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. Please note: all notifications are turned off in the test and beta environments.
Access Your Beta Environment
To log into your beta environment, type [organization name].beta.instructure.com 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, the beta environments will be reset every week (on Sunday) so 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. To learn more about the test environment, click here. If you want to be up to speed on the latest features in Canvas, visit the Release Notes page in the Canvas Community.