One of the reasons that WCU chose Canvas was for the shift in student engagement and consumption of media using mobile devices. The best way to design your courses is, of course, using your computer, but your students will appreciate efforts to make the course more engaging, immediate, and easy to access.
Canvas has two apps for smart devices, the Canvas Student App, and the Canvas Teacher App. As an instructor, you will use the teacher app most of the time. It will allow you to do many of the things that you can do in the full web-browser but will be more accessible. Pilot faculty report that using the Speed-grader function on their tablets is especially convenient. With the Teacher app you can keep track of the progress of your course and interact with students.
Most instructors will also want to download the Canvas Student App if only for the fact that when the Teacher app is accessing a common element with both Apps, it will open the student app to give the most accurate representation of the student’s view.
At WCU, the Panopto video storage and streaming platform is also integrated into Canvas and for full video functionality both you and your students should download the Panopto app. In the same manner downloading, installing, and logging into your Microsoft Outlook App, the Microsoft Teams App, and the Microsoft OneDrive App will add even more functionality to both of your Canvas Apps.
Canvas Teacher App
Canvas ToDo List
App Capabilities and Limitations
With the Canvas Teacher App, You Can:
- View Your Course Materials
- Email Students
- Email Photos and Audio Clips to Your Students from Your Phone
- Do basic grading of Assignments, Quizzes, Tests and Discussions
- Add simple text pages to existing Canvas modules
- Create spontaneous non-graded group discussions
Your students can use the App to:
- Send and reply to course messages
- Record and submit short audio and video clips to discussions and assignments
- Attach files to discussions and assignments from devices and from OneDrive (if installed)
- Take quizzes (low stakes – will not work with Respondus Lockdown or Monitor)
Meeting students where they live often encourages deeper engagement with subject matter.
In Canvas you can encourage the use of mobile apps to help the students:
- Remain engaged with your course and activities
- Get reminders of due dates and upcoming meetings
- Access course material in a variety of environments
- Remain more organized and use their time and resources wisely
While the basic Canvas layout and the full use of Canvas tools like the calendar, the syllabus tool, and modules will help make your Canvas course more mobile friendly, there are ways to improve it more. A travel or experiential learning class, for example, might want to adjust all the online material in such a way that it could all be accomplished on cell phones.
We also urge faculty to use caution when using the app to build courses. It is best to start on a full computer browser. The app does not allow you to create quizzes or exams, to add graded discussions, to create a module or group, or to create or modify a rubric
Encourage your students to download the Student App, the Panopto App, the Zoom and/or MS Teams App, and the OneDrive app for full functionality.
There are Additional Training Courses About Mobile Apps available in the Canvas Training Services Portal which is available under the help tab in the WCU Canvas environment.
Banerjee, Robert. The Effect of Mobile Apps on Academic Success. (2019, March 7). EdTech Digest. https://www.edtechdigest.com/2019/03/07/the-effect-of-mobile-apps-on-academic-success/
How does this align to Canvas training materials?
Priming the Canvas: Module 6 “Structuring the Course”
- How do I get help with the Teacher app on my Android device or iOS device?
- Download the Canvas Android Mobile App
- Download the Canvas iOS Mobile App
- Mobile Users Group Hub | Canvas Community
- Visit canvas.wcu.edu
- Contact the 24/7 Canvas Help if you need help with issues as you are working in Canvas. (NOTE: 24/7 Canvas Help goes away on June 30 and Help will be taken over by the WCU Helpdesk which is not manned 24/7).
- Canvas Migration FAQ
- Register for one of the Zoom sessions which will be held on Thursdays and Fridays at 11:00 A.M. after reviewing the Priming the Canvas Course. This week’s sessions will cover Discussions in Canvas as well as How to release content conditionally in Canvas.
Our next article will highlight Rubrics in Canvas; visit Canvas Blog to see all our Canvas articles.