Canvas has a great many features “out of the box.” But no system is perfect for every situation.  Canvas has an extensible platform that allows for “plug-ins,” “LTIs” or “integrations” that work in a way that is integrated with the system.  Although salespeople at conferences might tell you differently, integrations take time to implement, and like all other software that handles student data, must go through the same review processes for security, state and federal law compliance, and technical issues. 

In order to maintain a level of parity or better going into the launch of Canvas in May, the project implementation team has worked to enable the following integrations in Canvas.  These are working fully in the pilot environment and will be available as you build your courses. 

Some integrations are considered core functions of the university and thus are fully supported by ITHelp and the LMS TeamThese Include:

Microsoft Office 365 

OneDrive objects can be inserted fully into courses as a part of course building, grading, or from students submitting assignments. The Canvas inbox communicates with Outlook.  And the Canvas calendar can, with appropriate settings, update the Outlook calendar. 

Microsoft Teams Meetings

Microsoft Teams meetings can be arranged for classes or groups and will appear on the Canvas calendar. It can be accessed under the additional items plug-in tool in the rich content editor.


Panopto is the university’s chosen video streaming and storage platform.  Faculty and Staff can store and stream unlimited amounts of content in support of educational objectivesPanopto is fully integrated into the Canvas rich content editor (authoring tool). 


Instructors can import course rosters into PollEverywhere from Canvas. 


Zoom is the preferred choice for video conferencing at Western Carolina. It is as fully integrated as is possible into Canvas. (May require an additional authentication or sign- in). It is managed from the left navigation bar and will require enabling in your course if you want to manage your meetings in the LMS.

Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor


A custom browser that limits student machine use during an exam and a related recording tool for monitoring compliance with academic integrity standards. Training is provided by the vendor. WCU can troubleshoot some issues, but most data is only available to the instructor or to the vendor in the case of a dispute.


A custom integration used and supported by the College of Education and Allied Professions for assessment and tracking.

The following integration is so ubiquitous that we couldn’t leave it out.  We’ll do our best to keep the integration working, but the details are up to Google. 


To add a YouTube video into a course you can drop in a link or, using the “plug” button in the rich content editor, can drop a YouTube window into your content in the same way you could with the “Mashup” in Blackboard.

You Say You Want Integration?

We’ve compiled answers to some of your questions about integrations (LTI’s in the jargon) here: What is an Integration in Canvas (and How Do I Request One?) 

How does this align to Canvas training materials?

Canvas logoPriming the Canvas: Module 6 “Structuring the Course”


Additional Resources:

Our next article will highlight Being First Day Ready with Canvasvisit Canvas Blog to see all our Canvas articles.