What Feature Options are currently available for my institution?

Canvas recently introduced a new page design called the New Canvas User Interface (UI). Depending on your Canvas view, your page design may vary from the images shown in this lesson. However, the functionality and location of the components remain the same.

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 Option Availability

Feature Options are enabled by your Customer Success Manager. If you do not have a Free-for-Teacher account, the following Feature Options are currently available for your institution as noted in their respective environments (beta or production).

New Canvas User Interface

New Canvas User Interface

This feature affects the user interface for the entire Canvas account.

The new Canvas User Interface (UI) is an updated interface structure designed for easier navigation and an enhanced responsive user experience.

When enabled, users see an updated Dashboard and Global Navigation menu. The Global Navigation Menu appears on the left side of the interface to allow more room for content on smaller resolution devices. The Global Dashboard includes a cleaner, lighter design that simplifies the course entry for students and instructors and provides a better way to display Canvas activity and outstanding items. It also supports both a course view and a recent activity view, which can be toggled at the top of the Dashboard based on user preference.

Admins can also use the Theme Editor to create a custom theme for their institution without the use of JavaScript and CSS files, although override files are supported.

Details

K-12 Specific Features

K-12 Specific Features

K-12 Specific Features 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.

K-12 Specific Features allows you to display the Global Navigation menu in K-12 specific branding. This feature can be used in conjunction with the New Canvas User Interface (UI) feature option for customization in the Theme Editor.

Details

  • Released in beta July 28, 2014
  • Released in production August 16, 2014

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

International SMS

International SMS

International SMS is a two-part feature option. The first component, International SMS, 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. The second component, International SMS - Send from Recipient's Country, is a feature option that has already been enabled for all institutions.

International SMS allows users with international phone numbers to receive text messages from Canvas. Users can set their notification preferences to use their text messages to receive Canvas updates.

Details

  • Released in beta December 28, 2015
  • Released in production January 9, 2016
  • View the Text Message (SMS) lesson in the Canvas Instructor Guide

ePub Exporting

ePub Exporting

By default this feature is set to Off.

ePub Exporting is a course-level feature option that allows all users to download a course as an ePub file. This feature allows users to view course content offline, such as files and pages. However, users cannot interact with the course in ePub material; course materials are displayed in a read-only state and any tasks such as submitting an assignment must be completed online.

By default, an ePub file is arranged by module, meaning only items that students have access to view in each module are included in the ePub file. However, instructors can choose to organize the ePub file by content type (e.g. assignment, quizzes, etc.) in Course Settings.

Details

  • Released in beta November 30, 2015
  • Released in production December 19, 2015
  • View the ePub Exporting lesson in the Canvas Instructor Guide

Learning Mastery Gradebook

Learning Mastery Gradebook

This feature will always be a feature option in Canvas. By default this feature is set to Allow.

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. By default this feature is set to Allow. This feature can only be used in conjunction with the Learning Mastery Gradebook feature option.

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. 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

Recurring Calendar Events

Recurring Calendar Events

Recurring Calendar Events 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.

Recurring Calendar Events allows instructors to create multiple copies of an event every day, week, or month. However, once events are created, they are not linked together and are treated as independent events.

Details

  • Released in beta September 8, 2015
  • Released in production September 19, 2015
  • View the Recurring Calendar Events lesson in the Canvas Instructor Guide

Multiple Grading Periods

Multiple Grading Periods

By default this feature is set to Allow.

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.

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Gradebook - List Students by Sortable Name

Gradebook - List Students by Sortable Name

By default this feature is set to Allow.

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 users to indicate usage rights for all course files before publishing the file to a course.

Details

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

Anonymous Grading

Anonymous Grading

By default this feature is set to Allow.

Anonymous Grading is a course-level feature option that requires all course assignments to be graded anonymously in SpeedGrader. Students can view whether or not an assignment was graded anonymously in both the student Grades page and the sidebar of the assignment submission page.

Details

  • Released in beta November 30, 2015
  • Released in production December 19, 2015
  • View the Anonymous Grading lesson in the Canvas Instructor Guide

Display Totals for All Grading Periods

Display Totals for All Grading Periods

This feature can only be used in conjunction with the Multiple Grading Periods feature option. By default this feature is set to Off.

Display Totals for All Grading Periods is a course-level feature option that affects multiple grading periods. This feature allows users to view the All Grading Periods option in the grading periods drop-down menu and view total grades and any assignment group totals in the course. The total grade within an individual grading period is not affected and can always been viewed in the course.

This feature affects the global Grades view, courses Grades view, and the instructor Gradebook.

Details

  • Released in beta October 31, 2015
  • Released in production November 21, 2015
  • View the Multiple Grading Periods lesson in the Canvas Instructor Guide

Quiz Log Auditing

Quiz Log Auditing

By default this feature is set to Allow.

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