Upcoming Canvas Changes

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Canvas periodically includes new functionality designed as opt-in features called feature options. These feature options, along with other Canvas functionality, may be enabled for all Canvas institutions at any time. 


This page provides a central location for communicating all significant upcoming changes in Canvas.

The changes included in this page will be effective on the noted Canvas release date.


Follow this document to get the latest updates.


3 August 2019

Internet Explorer 11 Browser Support

Internet Explorer 11 is a web browser developed by Microsoft in 2015.



Since the release of Microsoft Edge, more customers have been switching to more modern browser technologies. Microsoft has announced that Internet Explorer 11 will ultimately be discontinued. Microsoft Edge is the default web browser on Windows 10 machines.


Upcoming Change

On 3 August 2019, Internet Explorer 11 will no longer be supported as a Canvas browser. Internet Explorer was previously downgraded to a functionally supported browser in March 2018.


Customer Action

  • If a Microsoft browser is required for your institution, Microsoft recommends transitioning to Microsoft Edge for a safer, faster, and improved browser experience.
  • Some older programs on institutional hardware (such as in computer labs) may require Internet Explorer 11. To support Canvas concurrently, another browser may need to be installed such as Chrome or Firefox.




18 January 2020

New Gradebook

New Gradebook improves foundational items for Canvas grading and includes enhanced functionality for organization, flexibility, and communication. This feature was initially released in November 2017.



Exploration for Gradebook was conducted through interviews, surveys, feature ideas, and internal channels. New Gradebook was first introduced as a beta feature; feedback was received in a user group within the Canvas community. Community feedback contributed to additional enhancements. The beta label was removed 30 March 2019.


Upcoming Change

On 18 January 2020, the existing Canvas Gradebook will be replaced with the New Gradebook. No data loss will result in this transition and all features align with previous functionality included in the existing Gradebook as indicated:


Treat Ungraded as 0

The Treat Ungraded as 0 option changes the view of how grades are displayed in the Gradebook and does not directly affect student grades. This feature is not available in the Grid View Gradebook to minimize confusion about student’s actual grades. If instructors want to view grades as zeros, they should apply grades as zeros using the global Missing Policy option or use the Default Grade option for individual assignments.


Assignment Details

The Assignment Details link in the current Gradebook will be replaced by New Analytics functionality, which provides improved analytics capabilities.


Hide Student Names

The Hide Student Names feature in the existing Gradebook has been resolved in the New Gradebook by the Anonymous Grading and Moderated Grading features already implemented in Canvas.


Customer Action

The New Gradebook can be enabled at any time. No existing grades will be affected when initially transitioning to the New Gradebook. However, some LTI or SIS workflows may need to be adjusted by the developer as follows:

  • Any LTIs that support muting will need to be updated to fully support the New Gradebook Post Policies feature, which will be available by July 2019.
  • Late and missing policies do not apply to LTI assignments and missing policies and must be updated manually.
  • Some SIS provider pass back the final grade, which calculates grades based on the Treat Ungraded as 0 option. The SIS will need to be adjusted to pass back the current grade instead of the final grade.