Canvas GuidesRecent Updates

Recent Updates

  • If your institution has enabled offline content, you can view your course offline as an HTML file. You can download the HTML file from the Modules page. Currently HTML files can only be generated in the browser version of Canvas and are only supported on a computer.

    HTML offline content is for offline viewing only; you cannot interact with course content directly, such as completing an assignment or viewing any submissions. In the HTML file, you can view assignment details, availability dates, and point values. Discussions and quizzes only include the description. All discussion replies (graded or ungraded) are considered submissions and must be viewed online. Additionally, you can view any embedded media files in the HTML file. If a link can only be accessed online, the link includes an external icon identifying the content as online only.

    Offline downloads include all content from the course at the time of the download. You will need to download the course each time you want to view updated course content. After the initial download, the export page shows the history of each download, and the Modules page shows the last time the content was exported.

    User Guidelines

    When exporting course content, you may not reproduce or communicate any of the content in the course, including exported files, without your institution's prior written permission. Please be aware of your institution's online user agreement guidelines.

    Note: If your course does not allow access to the Modules page, or if your course Modules page does not display the Export Course Content button, offline content is not available in your course. However, your institution may allow you to export course content as an ePub file.

    Tags HTML, Modules, Offline Content, Student Guide
  • If your institution has enabled offline content, you can view your course offline as an HTML file. You can download the HTML file from the Modules page. Currently HTML files can only be generated in the browser version of Canvas and are only supported on a computer.

    HTML offline content is for offline viewing only; you cannot interact with course content directly, such as completing an assignment or viewing any submissions. In the HTML file, you can view assignment details, availability dates, and point values. Discussions and quizzes only include the description. All discussion replies (graded or ungraded) are considered submissions and must be viewed online. Additionally, you can view any embedded media files in the HTML file. If a link can only be accessed online, the link includes an external icon identifying the content as online only.

    Even if a course does not include modules, course content export packages include all course files, pages, and embedded files as long as the user has permission to view them.

    Offline downloads include all content from the course at the time of the download. You will need to download the course each time you want to view updated course content. After the initial download, the export page shows the history of each download, and the Modules page shows the last time the content was exported.

    User Guidelines

    When exporting course content, all users are notified that they may not reproduce or communicate any of the content in the course, including exported files, without your institution's prior written permission. Please be aware of your institution's online user agreement guidelines, which may include specific course content requirements for instructors.

    Note: If your course does not display the Export Course Content button, check the Course Settings page to see if offline content has been enabled.  However, you may be able to allow students to export course content as an ePub file using the ePub Exporting feature option in Course Settings.

    Tags HTML, Instructor Guide, Modules, Offline Content
  • Masquerading, or becoming a user, allows admins to log in as the user without a password. You can take any action as though you are the user, but the audit logs will show that you performed the tasks while masquerading. Audit logs can be viewed by admins who have access to Canvas Data files.  

    Only account-level users with the Become Other Users account permission can masquerade—this permission does not apply to sub-account admins.

    Notes:

    • When masquerading as a user, language preferences do not apply and will always be shown in the default language.
    • If your institution has a trust agreement with another institution, trust accounts do not grant permission for you to masquerade as users associated with a different Canvas URL. You can only masquerade as users who are associated with your same account.
    • Additionally, once you are masquerading, any user role that can view the user details page displays the masquerading Become link in the user details page. This behavior takes place because of an override to your masquerading permissions and helps you quickly masquerade as another user; it does not mean that the user for whom you are masquerading is also able to masquerade.
    • Any Canvas feature that requires or modifies a user's API access token cannot be modified through masquerading.
    Tags Account, Admin Guide, Users
  • You can verify whether a user is receiving the appropriate notifications using the View Notifications admin tool.

    Note: You must talk to your Customer Success Manager to enable this feature before you can use it. After your Customer Success Manager enables the feature, you should enable the View Notifications permission for the appropriate roles.

    Tags Admin Guide, Admin Tools, Settings
  • Updated on: Apr 22, 2017

    How do I edit the name of a sub-account?

    You can edit the name of a sub-account within Managed Accounts in Canvas.

    Tags Accounts & Sub-Accounts, Admin Guide
  • You can use Microsoft Office 365 to create a collaboration with a Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint file. You can select individual users, groups, or both as part of a collaboration.

    Notes:

    • If you cannot create a Microsoft collaboration, this feature has not been enabled for the course.
    • Once you invite a user to a collaboration, the collaboration is available to the user in the user's Microsoft OneDrive. Uninviting the user or deleting the collaboration does not remove access to the collaboration once a user has been added.
    Tags Collaborations, Student Guide
  • You can use Microsoft Office 365 to create a collaboration with a Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint file. You can select individual users, groups, or both as part of a collaboration.

    Notes:

    • If you cannot create a Microsoft collaboration, this feature has not been enabled for the course.
    • Once you invite a user to a collaboration, the collaboration is available to the user in the user's Microsoft OneDrive. Uninviting the user or deleting the collaboration does not remove access to the collaboration once a user has been added.
    Tags Collaborations, Instructor Guide
  • As an instructor, you can access the Grades page for a student in your course. This Grades page shows you how a student views his or her grades in the course and also allows you to add individual comments to group submission assignments. You can choose to restrict options in the grades page to students, such as hiding grade summary totals and grade distribution graphs.

    You can also view the grades page for a generic student in Student View.

    Notes:

    • The student's grades shown in the Grades page may vary from the grades shown in the Gradebook. The student's Grades page is affected by muted assignments, outstanding manually graded quiz questions, and weighted assignment groups. The Gradebook always contains the most current and accurate information about a student's current grade.
    • Student Grades can also be viewed from a student's user details page.
    Tags Grades, Grading Periods, Instructor Guide, Student View
  • If one of your courses includes a long or confusing name, you can create a nickname for your course to help you organize your Dashboard. Most courses are created using Student Information Systems (SIS) that generate course names based on terms, departments, and section numbers, and courses with similar names may be hard to distinguish.

    Course nicknames appear in the Dashboard, Course Navigation Menu, course breadcrumbs, and notification emails.

    A course nickname does not affect the course name at the account or course level; it only changes the name of the course for the individual user who created the nickname.

    If you need to know the original name of the course, you can hover over the nickname and the original name will appear. You can also restore the original name completely by deleting the nickname. Additionally, the course code is not affected and always displays on the course card for course reference.

    Note: This feature does not currently apply to the global Grades page and Dashboard sidebar elements such as the To Do list.

    Tags Course Nickname, Dashboard, Student Guide
  • The Global Navigation Menu is located on the left side of every page in Canvas. Global Navigation links provide quick access to frequently used Canvas features. These links provide access to all your courses collectively. Default links include the Dashboard, Courses, Groups, Calendar, Inbox, User Account, and the Help menu.

    Depending on your institution account settings, other links may appear in the Global Navigation Menu.

    Tags Canvas Network, Global Navigation, Student Guide