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Canvas Feature Option Summary

Canvas Feature Option Summary

What feature options are currently available for an entire Canvas account?

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 Account 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.

Feature Option Availability and Configuration

The Feature Options shown in this document are available for all institutions and noted in their respective environments (beta or production). Some feature options must be enabled by your Customer Success Manager.

  • Account Feature Options and Previews:

    • State: Enabled and Unlocked | Tooltip: Allowed for subaccounts/courses, default on
    • State: Enabled and Locked | Tooltip: Enabled for all subaccounts/courses
    • State: Disabled and Unlocked | Tooltip: Allowed for subaccounts/courses, default off
    • State: Disabled and Locked | Tooltip: Disabled for all subaccounts/courses
  • Course Feature Previews

    • State: Enabled and Unlocked | Tooltip: Optional in course, default on
    • State: Disabled and Unlocked | Tooltip: Optional in course, default off

Feature Types

Feature options are grouped into one of three types, when available. Unless otherwise noted, all features default to Off and Unlocked.

  • Pending Feature Options will eventually be enabled for all Canvas users. Use your beta environment to learn about these new Feature Options for your course. You'll have advanced notice in Upcoming Canvas Changes regarding their enforcement dates.
  • Optional Features are feature options that will never be enforced, and they will eventually be moved to an Account or Course Setting.
  • Default Optional Features are enabled for each account by default. However, Admins can choose to turn off these features. 
  • Feature Previews are feature options in active development. Users who opt into the feature and join the Community user group can help improve the feature through direct feedback.

Notes:

  • Feature option settings are never copied from production into test or beta environments and always retain their default settings. Feature options must be managed individually in the test and beta environments.
  • Some feature options may not be available in sub-accounts and Free-for-Teacher accounts. For more information about available feature options in Free-for-Teacher accounts, please view the Canvas Account Comparisons resource.
  • Course feature options can be enforced for an entire account, if necessary.

 

Pending Feature Options

Pending Feature Options will eventually be enabled for all Canvas users. Use your beta environment to learn about these new Feature Options for your course. You'll have advanced notice in Upcoming Canvas Changes regarding enforcement dates.


Feature Option 

Summary

Configuration

Release Notes

Account and Course Level Outcome Mastery Scales

Account and Course Level Outcome Mastery Scales allows setting account and course-level mastery scales and calculation methods; replacing ratings and calculation methods.

Must be configured by a Customer Success Manager (CSM)

Canvas Release Notes (2020-12-19)

New Quizzes

The New Quizzes LTI is an assessment engine that integrates with Canvas and will replace Classic Quizzes functionality. 

Account (Disabled/Unlocked

Canvas Release Notes (2018-07-14)

Calendar Event Title Tooltip

Calendar Event Title Tooltip displays a tooltip for calendar events if the title doesn't fit on a single line

Account (Disabled)

Canvas Deploy Notes (2022-06-22)



Optional Features

Some account features are only available in the Feature Options tab in Account Settings after being configured by a Customer Success Manager. Additionally, only admins who have permission to view Feature Options can view the Feature Options tab.


Feature Option

Summary

Configuration

Release Notes

Allow Outcome Extra Credit

Allow Outcome Extra Credit allows instructors to award more than the maximum possible score on an outcome in a rubric. 

Account (Disabled/Unlocked)

Canvas Release Notes (2018-04-21)

Apply Score to Ungraded Assignments

Apply Score to Ungraded allows instructors to apply scores to ungraded artifacts en masse from assignment group and Total column menus in the Gradebook.

Account (Disabled/Unlocked)

Canvas Release Notes (2022-04-16)

Anonymous Grading

Anonymous Grading requires all course assignments to be graded anonymously in SpeedGrader. 

Account/Course (Disabled/Unlocked)

Canvas Release Notes (2015-12-19)

Anonymous Instructor Annotations

Anonymous Instructor Annotations allows instructors to create assignments with anonymous instructor annotations in DocViewer-supported submissions.

Account/Course (Disabled/Unlocked)

Canvas Release Notes (2018-10-06)

Canvas Elementary Theming

Canvas Elementary Theming allows Canvas courses that do not already have a customized Course Navigation menu, to view a simplified Course Navigation menu. 

Account (Disabled/Unlocked)

Canvas Release Notes (2020-05-16)

Confetti for On-Time Submissions

Confetti for On-Time Submissions allows students to see confetti when they submit assignments on time. 

Account (Disabled/Unlocked)

Canvas Release Notes (2020-04-18)

Confetti for Valid links

Confetti for Valid Links allows instructors to see confetti when they run the link validator on a course and no issues are found.

Account (Disabled/Unlocked)

Canvas Release Notes (2020-05-16)

Check Permissions when Masquerading as Course Admins

Check Permissions when Masquerading as Course Admins ensures users masquerading as Course Admin roles (Teacher/TA/Designer base role) that the masquerading user has all of the same (or more) permissions as the target user.

Account (Disabled/Unlocked)

Canvas Release Notes (2022-04-16)

Content Security Policy

Content Security Policy allows admins to enable the Security tab in Account Settings to manage the Content Security Policy for an account.

Account (Disabled/Unlocked)

Canvas Release Notes (2019-04-20)

Emojis in Submission Comments

Emojis in Submission Comments adds an emoji picker that allows students and teachers to add emojis to their submission comments.

Account (Disabled/Unlocked)

Canvas Release Notes (2022-04-16)

Enable New SIS Integration Settings

Enable New SIS integration Settings allows you to manage SIS validations and assignment sync settings for all subaccounts and courses. 

Must be configured by a Customer Success Manager (CSM)

Canvas Release Notes (2017-04-22)

Encrypted Sourcedids for Basic Outcomes

Encrypted Sourcedids for Basic Outcomes allows lis_result_sourcedids to be encrypted. This parameter is part of the LTI IMS specification used in grade passback integrations and historically includes a combination of known information such as course id, tool id, and assignment id.

Account (Disabled)

Canvas Release Notes (2018-01-06)

ePub Exporting

ePub Exporting allows all users to download a course as an ePub file. 

Account (Disabled/Unlocked)

Canvas Release Notes (2015-12-19)

External Collaborations Tool

External Collaborations Tool allows users to view an updated interface for Collaborations when an institution has added the Google Apps LTI or the Microsoft LTI.

Account (Disabled/Unlocked)

Canvas Release Notes (2016-12-10)

Final Grade Override

The Final Grade Override allows instructors to manually enter a final grade for a student in the Gradebook different from the grade automatically calculated by Canvas.

Account/Course (Disabled/Unlocked)

Canvas Release Notes (2019-02-16)

K-12 Specific Features

K-12 Specific Features allows you to display the Global Navigation icons in K-12 specific branding. This feature can be used for customization in the Theme Editor.

Must be configured by a Customer Success Manager (CSM)

No Notes Available.

Released 2014-08-16.

Learning Mastery Gradebook

The Learning Mastery (Outcome) Gradebook helps you and your instructors assess the outcomes that are being used in Canvas courses.

Account/Course (Disabled/Unlocked)

No Notes Available.

Released 2014-03-01

Microsoft Group Enrollment Syncing

In collaboration with Microsoft’s release of multiple new apps for Canvas, course rosters can be synced with Microsoft Teams.

This Feature Option displays in the Integrations Tab

Canvas Release Notes (2021-07-17)

Microsoft Immersive Reader

The Microsoft Immersive Reader enhances accessibility and comprehension for any reader. 

Account (Disabled)

Canvas Release Notes (2019-11-16)

Moderated Grading

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.

Account/Course (Disabled/Unlocked)

Canvas Release Notes (2018-07-14)

New User Tutorial

New User Tutorial allows new instructors to view a course set-up tutorial to help them easily set up a course in Canvas.

Account (Disabled)

Canvas Release Notes (2017-04-22)

Product Tours

Product Tours enables a welcome tour for admins, teachers, and students that guides them through Canvas features that are vital to their user role. 

Account (Disabled)

Canvas Release Notes (2020-04-04)

Quiz Log Auditing

Quiz Log Auditing allows instructors to investigate problems that a student may have when taking a quiz. 

Account/Course (Disabled/Unlocked)

No Notes Available.

Released 2015-01-31

Rich Content Editor Icon Maker

Rich Content Editor Icon Maker allows users to manage a library of custom icons from the RCE.

Account (Disabled)

Canvas Release Notes (2022-04-16)

Student Learning Mastery Gradebook

The Student Learning Mastery Gradebook shows students how they are being scored against outcomes being used in Canvas courses.

Account/Course (Disabled/Unlocked)

No Notes Available.

Released  2014-07-12

View Ungraded as Zero View in Gradebook

View Ungraded as Zero View in Gradebook adds the View Ungraded as 0 option to the View menu in the Gradebook. 

Account (Disabled/Unlocked)

Canvas Release Notes (2021-02-20)



Default Optional Features

The following optional features currently default to On for each account. Admins who have permission to manage Feature Options can opt out of the following features by accessing the Feature Options tab in Account Settings.


Feature Option

Summary

Release Notes

Allow Sub-Account Selection when Users Manually Create Courses

Allow Sub-Account Selection when Users Manually Create Courses lets admins decide where manually-created courses should be located in the account.

Canvas Release Notes (2021-11-20)

Automatic Mobile App Login

Automatic Mobile App Login allows applications that rely on Canvas webviews to direct to the Canvas app.

Canvas Deploy Notes (2021-05-26)

Comment Library

Comment Library allows users with grading permissions to save and search frequently used feedback in a library of comments to be used in SpeedGrader.

Canvas Release Notes (2021-06-19)

Default Due Time

Default Due Time adds an account/course setting for a default due time for new assignments

Canvas Release Notes (2022-04-16)

Embedded Release Notes

Embedded Release Notes adds release note links to the Help Menu for users with admin, instructor, TA, and/or observer roles. 

Canvas Release Notes (2021-06-19)

Improved Outcomes Management

The Improved Outcomes Management feature provides admins and instructors with improved outcomes creation, navigation, search, and import experiences.

Canvas Release Notes (2021-09-18)


Canvas Release Notes (2022-07-16)

Outcome Average Calculation Method

The Outcome Average Calculation Method allows users to use the average as a calculation method for a given outcome.

Canvas Release Notes (2022-07-16)

Self Service User Merge

Self Service User Merge allows users with the necessary permissions to merge accounts. 

Canvas Deploy Notes (2021-06-23)



Feature Previews

The following account and course feature options are feature previews, which means they are in active development. 

Enabling one of these features provides early access to ongoing improvements, and all updates to the feature are displayed automatically in the Production environment.

User Groups

Customers who choose to enable a feature preview in the Production environment should join the user group and subscribe to the change log to stay current with upcoming features and their release dates.


Feature Preview 

Summary

Configuration

Release Notes

User Group

Assignment Enhancements

Assignment Enhancements allows supported student assignments to display an improved interface and submission workflow.

Account (Disabled/Unlocked)

Canvas Release Notes (2020-01-18)

Assignment Enhancement User Group

Course Pacing

Course Pacing distributes due dates on a defined pace for rolling enrollments.

Account (Disabled/Unlocked)

Canvas Deploy Notes (2022-04-27)

Course Pacing User Group

Discussions/Announcement Redesign

Discussion and Announcement Redesign allows topics to display an updated design with small usability enhancements.

Account/Course (Disabled/Unlocked)

Canvas Release Notes (2021-06-19)

Discussions/Announcements Redesign User Group

Enhanced Gradebook Filters

Enhanced Gradebook Filters allows enhanced filtering options in the Canvas Gradebook.

Account (Disabled/Unlocked)

Canvas Deploy Notes (2022-03-02)

Gradebook Filters User Group

New Course and User Analytics

New Course and User Analytics allows users to use and preview New Analytics in their courses before they replace the current course and user analytics functionality. 

Account/Course (Disabled/Unlocked)

Canvas Release Notes (2019-10-19)

New Analytics User Group

New Quizzes

The New Quizzes LTI is an assessment engine that integrates with Canvas and will replace Classic Quizzes functionality. 

Account/Course (Disabled/Unlocked)

Canvas Release Notes (2018-07-14)

New Quizzes User Group

New Quizzes Migration during Course Import/Copy

Allows the New Quizzes checkbox option to display as part of the Import Content page. 

Must be configured by a Customer Success Manager (CSM)

Beta Only

Beta Release Notes (2021-12-22)

New Quizzes Transition User Group

New Quizzes Migration Enabled by Default 

Allows the New Quizzes checkbox option to be selected in the Import Content page by default. 

Must be configured by a Customer Success Manager (CSM)

Beta Only

Beta Release Notes (2021-12-22)

New Quizzes Transition User Group

New Quizzes Migration Required 

Selects the New Quizzes checkbox by default. Users who are importing content are required to import all existing quizzes as New Quizzes.

Must be configured by a Customer Success Manager (CSM)

Beta Only

Beta Release Notes (2021-12-22)

New Quizzes Transition User Group



 

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