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  • Canvas operates on a monthly release cycle through which features are added or updated. The information below contains highlights from Canvas’s production release notes
  • These updates will occur on weekdays.  
  • For more information, review All About Release Notes.

The full set of Release Notes are available via the Canvas Community.

Summary of Canvas Release Notes – June 19, 2021 

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Maintenance Windows Enforcement

  • To better manage required maintenance across all customer instances, regular maintenance windows will be implemented for each region, beginning on July 15. 
  • Most maintenance windows will take place sometime between the hours of 12:05 am and 4:05 am ET on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. 
  • Planned maintenance windows help to lessen the need for emergency maintenance.
  • Although windows are always scheduled for two hours, most likely maintenance will only last a few minutes. Additionally, maintenance may not always be required. 
  • Users can subscribe to status updates for their Canvas accounts via the Canvas Status History Page.

Also, just a reminder of the development for Item Bank Management for New Quizzes.  Details on this update are noted in this Canvas Blog post: Coming Soon to New Quizzes: Item Banks Management.  While this improvement enables quiz questions (i.e. Item Banks) within New Quizzes to be linked to a course (vs. the course developer or instructor), the development of a tool that migrates existing Question Banks to Item Banks remains in development.  A review of this new feature and capability is needed.


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