Canvas Production Release: Saturday, November 8, 2014

Canvas operates on a three-week release cycle through which features are added or updated. Courseware Support posts highlights from Canvas’s production release notes, a link to these notes, and other relevant content to the Canvas at Penn blog a few days before the production release, which usually occurs on Saturdays. Please contact Courseware Support at canvas@pobox.upenn.edu if you have any questions about an upcoming production release.

11/08/14 Production Release Highlights:

  • Moderate Quiz Updates:  When a student views a timed quiz and time expires, Canvas auto-submits the quiz. However, if a student navigates away from the quiz page, the quiz submission remains outstanding. Previously, instructors had to manually submit each outstanding quiz individually as indicated in the “Time” column as “Time Up!” Now, when instructors open the Moderate Quiz page, Canvas generates a warning message so instructors can manually check outstanding submissions for the entire quiz at one time.
  • User Access Report Additions: User access is now logged in the following areas of Canvas: Course Home Page, Outcomes, and Modules. At the course level, user access activity appears in a user’s Access Report. User access information also displays at the account level in user page views.
  • Group Leader Settings: Instructors can modify the group leader settings in a Group Set at any time. When editing a Group Set through the Settings icon, the “Leadership” section appears at the bottom of the browser window. Previously group leader settings could only be specified while creating a new Group Set. Edited settings won’t take effect until after the next membership change, such as when another person joins or is assigned to the group. For manually enabled changes, you may have to refresh the page to see the group update. This functionality will continue to be improved in a feature release.

For a complete production release update, see:

11/08/14 Canvas Production Release Notes Featuring Moderate Quiz Updates

Watch the following screencast to see some of the upcoming production-release changes in action:

11.08.2014 New Feature Screencast from Instructure on Vimeo.

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