Canvas Guides (en)Recent Updates

Recent Updates

  • Canvas is built on open web standards and uses minimal instances of Flash, so most features are supported on mobile devices. With the growing use of mobile devices, you should build your courses with best practices for mobile in mind.

  • A peer review assignment enables students to provide feedback on another student's assignment submission. Peer reviews are a tool that allows communication between students and can help students master the concepts of a course and learn from each other. Peer reviews can be assigned to show student names or display anonymously.

  • Once you have configured the Attendance tool, Roll Call Badges are a versatile way to make quick notations about your students using the Roll Call attendance tool. For example, you can quickly mark when a student is disruptive or actively participating in the class so that you have a record of that student's activities.

    You can add and manage any course-level attendance badges in any student's attendance information profile. New badges are always available to all students and will not/cannot be created for individual students. Badges may be created, however, that are only applicable in certain circumstances such as "Absent due to death in family" or "Absent due to school-sanctioned activity."

    Canvas admins have the right to delete any course-level badges that may be considered inappropriate.

    Note: Roll Call Attendance Badges are not visible to students.

  • You can drag and drop the students in your course to create a seating chart for your classroom.

    Once you have created your seating chart, learn how to take roll call in your course.

    Note: Currently Roll Call does not support a seating chart print option. However, you can always print the screen image from your browser.

  • You can run reports to review attendance data for your students. This report is sent to your email, where it can be downloaded as a comma separated value (CSV) file.

    Reports are delivered in a CSV format and display all content in a list. Reports always include the following data fields: Course ID, SIS Course ID, Course Code, Course Name, Teacher ID, Teacher Name, Student ID, Student Name, Class Date, Attendance, and Timestamp.

    Roll Call Attendance Badges are included in course reports if they were created at the most immediate account or sub-account level and have been assigned to students. If the course belongs to a sub-account, only badges created at the sub-account level will appear in reports. If the course does not belong to a sub-account, only badges created at the account level will appear in reports. Additionally, the badges will also only be included if they were set within the time frame you specify in the report.

    You can generate reports for the entire course or a specific student. To locate a student or course ID, view the People page. The student SIS ID will be listed in the table. The course ID will be in the browser URL (e.g. courses/XXXXXX/users/XXX).

    Note: You can narrow large results within a CSV report using the Data group Filter button.

  • Canvas provides tools that supplement face-to-face courses by providing additional information online. Students will be able to access content for courses they are enrolled in through Canvas. Some institutions provide Canvas course sites for face-to-face courses automatically, while others require their instructors to request course sites in Canvas.

  • The existing community ( doesn't allow embedding.

    Content is available for embedding at; however, this site will be discontinued at a future date. For referencing content, consider linking lessons from the community into your course content.

    Many of our clients are using Canvas Guides to build their own training modules inside Canvas. We think this is a great idea since our product is changing so quickly. By embedding lessons in your course with iFrames, you can be sure that our most recent documentation is available to your learners. You can also link to the Guides in Modules.

    Note: Some browsers such as Firefox and Chrome create security restrictions as noted in our general browsers lesson. If you visit a page in your Canvas course with an embedded iFrame that is linked to insecure content, you may see a shield icon in the browser address bar. You can choose to override the security restriction and display the content anyway by clicking the shield icon and then choosing Disable Protection on This Page or Load unsafe script.

  • Instructors invite observers to join their courses. By default, when you are added to a course, you will be able to view the course without having to accept a course invitation.

    Note: If you do not receive an invitation to join the course, please contact the instructor.