Canvas Release Notes: February 15, 2020

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 canvas@pobox.upenn.edu if you have any questions about an upcoming production release.

February 15, 2020 Production Release Highlights

  • Gradebook Import Reserved Names: Gradebook import CSV files ignore reserved name columns as well as hidden and deleted custom columns. For new custom columns, custom columns cannot have the same name as a reserved column. This change confirms data is uploaded correctly as part of the import and prevents grade conflicts from hidden or deleted columns. A reserved column name is a column that is already being used by the Gradebook to manage user data. Reserved column names include the following: Student, ID, SIS User ID, SIS Login ID, Section, Integration ID, and Root Account.
  • Developer Key Include Parameter Support: Admins can allow Include parameters when enforcing scopes for a developer key. As part of the new API developer key creation process, enforcing scopes is disabled by default. However, when scopes are enforced for a developer key, admins can select the Allow Include Parameters checkbox, which permits use of all “includes” parameters for the developer key. “Includes” parameters may grant access to additional data not included in the scopes selected for the developer key.
  • Responsive Layout Enforcement: Canvas provides a more responsive experience for content scrolling according to web accessibility initiative guidelines. This change ensures Canvas continues to meet accessibility guidelines for all Canvas users regarding the vertical and horizontal display of course content. Both Penn Canvas and Canvas Catalog have been tested to prepare for this change.

For a complete production release update, please see:

Canvas Production Release Notes: February 15, 2020

February 15, 2020 Canvas Production Release Screencast

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