Canvas Production Release Notes: June 19, 2021

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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.

June 19, 2021 Production Release Highlights

  • Release Notes Interface: The Canvas Help Menu displays an indicator when a release note has been published based on a user’s role. Notes are available for admin, instructor, and observer roles. TA roles receive instructor release notes. If a user has more than one user role, the user will receive links to notes for each role.
  • Discussions Redesign: Discussion topics have an updated design with small usability enhancements to ensure page responsiveness and prepare the interface for feature functionality improvements.
  • Item Bank Management: Item banks support a new View permission, which provides access to the bank as read only. Additionally, item banks can be shared with an account or a course.
  • Comment Library: Graders can save frequently used comments in SpeedGrader that can be reused across multiple students and assignments. Comments can be edited in and deleted from the library at any time.

For a complete production release update, please see:

Canvas Production Release Notes: June 19, 2021

June 19, 2021 Canvas Production Release Screencast

Canvas New Feature Screencast (2021-06-19) from Instructure Canvas Community on Vimeo.

Last Updated: 20 Oct 2021

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