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


I just changed my classes, when will I get access to my new course sites?

UD's learning management systems sync with UDSIS enrollments overnight. If you are officially registered, that registration usually is reflected in granting you access the next morning. This can extend to the morning after if you registered later in the day, after the UDSIS roster extract process.

Before contacting the IT Support Center, consider the following:

  1. Double-check in UDSIS to see if the class is officially on your schedule. Note the course number and section.
  2. Your new class might be on Sakai, Canvas, or might not be using a learning management system at all. Check the current Sakai@UD and Canvas@UD course list.
  3. If you need access today, contact your instructor and ask them to add you to their course site manually.

If you have been registered for more than 2 days and still don't have access, contact the IT Support Center.


Student Access to Fall 2015 Courses

  • STUDENTS: Student rosters will be loaded to summer semester's Canvas sites on Tuesday, August 18th. New students should verify that their UDelNet account is active. Most instructors will give you access to your sites during the first week of class (starting September 1st).
  • INSTRUCTORS: Instructors can prevent students from viewing a Canvas course site by leaving their site unpublished. When the course is ready, remember to publish it.



Fall 2015 courses

Instructors can request Fall 2015 course sites. Please allow five 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 options supported at UD.

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