Canvas operates on a monthly 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about an upcoming production release.
Please note: Starting July 15, the Canvas Release Schedule will be adjusted to support two-week deploys and monthly releases every third Saturday of the month. For more information, please see the Timeline Implementation.
July 13, 2019 Production Release Highlights
- New Gradebook &Grade Post Policies: This change redefines assignment-wide muting to an individual assignment level, making grades visible down to individual sections of a course, or hide previously posted grades if needed. This change only benefits the New Gradebook. Instructors using the Old Gradebook must continue to mute and unmute individual assignments and release grades to all students at the same time.
Assignment grades may be manually or automatically posted. Automatically posted grades for an assignment are the equivalent of an unmuted assignment where grades and comments are immediately posted. Manually posted grades allows an instructor to hide all grades and comments until the instructor chooses to post the grades.
A posting policy for the entire course can be set in the settings, which will be set for all current and future assignments. By default, the policy is for grades to be posted automatically.
Anonymous assignments must always be manually posted regardless of the course-level grade policy. This behavior protects student anonymity. Anonymous assignments must be posted or hidden for all students in the assignment and cannot be managed by section. For more information, please see the full release notes.
Reminder: New Gradebook will become mandatory for all Canvas users on January 18, 2020.
- Account Course & User Search Sort Arrow: The sort arrow in the account-level People and Courses pages has been inverted to display the correct sorting for a specified column.
- Sub-Accounts and Developer Keys – Manage Permission: The Developer Keys – Manage permission has been removed from the sub-accounts permissions page.