A Canvas production update will occur on Saturday, December 19, 2020. Check out the full release notes. Production updates occur on third Saturday of each month, and the next planned update is Saturday, January 16, 2021.

 Canvas has announced that some Push notification types will no longer be supported in the Canvas app with the January update.  For more information about which notification are supported for Push notifications, please see the Canvas Notifications PDF or the Streamlining Canvas Push Notifications blog entry.  Users can adjust their notification preferences by setting up additional supported communication channels.

Updates in the current release include:

Individual Page Student View
Individual buttons have been placed at the top of most course pages to provide Student View access.  This change allows instructors to view individual pages using the Test Student more quickly.

The new button can be found on the course home page, any individual page, and on an assignment, discussion, or quiz.  It is also visible in the the Modules tool page, the Assignment tool page, the Quizzes tool page, and the Announcements tool page.  The Student View tool link has been removed from the right sidebar of the course home page, but is still accessible from the right sidebar of the course Settings.  Once in Student View regardless of where the button was selected, you will remain in Student View until you leave.

Uploaded Media File Placement
Newly recorded media and uploaded media via the built-in Canvas media tool is stored in the course Files, group area Files, or user Files, depending on how the media is recorded.  This change ensures users can reuse media uploaded or recorded as media content.  Previously, newly recorded and uploaded media could not be repurposed without being copied or exported as part of course content.

If you are an instructor and you use the built-in recorder while editing a Canvas item using the Rich Content Editor, the media file will be stored in the course Files.  If a group member uses the built-in recorder while in the group’s area, the media file will be stored in the group’s Files. If a student records or uploads media for an assignment submission, the media file is stored in in the student’s user Files.

This change to newly recorded or uploaded media via the Upload/Record Media link does not affect Canvas file quotas. However, media files uploaded via any other method (such as the Upload Files link) do affect the course, group, or user files quota, respectively.  Uploaded media can be found in a folder titled Uploaded Media.

 

For more information, browse the Canvas Release Notes to find updated features or bug fixes that apply to you based on your Canvas usage.  If you have any questions about the changes or about how to use Canvas effectively, IT Academic Technology Services staff is always available at the Faculty Commons or you can send your questions to canvas-info@udel.edu.