Close your eyes. Now let’s jump in the Wayback Machine to a time before social media came into our lives. It was a slower, quieter time back then, right?

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Jump to today.

Ping! Checks phone. Reads notification. Scrolls feeds from Facebook, Insta, Snap and Twitter.

Ping! Gets a notification from the fantasy football league.

Ping! Receives a text from BFF.

Ping! Aunt Nancy wants to FaceTime you.

According to a study by research firm Dscout, we touch our cell phone 2,617 times a day. Like it or not, this is our new reality. We’re always on the move, and we feel comfortable socializing and engaging through social media.

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Engagement is a key factor for student success and outcomes, so it’s critical for edtech to stay on par with social media trends and new ways we stay connected. That’s where Notebowl comes in.

Here are a few of the top reasons faculty are integrating Notebowl’s social learning platform into their classrooms inside of Canvas.

They need more social features

Many faculty enjoy using Canvas today, but are missing the social media features students loved for more than a decade. To make their classrooms feel as familiar as Facebook, faculty are integrating with Notebowl — giving students that social vibe they’re used to. (Check out the resource section at the end of the article for feature details).

They need to build a community in their classrooms

Faculty love using Notebowl inside of Canvas for lots of reasons. But the ability to build a collaborative community is one of their favorites.

In the bulletin, a real-time news feed, students can stay up to date through social media-like posts and comments from their course including the professor and classmates. Students can help each other solve problems and collaborate on assignments. Within the bulletin, they can post questions and share content to support a discussion or just a fun meme (classroom-appropriate, of course) to make the class LOL.

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Students may ask questions anonymously, and it can even improve classroom engagement!

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They require deeper assigned discussions with analytics

Who doesn’t want more participation from their students? With Notebowl and Canvas integrated, students can also interact with each other, comment, like posts, and upload links and images within assigned social media-like discussion boards right inside of Canvas Assignments or Modules. Take a look below on how we add Notebowl discussion boards as Canvas assignments.

Create assigned discussions right within Canvas Assignments or Modules.


The same exact bulletin (i.e. news feed) is directly integrated inside of Canvas assignments to make it that much easier to have discussion boards that increase engagement and make it easier for students to be graded on assigned discussions.

Bonus: Notebowl’s quick grader. The quick grader makes it super easy to evaluate assigned student discussions, which equals time saved.

Time: that little thing that is always escaping us these days.


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Resources on Integrating Canvas and Notebowl

So there you have it. If you’re not feeling a connection to your students just yet, don’t fret. Get social.

Add Notebowl’s bulletin for complete community engagement in your classrooms and extend your topics or assigned discussions into Notebowl discussion boards. Analyze, use metrics and grade all in one place (no more multiple screens for grading).

Engaged students are more likely to be successful ones. That’s why the social learning features of Notebowl complement Canvas classrooms so well.

Check out these resources or request a personalized demo for more on the power of Canvas and Notebowl together:

[Feature Page] Integrating Canvas with Notebowl

[Recorded Webinar] Social Learning Comes to Canvas with Notebowl (43:33)

[Video Demo] Canvas + Notebowl (2:12)

[Canvas Blog] How Canvas is Using Notebowl for Social Learning

[Notebowl Blog] Canvas Partners with Notebowl to Offer Social Learning for Millions

We Want Your Ideas

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We are always working on enhancements. Feedback and insights from our students, faculty, and administrators are what motivate us to continue enhancing your experience. 

Don’t see a feature you want? Let us know how we can make your experience even better!