Canvas Production Release: October 19, 2019

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 if you have any questions about an upcoming production release.

October 19, 2019 Production Release Highlights

  • BigBlueButton Interface Private Chat Restriction: The BigBlueButton interface supports restricting viewers from creating private chat messages with other users. This change allows moderators to manage private chats within BigBlueButton conferences.
  • Navigation Menu Visibility: The Admin, Course, and User Navigation Menus have been updated to include color and visual indicators to define active menu items. Additionally, the Course Navigation Menu includes tooltip indicators to clarify inactive menu items. No functionality has been affected. This change helps improve accessibility in Canvas.
  • Other Upcoming Changes:
    • End-of-Life for Firefox ESR 60 on 10/22: Firefox ESR 60 is replaced by Firefox ESR 68. Users who have not upgraded will not be able to use Firefox ESR 60 as a browser. For more information, please see the Upcoming Canvas Changes page.

For a complete production release update, please see:

Canvas Production Release Notes: October 19, 2019

October 19, 2019 Canvas Production Release Screencast


Last Updated: 20 Oct 2021

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