Canvas Production Release: December 9th, 2017

Canvas operates on a three-week 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.

12/9/17 Production Release Highlights:

  • Assignment Group Contents Move Menu: The Assignment Group Settings menu includes a Move Content option, which moves all assignment content items in an assignment group to another group. This functionality is designed for consistency with other Move-To menus in Canvas.
  • Group Assignment Submissions and Previously Uploaded Files: File Upload submissions previously uploaded to Canvas are associated for all group members.
  • Student Assignments and Multiple Sections: Students in multiple course sections only display once for each assigned assignment.
  • Submission Details Total Point Value: The Submission Details page shows the total point value of an assignment.
  • New Gradebook & SIS Sync: The Sync Grades to SIS option is only visible for institutions with a student information system integration. We currently do not have an SIS integration in UPenn Canvas.
  • Scheduler Appointment Groups: Calendar Scheduler appointment groups can be viewed by all students.
  • Scheduler Future Appointment Availability: The next available appointment notification matches the date of the next available appointment group.
  • URL Characters and Mobile Page Links: New page links created through the Content Selector with special characters can be viewed in Canvas mobile apps.
  • Course Content Export Feature:  The Course Content Export feature will be enabled as a part of the December 9th Canvas Production Release. This feature includes the following functionality:
    • It allows users to download course content as an offline HTML file.
    • It can only be enabled at the root level and is opt-out for instructors.
    • The download button displays in Modules and provides a .zip from Files and a visual HTML index of files (hidden or unpublished files are NOT included).
    • It is a possible replacement for the current ePub downloads and includes a warning about ownership rights and redistribution.

A detailed post about the Course Content Export feature will be made on Canvas at Penn the week of December 11th.

For a complete production release update, please see:

Canvas Production Release Notes: December 9, 2017

2017-12-09 New Feature Screencast from Canvas LMS on Vimeo.
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