Canvas GuidesRecent Updates

Recent Updates

  • For institutions that allow users to create parent accounts in the Canvas Parent mobile app, admins can view and manage all parent accounts associated with the institution’s Canvas account through Canvas Parent Tools. Parent accounts also include any users who are registered as Canvas observers and who are using the Canvas parent app.


    • This feature only applies to institutions using the Canvas Parent feature option.
    • Canvas Parent Tools must be enabled by a Canvas Customer Success Manager (CSM). Please contact your CSM for assistance.
    Tags Admin Guide, Observer Role, Parent App, Users
  • On the assignment submission details page, some of your graded assignments may appear as file upload attachments that include a View Feedback button. Instead of leaving comments directly on the assignment, your instructor may choose to include comments directly in the assignment using annotations, or inline comments. These comments are made using Crocodoc, which you can also use to reply to any comments or make your own annotations.

    Some browsers may not initially render comments correctly when viewing feedback. If your browser includes a built-in PDF viewer, select the option to view the PDF in the system viewer. You can also download PDF files with comments to view on your computer. The settings required to view or print the annotations in the PDF vary based on the software installed on your computer.

    Note: If the assignment attachment displays a Preview button instead of the View Feedback button, your file is not Crocodoc compatible and will not include any annotated comments.

    Tags Assignments, Crocodoc, Student Guide
  • There are different icons on the Grades page. Depending on the type of assignment submission, grading rules, and comments, you will see different icons.

    Tags Grades, Student Guide
  • The Grades page in a course displays all grades for all course assignments. You can also view scoring details, comments, and rubrics. If your instructor is using multiple grading periods, you can also filter grades by grading period.

    This lesson shows how to view grades in a current course. Learn how to view grades in concluded courses.

    View a video about Grades.

    Note: Some details in the Grades page, such as scoring details and the total grade, may be restricted by your instructor.

    Tags Canvas Network, Grades, Grading Periods, Student GS Guide, Student Guide
  • If your instructor allows file attachments, you can attach a file to a discussion reply using the attachment icon. Attachments can be added to both graded and non-graded discussions.

    Any attachments added as part of discussions are copied to your user files. Attachments for graded discussions are not counted against your user quota and cannot be deleted.


    • If the attachment icon does not display, this option is not available in your course.
    • If your attachment causes you to exceed your user file quota, the file may fail to attach to an ungraded discussion.
    • If you have permission to edit or delete discussion replies, editing a reply also allows you to remove an attachment.
    Tags Discussions, Student Guide
  • If your instructor allows, you can edit and delete your own discussion posts. If the edit or delete option does not appear, your instructor has restricted this setting in your course.

    Note: This setting does not affect discussions in course groups.

    Tags Discussions, Student Guide
  • Your instructor can assign you to review another student's discussion post. You can view peer review notifications in Canvas in the Recent Activity Stream, the To Do list, and from the individual discussion page. Once peer reviews are assigned, you can also be notified according to your Canvas notification preferences.

    Learn how to submit a peer review discussion.

    Tags Dashboard, Discussions, Peer Reviews, Student Guide
  • Your instructor may require you to submit a peer review of another student's discussion reply. To complete the peer review, you must review the student's discussion reply and add a comment in the comment sidebar.

    If your instructor includes a rubric, which is a pre-determined outline of how an assignment is graded, you must also assign a grade using the rubric.

    Discussion peer reviews cannot be anonymous.

    Learn how to see if have been assigned a peer review discussion.

    Tags Discussions, Peer Reviews, Student Guide
  • Updated on: Mar 11, 2017

    How do I rename a file as a student?

    You can rename your files at any time using the Rename option in the file's settings menu. You can rename files in both user and group files.

    Learn how to locate your user files and group files.


    • If you add a file to another area of Canvas (e.g. Groups or Assignments) and then rename the file in your user files, the file rename will not update in any other Canvas location and must be changed manually. Please ensure that your file names are correct in your user files before using them in other content areas.
    • Files that have been submitted as part of an assignment cannot be renamed.
    Tags Files, Student Guide
  • User files include profile pictures, uploaded assignment submissions, and other files uploaded to your personal Canvas file storage area. By default, each user has 50 MB of storage space in Canvas. Administrators can change the quota for user files for the entire institution. No other users can view files in your user files.

    Tags Files, Quotas, Student Guide