What Feature Options are currently available for my institution?

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 Account 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 Customer Success Manager. The following Feature Options are currently available for your institution as noted in their respective environments (beta or production).

Course Catalog

Release Dates

  • Released in beta November 17, 2014
  • Released in production December 6, 2014

Description

Course Catalog is an account-level feature option that allows all users within an institution to publicly view the institution’s course index in a catalog format. This feature is especially helpful for institutions who want to display courses with public content. Courses can be added to the public course index on the course settings page.

When enabled, users can open the My Courses page and view a link to the Course Catalog. Users can view all courses that have been listed in the public course index in an easy-to-view catalog format and locate a course by name, or they can sort courses by status: public or open enrollment.

Course Catalog is a separate feature from Canvas Catalog.

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Learning Mastery Gradebook

Release Dates

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

Description

The Learning Mastery (Outcome
) Gradebook is a course-level feature option that helps you and your instructors 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. Instructors 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

Release Dates

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

Description

The Student Learning Mastery Gradebook is a course-level feature option that 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. This feature displays as a separate grades tab on the Student Grades page when enabled by an instructor.

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Post Grades to SIS

Post Grades to SIS must be configured with the support of your Canvas Customer Success Manager (CSM) and an Implementation Consultant before it can be enabled for your institution. Please contact your CSM for assistance.

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). This feature can be enabled on both account and subaccount levels and allows instructors to pass back grades from the Gradebook. Only assignments that are individually selected by the instructor will be sent back to the SIS. This feature does not apply to courses that do not specify an SIS ID in Course Settings.

SIS integrations supported by this feature option currently include:

  • PowerSchool

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Better File Browsing

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 instructors to view more details about their course files, manage editing permissions, and preview files.

Better File Browsing also acts as an account-level feature option; setting the option to On enables the feature for course files and user files in your entire institution.

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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 instructors 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

On January 31, 2015, this feature will no longer be a feature option in Canvas and will be enabled automatically for all institutions.

Release Dates

  • Released in beta November 17, 2014
  • Released in production December 6, 2014

Description

The New Quiz Statistics Page is an enhancement to statistics details within a quiz. As part of quiz statistics, instructors 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

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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