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Feature Previews by Canvas Release

Feature Previews by Canvas Release

This document includes the Feature Previews (formerly known as Feature Options) supported by Canvas and updated in specified Canvas release notes. Unless otherwise indicated, all features are also supported in the Beta and Test environments. However, feature previews must be enabled separately in each environment.

For an official list of all feature previews available in the production environment, please see


 

Account

Account and Course Level Outcome Mastery Scales (Beta)

Feature Preview Location & Default Status

Account (Off)

      Feature Preview State

Beta (subject to change)

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

No

      Subaccount Configuration

No

Affected Canvas Areas

Outcomes, Rubrics

Permissions

Outcome Mastery Scales - add / edit
Outcome Proficiency Calculations - add / edit

Related APIs

GraphQL: OutcomeCalculationMethod, OutcomeProficiency

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Admins, Instructors

Original Feature Introduction in Beta

2020-11-23

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2020-12-16

Resources

Outcomes Account and Course Level Outcome Mastery Scale (2020-12-16 Release)

 

Confetti for On-Time Submissions

Feature Preview Location & Default Status

Account (Off)

      Feature Preview State

Production-ready

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Subaccount Configuration

No

      Related Feature Previews

Confetti for Valid Links

Affected Canvas Areas

Assignments

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Students

Original Feature Introduction in Beta

2020-03-23

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2020-04-18

Resources

Student Assignments Canvas Guides

Feature Video

Assignments: On-Time Submission Celebrations (2020-04-18 Release) 

 

Confetti for Valid Links

Feature Preview Location & Default Status

Account (Off)

      Feature Preview State

Production-ready

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Subaccount Configuration

No

      Related Feature Preview

Confetti for On-Time Submissions

Affected Canvas Areas

Course Settings

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors

Original Feature Introduction in Beta

2020-04-20

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2020-05-16

Resources

How do I validate links in a course? 

Feature Video

Assignments and Course Settings: Confetti for On-Time Submission and Confetti for Valid Links (2020 ...

 

Enable New SIS Integration Setting (Beta)

Feature Preview Location & Default Status

Account (Off)

      Feature Preview State

Beta (subject to change) 

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes, after contacting Customer Success Manager

      Subaccount Configuration

Yes

Affected Canvas Areas

Account Settings, Assignments, Gradebook

Permissions

SIS Data - import, SIS Data - manage

Related APIs

SIS IDs, SIS Import Errors, SIS Imports, SIS Integration

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Admins, Instructors 

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2017-04-22

Resources

What are SIS Imports? 

SIS Imports Admin Guide

 

Embedded Release Notes

Feature Preview Location & Default Status

2021-08-21: Default (On)

      Feature Preview State

Production-Ready 

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Subaccount Configuration

Yes

Affected Canvas Areas

Global Navigation Menu

Related APIs

Users API

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Admins, Instructors, Observers

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2021-06-19

Resources

Global Navigation Menu: Release Notes Interface (2021-06-19 Release Screencast)

Canvas Release User Summaries

 

Microsoft Group Enrollment Syncing

Feature Preview Location & Default Status

Account (Off)

      Feature Preview State

Production-ready

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Subaccount Configuration

No

Affected Canvas Areas

Microsoft Teams LTI

Permissions

N/A

Related APIs

N/A

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

All Users 

Original Feature Introduction in Beta

-

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2021-07-15

Feature Enforcement

2022-04-01 (Permanently display the Integrations tab)

Resources

Partner Listing: Microsoft Education

 

Microsoft Immersive Reader - Wiki Pages

Feature Preview Location & Default Status

Account (Off)

      Feature Preview State

Production-ready

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Subaccount Configuration

Yes

Affected Canvas Areas

Pages

Permissions

Pages - add / edit / delete

Related APIs

N/A

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

All Users 

Original Feature Introduction in Beta

2019-10-23

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2019-11-19

Resources

Partner Listing: Microsoft Education

What are Pages? 

How do I use the Microsoft Immersive Reader when viewing a page as an instructor?

How do I use the Microsoft Immersive Reader when viewing a page as a student?

 

New Quizzes Importing

Feature Preview Location & Default Status

Account (Off)

      Feature Preview State

Production-ready

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Subaccount Configuration

No

      Beta/Test Environment Support

Only pulls content from the production environment; testing in beta or test generates a failed content import

Affected Canvas Areas

Course Import

Permissions

Course Content - add / edit / delete

Related APIs

Content Migrations API

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2018-07-14

Resources

What is New Quizzes? 

Quizzes - Student Guide

New Quizzes - Instructor Guide

New Quizzes Beta User Group

Enforcement Date

See Upcoming Canvas Changes

 

New User Tutorial

Feature Preview Location & Default Status

Account (Off)

      Feature Preview State

Production-ready

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Subaccount Configuration

No

Affected Canvas Areas

Announcements, Assignments, Collaborations, Conferences, Discussions, Files, Grades, Course Home Page, Course Import, Modules, Pages, People, Quizzes, Settings, Syllabus

Permissions

Course Content - add / edit / delete

Related APIs

N/A

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors 

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2017-04-22

Resources

How do I use the Canvas course setup tutorial as an instructor? 

What feature previews can I enable in my account as an instructor?  

Feature Video

Courses: Instructor Product Tour and New Instructor Canvas Tutorials (2020 Ready Releases)

 

Product Tour

Feature Preview Location & Default Status

Account (Off)

      Feature Preview State

Production-ready

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Subaccount Configuration

No

Affected Canvas Areas

Dashboard, User Navigation, Global Navigation, Help Menu

Permissions

Course Content - add / edit / delete

Related APIs

N/A

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

All Users 

Original Feature Introduction in Beta

2020-03-30

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2020-04-04

Resources

How do I use the Canvas Welcome Tour as an instructor?

How do I use the Canvas Welcome Tour as a student?

How do I use the Canvas Welcome Tour as an admin?

Feature Video

Courses: Student Product Tour (2020 Ready Releases)

Courses: Instructor Product Tour and New Instructor Canvas Tutorials (2020 Ready Releases)

Account: Admin Product Tour (2020 Ready Releases) 

 

Slack Notification Integration

Feature Preview Location & Default Status

Account (Off)

      Feature Preview State

Production-ready

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Subaccount Configuration

No

Affected Canvas Areas

Notification Preferences

Permissions

N/A

Related APIs

Communication Channels API

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

All Users 

Original Feature Introduction in Beta

2020-04-08

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2020-04-11

Resources

How do I add Slack as a contact method in Canvas as an instructor? 

How do I add Slack as a contact method in Canvas as a student? 

How do I enable Slack for an account?  

 

View Ungraded as Zero

Feature Preview Location & Default Status

Account (Off)

      Feature Preview State

Production-Ready

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Subaccount Configuration

No

Affected Canvas Areas

Gradebook

Permissions

N/A

Related APIs

N/A

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors 

Original Feature Introduction in Beta

2021-01-18

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2021-02-20

Resources

How do I view total scores in the Gradebook as if all ungraded assignments were given zero grades?

Feature Video

Gradebook: View Ungraded as Zero (2021-02-20 Release)

 

Course

Anonymous Grading

Feature Preview Location & Default Status

Course (Off)

      Feature Preview State

Production-ready

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Affected Canvas Areas

Assignments, Gradebook, SpeedGrader

Permisions

N/A

Related APIs

Moderated Grading API

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors, Students

Original Feature Introduction

2018-07-14

Resources

Assignments Instructor Guides

 

Anonymous Instructor Annotations

Feature Preview Location & Default Status

Course (Off)

      Feature Preview State

Production-ready

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Affected Canvas Areas

Assignments, SpeedGrader

Permissions

N/A

Related APIs

N/A

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors, Students

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2018-07-14

Resources

Assignments Instructor Guides

 

Assignment Enhancements - Student (Beta)

Feature Preview Location & Default Status

Course (Off)

      Feature Preview State

Beta (subject to change)

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Affected Canvas Areas

Assignments

Permissions

N/A

Related APIs

N/A

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Students; Instructors (SpeedGrader)

Original Feature Introduction in Beta

2020-01-18

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2020-10-17

Resources

User Group: Student Enhancements

 

Canvas Elementary Theme

Feature Preview Location & Default Status

Course (Off)

      Feature preview State

Production-Ready

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Affected Canvas Areas

Global Navigation Menu, Course Navigation Menu, Breadcrumbs

Related APIs

N/A

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors, Students

Original Feature Introduction in Beta

2020-05-11

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2020-05-16

Resources

How do I enable an elementary-level theme in a course as an instructor?

Feature Video

Courses: Canvas Elementary Theme (2020 Ready Releases)

 

Discussions Redesign (Beta)

Feature Preview Location & Default Status

Course (Off)

      Feature Preview State

Beta (Subject to Change)

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Affected Canvas Areas

Individual Discussion Topics

Related APIs

N/A

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors, Students

Original Feature Introduction in Beta

2021-06-07

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2021-06-19

Resources

Discussions Redesign User Group

 

Final Grade Override

Feature Preview Location & Default Status

Course (Off)

      Feature Preview State

Production-Ready

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Affected Canvas Areas

Gradebook

Related APIs

Enrollments API

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors, Students

Original Feature Introduction

2019-02-16

Resources

How do I override a student's final grade in the Gradebook?  

Feature Video

Canvas New Feature Screencast (2019-02-16) - Canvas Community

 

 

Learning Mastery Gradebook

Feature Preview Location & Default Status

Course (Off)

      Feature Preview State

Production-ready

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

      Related Feature Previews

Student Learning Mastery Gradebook

Affected Canvas Areas

Learning Mastery Gradebook

Permissions

Learning Outcomes - add / edit / delete, Learning Outcomes - import

Related APIs

Outcome Groups API, Outcome Imports API, Outcome Results API, Outcomes API

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2014-03-01

Resources

How do I use the Learning Mastery Gradebook to view outcome results in a course from the Gradebook?

 

MasteryPaths

Feature Preview Location & Default Status

Course (Off)

      Feature Preview State

Production-ready

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Affected Canvas Areas

Assignments, Discussions, Quizzes, Pages, Modules

Permissions

N/A

Related APIs

Module Items API

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors, Students

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2018-07-14

Resources

How do I use MasteryPaths in course modules?
How do I allow a page to be a MasteryPath module item?
How do I add conditional content to a MasteryPath source item?
How do I assign a conditional assignment for students to complete in MasteryPaths?
How do I view the MasteryPaths range breakdown results for an assignment?

 

Moderated Grading

Feature Preview Location & Default Status

Course (Off)

      Feature Preview State

Production-ready

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

Affected Canvas Areas

Assignments, Gradebook, SpeedGrader

Permissions

Grades - Select final grade for moderation

Related APIs

Moderated Grading API

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Instructors, Students

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2018-07-14

Resources

How do I add a moderated assignment to be graded by multiple reviewers?

 

Student Learning Mastery Gradebook

Feature Preview Location & Default Status

Course (Off)

      Feature Preview State

Production-ready

      Enabled by Canvas Admin

Yes

      Beta/Test Environment Support

Yes

      Related Feature Previews

Learning Mastery Gradebook

Affected Canvas Areas

Grades

Permissions

Related to Learning Mastery Gradebook

Related APIs

Related to Learning Mastery Gradebook

Affects User Interface

Yes

Affected User Roles

Students

Original Feature Introduction in Production

2014-07-12

Resources

How do I view my Learning Mastery scores in the Grades page?

 

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