Upcoming Features

Preview New Canvas Features on Instructure's website: what's in development and what has been recently released.


Gradescope is a suite of tools designed to make grading more consistent, fair, and efficient. It's very helpful for large-enrollment courses, but instructors with many different course types may benefit. Take a look at our FAQ for more information, and for instructions on adding Gradescope to your Canvas course site. 

Sections in Canvas

If you teach multiple course sections you now have many new options to manage assignments, grades and communications by section. We've also updated and renamed the "Manage Assistants" tool to allow you to add a teaching assistant to specific sections. Check out our Sections FAQ and our Add TA FAQ for more information.


This new tool allows Canvas users to voice-record their names so that instructors and classmates can hear the name and say it right. Recording one’s name is entirely optional, and users can re-record at any time. Look for NameCoach in the Canvas course menu, and in your user profile. See our Canvas FAQ for instructions on using NameCoach.

Gradebook enhancements

Instructure has released the first of several gradebook enhancements: the Gradebook History page now has multiple filters, improved performance, and unlimited display of all grade changes in the course. See details on what's available now as well as future gradebook enhancements.

Mobile Teacher app 

The new Canvas mobile app for Teachers provides quick access to grading, communicating, and updating—three of the most frequent course facilitation tasks for teachers through Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, and Quizzes. Canvas Teacher is available for both Android and iOS devices. More details here

Inactive enrollments

Starting in June 2017, OSU instructors may see inactive enrollments in their Canvas gradebooks, and on the People page. These are students who dropped the course on or after the first day of the term. Instructors can view Last Date of Attendance, grades, and assignment submissions. This is helpful when reviewing participation in a section if a student switches to a different section. The People page displays inactive enrollments for the duration of the term; we are hopeful that Canvas will provide a way to edit this page so you can show or hide inactive enrollments as needed. Inactive enrollments are not visible to students; once student drops a course, they no longer have access to the Canvas site.

Accessibilty Check

In June 2017 OSU introduced Accessbility Check (also known as UDOIT). This tool allows instructors to quickly identify and fix common accessibility issues in their Canvas course content. See more about Accessibilty Check and how to enable it in your course site in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Requests for Canvas

Did you ever wish Canvas did XYZ? Or wonder why in the world it doesn’t do ABC? Instructure has an online community for users to submit ideas, with a defined voting process. The OSU Canvs team will submit a request for you (we start by checking if anyone has already submitted a similar request). Just send us an email: Canvas@oregonstate.edu

If there’s a tool or system you’d like to integrate with Canvas, the Learn@OregonState Advisory Committee meets regularly to review requests. We evaluate proposed integrations for any impact to contracts, data security, accessibility and user training and support. You may download a request form, describe your request, and submit it to Canvas@oregonstate.edu

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