same course will duplicate content the first time and overwrite duplicates if repeated.</p>
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<p><em><strong>Explanation</strong>: When a user copied a course into itself, the warning message indicated that the content would be copied, causing users to believe that content would always be duplicated. Content would be copied on the first import but overwrite the existing copy on any additional import. Canvas code has been updated to clarify the warning message for course copies.</em></p>
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<p>The course copy pre-processing status updates automatically when the process is queued.</p>
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<p><em><strong>Explanation</strong>: When a user copies a course, the import status updated as pre-processing but was never updated when the import was actually queued and running. Canvas code has been updated to automatically update pre-processing statuses.</em></p>
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<p>Re-importing a quiz creates a new version of the quiz.</p>
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<p><em><strong>Explanation</strong>: When a user deleted but later re-imported a quiz, the old quiz was restored along with any previously deleted quiz questions. Canvas code has been updated to create copies of re-imported quizzes without any previously deleted questions.</em></p>
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<em><strong>Explanation:</strong> When an instructor created a group discussion and imported it into another course, the course copy did not retain the group discussion setting. This behavior occurred because Canvas did not verify the group setting. Canvas code has been updated to copy the group setting for group discussions.</em>
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<h3>Outcomes</h3>
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<p>Outcomes within an outcome group are retained in a course import.</p>
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<p><em><strong>Explanation</strong>: When an outcome was created in an outcome group and attached to a rubric in an assignment, copying a module with the assignment was not copying the associated outcome. Canvas code has been updated to copy any outcomes within an outcome group associated with modules content.</em></p>
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<p>If a quiz includes an embedded image that was deleted from a question, the import error message directs back to the quiz.</p>
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<p><em><strong>Explanation</strong>: When a user created a quiz question with an embedded image and deleted the image from the course, the course copy status created an error message. However, clicking the error link generated a page error. Canvas code has been updated to direct the error link to the quiz with the missing image.</em></p>
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<h2>Discussions</h2>
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<h3>Locked Discussion Descriptions</h3>
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<p>When a discussion is locked by accessibility dates, the description is not available for viewing.</p>
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<p><em><strong>Explanation</strong>: When a discussion was locked by accessibility dates, the discussion description was still able to be viewed by students. Canvas code has been updated to hide descriptions in locked discussions.</em></p>
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<h2>Files</h2>
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<h3>Folder Clicks and Page Load</h3>
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<p>Clicking a folder multiple times does not affect loading the Files page.</p>
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<p><em><strong>Explanation</strong>: When a user repeatedly clicked folders in the left panel, the right panel stopped loading for the last selected folder and did not display any files content. This behavior occurred in Chrome and Safari. Canvas code has been updated to remove unnecessary calls to previously selected folders and view files content.</em></p>
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<h2>Grades</h2>
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<p>In the Grades page, when a student deselects the checkbox to calculate grades based on graded assignments, excused assignments are not part of the calculation.</p>
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<p><em><strong>Explanation</strong>: When an instructor excused a student from an assignment in the Gradebook, students saw the excused assignment with a zero grade if they deselected the Calculate Based Only on Graded Assignments checkbox. Canvas code has been updated to exclude excused assignments from grading totals.</em></p>
<h2>Groups</h2>
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<p>Group pages are not duplicated in cloned groups.</p>
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<p><em><strong>Explanation</strong>: When pages were created within a group, and the instructor later cloned the group set, existing pages in the group were also duplicated but did not consistently link to the correct group. Canvas code has been updated to not create duplicate pages for cloned groups.</em></p>
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<em><strong>Explanation:</strong> When instructors created groups in an unpublished course and tried to add students to the groups, Canvas would not allow the students to be added. This behavior occurred because Canvas was verifying enrollment in the course, which was true, but also permission to view the group’s course, which was false. Canvas code has been updated to allow instructors to add students to groups in unpublished courses. This fix was deployed to production on July 28.</em>
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<p>Discussions created by a student and pinned by an instructor do not appear as being edited by the instructor.</p>
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<p><em><strong>Explanation</strong>: When a student created a discussion that was pinned by an instructor, the discussion was being marked as edited by the instructor. Canvas code has been updated to not mark discussions as updated when pinning or unpinning a discussion.</em></p>
<h2>Modules</h2>
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Instructors in term-concluded courses can view unpublished modules.
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<p>Practice quizzes and ungraded surveys are only marked as late if the item requires a student submission.</p>
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<p><em><strong>Explanation</strong>:When a student took a practice quiz or ungraded survey as part of a module, the module item will still show as late after the due date regardless of when the student took the quiz. Canvas code has been updated to correctly identify due dates for practice quizzes and ungraded surveys in modules.</em></p>
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<em><strong>Explanation:</strong> When a course has concluded from term dates, instructors who tried to view unpublished module items and pages received an error message. This behavior occurred because instructors could only view unpublished items if they had the Manage Content permission. Canvas code has been updated to replace the permission with a user role default to view unpublished items.</em>
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<h3>Section Assignments and Module Completion</h3>
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<p>Module assignments assigned to a specific section and requiring a specific grade only show that the submission needs grading after the student has made a submission.</p>
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<p><em><strong>Explanation</strong>: When an instructor added an assignment for a specific section to a module and required the student to earn a minimum grade, the student could view an indicator that their submission needed to be graded even without opening or submitting the assignment. Canvas code has been updated to correct the minimum score module prerequisite requirement for assignments in specific sections.</em></p>
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<em><strong>Explanation:</strong> When an instructor excused a student from an assignment, module progressions was only fulfilling the Must Submit requirement for assignments. Any other module item requirement type remained locked. This behavior occurred because excused assignments was not correctly factoring the module requirement types relating to discussions and quizzes. Canvas code has been updated to fulfill all module completion requirements for the assignment type.</em>
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<p>If a page or file within an unpublished module contains an unlock date in the past, students are not shown the message that the content will unlock at a future date.</p>
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<p><em><strong>Explanation</strong>: When an instructor created an unpublished module and added a page or file with an unlock date in the past, students who tried to view the content saw that the content was not viewable until a future date, which was shown as being in the past. Canvas code has been updated to not mention when the content will unlock if the unlock date is in the past.</em></p>
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<h2>Notifications</h2>
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<h2>Pages</h2>
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<h3>Conversations Links</h3>
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<h3>New Pages</h3>
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<p>Notifications sent from Conversations preserve URLs within a message.</p>
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Users can add, edit, and view pages with titles that include the word new.
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<p><em><strong>Explanation</strong>: When a user sent a message in Conversations containing a hyperlink, certain ASCII characters within a URL were being converted to ASCII-encoded characters, which broke the link. Canvas code has been updated to retain ACSII characters included in a Conversations hyperlinks.</em></p>
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<h3>Communication Channel Update</h3>
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<em><strong>Explanation:</strong> When a user created a page with new in the title, Canvas generated a page not found error. The page could be viewed in the page listing, but it could not be viewed or edited. This behavior occurred because the page title conflicted with the command of creating a new page. Canvas code has been updated to support new pages with related titles.</em>
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<p>If a user tries to reply to a message in an unconfirmed communication channel, the error delivery message includes information about how to confirm the communication channel so replies can be sent back through Canvas.</p>
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<p><em><strong>Explanation</strong>: When a user’s communication channel is an alias of their address on their mail server, and the user replies to a message, the user receives a delivery notification that the message cannot be delivered. Replies cannot be made through external notifications if the sending address cannot be identified with a confirmed communication channel in Canvas. Canvas code has been updated to include information about how users can update their communication channels.</em></p>
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<h3>Inactive Enrollments and Submission Comments</h3>
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<p>Students who have been deactivated from a course do not receive notifications about comments made to assignment submissions.</p>
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<h3>Observers in Multiple Sections</h3>
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<p><em><strong>Explanation</strong>: When an instructor added a comment to an inactive student’s submission, the student was receiving a notification about the comment, which caused confusion since the student was not able to access the course or any prior submissions. Canvas code has been updated to not send submission comment notifications to inactive students.</em></p>
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Observers always display in the course list on the People page.
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<h2>Profile</h2>
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<h3>Profile Picture Approvals</h3>
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<em><strong>Explanation:</strong> If an observer was enrolled in multiple course sections while observing no students, the observer disappeared in the list of course users. This behavior occurred because observer display was only associated with observing users. Observers could still be viewed by filtering the Observer role. Canvas code has been updated to always display observers regardless of linked students. If observers are not following any users, the role will display as Observing: Nobody.</em>
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<p>If an admin approves a user’s profile picture, all users are able to view the profile picture.</p>
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<p><em><strong>Explanation</strong>: When a user flagged another user’s profile picture that was later approved by an admin, the user who flagged the profile picture was not able to view it. Canvas code has been updated to show user profile pictures if they were previously reported and then approved.</em></p>
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<p>The User Menu icon is not available in the breadcrumbs of a user’s personal files page.</p>
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<p><em><strong>Explanation</strong>: When a user clicked the User Navigation icon in the user’s Files page, the files shifted to make room for the menu items, but no items appeared because of a previous code change that did not display the menu items. Canvas code has been updated to remove the User Navigation icon from the breadcrumbs in a user’s Files page.</em></p>
<h2>Quizzes</h2>
<h2>Quizzes</h2>
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<p><em><strong>Explanation</strong>: When an instructor moved multiple questions from a question bank, the question body was cut off and could not be viewed horizontally. Canvas code has been updated to retain the full question body within a question bank window.</em></p>
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<em><strong>Explanation:</strong> When an instructor used a quiz group to create a negative point value and published the quiz, Canvas allowed students to complete the quiz. This behavior occurred because quiz question groups were not verified for negative point values. These negative-point quizzes were not able to be deleted unless the point value was first edited. Canvas code has been updated to restrict users from creating question groups with negative values.</em>
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<h3>Use Rubric for Assignment Grading</h3>
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Canvas verifies section end dates for quiz availability in concluded courses.
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<p>If a rubric is linked to multiple assignments, the rubric is not copied if the only change made is to set the rubric for grading.</p>
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<p><em><strong>Explanation</strong>: When an instructor created a rubric for an assignment and set the rubric to be used for grading, and then the instructor created another assignment with the same rubric that was not set for grading, copying the course and setting the second assignment’s rubric for grading copied the rubric. Canvas code has been updated to not copy a rubric if the only change made is to select the Use Rubric for Grading checkbox.</em></p>
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<em><strong>Explanation:</strong> When an instructor created course section dates that overrode the course or term dates, active section dates were applied to all course components except quizzes. Students with active section dates but concluded course or term dates were not able to view a Take this Quiz button that provided no result. This behavior occurred because sections were incorrectly set for verification. Canvas code has been updated to redefine logic for quiz eligibility.</em>
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<p>When an instructor enters a number as a free-form comment, students can view the Grades page.</p>
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<p><em><strong>Explanation</strong>: When an instructor entered a number as a free-form comment, students viewed an error message when they tried to view the Grades page. Canvas code has been updated to load the Grades page with free-form comment entries.</em></p>
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<h2>Settings</h2>
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<h3>Course Link Validator</h3>
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<p>The Course Link Validator has been optimized to retrieve valid pages through header status requests and accepts only gzip compression.</p>
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<p><em><strong>Explanation</strong>: When a valid link was added to a course, the Link Validator marked them as broken if the content compression type wasn’t verified. Canvas code has been updated to accept gzip-encoded content and optimize validation through header status requests.</em></p>
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<h2>SpeedGrader</h2>
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<h3>Graded Survey Labels</h3>
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<p>Graded surveys do not include Correct Answer labels in multiple choice questions. In SpeedGrader, graded surveys only display the option that a student selected for the survey response.</p>
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<p><em><strong>Explanation</strong>: When an instructor created a graded survey, the survey responses did not include an option for a correct answer. However, SpeedGrader was still showing the Correct Answer label. Canvas code has been updated to only show the option that a student selected for the survey response.</em></p>
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<h3>Crocodoc Annotations and Group Assignments</h3>
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<p>When an instructor creates Crocodoc annotations on a group assignment, all students in the group can view the annotations.</p>
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<p><em><strong>Explanation</strong>: When an instructor graded a group assignment and added Crocodoc annotations for feedback, the student who submitted the submission on behalf of the group was the only student who could view the annotations. Canvas code has been updated to create submission records in SpeedGrader to include all students in the group.</em></p>
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Latest revision as of 13:13, 19 April 2016

Production Release notes for Saturday, April 23, 2016.
In this Canvas release (April 23), instructors can better manage inactive enrollments in the Gradebook and the People page and access the Course Navigation Menu from the Gradebook. .

Contents

New Features

Grades

Inactive Enrollments Setting

When a student is deactivated in a course, instructors can view inactive enrollments through the Gradebook Settings menu. Similar to the behavior of concluded enrollments, this feature allows instructors to filter inactive students from the Gradebook. When enabled, the Settings menu displays a checkmark next to the option to show inactive enrollments.

This feature was originally suggested by the Canvas Community.

Enrollment Labels

When displaying inactive or concluded students, Gradebook includes a label next to the name of the student indicating the student’s enrollment status. Grade fields for both enrollments types are grayed out, but inactive enrollment grades can still be edited.

Updated Features

Courses

Courses Page Updates

The Courses page design has been redesigned to incorporate the styles used in the Dashboard. The page displays all course details in a column format for easier readability. This change mostly affects the new Canvas UI; the legacy UI design only adds page headings to show each column type. Contrast ratios for the favorites star icon have also been increased for accessibility.

People

User Details Inactive Status

Users who have permission to view the user details page in a course can view an inactive label for inactive enrollments. This change helps clarify a user’s enrollment status when the user has multiple enrollments within a course.

Other Updates

Assignments

Turnitin Icon Contrast

Turnitin icon colors in the assignment submission details page, Gradebook, and SpeedGrader display with higher contrast ratios.

Gradebook

Performance Updates

Gradebook content is loaded incrementally for improved performance. Some Gradebook features such as column sorting may not be available in larger courses until all students have been loaded on the page.

Notifications

Communication Channel Update

If a user tries to reply to a message in an unconfirmed communication channel, the error delivery message includes information about how to confirm the communication channel so replies can be sent back through Canvas. Previously the message only mentioned that the reply could not be delivered, and the majority of users were unsure how to update or confirm a communication channel.

This feature resolves a fixed bug in Canvas

Explanation: When a user’s communication channel is an alias of their address on their mail server, and the user replies to a message, the user receives a delivery notification that the message cannot be delivered. Replies cannot be made through external notifications if the sending address cannot be identified with a confirmed communication channel in Canvas. Canvas code has been updated to include information about how users can update their communication channels.

Fixed Bugs

Accessibility

Assignments

Calendar

Conversations

Courses

Discussions

Files

Modules

Profile

Quizzes

Syllabus

Accounts

Subaccount SIS Export Reports

To maintain accuracy for subaccount reports, Canvas updates all user account associations weekly.

Explanation: When an admin in a subaccount generated the SIS Export reports, users were only included in the report if the first course where they were enrolled was the subaccount where the report was generated. Even though courses and groups can be created within subaccounts, user data is maintained at the account level. Canvas code has been updated to update all account associations weekly.

Analytics

Group Discussions

When a user participates in a group discussion, participation is shown in the user access report and the course activities analytics page.

Explanation: When a user participated in a group discussion, the user access report and course activities analytics page were not showing any participation in the discussion, although discussion was shown as a page view. Canvas code has been updated to include group page views and participations in course analytics.

Announcements

Announcement Titles

Long announcement titles do not affect the Announcements Index Page layout.

Explanation: When an instructor created an announcement with a long title, the title affected the announcement text and misaligned the announcement container in the Announcements Index Page. Canvas code has been updated to correct announcement titles from affecting the page layout.

Calendar

Scheduler Appointments and Deleted Student Enrollments

If a student enrollment is deleted from a course, any future appointments in Scheduler are also deleted.

Explanation: When a student was deleted from a course, any future appointments with the student were not removed from the instructor’s calendar. Canvas code has been updated to cancel future appointments when a student is deleted from a course.

Multi-Course Scheduler Appointments

Multi-course Scheduler appointments are shown to instructors in the associated course.

Explanation: When an instructor created a Scheduler appointment group for multiple courses, the appointment group in one course showed signups from students in another course. Canvas code has been updated to display student appointments to instructors in their respective courses.

Multi-Course Scheduler Appointments and Deleted Instructor Enrollments

If an instructor’s course enrollment is deleted from a multi-course Scheduler appointment, the instructor can edit the appointment group.

Explanation: When an instructor created a Scheduler appointment group for multiple courses, and the instructor’s enrollment was deleted for one of the courses, the instructor was not able to edit the appointment group. The group could only be edited if the instructor were re-enrolled in the additional course. Canvas code has been updated to allow users with the Add, edit, and delete events on the course calendar permission to manage any appointment groups without enrollments in all contexts.

Conversations

Recipient Search in Large Courses

Users can search for recipients when creating a message.

Explanation: When a user tried to search for recipients in a large course with multiple groups or use the Address Book icon, the recipient list was unable to load if the request took longer than 60 seconds. Canvas code has been updated to improve recipient search in Conversations.

Relative Links

Conversations messages treat relative URLs as absolute links.

Explanation: When a user sent a Conversations message without the full website path (e.g., canvaslms.com), the link was treated as a relative page URL in the user’s Canvas account URL structure. Canvas code has been updated to treat relative URLs in Conversations messages as absolute links with the full website path.

Help Messages and Group Conversations

Messages sent to multiple recipients through the Canvas Help menu are treated as a group conversation.

Explanation: When a student opened the Canvas Help menu and sent a message to a course that contained more than one instructor or TA, messages were being sent to each recipient separately. Canvas code has been updated to send the message as a group message so any replies are coordinated appropriately.

Course Imports

Multiple Course Imports

Canvas only processes one course import at a time.

Explanation: When a user imported multiple courses into Canvas, graded discussions and quizzes sometimes created duplicate or incorrectly linked items. Canvas code has been updated to only allow one course to be processed at a time.

Allow Liking Option

Allow Liking Discussions settings are retained in course imports.

Explanation: When a user imported a Canvas course and the Discussions Allow Liking checkbox was selected, the checkbox option was removed after import. Canvas code has been updated to retain Discussions Allow Liking settings in course imports.

Course Copy Self-Import

Copying a course into itself includes an updated warning message that importing course content into the same course will duplicate content the first time and overwrite duplicates if repeated.

Explanation: When a user copied a course into itself, the warning message indicated that the content would be copied, causing users to believe that content would always be duplicated. Content would be copied on the first import but overwrite the existing copy on any additional import. Canvas code has been updated to clarify the warning message for course copies.

Pre-processing Status

The course copy pre-processing status updates automatically when the process is queued.

Explanation: When a user copies a course, the import status updated as pre-processing but was never updated when the import was actually queued and running. Canvas code has been updated to automatically update pre-processing statuses.

Quiz Re-imports

Re-importing a quiz creates a new version of the quiz.

Explanation: When a user deleted but later re-imported a quiz, the old quiz was restored along with any previously deleted quiz questions. Canvas code has been updated to create copies of re-imported quizzes without any previously deleted questions.

Outcomes

Outcomes within an outcome group are retained in a course import.

Explanation: When an outcome was created in an outcome group and attached to a rubric in an assignment, copying a module with the assignment was not copying the associated outcome. Canvas code has been updated to copy any outcomes within an outcome group associated with modules content.

Quiz Images

If a quiz includes an embedded image that was deleted from a question, the import error message directs back to the quiz.

Explanation: When a user created a quiz question with an embedded image and deleted the image from the course, the course copy status created an error message. However, clicking the error link generated a page error. Canvas code has been updated to direct the error link to the quiz with the missing image.

Discussions

Locked Discussion Descriptions

When a discussion is locked by accessibility dates, the description is not available for viewing.

Explanation: When a discussion was locked by accessibility dates, the discussion description was still able to be viewed by students. Canvas code has been updated to hide descriptions in locked discussions.

Files

Folder Clicks and Page Load

Clicking a folder multiple times does not affect loading the Files page.

Explanation: When a user repeatedly clicked folders in the left panel, the right panel stopped loading for the last selected folder and did not display any files content. This behavior occurred in Chrome and Safari. Canvas code has been updated to remove unnecessary calls to previously selected folders and view files content.

Grades

Excused Assignments and Grade Calculations

In the Grades page, when a student deselects the checkbox to calculate grades based on graded assignments, excused assignments are not part of the calculation.

Explanation: When an instructor excused a student from an assignment in the Gradebook, students saw the excused assignment with a zero grade if they deselected the Calculate Based Only on Graded Assignments checkbox. Canvas code has been updated to exclude excused assignments from grading totals.

Groups

Cloned Groups and Pages

Group pages are not duplicated in cloned groups.

Explanation: When pages were created within a group, and the instructor later cloned the group set, existing pages in the group were also duplicated but did not consistently link to the correct group. Canvas code has been updated to not create duplicate pages for cloned groups.

Pinned Student Discussions

Discussions created by a student and pinned by an instructor do not appear as being edited by the instructor.

Explanation: When a student created a discussion that was pinned by an instructor, the discussion was being marked as edited by the instructor. Canvas code has been updated to not mark discussions as updated when pinning or unpinning a discussion.

Modules

Practice Quizzes and Ungraded Surveys

Practice quizzes and ungraded surveys are only marked as late if the item requires a student submission.

Explanation:When a student took a practice quiz or ungraded survey as part of a module, the module item will still show as late after the due date regardless of when the student took the quiz. Canvas code has been updated to correctly identify due dates for practice quizzes and ungraded surveys in modules.

Section Assignments and Module Completion

Module assignments assigned to a specific section and requiring a specific grade only show that the submission needs grading after the student has made a submission.

Explanation: When an instructor added an assignment for a specific section to a module and required the student to earn a minimum grade, the student could view an indicator that their submission needed to be graded even without opening or submitting the assignment. Canvas code has been updated to correct the minimum score module prerequisite requirement for assignments in specific sections.

Unlock Dates in Unpublished Modules

If a page or file within an unpublished module contains an unlock date in the past, students are not shown the message that the content will unlock at a future date.

Explanation: When an instructor created an unpublished module and added a page or file with an unlock date in the past, students who tried to view the content saw that the content was not viewable until a future date, which was shown as being in the past. Canvas code has been updated to not mention when the content will unlock if the unlock date is in the past.

Notifications

Conversations Links

Notifications sent from Conversations preserve URLs within a message.

Explanation: When a user sent a message in Conversations containing a hyperlink, certain ASCII characters within a URL were being converted to ASCII-encoded characters, which broke the link. Canvas code has been updated to retain ACSII characters included in a Conversations hyperlinks.

Communication Channel Update

If a user tries to reply to a message in an unconfirmed communication channel, the error delivery message includes information about how to confirm the communication channel so replies can be sent back through Canvas.

Explanation: When a user’s communication channel is an alias of their address on their mail server, and the user replies to a message, the user receives a delivery notification that the message cannot be delivered. Replies cannot be made through external notifications if the sending address cannot be identified with a confirmed communication channel in Canvas. Canvas code has been updated to include information about how users can update their communication channels.

Inactive Enrollments and Submission Comments

Students who have been deactivated from a course do not receive notifications about comments made to assignment submissions.

Explanation: When an instructor added a comment to an inactive student’s submission, the student was receiving a notification about the comment, which caused confusion since the student was not able to access the course or any prior submissions. Canvas code has been updated to not send submission comment notifications to inactive students.

Profile

Profile Picture Approvals

If an admin approves a user’s profile picture, all users are able to view the profile picture.

Explanation: When a user flagged another user’s profile picture that was later approved by an admin, the user who flagged the profile picture was not able to view it. Canvas code has been updated to show user profile pictures if they were previously reported and then approved.

User Menu Icon

The User Menu icon is not available in the breadcrumbs of a user’s personal files page.

Explanation: When a user clicked the User Navigation icon in the user’s Files page, the files shifted to make room for the menu items, but no items appeared because of a previous code change that did not display the menu items. Canvas code has been updated to remove the User Navigation icon from the breadcrumbs in a user’s Files page.

Quizzes

Question Bank Question Text

Questions are displayed within a question bank.

Explanation: When an instructor moved multiple questions from a question bank, the question body was cut off and could not be viewed horizontally. Canvas code has been updated to retain the full question body within a question bank window.

Rubrics

Use Rubric for Assignment Grading

If a rubric is linked to multiple assignments, the rubric is not copied if the only change made is to set the rubric for grading.

Explanation: When an instructor created a rubric for an assignment and set the rubric to be used for grading, and then the instructor created another assignment with the same rubric that was not set for grading, copying the course and setting the second assignment’s rubric for grading copied the rubric. Canvas code has been updated to not copy a rubric if the only change made is to select the Use Rubric for Grading checkbox.

Free-Form Comments and Numerical Entries

When an instructor enters a number as a free-form comment, students can view the Grades page.

Explanation: When an instructor entered a number as a free-form comment, students viewed an error message when they tried to view the Grades page. Canvas code has been updated to load the Grades page with free-form comment entries.

Settings

Course Link Validator

The Course Link Validator has been optimized to retrieve valid pages through header status requests and accepts only gzip compression.

Explanation: When a valid link was added to a course, the Link Validator marked them as broken if the content compression type wasn’t verified. Canvas code has been updated to accept gzip-encoded content and optimize validation through header status requests.

SpeedGrader

Graded Survey Labels

Graded surveys do not include Correct Answer labels in multiple choice questions. In SpeedGrader, graded surveys only display the option that a student selected for the survey response.

Explanation: When an instructor created a graded survey, the survey responses did not include an option for a correct answer. However, SpeedGrader was still showing the Correct Answer label. Canvas code has been updated to only show the option that a student selected for the survey response.

Crocodoc Annotations and Group Assignments

When an instructor creates Crocodoc annotations on a group assignment, all students in the group can view the annotations.

Explanation: When an instructor graded a group assignment and added Crocodoc annotations for feedback, the student who submitted the submission on behalf of the group was the only student who could view the annotations. Canvas code has been updated to create submission records in SpeedGrader to include all students in the group.

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