How do I explore beta features in Canvas?

When you have a Canvas account, you have access to three different environments:  production, test, and beta.

The test and beta environments are copies of your production account. Production is your live environment. Test and beta are separate environments that contain copies of your production data. The test environment allows you to test using your real data without ruining the experience for your users, while the beta environment allows you to explore new features before they reach production.

Notes about the Beta Environment:

  • Admins and instructors can always access the Canvas beta environment, but students can only access beta if enabled in Account Settings
  • Notifications, including course invitations and report downloads, cannot be sent in the beta environment
  • Crocodoc (annotation tool in SpeedGrader™) 
is not available in the beta environment

Access Your Beta Environment

Access Your Beta Environment

To log into your beta environment, type [organization name] into the URL field. The new features coming to Canvas are located in the beta environment for you to explore. The new features will appear in beta seven days prior to the release date.

Login to Canvas

Type in your Canvas credentials (email or user name and password
and click the Log In button.

View Test Installation Message

Users in the beta environment will see a pink bar across the bottom of the screen indicating the user is in a Canvas Test Installation. Remember, beta environments will reset every week on Sunday and any content created in this environment will be deleted.

Note: To hide the pink bar across the bottom of your screen, double-click on the words Canvas Test Installation. Learn more about the test environment. If you want to keep up on the latest features in Canvas, visit the Release Notes page in the Canvas Community.

Manage Canvas Features

Some new features may be released as opt-in only and will not appear until you enable them in your beta environment. You can view these features in the Feature Options tab within Account Settings. Learn how to manage new features.

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