Canvas Release Notes (2020-09-19) - Canvas
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Canvas Release Notes (2020-09-19)

In an effort to continually improve Canvas, Instructure, the parent company of Canvas, releases Canvas upgrades every third Saturday of the month along with Release Notes. Pertinent features and upgrades are listed below.

In this Canvas release (September 19), New Analytics provides downloadable CSV files for missing assignments, late assignments, excused assignments, the class roster, and course activity data.

This announcement lists pertinent updates that affect instructors and students and omits features that are not applicable for Rutgers Canvas. The next release will be on October 17, 2020.

View Full Release Notes on Instructure Website (9/19/2020)


Upcoming changes

Switching to New Rich Content Editor

The current Rich Content Editor will be removed by Canvas on January 16th, 2021. To prevent any disruptions mid semester, Rutgers will be switching the current Rich Content Editor with the New Rich Content Editor for Spring 2021 term. No actions will need to be taken by the instructors or sub-account admins.


New Features

New Analytics

CSV Reports

New Analytics provides downloadable CSV files for missing assignments, late assignments, excused assignments, the class roster, and course activity data. Using APIs, all reports provide real-time data except for the Course Activity report, which includes data that may be delayed up to 24 hours. Additionally, all report data is verified against user permissions.

Report Types

New Analytics Reports include five types: missing assignments, late assignments, excused assignments, the class roster, and course activity. All report data is verified against user permissions, and all IDs in the reports are Canvas-assigned IDs.

You must enable New Analytics to use this feature in your course. Click here for instructions on how to manage your course features. For full details about New Analytics Share, please see the Canvas Release: New Analytics.


Platform / Integration

Browsers

TLS Protocol Changes

TLS Protocols 1.0 and 1.1 are not supported in Canvas. Institutions must update to TLS 1.2 by 19 September or switch their API URLs to a legacy endpoint. TLS 1.0 and 1.1 have already been removed from both the Test and Beta environments. Institutions can use their Test or Beta Canvas URLs to test using TLS 1.2.

Users who rely on browsers to interact with Canvas must update their TLS protocol to 1.2, as support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 will no longer be available. Users should ensure they are using the latest version of each supported Canvas browser. Users may be affected if applications are parsing page content or using a script against Canvas APIs. Background regarding these changes can be found in Deprecating TLS 1.0 & 1.1

For questions about this change, please see Customer TLS Protocols FAQ.


Canvas Deploys

Canvas deploys contain code changes that are intended to fix bugs, improve performance, and prepare for new features, but they do not affect customer workflows. These deploys take place every two weeks and intended changes in workflow are noted in the Canvas Release Notes published monthly.

Deploy notes include notable fixed bugs and additional updates that do not affect existing user functionality. View last five full Deploy Notes: