Release and Deploy Updates – November 2021 (Canvas)

This update will contain all Canvas release and deploy notes for November 2021.

Completed Changes

The November 10, 2021 Canvas update included interface updates and changes to the outcomes page. Specifically,

  • Interface updates: For courses with profiles enabled, clicking the profile picture will no longer automatically flag it as inappropriate content.
  • Outcomes: Outcomes can now be added directly to a group.

Upcoming Changes

The November 20, 2021 Canvas release contains information pertaining to Assignments, Dashboard, Settings, and SpeedGrader. Specifically, the following are included in the 11/20 release:

  • Assignments – Submission Feedback Indicator: Students can now see an indicator on the Submission Details page when new comments have been added.
  • Settings – Settings Tabs: Easily navigate between the different tabs with direct links or return to the previously visited tab with the back button.
  • SpeedGrader – Assignment Text Entry Word Count: Instructors can now view the word count of a student’s text-entry submission within the SpeedGrader.

The November 24, 2021 Canvas deploy was postponed to December 1, 2021. More information about this deploy and its contents will be in the December Canvas summary.

Global Course Administration: Winter Session 2021 Now Available

Implementation Date: November 17, 2020.

Instructors teaching in the winter session can now create Winter Session 2021 Canvas courses using the Prepare to Teach tool.

Follow the steps in the Start of Semester Checklist for Canvas, choosing the Winter Session 2021 term.

Instructors, if you…

  • Previously started developing a winter session course using Spring 2021, you will need to import the course content into a Winter Session course shell in order to properly connect to Registrar sections.
  • Created your course for Winter Session 2021 using the Request a New Course Shell option, you can now associate it with the Registrar section using Prepare to Teach.

Newly added apps (LTIs) now available in Canvas

Logos for H5P, Great River Learning, MyBusinessCourse, ALEKS, and MyEducator arranged randomly in a clusterOver the Winter break, five new LTIs were installed and are available to the campus community. Those five LTIs are:

  • MyBusinessCourse
  • MyEducator
  • GreatRiverLearning
  • H5P

ALEKS (for business), MyBusinessCourse, MyEducator, and GreatRiverLearning are publisher applications now available and best used for better content integration.

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H5p is an interactive content application, providing a variety of engaging question types that can be added to Canvas. Each instructor license for H5P is $190/year and can be used in an unlimited number of courses. If you would like to integrate H5P into your Canvas course, email to request a license.

If you need help with any of these LTIs or other learning technologies, email Doing this will create a ServiceNow ticket and one of our team members will be able to help you. Keep an eye on our website and our Instructional Tools page for more information and guides for each of these LTIs in the coming weeks.

Canvas: Update on New Quizzes Implementation

The ISU Learning Technology Change Advisory Board continues to monitor the progress and development of the Canvas New Quizzes tool. You also can follow this progress by bookmarking and viewing the New Quizzes Feature Comparison page.

Until New Quizzes includes support for proctoring tools, has garnered substantial support from our fellow R1 peer institutions, and obtains feature parity with the existing Quiz tool, Iowa State University will not enable the New Quizzes tool. Once the ISU Learning Technology Change Advisory Board finds Canvas New Quizzes to be an adequate replacement, the campus community will be notified in a timely manner via the CELT Instructional Tools News and Updates page.

October 7, 2021

Instructure (Canvas) has released an aggressive timeline for the implementation of New Quizzes and sunset of Classic Quizzes. See more information about next steps.

September 14, 2021

Instructure (Canvas) has provided more information on moving toward New Quizzes. See the four phases and their associated milestones on the Classic Quiz Sunset Timeline.

January 8, 2021
Canvas has extended the anticipated implementation date of New Quizzes to July 2022.

March 15, 2021

Canvas has released a blog post sharing their intended priorities for New Quizzes. You can find the short-term priorities in the overall Canvas roadmap. Recent updates and bug fixes are listed below.

  • Modules Support for New Quizzes: New Quizzes can be created as part of adding a quiz to a module.
  • Outcomes Decoupling Mastery Scales and Proficiency Calculations: Set mastery scales and proficiency calculations independently of outcomes for New Quizzes.
  • Multiple Attempts Display: When the Quiz LTI (new quizzes) was selected as the submission type for a new assignment, the assignment creation page included the option for multiple attempts. However, the option for multiple attempts was also included as part of the quiz settings in the new quiz. Canvas code has been updated to remove the option for multiple attempts for the Quiz LTI in new assignments.
  • New Quizzes and Peer Review Settings: When a New Quiz was created right after a regular assignment that included automatic peer reviews, the New Quiz inherited the peer review setting and displayed a review in the student To Do list. Canvas code has been updated to not inherit peer review settings for previously created assignments.
  • Respondus LockDown Browser and Extensions: When a student is given an extension in a New Quiz with an Until date set after the Until date for everyone else, and the student is using the Respondus LockDown Browser, beginning the quiz created a spinning wheel that never loaded the quiz. Canvas code has been updated to allow students with extensions to complete a quiz using the Respondus LockDown Browser.

Training Opportunities: Box and TurnItIn

There are two upcoming vendor-led training sessions to be aware of for those interested. One will focus on a live demonstration of the new features coming to Box and the second will be a training session on TurnItIn Originality. Details, including registration information, can be found below.

Cybox logoLive Demo: Tips and Tricks on New Box Features 

Thursday, Aug. 12; 1:00 p.m. CST

Join Box expert Milo Parsons as he provides updates on the latest Box features, including annotations and integrations with Microsoft Teams. This will feature focuses on working from various platforms, collaboration, and customizable file requests.

TurnItIn logoTurnItIn Originality Training

Thursday, Sept. 16; 1:00 p.m. CST

This session will be hosted by Chris Vescovi, a Turnitin Solutions Consultant who has been working in Educational Technology for seven years and has trained ISU faculty previously. Chris will introduce you to the new Turnitin Originality product and integration to be available in your Canvas courses after Aug 16. This version of Turnitin has replaced the older Feedback Studio product. Chris will highlight the differences and benefits of the new tool, demonstrate how to enable it for new and existing assignments, as well as dig into any advanced Turnitin features and best practices you may be wondering about. 

Stay up-to-date on other LTI-related updates by subscribing for updates at the bottom of our Instructional Tools News and Updates page. The latest updates can be found below.

Upcoming Canvas Features Release

The Learning Technologies Administration Team will be updating Canvas on May 18, 2022, with the following updates: General Canvas Features Apply Score to Ungraded: Instructors can apply scores to ungraded submissions

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Canvas New Quizzes

Canvas logo - there is a red circle with shapes on the inside and the word canvas in all lowercase next to it

Instructure has been working on the release of a new feature for the Canvas LMS platform: Canvas New Quizzes. The company has released an aggressive timeline for the implementation of New Quizzes and sunset of Classic Quizzes.

Due to the importance and impact of this Canvas change, the CELT team is developing a testing and implementation plan for the Canvas New Quizzes.

This message aims at keeping you informed of CELT’s plan to address this important change to the Canvas LMS. We will post more updates on our website as more information becomes available. Stay tuned!

If you’re in need of help with a specific issue, you may submit a ticket to the CELT team by emailing Subscribe to updates by visiting this web page, scrolling to the bottom of the page, and entering your email. This will ensure you receive the latest updates and news on instructional tools.

A historical list of Canvas New Quizzes updates can be found on this post.

Exploring the ability to associate pronouns with your Canvas profile at ISU

Oct. 18, 2021 – Update

The Canvas update allowing a user to associate their profile with their pronoun in Canvas continues to only impact an individual’s Canvas profile. This means that the associated pronoun would not be connected with the many integrated learning applications (Learning Tools Interoperability, LTI) we use at ISU. It remains our intent to implement this inclusive practice, and will share further updates as they develop. For those who have a name or sex marker change, you may stay up-to-date on the Name and Sex Marker Change policy through the Office of the Registrar. 

Aug. 28, 2020 – Original Post

ISU is exploring the best way to enable a recent Canvas update that includes users’ ability to associate their profiles with their pronouns in Canvas. This update is currently only for the Canvas profile, and not associated with the many integrated learning applications (Learning Tools Interoperability, LTI) we use at ISU. In the meantime, we will continue to share our progress with the intent to implement this inclusive practice soon. Additionally, if you have a name or sex marker change, review the Name and Sex Marker Change policy page.

Questions about the implementation process? Email