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.

Sakai
Canvas
Administration
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  
Presentation
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  
Assessment
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
Communication
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  
Collaboration
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

Known Issue

Microsoft email accounts (Hotmail, Live, MSN, Outlook.com) prevent original guest account invitations from being delivered

As staff and faculty use the Sakai and Canvas Guest Accounts services, we have noticed that when they invite guests who use Microsoft-hosted email account domains, such as:

  • @hotmail.com
  • @live.com
  • @msn.com
  • @outlook.com
  • or any country-specific ones, such as @msn.ca, or @hotmail.br

… the original invitation is not delivered properly, preventing the guest from completing the registration process. We recommend avoiding those email addresses as guest accounts, or making sure guests add the @udel.edu to their safe list in their email account settings. See complete instructions on the Sakai@UD blog >


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