What Feature Options are currently available for my account?

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

Public Course Index

Public Course Index

The Public Course Index 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 Public Course Index. 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.

The Public Course Index is a separate feature from Canvas Catalog, an all-in-one learning solution that integrates with the Canvas LMS as a course registration system, payment gateway, and learning platform.

Details

  • Released in beta November 17, 2014
  • Released in production December 6, 2014
  • View the Public Course Index lesson in the Canvas Instructor Guide

Learning Mastery Gradebook

Learning Mastery Gradebook

This feature will always be a feature option in Canvas.

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.

Details

  • Released in beta February 18, 2014
  • Released in production March 1, 2014
  • View the Learning Mastery Gradebook lesson in the Canvas Instructor Guide

Student Learning Mastery Gradebook

Student Learning Mastery Gradebook

This feature will always be a feature option in Canvas.

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.

Details

Post Grades to SIS

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.

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

Details

  • Released in beta December 29, 2014
  • Released in production January 10, 2015
  • View the Publish Grades to PowerSchool lesson in the Canvas Instructor Guide

Multiple Grading Periods

Multiple Grading Periods

Multiple Grading Periods allows instructors to create separate grading periods within a specific course. This feature was specifically designed for institutions that include a course during multiple terms and allows instructors to specify course work within a specific term.

Details

Gradebook - List Students by Sortable Name

Gradebook - List Students by Sortable Name

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.

Details

  • Released in beta December 10, 2014
  • Released in production December 20, 2014
  • View the Sortable Name Gradebook lesson in the Canvas Instructor Manual

Require Usage Rights for Uploaded Files

Require Usage Rights for Uploaded Files

This feature will always be a feature option in Canvas. Require Usage Rights for Uploaded Files must be configured with the support of your Canvas Customer Success Manager (CSM) before it can be enabled for your institution. Please contact your CSM for assistance.

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.

Details

  • Released in beta February 9, 2015
  • Released in production February 21, 2015
  • View the Usage Rights lesson in the Canvas Instructor Guide

Quiz Log Auditing

Quiz Log Auditing

Quiz Log Auditing allows instructors 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.  

Details

  • Released in beta December 29, 2014
  • Released in production January 31, 2015
  • View the Quiz Log lesson in the Canvas Instructor Guide