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

Feature Option Availability

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

Feature Types

Feature options are grouped into one of three types, when available. Unless otherwise noted, all features default to Off and Unlocked.

  • Pending Feature Options will eventually be enabled for all Canvas users. Use your beta environment to learn about these new Feature Options for your course. You'll have advanced notice in Upcoming Canvas Changes regarding their enforcement dates.
  • Feature Previews are feature options in active development. Users who opt in to the feature and join the Community user group can help improve the feature through direct feedback. Learn more about feature previews.
  • Optional Features are feature options that will never be enforced, and they will eventually be moved to an Account or Course Setting.

Notes:

  • Feature option settings are never copied from production and always retain their default settings. Feature options must be managed individually in the test and beta environments.
  • Some feature options may not be available in sub-accounts and Free-for-Teacher accounts. For more information about available feature options in Free-for-Teacher accounts, please view the Canvas Account Comparisons PDF.
  • Please note that course feature options can be enforced for an entire account if necessary.

Account: Pending Feature Options

Pending Feature Options will eventually be enabled for all Canvas users. Use your beta environment to learn about these new Feature Options for your course. You'll have advanced notice in Upcoming Canvas Changes regarding their enforcement dates.

Account and Course Level Outcome Mastery Scales

Account and Course Level Outcome Mastery Scales 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.

Account and Course Level Outcome Mastery Scales allows setting account and course level mastery scales and calculation methods, replacing ratings and calculation methods.

This feature affects existing data for the entire account. The default criterion mastery ratings display a 0–4 scale, which is more common for mastery-based models.

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Improved Outcomes Management

Improved Outcomes Management 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.

Currently this feature cannot be enabled unless the Account and Course Level Outcome Mastery Scales account-level feature option to also be enabled.

Improved Outcomes Management feature allows administrators and teachers to make more meaningful decisions as they import, organize, and edit outcomes in their account and courses.

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Account: Feature Previews

Feature Previews are feature options in active development. Users who opt in to the feature and join the Community user group can help improve the feature through direct feedback.

Course Pacing

By default this feature is set to Off and Unlocked.

Course Pacing for courses enables instructors to determine the amount of days between due dates of module components, which can be determined based on the student's enrollment date or the start and end date of the course.

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New Quizzes Migration

These features can only be used when the New Quizzes course-level feature option is also enabled.

Feature development for New Quizzes involves direct user feedback in a user group. However, updates are included in the Canvas release cycle.

New Quizzes Migration feature options allow admins to manage the migration process from Classic Quizzes to New Quizzes.

  • New Quizzes Migration during Course Import/Copy allows the New Quizzes checkbox option to display as part of the Import Content page. Users who are importing content can decide if they want to import existing quizzes as New Quizzes.
  • New Quizzes Migration Enabled by Default allows the New Quizzes checkbox option to be selected in the Import Content page by default. However, users who are importing content can deselect the checkbox if they do not want to import a quiz into the New Quizzes engine.
  • New Quizzes Migration Required selects the New Quizzes checkbox by default. Users who are importing content are required to import all existing quizzes as New Quizzes.

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Account: Optional Features

Optional Features are feature options that will never be enforced, and they will eventually be moved to an Account or Course Setting.

Allow Sub-Account Selection when Users Manually Create Courses

By default this feature is set to On and Unlocked.

Allow Sub-Account Selection when Users Manually Create Courses lets admins decide where manually created courses should be located in the account. Rather than automatically placing manually created courses into the "Manually Created Courses" sub-account, when enabled, this feature allows people who can manually create courses to put those courses into any sub-account where they have enrollments.

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Apply Score to Ungraded

By default this feature is set to Off and Unlocked.

Apply Score to Ungraded allows instructors to apply scores to ungraded artifacts en masse from assignment group and Total column menus in the Gradebook.

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  • Released in beta 2022-03-21
  • Released in production 2022-04-16

Automatic Mobile App Login

By default this feature is set to On and Unlocked.

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 option to off. Users can still use the Canvas app but must open the app manually and log in.

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  • Released in production 2021-05-26

Comment Library

By default this feature is set to On and Unlocked.

Comment Library allows users with grading permissions to save and search frequently used feedback in a library of comments to be used in SpeedGrader.

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Confetti for On-Time Submissions

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.

When this feature is enabled, students can choose to disable animations in their user settings.

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

When this feature is enabled, instructors can choose to disable animations in their user settings.

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Check Permissions when Masquerading as Course Admins

This feature will be enabled for all institutions on 2022-07-16.

By default this feature is set to Off and Unlocked.

Check Permissions when Masquerading as Course Admins ensures users masquerading as Course Admin roles (Teacher/TA/Designer base role)  that the masquerading user has all of the same (or more) permissions as the target user.

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  • Released in beta 2022-04-06
  • Released in production 2022-04-16

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.

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Embedded Release Notes

By default this feature is set to On and Unlocked.

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.

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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. When enabled, courses display an option to Sync grades in the Gradebook.

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.

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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.

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  • Released in beta 2017-12-18
  • Released in production 2018-01-06

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.

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Microsoft Immersive Reader

The Microsoft Immersive Reader enhances accessibility and comprehension for any reader. When enabled, the course home page, assignments, pages, and syllabus display an Immersive Reader button. The feature preview is disabled by default and can only be enabled for the entire account. The feature preview cannot be locked.

In User Settings, Microsoft Immersive Reader is available for users to enable individually, regardless of the preference set at the account level. However, if the feature is on for the entire account, the account preference overrides the user preference, and the user setting has no effect.

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

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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.

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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.

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Rich Content Editor Icon Maker

By default this feature is set to Off and Unlocked.

Rich Content Editor Icon maker allows users to manage a library of custom icons from the RCE.

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  • Released in beta 2022-03-21
  • Released in production 2022-04-16

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.

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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.

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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.

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Course: Pending Feature Options

Pending Feature Options will eventually be enabled for all Canvas users. Use your beta environment to learn about these new Feature Options for your course. You'll have advanced notice in Upcoming Canvas Changes regarding their enforcement dates.

New Quizzes

Feature development for New Quizzes involves direct user feedback in a user group. However, updates are included in the Canvas release cycle.

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 option does not display in your Account Settings, it needs to be provisioned for your account. For assistance with provisioning, contact your Customer Success Manager.

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Course: Feature Previews

Feature Previews are feature options in active development. Users who opt in to the feature and join the Community user group can help improve the feature through direct feedback.

Assignment Enhancements - Student

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

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Discussions/Announcements Redesign

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

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Enhanced Gradebook Filters

Enhanced Gradebook Filters allows enhanced filtering options in the Canvas gradebook.

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New Course and User Analytics

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.

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Course: Optional Features

Optional Features are feature options that will never be enforced, and they will eventually be moved to an Account or Course Setting.

Allow Outcome Extra Credit

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.

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Anonymous Grading

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.

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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.

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Canvas Elementary Theming

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.

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  • Released in beta 2020-05-11
  • Released in production 2020-05-16
  • For more granular elementary theming, learn about Canvas for Elementary, which affects an entire course in an entire subaccount

Emojis in Submission Comments

Emojis in Submission Comments adds an emoji picker that allows students and teachers to add emojis to their submission comments.

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  • Released in beta 2022-03-21
  • Released in production 2022-04-16

ePub Exporting

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.

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External Collaborations Tool

This feature should only be used with the Google Apps LTI or the Microsoft LTI.

External Collaborations Tool allows users to view an updated interface for Collaborations when an institution has added the Google Apps LTI or the Microsoft LTI.

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 Docs collaboration option.

This feature option must be enabled in the same location as the Collaborations LTI tool.

  • If the LTI tool was added at the account level, the feature option must be set to On and Locked to apply to the entire account. Before enabling this feature option, ensure all courses no longer require access to existing collaborations, as any collaborations previously created with the Google Docs collaboration tool will no longer be available in the Collaborations page.
  • If the LTI tool was added at the course level, the feature option must be set to On and Unlocked so it can be managed on a course-by-course basis. Instructors should not enable the feature option in the course until existing collaborations listed in the Collaborations page are no longer needed.

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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.

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Learning Mastery Gradebook

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.

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Moderated Grading

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.

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Quiz Log Auditing

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.  

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Student Learning Mastery Gradebook

This feature can only be used when the Learning Mastery Gradebook course-level feature option is also enabled.

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.

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