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Recent Updates

  • Canvas comes with several widgets for quick access to Grades, Notifications, and the To-Do List.

    The images in this lesson are shown for a phone display, but unless otherwise noted, tablet displays mirror the same steps.

    Note: Depending on your Android device, the steps to install a widget may vary from what is pictured below. If you have questions, please refer to your device instructions about how to install a widget.

  • Crocodoc is a tool that allows annotations on online assignment submissions in Canvas. If Crocodoc has been enabled for your institution, you can use Crocodoc for assignments. You can also use Crocodoc when viewing annotated feedback on assignment submissions.

    When you open a submission, Crocodoc will automatically save any annotations made to the submission file for one hour. You can restart a Crocodoc session at any time by refreshing the submission page. To help you avoid losing work, Canvas will generate a session expiration warning after 50 minutes.

    Some browsers may not initially render comments correctly when viewing feedback. If your browser includes a built-in PDF viewer, select the option to view the PDF in the system viewer. You can also download PDF files with comments to view on your computer. The settings required to view or print the annotations in the PDF vary based on the software installed on your computer.

    Compatible Crocodoc Files

    If a submission includes a file that can be rendered in Crocodoc, but the submission preview is not complete, Canvas will generate a message stating the document is still processing.

    If a file is submitted that is not compatible with Crocodoc, the Canvas document previewer will still display the file, but Crocodoc markup and commenting will not be available.

    Canvas currently supports .doc/.docx, .ppt/.pptx, and .pdf Crocodoc file formats.


    • Crocodoc is not available in the Canvas beta environment, so Crocodoc documents will never be rendered.
    • Files over 100 MB and password-protected files will not be converted by Crocodoc.
    • Crocodoc annotations can be viewed in the Canvas by Instructure app.
    • Crocodoc annotations cannot be viewed by screen readers; for users with accessibility concerns, please leave feedback in the assignment's comments sidebar.
    • Crocodoc has limitations when used in Firefox. To avoid losing any annotations, click the screen before navigating away from the page, or choose another browser.
  • You can choose to grade manually graded quiz questions for all students at the same time. Manually graded questions include essay and file upload questions.


    • Grading one question at a time is only available for quizzes.
    • Quizzes that pull questions from a question bank will shuffle the order of questions for each student. Question order for each submission may vary within SpeedGrader.
  • Fudge points allow you to manually add or remove points from a student's overall quiz score. This feature is only available in SpeedGrader.

    Note: If you want to adjust points for a specific question within the quiz, you may want to use the quiz regrade feature.

  • If you have permission from your admin, you can change your course name and course code in your course Settings in Canvas.

    Note: Course names and codes may be generated by your institution's student information system (SIS). If these fields are not editable, you cannot change the course name or code.

  • If you are allowed to create a canvas courses, you can copy a course and create a new course shell. New courses created through the Canvas interface are placed in the manually created courses subaccount.

    Copy content from another Canvas course when you want to use or repurpose previously created content including course settings, syllabus, assignments, modules, files, pages, discussions, quizzes, and question banks. You can also copy or adjust events and due dates. Not all content can be copied as part of a course.


    • Draft State settings are retained in course copies. If an assignment is unpublished in a course, the assignment will also be unpublished in the course copy.
    • 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.
    • When manually copying a course, the user who copies the course will automatically be added to the course with an instructor role.
    • If the Copy this Course button does not appear in Course Settings, this feature has been restricted by your institution. However, if you already have access to a course shell, you can copy a course through the Course Import Tool.
  • Updated on: Dec 09, 2017

    How do I use Canvas Data files?

    Canvas Data files should be used to create queried reports in ODBC analytics tools. Common tools include Tableau, SQL Workbench/J, Excel, and R. Analytics tools can also access the Redshift database.

    As part of the Canvas Data Portal, the Canvas Data Schema includes documentation that explains all the table data that is exported from Canvas. This documentation shows all the available files and the data in each file.

    For full Canvas Data use, data files should live in a database. Once you have downloaded your institution's flat files, table headers must be added to the files before analysis can be run through your preferred database.

    If your institution does not have its own data warehouse, Amazon Redshift is available as a premium option to host and run analytical data. Please contact your Customer Success Manager for more information.

    When using an IP Address Whitelist, software files should be set up from a computer that can access the whitelisted IP address.

    For help with using Canvas Data in various software platforms and sample queries, please view the Canvas Data Group in the Canvas Community.

  • Updated on: Dec 09, 2017

    How do I view the courses in an account?

    You can find courses in your managed accounts in the Courses menu.

    View a video about Courses

  • You can restore courses that have been reset or deleted, either by you or by an instructor. You must know the Course ID number to restore the course. If your instructor cannot locate the Course ID number, you can access the instructor’s user details and look for the Course ID under Page Views.

    Restoring a course restores the previous course URL and all content. However, enrollments cannot be restored.

    Note: Using an SIS ID will not restore a course unless the course was deleted via SIS.