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What feature previews are currently available for an entire Canvas account?

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 Preview. After a specified period of time, some Feature Previews may become standard features in Canvas. Learn more about Feature Previews and how to enable them in the manage new features lesson.

Feature Preview Availability

The Feature Previews shown in this lesson are available for all institutions and noted in their respective environments (beta or production). Some feature previews must be enabled by your Customer Success Manager.

Course-Level Features

Please note that course feature previews can be enforced for an entire account if necessary.

Notes:

  • Feature preview settings are never copied from production and always retain their default settings. Feature previews must be managed individually in the test and beta environments.
  • Some feature previews may not be available in sub-accounts and Free-for-Teacher accounts. For more information about available feature previews in Free-for-Teacher accounts, please view the Canvas Account Comparisons PDF.

Account-Level Features

Automatic Mobile App Login

By default this feature is set to On.

Automatic Mobile App Login allows applications that rely on Canvas webviews to direct to the Canvas app.

To opt-out, institutions need to set the feature preview to off. Users can still use the Canvas app but must open the app manually and log in.

Details

  • Released in production May 26, 2021

Confetti for On-Time Submissions

By default this feature is set to Off.

Confetti for On-Time Submissions allows students to see confetti when they submit assignments on time. Celebrations take place in Canvas for initial assignment submissions and resubmissions for any file type that are submitted prior to the set due date.

Details

  • Released in beta March 23, 2020
  • Released in production April 18, 2020

By default this feature is set to Off.

Confetti for Valid Links allows instructors to see confetti when they run the link validator on a course and no issues are found.

Details

  • Released in beta April 4, 2020
  • Released in production May 16, 2020

Content Security Policy

Content Security Policy allows admins to enable  the Security tab in Account Settings to manage the Content Security Policy for an account. The Content Security Policy allows you to restrict custom JavaScript that runs in your Canvas instance.

Details

  • Released in beta April 1, 2019
  • Released in production April 20, 2019

Embedded Release Notes

Embedded Release Notes

By default this feature is set to On.

Embedded Release Notes adds release note links to the Help Menu for users with admin, instructor, TA, and/or observer roles. Custom roles receive notes for the base role used for the custom role.

When enabled, the Help Menu will display up to ten links for release notes relevant to a user's assigned roles. Each link is customized to the user role and directs to the user summary document for the intended release.

Details

  • Released in beta May 17, 2021
  • Released in production June 19, 2021

Enable New SIS Integration Settings

Enable new SIS integration settings 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.

Enable new SIS integration settings streamlines the SIS experience in Canvas and allows you to manage SIS validations and assignment sync settings for all subaccounts and courses. SIS integration settings display in Account Settings.

New SIS integration settings apply to any SIS CSV provider supporting assignment-level grade passback, including PowerSchool PowerTeacher Pro and SIS providers compliant with OneRoster v.1.1. These settings could also be used in conjunction with existing Instructure Skyward and PowerSchool (old Gradebook) LTI-based integrations.

This feature preview must also be used with the Post Grades to SIS course feature preview.

Details

  • Released in beta April 10, 2017
  • Released in production April 22, 2017

Encrypted Sourcedids for Basic Outcomes

Encrypted Sourcedids for Basic Outcomes allows lis_result_sourcedids to be encrypted. This parameter is part of the LTI IMS specification used in grade passback integrations and historically includes a combination of known information such as course id, tool id, and assignment id.

When enabled, an opaque ID will be sent for the lis_result_sourcedid passed during assignment launches.

Details

  • Released in beta December 18, 2017
  • Released in production January 6, 2018

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 icons in K-12 specific branding. This feature can be used for customization in the Theme Editor.

Details

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

Microsoft Group Enrollment Syncing

Microsoft Group Enrollment Syncing

The Microsoft Group Enrollment Syncing feature preview allows institutions to sync course enrollments with Microsoft Teams. It also adds the Integrations tab to Account Settings and Course Settings.

From the Integrations tab in Account Settings, admins can configure the Microsoft tenant name and login attributes that form the basis of the sync relationship. From the Integrations tab in Course Settings, instructors can enable automatic sync based on enrollment changes or perform a manual sync to Microsoft Teams.

Details

  • Released in beta July 15, 2021
  • Released in production July 15, 2021

Microsoft Immersive Reader

The Microsoft Immersive Reader enhances accessibility and comprehension for any reader. When enabled, Canvas pages display an Immersive Reader button. The feature preview is disabled by default. When set to Allow, this feature preview can be enabled at the sub-account level by sub-account admins.

To learn more about this feature, see the Microsoft Immersive Reader website.

Details

  • Released in beta October 23, 2019
  • Released in production November 16, 2019

New User Tutorial

This feature removes the maximum width in Canvas, which affects Canvas courses. When enabled, the Dashboard course cards are responsive to the full width of the browser. Depending on a user's browser's resolution, the Dashboard course display more than three course cards in a single row. Additionally, Canvas in other feature areas such as Assignments and Discussions use the full width of the page and minimize white space in the sidebar.

New User Tutorial allows new instructors to view a course set-up tutorial and help them easily set up a course in Canvas. When enabled, this feature displays a tutorial in each Course Navigation index page that shows the purpose of the page and what to do next. When enabled, the tutorial applies to all courses in Canvas where a user is enrolled as an instructor.

Once this feature is enabled for an account, the Course Setup Tutorial user-level feature setting displays in each instructor's User Settings page. Existing instructors can view the tutorials in new courses by enabling this user feature setting at any time. User feature previews cannot be managed by admins.

When this feature preview is enabled, by default this tutorial is shown to new Canvas instructors in new courses. New instructors are defined as users with instructor roles created in an account after the feature preview is enabled for the institution.

Details

  • Released in beta April 10, 2017
  • Released in production April 22, 2017

Product Tours

Product Tours enables a welcome tour for admins, teachers, and students that guides them through Canvas features that are vital to their user role. The tour can be closed at any time and reopened from the Canvas Help Menu.

Details

  • Released in beta March 30, 2020
  • Released in production April 4, 2020

Self Service User Merge

Self Service User Merge

Self Service User Merge allows users with the necessary permissions to merge accounts together. Institutions can prevent users from being able to merge users in an account by turning off the Self Service User Merge feature preview. This may benefit accounts that use a student information system (SIS) to manage user enrollments or accounts that are part of a Canvas consortium.

Details

  • Released in beta June 21, 2021
  • Released in production June 21, 2021

Slack Notifications

Slack Notifications allows users to receive Canvas notifications via direct message in Slack. Once this feature preview is enabled, Slack must be configured by a user with Slack admin privileges.

Details

  • Released in beta April 8, 2020
  • Released in production April 11, 2020

View Ungraded as Zero View in Gradebook

View Ungraded as Zero View in Gradebook adds the View Ungraded as 0 option to the View menu in the Gradebook. This option allows instructors to temporarily change the Gradebook view so that grades display as if all ungraded assignments were given a score of zero. This setting is a visual change only and does not affect grades for students or other users of the Gradebook.

Details

  • Released in production February 20, 2021

Wrap Event Titles in Calendar Month View

Wrap Event Titles in Calendar Month View allows the Calendar to support text wrapping for events and assignment titles with long names. When this feature is enabled, a calendar item name longer than the width of the date wraps the content to the next line. Some events may create additional white space between shorter events on the same week as days with longer events because the Calendar infrastructure enforces a table grid for the entire row.

This feature preview affects the Calendar Month View for all users in your account.

Details

  • Released in beta April 11, 2016
  • Released in production April 23, 2016

Course-Level Features

Accessibility Checker Notifications

The Accessibility Checker Notifications feature preview shows content creators when accessibility concerns are detected without needing to open the Accessibility Checker. When this feature is enabled for a course, any accessibility issues detected within the Rich Content Editor display an indicator.

Details

  • Released in production August 21, 2021

Allow Outcome Extra Credit

By default this feature is set to Allow.

Allow Outcome Extra Credit allows instructors to award more than the maximum possible score on an outcome in a rubric. Allowing this feature allows instructors to manage the option on a per-course basis.  

Note: Excess points for a rubric criterion can be awarded at any time and are not managed by this feature preview.

Details

  • Released in beta April 9, 2018
  • Released in production April 21, 2018

Anonymous Grading

By default this feature is set to Allow.

Anonymous Grading 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.

If this feature preview is off, instructors can still set anonymous grading for individual assignments in the SpeedGrader Settings menu.

Details

  • Released in beta November 30, 2015
  • Released in production December 19, 2015

Anonymous Instructor Annotations

Anonymous Instructor Annotations allows instructors to create assignments with anonymous instructor annotations in DocViewer-supported submissions. When students view instructor comments in DocViewer, comments do not display an instructor's name.

Details:

  • Released in beta September 25, 2018
  • Released in production October 6, 2018

Assignment Enhancements - Student (Beta)

 By default this feature is set to Off.

Assignment Enhancements - Student (Beta) allows students to view an improved Assignments interface and submission workflow.

Details

  • Released in beta December 23, 2019
  • Released in production October 17, 2020

Canvas Elementary Theming

By default this feature is set to Off.

Canvas Elementary Theming allows Canvas courses, that do not already have a customized Course Navigation menu, to view a simplified Course Navigation menu. Visible links default to Home, Announcements, Modules, and Grades (subject to content being available in Announcements and Modules).

The Canvas Elementary Theming option also displays the Global Navigation, Course Navigation, Breadcrumbs bar, and text in the Rich Content Editor in the Balsamiq Sans font and adds Architect's Daughter as a font option in the Rich Content Editor. If this feature preview is disabled, the font will change back to the Canvas font default, Lato.

Details:

  • Released in beta May 11, 2020
  • Released in production May 16, 2020

Discussions/Announcements Redesign

Discussions Redesign

By default this feature is set to to Off.

Discussions/Announcements Redesign allows users to view an improved Discussions and Announcements interface and workflow.

For more information, see the Discussions/Announcements Redesign user group in the Canvas Community.

Details:

  • Released in beta June 19, 2021
  • Released in production June 19, 2021

ePub Exporting

By default this feature is set to Off.

ePub Exporting 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.

Note: Canvas offers an additional download option that allows users to export modules content offline as an HTML file. If this feature is enabled for an account, the offline content feature will override the ePub Exporting feature preview. The offline content feature can be enabled by a Customer Success Manager.

Details

  • Released in beta November 30, 2015
  • Released in production December 19, 2015

External Collaborations Tool

By default this feature is set to Allow.

External Collaborations Tool allows users to view an updated interface for Collaborations. This feature preview only applies when the Google Apps LTI is enabled as an external app. This feature preview must be enabled in the same location as the external apps (set to allow for course level and on for account/sub-account level).

Enabling the External Collaborations Tool removes the links to all existing collaborations and no longer allows users to create collaborations with the existing Canvas Google Drive option. 
To implement this feature, consider setting the feature preview to allow so instructors can manage any existing collaborations. Instructors who want to retain existing collaborations should not enable the External Collaborations Tool feature preview at the course level.

Details

  • Released in private beta August 1, 2016
  • Released in production December 10, 2016

Final Grade Override

The Final Grade Override allows instructors to manually enter a final grade for a student in the Gradebook different from the grade automatically calculated by Canvas.

Once this feature preview is enabled within a course, the feature preview cannot be disabled in the course. Additionally, the account-level feature preview also cannot be disabled.

Details

  • Released in beta February 4, 2019
  • Released in production February 16, 2019

Learning Mastery Gradebook

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

The Learning Mastery (Outcome
) Gradebook 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

MasteryPaths

By default this feature is set to Allow.

MasteryPaths allows instructors and designers to customize learning experiences to students based on student performance. Instructors and course designers can identify activities for each student’s learning path and differentiate assignments for required learning, optional learning, or choosing their own content and assignments within a specific path.

Details

  • Released in beta (US environments only) November 7, 2016
  • Released in production (US environments only) November 19, 2016

Moderated Grading

By default this feature is set to Allow.

Moderated Grading allows anyone with assignment creation permissions to specify an assignment submission to be reviewed by one or multiple graders, review the assignment grades, and select which grade should be set as the final grade for each student.

For each moderated submission, the moderator does not have to personally grade the assignment, but only they can specify the final grade for each assignment. Once the assignment is created, only the moderator and admins will be able to change the assigned final grader.

Anonymous Moderated Grading

When the Anonymous Grading and Moderated Grading feature previews are both enabled, content creators can create assignments that hide student names from graders and set moderating options. All options for both anonymous grading and moderated grading are displayed for the assignment on the assignment details page.

Details

  • Released in beta July 2, 2018
  • Released in production July 14, 2018

New Course and User Analytics

By default this feature is set to Allow.

New Course and User Analytics allows users to use and preview New Analytics in their courses before it replaces the current Course and User Analytics features. New Course and User Analytics replaces course links and buttons with links to the New Analytics feature.

Data may take 24 hours to appear in New Analytics after enabling this feature.

Details

  • Released in production October 19, 2019

New Quizzes

By default this feature is set to Off.

New Quizzes allows instructors to use New Quizzes in their courses and migrate Canvas Quizzes for use in New Quizzes. New Quizzes is an assessment engine that integrates with Canvas as an LTI tool.

If the New Quizzes feature preview does not display in your Account Settings, it needs to be provisioned for your account. For assistance with provisioning, contact your Customer Success Manager.

Details

  • Released in production July 1, 2018

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 the PowerSchool 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.

This feature is a course-level feature preview. If you want to enable SIS features for the entire account through the SIS Grade Export Settings preview in Account Settings, this feature preview must be set to On. If the feature preview is set to Allow, SIS options must be set on a course-by-course basis.

If the Enable New SIS Integration Settings account feature preview is enabled, Post Grades to SIS is also required to be enabled.

Details

  • Released in beta December 29, 2014
  • Released in production January 10, 2015

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

Student Learning Mastery Gradebook

This feature will always be a feature preview in Canvas. By default this feature is set to Allow. This feature can only be used in conjunction with the Learning Mastery Gradebook feature preview.

The Student Learning Mastery Gradebook 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

  • Released in beta June 18, 2014
  • Released in production July 12, 2014