03/09/13 Canvas Production Release Notes/Screencast Featuring Varied Due Dates
posted this on Mar 04 21:24
Our big news for this release (March 9), is the long-anticipated launch of varied due dates. This feature has no effect on students except for a few small interface adjustments in Quizzes and Assignments, but we anticipate instructors will find it extremely helpful with class sections. Varied due dates affects the entire Canvas interface so we’ve identified where any changes will appear for instructors.
We've also incorporated our screencast into our release notes below so you can learn all about the upcoming production changes in one location. As always, let us know your feedback in the comments.
Varied Due Dates by Section in Assignments, Discussions, and Quizzes
Within Assignments, Discussions, and Quizzes, instructors can assign different availability dates and due dates for each section of their course. This feature is designed to help instructors when they have sections of a course that meet on different days of the week or in different formats (online vs. face-to-face).
To indicate assignments with varied due dates, instructors will see Multiple Due Dates appear across their entire course including Quizzes, Assignments, Discussions, Syllabus, Modules, Course Analytics, Calendar 2, and SpeedGrader™.
Disable Comments on Announcements
Instructors can disable comments on Announcements for an entire course in Course Settings. This setting can be enabled at any time during the course and will apply to all future Announcements as well as those previously posted. Instructors who do not want to use this course-level setting can still close comments for individual Announcements.
Student Messaging Permissions
Account administrators can disable student messaging to the entire class. However, the setting does not prevent students from communicating with each other in course groups. Administrators can set this permission at the account or sub-account level.
Edit/Delete Discussion Posts
Instructors can restrict students from editing or deleting their discussion posts. This permission can be set in the Discussion settings or in the Course Settings under “more options”.
When a reply is edited by a student, instructors will be able to see the date and time the reply was edited. This feature helps instructors know when the edit occurred and if it should affect a course assignment or grade. Students will not see edit notifications unless their reply has been edited by their instructor.
When a reply is deleted by any user, the activity is indicated by a date and time stamp, along with the name of the person who performed the action.
Page History Views
Students will only be able to view the history of a course page if they have permission to edit the page. Otherwise the page history link will no longer appear. Instructors or administrators can enable or disable page editing in Course Settings.
Kaltura videos now play correctly, including new and previously embedded videos.
URLs used in Notifications will link users to the specific Announcement or Discussion.
Muted Assignment Notifications
Canvas now respects muted settings within a course, and students will no longer see notifications for muted assignments in their course stream.
Gradebook CSV File Uploads
When users upload a CSV file in the Gradebook, Canvas will remember the Gradebook version where the file was downloaded. Previously after upload, the user would always be redirected to Gradebook 1. Now if the CSV is uploaded from Gradebook 2, the results will be shown in Gradebook 2.
Find a Course Autocomplete
Autocomplete results within the “Find a Course” field are now clickable and will link to the course.
Instructors can no longer access institution-level user pages through Course Statistics, locking down privacy concerns.
Grade Export Report
The Grade Export Report now displays students only. Previously the report pulled all user roles.
Accessibility updates have been made to the following:
Grade view labels
Record media box prompts
Order of page headers
Warning messages when visiting an external site in a new window
Keyboard shortcuts dialog
Other Canvas Updates
Quizzes, Discussions, and Assignments Interface Updates
The Quizzes, Discussions, and Assignment interfaces have changed slightly. Students and instructors will see newly designed interface updates for Assignments and Quizzes.
In Discussions, instructors will notice the edit button has been moved next to the Gear icon, while the Speedgrader™ and rubric information is now located inside the Gear icon.
Conversations now work on more than one institution, resulting in a more seamless workflow for applicable users.
Canvas now supports Japanese and Portuguese.
Calendar Events API
The Calendar Events API now returns items in chronological order (either by default or with a parameter option).
Batch Update Conversations API
Instructors can now use the Batch Update Conversations API to manage their Conversations Inbox. Instead of selecting individual conversations at a time, instructors can use the API to archive, mark as read, mark as unread, and delete multiple conversations at once. For more details visit the Conversations Canvas API beta documentation webpage.
Admins API Updates
API users can now list and remove Admins using two new API calls: Remove account admin and List account admins. For more details visit the Admins Canvas API beta documentation webpage.
Improved Loading Times
Gradebook download times have decreased, and the dashboard sidebar now loads asynchronously to improve performance.
Signed LogoutRequest Messages
Canvas LogoutRequest messages are now signed to allow for proper SAML configurations.