New Canvas Features & Updates

Canvas regularly adds new features and updates existing features based on the input they receive from users. This page will always contain a list of the latest changes to Canvas, as well as information about features you may want to consider adding to your course. For more information about new features, updates, and fixed bugs see the Canvas Release Notes web page.

September 21, 2019 Update

Updated Features, September 21, 2019

  • The Announcements page includes an updated design and several feature enhancements, including announcements by section.

March 10, 2018 Update

Updated Features, March 10, 2018

  • Announcements page includes an updated design and several feature enhancements, including announcements by section.

February 17, 2018 Update

Updated Features, February 17, 2018

January 27, 2018 Update

Updated Features, January 27, 2018

  • Blueprint Courses - When a course is associated with a Blueprint Course, the associated course displays a link to the Blueprint Course in Course Settings.
  • New Gradebook (beta) - In the New Gradebook, the Enter Grades as menu allows the assignment grade to be entered and viewed in a different format than the default display for the assignment.
  • Decorative Image Checkbox - When a user clicks the Embed Images icon and selects an image source, the Attributes section displays a decorative image checkbox, which indicates the image is for decorative purposes.

January 6, 2018 Update

Updated Features, January 6, 2018 

  • New Gradebook (beta) - Late policies allows instructors to automatically apply grading rules for late and missing submissions in their courses. 
  • Images Alt Text Field - In the Content Selector, when a user opens the Images tab and selects an image to upload, the sidebar displays a text field to add alternative text for the image.
  • Rubric Criterion Points now allow instructors to provide extra credit through rubric criteria.

December 9, 2017 Update

Updated Features, December 9, 2017

  • Assignments - The Assignment Group Settings menu includes a Move Content option, which moves all assignment content items in an assignment group to another group.
  • Groups - Instructors can view the inactive label for students within a student group. 
  • Languages - Italian (Italiano) has been added as an available language in Canvas.

November 18, 2017 Update

Updated Features, November 18. 2017

  • New Gradebook - The New Gradebook is a beta feature that allows instructors to view an improved version of the Gradebook; contact for more information.
  • Module Items Duplication - Assignments, graded discussions, and pages can be duplicated within a module. 
  • Rubrics - Criteria can be duplicated within a rubric. This feature allows instructors and course designers to easily copy and modify existing criteria.
  • Conversations - Users can select multiple conversations to archive, delete, mark as read, mark as unread, or star at the same time. 

October 28, 2017 Update

Updated Features, October 28, 2017

  • Accessibility Checker - A new tool verifies content created within the Rich Content Editor according to 10 accessibility rules.
  • Discussion Duplication - Discussions can be duplicated in the Discussions page or the Assignments page. 
  • Gradebook History Filters - The Gradebook History page allows instructors to view all grade changes in the course and now includes display filters for a specific student, grader, assignment, and start and end date. 

October 7, 2017 Update

Updated Features, October 7, 2017

  • Student Late and Missing Status Labels - For students, the submission details page and student Grades page no longer display labels for missing or late submissions. For instructors, SpeedGrader has not been affected and continues to display missing and late labels for online assignments.
  • Rubric Criterion Range - Rubric criterions can include a point range instead of just an individual point value. 
  • DocViewer Delete Icon - In DocViewer, when a user creates an annotation, the Delete icon displays above the annotation.

2017-10-07 New Feature Screencast from Canvas LMS on Vimeo.

September 16, 2017 Update

Updated Features, September 16, 2017

  • Conferences - Enhancements have been made to the interface, presentation features, user roles, public chat, full screen mode,  whiteboard, and shared notes.
  • Course Import - After a content file import, the imported file displays as a file download in the Current Jobs section. The imported file expires after 500 days and can no longer be downloaded. Previously the files had no expiration date.
  • Notifications - When users view course notifications in their email, all notifications are sent from the course name. This change helps students more easily identify notifications from a specific course. 

2017-09-16 New Feature Screencast from Canvas LMS on Vimeo.

August 26, 2017 Update

Updated Features, August 26, 2017 

August 5, 2017 Update

Updated Features, August 5, 2017

July 15, 2017 Update

New Features, July 15, 2017

  • Assignment Duplication - Assignments can be duplicated in the Assignments index page. (Assignments currently cannot be duplicated for discussions and quizzes.)
  • Pages Duplication - Pages can be duplicated in the Pages index page. 
  • Conferences - Observer Invitations - Observers can be invited to participate in course conferences with all course members or individually.

June 24, 2017 Update

 New Feature, June 24, 2017

  • Blueprint Courses - allows for the creation of course design templates with locked objects, with the ability to sync to apply updates to courses using the template.
  • Canvas DocViewer - replaces the Crocodoc annotation tools in Canvas Speedgrader.

June 3, 2017 Update

Updated Feature, June 3, 2017

May 13, 2017  Update

New & Updated Feature, May 13, 2017

  • Dashboard - Color Overlay - Users have the option to remove the color overlay from course cards. However, the color still displays in the More Options circle in the upper-right corner of each card.
  • Pages - Front Page Individual Setting - The settings for each page now includes the option to Use as Front Page. The Front Page still can be set from the Pages index.

April 22, 2017 Update

New & Updated Feature, April 22, 2017


  • New Instructor Tutorials - Course set-up "tutorials" replace the course set-up checklist; this feature has not yet been implemented at SRJC.
  • Dashboard View Menu - The Dashboard toggle has been updated to a settings drop-down menu to switch between Recent Activity and Course Cards.
  • People - Pending Enrollments View - When a user is manually added to a course, the pending enrollment only shows the name of the user, the user’s section, and role. Additional information (email address, login ID, or SIS ID) will show once the user accepts the enrollment invitation.

April 1, 2017 Update

New & Updated Feature, April 1, 2017s


  • Modules - ​Course Content Export - A new feature allows course content to be downloaded and viewed offline. Students are able to export modules as zip files and open them as html files offline.
  • Calendar - Scheduler Workflow - Instructors can create Appointment Groups to manage appointment slots.
  • Chat - Chat Enhancements - Course instructors are identified by a label in chat. Users can add emojis in their messages. Instructors can delete chat messages.
  • Student Context Card - Graded Item Assignment Names - When an instructor hovers over a graded item on a Student Context Card, the name of the assignment displays.

March 11, 2017 Update

 Updated Features

  • Rich Content Editor  - A new feature to "link to a new page" creates a placeholder link for a new Canvas page until you add content and publish the new page.
  • People  - You can copy and paste multiple email addresses from a spreadsheet at once to add new users to a course. 
  • SpeedGrader  - When an instructor unmutes an assignment in Speedgrader, Canvas displays a warning indicating that the grades and feedback will be visible to all students.

February 18, 2017

  New & Updated Features

January 28, 2017 Update

Updated Features

  • Accounts  - Context Cards show details for students in a sidebar window.
  • Assignments  - Group Assignments options now allow instructors to specifically limit groups to users within a specific section. 
  • Course Imports   - SCORM content is included when copying or exporting a Canvas course.
  • Dashboard  - After the due date for an assignment, it will no longer display in the To Do list for students.
  • Pages  - When instructors view the course home page, the announcement display is now the same view that their students will see in the home page. Delayed announcements do not display until the date set for each announcement.
  • Quizzes  - The option to "Let Students See Their Quiz Responses" now includes the explanation that incorrect questions will be marked in student feedback.

January 7, 2017 Update

December 10, 2016 Update

November 19, 2016 Update

October 29, 2016 Update

New Features

Updated Features

October 8, 2016 Update

Updated Features


September 2016 Update

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