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. Because we want you to be able to learn about these features at your own pace, they’ll be placed in your Account Settings as a Feature Preview. Feature Previews allow you to choose when you want to enable the new feature for your institution. Most institutions will pilot the feature within their institution and then enable it for the entire institution between terms.
This lesson gives an overview of how to manage feature previews for an entire account. Features may be able to be activated on account, sub-account, course, and user levels. On the course level, you can give instructors the option to implement features on a course-by-course basis. Admins and instructors have no control over user-level features.
The majority of features will be available for you to enable at any time. However, some features will only appear after they are enabled by your Customer Success Manager. To view specific feature previews available in Canvas, visit the current account features lesson.
Please note that most Feature Previews will only be optional for a short period of time. Once a Feature Preview is officially released to your production environment, you'll have a few releases (depending on the feature) before the feature will be enabled for all Canvas users. Therefore we encourage you to use your beta environment to learn about new Feature Previews for your institution, and when the features are released to your production environment, allow them as quickly as appropriate for your institution.
Note: Account-level features cannot be managed in sub-accounts and Free-for-Teacher accounts.
In Global Navigation, click the Admin link , then click the name of the account .
In Account Navigation, click the Settings link.
Available features will appear in the Feature Previews tab. Some new features may need to be enabled by your Customer Success Manager.
To search for a feature preview, type a keyword in the Search field.
Once features are available, they will be listed by Account  or Course , depending on the feature's functionality level.
Each feature includes a feature description. To expand the feature box and display the description, click the arrow icon .
Feature tags help identify the state of each feature. A feature with no label means the feature is stable and ready for use in your production environment . Features may also include a beta tag , which means the feature is available for use in your production environment but is still being tested for usability and accessibility behavior. Enabling a beta feature may create unintended behavior within your Canvas account.
Note: Occasionally features may include a Development tag, which means the feature is only available for testing in your beta environment; it is not available in your production environment.
As an account level admin, you can choose to enable or disable features by default in the account and all subaccounts.
If a feature can be edited at the sub-account or course level, you can choose to lock or allow editing of the default feature state at the sub-account or course level.
As an account level admin, you can choose to enable or disable features by default for the account and all subaccounts.
To enable or disable a feature, click the feature's State icon .
To enable the feature by default for the account and all subaccounts, click the Enabled option .
To disable the feature by default for the account and all subaccounts, click the Disabled option .
Note: Depending on feature functionality, when you enable a feature, Canvas may display a warning message asking to confirm your option, as some account features cannot be turned off once they are enabled.
Some features can be managed at the sub-account or course levels. As an account admin, you can choose to lock or allow those features to be edited at the sub-account or course levels.
To allow or disallow a feature's default state to be edited at the sub-account or course levels, click the feature's State icon .
To lock the default feature state so it cannot be edited at the sub-account or course level, select the Lock option .
To allow a feature's default state to be edited at the sub-account or course level, uncheck the Lock option.
To view a more detailed description of the state of the feature preview, hover over the feature preview state icon. A tooltip explains the current state of the feature preview. The tooltip will display the following descriptions based on the feature preview state:
Account Feature Previews:
Course Feature Previews
Instructors can view features you've enabled in the Feature Previews tab in Course Settings.
Users can enable User-Level Feature Settings at the bottom of their User Settings.
Note: Admins have no control over user-level features.