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. See the list below for all implemented and planned external tool integrations.
Internal Canvas tools
Canvas comes preloaded with numerous useful internal tools. Each of the following internal tools is 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.
Tool descriptions adapted from the Canvas guides.
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 check out the tool guides on the Learning Technology Hub website or contact the Learning Technology Hub.
|Tool||Description||Anticipated timeline for integration with Canvas||Current status|
|Collaborative Learning Annotation System (CLAS)||A specialized online media player for recording, sharing, annotating, and commenting on videos.||Please contact Arts ISIT (email@example.com) for more information.||Limited Release|
|ComPAIR||A 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 1||Done|
|CoursEval||UBC's online survey application for setting up and receiving confidential student evaluations of UBC courses and instructors. View the CoursEval tool guide.||Before Winter 2017/18 Term 2||Done|
|EdX||Provides edX.org 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. View the EdX tool guide.||Before Winter 2017/18 Term 1||Done|
|iClicker||Wireless 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 1||Done|
|iPeer||An application that allows instructors to develop rubric-based peer evaluations, review and release student comments, and analyze evaluation results. You can access iPeer at ipeer.elearning.ubc.ca (rather than through Canvas). View the iPeer tool guide .||Before Winter 2017/18 Term 2||Done|
|Kaltura (Video Share)||A system for recording, uploading, sharing, storing, and searching videos. View the Kaltura tool guide.||Before Winter 2017/18 Term 1||Done|
|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 1||Done|
|LockDown Browser||LockDown Browser (by Respondus) is a custom browser designed to prevents students from using authorized materials during online tests. View the LockDown Browser tool guide.||During Winter Term 2||Done|
|peerScholar||A peer assessment tool that enables students to provide anonymous feedback on each others' work and facilitates critical reflection.||A number of instructors are piloting peerScholar throughout the 2017/18 academic year. An evaluation coinciding with the pilot will help determine if an institutional license should be purchased going forward. Learn more.||Limited Release|
|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 1||Done|
|UBC Blogs||An interactive weblogging platform that allows instructors and students to use WordPress to create content including course websites, group blogs, and personal portfolios. View the UBC Blogs tool guide.||Before Winter 2017/18 Term 2||Done|
|WeBWorK||An 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. View the WeBWorK tool guide.||Before Winter 2017/18 Term 2||Done|
|WileyPlus||This integration enables access to WileyPlus content.||TBD||Limited release. Please contact the LT Hub for more information.|
|Blackboard Collaborate||A real-time video conferencing tool that lets you add files, share applications, and interact using a virtual whiteboard.||Blackboard Collaborate will not be added to Canvas, but it can continue to be used independently of Canvas.||N/A|
|Blackboard Collaborate Ultra||A modern version of Blackboard Collaborate, featuring an improved interface.||TBD||-|
|Badgr||Badgr is an open source tool for recognizing and tracking achievements.||TBD||Currently being piloted|
|Crowdmark||An online collaborative grading and analytics platform. View the Crowdmark tool guide.||TBD||In progress|
|Examity||Examity is an online exam proctoring tool.||TBD||In progress|
|Elsevier||This integration enables access to Elsevier content.||TBD||In progress|
|MacMillan||This integration enables access to MacMillan content.||TBD||In progress|
|McGraw Hill||This integration enables access to McGraw Hill content.||TBD||In planning|
|MediaSite||MediaSite is a lecture-capture platform that allows instructors to create digital recordings of multimedia-rich presentations. View the MediaSite tool guide.||TBD||In progress|
|Nelson (Cengage)||This integration enables access to Nelson content.||TBD||In progress|
|W. W. Norton||This integration enables access to W. W. Norton content.||TBD||Limited release. Please contact the LT Hub for more information.|
|Pearson||This integration enables access to Pearson content.||TBD||Some Pearson content can now be used with Canvas. Please contact the LT Hub for more information. Note: Pearson requires eight weeks' notice for any Canvas integrations.|
|Prentice Hall||Some Pearson content can now be used with Canvas. Please contact the LT Hub for more information. |
Note: Pearson requires eight weeks' notice for any Canvas integrations.
|Proctorio||Proctorio is an online exam proctoring tool.||TBD||In progress|
|Turnitin||A suite of tools for improving student writing that includes checking the originality of writing to prevent plagiarism and providing detailed instructor and peer feedback.||TBD||In progress (delayed)|
|VoiceThread||VoiceThread allows users to upload, share, and discuss documents, images, audio files, and videos.||TBD||-|
This table was last modified on May 24, 2018.