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User Summary: Canvas Admins (2021-11-20)

User Summary: Canvas Admins (2021-11-20)

This document highlights updated features in the current Canvas web release that affect your user role. Any features that also affect other user roles may also be included, if applicable.

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.


Updated Features



Settings Tab URL Links

The Account and Course Settings tabs support independent URL references. This change allows users to remain in a specific tab after a Settings page is refreshed. Previously, the Settings pages always reloaded to the Course Details tab regardless of the tab previously being viewed.

View additional details for Settings Tab URL Links


Optional Features & User Role Distribution


User summary documents display optional features available for applicable user roles. They are designed to assist you in distributing information about these features if you choose to enable them for your institution. For additional context, please see the Preview Document Details section.


Default features for user roles, if available, are posted in applicable user summary pages:


User Summary Features


User Summary: Instructors (2021-11-20) - Google Doc Preview

Optional Features

  • New Quizzes: Assignments and Quizzes Build Link
  • New Quizzes: Stimulus Orientation


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.
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