Canvas Release March 30, 2019

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Canvas, the application better known as BlueLine, operates on a three-week release cycle through which features are added or updated. Some highlights from the most recent release notes follow. For further clarification, check out the full release notes site.

 

Content Link Error Notification: The Notifications page includes a new alert for instructors to be notified about broken links in a course. If instructors want to be notified of broken links in their course, instructors can visit their Notification Preferences page and select the Content Link Error notification. Instructors are notified with both the location and content of the link error. This notification is triggered in the following conditions: the link cannot be accessed by students because of a permission error, the link is broken, or the link is unpublished.

 

SMS Message Content: Cellular (SMS) Notifications have been shortened to distribute one message about the related content. Additionally, content no longer includes direct URLs to access the content within the course. Users who prefer accessing the content directly should consider accessing the Canvas apps and enabling push notifications.

 

FIXES:

Concluded Course User Enrollments: In the Courses page, the Add People button only displays for active courses.

Course Nickname Length on Dashboards: Course nicknames are limited to a maximum of 59 characters.

Anonymous Grading and Instructor Notifications: Anonymous Grading assignments that are still muted do not include student names in instructor notifications about submission comments, student submitting on time, and students who re-submitted an assignment.

Concluded Course Rubric Access: Instructors can view and add rubrics from concluded courses.

Criterion Decimal Scores in Rubrics: Rubric total scores are rounded to four decimal places.

Criterion Point Edits in Rubrics: Edited point values display the edited value in the rubric.

Save Comment Button and Peer Review Rubrics: Peer Review rubrics do not display the Save Comment button after the peer review rubric has been saved.

Submission Downloads and Concluded Courses: Submission comments can be downloaded in concluded courses.

 

For a complete production release update, please see: Canvas Productions Release Notes: March 30, 2019.

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Canvas Release March 9, 2019

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By , March 12, 2019 7:28 pm

Canvas, the application better known as BlueLine, operates on a three-week release cycle through which features are added or updated. Some highlights from the most recent release notes follow. For further clarification, check out the full release notes site.

 

Discussions: Author Search Functionality

Users can search discussion topics by author name in addition to title. Any discussions that have been copied from a previous course do not include an author.

 

Dashboard: Course Card Icon Size

Users who have enabled course cards in the Dashboard can view the course card icons in a slightly smaller size than previously displayed. No functionality has been affected.

 

Conversations: Media File Name

Conversation messages include the file name of any media file uploaded or recorded within a message.

 

External Apps: Assignment State and Plagiarism Detection LTI Platform

Changing an assignment workflow state does not affect the plagiarism platform association. When a published assignment was unpublished and included no submissions, the plagiarism review settings were not retained and set back to None. Canvas code has been updated to retain the tool associations if the workflow state of the assignment is changed.

 

SpeedGrader: Deleted Discussion Post Attachments

Attachments from deleted discussion posts do not display in SpeedGrader. When a discussion post was deleted that included an attached file, the file was not removed when the discussion was viewed in SpeedGrader. This behavior affected instructors as they could see the file but not the post where it belonged. Canvas code has been updated to remove attachments from deleted discussion posts.

 

For a complete production release update, please see: Canvas Productions Release Notes: Mar. 9, 2019.

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Canvas Release February 16, 2019

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By , March 12, 2019 7:25 pm

Canvas, the application better known as BlueLine, operates on a three-week release cycle through which features are added or updated. Some highlights from the most recent release notes follow. For further clarification, check out the full release notes site.

 

Rich Content Editor: Accessibility Checker Link-Formatting

When a user opens the information link in the Accessibility Checker, the “Learn More” text at the bottom of the menu window has been expanded to include more description about the linked reference.

 

Assignments: Muted Assignments and Peer-Review Comments

When a peer-review assignment is muted, students can view peer-review comments from other students. However, comments from instructors continue to be hidden until the assignment is unmuted.

 

Assignments: Anonymous Grading and Peer Reviews

When anonymous grading is enabled in a peer-review assignment, students can view peer reviews without error.

 

Notifications: Anonymous Late Submission Notifications

Notifications about late submissions in anonymous assignments do not display the names of the students with the late submission.

 

Quizzes: Fudge Points in Quizzes

Fudge points can be changed to zero after being assigned a non-zero value.

 

Rich Content Editor: HTML5 Media Recorder Video Interface

When Canvas does not detect a webcam with a user’s device, the media recorder displays the video interface.

 

SpeedGrader: Anonymous Moderated Assignment Student Links

Student submission links for anonymous moderated assignments link to the correct submission in SpeedGrader.

 

SpeedGrader: Group Assignments and External Tool Submissions

Group assignments submitted through an external tool, such as Google Drive, Dropbox, or  Office 365, display in SpeedGrader.

 

For a complete production release update, please see: Canvas Productions Release Notes: Feb. 16, 2019.

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Canvas Release January 26, 2019

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By , January 29, 2019 7:05 pm

Canvas, the application better known as BlueLine, operates on a three-week release cycle through which features are added or updated. Some highlights from the most recent release notes follow. For further clarification, check out the full release notes site.

 

SpeedGrader: Rubric Additional Comments Text Field

When an instructor creates a rubric for an assignment and views the rubric in SpeedGrader, clicking the Additional Comments icon displays a comments field directly below the selected criterion. Instructors can add comments for the criterion, save the comment, and view the comment directly below the criterion. Previously, the comment would not display until the rubric was saved.

 

Course Settings: Link Validator Email Links

When the Link Validator was started in a course, the Link Validator generated an error when it encountered an email link, as individual email links cannot be validated. Canvas code has been updated to not include email links as part of the Link Validator.

 

Course Settings: Multiple Section Enrollment Statistics

When students with active enrollments were enrolled in multiple sections, the Statistics page Active Students and Unaccepted Students sections counted each student multiple times. Canvas code has been updated to count students in statistics by ID and not by section enrollment.

 

Files: Downloaded File Names and Spaces

When a file was downloaded from a course, the file was downloaded with the file name instead of the display name. Additionally, any spaces within the name were replaced with a plus symbol, which was inconsistent when uploading files. Canvas code has been updated to use display names and retain spaces in file downloads.

 

Files: Restored Files and Duplicate File Names

When a previously deleted file was restored in a course, duplicate file names could exist in the same folder. This behavior affected other Canvas features such as ePub exports and offline course content. Canvas code has been updated to amend the file name if a file with the same name already exists by adding a 1 at the end of the file.

 

Modules: Module Item Publish State

When a new module was published in a course, the publish icon for all items within the module did not update until the page was refreshed. Canvas code has been updated to accurately display icons according to the module item’s status.

 

SpeedGrader: Draft Comments and Grades Participation Count

When a draft comment was created in SpeedGrader, the draft comment was being counted as an update for the Grades page and was counted in the indicator within the Course Navigation Menu’s Grades link. When a student viewed the Grades link, the Grades page did not display any new activity for the affected assignment. Canvas code has been updated to disregard draft comments as new activity in the Grades page.

 

SpeedGrader: Student List Menu Icon

In the SpeedGrader sidebar, the student list menu icon was not visible for all browsers. Canvas code has been updated to always display the student list menu icon.

 

For a complete production release update, please see: Canvas Productions Release Notes: Jan. 26, 2019.

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Canvas Mobile Apps – January 16, 2019

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By , January 15, 2019 8:15 pm

You can access BlueLine (aka Canvas) from any browser on your Android or iOS device. However, for the best user experience, you should view Canvas via the mobile app.

 

To access Canvas mobile apps, you need to know Creighton’s URL: blueline.instructure.com

 

Mobile App Guides

The links include how to download the mobile app and guide you on using the mobile app:

 

Mobile Guides – Canvas Teacher

Canvas Teacher allows teachers to facilitate their courses on the go, both inside and outside the classroom. This app provides quick access to grading, communicating, and updating – three of the most frequent course facilitation tasks for teachers through Announcements, Assignments, Discussions and Quizzes.

Canvas Teacher Android Guide

Canvas Teacher iOS Guide

 

Mobile Guides – Canvas by Instructure

The Canvas by Instructure app is the mobile version of Canvas that helps you stay current with your courses anywhere you go.

Canvas Student Android Guide

Canvas Student iOS Guide

 

For assistance with any of these apps or documentation, please contact Canvas Support.

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Canvas Release January 5, 2019

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By , January 8, 2019 6:38 pm

Canvas, the application better known as BlueLine, operates on a three-week release cycle through which features are added or updated. Some highlights from the most recent release notes follow. For further clarification, check out the full release notes site.

 

Course Settings: Course Link Validator Design Enhancements

The Course Link Validator page includes design enhancements for link clarity, including identifying broken Course Card images. The page description content has been updated to clarify the validator searches course content for invalid or unreachable links and images. Invalid means the link or image is no longer valid and the content should be removed or replaced. Unreachable means the link or image could not be displayed because of a situation with the host server, which may be temporarily unavailable. Unpublished content in the course is also displayed in the validation results if the Show Links to Unpublished Content checkbox is selected. Once the link validation process has completed, the page displays the following design enhancements:

  • Content is grouped by object type (e.g. assignment, discussion, page)
  • The object type is displayed below the link to each content item
  • Each broken content item displays its relevant object type icon
  • Broken external URL items in Modules are grouped by module
  • Broken content within an object is identified as either a link or an image, with the appropriate icon displaying next to the broken content
  • Broken content displays the name of the item as it displays in the Rich Content Editor
  • Course Cards are a supported object type, which displays any course images added from Flickr that have been deleted

 

Course Settings: Course Dates and Functionality Clarifications

The Course Details page and Sections tab have been updated to clarify term and course dates as well as the options to restrict students from viewing the course. No functionality has been affected.

  • The course date explanation text has been updated to suggest instructors verify the term dates before modifying course dates.
  • The checkbox to limit participation in the course includes clarification for how the checkbox affects the dates in the course.
  • The checkboxes to restrict students from viewing the course also includes clarification about whether the course or term dates are considered to be the course start and end date, depending on the course date settings.

 

Calendar: Due Date Calendar Display

When an assignment included a due date on or after 11:31 pm (or 23:31), the time did not display next to the assignment title. Canvas code has been updated to display the time for assignments due on or after 11:31 pm.

 

Courses: Multiple Instructor Enrollments and Course Search

When the first page of results for a course search included a large number of instructor enrollments, the page was unable to load and generated an error. Canvas code has been updated to display up to 25 names in the Teacher column.

 

Dashboard: Event Date Order

When an event was created for a course, the event displayed first in the To Do list, regardless of date. This behavior prevented users from viewing the most current To Do items for their courses. Canvas code has been updated to display calendar events among other items in the To Do list in chronological order.

 

Notifications: Anonymous Grading and Submission Comments

When anonymous grading was enabled for an assignment, and students made comments on their submissions, submission comment notifications to the instructor displayed the student’s name. Canvas code has been updated to anonymize student names in submission comment notifications.

 

 

For a complete production release update, please see: Canvas Productions Release Notes: Jan. 5, 2019.

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Canvas Release December 8, 2018

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Canvas, the application better known as BlueLine, operates on a three-week release cycle through which features are added or updated. Some highlights from the most recent release notes follow. For further clarification, check out the full release notes site.

 

Course Settings: Navigation Home Link Menu Removal

In the Navigation page, the Home link does not include a Settings menu. This change aligns consistency with intended functionality of keeping the Home link at the top of the Course Navigation Menu.

 

Dashboard: Card View Course Ordering

Course cards can be manually ordered in the Card View Dashboard. This change allows users to place course cards in a specific order.

  • In the Card View Dashboard, users can select the Options menu for a course and move the card to another location in the Dashboard. Depending on the placement of the existing card, cards may be moved to the top of the Dashboard, ahead or behind a specific card, or to the bottom of the Dashboard.
  • Cards can also be manually dragged and dropped to another location in the Dashboard.
  • Once a dashboard card has been reordered, new courses added to the dashboard always display at the end of all existing courses.

 

Rich Content Editor: HTML5 Media Recorder

HTML5 is used instead of flash within the Rich Content Editor in Firefox and Chrome browsers. This feature is also supported for students in the Submission Details page and for instructors in SpeedGrader. This change allows recorded media without requiring flash within the Firefox and Chrome browsers. Internet Explorer and Safari browsers do not support this functionality. Users will not notice any change and still require the use of Flash.

 

Dashboard: Midnight Due Dates

When an assignment was due at 12 am (00:00:00) in the user’s local time zone, the List View Dashboard showed that the item was due at 11:59pm (23:59:59) the same day instead, which affected students as they thought they had an additional day to complete their coursework. Canvas code has been updated to display due dates at the same time they are created and not adjust the time for one minute earlier.

 

Settings: Flickr Course Card Image Search Warning

When a user searched in Flickr for a course card image in Course Settings, Flickr results did not always return safe results even though the search is designed to only return safe images. This behavior occurred when Flickr image owners did not include a safety setting within the image when it was uploaded. Canvas code has been updated include a warning about search results when searching for a course card image.

 

For a complete production release update, please see: Canvas Productions Release Notes: Dec. 8, 2018.

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Canvas Release November 17, 2018

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By , November 27, 2018 6:47 pm

Canvas, the application better known as BlueLine, operates on a three-week release cycle through which features are added or updated. Some highlights from the most recent release notes follow. For further clarification, check out the full release notes site.

 

Rich Content Editor: Embedded Image File Uploads

Users can directly upload a file to embed in the Rich Content Editor. This change allows users to upload and embed files without first having to upload the image to Canvas.

 

Assignments: Due and Availability Date Seconds Adjustment

In the 2018-09-15 release, Canvas code was updated to always record assignment times as hh:mm:59, even if the assignment was changed to a non-59 minute value. This behavior caused any manually changed assignments to allow to be submitted almost one minute after the due or availability date. Canvas code has been updated to the previous behavior for assignment submission times, which defaults the seconds value to hh:mm:59 for any minute set at 59, but sets the seconds value to hh:mm:00 for any non-59 minute times.

 

Assignments: External Tool Submission Uploads

When a student tried to submit an assignment by uploading a file through an external tool, the screen generated an error and the file selection button was not displayed. Canvas code has been updated to display the file selection button for external tool assignments.

 

Calendar: Allow Students to See Time Slots Scheduler Option

When a new Scheduler appointment was created with the option to allow students to see who has signed up for time slots, the option only allowed students to view the information until all time slots had been filled. Canvas code has been updated to clarify the checkbox setting as only showing time slots if slots are still available.

 

Course Import: Question Bank Images

When a quiz question was added from a question bank, the question was edited in the quiz, and then the course was copied or imported, any images in the quiz question were removed. However, images were not affected in the original course except that images were rendered inaccessible. Canvas code has been updated to not remove file verifiers associated with a quiz on course copy.

 

Notifications: Anonymous Grading Late Assignment Notifications

When an instructor received late assignment notifications for students who submitted a late assignment, and the assignment was set to be graded anonymously, the notifications included student names and links to the assignment that could not be accessed. For non-anonymous submissions, notifications include the student name and a link to the student’s submission details page. Canvas code has been updated to anonymize student names in email notifications and include a link to the submission in SpeedGrader, which is also anonymized.

 

For a complete production release update, please see: Canvas Productions Release Notes: Nov. 17, 2018.

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Canvas Release October 27, 2018

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By , October 29, 2018 7:38 pm

Canvas, the application better known as BlueLine, operates on a three-week release cycle through which features are added or updated. Some highlights from the most recent release notes follow. For further clarification, check out the full release notes site.

 

Analytics: Analytics Beta LTI

Analytics Beta is an LTI tool that provides improved analytics for tracking student data using an interactive chart or table. Analytics Beta will eventually replace current course and account analytics. However, Analytics Beta and the current course Analytics functionality can be used concurrently. This feature allows admin, instructor, TA, and designer roles to view improved analytics functionality and provide functional feedback for additional analytics development. (should be available after October 29)

 

Assignments: Google Drive and Microsoft Office Assignment Submission Status

Students and instructors can view the status of Google Apps and Microsoft Office 365 assignment submission file uploads. This change informs students and instructors of assignment file upload status.

 

Dashboard: List View Dashboard Calendar Event View

In the List View Dashboard, the link for an event displays a summary window that includes the event date, location, and event details. This change allows students to quickly view details for an event without having to view the event directly in the Calendar.

 

Dashboard: List View Dashboard Grades Link Update

In the Grades menu, the course link directs to the Grades page instead of the home page. This change allows students to directly access the Grades page for the course.

 

Dashboard: List View Dashboard Sidebar Updates

In the Card View and Recent Activity Dashboard sidebars and the Course Home Page sidebar, the Coming Up section has been removed for students. The To Do list displays up to seven items instead of five, and items may be included that are due more than two weeks in advance.

This change aligns consistency with content display in the List View Dashboard and the Calendar.

 

Gradebook: Gradebook History Anonymity

Student names do not display in the Gradebook History if an assignment was graded anonymously. This change helps mask anonymity in the Gradebook History page.

 

Rich Content Editor: HTML5 Media Recorder

For video recordings in the Rich Content Editor, HTML5 can be used instead of flash in Firefox and Chrome browsers. This change allows recorded media without requiring flash within the Firefox and Chrome browsers. Internet Explorer and Safari are not supported.

 

Dashboard: Dashboard Pages Icon Update

The Pages icon has been updated in the List View Dashboard and the To Do List sidebar in the Card View and Recent Activity Dashboards. This change aligns the Pages icon with other areas in Canvas.

 

Student Context Cards: Profile Initials

Student Context Cards displays profile initials for students without profile pictures. Initials are based on the first name and last name of the student’s display name. This change upgrades the current interface functionality of non-profile-picture user accounts. Previously student images without profile pictures displayed a gray profile outline.

 

For a complete production release update, please see: Canvas Productions Release Notes: Oct. 27, 2018.

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Canvas Mobile Apps – October 15, 2018

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By , October 15, 2018 1:37 pm

You can access BlueLine (aka Canvas) from any browser on your Android or iOS device. However, for the best user experience, you should view Canvas via the mobile app.

 

To access Canvas mobile apps, you need to know Creighton’s URL: blueline.instructure.com

 

Mobile App Guides

The links include how to download the mobile app and guide you on using the mobile app:

 

Mobile Guides – Canvas Teacher

Canvas Teacher allows teachers to facilitate their courses on the go, both inside and outside the classroom. This app provides quick access to grading, communicating, and updating—three of the most frequent course facilitation tasks for teachers through Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, and Quizzes.

Canvas Teacher Android Guide

Canvas Teacher iOS Guide

 

Mobile Guides – Canvas by Instructure

The Canvas by Instructure app is the mobile version of Canvas that helps you stay current with your courses anywhere you go.

Canvas Student Android Guide

Canvas Student iOS Guide

 

For assistance with any of these apps or documentation, please contact Canvas Support.

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