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Canvas Features by User Role (2022-01-15)

Canvas Features by User Role (2022-01-15)

This document highlights all default and optional features in the current Canvas web release if available for each user role. 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 Features

Default features affect all Canvas users. If enabled in the Help Menu, the Release Notes section displays links to these features according to user role.

Optional Features

Use of optional features vary across institutions, and the Optional Features section for each user role is designed to assist you in distributing information about these features if you choose to enable them for your institution. User summary templates provide all information and offer two options for distribution. For additional details about these templates, please see Template Distribution Details.


Admin Roles


Default Features


Account Settings

Slack Notifications Feature Option Transition

The Slack Notifications feature option has been transitioned to an Account Setting. 

View additional details for Slack Notifications Feature Option Transition


External Tools (LTI) Granularity

The LTI - add / edit / delete permission has been grouped into three separate permissions. This change provides more granularity for managing External Tools (LTI).

View additional details for External Tools (LTI) Granularity


Feature Preview Terminology Adjustment

The Account and Course Settings Feature Preview tabs have been restored to Feature Options. The term Feature Preview has been repurposed as a label only and references to a feature that is in active development. This change adjusts the strategy behind Feature Options and Feature Preview terminology.

View additional details for Feature Preview Terminology Adjustment


Account Settings


Split Name Column

The Gradebook View menu can include the option to split student names into two separate columns and show first and last name separately. This change allows student first and last names to be displayed and exported in separate columns.

View additional details for Split Name Column

Instructor Roles


Default Features

View default features available for the specified production date

Interface Updates

  • Courses: Course Navigation Menu State
  • Gradebook: Missing Status Removal
  • Modules: Modules Link State
  • Rich Content Editor: Accessibility Checker Indicator Feature Enforcement
  • SpeedGrader: Unposted Comment Warning

Other Updates

  • Settings: Feature Preview Terminology Adjustment

Optional Features

View Instructor role distribution template

Account Settings

  • Gradebook: Split Name Columns

Feature Options

  • New Quizzes: Matching Questions Partial Credit


Observer/Student Roles


Default Features

View default features available for the specified production date

  • Courses: Course Navigation Menu State
  • Rich Content Editor: Accessibility Checker Indicator Feature Enforcement


Template Distribution Details

View Template
Use the default template 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, view the template and then click Use Template button in the top right corner. You must log in to a Google account to use this feature. The template copy 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.
  • Features are subject to change at any time. Please review the date at the top of the Template to indicate the latest updates.
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