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These are the latest Canvas system updates that will become available on 22 June 2019.   Please click on an update to expand and view the information.  If you have any questions please submit a support ticket via the help menu in Canvas.

Please note that system updates are subject to change and may be subsequently updated.

Update 1: Discussions - Reply Settings Interface Change. This update is available the following Canvas roles: Student.
 

Summary
When students are not allowed to edit or delete their own discussion posts, the Settings menu for a discussion shows those functions have been disabled.

Change Benefit
This change more clearly informs students if they are allowed to edit or delete their own discussion posts. Previously when this feature was disabled, the Settings menu was removed, causing students to think there was a bug with being able to edit or delete their posts.

Affected User Roles & Behaviours

Students
When the option to edit or delete a discussion post has been disabled for a course, students can view the Settings menu for the discussion and see that editing and deleting the discussion has been disabled.

The option to edit or delete a discussion post can be disabled at either the account or course level.

Other related guides for Students
· How do I view Discussions as a student?
· How do I reply to a discussion as a student?

 

Update 2: Commons - Unsplash Image Search. This update is available for the following Canvas roles: Teacher, TA, Course Designer.

 

Summary
The Flickr image search has been replaced by Unsplash.

Change Benefit
This change replaces Flickr with Unsplash, which offers high-quality, safe images for use as resource thumbnails in Commons.

Affected User Roles & Behaviours

Instructors
When instructors and admins share a new resource or edit an existing resource, they can select an image to display as a thumbnail for their resource using Unsplash. Unsplash image search replaces the existing Flickr search functionality. The Flickr logo has been removed from the interface. Existing images imported from Flickr will not be affected.

 

Other related guides for Instructors
· How do I use Commons?
· How do I add a thumbnail image to my shared resource?

 

Update 3: Commons - Empty Page Message Update. This update is available the following Canvas roles: Teacher, TA, Course Designer.

 

Summary
The empty page messages have been updated in Commons for consistency and clarity. Empty page messages display when no search results are found or if a page in Commons has no content to display.

Change Benefit
This change improves the consistency of page messages throughout Commons.

Affected User Roles & Behaviours

Instructors
When users view pages in Commons that have no content to display, such as Shared, Imported, Updates, and Favourites, or if a user’s search yields no search results, the empty page messages and images is more consistent.

Other related guides for Instructors
· How do I use Commons?
· How do I import and view a Commons resource in Canvas?

 

Update 4: Canvas Interface - Branding Update. This update is available for all Canvas roles.

 

Summary
The Canvas and Instructure logos have been updated throughout the interface.

Change Benefit
This change promotes consistency with updated Canvas and Instructure branding.

Affected User Roles & Behaviours

All Users
The Canvas web interface displays updated logos for Canvas and Instructure. These icons may display in the Canvas Login page and the Dashboard page footer.

 

 

Other recent updates: Canvas Integration - Turnitin LTI.

 

24th May 2019: Students now alerted when content loads on screen in text-only Turnitin Feedback Studio. This update is available for the following Canvas roles: Students.

Previously, in the text-only view of Turnitin Feedback Studio, students weren’t getting visual or auditory indications that new content had been selected or loaded on their screen. Now, when students tab through sections of text, select radio buttons, or choose the “Show previous/next 20 highest matches” link, the selection is outlined or highlighted, and the text itself is read aloud (if the student is utilizing the screen reader).

Support wizard link updated in LTI inbox for UK instructors. This update is available for the following Canvas roles: Teacher, TA and Course Designer.

Previously, the link to the support wizard was redirecting instructors to the login page. This issue has been resolved. Now, when instructors use the ‘Helpdesk’ link in the assignment inbox, they are guided directly to the (support) wizard.

12th June 2019: Keyboard focus is now indicated visually. This update is available for all Canvas roles.

As a part of continuing accessibility improvements, a visual indicator of where the current focus of the keyboard is placed has been added.  The focused element will now be wrapped in a grey box.

Optional settings now have more titles. This update is available for the following Canvas roles: Teacher, TA and Course Designer.

Extra titles have been added to the assignment creation screen to make it clearer where different settings are grouped.

Other related Turnitin guides 
· Turnitin within Canvas – Staff Guide
· Important notes for Staff – Turnitin Assignments
· Turnitin within Canvas – Student Guide
· Full Turnitin LTI Release Notes