A Canvas production update will occur on Saturday, January 15, 2022. Check out the full release notes.  Production updates occur on third Saturday of each month, and the next planned update is Saturday, March 19, 2022.  There is no February, 2022, production update scheduled since no feature updates will be available.  Updates in the current release include:

New Quizzes – Matching Questions Partial Credit
For users of the New Quizzes tool, the matching question type in New Quizzes now includes a partial credit option with grading similar to Classic Quizzes matching questions.  New matching questions created in a quiz will default to the partial credit option.

SpeedGrader – Unposted Comment Warning
A warning is displayed if a grader enters text, media, or audio comments in the right sidebar of SpeedGrader and attempts to navigates away from the SpeedGrader page or move to another student submission before submitting/posting the comments.  Previously, Canvas would only store the comment in draft mode and place a small red asterisk next to the comment indicating its draft status.

Graders can choose to not be notified for comments that have not been posted by selecting the checkbox at the bottom of the window on a per-assignment basis. Viewing another assignment and navigating between students before posting a comment also displays the warning.  The option is also stored on a per-browser basis, so viewing an assignment in a different browser will also display the warning.

Course Navigation Menu – Expand or Collapse
An expand/collapse tool icon in the breadcrumbs of each course page allows users to expand or collapse the course navigation menu.  The collapsed or expanded state is retained throughout the course until changed by the user and is maintained on a per-user basis so that the state affects all courses in which the user is enrolled.

The Grades page hides the course navigation menu by default, which will always be collapsed regardless of the user’s preference.

Conferences Link Name Transition (January 5 Deploy)
The Conferences tool has completed its name transition to Big Blue Button only to display the name of the tool only.  This change is only for consistency with other with other conferences providers, and no functionality has been affected.  For more information, please see the Canvas@UD Release Notes for August 21, 2021.

Course Import – Content Import Warning Message (December 15 Deploy)
The Import Course Content process, through either the Import Course Content tool or the Copy To tool, now displays a warning message about overwriting existing content as a reminder that importing existing content may have adverse effects.  This warning is displayed whenever this task is executed and does not indicate that the content was previously imported.  Certain items, such as Classic Quizzes, have well-documented issues with importing and overwriting when copied several times within the same course.  If you are importing course content into a new course shell for the first time, you can ignore this message:

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 IT-ATS Welcome Bar or you can send your questions to canvas-info@udel.edu.