Canvas features and tool integrations

Canvas offers numerous tools and features to save time and to enhance teaching and learning at UBC. During the soft launch phase, the Learning Technology Environment Renewal team has been working to integrate Canvas with many of the same external tools that instructors have been using with Connect. Canvas also comes with numerous internal tools that can expand your teaching options.

External tool integrations

Like Connect, Canvas can be integrated with numerous external tools, such as iClicker, Kaltura, and Piazza. As UBC continues the process of implementing Canvas, more integrations will continue to be made available.

The working timeline below shows when external tool integrations with Canvas are expected to be complete. Please note that this timeline is under development, and the projected completion dates could change. If you have questions about using a specific tool with Canvas, please contact the Learning Technology Hub.

ToolDescriptionAnticipated timeline for integration with CanvasCurrent status
ComPAIRA peer assessment and feedback application. Students answer a question posed by the instructor and then compare and respond to peers' responses. View the ComPAIR tool guide.Before Winter 2017/18 Term 1Done
EdXProvides as a platform for UBC MOOCs and supports a platform called Edge that can be used in for-credit UBC courses. Both edX and Edge provide a course authoring tool called Studio. Before Winter 2017/18 Term 1Done
iClickerWireless handheld devices that allow students to respond individually to in-class polls and quizzes, sending instant responses from the whole class to the instructor's computer. View the iClicker tool guide.Before Winter 2017/18 Term 1Done
Kaltura (Video Share)A system for recording, uploading, sharing, storing, and searching videos. View the Kaltura tool guide.Before Winter 2017/18 Term 1Done
Library Online Course Reserves (LOCR)A system for requesting and managing course reserves. Instructors use the application to request a list of course materials, and enrolled students receive access to those materials. View the LOCR tool guide.During Winter 2017/18 Term 1Done
Piazza An online question-and-answer application that instructors can use to encourage written discussions. Piazza supports wiki-like collaboration, post endorsing, anonymous posting, and polling. View the Piazza tool guide.Before Winter 2017/18 Term 1Done
Blackboard Collaborate A real-time video conferencing tool that lets you add files, share applications, and interact using a virtual whiteboard.There are no current plans to integrate Canvas with Blackboard Collaborate. However, this may be explored in future.Blackboard Collaborate can be used independently of Canvas
Collaborative Learning Annotation System (CLAS)A specialized online media player for recording, sharing, annotating, and commenting on videos.Before Winter 2017/18 Term 2In progress
CoursEvalUBC's online survey application for setting up and receiving confidential student evaluations of UBC courses and instructors.Before Winter 2017/18 Term 2In progress
CrowdmarkAn online collaborative grading and analytics platform.Tentative goal: Before Winter 2017/18 Term 2-
GroupBuilderA tool that enables instructors to create customized groups based on columns in the Grade Center such as area of study, year of study, and grades.Before Winter 2017/18 Term 2In progress
iPeerAn application that allows instructors to develop rubric-based peer evaluations, review and release student comments, and analyze evaluation results.Before Winter 2017/18 Term 2In progress
MediaSiteMediaSite is a lecture-capture platform that allows instructors to create digital recordings of multimedia-rich presentations.Tentative goal: Before Winter 2017/18 Term 2-
peerScholarA peer assessment tool that enables students to provide anonymous feedback on each others' work and facilitates critical reflection.Tentative goal: Before Winter 2017/18 Term 2-
TurnitinA suite of tools for improving student writing that includes checking the originality of writing to prevent plagiarism and providing detailed instructor and peer feedback.Tentative goal: Before Winter 2017/18 Term 2-
UBC BlogsAn interactive weblogging platform that allows instructors and students to use WordPress to create content including course websites, group blogs, and personal portfolios.Before Winter 2017/18 Term 2In progress
VoiceThreadVoiceThread allows users to upload, share, and discuss documents, images, audio files, and videos.TBD-
WeBWorkAn online assignment and quiz application for math and science. Students receive instant feedback and instructors can allow for multiple attempts until a student finds the correct solution.Before Winter 2017/18 Term 2In progress
WilloWillo enables the use of integrations from publishers such as Pearson and Macmillan.Before Winter 2017/18 Term 2In progress

Internal Canvas tools

Canvas comes preloaded with numerous useful internal tools. Each of the following internal tools is now ready to go in Canvas:

  • SpeedGrader allows you to view, score, and provide audio, video or written feedback on student submissions. And using the Canvas mobile app, you can grade on the go.
  • Notification preferences can be adapted to suit your preferences. For each type of course notification—announcements, due date changes, discussion replies, and more—you can control how often you receive notifications.
  • The chat tool allows students and teachers to interact in real time.
  • A syllabus is automatically generated for each course, based on assignments and events within that course. The syllabus area in Canvas allows instructors not only to post the content of their syllabus, but also displays an assignments summary section displaying all assignments (Quizzes, Discussions, Assignments).
  • Conversations is the messaging tool used instead of email to communicate with a course, an individual student, or a group of students.
  • Pages are used to store course content and other educational resources. All Canvas Pages are actually “wiki” pages! So the Pages feature serves the same function as a dedicated wiki tool. Benefits include revisions history and shared authoring between student and instructors.
  • Modules allow you to organize course content, creating a one-directional linear flow that guides students through the path they should take in your course.
  • ePortfolios allow users to collect and document educational projects, submissions, experiences, and other work. This content can be made public or private.

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