Ever wonder what Instructure is working on now?

Below is the collection of projects and features that are currently in development.

Two Decimals in Total Column

When displaying percentages in the total column in gradebook, we’re adding the ability display two decimal places.



RCE Upgrade

We are currently upgrading to TinyMCE, version 4.1.7.

Hosted Data Service

An analytics and reporting capability for Institutions using Canvas, the Hosted Data Service will include institution and log data, allowing virtually any data query and enabling the institution to add any ODBC-compliant analytics tool to generate custom reports.

Updatable Objects

Users will be able to update content in Commons and then users who imported that content will be notified with the option to update the content from the template

Google Integration Support

The Canvas integration with Google will be updated to use the new Google Drive API v2. This enhancement will also include fixes for some of the Google integration bugs


Teachers will be able to import SCORM packages as assignments. For most SCORM packages, the grades from completed assignments will sync with the gradebook.

Trust Relationships

We are improving the way that students take courses from trusted partner schools

LTI 2.0

We’re implementing the IMS LTI 2.0 standard into Canvas. If you are interested in developing and testing an LTI 2.0 capable tool please ask to be put in touch with the Partner Solutions and Platform Development Team.

Excuse an Assignment v1

Instructors will be able to excuse an individual assignment from a student’s total grade.

Multiple Grading Periods

Institutions can display more than one semester or term in the Gradebook, including year-long courses.

Gradebook Performance

The Gradebook will load data more quickly for all courses through architectural enhancements, which will specifically benefit data management in large courses.


Average Quiz Attempts

In addition to keeping the last or highest Quiz scores, instructors will be able to choose to average all attempts into the kept quiz score.

Magic Outcomes

Instructors will be able to link an Assessment to an Outcome from the Outcomes interface.  Rubrics will be auto-magically created or updated as the instructor chooses.


Student Learning Mastery GB – Hover

Users will be able to hover over an Outcome on the student mastery gradebook and see calculation options and progress over time.


Android SpeedGrader™ Multimedia Comments

Instructors will be able to leave audio/video feedback on student submissions.

Granular Differentiated Assignments

Expanding the functionality provided with section differentiation, instructors will be able to require sections, individual students, or a combination of both complete specific tasks.

Canvas iOS Quizzes

The Canvas iOS app will have quizzes as part of the native app experience, without redirecting to the mobile browser.  Initially, native quizzes will support multiple choice and essay question types.


Mobile SpeedGrader™

Android users will now have their own app and iOS users will get an update.  This will include new UI, functionality, and workflows.

Outcomes Calculation Options

Several calculation options will be added to Canvas Outcomes to enable more choices about how mastery is shown in the Learning Mastery GradeBook.  In addition to the current Highest score option, Latest, Decaying Average, and #N Minimum Scores will be available.

Mobile app: Calendar

The Android and iOS Canvas apps will have a new Calendar feature that shows events and assignments for all current courses in one place.

Mobile Push Notifications

The mobile apps are being plugged into Canvas’ robust notifications infrastructure. Canvas users will receive immediate notifications of items that are pushed directly to their devices.

K12 SIS Integration

Admins will be able to create tight integrations with major K12 student information systems to provide a more seamless experience with Canvas.


Quiz API

The Quiz API will be a comprehensive and robust API for the Quiz tool in Canvas and will allow creation, update, inquiry, and deletion of quiz-related content.

Android SpeedGrader™ Link

Instructors will be able to open the SpeedGrader from an Assignment in Canvas.  If the SpeedGrader isn’t on the device, instructors will be sent to the PlayStore.

Completed Projects

Jan 31, 2015

Quiz Log Auditing

Instructors and admins will have a new way to view students’ click-by-click progress through a quiz.

Jan 17, 2015

User Bios & Sent Messages for Android (4.0.2)

Android users are able to view the Sent messages folder within Conversations, and if profiles are allowed by their institution, users can add a biography to their profiles.

Jan 13, 2015

SpeedGrader for Android (1.0)

SpeedGrader is now available for Android devices. This app is designed in conjunction with the Canvas by Instructure app and helps instructors grade assignments, quizzes, and discussions at any time on their mobile devices.

Download the SpeedGrader app in the Play Store. Version 1.0 requires Android 4.0.3 or later.

Jan 10, 2015

Post Grades to SIS: PowerSchool

Canvas now supports full SIS integration for PowerSchool. This integration allows instructors using PowerSchool as their institution’s SIS to pass Gradebook information back to PowerSchool and can be enabled on both account and subaccount levels.

Dec 20, 2014

Updated Open Standards

As part of our ongoing support for open standards that make educational applications, content, and data “plug and play,” Canvas will be updated to the IMS Global CC 1.3 and QTI 2 standards.

Dec 20, 2014


Institutions who utilize Box for file management and sharing will be able to use the Box LTI tool with Canvas features such as modules, pages, assignment submissions, and course navigation. This tool is available via the Canvas App Center. For more details check out the app listing on

Dec 20, 2014

Groups Updates

Users will have a new less-clicky way to navigate to course groups.  Instructors will have a way to assign a student group leader who will be able to manage some administrative groups tasks.

Dec 20, 2014

Files Update

For an improved file management experience, files is being redesigned to add more sortable metadata columns and a search box that will make it easier to find and manage files.

Dec 20, 2014

Differentiated Assignments

Instructors will have the flexibility to differentiate assignments between sections and select which sections are required to complete specific tasks.

Dec 17, 2014

Redesigned Canvas for Android

App has improved navigation for a unified tablet and phone experience. New features include:
• Material Design
• New Grades page
• Pinned Discussions and
• New pixel art

Dec 06, 2014

Quiz Stats

The quiz statistics page is being redesigned to provide more consumable and actionable information about student performance.  (And it will also be a lot more beautiful!)

Nov 08, 2014

Moderate Quiz Updates

The Moderate Quiz page has an updated design for a cleaner look. Additionally, the page also adds functionality for improving outstanding quiz verifications for large courses.

Oct 18, 2014

Calendar: Completed Assignments

On the Calendar, students can view their submitted assignments as part of any Calendar view. When an assignment is submitted, the assignment is crossed out. For instructors, a crossed out assignment on the Calendar indicates an assignment that is past the due date and no grading is needed.

Sep 27, 2014

Quiz Regrade Gradebook History

Instructors can view scores for regraded quizzes in the Gradebook history. This feature allows instructors to view all grading events in the same location and see historical data for any regraded quizzes. The Gradebook history shows how many changes were made and the before and after quiz scores.

Sep 19, 2014

Canvas (iPhone, iPad): Favorites and Reminders

Users can modify course favorites directly in the app. Also, students can set reminders for specific assignments so they don’t forget to turn them in!

Sep 06, 2014

Gradebook: Movable Total Column

Instructors can move the Total column to the front of the Gradebook to quickly see an overview of student progress in the course. This option is located in the Total Column drop-down menu and is persistent according to browser. The Total Column can be moved back to the end of the Gradebook at any time.

Sep 06, 2014

Peer Review Indicators

When an instructor assigns a peer review to a graded discussion, the Discussions Index Page displays the peer review icon next to the name of the graded discussion. The Global Dashboard and Course Dashboard sidebars will also show this indication if the assigned student has posted a discussion. This notification icon appears in both instructor and student views

Aug 28, 2014

Canvas (Android and iOS): School Login Search

Search for your school name at login rather than having to know your school’s domain! (If your school isn’t in the list, don’t worry…you can still type in your school’s domain.) 

Aug 22, 2014

Canvas Polls (Android): Timers, Drafts, and Improved Flow

In this update, we’ve added a timer to active polls for instructors and added the ability to save a poll as a draft. The update also has several minor design updates thanks to user feedback (thank you!). 

Aug 16, 2014

Quiz Results Restrictions

Instructors can select a new quiz option that lets students view the quiz results only once after each attempt. Instructors can use the Moderate Quiz feature to grant individual students additional views to their quiz results.

Aug 14, 2014

Canvas iPhone / iPad Unification

User interface and Navigation are more unified between the iPhone and iPad versions of the Canvas App, making for a more consistent experience between web and mobile.

Aug 05, 2014

Android app available on Kindle Fire

Users can now use the Canvas by Instructure Android app  on Kindle Fire tablets and the Kindle Fire phone. Download the Canvas by Instructure app in the Amazon Store.

Jul 31, 2014

Android Media Submissions

Students can upload video and audio files to media submission assignments.

Jul 31, 2014

Android What-if Grades

One of the most popular student features on the web is available on Android. Predict how individual grades will affect your total grade.

Jul 26, 2014

Improved Parent Linking

The parent self-linking currently available to new users will be available to existing users.  Parents will also have a new way to view which students they’re linked to.

Jul 26, 2014

Document Previewing

Canvas’ baked-in document previewer will be updated with a new look and feel.  Full-screen viewing will also be added.

Jul 12, 2014

Student Mastery Reporting (Student)

Students will see the results of outcomes broken down by activities. This feature will allow students to understand outcomes mastery within their courses and easily identify activities that need additional attention. Students will have great insight into the outcomes they have mastered or are still working to perfect.

Jul 08, 2014

Android Course Favorites

Android users can now modify course favorites directly in the app.

Jun 26, 2014


Revolutionary new way to record live outcomes performance.  Tracks opportunities to respond, is integrated with Canvas, and sends mastery data to the Outcomes Gradebook.  Available for the iPad.

Jun 26, 2014

Mobile Polls

Instant poll creation and delivery integrated with your Canvas course.  Students can reply from Android and iOS mobile devices.  Teachers get instant feedback about student responses.

Jun 18, 2014

Moodle 2.x Course Import

The Course Import Tool will support Moodle 2.x course cartridge files and import assignments, quizzes, files, pages, books, glossary items, and sections to modules and links.

Jun 14, 2014

Learning Mastery Individual View

The Individual View of the Learning Mastery Gradebook  allows instructors to assess one student and one outcome at a time. Fully accessible to screen readers, this Gradebook view allows instructors to sort by section and outcome and contains all the same settings that are available in the Learning Mastery Gradebook Grid View.

May 24, 2014

Individual View Gradebook

This Gradebook view allows instructors to sort by section and assignment and contains all the same settings that are available in the original Grid View Gradebook, while being fully accessible to screen readers.

May 24, 2014

Files API

The Files API will enhance existing functionality as well as provide API support for new functionality such as last editor, used/available storage, and sorting.

May 22, 2014


Canvas users will be able to participate in Canvas Groups within the iPhone app and have access to Discussions, Pages, and Files. The app allows users to save multiple logins on the device and jump between them easily. Dropbox can be used from within the app to submit files to assignments.

May 06, 2014

Android Groups

Canvas users will be able to participate in Canvas Groups within the Android tablet app and have access to Discussions, Pages, and Files.

May 03, 2014

4.0 Grading Scale

Instructors will now have the option to use a 4.0 grading scale on assignments.  This grading option will make it easier for middle school through college level instructors by eliminating translation to a 4.0 scale.

Apr 24, 2014

iPad Modules

Canvas users will be able to view and complete course modules within the Canvas iPad app.

Apr 24, 2014

iPad Groups

Canvas users will be able to participate in Canvas Groups within the iPad app and have access to Discussions, Pages, and Files.

Apr 18, 2014

Android Tablet

Canvas is bringing its mobile platform to Android Tablets featuring an intuitive interface with navigation that mimics the web version of Canvas courses.

Apr 12, 2014

User Profile Picture Uploader

Canvas users will have a new tool to add or edit pictures to their profiles. Users will be able upload existing pictures from their computer or take a new picture, and users with Gravatar accounts can import their existing Gravatars.