Canvas Production Release: July 15, 2017

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7/15/17 Production Release Highlights:

  • Assignment Duplication: Assignments can be duplicated in the “Assignments” index page. The duplication option is located in the “Settings” menu for every available assignment. When an assignment is copied, the word “Copy” is added to the end of the assignment name. Assignments currently cannot be duplicated for discussions and quizzes. Duplicating an assignment defaults the copied assignment to an unpublished status. All items in the assignment are duplicated including the name, description, point value, and options, except for the following situations:
    • Copied peer review assignments retain the peer review setting and “Assign Review” date, but the number of reviews per user will be set to zero.
    • Copied assignments are always assigned to everyone in the course; differentiated assignments are not retained for individual users, groups, or sections.
      • If a differentiated assignment includes an “Everyone Else” date, the copied assignment retains the “Everyone Else” due date, if any.
      • If a differentiated assignment does not include an “Everyone Else” date, the copied assignment does not include a due date.
    • Copied external tool (LTI) assignments may need to be reconfigured.
  • Pages Duplication: Pages can be duplicated in the “Pages” index page. The duplication option is located in the “Settings” menu for every page. When an assignment is copied, the word “Copy” is added to the end of the page name. Duplicating a page defaults the copied page to an unpublished status. All items in the page are duplicated including the page name, content, and options.
  • Modules Course Home Page Default: In new courses, “Course Home” page defaults to the Modules layout. This change replaces the Recent Activity Stream as the home page default. Instructors are not required to use Modules for the home page and can choose another home page layout. The Modules page includes two links to help new instructors either create a new module or add existing content through a course import. If Modules is set to the home page but no modules content exists, Canvas will prompt the instructor to either publish a module or choose a different home page layout.
  • Course Setup Tutorial: When viewing the main Canvas index pages, instructors can view a course setup tutorial, which shows the purpose of the page and what to do next. This course setup tutorial replaces the existing Course Setup Checklist. The course setup tutorial is shown to new Canvas instructors in new courses. New instructors are defined as users with instructor roles created in an account after the new tutorial feature has been enabled. The course setup tutorial can be collapsed from view and is persistent across Canvas pages, so if the tutorial is collapsed in one page, it will stay collapsed until expanded again. Instructors can end the tutorial series in any page using the End Tutorial button. However, ending the tutorial in one course applies to all other courses. Instructors can view the tutorial in new courses again at any time by accessing their “User Settings” page and enabling the “Course Setup Tutorial” user feature option.
  • Canvas Font Size Update: The base font size in Canvas has been increased from 14px to 16px. This change improves accessibility and text legibility, and all other font sizes have been increased accordingly.
  • Canvas Icon Update: The icons throughout Canvas have been updated with a new Instructure-owned icon library. All new Instructure icons default as line vs solid icons.

For a complete production release update, please see:

Canvas Production Release Notes: July 15, 2017

2017-07-15 New Feature Screencast from Canvas LMS on Vimeo.

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