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, some Feature Options may 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

This feature will always be a feature option in Canvas.

Release Dates

  • Released in beta February 18, 2014
  • Released in production March 1, 2014

Description

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

Student Learning Mastery Gradebook

This feature will always be a feature option in Canvas.

Release Dates

  • Released in beta June 18, 2014
  • Released in production July 12, 2014

Description

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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Post Grades to SIS

Post Grades to SIS

Release Dates

  • Released in beta December 29, 2014
  • Released in production January 10, 2015

Description

Post Grades to SIS allows the Canvas Gradebook to share grade information with your institution's external Student Information System (SIS). You can use this feature to pass back grades from the Gradebook. Only assignments that are individually selected will be sent back to the SIS.

SIS integrations supported by this feature option currently include:

  • PowerSchool

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Better File Browsing

Better File Browsing

This feature will become a standard feature for all Canvas customers on June 6, 2015

Release Dates

  • Released in beta December 10, 2014
  • Released in production December 20, 2014

Description

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

Gradebook - List Students by Sortable Name

Release Dates

  • Released in beta December 10, 2014
  • Released in production December 20, 2014

Description

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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Require Usage Rights for Uploaded Files

Require Usage Rights for Uploaded Files

This feature will always be a feature option in Canvas

Release Dates

  • Released in beta February 9, 2015
  • Released in production February 21, 2015

Description

Require Usage Rights for Uploaded Files requires instructors to indicate usage rights for all course files before publishing the file to a course.

Usage Rights is used in conjunction with the Better File Browsing feature option.

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Quiz Log Auditing

Quiz Log Auditing

Release Dates

  • Released in beta December 29, 2014
  • Released in production January 31, 2015

Description

Quiz Log Auditing allows you to investigate problems that a student may have when taking a quiz. Quizzes will automatically create data for any quiz taken in the course, but Quiz Log Auditing allows the logs to be viewed as part of a student's quiz results.  

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Differentiated Assignments

Differentiated Assignments

Release Dates

  • Released in beta December 10, 2014
  • Released in production December 20, 2014

Description

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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