What feature options are currently available for Canvas courses?

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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.

ePub Exporting

ePub Exporting

ePub Exporting allows all users to download a course as an ePub file. This feature allows users to view course content offline, such as files and pages. However, users cannot interact with the course in ePub material; course materials are displayed in a read-only state and any tasks such as submitting an assignment must be completed online.

By default, an ePub file is arranged by module, meaning only items that students have access to view in each module are included in the ePub file. However, instructors can choose to organize the ePub file by content type (e.g. assignment, quizzes, etc.) in Course Settings.

Note: Canvas offers an additional download option that allows users to export modules content offline as an HTML file. If this feature is enabled for an account, the offline content feature will override the ePub Exporting feature option. The offline content feature can be enabled by a Customer Success Manager.

Details

  • Released in beta November 30, 2015
  • Released in production December 19, 2015
  • View the ePub Exporting lesson

Learning Mastery Gradebook

Learning Mastery Gradebook

This feature will always be a feature option in Canvas.

The Learning Mastery (Outcome
) Gradebook helps you assess the outcomes that are being used in Canvas courses. Located as part of the regular Gradebook, the Learning Mastery Gradebook provides an overview of student learning based on standards rather than grades. You can also use the gradebook for feedback about curriculum and teaching methods.

Students are not affected by the Learning Mastery Gradebook unless the Student Learning Mastery Gradebook option is also enabled.

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Student Learning Mastery Gradebook

Student Learning Mastery Gradebook

This feature will always be a feature option in Canvas. This feature can only be used in conjunction with the Learning Mastery Gradebook feature option.

The Student Learning Mastery Gradebook shows students how they are being scored against outcomes being used in Canvas courses. When enabled, this feature displays as a separate grades tab on the Student Grades page.

Details

  • Released in beta June 18, 2014
  • Released in production July 12, 2014
  • View the Student Learning Mastery Gradebook lesson in the Canvas Student Guide

Post Grades to SIS

Post Grades to SIS

Post Grades to SIS allows the Canvas Gradebook to share grade information with your institution's external Student Information System (SIS). You can use this feature to pass back grades from the Gradebook. Only assignments that are individually selected will be sent back to the SIS.

SIS integrations supported by this feature option currently include: PowerSchool

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Recurring Calendar Events

Recurring Calendar Events

Recurring Calendar Events allows you to create multiple copies of an event every day, week, or month. However, once events are created, they are not linked together and are treated as independent events.

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Gradebook - List Students by Sortable Name

Gradebook - List Students by Sortable Name

Gradebook - List Students by Sortable Name allows you to view student names in the Gradebook by sortable name. Sortable name displays as last name, first name.

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Require Usage Rights for Uploaded Files

Require Usage Rights for Uploaded Files

This feature will always be a feature option in Canvas.

Require Usage Rights for Uploaded Files requires users to indicate usage rights for all course files before publishing the file to a course.

Details

  • Released in beta February 9, 2015
  • Released in production February 21, 2015
  • View the Usage Rights lesson

Enable Dashboard Images for Courses

Enable Dashboard Images for Courses

Enable Dashboard Images for Courses allows you to include an image in the course card in the Dashboard. Images are uploaded through the Course Details tab in Course Settings.

Details

  • Released in beta August 15, 2016
  • Released in production August 27, 2016
  • View the Course Card Images lesson

Anonymous Grading

Anonymous Grading

Anonymous Grading requires all course assignments to be graded anonymously in SpeedGrader. Students can view whether or not an assignment was graded anonymously in both the student Grades page and the sidebar of the assignment submission page.

If this feature option is off, you can still set anonymous grading for individual assignments in the SpeedGrader Settings menu.

Details

  • Released in beta November 30, 2015
  • Released in production December 19, 2015
  • View the Anonymous Grading lesson

MasteryPaths

MasteryPaths

MasteryPaths allows you to customize learning experiences to students based on student performance. Along with course designers, you can identify activities for each student’s learning path and differentiate assignments for required learning, optional learning, or choosing their own content and assignments within a specific path.

Details

  • Released in beta (US environments only) November 7, 2016
  • Released in production (US environments only) November 19, 2016
  • View the MasteryPaths lesson

External Collaborations Tool

External Collaborations Tool

External Collaborations Tool allows users to view an updated interface for Collaborations. This feature option only applies when the Microsoft Office 365 LTI and Google Apps LTI are enabled as external apps.

Enabling the External Collaborations Tool removes the links to all existing collaborations and no longer allows users to create collaborations with the existing Google Drive option. If you want to retain existing collaborations, do not enable the External Collaborations Tool feature option.

Details

  • Released in private beta August 1, 2016
  • Released in production December 10, 2016
  • View the Collaborations lesson

Quiz Log Auditing

Quiz Log Auditing

Quiz Log Auditing allows you to investigate problems that a student may have when taking a quiz. Quizzes will automatically create data for any quiz taken in the course, but Quiz Log Auditing allows the logs to be viewed as part of a student's quiz results.  

Details

  • Released in beta December 29, 2014
  • Released in production January 31, 2015
  • View the Quiz Log lesson
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