Canvas features and tool integrations

Canvas offers numerous tools and features that can save time and enhance teaching and learning. Canvas is also integrated with external tools, many of which UBC instructors were previously using with Connect — such as ComPAIR and iClicker. See below for a list of ready-to-go internal Canvas tools and for all currently implemented and planned external tool integrations.

Internal Canvas tools

Canvas comes preloaded with numerous useful internal tools:

  • 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

Canvas is integrated with external tools such as Kaltura, Piazza, and UBC Blogs. If you’ve used learning tools such iClicker, Webwork, iPeer, or library course reserves with Connect, please note that there are some differences in terms of how tools are set up and used with Canvas.

The working timeline below shows when external tools are expected to be integrated with Canvas. Please note that this timeline is under development, and the anticipated integration 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.

ToolDescriptionAnticipated timeline for integration with CanvasCurrent status
AbacusAbacus is an online tool that allows users to create visualizations of molecules.Summer 2018Done
Blackboard Collaborate ClassicA real-time video conferencing tool that lets you add files, share applications, and interact using a virtual whiteboard.Blackboard Collaborate Classic 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.Summer 2018Available by request with some restrictions. Please contact the LT Hub for more information.
BadgrBadgr is an open source tool for recognizing and tracking achievements.TBDCurrently being piloted
Chemistry Laboratories Scheduling System (CLASS)CLASS is a scheduling system for Chemistry laboratories.Summer 2018Done
Collaborative Learning Annotation System (CLAS)CLAS is a specialized online media player for recording, sharing, annotating, and commenting on videos.Please contact Arts ISIT (arts.helpdesk@ubc.ca) for more information.Limited Release
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
CoursEvalUBC'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 2Done
CrowdmarkAn online collaborative grading and analytics platform. View the Crowdmark tool guide.TBDIn progress
EdXProvides 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 1Done
ElsevierAn integration that enable access to Elsevier content.No integration with UBC's publisher integration platform currently possible.-
ExamityExamity is an online exam proctoring tool. View the Examity tool guide. Summer 2018Done
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
iPeerAn 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 2Done
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
LockDown BrowserLockDown 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 2017/2018Done
MacMillanThis integration enables access to MacMillan content.Winter 2018/19 Term 1Please contact the LT Hub for more information.
McGraw HillThis integration enables access to McGraw Hill content.TBDIn planning
MediaSiteMediaSite is a lecture-capture platform that allows instructors to create digital recordings of multimedia-rich presentations. View the MediaSite tool guide.MediaSite will not be integrated with Canvas. However, it is available as a standalone tool. View the tool guide.N/A
Nelson (Cengage)This integration enables access to Nelson content.Winter 2018/19 Term 1Please contact the LT Hub to learn more about adding this integration to your course.
PearsonThis integration enables access to Pearson content.


Note: Pearson requires 8-12 weeks' notice for any Canvas integrations.
Summer 2018Some Pearson content can now be used with Canvas. Please contact the LT Hub for more information. Note: Pearson requires 8-12 weeks' notice for any Canvas integrations.
peerScholarA 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 1Done
Prentice HallSome Prentice Hall content can now be used with Canvas. Please contact the LT Hub for more information. TBDIn progress
ProctorioProctorio is an online exam proctoring tool. View the tool guide.Summer 2018Done
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. TBDDelayed
UBC BlogsAn 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 2Done
VoiceThreadVoiceThread allows users to upload, share, and discuss documents, images, audio files, and videos.VoiceThread is being decommissioned and will not be integrated with Canvas.The Faculty of Arts is supporting Collaborative Learning Annotation System (CLAS) as a replacement for VoiceThread. Please contact Arts ISIT (arts.helpdesk@ubc.ca) for more information.
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. View the WeBWorK tool guide.Before Winter 2017/18 Term 2Done
WileyPlusThis integration enables access to WileyPlus content.Winter 2018/19 Term 1In progress. Please contact the LT Hub for more information.
W. W. NortonThis integration enables access to W. W. Norton content.Winter 2018/19 Term 1Please contact the LT Hub to learn more about adding this integration to your course.

This table was last modified on November 14, 2018.