Canvas Production Release: October 7, 2017

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 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.

10/7/17 Production Release Highlights:

  • Student Late and Missing Status Labels: The “Submission Details” page and student “Grades” page do not display labels for missing or late submissions. This change reverts the labels for students introduced in the Canvas Production Release Notes on August 5, 2017 and helps minimize confusion for students when their instructors create online assignments that can be submitted online or on paper in class. Canvas always marks online assignments as missing when no submission is made. For instructors, SpeedGrader has not been affected and continues to display missing and late labels for online assignments. If an assignment has not been submitted by the due date, the assignment is identified as missing. If the assignment is submitted after the due date, the assignment is identified as late.
  • SpeedGrader Performance Update: SpeedGrader has been optimized for performance in large courses and includes a JavaScript improvement for loading students in the “Student” menu. Although all values for an assignment are loaded and saved in the browser to reduce load time, the browser JavaScript inefficiently managed values when switching students. Instead of updating for all students, the student menu is only updated where a student’s status could change and only updates affected students accordingly.
  • Icon Updates: The “Publish” and “Unpublish” icons in Canvas have been updated in the Instructure icon library. Based on additional user testing of icons, weights, and styles, these icon changes enhance visibility and status clarity.

For a complete production release update, please see:

Canvas Production Release Notes: October 7, 2017

2017-10-07 New Feature Screencast from Canvas LMS on Vimeo.

View the script for this video.