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 and will be placed in your Course Settings as a Feature Option. After a specified period of time, some Feature Options may become standard features in Canvas. Learn more about Feature Options and how to enable them in the manage new features lesson.
Feature Option Availability
Feature Options are enabled by your institutional admin. The following Feature Options are currently available for your institution as noted in their respective environments (beta or production). If you do not see them available in your Course Settings Feature Options, please contact your admin.
Please note that course feature options can be enforced for an entire account instead of being allowed on a course-by-course basis.
Allow Outcome Extra Credit allows you to award more than the maximum possible score on an outcome in a rubric.
Note: Excess points for a rubric criterion can be awarded at any time and are not managed by this feature option.
Anonymous Grading requires all course assignments to be graded anonymously in SpeedGrader. Students can view whether or not an assignment was graded anonymously in both the student Grades page and the sidebar of the assignment submission page.
If this feature option is off, you can still set anonymous grading for individual assignments in the SpeedGrader Settings menu.
Anonymous Instructor Annotations allows instructors to create assignments with anonymous instructor annotations in DocViewer-supported submissions. When students view instructor comments in DocViewer, comments do not display an instructor's name.
Assignment Enhancements - Student (Beta) allows students to view an improved Assignment interface and submission workflow.
Canvas Elementary Theming allows Canvas courses, that do not already have a customized Course Navigation menu, to view a simplified Course Navigation menu. Visible links default to Home, Announcements, Modules, and Grades (subject to content being available in Announcements and Modules).
The Canvas Elementary Theming option also displays the Global Navigation, Course Navigation, Breadcrumbs bar, and text in the Rich Content Editor in the Balsamiq Sans font and adds Architect's Daughter as a font option in the Rich Content Editor. If this feature option is disabled, the font will change back to the Canvas font default, Lato.
Discussions Redesign allows users to view an improved Discussions interface and workflow.
For more information, see the Discussions Redesign user group in the Canvas Community.
ePub Exporting allows all users to download a course as an ePub file. This feature allows users to view course content offline, such as files and pages. However, users cannot interact with the course in ePub material; course materials are displayed in a read-only state and any tasks such as submitting an assignment must be completed online.
By default, an ePub file is arranged by module, meaning only items that students have access to view in each module are included in the ePub file. However, instructors can choose to organize the ePub file by content type (e.g. assignment, quizzes, etc.) in Course Settings.
Note: Canvas offers an additional download option that allows users to export modules content offline as an HTML file. If this feature is enabled for an account, the offline content feature will override the ePub Exporting feature option. The offline content feature can be enabled by a Customer Success Manager.
External Collaborations Tool allows users to view an updated interface for Collaborations. This feature option only applies when the Google Apps LTI is enabled as an external app.
Enabling the External Collaborations Tool removes the links to all existing collaborations and no longer allows users to create collaborations with the existing Google Drive option. If you want to retain existing collaborations, do not enable the External Collaborations Tool feature option.
The Final Grade Override allows you to manually enter a final grade for a student that is different from the grade automatically calculated by Canvas.
Once this feature option is enabled within the course, the feature option cannot be disabled in the course.
This feature will always be a feature option in Canvas.
The Learning Mastery (Outcome ) Gradebook helps you assess the outcomes that are being used in Canvas courses. Located as part of the regular Gradebook, the Learning Mastery Gradebook provides an overview of student learning based on standards rather than grades. You can also use the gradebook for feedback about curriculum and teaching methods.
Students are not affected by the Learning Mastery Gradebook unless the Student Learning Mastery Gradebook option is also enabled.
MasteryPaths allows you to customize learning experiences to students based on student performance. Along with course designers, you can identify activities for each student’s learning path and differentiate assignments for required learning, optional learning, or choosing their own content and assignments within a specific path.
Moderated Grading allows anyone with assignment creation permissions to specify an assignment submission to be reviewed by one or multiple graders, review the assignment grades, and select which grade should be set as the final grade for each student.
For each moderated submission, the moderator does not have to personally grade the assignment, but only they can specify the final grade for each assignment. Once the assignment is created, only the moderator and admins will be able to change the assigned final grader.
Anonymous Moderated Grading
When the Anonymous Grading and Moderated Grading feature options are both enabled, content creators can create assignments that hide student names from graders and set moderating options. All options for both anonymous grading and moderated grading are displayed for the assignment on the assignment details page.
New Course and User Analytics allows you to use and preview New Analytics in your course before it replaces the current Course and User Analytics features. New Course and User Analytics replaces course links and buttons with links to the New Analytics feature.
When this option is enabled, the New Analytics link in Course Navigation is enabled by default.
Data may take 24 hours to appear in New Analytics after enabling this feature.
New Quizzes allows you to use New Quizzes to create assessments in your course. Once it is enabled, New Quizzes can be accessed from the Assignments page.
Post Grades to SIS allows the Canvas Gradebook to share grade information with your institution's external Student Information System (SIS). You can use this feature to pass back grades from the Gradebook. Only assignments that are individually selected will be sent back to the SIS.
SIS integrations supported by this feature option currently include: PowerSchool
Quiz Log Auditing allows you to investigate problems that a student may have when taking a quiz. Quizzes will automatically create data for any quiz taken in the course, but Quiz Log Auditing allows the logs to be viewed as part of a student's quiz results.
This feature will always be a feature option in Canvas. This feature can only be used in conjunction with the Learning Mastery Gradebook feature option.
The Student Learning Mastery Gradebook shows students how they are being scored against outcomes being used in Canvas courses. When enabled, this feature displays as a separate grades tab on the Student Grades page.