As you may know, Instructure updates and repairs Canvas every few weeks. Here are some highlights from last weekend’s update:
Test Student Placement in the Gradebook
The Test Student (populated when using Student View), will always be listed at the end of the Gradebook, no matter how the Gradebook is sorted.
The Test Student can still be removed from the Gradebook completely by managing your course section enrollments.
As deployed in our 11/16 release, the Test Student no longer affects analytics.
Note: Placement of the Test Student at the end of the user list does not apply to CSV downloads, which will be updated in the 12/28 release.
Individual Messages Option Update in New Conversations
In the New Conversations (Beta Version) compose window, the bulk message checkbox has been renamed to Send individual messages. This change makes individual messaging more intuitive and functions similarly as an email BCC (blind carbon copy) feature.
To send a conversation as individual messages, enter your recipients in the To field, and then select the Send individual messages checkbox. Otherwise Canvas will send the message as a group message, and all recipients will be able to view all recipients of the message.
In new Conversations, reply to all is never the default option for group conversations. As in email, users can always choose how to reply to a message: they can respond only to the sender with the reply icon , or if they want to reply to the entire group, they can click the gear icon  and select the reply to all option .
When composing a reply, users can also check the intended recipient(s) in the To field and add or remove names as necessary.
Calendar 2: Dates and Times
- After importing a course, Calendar 2 will enter the date and time of an event exactly as it exists in the original course or content package.
- Explanation: When a calendar event was imported, the Start/End times changed to the UTC offset (e.g. for Mountain Time it defaulted to 6pm) on the previous day if no date or 12:00am were used. Canvas code has been updated to accept the date and time as per the imported event.
Partially Submitted Quizzes
- Canvas saves all student answers within a quiz and no longer auto-submits quizzes that are closed before the quiz is completed.
- Explanation: Some quizzes were being auto-submitted with unsaved quiz questions. Canvas engineers determined that pressing the back button within a browser window would cause Canvas to stop auto-saving quiz questions, causing quizzes to be partially completed when auto-submitted. This situation occurred when students clicked the back button and chose to remain on the page, when students clicked the back button and closed the quiz window, and also when students downloaded a file.
- This fix is a followup to a bug addressed in our 11/16 release: If a quiz is auto-submitted because of a time limit, Canvas will submit the quiz completely so it can be moderated by the instructor.
- Canvas truly randomizes quiz questions within question groups.
- Explanation: When an instructor sets up a quiz question group, some students would not get a truly randomized quiz with quiz question groups containing more than 25 questions. Canvas would not generate randomized quizzes consistently, often only randomizing one or two questions.
- When notifying students about the number of quiz questions affected by a quiz regrade, Canvas will consider all regrade attempts.
- Explanation: When an instructor regrades a student quiz where a quiz question was affected by the regrade, Canvas will notify the student with the following message: “Your new score reflects # questions that were affected.” However, this message only reflects the student of the number of scores affected over the last two regrades. Canvas will consider all regrade attempts in reflecting the number of affected questions.
Other Canvas Updates
If you’d like to see all the gory details, check out https://help.instructure.com/entries/23285064-12-07-13-Canvas-Production-Release-Notes-Featuring-the-Gradebook-Test-Student-and-Individual-Message