Save time.
Save effort.
Save the world? (TWO out of three AIN’T BAD.)

We can’t put more hours in your day, but we can help you waste fewer of them wrestling with your LMS. Canvas adapts to both how you prefer to work and the tools you work with. It provides easy-to-use, complementary tools that make course management a breeze. Whether it’s Canvas’ SpeedGrader, mobile apps or flexible communication tools, you’re going to save all sorts of time and effort.

Canvas App Center

The Canvas App Center is your gateway to a world of powerful teaching tools. Even the least tech-savvy teachers can easily browse a library of LTI tools and install them in a single click— no IT help necessary. Powerful tools like Khan Academy, Google Charts, Wordpress, Flat World Knowledge, Open Tapestry, and many more can now be easily installed, allowing teachers to create a truly custom teaching experience.

Students also have LTI installation access to popular tools like Twitter and Dropbox—all just a click away. The Canvas Center opens the door to more possibilities for teachers and students alike.

Graphic analytics reporting engine

With dashboard views customized for students, teachers and administrators, Canvas Analytics take course data to a whole new level. Analytics give students continuous feedback and allow teachers to measure effectiveness of content, view learning outcomes and intervene when students need extra help. And with side-by-side comparisons of courses and departments, administrators have a bird’s eye view of the whole institution.

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Integrated media recorder

What if you could easily include audio or video comments as part of a course discussion or when grading student work? With Canvas, you can. All you need is a computer or mobile device with a microphone and camera—and Canvas does the rest. Multimedia messages can be attached to personal messages, assignments, discussions and even graded work.

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Integrated learning outcomes reduce the effort and expense of accreditation. Outcomes connect coursework with competencies defined at any level of the institution, so assessing student learning has never been easier. And when aligned with rubrics, outcomes help improve teacher feedback—and may even inspire better student performance.

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Automated Tasks

Repetition has its place in the learning process, but who needs practice rescheduling due dates? When you create or update an assignment in Canvas, it automatically populates the syllabus, gradebook and calendar, so you can maximize your time by minimizing repetitive tasks. And with the Canvas files repository, you’ll save even more time by easily sharing documents between courses.

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Notification Preferences

For each type of course notification—announcements, due date changes, discussion replies and more—you decide how and when you’re alerted. You can choose from email and text message or stay connected via Facebook, Twitter and other Web services. You can also control how often you receive notifications, so important messages never fall through the cracks.

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SpeedGrader annotations

Canvas’ SpeedGrader converts documents automatically, so teachers can preview and annotate student submissions—all without having to download or upload files. Beyond standard text-based feedback, the inline annotation tool enables highlighting, strikeout and freehand drawing. With so many tools to simplify grading, teachers may decide to assign an extra essay or two.

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Ease of Use

Canvas is all about usability. From the very beginning, it was designed with end-users in mind, so its real power comes from its simplicity. In study after study, users of all abilities say Canvas’ interface is clean, intuitive and easy to navigate. This minimizes user frustration, reduces support costs and ultimately, lets Canvas users focus on what’s truly important—whether that’s calculus, English lit, finance or medicine.

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iOS and Android

Learning happens everywhere. That’s why Canvas mobile apps for iOS and Android give students and teachers the tools they need to make it happen whenever and wherever they are. From SpeedGrader for iPad to multimedia discussions that allow you to upload videos recorded on your phone or tablet, Canvas takes learning way beyond the classroom.

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User-customizable navigation

One-size-fits-all doesn’t work for course navigation. When you create a new course, Canvas automatically hides links to empty course elements—then turns them on once you add content. You can reorder navigation links or decide yourself which ones to hide by simply dragging and dropping links from the course settings page. It’s that simple.

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RSS Support

Teachers can create announcements that feed directly from external Web sites, allowing the flow of new course information to run on autopilot. Announcement feeds can even be limited to select keywords, so students only receive the most relevant updates. Teachers can also turn on an RSS podcast feed, allowing media posts to be picked up by programs like iTunes.

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Download and upload zip files

If you prefer to use external tools or need to work offline, Canvas gives you the flexibility to download a zipped collection of files from your course. Then, when you’re ready, you can easily upload the revised or graded files back to Canvas. Your LMS should accommodate your workflow—not the other way around.

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Once you use SpeedGrader, you won’t know how you ever survived without it. Within one frame, you can view, score and provide audio, video or written feedback on submissions. Not only does it cut down unnecessary steps and make grading faster, it provides built-in rubrics and learning outcomes, so you can focus on what really counts. And because grades are transferred automatically from SpeedGrader to the gradebook, you can use the time you save on data entry to provide even more student feedback.

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