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|
|Upload and organize files to other websites||Resources||Includes URLs to web sites
Can use WebDAV to upload/download multiple files
|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|
Summer and Fall 2016 Courses
Instructors can request Summer and Fall 2016 course sites. Please allow three business days for courses to be processed. Once created, you can copy content from previous Canvas sites in Settings > Import content into this course.
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.
Known issue: Submitting in Assignments fails when using Internet Explorer 11 or Edge
IT was notified by Instructure that they have received a number of support requests regarding issues related to assignment submissions not being processed when using Internet Explorer 11 or Edge. The issue seems to be related to Smart Filtering, and they are investigating how to fix the issue.
In the meantime, students are encouraged to use one of the other Canvas-supported browsers if they need to submit anything.