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The most recent updates to Canvas were rolled out on November 18th. Changes included:

Course Settings

Move-To Menu Sidebar

The Move-To Menu within the Course Settings Navigation page has been changed to a sidebar and displays a nested structure of move options. This change helps improve consistency with other Move-To Menus in Canvas.

When a user clicks the Settings menu for a course navigation link and selects the Move-To option, the sidebar menu first asks the user to select the placement of the navigation link. If the Before or After option is selected, the user can select the order of the navigation link compared to other links. The selected menu change is applied immediately in the Navigation page.

Previously the Move-To Menu included both the navigation item and placement fields in the same window.

move option on right side

Modules

Module Items Duplication

Assignments, graded discussions, and pages can be duplicated within a module. The duplication option is located in the Settings menu for every supported module item. When a module item is copied, the word Copy is added to the end of the item name.

Duplicating a module item defaults the copied item to an unpublished status. The item’s name and other supported options are duplicated except in situations as indicated by the item type. For details about specific item duplication limitations, please see Canvas Production Release Notes (2017-07-15) (assignments and pages), and Canvas Production Release Notes (2017-10-28) (graded discussions).

Items duplicated in the Modules page follow the same behavior as a new item created in a module. The item displays in the Modules page but is also visible in the item’s respective index page.

Note: If applicable, the Modules page displays any Blueprint Course icons after the page is refreshed.

duplicate items in moudle

Move-To Menu Sidebar

The Move-To Menu within the Modules page has been changed to a sidebar and displays a nested structure of move options. This change helps improve consistency with other Move-To Menus in Canvas.

When a user clicks the Settings menu for a module and selects the Move-To option, the sidebar menu first asks the user to select the placement of the module. If the Before or After option is selected, the user can select the order of the module compared to other modules. The selected menu change is applied immediately in the Modules page.

Previously the Move-To Menu for modules only moved a module before or after an existing module and did not provide any other location options.

module move option on right side

When a user clicks the Settings menu for a module item and selects the Move-To option, the sidebar menu first asks the user to select the new module, then select the placement of the module item. The selected menu change is applied immediately in the Modules page.

Previously the Move-To Menu included both the module and the placement fields in the same window.

Pages

Front Page Removal Option

Users can remove a page as the Front Page in a course. This feature allows instructors to remove the Front Page designation and allow the Pages Course Navigation link to direct to the Pages Index Page.

Note: If a Course Home Page is set to the Front Page, removing the Front Page will automatically change the Course Home Page to Modules.

remove front page option

Bug Fixes

Assignments – Graded Survey Duplication: Graded surveys do not include a duplication option. Explanation: When a user tried to duplicate a graded survey in the Assignments page, the duplication option displayed an error message. Canvas code has been updated to remove the duplication option from graded surveys. All quiz types are currently not supported for duplication.

Discussions – Graded Discussion Attachments and DocViewer: Instructors cannot use DocViewer to annotate graded discussion attachments. Explanation: When a student uploaded a file as an attachment to a graded discussion, and the instructor viewed the submission in SpeedGrader, the instructor was able to view the attachment and create annotations in the attachment. However, the student was unable to view the feedback from the instructor as part of the attachment. Canvas code has been updated to disable annotations for graded discussion attachments.

Rich Content Editor – Embedded iFrames and HTML Elements: Embedded iFrame content does not affect other Rich Content Editor functionality. Explanation: When an embedded iFrame was wrapped in a list element or table, the HTML Editor view was inaccessible and the page could not be saved or canceled because of a conflict with placeholder content. Canvas code has been updated to remove placeholders from embedded iFrame content.

Rich Content Editor – Inline File Preview Links: Files linked from the content selector and set to preview a file display the preview correctly. Explanation: When a user linked to a file from the content selector and set the file to be previewed in the Rich Content Editor, the inline preview option did not include an icon indicating a file preview was available. Additionally, the link previewed the file in the user’s files instead of the course files. Users had to return to the course after viewing the file. Canvas code has been updated to correct behavior for inline previews.