Showing results for 
Show  only  | Search instead for 
Did you mean: 

User Summary: Canvas Admins (2021-08-21)

User Summary: Canvas Admins (2021-08-21)

This document highlights features from the current Canvas web release—for both your user role and all user roles in your institution.

The date of this document indicates when the included features will be available in the production environment. Unless otherwise indicated, features are already available in the beta environment.


Default Feature Videos


This section includes videos that highlight default release features that directly impacts your user role. Not all default features may include a video.


Feature Preview Terminology and User Group Updates

As introduced in the
Canvas Deploy Notes (2021-07-21), the term Feature Option in Course and Account Settings has been renamed to Feature Preview

When a feature preview includes a beta user group, all updates related to the preview will no longer be posted in the Canvas release notes. Instead, updates will be posted in the sidebar of the feature’s respective user group.

User groups are provided for the following five feature previews:

No video is currently available for this feature.

Feature Details and Distribution


User summary documents display all feature details per user role. Additionally, they are designed to assist you in distributing feature information, including optional features that you may choose to enable for your institution.

For additional context, please see the Preview Document Details section.

User Summary Features


User Summary: Admins (2021-08-21) - Google Doc Preview

Default Features

  • Settings: Feature Preview Terminology and User Group Updates

Optional Features

  • Global Navigation Menu: Release Notes Interface Preview Change
  • New Analytics: Online Attendance
  • Rich Content Editor: Accessibility Checker Indicator



User Summary: Instructors (2021-08-21) - Google Doc Preview

Optional Features

  • Global Navigation Menu: Release Notes Interface
  • New Analytics: Online Attendance
  • New Quizzes: Quiz Printing
  • Rich Content Editor: Accessibility Checker Indicator



User Summary: Observers/Students (2021-08-21) - Google Doc Preview

Optional Features

  • Global Navigation Menu: Release Notes Interface
  • Rich Content Editor: Accessibility Checker Indicator


Preview Document Details

As part of the user summaries, you have two options for distribution: view the preview (default link provided above), or use the template to create a copy.

View Preview (Default Link)
Use this link if you don't need to modify the content. Additionally, this option ensures the document is updated by the Canvas community team with any changes that may be made in the release notes.

Use Template
To create a copy of the document to edit for your own distribution, click the Use Template button in the preview document. You must log in to a Google account to use this feature. The template will be stored in your Google Drive account. 

  • Once you use the template, the content is no longer associated with the original document and you must maintain your own content changes as may be indicated in the release notes.
  • For the best user experience, user summaries should not be copied and distributed until the Monday before the Canvas release, which will allow time for features within the release to be confirmed by the Canvas product team. Features are subject to change at any time. Please review the date at the top of the Preview document to indicate the latest updates.
Was this article helpful? Yes No