Canvas Production Release: Saturday, January 10, 2015

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.

1/10/15 Production Release Highlights:

  • Checklist Redesign: The Course Setup Checklist has been redesigned for a better user experience and displays as a full window. Each sidebar item shows the status of your course and provides quick links to each Canvas area. To close the window and return to Canvas, click the close icon in the upper right of the window, or press the Escape button on your keyboard. No functionality has been changed in this feature.
  • Test Student Scores: Test Student scores are not included in analytics assignment data. When an instructor viewed analytics for a course, test student scores were appearing as part of the data. Canvas code has been updated to remove Test Student data from all assignment statistics.
  • Students can submit assignments uploaded to their their personal files: When a student submitted an assignment from their personal files, Canvas was creating an error that said the file was not authorized for the submission. This behavior occurred when an assignment restricted the submission file type. Canvas code has been updated to accept file submissions from personal files as long as the file contains the correct file extension.
  • Quiz Log Auditing: Students and instructors can view progress logs for course quizzes. This feature is designed to help instructors investigate problems that a student may have in the quiz. Students can also view the log for their own quizzes. Quiz Log Auditing is a course-level feature option, which means that it must be enabled by a System Administrator before it can be used. If there is interest in this feature, please let us know.

For a complete production release update, see:

January 10, 2015 Canvas Production Release Notes

New Feature Screencast (2015-01-10) from Instructure on Vimeo.

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