How do the Canvas tools compare with those in Sakai?

Canvas allows both instructors and students to integrate common social media programs such as Facebook and Twitter into their coursework. Multimedia items such as videos and audio recordings can be easily incorporated into content and student assignment submissions. Below is a list of tools offered by each learning management system.

Manage site participants, copy from an existing course Site Info   Settings Can copy selected items, not just entire tools
View the site participants list Roster   People  
Manage sections within a site Section Info Assign TAs to sections Settings  
View general information and notices of recent announcements, discussions, calendar and chat items Home   Home Lets instructors combine material from Assignments, Syllabus or Modules
Content Delivery
Upload and organize files to other websites Resources Includes URLs to web sites
Can use WebDAV to upload/download multiple files
Can reorder
Files Can upload in batch using .zip file
Access an external website from the course menubar Web Content Allows instructors to add more tools on menubar
Post a summary outline and/or requirements for a course Syllabus Can upload existing Word doc Syllabus Automatically adds Assignments
View content from online sources News  
Manage individual podcast and podcast feed information Podcasts  
Sequence content and release material based on mastery Lessons   Modules  
Provide context and organization for course materials Wiki   Pages  
Post, submit and grade assignments online Assignments   Assignments Includes group work, peer reviews
Store and compute assessment grades from Tests & Quizzes, Assignments or those manually entered Gradebook   Grades Can use rubrics to standardize grades and provide expectations for students
SpeedGrader™ Easy access to grades and submissions; allows for multimedia input by both instructors and students
Allow extra credit and dropping lowest grades Gradebook 2 Allows instructors to upload and approve grades in batch to UDSIS  
Upload .csv formatted files to display feedback (e.g., comments, grades) to site participants PostEm Lets instuctors give students textual feedback and upload in batch
Create and administer online assessments Tests & Quizzes   Quizzes  
Show student activity on course Statistics   Analytics  
Outcomes Enables faculty to track students’ progress as measured by pedagogical goals or desired outcomes
Post current or time-critical information Announcements   Announcements  
Post and view deadlines and events Schedule Can post recurring events Calendar  
Display e-mail to and from participants in the course Messages   Inbox  
Provide area for asynchronous, threaded discussions online Forums Permissions can be set to let one group read and another post. Discussions Discussions can be graded individually.  Instructors can require students to read another's reply before posting.
Create and view blogs, chronological postings centered on author Blogs  
Hold real-time conversations in written form Chat Room Postings are archived Conferences Instructors can broadcast real-time audio, video, demo applications on your desktop, share presentation slides, or demo any online resources
Conduct anonymous polls or voting Polls  
Edit pages and content collaboratively Wiki   Collaborations Using Google Docs and EtherPad multiple users can work together on the same document at the same time

Fall 2017 rosters

Student enrollments for Fall 2017 will be synchronized in Canvas starting on Tuesday, Aug 15th.

Instructor notes:

  • Your course must be published for students to have access. Students are automatically listed under People. Publishing the course makes it available to your students. To publish/un-publish the course, please refer to this instruction.

IT Academic Technology Services staff is always available at the Faculty Commons (116 Pearson Hall) to help you decide between the different educational technology options supported at UD.


Course Start and End Dates

There are now course start and end dates on all Canvas course sites, including sites from all previous terms. Two weeks prior to the start of the semester, the course will open. If the course is published those enrolled will have access. End dates have also been added to each site, which is two weeks after the end date of that current semester. At that time students will no longer have access to the site. Faculty will still be able to see the site.

If for any reason access needs to extend beyond these start and end dates, the course instructor need to fill out this form.

IT Academic Technology Services staff is always available at the Faculty Commons (116 Pearson Hall) to help you decide between the different educational technology options supported at UD.

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