What Feature Options are currently available for my Canvas course?

Canvas is continually creating new features to improve your experience. The majority of improvements will be made available as part of our regular release cycle. However, some features may change the workflow for common activities in Canvas during your current term and will be placed in your Course Settings as a Feature Option. After a specified period of time, Feature Options will become standard features in Canvas. Learn more about Feature Options and how to enable them in the manage new features lesson.

Feature Options are enabled by your institutional admin. The following Feature Options are currently available for your institution as noted in their respective environments (beta or production). If you do not see them available in your Course Settings Feature Options, please contact your admin.

Learning Mastery Gradebook

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The Learning Mastery (Outcome
) Gradebook helps you assess the outcomes that are being used in Canvas courses. Located as part of the regular Gradebook, the Learning Mastery Gradebook provides an overview of student learning based on standards rather than grades. You can also use the gradebook for feedback about curriculum and teaching methods.

Students are not affected by the Learning Mastery Gradebook unless the Student Learning Mastery Gradebook option is also enabled.

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Student Learning Mastery Gradebook

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The Student Learning Mastery Gradebook shows students how they are being scored against outcomes being used in Canvas courses and should be used in conjunction with the Learning Mastery Gradebook. When enabled, this feature displays as a separate grades tab on the Student Grades page.

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Better File Browsing

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Better File Browsing updates Canvas Files with an improved user experience. The new files redesign allows you to view more details about your course files, manage editing permissions, and preview files.

Better File Browsing can also act as an account-level feature option; if this feature option is set to Enabled, this feature has been enabled by your admin for course files and user files in your entire institution.  

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Gradebook - List Students by Sortable Name

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Gradebook - List Students by Sortable Name allows you to view student names in the Gradebook by sortable name. Sortable name displays as last name, first name.

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New Quiz Statistics Page

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The New Quiz Statistics Page is an enhancement to statistics details within a quiz. As part of quiz statistics, you can view an entire quiz summary that shows all score percentages. The quiz summary also shows the quiz average score, high score, low score, standard deviation, and average time of quiz completion. The page also shows a detailed interactive breakdown of each question per quiz type.

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Differentiated Assignments

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Differentiated Assignments gives you the flexibility to differentiate assignments, quizzes, and graded discussions between sections and select which sections are required to complete specific tasks. Only users in the section(s) specified in the assignment details can view the assignment.

In the Gradebook, assignment grade cells are grayed out for students who are not part of the section. Grades cannot be assigned for students who are not part of the section, and assignments that are not part of a section are not factored into overall grades. 

On the student grades page, students can only view assignments that are part of their specific section.

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