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The most recent updates to Canvas were rolled out on January 28th. Changes included:

Calendar

Recurring Event Occurrence Clarification

When an instructor enables recurring events for a course, the repeat text field has been changed to For __ additional occurrences. This text change helps clarify how many additional occurrences will be created from the initial event. For example, setting the additional occurrences to three means the calendar item will create the event for the first date and then three additional occurrences of the event, creating a total of four events.

Recurring Calendar Events

Dashboard

To Do List and Past Assignments

In the student Dashboard, No Submission and Not Graded assignments display in the To Do list until their due date. After the due date, these assignments no longer display in the To Do list.

White Course Card Background Color

When users enter a custom background color, white is not accepted as a hex value. This change helps improve accessibility and includes any code variation of white. If the entered hex value displays a warning icon, the value is not accepted as a background color.

Dashboard course color limitations also apply in the Calendar, which can also be used to set a course color.

dashboard-course-card-color

Pages

Instructor Course Home Page Announcements Display

When a course home page is set to display the pages Front Page, and an instructor has chosen to display announcements as part of the course home page in Course Settings, delayed announcements do not display to instructors. When instructors view the course home page, the announcement display is also the same view that their students will see in the home page. Delayed announcements do not display until the date set for each announcement.

Bug Fixes:

  • Course Visibility and File Previews: Courses with Institution visibility generate media file previews that have been linked using the content selector.Explanation: When an instructor linked a media file from the content selector, if the course was set for Institution visibility, the media file did not generate a preview and required non-enrolled authenticated users to download the file. Canvas code has been updated to display file previews in courses with Institution visibility.
  • Instructor Course Home Page Announcements Display
    When a course home page is set to display the pages Front Page, and an instructor has chosen to display announcements as part of the course home page in Course Settings, delayed announcements do not display to instructors. Explanation: When an instructor created an announcement and delayed the date of the posting, instructors were able to view delayed announcements as part of the course home page, which created a different from what they students saw in the course. Canvas code has been updated to only display delayed announcements in the course home page on the date set for each announcement.
  • Syllabus Table Heading
    The Syllabus table heading is labeled as Course Summary. Explanation: When a user viewed the Syllabus page, the Syllabus table heading was labeled as Assignment Summary, which proved confusing since course events could also be included in the Syllabus. Canvas code has been updated to change the heading to Course Summary.