Canvas Production Release Notes: July 17, 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.

July 17, 2021 Production Release Highlights

  • Modules Workflow Improvement: In-module progression is available for New Quizzes. When a student navigates to a new quiz or resumes a new quiz from Modules, the quiz details page is displayed within the module. This allows the student to use the “Next” or “Previous” module buttons. When the quiz is started or resumed, the quiz opens to the full screen interface.
  • SMS Notifications End of Life: Effective July 31, 2021, SMS Notifications for Announcements and Grading will be removed from Canvas. Additionally, the SMS column will be removed from the Notifications page.
  • Maintenance Windows Enforcement: To better manage required maintenance, regular maintenance windows will be implemented across all Canvas instances beginning July 2021. Most maintenance windows will take place sometime between the hours of 12:05 am and 4:05 am EST on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. The maintenance window for Penn is displayed below the Time Zone field in Account Settings, and below the Time Zone field in User Settings.

For a complete production release update, please see:

Canvas Production Release Notes: July 17, 2021

Last Updated: 11 Oct 2021

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