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Canvas: COVID-19 Ready Release
In addition to the regularly scheduled monthly release, Canvas has released weekly feature options designed to provide immediate solutions to institutions facing COVID-19. This document will summarize the features from the release that UW-System will implement.
Ready Release 05/09/2020
There are no features to release on 05/09/2020.
Ready Release 05/02/2020
There are no features to release on 05/02/2020.
Ready Release 04/25/2020
User Role: Students
Students are notified when comments have been added in DocViewer. This change helps students know when their instructor or TA has added comments in a DocViewer-supported document. If students have enabled the Submission Comment notification type, they’ll receive notifications when a comment has been added to their document via their specified communication channel(s). Notifications can be updated in the Notification Preferences page from the Account Menu. If annotation comments have been made anonymous, notifications are sent without the user’s name who posted the comment.
User Course Access Log
User Role: Admin
The Reports page includes the User Course Access Log report. This change provides a basic account-level report that provides admins with key usage data in monitoring and reporting student online engagement. This report shows all the activity from users enrolled in all courses in a specified timeframe. While configuring the report, an admin can specify a start date up to one month in the past, the end date will be defaulted to the present. Filtering based on user role is also available. The times viewed and times participated are counters from start date until the time the report was generated. A maximum of one month's data could be retrieved. If no start date was selected, by default the report will return data from the beginning of the previous week.
Ready Release 04/04/2020
Assignments: Due and Availability Date Bulk Edit
User Role: Instructors The Assignments page supports editing all assignment, discussion, and quiz dates in a single page.
his change allows assignment dates to be adjusted at one time in the same location. More information: https://kb.wisconsin.edu/dle/100746
Commons: Admin Featured Content.
User Role: Admins. Admins can edit a managed resource and share the resource as featured content. This change allows admins to manage featured content for their institution. Admins can edit a managed resource and share the resource as featured content. Featured resources include a Featured banner as part of the resource, and Featured content displays at the top of the Search page.
Files: Multiple File Upload Enhancements.
User Role: All users. Course Files has been updated to clarify support of drag-and-drop functionality. The Course Files page and User Files page have been updated with minor adjustments to clarify support of drag-and-drop functionality in the main page and within individual folders. Empty folders show how to upload multiple files within the page or how to choose files from a computer.
New Quizzes: Quiz Engine Option.
User Role: Instructors. Instructors using New Quizzes can set their preferred quiz engine for each course.When an instructor selects the Add Quiz button in the Quizzes page, the page displays a window asking which quiz type should be used to create a quiz: Classic Quizzes or New Quizzes. Once a quiz engine is selected, the next time the instructor clicks the Add Quiz button, Canvas displays the quiz creation page for the selected tool.
Note: This preference applies to each course individually.
Ready Release 04/04/2020
Account Settings: Featured and New Help Menu Links
A Help Menu link can be featured in the Help Menu, and a new link added to the menu can be identified as new. For all institutions, the Canvas Guides have been set as the featured link, and the Help Menu includes a new link: COVID-19 Canvas Resources.
Canvas Commons: URL Sharing
Commons resources pages include a button to copy the resource link. This change allows instructors to share Commons resources via URL outside of Canvas. Users who are not logged into Canvas must log in to Canvas to download, import, or favorite the resource. Additionally, resource previews do not display to non-logged-in users unless the resource has been publicly shared.
New Analytics: Analytics Chart Tabs
The New Analytics chart viewing options have been changed from drop-down menus to page tabs. This change provides easier navigation between analytics data and provides consistency between the Course and Student views.
User Navigation: Teacher Mobile App Login QR Code
Affected User Roles: Instructor
When instructors are in Canvas, their User Navigation Menu includes a QR for Mobile Login link. This link generates a QR code and tells them they can use the code to log in to their account from the Canvas Teacher App.
User Interface Update
Ready Release 03/28/2020
USER NAVIGATION: Mobile App Login QR Code
Affected Role: Student
Students can use a QR code to log in to the Canvas Student App. This change helps students more easily log in to the Canvas Student App without having to know their institution’s Canvas URL.