Canvas Production Release Notes (2018-05-12)

In an effort to continually improve Canvas, Instructure, the parent company of Canvas, releases Canvas upgrades every three weeks along with Production Release Notes. Pertinent features and upgrades are listed below. In this production release (May 12), the Files Settings menu icon has been replaced with the Options icon. For instructors, the Announcements commenting option is persistent per user across all courses that allow announcement replies. For students, the submission details page sidebar displays the assignment status as Submitted instead of Turned In. Production release notes also include API updates and fixed bugs. This announcement lists pertinent updates that affect instructors and students and omits features that are not applicable for Rutgers Canvas. You may view the full Canvas Production Release Notes for May 12, 2018, and its accompanying screencast. The next release will be on June 2.

Updated Features

Announcements

Comment Setting Persistence

When users are allowed to comment in announcements in a course, the Allow Users to Comment option is persistent and displays the same option set in the previous announcement. This change assists instructors so they don’t have to change the comment option for each announcement they create.

This setting is associated with the user context and not the course context. If an instructor changes the comment setting in one course and creates an announcement in another course, the same comment setting will apply. However, if the course has not enabled comments for announcements, the comment option does not display in the announcement and the announcement is locked by default. Please see the Canvas Production Release Notes: Comment Setting Persistence  for an image.

Other Updates

Assignments

Submission Details Page Sidebar Terminology Update

When a student submits an assignment, the submission details page sidebar displays the assignment status as Submitted. Previously the sidebar displayed the status as Turned In. This change helps align consistency with Canvas terminology. Please see the Canvas Production Release Notes: Submission Details Page Sidebar Terminology Update  for an image.

Files

Settings Menu Icon Update

The Files Settings menu icon has been replaced with the Options icon. This change helps align consistency throughout all Canvas areas and mobile apps. Please see the Canvas Production Release Notes: Settings Menu Icon Update  for an image.

Fixed Bugs

Please view the Canvas Production Release Notes for May 12, 2018 Fixed Bugs descriptions and its accompanying screencast for more information concerning accessibility improvements and other bug fixes.