Feature Options by Canvas Release

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This document includes the feature options supported by Canvas and updated in specified Canvas release notes. Unless otherwise indicated, all features are also supported in the Beta and Test environments. However, feature options must be enabled separately in each environment.

 

For an official list of all feature options available in the production environment, please see

 

 

Account

Allow Blueprint Publishing After Association

Feature Option Location & Default Status

Account (Off)

      Feature Option State

Opt-in (Ready Release)

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Subaccount Configuration

No

Affected Canvas Areas

Blueprint Associations Page

Permissions

Blueprint Courses - add / edit / associate / delete

Other permissions as required for individual feature areas

Related APIs

Blueprint Courses API

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Admins

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2020-03-28

All Release Notes for Feature

Blueprint feature releases

Resources

Blueprint Canvas Guides

Feature Video

Blueprint Courses: Blueprint Association Course Publishing (2020 Ready Releases) 

Enforcement Date

2020-07-18; see Upcoming Canvas Changes

 

Assignment Bulk Editing

Feature Option Location & Default Status

Account (Off)

      Feature Option State

Opt-in (Ready Release)

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Subaccount Configuration

No

Affected Canvas Areas

Assignments

Permissions

Assignments and Quizzes - add / edit / delete

Related APIs

Assignments API

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors

Original Feature Introduction in Beta

2020-04-15

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2020-04-18

All Release Notes for Feature

Assignments feature releases

Feature Video

Assignments: Due and Availability Date Bulk Edit (2020 Ready Releases) 

Enforcement Date

2020-07-18; see Upcoming Canvas Changes

 

Confetti for On-Time Submissions

Feature Option Location & Default Status

Account (Off)

      Feature Option State

Opt-in (Ready Release)

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Subaccount Configuration

No

Affected Canvas Areas

Assignments

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Students

Original Feature Introduction in Beta

2020-03-23

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2020-04-18

All Release Notes for Feature

Assignments feature releases

Resources

Student Assignments Canvas Guides

Feature Video

Assignments: On-Time Submission Celebrations (2020-04-18 Release) 

Enforcement Date

2020-07-18; see Upcoming Canvas Changes

 

Feature Option Location & Default Status

Account (Off)

      Feature Option State

Opt-in (Ready Release)

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Subaccount Configuration

No

Affected Canvas Areas

Course Settings

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors

Original Feature Introduction in Beta

2020-04-20

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2020-05-16

All Release Notes for Feature

Course Settings feature releases

Resources

How do I validate links in a course? 

Feature Video

Assignments and Course Settings: Confetti for On-Time Submission and Confetti for Valid Links (2020 Ready Releases) 

Enforcement Date

2020-07-18; see Upcoming Canvas Changes

 

Direct Share

Feature Option Location & Default Status

Account (Off)

      Feature Option State

Beta (subject to change) 

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Subaccount Configuration

Yes

Affected Canvas Areas

User Navigation, Assignments, Quizzes, Discussions, Pages

Permissions

Course Content - add / edit / delete

Related APIs

Content Shares API

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Admins, Instructors 

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2020-01-18

All Release Notes for Feature

Direct Share feature releases

Resources

Direct Share Canvas Guides

Feature Video

Assignments: Direct Share (2020-01-18 Screencast) 

Enforcement Date

TBD

 

Enable New SIS Integration Setting

Feature Option Location & Default Status

Account (Off)

      Feature Option State

Beta (subject to change) 

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes, after contacting Customer Success Manager

      Subaccount Configuration

Yes

Affected Canvas Areas

Account Settings, Assignments, Current/New Gradebook

Permissions

SIS Data - import, SIS Data - manage

Related APIs

SIS IDs, SIS Import Errors, SIS Imports, SIS Integration

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Admins, Instructors 

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2017-04-22

All Release Notes for Feature

SIS Grade Passback feature releases

Resources

What are SIS Imports? 

SIS-related Canvas Guides

Enforcement Date

TBD

 

Help for Unpublished Courses

Feature Option Location & Default Status

Account (Off)

      Feature Option State

Opt-in (Ready Release)

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Subaccount Configuration

No

Affected Canvas Areas

Card View Dashboard, Courses Menu, All Courses Page

Permissions

Course Content - add / edit / delete

Course State - manage (to view publish button in Card View Dashboard)

Related APIs

Courses API

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors 

Original Feature Introduction in Beta

2020-04-22

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2017-04-25

All Release Notes for Feature

Courses feature releases

Resources

Coming Soon

Feature Video

Coming Soon

Enforcement Date

2020-07-18; see Upcoming Canvas Changes

 

International SMS

Feature Option Location & Default Status

Account (Off)

      Feature Option State

Production-ready

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Subaccount Configuration

No

Affected Canvas Areas

User Settings

Permissions

N/A

Related APIs

Users API 

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

All Users 

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2016-01-09

All Release Notes for Feature

International SMS feature releases

Resources

SMS-related Canvas Guides

Enforcement Date

SMS restriction 2 May 2020; see Upcoming Canvas Changes

 

Microsoft Immersive Reader - Free Trial (Wiki Pages)

Feature Option Location & Default Status

Account (Off)

      Feature Option State

Production-ready

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Subaccount Configuration

Yes

Affected Canvas Areas

Pages

Permissions

Pages - add / edit / delete

Related APIs

N/A

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

All Users 

Original Feature Introduction in Beta

2019-10-23

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2019-11-19

All Release Notes for Feature

Pages feature releases

Resources

What are Pages? 

Immersive Reader Canvas Guides

Enforcement Date

TBD

 

Module File Upload Enhancements

Feature Option Location & Default Status

Account (Off)

      Feature Option State

Production-ready

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Subaccount Configuration

No

Affected Canvas Areas

Modules, Course Home Page

Permissions

Course Content - add / edit / delete, Course Content - view, Assignments and Quizzes - add / edit / delete

Related APIs

Modules API, Courses API 

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors 

Original Feature Introduction in Beta

2020-05-11

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2020-05-16

All Release Notes for Feature

Modules feature releases

Resources

Coming Soon

Enforcement Date

2020-07-18; see Upcoming Canvas Changes

 

Mute Notifications by Course

Feature Option Location & Default Status

Account (Off)

      Feature Option State

Opt-in (Ready Release)

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Subaccount Configuration

No

Affected Canvas Areas

Course Home Page

Permissions

N/A

Related APIs

N/A

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

All Users 

Original Feature Introduction in Beta

2020-03-23

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2020-04-18

All Release Notes for Feature

Notifications feature releases

Resources

How do I manage notifications for a single course as an instructor? 

How do I manage notifications for a single course as a student? 

Feature Video

Notifications: Mute Notifications by Course (2020-04-18 Release)  

Enforcement Date

2020-07-18; see Upcoming Canvas Changes

 

New Quizzes Importing

Feature Option Location & Default Status

Account (Off)

      Feature Option State

Production-ready

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Subaccount Configuration

No

      Beta/Test Environment Support

Only pulls content from the production environment; testing in beta or test generates a failed content import

Affected Canvas Areas

Course Import

Permissions

Course Content - add / edit / delete

Related APIs

Content Migrations API

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2018-07-14

All Release Notes for Feature

New Quizzes feature releases

Resources

What is New Quizzes? 

Quizzes - Student Guide

New Quizzes - Instructor Guide

Enforcement Date

December 2020; see Upcoming Canvas Changes

 

New User Tutorial

Feature Option Location & Default Status

Account (Off)

      Feature Option State

Production-ready

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Subaccount Configuration

No

Affected Canvas Areas

Announcements, Assignments, Collaborations, Conferences, Discussions, Files, Grades, Course Home Page, Course Import, Modules, Pages, People, Quizzes, Settings, Syllabus

Permissions

Course Content - add / edit / delete

Related APIs

N/A

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors 

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2017-04-22

All Release Notes for Feature

User Tutorial feature releases

Resources

How do I use the Canvas course setup tutorial as an instructor? 

What feature options can I enable in my account as an instructor?  

Feature Video

Courses: Instructor Product Tour and New Instructor Canvas Tutorials (2020 Ready Releases)   

Enforcement Date

2020-07-18; see Upcoming Canvas Changes

 

Product Tour

Feature Option Location & Default Status

Account (Off)

      Feature Option State

Opt-in (Ready Release)

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Subaccount Configuration

No

Affected Canvas Areas

Dashboard, User Navigation, Global Navigation, Help Menu

Permissions

Course Content - add / edit / delete

Related APIs

N/A

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

All Users 

Original Feature Introduction in Beta

2020-03-30

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2020-04-04

All Release Notes for Feature

User Tutorial feature releases

Resources

Coming Soon

Feature Video

Courses: Student Product Tour (2020 Ready Releases) 

Account: Admin Product Tour (2020 Ready Releases) 

Courses: Instructor Product Tour and New Instructor Canvas Tutorials (2020 Ready Releases) 

Enforcement Date

2020-07-18; see Upcoming Canvas Changes

 

Rubrics in Course Navigation

Feature Option Location & Default Status

Account (Off)

      Feature Option State

Production-ready

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Subaccount Configuration

No

Affected Canvas Areas

Outcomes, Course Navigation

Permissions

Rubrics - add / edit / delete

Related APIs

Rubrics API

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Admins, Instructors 

Original Feature Introduction in Beta

2020-03-23

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2020-04-18

All Release Notes for Feature

Notifications feature releases

Resources

Instructor Guide Rubrics Chapter

Feature Video

Rubrics: Course Navigation Rubrics Link (2020-04-18 Release) 

Enforcement Date

2020-07-18; see Upcoming Canvas Changes

 

Slack Integration

Feature Option Location & Default Status

Account (Off)

      Feature Option State

Opt-in (Ready Release)

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Subaccount Configuration

No

Affected Canvas Areas

Notification Preferences

Permissions

N/A

Related APIs

Communication Channels API

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

All Users 

Original Feature Introduction in Beta

2020-04-08

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2020-04-11

All Release Notes for Feature

Notifications feature releases

Resources

How do I add Slack as a contact method in Canvas as an instructor? 

How do I add Slack as a contact method in Canvas as a student? 

How do I enable Slack for an account?  

Enforcement Date

Never; this feature will be converted to an account setting on 2020-07-18

 

Course

Anonymous Grading

Feature Option Location & Default Status

Course (Off)

      Feature Option State

Production-ready

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Affected Canvas Areas

Assignments, Gradebook, SpeedGrader

Permisions

N/A

Related APIs

Moderated Grading API

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors, Students

Original Feature Introduction

2018-07-14

All Release Notes for Feature

Anonymous&Moderated feature releases

Resources

Anonymous Assignments Canvas Guides

Moderated Grading Canvas Guides

Enforcement Date

Never; this feature will eventually be converted to a course setting

 

Anonymous Instructor Annotations

Feature Option Location & Default Status

Course (Allow)

      Feature Option State

Production-ready

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Affected Canvas Areas

Assignments, SpeedGrader

Permissions

N/A

Related APIs

N/A

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors, Students

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2018-07-14

All Release Notes for Feature

Anonymous&Moderated feature releases

Resources

Anonymous Annotations Canvas Guides

Enforcement Date

TBD

 

Assignment Allowed Attempts

Feature Option Location & Default Status

Course (Off)

      Feature Option State

Production-ready

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Affected Canvas Areas

Course Home Page

Permissions

N/A

Related APIs

Assignments API

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors, Students 

Original Feature Introduction in Beta

2020-03-23

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2020-04-18

All Release Notes for Feature

Assignments feature releases

Resources

How do I add or edit details in an assignment? 

Feature Video

Assignments: Limited Assignment Attempts (2020 Ready Releases) 

Enforcement Date

2020-07-18; see Upcoming Canvas Changes

 

Assignment Enhancements - Student

Feature Option Location & Default Status

Course (Off)

      Feature Option State

Beta (subject to change)

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Affected Canvas Areas

Assignments

Permissions

N/A

Related APIs

N/A

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Students; Instructors (SpeedGrader)

Original Feature Introduction in Beta

2020-01-18

Original Feature Introduction in Production

TBD

All Release Notes for Feature

Assignments feature releases

Resources

User Group: Assignment Workflow Improvements

Enforcement Date

TBD

 

Canvas Elementary Theme

Feature Option Location & Default Status

Course (Off)

      Feature Option State

Production-Ready

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Affected Canvas Areas

Global Navigation Menu, Course Navigation Menu, Breadcrumbs

Related APIs

N/A

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors, Students

Original Feature Introduction in Beta

2020-05-11

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2020-05-16

All Release Notes for Feature

Courses feature releases

Resources

Coming Soon

Enforcement Date

2020-07-18; see Upcoming Canvas Changes

 

Final Grade Override

Feature Option Location & Default Status

Course (Off)

      Feature Option State

Production-Ready

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Affected Canvas Areas

Gradebook

Related APIs

Enrollments API

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors, Students

Original Feature Introduction

2019-02-16

All Release Notes for Feature

Gradebook_new feature releases

Resources

How do I override a student's final grade in the Gradebook?  

Enforcement Date

Never; this feature will eventually be converted to a course setting

 

Learning Mastery Gradebook

Feature Option Location & Default Status

Course (Allow)

      Feature Option State

Production-ready

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Affected Canvas Areas

Learning Mastery Gradebook

Permissions

Learning Outcomes - add / edit / delete, Learning Outcomes - import

Related APIs

Outcome Groups API, Outcome Imports API, Outcome Results API, Outcomes API

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2014-03-01

All Release Notes for Feature

Learning Mastery Gradebook feature releases

Resources

Learning Mastery Gradebook Canvas Guides

Enforcement Date

Never; this feature will eventually be converted to a course setting

 

MasteryPaths

Feature Option Location & Default Status

Course (Allow)

      Feature Option State

Production-ready

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Affected Canvas Areas

Assignments, Discussions, Quizzes, Pages, Modules

Permissions

N/A

Related APIs

Module Items API

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors, Students

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2018-07-14

All Release Notes for Feature

MasteryPaths feature releases

Resources

MasteryPaths Canvas Guides

Enforcement Date

Never; this feature will eventually be converted to a course setting

 

Moderated Grading

Feature Option Location & Default Status

Course (Off)

      Feature Option State

Production-ready

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Affected Canvas Areas

Assignments, Gradebook, SpeedGrader

Permissions

Grades - Select final grade for moderation

Related APIs

Moderated Grading API

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors, Students

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2018-07-14

All Release Notes for Feature

Anonymous&Moderated feature releases

Resources

Moderated Grading Canvas Guides

Enforcement Date

Never; this feature will eventually be converted to a course setting

 

RCE Enhancements

Feature Option Location & Default Status

Course (Allow)

      Feature Option State

Production-ready

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Affected Canvas Areas

Rich Content Editor

Permissions

Related to any area that includes the Rich Content Editor

Related APIs

Related to any area that includes the Rich Content Editor

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

All Users

Original Feature Introduction in Beta

2019-09-30

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2020-01-18

All Release Notes for Feature

Rich Content Editor feature releases

Resources

User Group: Assignment Workflow Improvements

New Rich Content Editor - Instructor Guide

New Rich Content Editor - Student Guide

Enforcement Date

2020-12-19; see Upcoming Canvas Changes

 

RCE Auto Save

Feature Option Location & Default Status

Course (Allow)

      Feature Option State

Production-ready

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Affected Canvas Areas

Can only be enabled with the New Rich Content Editor

Permissions

Related to any area that includes the New Rich Content Editor

Related APIs

Related to any area that includes the New Rich Content Editor

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

All Users

Original Feature Introduction in Beta

2020-02-17

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2020-03-21

All Release Notes for Feature

Rich Content Editor feature releases

Resources

How do I add and modify text in the New Rich Content Editor as an instructor? 

How do I add and modify text in the New Rich Content Editor as a student?

Feature Video

New Rich Content Editor: Auto Save (2020-03-21 Release) 

Enforcement Date

2020-12-19; see Upcoming Canvas Changes

 

Student Learning Mastery Gradebook

Feature Option Location & Default Status

Course (Allow)

      Feature Option State

Production-ready

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Affected Canvas Areas

Grades

Permissions

Related to Learning Mastery Gradebook

Related APIs

Related to Learning Mastery Gradebook

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Students

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2014-07-12

All Release Notes for Feature

Student Learning Mastery Gradebook feature releases

Resources

Student Learning Mastery Canvas Guides

Enforcement Date

Never; this feature will eventually be converted to a course setting

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