What feature options are currently available for an entire Canvas account?

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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 Account 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

The Feature Options shown in this lesson are available for all institutions and noted in their respective environments (beta or production). Some feature options must be enabled by your Customer Success Manager.

Course-Level Features

Please note that course feature options can be enforced for an entire account if necessary.

Note: Some feature options may not be available in Free-for-Teacher accounts. Please view the Canvas Account Comparisons PDF.

Enable New SIS Integration Settings

New SIS Integration Settings

Enable new SIS integration settings must be configured with the support of your Canvas Customer Success Manager (CSM) before it can be enabled for your institution. Please contact your CSM for assistance.

Enable new SIS integration settings streamlines the SIS experience in Canvas and allows you to manage SIS validations and assignment sync settings for all subaccounts and courses. SIS integration settings display in Account Settings.

New SIS integration settings apply to any SIS CSV provider supporting assignment-level grade passback, including PowerSchool PowerTeacher Pro and SIS providers compliant with OneRoster v.1.1. These settings could also be used in conjunction with existing Instructure Skyward and PowerSchool (old Gradebook) LTI-based integrations.

This feature option must also be used with the Allow Bulk Grade Export to SIS account feature option and Post Grades to SIS course feature option.

Details

  • Released in beta April 10, 2017
  • Released in production April 22, 2017

K-12 Specific Features

K-12 Specific Features

K-12 Specific Features must be configured with the support of your Canvas Customer Success Manager (CSM) before it can be enabled for your institution. Please contact your CSM for assistance.

K-12 Specific Features allows you to display the Global Navigation menu in K-12 specific branding. This feature can be used for customization in the Theme Editor.

Details

  • Released in beta July 28, 2014
  • Released in production August 16, 2014

Public Course Index

Public Course Index

The Public Course Index allows all users within an institution to publicly view the institution’s course index in a catalog format. This feature is especially helpful for institutions that want to display courses with public content. Courses can be added to the public course index on the course settings page.

When enabled, users can open the My Courses page and view a link to the Public Course Index. Users can view all courses that have been listed in the public course index in an easy-to-view catalog format and locate a course by name, or they can sort courses by status: public or open enrollment.

The Public Course Index is a separate feature from Canvas Catalog, an all-in-one learning solution that integrates with the Canvas LMS as a course registration system, payment gateway, and learning platform.

Details

  • Released in beta November 17, 2014
  • Released in production December 6, 2014

Allow Bulk Grade Export to SIS

Allow Bulk Grade Export to SIS

Allow Bulk Grade Export to SIS must be configured with the support of your Canvas Customer Success Manager (CSM) before it can be enabled for your institution. Please contact your CSM for assistance.

Allow Bulk Grade Export to SIS allows the Canvas Gradebook to share grade information with your institution's external Student Information System (SIS). This feature can be enabled on both account and subaccount levels. Only assignments that are individually selected by the instructor will be sent back to the SIS. This feature does not apply to courses that do not specify an SIS ID in Course Settings.

This feature option affects all student information systems except Skyward (enabled by an LTI tool) and PowerSchool (enabled by the Post Grades to SIS feature option). However, if the Enable New SIS Integration Settings account feature option is enabled, Allow Bulk Grade Export to SIS is also required to be enabled regardless of your institution's SIS.

Details

  • Released in beta January 9, 2016
  • Released in production February 20, 2016

Use the New Scheduler

Use the New Scheduler

Use the New Scheduler must be configured with the support of your Canvas Customer Success Manager (CSM) before it can be enabled for your institution. Please contact your CSM for assistance.

Use the New Scheduler more closely integrates Scheduler appointment group functionality with Calendar workflows. This feature allows instructors and students to more intuitively view and manage appointment groups created for a course.

This feature option only affects institutions who are already using Scheduler in the Calendar.

Details

  • Released in beta March 20, 2017
  • Released in production April 1, 2017

International SMS

International SMS

International SMS must be configured with the support of your Canvas Customer Success Manager (CSM) and an Implementation Consultant before it can be enabled for your institution. Please contact your CSM for assistance.

International SMS allows users with international phone numbers to receive text messages from Canvas. Users can set their notification preferences to use their text messages to receive Canvas updates.

Details

  • Released in beta December 28, 2015
  • Released in production January 9, 2016

Wrap Event Titles in Calendar Month View

Wrap Event Titles in Calendar Month View

Wrap Event Titles in Calendar Month View allows the Calendar to support text wrapping for events and assignment titles with long names. When this feature is enabled, a calendar item name longer than the width of the date wraps the content to the next line. Some events may create additional white space between shorter events on the same week as days with longer events because the Calendar infrastructure enforces a table grid for the entire row.

This feature option affects the Calendar Month View for all users in your account.

Details

  • Released in beta April 11, 2016
  • Released in production April 23, 2016

Blueprint Courses

Blueprint Courses

Blueprint Courses makes it easy for administrators or designers to deploy, update, and maintain course design templates or components across any number of courses or instructors. For an individual institution, Blueprint Courses allows Canvas admins to create content and learning objects, lock specific settings or content items, and push updates to all associated courses through course syncing.

Any items that are not locked can be managed individually by a course instructor. Content that can be managed by an instructor is not overwritten when the Blueprint Course is synced to associated courses, and new content created in any associated course is also not affected.

Details

  • Released in beta June 12, 2017
  • Released in production June 24, 2017

Student Context Card

Student Context Card

The Student Context Card allows instructors, TAs, and admins to click a student’s name anywhere in a course and view a sidebar-type overlay that shows quick insights and context about the student. Context cards do not apply outside a course, such as in the Conversations Inbox.

Context cards are meant to be a simplified overview of a student’s progress. This feature only applies to students; context cards are not supported for user names where the user has a non-student role.

The context is generated from grades in the Gradebook and standard page view and participation activity in course analytics. In context cards, instructors and TAs can view course activity from recent assignments, view the student's last login to Canvas, access the user's profile page, view participation activity compared to other students, and send a message directly to the student. Users with masquerade permissions can quickly masquerade as the user.

Details

  • Released in beta January 16, 2017
  • Released in production February 18, 2017

New User Tutorial

New User Tutorial

This feature removes the maximum width in Canvas, which affects Canvas courses. When enabled, the Dashboard course cards are responsive to the full width of the browser. Depending on a user's browser's resolution, the Dashboard course display more than three course cards in a single row. Additionally, Canvas in other feature areas such as Assignments and Discussions use the full width of the page and minimize white space in the sidebar.

New User Tutorial allows new instructors to view a course set-up tutorial and help them easily set up a course in Canvas. When enabled, this feature displays a tutorial in each Course Navigation index page that shows the purpose of the page and what to do next. When enabled, the tutorial applies to all courses in Canvas where a user is enrolled as an instructor.

Once this feature is enabled for an account, the Course Setup Tutorial user-level feature option displays in each instructor's User Settings page. Existing instructors can view the tutorials in new courses by enabling this user feature option at any time. User feature options cannot be managed by admins.

When this feature option is enabled, by default this tutorial is shown to new Canvas instructors in new courses. New instructors are defined as users with instructor roles created in an account after the feature option is enabled for the institution.

Details

  • Released in beta April 10, 2017
  • Released in production April 22, 201

Canvas Parent

Canvas Parent

Canvas Parent allows parents to engage in their child's education using the Canvas Parent app. This feature option allows Canvas Parent users to access student information from your institution. In the Parent App, any user can create an account, add a student using the student's name and password, and view the students' coursework, set upcoming alerts for assignment deadlines, view course events, and view grades.

Accounts created in Canvas Parent are separate from user accounts created in Canvas with Observer roles. If this feature option is not enabled, users can create parent accounts but they will not be allowed to add a student and access student data. However, regardless of this feature's setting, parents already registered as Canvas Observers in your institution are not restricted from using the app. They can use their observer account credentials to authenticate through Canvas and log in to the app.

Details

  • Released in production August 10, 2016

ePub Exporting

ePub Exporting

By default this feature is set to Off.

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

Learning Mastery Gradebook

Learning Mastery Gradebook

This feature will always be a feature option in Canvas. By default this feature is set to Allow.

The Learning Mastery (Outcome
) Gradebook helps you and your instructors 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. Instructors 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.

Details

  • Released in beta February 18, 2014
  • Released in production March 1, 2014

Student Learning Mastery Gradebook

Student Learning Mastery Gradebook

This feature will always be a feature option in Canvas. By default this feature is set to Allow. 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. This feature displays as a separate grades tab on the Student Grades page when enabled by an instructor.

Details

  • Released in beta June 18, 2014
  • Released in production July 12, 2014

Post Grades to SIS

Post Grades to SIS

Post Grades to SIS must be configured with the support of your Canvas Customer Success Manager (CSM) and an Implementation Consultant before it can be enabled for your institution. Please contact your CSM for assistance.

Post Grades to SIS allows the Canvas Gradebook to share grade information with the PowerSchool Student Information System (SIS). This feature can be enabled on both account and subaccount levels and allows instructors to pass back grades from the Gradebook. Only assignments that are individually selected by the instructor will be sent back to the SIS. This feature does not apply to courses that do not specify an SIS ID in Course Settings.

This feature is a course-level feature option. If you want to enable SIS features for the entire account through the SIS Grade Export Settings option in Account Settings, this feature option must be set to On. If the feature option is set to Allow, SIS options must be set on a course-by-course basis.

If the Enable New SIS Integration Settings account feature option is enabled, Post Grades to SIS is also required to be enabled.

Details

  • Released in beta December 29, 2014
  • Released in production January 10, 2015

Recurring Calendar Events

Recurring Calendar Events

Recurring Calendar Events must be configured with the support of your Canvas Customer Success Manager (CSM) before it can be enabled for your institution. Please contact your CSM for assistance.

Recurring Calendar Events allows instructors 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.

Details

  • Released in beta September 8, 2015
  • Released in production September 19, 2015

Gradebook - List Students by Sortable Name

Gradebook - List Students by Sortable Name

By default this feature is set to Allow.

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

Details

  • Released in beta December 10, 2014
  • Released in production December 20, 2014

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 must be configured with the support of your Canvas Customer Success Manager (CSM) before it can be enabled for your institution. Please contact your CSM for assistance.

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

Enable Dashboard Images for Courses

Enable Dashboard Images for Courses

By default this feature is set to Allow.

Enable Dashboard Images for Courses allows an instructor 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

Anonymous Grading

Anonymous Grading

By default this feature is set to Allow.

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, instructors 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

MasteryPaths

MasteryPaths

By default this feature is set to Off.

MasteryPaths allows instructors and designers to customize learning experiences to students based on student performance. Instructors and course designers 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

External Collaborations Tool

External Collaborations Tool

By default this feature is set to Off.

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. This feature option must be enabled in the same location as the external apps (set to allow for course level and on for account/sub-account level).

Enabling the External Collaborations Tool removes the links to all existing collaborations and no longer allows users to create collaborations with the existing Canvas Google Drive option. 
To implement this feature, consider setting the feature option to allow so instructors can manage any existing collaborations. Instructors who want to retain existing collaborations should not enable the External Collaborations Tool feature option at the course level.

Details

  • Released in private beta August 1, 2016
  • Released in production December 10, 2016

Quiz Log Auditing

Quiz Log Auditing

By default this feature is set to Allow.

Quiz Log Auditing allows instructors 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
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