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Recent Updates

  • In the test environment, you can test using your real data without messing up your live production environment. Here you can add users, test course content, and/or troubleshoot issues without ruining the experience for your users. The test environment is overwritten with data from the production environment every three weeks. You can configure your test environment with production-ready features, such as access to your institution's login authentication system.

    If you want to keep up on the latest production features in Canvas, visit the Release Notes page in the Canvas Community.

    The test environment is separate from the beta environment, which is overwritten with data from the production environment every week and allows you to explore new features before they reach production. Learn more about the different Canvas environments.  

    Notes about the Test Environment:

    • All users can access the Canvas test environment, but students cannot access course content beyond the Course Home Page; if you want to allow students to view all course content, please contact your local Admin.
    • Notifications, including course invitations and report downloads, cannot be sent in the test environment.
    • Crocodoc (annotation tool in SpeedGrader) 
is not available in the test environment.
    • Any changes you want to keep in the test environment must be made directly within the production environment in order to affect live data.
    • LTI tools (External Apps) are typically not available in the outside the production environment. LTI tools may display in the test environment, but often they are only configured for the production environment. Using production-configured LTI tools in the beta environment will affect live data. If you have permission to edit LTI tools, you can confirm the configuration for a specific LTI tool in your course or account. Please contact your Customer Success Manager for specific questions.
    • Feature option settings are never copied from production and always retain their default settings.
  • The beta environment allows you to explore new features before they reach production. The beta environment is overwritten with data from the production environment every Sunday. Any work or content you add to your beta environment will be overwritten every week.

    If you want to keep up on the latest beta features in Canvas, visit the Release Notes page in the Canvas Community.

    The beta environment is separate from the test environment, which is overwritten with data from the production environment every three weeks and allows you to test using your real data without ruining the experience for your users. Learn more about the different Canvas environments.  

    Notes about the Beta Environment:

    • All users can access the Canvas beta environment, but students cannot access course content beyond the Course Home Page; if you want to allow students to view all course content, please contact your local Admin.
    • Notifications, including course invitations and report downloads, cannot be sent in the beta environment.
    • Crocodoc (annotation tool in SpeedGrader) 
is not available in the beta environment.
    • Any changes you want to keep in the beta environment must be made directly within the production environment before beta is reset.
    • LTI tools (External Apps) are typically not available outside the production environment. LTI tools may display in the beta environment, but often they are only configured for the production environment. Using production-configured LTI tools in the beta environment will affect live data. If you have permission to edit LTI tools, you can confirm the configuration for a specific LTI tool in your course or account. Please contact your Customer Success Manager for specific questions.
    • Feature option settings are copied from the production environment.
  • 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.

  • Updated on: Aug 16, 2019

    How do I view reports for an account?

    Account-level admins have access to Canvas reports that can be used to review account data. Canvas includes a set of default reports, though other customized reports may be included for your institution. Learn about report configurations in the Canvas Default Account Reports PDF.

  • The Mass Update button allows you to update up to 200 cases at once in Service Cloud. Through this update, you can assign ownership (via the Transfer To field), set the status and Canvas Component fields, and add comments.

    Macros can also be applied to individual cases.

  • As an admin, you can change your account settings at any time.

  • As a Canvas admin, you can access account settings in Commons to manage public sharing and importing options for your account.

    Notes:

    • Canvas account admins are automatically made account admins in Commons.
    • Non-admins (instructors, designers, etc) will not have access to Admin Settings.
  • You can run reports to review attendance information for a subset of the courses and students in your account. This report is sent to your email, where it can be downloaded as a CSV file.

    Reports are delivered in a comma separated value (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, SIS Teacher ID, Teacher Name, Student ID, SIS Student ID, Student Name, Class Date, Attendance, and Timestamp.

    Roll Call Attendance Badges are included in account reports if they were created in the account and have been assigned to students. Additionally, the badges will also only be included if they were set within the time frame you specify in the report. To view badges for reports in a subaccount, you must request the report from the subaccount. For example, if an instructor has marked a student with a badge that was created in a course or in a subaccount, the badge will not appear in the report when exported from the account.

    You can generate reports for the entire course, or you can generate reports based on specific students or courses. To locate a course or student ID, view the People page, click the name of a student, and both the course and student IDs will be in the browser URL (e.g. courses/XXXXXX/users/XXX).