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Recent Updates

  • Canvas Catalog lets you add cascading style sheet (CSS), JavaScript (JS), or Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) files to apply to all pages in your catalogs. You can copy the source code directly into the fields, or you can paste the URL to the external file. Host your files on a secure site, otherwise they may break when trying to load. HTML/CSS can also be used to customize a program certificate or course certificate.

    You can also upload a catalog header logo and catalog badge logo, as well as a browser favicon. For details and specifications, please view the Canvas Catalog Logo Guidelines PDF.


    Note: Unless a subaccount specifies its own logo/favicon, logos/favicons uploaded in the parent account apply to all sub-accounts.

    Manual Catalog Guide
  • You can use a CSV file to upload changes to the Gradebook. You can upload information for existing assignments, or you can also use a CSV file to create new assignments in the Gradebook. New assignments will automatically be published in your course. If you do not know how to save a file in a CSV format, please check the documentation for the program you are using to create your Gradebook changes (e.g., Excel).

    If you don't want to create a new CSV file, you can always download the CSV from Canvas, change it, and re-upload the same file and the changes you made will appear in Canvas once you re-upload the CSV file.

    If you create a column for a new assignment, Canvas will ask how you want to import the assignment. New assignments upload with the following settings:

    • Assignment Group: Assignments
    • Submission Type: No submission
    • Due date for: Everyone



    • The Gradebook CSV file downloads complete/incomplete assignments as full or no credit (e.g. for a 10-point assignment, 10 or 0). Scores with full or partial credit upload as a complete assignment; scores with zero upload as an incomplete assignment.
    • CSV file uploads can create assignments and update grades; they cannot update any other area of the Gradebook, such as assignment status or comments.
    • Letter Grade and GPA Scale assignments do not support any entries that are not part of the assignment's grading scheme.
    • Read-only columns are automatically ignored in the upload.
    • When multiple grading periods is enabled, CSV file uploads cannot create new assignments. Currently new assignments must be created in the Canvas interface. Additionally, CSV files are verified against grading period close dates; grades cannot be changed for any assignment in a closed grading period.
    • An upload will not recognize assignments named Current Score, Current Points, Final Score, Final Points, or Final Grade.
  • 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 Course 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

    Feature Options are enabled by your institutional admin. The following Feature Options are currently available for your institution as noted in their respective environments (beta or production). If you do not see them available in your Course Settings Feature Options, please contact your admin.

    Account-Level Features

    Please note that course feature options can be enforced for an entire account instead of being allowed on a course-by-course basis.

    Note: Some feature options may not be available in Free-for-Teacher accounts. Please view the Canvas Account Comparisons PDF.

  • As part of a course import, you can adjust the due dates associated with course events and assignments. You can also shift due dates to a different day, or remove all associated due dates.

  • You can create a single fill-in-the-blank question in your quiz.

  • You can copy course content such as assignments, modules, pages, and discussions from previous Canvas courses into existing courses.

    This option allows you to copy content into existing courses. You may be able to copy content into a new course shell.


    • Draft State settings are retained in course imports. If an assignment is unpublished in a course, the assignment will also be unpublished in the content import.
    • Importing a course more than once may have unintended consequences. If you import content into a new course, edit the content in the new course, and later import the previous content again, the imported content will override the existing content.
    • Not all content can be copied as part of a course.
  • Embed iFrame videos using the Rich Content Editor.

    The Rich Content Editor is used in features that support the editor (Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, Pages, Quizzes, or Syllabus).

  • If your institution allows, you can upload an image to display behind the course card in the Canvas Dashboard. Accepted images include JPG, JPEG, GIF, and PNG files. For best practice, images should be approximately 262 pixels wide by 146 pixels high.

    Images can also be added from Flickr; the search results display images with a Creative Commons public domain license.

    When added to a course, images display behind a color overlay in the course card. The overlay color is a user setting defined individually by each user in the Dashboard. For best practice, use an image that can display well behind a variety of colors.

    Note: Adding an image to a course card is currently a course opt-in feature. To enable this feature, learn how to manage feature options in the course features lesson.

  • A moderated assignment supports up to two provisional grades and one moderator grade. However, provisional grades are not included in the Gradebook and are only visible to moderators. Students cannot view any comments or grades until the grade is published. You can either select grades directly in the Moderate page or you can select grades when reviewing the moderated assignment submission and comments.

    Note: Once a grade is published, the grade in the Moderate page cannot be changed; all content is considered read-only for historical reference. However, grades can still be changed in the Gradebook.

  • When creating an assignment, you can choose to set up an assignment with moderated grading, which allows multiple reviewers to grade a student’s work and create draft or provisional grades. Moderated grading is enabled on a per-assignment basis.

    Once you publish the assignment you can add students to the assignment moderation set.