Recent Updates

  • Once you publish a quiz and make it available to your students, you can make changes to the quiz. Original quiz data is retained as part of any existing student submissions. However, students who have already opened or completed the quiz will not see any changes you make, which may affect their grades. These types of changes include adding new questions or deleting questions from the original quiz.

    Additionally, if you change only the point value of the quiz, the student's submitted quiz will show the updated point value, but the current grade won't change in the Gradebook.

    If you only need to make changes to existing quiz questions, after editing the quiz you can use quiz regrade to edit certain types of quizzes, or you can add fudge points to individual student quiz scores using SpeedGrader. You can also moderate the quiz to give additional attempts.

  • You can view all rubrics and artifacts that are aligned with a specific outcome.

  • After you have created an account-level role, you can review the default permissions set by each account-level role. Permissions grant or deny access to specific features within an account and course and are applied to any user granted a specific account-level role. Learn how to add an administrative user to an account.

    Depending on the role, you may want to override the defaults to create custom permissions.

    To learn more about account permissions, view the Account Permissions PDF.

  • You can create account-level roles in Canvas.

    Account roles are granted to each Canvas admin and define the type of access each admin has in the account. You can create custom account-level roles depending on the needs of your institution.

    Once a role is created, you can add administrative users and set account-level permissions.

  • Course-level roles include users with permissions in the course. Account-level roles include permissions that affect the entire account as well as courses. Learn how course-role and account-role permissions work in Canvas.

    View a video about Permissions.

  • People shows all the users enrolled in your course, either added by your or your institution via SIS import.

  • 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.


    • 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.
  • Parents can sign up as an observer in Canvas. Observers can link their Canvas account to their student's account so they can see assignment dues dates, announcements, and other course content. Observers can view the course content but cannot participate in the course.

    This lesson is for parents who do not have a Canvas account and want to observe their students in their courses.

    If you already have an account from your student's institution, log in to Canvas using the credentials given to you.


    • If the registration banner is not available in the login page, the institution has not enabled this feature. Please contact your student's institution for assistance. The registration banner is enabled through Canvas authentication.
    • To observe a student, you must know the student's Canvas username and password.
    • The student must be enrolled in the course and must accept the course invitation before you can sign up to observe the student. If you receive an invalid username or password message during the signup process and the student's credentials are correct, check with the student to verify that he or she has received and accepted the course invitation.
    • Once you have an account, you may be able to view student information through the Canvas Parent app. Access to the Canvas Parent app is controlled by the student's institution. If you already have an account from your student's institution as an observer, you can always view student information through the Canvas Parent app.