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Achievements

No Equivalent

Adaptive Release
Prerequisites and Requirements or Mastery Paths
  • This can be done with the use of Modules requirements and prerequisites. (Ex: Module 1 has the Assignment and Module 2 has the Key. Edit Module 1 and set a Requirement that the Assignment must be submitted. Edit Module 2 and set a Prerequisite of completing Module 1.)
  • For the quiz, you would go to Master Paths and for the three paths, instead of assigning different resources for each path, you’d just assign the same answer key (if it was a file, it would need to be added to a page that was assigned to the Mastery Path – How do I allow a page to be a MasteryPath module item?) for all three levels. This way the students wouldn’t see the answer key until after they finished the quiz and no extra modules would be required.

Note:  Using Mastery Paths or Adding a prerequisite to a module

Visit: Adaptive Release of assignment solutions (forum)

ALLY
Accessibility Checker
  • The Rich Content Editor includes an accessibility tool that checks for common accessibility errors within the editor.
  • This tool helps you format content while considering accessibility attributes.

Alternative: Microsoft Accessibility Checker, a component of the Office 365 suite which can be used to make documents, presentations and spreadsheets more accessible before uploading to Canvas. Adobe Acrobat Pro also offers built in accessibility checking tools to improve PDF document accesibility.

Visit: What are the Canvas accessibility standards? 

 

Announcements
Announcements
  • Users can receive notifications via their preferred communication mechanism, which to date includes Facebook, Twitter, email, text messaging, and notifications via the app if installed.
  • Canvas allows students to comment or like an announcement if the instructor enables the setting.
  • Announcements appear on the User Dashboard, and on the Course Home page depending on what type of Home Page the instructor has set up for the course.
  • Canvas has the ability to add RSS feeds.

Note: Based on communication plans for important student dates, it will be important for instructors to become familiar with these settings and make recommendations to students based on how often they post content as well as make it available.

Visit: Announcements in Canvas

View: Announcements Overview

Assessments (Tests, Quizzes, Surveys, Exams)

Quizzes / Surveys

  • Tests and Test Pools in Blackboard are referred to as Quizzes/New Quizzes and Question/Item Banks in Canvas.
  • Quizzes are automatically submitted if it is a timed assessment.
  • The Quiz timers can be changed (ie, Moderated) for individual students to allow for extended time on published quizzes.
  • Like Blackboard, instructors can allow an additional attempt for a single student; however, Canvas calls this moderating.
  • Tests can be edited after students begin submitting attempts and are automatically re-graded.
  • Instructors can manually add or remove points from students scores using Canvas’ Quiz Fudge points feature.
  • Like Blackboard, test questions and answers can contain media; however, they do not call these Mashups. It is just another button on the rich text editor.
  • Quizzes can be setup as practice or graded quizzes (ie, practice quizzes do not count in students final grades).
  • Surveys can also be setup to be graded, if desired.
  • Quiz Log Auditing MUST be enabled to track additional student activity during a quiz.

Note: A quiz can either be associated with an assignment group or by itself. The auto-regrade feature affecting students receiving multiple choice, true false, or multiple answer type questions that were corrected, may require manual intervention by instructors. Regrade will not trigger if questions are removed or if a point value is updated; only if a correct response is updated.

Visit: New Quizzes in Canvas 

View: Quizzes Overview

Assignments (assignment manager)
Assignments
  • Canvas uses a SpeedGrader which provides inline grading abilities similar to Turnitin. Instructors can comment, markup, and grade a document without downloading a student’s submission.
  • When an assignment is created, it is added to the Assignment page, Syllabus, and Calendar. If updated, all links are updated automatically.
  • An Assignment must be created to create a column in the Grades (ie, Gradebook).
  • Interactive rubrics can be used for grading.
  • Students can submit attachments, URLs, type text directly into assignment submissions, and use OneDrive as a source for loading files.
  • Instructors can limit the types of files that are allowed to be uploaded.
  • Instructors can leave voice and video comments for students to review.
  • Peer review assignments, much like Blackboard’s Self and Peer assessment tool, can easily be created.
  • Moderated assignments are also available.
  • Assignment Groups allow an easy way to set up weighted grades, dropping the lowest grade, or dropping the highest grade.

Note: Discussions that are setup as graded will also appear on the Assignments page. Manually created gradebook items from Blackboard will NOT appear in the assignments page in Canvas unless the instructor manually imports their Blackboard exported Grade Center.

Visit: Assignments in Canvas

View: Assignment Overview

Attendance Tool
Attendance Tool
  • Easily record attendance based off a class list or seating chart.
  • An assignment will automatically appear in Assignments titled “Roll Call.”
  • The percentage that displays is automatically updated as days progress depending on whether the student is present or absent.

Note: The Roll Call Assignment can be edited, and then excluded from grading by editing assignment settings in the same manner as any other assignment.

Visit: Attendance (Roll Call) in Canvas

Blog
*Discussion Board or 3rd Party tool
Note: Blogs are currently not available in Canvas.
Building Blocks
External Apps (LTI & 3rd Party Integrations)
  • Instructors can integrate LTI Tools within their course (if available) without the assistance of a system administrator.
  • Check your Course Navigation (Settings > Navigation) prior to installing any app as they can be installed at the system level and may already be available.

Note: Panopto, O365, Zoom many other apps are available. Test these out in your sandbox course before using them with students.

Visit: External Apps (LTI’s) in Canvas

View: Course Settings (includes overview of exteranl apps & LTI’s @ min 2:38)

Bulk Delete
Reset Course Content
  • Instructors can reset their course content and delete all content within a course to start over as though it never existed.
  • This tool was an administrative function in Blackboard.

Note: Reset Course Content deletes all content and any submissions that were sent by students and cannot be undone and cannot be recovered.

Visit: How do I reset course content?

View: Course Settings (includes overview of course reset info @ min 5:04)

Calendar
Calendar
  • The Calendar feed link can be copied into external calendars.
  • Due dates set on Assignments automatically display on the Calendar.
  • Items on the calendar, including Assignments, Quizzes, or graded Discussions that contain due dates, automatically update all associated objects with that item in various areas of the course.
  • Instructors and students viewing the calendar can view one or all of their course related calendar items in a single view.
  • Each user has a personal calendar for non course-related events.
  • Calendar items are automatically listed at the bottom of the Syllabus inside each course.
  • The calendar has a scheduling tool.

Note: Assignments can be created and deleted directly from the calendar for any course. Any assignment deleted from the Calendar directly will delete the corresponding assignment within the course.

Visit: Using the Calendar in Canvas

View: Calendar Overview

Collaborate Ultra

Zoom or Microsoft Teams (3rd party integration/LTI)

  • WCU has the Zoom tool in Canvas which allows for availability of recorded conferences. Consider learning more and logging into the WCU Zoom client by visiting http://zoom.wcu.edu.
  • Zoom can be enabled within your Canvas course site through “Settings”.

Note:  Students can also use Zoom (and are no longer limited in the time they can be on the platform).

Visit: Using Zoom in Canvas

View: Zoom in Canvas Tutorial (Source: Uninversity of Maryland)

Content Areas
Modules
  • Modules are similar to folders and behave much the same way Learning Modules did in Blackboard.
  • Instructors can drag and drop items within a module.
  • Users can expand and collapse a module at anytime.
  • Completion requirements can be set for each individual item within a module. One Module can be set as a prerequisite to another module.
  • Modules can be setup to force a linear sequence for students.
  • Modules can be locked until a specific date.
  • Due dates and point values for assignments, graded discussions, and quizzes automatically populate on the Modules that contain them.

Note: Folders do not exist except in the Files section of Canvas. Modules are the equivalent tool that can be used to organize content, files, assignments, collaborations, quizzes, etcetera within Canvas.

Collapsing a Module for the instructor does NOT collapse that module for students. For content within a Module to be visible, the entire Module must also be published.

Visit: Modules in Canvas

View: Modules Overview

Content Collection
Files
  • Files can house course files, assignments, syllabi, readings, or other documents, as well as profile pictures and user-specific files.
  • Instructors can lock folders and files so they can only be viewed by direct links or only unlock on a specific date.
  • Files can be placed in Modules, Assignments, or Pages.
  • Files and folders are put in alphabetical order and cannot be rearranged.

Note: Supported file types, ***Do not upload video or audio directly into Canvas!

Visit: What are Files?

View: Files Overview

Content Items & Pages
Pages
  • Pages function much like a Wiki where all edits are tracked (and the history of the edits).
  • Instructors can grant editing privileges to students.
  • Pages can include text, video links, links to files, embedded files, linked files, YouTube, Panopto, links to other course tools, and much more.
  • A page in Canvas can be set as the Home Page of the course.
  • Pages can be added to Canvas Modules and be linked to other pages.

Note: Embedded media cannot be used. Media is not to be directly into Canvas, Panopto should be used for media in Canvas.

Visit: Pages in Canvas

View: Pages Overview

Course Link
No Equivalent
  • Within a page, you can insert links to other Canvas pages within the same course.

Note: Canvas has no option to add course link to left menu.

Visit: How do I link to other Canvas pages in a course?

Course Menu Modification (left menu)
Course Menu
  • Canvas does not allow you to create unique course navigation menu links or rename existing menu links.
  • Instructors can hide menu items from students and rearrange the order in which these navigation menu items are displayed.

Note: Modules are used in Canvas for organizing content.

Course Navigation
Navigation
  • Canvas does not allow easy creation of unique course navigation menu links.
  • You cannot rename your menu links.
  • Menu links can be hidden from students through the Course Settings > Navigation tab.
  • Modules are used in Canvas for organizing content, NOT folders (except within the Files area).
  • Items in the menu can be rearranged in the order of instructor preference.

Note: Blackboard’s navigation structure will NOT migrate to Canvas.

Visit: Course Navigarion in Canvas

View: Course Navigation & Settings in Canvas

Date Management
Bulk (Batch) Edit
  • Edit due date, show on, hide after and visibility in bulk.
  • As an instructor, you may have the option to update due dates and availability dates for multiple assignments and assessments at one time.
  • Additionally, if you previously assigned differentiated due dates for sections, students, or groups, you can bulk update these due and availability dates.

Note: Learn more about the difference between due dates and availability dates.

Visit: How do I bulk update due dates and availability?

Development Course / Organization content
Canvas Commons Course Resources
  • Canvas Commons is a Learning object repository where educators can supplement their classes with quizzes, modules, and courses.
  • Instructors can create discussions and documents in the repository.
  • This feature provides educators a fast-track to course creation.
  • Commons can also be used as a platform to share content within an institution.
  • With this feature, individuals can create and share courses across a department, college, or university.

Note: Canvas Commons is a learning object repository that enables educators to find, import, and share resources. The digital library is full of educational content, Commons allows Canvas users to share learning resources with other users as well as import learning resources into a Canvas course.

Visit: How do I use Canvas Commons?

Discussion Forums
Discussions
  • Can require users to post to the discussion before viewing.
  • Instructors and students can easily view and filter posts.
  • Receive notifications via social web services, text messaging, and more.
  • Group discussions are more seamless in Group Pages.

Note: Discussions setup to be graded will also appear on the Canvas Assignments page and in the Grades (ie Gradebook).

Visit: Discussions in Canvas

View: Discussions Overview

Documents, Images and other media
Files
  • Files can house course files, assignments, syllabi, readings, or other documents, as well as profile pictures and user-specific files.
  • Instructors can lock folders and files so they can only be viewed by direct links or only unlock on a specific date.
  • Files can be placed in Modules, Assignments, or Pages.
  • Files and folders are put in alphabetical order and cannot be rearranged.

Note: Supported file types, ***Do not upload video or audio directly into Canvas!

Visit: What are Files?

View: Files Overview

Email
Inbox
Default setting:

  • Students will receive an internal Canvas Inbox AND the message will be forwarded to their WCU email account.
  • Users may opt out or set alternate notifications.

Visit: What is the “Inbox”? or How do I use the “Inbox” as an Instructor? 

ePortfolio
ePortfolio
  • Allows students to retrieve assignments, projects, and more to display on their portfolio that were submitted in previous Canvas courses.
  • There are multiple sharing options for any user creating an ePortfolio within Canvas.

Note: Based on communication plans for important student dates, it will be important for instructors to become familiar with these settings and make recommendations to students based on how often they post content as well as make it available.

Visit: Using ePortfolios in Canvas

View: ePortfolio Overview (for Students)

Files
Files
  • Everything uploaded or copied into Canvas Files is accessible to students by default but can be changed.
  • You can create folders to organize materials.
  • Folders and items are available (ie, published) to students by default; however, they can locked or released at an instructor determined date or time.
  • File access can also be controlled by using Canvas Modules.
  • Instructors can upload multiple files, and then drag & drop files into folders.
  • All files in this area can be downloaded as a zip file.
  • You can upload a zip file into the Canvas Files area and Canvas will unzip it for you.

Note: If you have used Blackboard as a file storage repository for files storage, we recommend migrating files to One Drive. *All files are accessible to students unless you hide this tool or you lock files.

Visit: Files in Canvas

View: Files Overview

Folders
Modules
  • Modules are similar to folders and behave much the same way Learning Modules did in Blackboard.
  • Instructors can drag and drop items within a module.
  • Users can expand and collapse a module at anytime.
  • Completion requirements can be set for each individual item within a module. One Module can be set as a prerequisite to another module.
  • Modules can be setup to force a linear sequence for students.
  • Modules can be locked until a specific date.
  • Due dates and point values for assignments, graded discussions, and quizzes automatically populate on the Modules that contain them.

Note: Folders do not exist except in the Files section of Canvas. Modules are the equivalent tool that can be used to organize content, files, assignments, collaborations, quizzes, etcetera within Canvas.

Collapsing a Module for the instructor does NOT collapse that module for students. For content within a Module to be visible, the entire Module must also be published.

Visit: Modules in Canvas

View: Modules Overview

Generic Course Framework
Blueprint Course Templates
  • For an individual institution, Blueprint Courses allows Canvas admins to create content and learning objects, lock specific settings or content items, and push updates to all associated courses through course syncing.
  • Any items that are not locked can be managed individually by a course instructor.

Visit: Blueprint courses Vs. Canvas Commons

Goals
Outcomes
  • In Canvas the outcomes tool and it is very similar to the goals tool in Blackboard.
  • The outcomes tool is integrated with rubrics and assignments.
  • Any activity you create using the assignment, quiz, or discussion tool can be setup to be graded using a rubric.
  • Additionally, in Canvas rubrics can have outcomes as criteria.
  • Any outcomes you add to a rubric can be set to graded or not graded outcome. Once you start grading student work with the rubric the student outcome artifacts will display on the outcome page.

Note: All assignments can be connected to outcomes rubrics. Outcomes reports to instructors and administrators.

Visit: How do I create an Outcome for a course?

View: Outcomes Overview (for Instructors)

Grade Center
Grade Book (or Grades)
  • An assignment MUST be created to create a column in the Gradebook.
  • Discussions that are setup as graded will also appear on Assignments and an item will be added in the Gradebook.
  • Columns are sortable.
  • Grades can be weighted.
  • Instructors can curve grades.
  • SpeedGrader is available through the Gradebook.
  • The SpeedGrader tool displays submitted assignments, grading rubric, and media commenting in a single interface, which does not require downloading student file submissions.
  • Instructors can hide gradebook items using the Mute Assignment feature.
  • Instructors can message students who have yet to submit an assignment or who scored less/more than an instructor set criteria.
  • Submissions are viewable online or downloadable.
  • Comments for assessment feedback can be text or media-based.
  • Students can message instructors within the grade column.
  • Columns representing set Assignment Groups are shaded and located, by default, on the far right side of the gradebook.
  • Students are able to enter “what-if” scenarios to calculate hypothetical grades.

Note:

  • Unpublished Assignments will not appear in the Gradebook.
  • The Gradebook will not allow an instructor to enter Group Assignment grades for a student not within a group.

Visit: Grades/Grading in Canvas

View: Gradebook Overview

Groups
Groups
  • Groups have access to nearly every course tool including Announcements, Pages, Files, Discussion, Conferences, and Collaboration.
  • Access to Groups for instructor moderation seems more intuitive than many other platforms.

Note:

  • If you move a student from one group to another after grading a group assignment, they will likely carry that grade with them into their new group.
  • Changing group names or collapsing groups after the add/drop date has passed also may create issues.
  • Deleting a group site with student submissions inside of it will also delete that work from Canvas (and could be unrecoverable).

Visit: Using Groups in Canvas

View: Groups Overview

“Hidden” in Grade Center
“Muted” in Grade Center
  • Instructors can hide gradebook items using the Mute Assignment feature.

Note: Unpublished Assignments will not appear in the Gradebook.

Visit: How do I hide assignment grades in SpeedGrader? 

Inline Grading (“Annotate”) – Grade Assignment
SpeedGrader
  • Grade/give feedback on all submissions for an assignment, quiz, or graded discussion in one place.
  • Students sorting is allowed in a variety of ways, providing instructors the options to grade alphabetically, by submission date, while hiding student names, or for only students that have submitted.
  • The tool is accessible through Assignments or within Grades.
  • Submitted files can be marked with instructor comments, drawings, highlights, or text.
  • Students can download graded files as annotated PDFs.
  • Instructors are able to record audio or video feedback for each student assignment.

Note: The “Annotate” (inline grading tool) in Grade Assignment tool is the closest equivalent from Blackboard to Canvas; although, the features & functionality overall is more rich than what is available in Blackboard.

Visit: SpeedGrader in Canvas

View: SpeedGrader Overview

Item
Page (Wiki Page is same thing) with links.
  • Creating a Page and adding linked content on the page.
  • Add content to your page using the Content Selector then Edit the content and add links and files using the Rich Content Editor or switch to the HTML Editor.
Journal
*Text Assignment Submission
  • The journal tool as it lived in Blackboard is not available as a separate tool within Canvas.
  • Instructors can use the Assignment tool with a text submission option to track journal entries as an alternative to the Journal Tool in Blackboard.

Note:Instructors that desire to have this feature in Canvas can submit an Idea to the Canvas Community, which can then be voted on by community members. (Tip: Log in to Canvas first, then when you click on the link to the Canvas Community, you will be logged in.)

Visit: What assignment types can I create in a course?

Learning Module (Folders/Units)
Modules
  • Modules are similar to folders and behave much the same way Learning Modules did in Blackboard.
  • Instructors can drag and drop items within a module.
  • Users can expand and collapse a module at anytime.
  • Completion requirements can be set for each individual item within a module. One Module can be set as a prerequisite to another module.
  • Modules can be setup to force a linear sequence for students.
  • Modules can be locked until a specific date.
  • Due dates and point values for assignments, graded discussions, and quizzes automatically populate on the Modules that contain them.

Note: Folders do not exist except in the Files section of Canvas. Modules are the equivalent tool that can be used to organize content, files, assignments, collaborations, quizzes, etcetera within Canvas.

Collapsing a Module for the instructor does NOT collapse that module for students. For content within a Module to be visible, the entire Module must also be published.

Visit: Modules in Canvas

View: Modules Overview

Make Course Available
Publish Course
  • Canvas courses are set to unpublished by default.
  • Instructors MUST publish their course for students to access it.
  • After a course is published and well underway it cannot be unpublished.

Note:Many instructors have used the availability setting inside of Blackboard to temporarily disable the course from student view during high stakes examinations. After an assignment is submitted in Canvas, the ability to unpublish the course does not exist.

Visit: What are the different states of a Canvas course?

Math Editor (within the WYSIWYG Text Editor)
Math Editor (within the WYSIWYG Text Editor and direct LaTeX)
  • Canvas has an integrated tool for math and science formulas based on LaTeX, the industry standard for academic publication.
  • The LaTeX Math Editor is built into the Rich Content Editor.
  • The Rich Content Editor is used in features that support the editor (Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, Pages, Quizzes, or Syllabus).
  • Canvas also includes the option to create equations and expressions with its graphical point-and-click editor.

Note: All equations support screen readers with MathML backend.

Visit: How do I use the Math Editor in the Rich Content Editor?

Mobile App
Mobile App
  • The apps are free.
  • The Canvas App for iOS and Android are separate from the SpeedGrader App.
  • The two apps have some variations in navigation, look, and feel; however, there are plans down the road to ensure a consistency between Android and Apple devices.

Note:The SpeedGrader App is for the iOS Tablet only.

Visit: How can I use Canvas on my mobile device as an instructor?

View: For iOS and Android

My Grades
Grades
  • The Grades page in a course displays all current grades for all course assignments.
  • You can also view scoring details, comments, and rubrics.

Note: The “Annotate” (inline grading tool) in Grade Assignment tool is the closest equivalent from Blackboard to Canvas; although, the features & functionality overall is more rich than what is available in Blackboard.

Visit: How do I view my grades in a current course (for Students)

No Equivalent
Syllabus
  • Canvas has its own syllabus creator, with a rich content editor that allows you to copy and paste an already-created syllabus or build a new one, with option so insert pictures, insert a downloadable syllabus file, link to external and internal resources, et cetera.
  • The Syllabus also includes an automatically generated course summary of all published assignments, organized by due date, to help you and your students stay organized.
  • The Syllabus is automatically defaulted to your home page.
  • Setting up due dates for assignments, discussions, and quizzes automatically populates at the bottom of the Syllabus page.
  • Dates that appear on the Syllabus also appear on the Calendar.
  • Objects such as Assignments, Discussions, Quizzes, or other calendar items are hyperlinked from the bottom of the Syllabus page to the content automatically.
  • The top of the Syllabus page can be edited to allow sharing of files or to paste in formatted text, links to specific course content.

Note:The Syllabus page can be used to set the Home Page of the course, the spot students land upon clicking the course from their Dashboard.

Visit: How do I use the Syllabus as an instructor? or How do I edit the Syllabus in a course?

View: Courses Creation & Management

No Equivalent
Communication Preferences
  • Canvas has its own syllabus creator, with a rich content editor that allows you to copy and paste an already-created syllabus or build a new one, with option so insert pictures, insert a downloadable syllabus file, link to external and internal resources, et cetera.
  • The Syllabus also includes an automatically generated course summary of all published assignments, organized by due date, to help you and your students stay organized.
  • The Syllabus is automatically defaulted to your home page.
  • Setting up due dates for assignments, discussions, and quizzes automatically populates at the bottom of the Syllabus page.
  • Dates that appear on the Syllabus also appear on the Calendar.
  • Objects such as Assignments, Discussions, Quizzes, or other calendar items are hyperlinked from the bottom of the Syllabus page to the content automatically.
  • The top of the Syllabus page can be edited to allow sharing of files or to paste in formatted text, links to specific course content.

Note:The Syllabus page can be used to set the Home Page of the course, the spot students land upon clicking the course from their Dashboard.

Visit: How do I set my Canvas notification preferences as an instructor?

View: Notification Settings

Notification Dashboard
Recent Activity
  • The Recent Activity links allow you to expand, remove, or navigate to that item within the course.
  • There is Global Navigation Activity and Course Activity Feeds, both of which display information pertaining to announcements, discussions, assignments, and conversations, including due date changes, assignment changes, graded and ungraded items, and much more.
  • The difference is that one is available within the Dashboard, the other within the Course.

Note: Because all course activity displays in these feeds, it may not be necessary to receive all notifications via related communication preferences (ie, email, text, social sites, etcetera); therefore, it is important to review Notification settings to prevent the numerous communication protocols available within the Canvas platform.

Visit: Course Activity and Global Activity

View: Notification Preferences

Notification Settings (settings>notification settings)
Notification Settings (communication preferences)
  • Add additional contact methods in addition to email, including Text messaging, Twitter, Facebook, or even personal emails.
  • Students can define which objects trigger notifications as well as how often to receive them.

Note: Based on communication plans for important student dates, it will be important for instructors to become familiar with these settings and make recommendations to students based on how often they post content as well as make it available.

Visit: How do I set my Canvas notification preferences as an instructor?

View: Notification Preferences Overview

O365 in Teams
Collaborations
  • Collaborations allow users to collaborate on a single instance of the same document.
  • Provides a way for instructors to integrate the use of Microsoft Office 365 to create a collaboration with a Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint file within a coursecourse.
  • You can select individual users, groups, or both as part of a collaboration.
  • To alert invitees about collaborations, you can create course events in the Calendar.

Note:

  • If you cannot create a Microsoft collaboration, this feature has not been enabled for the course.
  • Once you invite a user to a collaboration, the collaboration is available to the user in the user’s Microsoft OneDrive. Uninviting the user or deleting the collaboration does not remove access to the collaboration once a user has been added.
  • When creating a collaboration you cannot link to a previously created collaboration.

Visit: How do I create and O365 Collaboration?

View: Collaborations Overview for Instructors

Performance Dashboard (Evaluation) Course Activity Reports
Course Analytics & Course Access Report
  • Student analytics show you how well a particular student is doing in your course.
  • Depending on the users actions, analytics for course participation can include when a user joined a web conference, posted a new comment to a discussion or an announcement, submits a quiz, as well as when a user starts taking a quiz, submits an assignment or creates a wiki page.

Note: Instructors can also view student analytics after a course has concluded. You can also view specific content participation data in the course access report.

Visit: How do I view analytics for a student in a course?

View: Course and Student Analytics Overview

Pool (Random block of questions)
Question Bank
  • Account-level question banks are question banks created and stored at the account level. This allows instructors to access and use general content for quizzes.

Note:You can create account and sub-account level Question Banks in your Canvas instance. This allows anyone in the account to have access to the questions.

Visit: How do I create a question bank in a course?

View: Question Banks Overview

Rubrics
Rubrics & Outcomes
  • Integrates with graded items.
  • Add media comments and integration within SpeedGrader.
  • Instructors can override a grade produced by clicking the Rubric criteria.
  • Students can view the rubric within their Grades area.
  • Rubrics can be added to quizzes.

Note: All Rubrics are managed via Outcomes. ***Blackboard Rubrics will not migrate to Canvas.

Visit: Rubrics in Canvas

View: Rubrics Overview

Self and Peer Assessment
* Assignments with Peer Review Enabled (No Equivalent for Self Assessment)
  • The Self and Peer Assessment Tool was unique in Blackboard from many other tools and allows instructors to create specific tasks for assessing student learning.
  • Peer Review is a feature of the Assignment tool in Canvas.
  • Assignments with enabled Peer Review will both allow for self and peer assessment options.
  • Self Assessment can be achieved in a variety of ways including using the assignment tool with feedback or having students submit a quiz with varying point values assigned that correlate to self-assessment criteria.

Note: In Canvas, Self-Assessments are being discussed at https://community.canvaslms.com/thread/3531. Join the conversation!

Visit: How do I use peer review assignments in a course? and How do I create a peer review assignment?

View: Assignments Overview

Send Email
Communications (Inbox, Send Messages, Conversations)
  • Private messages appear in your Inbox within Canvas; notifications will push out to Email, Twitter, Facebook, Text Message, depending upon your selection.
  • Discussion responses can be accessed from Inbox.
  • Messages can include file attachments, webcam recordings, media uploads, or plain text.
  • Conversation messages are also generated by a comment made by a student or instructor on an assignment.
  • By default, students receive email for every announcement and message; however, students can control in a granular way how and when they receive messaging.

Note: A message is sent to students for every published assignment. Encourage students to review their notification settings prior to the start of the semester and change the settings to their liking and so that they aren’t overwhelmed by messaging from Canvas.

Visit: How do I send a message to all course users in the Inbox as an instructor?

View: Conversations Overview

Settings (personal user)
Account (Settings)
  • Profile and User Settings let you control your personal information in Canvas.

Note: WCU may restrict one or more settings options.

Visit: What are profile & user settings?

View: User Settings & Profile picture

Statistic Tracking
Course (Student) Analytics
  • Student Analytics identify specific user tracking as well as assignment and grade distribution trends.
  • Course statistics help instructors identify which content items students are interacting with.

Visit: Course Analytics

View: Course & Student Analytics Overview

Student Preview
Student View
  • Student View in Canvas enrolls a test student in the course, but will not prompt you to remove the student when you exit the preview.
  • An instructor must leave Student View in order to return to instructor editing tools.

Note: Once accessing student view a student named Test Student appears in the Grades area of the course and can be removed by the instructor through the course settings.

Visit: How do I view a course as a test student using Student View?

Support Resources Tab (Instructor Blackboard Help/Student Blackboard Help/Submit a Ticket)
Help
  • To reach a Canvas support analyst, click “Canvas Support Chat” for a live chat 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Call the Instructor Canvas Support Hotline at 1-833-476-1171 for on-demand support.
  • Students can call the Student Canvas Support Hotline at +1-855-338-2770.
  • The big difference is that support is provided directly by Canvas Technicians.
  • Canvas Status available at http://status.instructure.com/ will automatically update in the event of any system problems.
  • Ask the Community allows instructors to receive help from Experts from all around the world and is available on the Help section within Canvas.

Note:Canvas Support will guide students towards their instructor when appropriate, or to WCU staff as needed and depending on the specific issue.

Visit: help.wcu.edu

View: Canvas Help Resources for All Users

Tasks
No Equivalent
  • Calendar items can be added.
  • To-Do lists can be created (by students) in the dashboard.

Note: The “Annotate” (inline grading tool) in Grade Assignment tool is the closest equivalent from Blackboard to Canvas; although, the features & functionality overall is more rich than what is available in Blackboard.

Visit: How do I use the “To-do” list and sidebar in the Dashboard?

Wiki
Pages (a page that can be edited by students)
  • Pages function much like a Wiki where all edits are tracked (and the history of the edits).
  • Instructors can grant editing privileges to students.
  • Pages can include text, video links, links to files, embedded files, linked files, YouTube, Panopto, links to other course tools, and much more.
  • A page in Canvas can be set as the Home Page of the course.
  • Pages can be added to Canvas Modules and be linked to other pages.

Note: Media is not to be directly into Canvas.Embedded media cannot be used.

Visit: Pages in Canvas

View: Pages Overview (Instructor)

Blackboard to Canvas… What is the equivalent?

Icon Key

If you use this in Blackboard…

Try this in Canvas…

More Info

Video Tutorial

Achievements

No Equivalent

Adaptive Release
Prerequisites and Requirements or Mastery Paths
  • This can be done with the use of Modules requirements and prerequisites. (Ex: Module 1 has the Assignment and Module 2 has the Key. Edit Module 1 and set a Requirement that the Assignment must be submitted. Edit Module 2 and set a Prerequisite of completing Module 1.)
  • For the quiz, you would go to Master Paths and for the three paths, instead of assigning different resources for each path, you’d just assign the same answer key (if it was a file, it would need to be added to a page that was assigned to the Mastery Path – How do I allow a page to be a MasteryPath module item?) for all three levels. This way the students wouldn’t see the answer key until after they finished the quiz and no extra modules would be required.

Note:  Using Mastery Paths or Adding a prerequisite to a module

Visit: Adaptive Release of assignment solutions (forum)

ALLY
Accessibility Checker
  • The Rich Content Editor includes an accessibility tool that checks for common accessibility errors within the editor.
  • This tool helps you format content while considering accessibility attributes.

Alternative: Microsoft Accessibility Checker, a component of the Office 365 suite which can be used to make documents, presentations and spreadsheets more accessible before uploading to Canvas. Adobe Acrobat Pro also offers built in accessibility checking tools to improve PDF document accesibility.

Visit: What are the Canvas accessibility standards? 

 

Announcements
Announcements
  • Users can receive notifications via their preferred communication mechanism, which to date includes Facebook, Twitter, email, text messaging, and notifications via the app if installed.
  • Canvas allows students to comment or like an announcement if the instructor enables the setting.
  • Announcements appear on the User Dashboard, and on the Course Home page depending on what type of Home Page the instructor has set up for the course.
  • Canvas has the ability to add RSS feeds.

Note: Based on communication plans for important student dates, it will be important for instructors to become familiar with these settings and make recommendations to students based on how often they post content as well as make it available.

Visit: Announcements in Canvas

View: Announcements Overview

Assessments (Tests, Quizzes, Surveys, Exams)
Quizzes/Surveys
  • Tests and Test Pools in Blackboard are referred to as Quizzes and Question Banks in Canvas.
  • Quizzes are automatically submitted if it is a timed assessment.
  • The Quiz timer can be changed (ie, Moderated) for individual students to allow for extended time on published quizzes.
  • Like Blackboard, instructors can allow an additional attempt for a single student; however, Canvas calls this moderating.
  • Tests can be edited after students begin submitting attempts and are automatically re-graded.
  • Instructors can manually add or remove points from students scores using Canvas’ Quiz Fudge points feature.
  • Like Blackboard, test questions and answers can contain media; however, they do not call these Mashups. It is just another button on the rich text editor.
  • Hot Spot questions are not a feature in Canvas’ Quizzing Tool.
  • Quizzes can be setup as practice or graded quizzes (ie, practice quizzes do not count in students final grades).
  • Surveys can also be setup to be graded, if desired.
  • Quiz Log Auditing MUST be enabled to track additional student activity during a quiz.

Note: A quiz can either be associated with an assignment group or by itself. The auto-regrade feature affecting students receiving multiple choice, true false, or multiple answer type questions that were corrected, may require manual intervention by instructors. Regrade will not trigger if questions are removed or if a point value is updated; only if a correct response is updated.

Visit: Quizzes in Canvas 

View: Quizzes Overview

Assignments (assignment manager)
Assignments
  • Canvas uses a SpeedGrader which provides inline grading abilities similar to Turnitin. Instructors can comment, markup, and grade a document without downloading a student’s submission.
  • When an assignment is created, it is added to the Assignment page, Syllabus, and Calendar. If updated, all links are updated automatically.
  • An Assignment must be created to create a column in the Grades (ie, Gradebook).
  • Interactive rubrics can be used for grading.
  • Students can submit URLs, type text directly into assignment submissions, and use OneDrive as a source for loading files.
  • Instructors can limit the types of files that are allowed to be uploaded.
  • Instructors can leave voice and video comments for students to review.
  • Peer review assignments, much like Blackboard’s Self and Peer assessment tool, can easily be created.
  • Moderated assignments are also available.
  • Assignment Groups allow an easy way to set up weighted grades, dropping the lowest grade, or dropping the highest grade.

Note: Discussions that are setup as graded will also appear on the Assignments page. Manually created gradebook items from Blackboard will NOT appear in the assignments page in Canvas unless the instructor manually imports their Blackboard exported Grade Center.

Visit: Assignments in Canvas

View: Assignment Overview

Attendance Tool
Attendance Tool
  • Easily record attendance based off a class list or seating chart.
  • An assignment will automatically appear in Assignments titled “Roll Call.”
  • The percentage that displays is automatically updated as days progress depending on whether the student is present or absent.

Note: The Roll Call Assignment can be edited, and then excluded from grading by editing assignment settings in the same manner as any other assignment.

Visit: Attendance (Roll Call) in Canvas

Blog
*Discussion Board or 3rd Party tool
Note: Blogs are currently not available in Canvas.
Building Blocks
External Apps (LTI & 3rd Party Integrations)
  • Instructors can integrate LTI Tools within their course (if available) without the assistance of a system administrator.
  • Check your Course Navigation (Settings > Navigation) prior to installing any app as they can be installed at the system level and may already be available.

Note: Panopto, O365, Zoom and many other apps are available. Test these out in your sandbox course before using them with students.

Visit: External Apps (LTI’s) in Canvas

View: Course Settings (includes overview of exteranl apps & LTI’s @ min 2:38)

Bulk Delete
Reset Course Content
  • Instructors can reset their course content and delete all content within a course to start over as though it never existed.
  • This tool was an administrative function in Blackboard.

Note: Reset Course Content deletes all content and any submissions that were sent by students and cannot be undone and cannot be recovered.

Visit: How do I reset course content?

View: Course Settings (includes overview of course reset info @ min 5:04)

Calendar
Calendar
  • The Calendar feed link can be copied into external calendars.
  • Due dates set on Assignments automatically display on the Calendar.
  • Items on the calendar, including Assignments, Quizzes, or graded Discussions that contain due dates, automatically update all associated objects with that item in various areas of the course.
  • Instructors and students viewing the calendar can view one or all of their course related calendar items in a single view.
  • Each user has a personal calendar for non course-related events.
  • Calendar items are automatically listed at the bottom of the Syllabus inside each course.
  • The calendar has a scheduling tool.

Note: Assignments can be created and deleted directly from the calendar for any course. Any assignment deleted from the Calendar directly will delete the corresponding assignment within the course.

Visit: Using the Calendar in Canvas

View: Calendar Overview

Collaborate Ultra

Zoom or Microsoft Teams (3rd party integration/LTI)

  • WCU has the Zoom tool in Canvas which allows for availability of recorded conferences. Consider learning more and logging into the WCU Zoom client by visiting http://zoom.wcu.edu.
  • Zoom can be enabled within your Canvas course site through “Settings”.

Note:  Students can also use Zoom (and are no longer limited in the time they can be on the platform).

Visit: Using Zoom in Canvas

View: Zoom in Canvas Tutorial (Source: Uninversity of Maryland)

Content Areas
Modules
  • Modules are similar to folders and behave much the same way Learning Modules did in Blackboard.
  • Instructors can drag and drop items within a module.
  • Users can expand and collapse a module at anytime.
  • Completion requirements can be set for each individual item within a module. One Module can be set as a prerequisite to another module.
  • Modules can be setup to force a linear sequence for students.
  • Modules can be locked until a specific date.
  • Due dates and point values for assignments, graded discussions, and quizzes automatically populate on the Modules that contain them.

Note: Folders do not exist except in the Files section of Canvas. Modules are the equivalent tool that can be used to organize content, files, assignments, collaborations, quizzes, etcetera within Canvas.

Collapsing a Module for the instructor does NOT collapse that module for students. For content within a Module to be visible, the entire Module must also be published.

Visit: Modules in Canvas

View: Modules Overview

Content Collection
Files
  • Files can house course files, assignments, syllabi, readings, or other documents, as well as profile pictures and user-specific files.
  • Instructors can lock folders and files so they can only be viewed by direct links or only unlock on a specific date.
  • Files can be placed in Modules, Assignments, or Pages.
  • Files and folders are put in alphabetical order and cannot be rearranged.

Note: Supported file types, ***Do not upload video or audio directly into Canvas!

Visit: What are Files?

View: Files Overview

Content Items & Pages
Pages
  • Pages function much like a Wiki where all edits are tracked (and the history of the edits).
  • Instructors can grant editing privileges to students.
  • Pages can include text, video links, links to files, embedded files, linked files, YouTube, Panopto, links to other course tools, and much more.
  • A page in Canvas can be set as the Home Page of the course.
  • Pages can be added to Canvas Modules and be linked to other pages.

Note: Embedded media cannot be used. Media is not to be directly into Canvas, Panopto should be used for media in Canvas.

Visit: Pages in Canvas

View: Pages Overview

Course Link
No Equivalent
  • Within a page, you can insert links to other Canvas pages within the same course.

Note: Canvas has no option to add course link to left menu.

Visit: How do I link to other Canvas pages in a course?

Course Menu Modification (left menu)
Course Menu
  • Canvas does not allow you to create unique course navigation menu links or rename existing menu links.
  • Instructors can hide menu items from students and rearrange the order in which these navigation menu items are displayed.

Note: Modules are used in Canvas for organizing content.

Course Navigation
Navigation
  • Canvas does not allow easy creation of unique course navigation menu links.
  • You cannot rename your menu links.
  • Menu links can be hidden from students through the Course Settings > Navigation tab.
  • Modules are used in Canvas for organizing content, NOT folders (except within the Files area).
  • Items in the menu can be rearranged in the order of instructor preference.

Note: Blackboard’s navigation structure will NOT migrate to Canvas.

Visit: Course Navigarion in Canvas

View: Course Navigation & Settings in Canvas

Date Management
Bulk (Batch) Edit
  • Edit due date, show on, hide after and visibility in bulk.
  • As an instructor, you may have the option to update due dates and availability dates for multiple assignments and assessments at one time.
  • Additionally, if you previously assigned differentiated due dates for sections, students, or groups, you can bulk update these due and availability dates.

Note: Learn more about the difference between due dates and availability dates.

Visit: How do I bulk update due dates and availability?

Development Course / Organization content
Canvas Commons Course Resources
  • Canvas Commons is a Learning object repository where educators can supplement their classes with quizzes, modules, and courses.
  • Instructors can create discussions and documents in the repository.
  • This feature provides educators a fast-track to course creation.
  • Commons can also be used as a platform to share content within an institution.
  • With this feature, individuals can create and share courses across a department, college, or university.

Note: Canvas Commons is a learning object repository that enables educators to find, import, and share resources. The digital library is full of educational content, Commons allows Canvas users to share learning resources with other users as well as import learning resources into a Canvas course.

Visit: How do I use Canvas Commons?

Discussion Forums
Discussions
  • Can require users to post to the discussion before viewing.
  • Instructors and students can easily view and filter posts.
  • Receive notifications via social web services, text messaging, and more.
  • Group discussions are more seamless in Group Pages.

Note: Discussions setup to be graded will also appear on the Canvas Assignments page and in the Grades (ie Gradebook).

Visit: Discussions in Canvas

View: Discussions Overview

Documents, Images and other media
Files
  • Files can house course files, assignments, syllabi, readings, or other documents, as well as profile pictures and user-specific files.
  • Instructors can lock folders and files so they can only be viewed by direct links or only unlock on a specific date.
  • Files can be placed in Modules, Assignments, or Pages.
  • Files and folders are put in alphabetical order and cannot be rearranged.

Note: Supported file types, ***Do not upload video or audio directly into Canvas!

Visit: What are Files?

View: Files Overview

Email
Inbox
Default setting:

  • Students will receive an internal Canvas Inbox AND the message will be forwarded to their WCU email account.
  • Users may opt out or set alternate notifications.

Visit: What is the “Inbox”? or How do I use the “Inbox” as an Instructor? 

ePortfolio
ePortfolio
  • Allows students to retrieve assignments, projects, and more to display on their portfolio that were submitted in previous Canvas courses.
  • There are multiple sharing options for any user creating an ePortfolio within Canvas.

Note: Based on communication plans for important student dates, it will be important for instructors to become familiar with these settings and make recommendations to students based on how often they post content as well as make it available.

Visit: Using ePortfolios in Canvas

View: ePortfolio Overview (for Students)

Files
Files
  • Everything uploaded or copied into Canvas Files is accessible to students by default but can be changed.
  • You can create folders to organize materials.
  • Folders and items are available (ie, published) to students by default; however, they can locked or released at an instructor determined date or time.
  • File access can also be controlled by using Canvas Modules.
  • Instructors can upload multiple files, and then drag & drop files into folders.
  • All files in this area can be downloaded as a zip file.
  • You can upload a zip file into the Canvas Files area and Canvas will unzip it for you.

Note: If you have used Blackboard as a file storage repository for files storage, we recommend migrating files to One Drive. *All files are accessible to students unless you hide this tool or you lock files.

Visit: Files in Canvas

View: Files Overview

Folders
Modules
  • Modules are similar to folders and behave much the same way Learning Modules did in Blackboard.
  • Instructors can drag and drop items within a module.
  • Users can expand and collapse a module at anytime.
  • Completion requirements can be set for each individual item within a module. One Module can be set as a prerequisite to another module.
  • Modules can be setup to force a linear sequence for students.
  • Modules can be locked until a specific date.
  • Due dates and point values for assignments, graded discussions, and quizzes automatically populate on the Modules that contain them.

Note: Folders do not exist except in the Files section of Canvas. Modules are the equivalent tool that can be used to organize content, files, assignments, collaborations, quizzes, etcetera within Canvas.

Collapsing a Module for the instructor does NOT collapse that module for students. For content within a Module to be visible, the entire Module must also be published.

Visit: Modules in Canvas

View: Modules Overview

Generic Course Framework
Blueprint Course Templates
  • For an individual institution, Blueprint Courses allows Canvas admins to create content and learning objects, lock specific settings or content items, and push updates to all associated courses through course syncing.
  • Any items that are not locked can be managed individually by a course instructor.

Visit: Blueprint courses Vs. Canvas Commons

Goals
Outcomes
  • In Canvas the outcomes tool and it is very similar to the goals tool in Blackboard.
  • The outcomes tool is integrated with rubrics and assignments.
  • Any activity you create using the assignment, quiz, or discussion tool can be setup to be graded using a rubric.
  • Additionally, in Canvas rubrics can have outcomes as criteria.
  • Any outcomes you add to a rubric can be set to graded or not graded outcome. Once you start grading student work with the rubric the student outcome artifacts will display on the outcome page.

Note: All assignments can be connected to outcomes rubrics. Outcomes reports to instructors and administrators.

Visit: How do I create an Outcome for a course?

View: Outcomes Overview (for Instructors)

Grade Center
Grade Book (or Grades)
  • An assignment MUST be created to create a column in the Gradebook.
  • Discussions that are setup as graded will also appear on Assignments and an item will be added in the Gradebook.
  • Columns are sortable.
  • Grades can be weighted.
  • Instructors can curve grades.
  • SpeedGrader is available through the Gradebook.
  • The SpeedGrader tool displays submitted assignments, grading rubric, and media commenting in a single interface, which does not require downloading student file submissions.
  • Instructors can hide gradebook items using the Mute Assignment feature.
  • Instructors can message students who have yet to submit an assignment or who scored less/more than an instructor set criteria.
  • Submissions are viewable online or downloadable.
  • Comments for assessment feedback can be text or media-based.
  • Students can message instructors within the grade column.
  • Columns representing set Assignment Groups are shaded and located, by default, on the far right side of the gradebook.
  • Students are able to enter “what-if” scenarios to calculate hypothetical grades.

Note:

  • Unpublished Assignments will not appear in the Gradebook.
  • The Gradebook will not allow an instructor to enter Group Assignment grades for a student not within a group.

Visit: Grades/Grading in Canvas

View: Gradebook Overview

Groups
Groups
  • Groups have access to nearly every course tool including Announcements, Pages, Files, Discussion, Conferences, and Collaboration.
  • Access to Groups for instructor moderation seems more intuitive than many other platforms.

Note:

  • If you move a student from one group to another after grading a group assignment, they will likely carry that grade with them into their new group.
  • Changing group names or collapsing groups after the add/drop date has passed also may create issues.
  • Deleting a group site with student submissions inside of it will also delete that work from Canvas (and could be unrecoverable).

Visit: Using Groups in Canvas

View: Groups Overview

“Hidden” in Grade Center
“Muted” in Grade Center
  • Instructors can hide gradebook items using the Mute Assignment feature.

Note: Unpublished Assignments will not appear in the Gradebook.

Visit: How do I hide assignment grades in SpeedGrader? 

Inline Grading (“Annotate”) – Grade Assignment
SpeedGrader
  • Grade/give feedback on all submissions for an assignment, quiz, or graded discussion in one place.
  • Students sorting is allowed in a variety of ways, providing instructors the options to grade alphabetically, by submission date, while hiding student names, or for only students that have submitted.
  • The tool is accessible through Assignments or within Grades.
  • Submitted files can be marked with instructor comments, drawings, highlights, or text.
  • Students can download graded files as annotated PDFs.
  • Instructors are able to record audio or video feedback for each student assignment.

Note: The “Annotate” (inline grading tool) in Grade Assignment tool is the closest equivalent from Blackboard to Canvas; although, the features & functionality overall is more rich than what is available in Blackboard.

Visit: SpeedGrader in Canvas

View: SpeedGrader Overview

Item
Page (Wiki Page is same thing) with links.
  • Creating a Page and adding linked content on the page.
  • Add content to your page using the Content Selector then Edit the content and add links and files using the Rich Content Editor or switch to the HTML Editor.
Journal
*Text Assignment Submission
  • The journal tool as it lived in Blackboard is not available as a separate tool within Canvas.
  • Instructors can use the Assignment tool with a text submission option to track journal entries as an alternative to the Journal Tool in Blackboard.

Note:Instructors that desire to have this feature in Canvas can submit an Idea to the Canvas Community, which can then be voted on by community members. (Tip: Log in to Canvas first, then when you click on the link to the Canvas Community, you will be logged in.)

Visit: What assignment types can I create in a course?

Learning Module (Folders/Units)
Modules
  • Modules are similar to folders and behave much the same way Learning Modules did in Blackboard.
  • Instructors can drag and drop items within a module.
  • Users can expand and collapse a module at anytime.
  • Completion requirements can be set for each individual item within a module. One Module can be set as a prerequisite to another module.
  • Modules can be setup to force a linear sequence for students.
  • Modules can be locked until a specific date.
  • Due dates and point values for assignments, graded discussions, and quizzes automatically populate on the Modules that contain them.

Note: Folders do not exist except in the Files section of Canvas. Modules are the equivalent tool that can be used to organize content, files, assignments, collaborations, quizzes, etcetera within Canvas.

Collapsing a Module for the instructor does NOT collapse that module for students. For content within a Module to be visible, the entire Module must also be published.

Visit: Modules in Canvas

View: Modules Overview

Make Course Available
Publish Course
  • Canvas courses are set to unpublished by default.
  • Instructors MUST publish their course for students to access it.
  • After a course is published and well underway it cannot be unpublished.

Note:Many instructors have used the availability setting inside of Blackboard to temporarily disable the course from student view during high stakes examinations. After an assignment is submitted in Canvas, the ability to unpublish the course does not exist.

Visit: What are the different states of a Canvas course?

Math Editor (within the WYSIWYG Text Editor)
Math Editor (within the WYSIWYG Text Editor and direct LaTeX)
  • Canvas has an integrated tool for math and science formulas based on LaTeX, the industry standard for academic publication.
  • The LaTeX Math Editor is built into the Rich Content Editor.
  • The Rich Content Editor is used in features that support the editor (Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, Pages, Quizzes, or Syllabus).
  • Canvas also includes the option to create equations and expressions with its graphical point-and-click editor.

Note: All equations support screen readers with MathML backend.

Visit: How do I use the Math Editor in the Rich Content Editor?

Mobile App
Mobile App
  • The apps are free.
  • The Canvas App for iOS and Android are separate from the SpeedGrader App.
  • The two apps have some variations in navigation, look, and feel; however, there are plans down the road to ensure a consistency between Android and Apple devices.

Note:The SpeedGrader App is for the iOS Tablet only.

Visit: How can I use Canvas on my mobile device as an instructor?

View: For iOS and Android

My Grades
Grades
  • The Grades page in a course displays all current grades for all course assignments.
  • You can also view scoring details, comments, and rubrics.

Note: The “Annotate” (inline grading tool) in Grade Assignment tool is the closest equivalent from Blackboard to Canvas; although, the features & functionality overall is more rich than what is available in Blackboard.

Visit: How do I view my grades in a current course (for Students)

No Equivalent
Syllabus
  • Canvas has its own syllabus creator, with a rich content editor that allows you to copy and paste an already-created syllabus or build a new one, with option so insert pictures, insert a downloadable syllabus file, link to external and internal resources, et cetera.
  • The Syllabus also includes an automatically generated course summary of all published assignments, organized by due date, to help you and your students stay organized.
  • The Syllabus is automatically defaulted to your home page.
  • Setting up due dates for assignments, discussions, and quizzes automatically populates at the bottom of the Syllabus page.
  • Dates that appear on the Syllabus also appear on the Calendar.
  • Objects such as Assignments, Discussions, Quizzes, or other calendar items are hyperlinked from the bottom of the Syllabus page to the content automatically.
  • The top of the Syllabus page can be edited to allow sharing of files or to paste in formatted text, links to specific course content.

Note:The Syllabus page can be used to set the Home Page of the course, the spot students land upon clicking the course from their Dashboard.

Visit: How do I use the Syllabus as an instructor? or How do I edit the Syllabus in a course?

View: Courses Creation & Management

No Equivalent
Communication Preferences
  • Canvas has its own syllabus creator, with a rich content editor that allows you to copy and paste an already-created syllabus or build a new one, with option so insert pictures, insert a downloadable syllabus file, link to external and internal resources, et cetera.
  • The Syllabus also includes an automatically generated course summary of all published assignments, organized by due date, to help you and your students stay organized.
  • The Syllabus is automatically defaulted to your home page.
  • Setting up due dates for assignments, discussions, and quizzes automatically populates at the bottom of the Syllabus page.
  • Dates that appear on the Syllabus also appear on the Calendar.
  • Objects such as Assignments, Discussions, Quizzes, or other calendar items are hyperlinked from the bottom of the Syllabus page to the content automatically.
  • The top of the Syllabus page can be edited to allow sharing of files or to paste in formatted text, links to specific course content.

Note:The Syllabus page can be used to set the Home Page of the course, the spot students land upon clicking the course from their Dashboard.

Visit: How do I set my Canvas notification preferences as an instructor?

View: Notification Settings

Notification Dashboard
Recent Activity
  • The Recent Activity links allow you to expand, remove, or navigate to that item within the course.
  • There is Global Navigation Activity and Course Activity Feeds, both of which display information pertaining to announcements, discussions, assignments, and conversations, including due date changes, assignment changes, graded and ungraded items, and much more.
  • The difference is that one is available within the Dashboard, the other within the Course.

Note: Because all course activity displays in these feeds, it may not be necessary to receive all notifications via related communication preferences (ie, email, text, social sites, etcetera); therefore, it is important to review Notification settings to prevent the numerous communication protocols available within the Canvas platform.

Visit: Course Activity and Global Activity

View: Notification Preferences

Notification Settings (settings>notification settings)
Notification Settings (communication preferences)
  • Add additional contact methods in addition to email, including Text messaging, Twitter, Facebook, or even personal emails.
  • Students can define which objects trigger notifications as well as how often to receive them.

Note: Based on communication plans for important student dates, it will be important for instructors to become familiar with these settings and make recommendations to students based on how often they post content as well as make it available.

Visit: How do I set my Canvas notification preferences as an instructor?

View: Notification Preferences Overview

O365 in Teams
Collaborations
  • Collaborations allow users to collaborate on a single instance of the same document.
  • Provides a way for instructors to integrate the use of Microsoft Office 365 to create a collaboration with a Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint file within a coursecourse.
  • You can select individual users, groups, or both as part of a collaboration.
  • To alert invitees about collaborations, you can create course events in the Calendar.

Note:

  • If you cannot create a Microsoft collaboration, this feature has not been enabled for the course.
  • Once you invite a user to a collaboration, the collaboration is available to the user in the user’s Microsoft OneDrive. Uninviting the user or deleting the collaboration does not remove access to the collaboration once a user has been added.
  • When creating a collaboration you cannot link to a previously created collaboration.

Visit: How do I create and O365 Collaboration?

View: Collaborations Overview for Instructors

Performance Dashboard (Evaluation) Course Activity Reports
Course Analytics & Course Access Report
  • Student analytics show you how well a particular student is doing in your course.
  • Depending on the users actions, analytics for course participation can include when a user joined a web conference, posted a new comment to a discussion or an announcement, submits a quiz, as well as when a user starts taking a quiz, submits an assignment or creates a wiki page.

Note: Instructors can also view student analytics after a course has concluded. You can also view specific content participation data in the course access report.

Visit: How do I view analytics for a student in a course?

View: Course and Student Analytics Overview

Pool (Random block of questions)
Question Bank
  • Account-level question banks are question banks created and stored at the account level. This allows instructors to access and use general content for quizzes.

Note:You can create account and sub-account level Question Banks in your Canvas instance. This allows anyone in the account to have access to the questions.

Visit: How do I create a question bank in a course?

View: Question Banks Overview

Rubrics
Rubrics & Outcomes
  • Integrates with graded items.
  • Add media comments and integration within SpeedGrader.
  • Instructors can override a grade produced by clicking the Rubric criteria.
  • Students can view the rubric within their Grades area.
  • Rubrics can be added to quizzes.

Note: All Rubrics are managed via Outcomes. ***Blackboard Rubrics will not migrate to Canvas.

Visit: Rubrics in Canvas

View: Rubrics Overview

Self and Peer Assessment
* Assignments with Peer Review Enabled (No Equivalent for Self Assessment)
  • The Self and Peer Assessment Tool was unique in Blackboard from many other tools and allows instructors to create specific tasks for assessing student learning.
  • Peer Review is a feature of the Assignment tool in Canvas.
  • Assignments with enabled Peer Review will both allow for self and peer assessment options.
  • Self Assessment can be achieved in a variety of ways including using the assignment tool with feedback or having students submit a quiz with varying point values assigned that correlate to self-assessment criteria.

Note: In Canvas, Self-Assessments are being discussed at https://community.canvaslms.com/thread/3531. Join the conversation!

Visit: How do I use peer review assignments in a course? and How do I create a peer review assignment?

View: Assignments Overview

Send Email
Communications (Inbox, Send Messages, Conversations)
  • Private messages appear in your Inbox within Canvas; notifications will push out to Email, Twitter, Facebook, Text Message, depending upon your selection.
  • Discussion responses can be accessed from Inbox.
  • Messages can include file attachments, webcam recordings, media uploads, or plain text.
  • Conversation messages are also generated by a comment made by a student or instructor on an assignment.
  • By default, students receive email for every announcement and message; however, students can control in a granular way how and when they receive messaging.

Note: A message is sent to students for every published assignment. Encourage students to review their notification settings prior to the start of the semester and change the settings to their liking and so that they aren’t overwhelmed by messaging from Canvas.

Visit: How do I send a message to all course users in the Inbox as an instructor?

View: Conversations Overview

Settings (personal user)
Account (Settings)
  • Profile and User Settings let you control your personal information in Canvas.

Note: WCU may restrict one or more settings options.

Visit: What are profile & user settings?

View: User Settings & Profile picture

Statistic Tracking
Course (Student) Analytics
  • Student Analytics identify specific user tracking as well as assignment and grade distribution trends.
  • Course statistics help instructors identify which content items students are interacting with.

Visit: Course Analytics

View: Course & Student Analytics Overview

Student Preview
Student View
  • Student View in Canvas enrolls a test student in the course, but will not prompt you to remove the student when you exit the preview.
  • An instructor must leave Student View in order to return to instructor editing tools.

Note: Once accessing student view a student named Test Student appears in the Grades area of the course and can be removed by the instructor through the course settings.

Visit: How do I view a course as a test student using Student View?

Support Resources Tab (Instructor Blackboard Help/Student Blackboard Help/Submit a Ticket)
Help
  • To reach a Canvas support analyst, click “Canvas Support Chat” for a live chat 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Call the Instructor Canvas Support Hotline at 1-833-476-1171 for on-demand support.
  • Students can call the Student Canvas Support Hotline at +1-855-338-2770.
  • The big difference is that support is provided directly by Canvas Technicians.
  • Canvas Status available at http://status.instructure.com/ will automatically update in the event of any system problems.
  • Ask the Community allows instructors to receive help from Experts from all around the world and is available on the Help section within Canvas.

Note:Canvas Support will guide students towards their instructor when appropriate, or to WCU staff as needed and depending on the specific issue.

Visit: help.wcu.edu

View: Canvas Help Resources for All Users

Tasks
No Equivalent
  • Calendar items can be added.
  • To-Do lists can be created (by students) in the dashboard.

Note: The “Annotate” (inline grading tool) in Grade Assignment tool is the closest equivalent from Blackboard to Canvas; although, the features & functionality overall is more rich than what is available in Blackboard.

Visit: How do I use the “To-do” list and sidebar in the Dashboard?

Wiki
Pages (a page that can be edited by students)
  • Pages function much like a Wiki where all edits are tracked (and the history of the edits).
  • Instructors can grant editing privileges to students.
  • Pages can include text, video links, links to files, embedded files, linked files, YouTube, PAnopto, links to other course tools, and much more.
  • A page in Canvas can be set as the Home Page of the course.
  • Pages can be added to Canvas Modules and be linked to other pages.

Note: Media is not to be directly into Canvas.Embedded media cannot be used.

Visit: Pages in Canvas

View: Pages Overview (Instructor)