Comparison Chart

This chart compares tools from Learn with its Canvas equivalent. Please use the information provided below to help familiarize yourself with the tools that are offered in Canvas, and where to find them. At this time, the information presented on this page is mostly tailored for instructors.

Learn ToolCanvas ToolNotable Differences
Announcements

Announcements

Documentation What are Announcements?

Video  Announcements Overview 

New Functionality New Functionality

  • Option to show recent announcements as part of the course home page
Assignments

Assignments

Documentation What are Assignments?

Video  Assignments Overview

New Functionality New Functionality

  • Students now see a progress indicator while files are uploading, unlike with Learn where there was no indication. This us especially useful for when a student is on a slow connection or when uploading a large file.
  • When an Assignment is created and published, it is added to the Assignment page, Syllabus, and Calendar (will only appear on the Calendar if the assignment has a set due date). When the assignment is edited/updated, all other links are automatically updated.
  • Instructors can limit the type of file allowed to be uploaded
  • Functionality to require Peer Reviews is built in and can be enabled in the Assignment settings.
  • Students can see upcoming assignments that are published but not yet available
Calendar

Course Calendar

Documentation Calendar Basics for Instructors

Video  Calendar Overview 

New Functionality New Functionality

  • Calendar automatically links with Syllabus tool (the Syllabus tool in Learn doesn't have automatic linking) and displays assessments and due dates.
  • Assignments can be created directly from the Calendar.
  • Calendar items can be dragged and dropped within the calendar to change the assignment due date.
Check Course Links

Course Link Validator

Documentation How do I validate links in a course? 

New Functionality New Functionality

  • Detailed list of broken links and how they are broken
  • Detects links that are unreachable (such as 404, and server not found errors)
  • Lets you know if unpublished content is referenced in the course
Content Collection

Files

DocumentationWhat are files?

Video  Files Overview

New Functionality New Functionality

  • Students are given their own "My Files" section where they can upload and manage their own library of files.
  • Access can be managed for the "Files" section of the course as an instructor. You can choose to unpublish specific content in your course Files page
  • Files can be quickly moved between directories using Drag and Drop. Instructors can also drag and drop files between courses.
  • A storage meter is displayed to monitor remaining course quota
  • Items that are in your Commons favorites can be quickly imported into the Files section of the course

Loss of Functionality Loss of Functionality

  • No Sort by File type (You can search by file type e.g., jpg, png.) 
Content Item/Blank Page

Pages

DocumentationWhat are Pages?

Video  Files Overview

New Functionality New Functionality

  • Pages in Canvas have history/versioning and revert/rollback.
Course Copy/Import Package

Course Copy/Import Tool

Documentation Import Course Content/Copy This Course

DocumentationWhat is the Course Import Tool?

DocumentationHow do I import a Canvas course export package?

New Functionality New Functionality

  • Can adjust events and due dates when performing a Course Copy  
  • Course Copy logs will provide direct links to course items that had issues on the import.
  • Content imported twice will override content, not duplicate it.
  • Ability to select and import content type: Import from D2L, Blackboard Learn, Common Cartridge, Moodle, and more.
  • Import Job status notification details if the import is in progress, complete, or if it failed.

Loss of Functionality Loss of Functionality

  • Course import log summary and log details
  • Import files cannot be downloaded after 500 days.
Course Link

Course Link

Documentation How do I Create Links to Course or Group Content

New Functionality New Functionality

  • Improved, updated interface

Loss of Functionality Loss of Functionality

  • Only available within the Rich Content Editor
Course List

Courses 

Documentation How do I customize my Courses list as an instructor?

 

Dashboard
Documentation How do I use the Dashboard as an instructor?

New Functionality New Functionality 

  • The ability to “favorite” courses.
  • The ability to add a Nickname, change card colors add images to cards.
  • Quicklinks on cards to common course tools.

Informational Notes Informational/Good to know

  • You must click “All Courses” to see courses from a past term.
  • More modernized look and feel.
Course Menu

Navigation Menu 

Documentation How do I use the Course Navigation Menu as an instructor?

Documentation How do I manage Course Navigation links?

New Functionality New Functionality 

  • All coursework such as assignments and quizzes can be found in the appropriate category, regardless of their location in the modules.

Loss of Functionality Loss of Functionality

  • Currently, Canvas does not allow you to create unique course navigation menu links nor rename existing menu links.

Informational Notes Informational/Good to know.

  • Canvas provides a consistent Menu and naming convention for all courses.
  • Custom course navigation links can be added using the Redirect Tool.
Discussion Board/ Group Discussion

Discussions

Documentation What are Discussions?

Documentation How do I create a group discussion in a course?

Video  Discussions Overview

New Functionality New Functionality 

  • Discussions are more streamlined and more straight forward with fewer layers
  • Discussions can be threaded or unthreaded
  • Discussions can be pinned
  • Discussions can be set to read only (Closed for Comments).
  • Can filter responses to specific people.
  • Discussions can be assigned to Groups. There’s no need to make a discussion thread per group like in Learn.
  • Group Discussions are easier to create. Now, it is a setting that can be enabled in the Discussion settings and is no longer a separate tool.
  • Easier to modify the description for all Group Discussions in the set since there is really only one discussion topic (whereas in Learn you would have to go into each group forum to modify the description)

Loss of Functionality Loss of Functionality

  • Lack of Anonymous and Force Moderation options
  • Unable to disable inserting file attachments or images from the Rich Content Editor (RCE) in Discussions
  • Unable to set how many posts before entering the "Needs Grading" status
Export/Archive

Export Content

DocumentationHow do I export a Canvas course?

New Functionality New Functionality

  • Export progress bar
  • Quiz Export

Loss of Functionality Loss of Functionality

  • Ability to choose specific things to export.
  • "Archive" option - student data and work are not retained in Canvas Exports.
Folders

None 

Informational Notes Informational/Good to know

  • Learning materials are organized using Modules in Canvas. For more information, see Learning Modules.
Grade Center

Grades 

DocumentationWhat are Grades and the Gradebook?

DocumentationHow do I use the Gradebook?

DocumentationWhat is SpeedGrader?

DocumentationHow do I weight the final course grade based on assignment groups?

Video  SpeedGrader Overview

New Functionality New Functionality

  • You can now arrange column order automatically.
  • Filtering options by Section (only applies to crosslisted courses), or Modules are now available.
  • Assignment Group Total Columns automatically appear at the far right of the Gradebook.
  • Students can calculate hypothetical total scores using the What-If feature.
  • You can curve grades for an assignment using a bell curve based on a manually entered average score.
  • Row colors alternate to improve readability.
  • You can create Late and Missing Policies to automatically apply grading to late and missed assignments.

Loss of Functionality Loss of Functionality

  • You cannot hide assignment columns or Assignment Group Total Columns from the instructor.
  • You cannot hide rows from the instructor.
  • You cannot manually create a column in the gradebook without creating an offline assignment.
  • You cannot create Weighted, Average, Minimum/Maximum, or Total Columns.
  • You cannot weight individual assignments (weighting is done by Assignment Group).
  • You cannot override the maximum point value of a column.

Informational Notes Informational/Good to know

  • How to make Weighted Totals (See documentation as well): Under the assignments section, click on the 3 dot (kebab) menu on the top right of the page. Select Assignment Groups Weight>check Weight final grade based on assignment groups and enter the desired weights for each Category.
Groups

Groups 

DocumentationWhat are Student Groups?

DocumentationGroups: Creation & Management

New Functionality New Functionality

  • Discussions can be assigned to all groups at once (via the main course Discussions)
  • Can create Groups while setting up an Assignment or Discussion
  • Can assign a leader to each group
  • Group assignments can be configured so that each student in the group needs to submit their own portion/version of the assignment.
  • Students can create their own groups (instructor can choose not to allow this on a per course basis)
  • Drag and drop group editing functionality
Kaltura

Kaltura 

DocumentationKaltura Documentation

New Functionality New Functionality

  • Express Capture - able to record video and audio clips directly from your browser without needing to download an app. 
  • Playlists - Instructors can now group videos into playlists
  • Chapters - Instructors can break up a video into chapters that includes a description of the chapter.
  • Instructors can also add a PowerPoint to a video, inserting the slides into the alternate screen of the video.
  • Hotspots - Clickable objects that can be configured to appear in the video at a certain timestamp. Clicking the object can link out to a different page or resource.

Loss of Functionality Loss of Functionality

  • Content in Media Galleries do not automatically carry over in a Course Copy, but they can be manually imported using the Media Gallery Import feature.
Learning Modules

Modules 

DocumentationWhat are Modules?

New Functionality New Functionality

  • Modules allow students to easily navigate online content with a consistent structure amongst all courses.
  • Modules are uniformly laid out in a linear arrangement that integrates various forms of content efficiently.
  • Modules can be hidden or revealed using accordion style filtering.

Loss of Functionality Loss of Functionality

  • No Auto-generated Table of Contents
  • Can't have nested modules
Manage Course Assistants

None - Researching a Solution

Informational Notes Informational/Good to know

Media Mashups (Kaltura, YouTube)

Apps (Canvas RCE) 

DocumentationEmbed Video in Pages, Announcements, Assignments, or Discussions

Kaltura Mashup

New Functionality New Functionality

  • Express Capture recordings can be created and embedded directly from the Canvas RCE
  • Media Gallery playlists can be embedded directly from the Canvas RCE
  • Kaltura now has its own icon in the toolbar for quicker access.

YouTube Mashup

Loss of Functionality Loss of Functionality

  • No dedicated YouTube Mashup app.  

Informational Notes Informational/Good to know

  • YouTube video URLs can be pasted directly into the Canvas Rich Content Editor. Once submitted, a small thumbnail will generate that users can click on to play the video. 
  • Kaltura can be used to embed YouTube videos in the Canvas Rich Content Editor. To do this, click on the Kaltura icon in the toolbar> Add new > YouTube > paste the URL of the YouTube video you would like to embed> Preview > Save and Embed.
Mobile Apps (“Blackboard” and “Instructor” apps)

Mobile Apps (“Student” and “Teacher” apps) 

DocumentationIOS Guide

DocumentationAndroid Guide


DocumentationWhat is the Canvas Teacher App

Video  Canvas Teacher App (Video)


Documentation What is the Canvas Student app?

Video  Canvas Student App

Student App 


New Functionality New Functionality

  • Canvas UI is consistent with the desktop version
  • QR code for mobile login

Informational Notes Informational/Good to know


Teacher App


New Functionality New Functionality

  • Speedgrader is included in the Teacher app along with the ability to annotate.
  • Canvas Teacher includes the "Message Students Who" feature from the web version of Canvas and allows teachers to easily send messages to students about specific course assessments.
  • QR code for mobile login
  • Instructors can now create new Pages and Discussions from the Teacher app

Informational Notes Informational/Good to know

My Grades

Grades

DocumentationHow do I view my grades in a current course?

New Functionality New Functionality

  • Students can enter “what--‐if” scenarios to calculate hypothetical grades
Edit Notification Settings

Notifications 

DocumentationHow do I Manage my Canvas Notification Settings as an Instructor?

DocumentationHow Do I Manage my Canvas Notification Settings as a Student?

Video  Notification Settings

New Functionality New Functionality

Rich Content Editor

Rich Content Editor

DocumentationWhat is the Rich Content Editor?

Video  Rich Content Editor How do I add a rubric to an assignment?  

New Functionality New Functionality

  • What you see is what you get – formatting is consistent between the editing window and final product
  • Real-time spell-checking

Loss of Functionality Loss of Functionality

  • No emoticons  
  • No ”Simple Embed” function where a thumbnail would appear for a pasted link that contains metadata. (e.g., an article link pasted from WSJ will not create a thumbnail for it in Canvas like it does in Learn. YouTube videos will also not generate a video thumbnail while editing.)

Informational notes Informational/Good to know

  • YouTube videos linked in the Content Editor will generate a small thumbnail AFTER submitting that users can click on to expand the video player. Additionally, the Kaltura tool in the  content editor (kalturalogo.png) can be used to embed YouTube videos as well. (Kaltura Tool > Add New > YouTube video > Paste the video link > Preview > Save and Embed).
  • New workflow for embedding Kaltura media. Select the tool from the toolbar (kalturalogo.png) > Browse, Search and Embed.
  • Not yet available with New Quizzes
Rubrics

Rubrics

DocumentationWhat are Rubrics?

Documentation
How do I add a rubric to an assignment?  

New Functionality New Functionality

  • "Outcomes" can be imported into the rubric as a Criteria.
  • Canvas Rubrics now provides a variety of rating scales.

Loss of Functionality Loss of Functionality

  • No option to switch between different Rubric Types in the Rubric tool. (Percent/Percent Range)
  • Rubrics cannot be attached to individual quiz questions
  • Categories and Keyword metadata.
Self and Peer Assessments

Assignments

When creating an Assignment enable the "Require Peer Reviews" option.

DocumentationAdd or Edit Details in an Assignment

DocumentationHow to use Peer Review

New Functionality New Functionality

  • Peer reviews are built into assignments and can be enabled on the fly.

Loss of Functionality Loss of Functionality

  • No self-evaluation options
Send Email/Course Messages

Conversations Inbox

DocumentationHow do I use Conversations? 

DocumentationCommunications Overview  

New Functionality New Functionality

  • Accessible through the Global Navigation Menu
  • Course communication can be managed through the Conversations inbox (Discussion responses, Assignment comments and feedback.)
  • Users can reply to Conversation notifications from their external email, and it will also come through to the Conversations inbox." 

Informational notes Informational/Good to know

  • There is no designated ”Email” tool in Canvas like in Learn. However, by default, messages sent via the Conversations Inbox will also send a copy to the external email set for the recipient‘s Canvas account. This can be disabled by turning off notifications for Conversations.
Student View

Student View

DocumentationHow do I view a course as a test student using Student View?

New Functionality New Functionality

  • Resetting the test student will clear all history for this student, allowing you to view the course as a brand-new student. 

Loss of Functionality Loss of Functionality

  • Some tools such as Course Messages are restricted from Student View
  • New Quizzes should be previewed in New Quizzes and not taken as the test student. Test Student attempts cannot be reset and will affect analysis reports
Tests, Surveys, and Pools

Classic Quizzes and Question Banks

DocumentationWhat are Quizzes?

DocumentationHow do I use the Moderate Quiz page?

Video Quizzes Overview


New Functionality New Functionality

  • New Multiple Dropdowns question type
  • Surveys can be worth points
  • Option to filter Quiz takers based on IP.
  • Edits can be made to Quizzes even after students have submitted to it. There is a Notify Users option to inform them of any changes. 
  • Mastery Paths can be used with Quizzes.
  • Extra Credit "Fudge Points" can be added to a student submission directly from SpeedGrader
  • Option to assign Quizzes to individual students from the edit Quiz menu.
  • Quiz Banks can be Bookmarked 
  • Ability to select a Quiz Type
    -Graded Quizzes
    -Practice Quizzes
    -Graded Surveys
    -Ungraded Surveys

Loss of Functionality Loss of Functionality

  • Ability to select a Quiz Type
    -Hot spot
    -Quiz Bowl
    -Jumbled sentence
    -Likert scale
    -Ordering
  • No Auto-Submit ON/OFF toggle option (Auto-Submit is always on for a timed test) .
  • No Option to label multiple choice questions (e.g., abc, 123), or option to choose between vertical or horizontal orientation.
  • There is no designated checkbox option to exclude Quizzes from the Grade Center calculations. 
Tests, Surveys, and Pools

New Quizzes and Item Banks

Note: Visit Canvas | New Quizzes Feature Comparison to see a comparison chart between Classic and New Quizzes.

DocumentationWhat is New Quizzes?

Documentation
New Quizzes Overview (Instructors)

Documentation
How do I use the Moderation page in New Quizzes?

New Functionality New Functionality

  • New Categorization question type.
  • Stimulus content can be added to Quizzes
  • Specific time adjustment options for student quiz exceptions can be set from the Accommodations column under the Moderate tab.
  • Calculators can be enabled.
  • IP Address Quiz Restriction
  • New option to require a Waiting Period between quiz attempts.
  • Edits can be made to the Quiz even after students have submitted to it. There is also a Notify Users option to inform them of any changes.
  • "Fudge Points" can be added via SpeedGrader.
  • New user interface is more intuitive when creating Quizzes
  • The Item Banks screen has a search bar with filtering options, and the option to share Item Banks.

Loss of Functionality Loss of Functionality

  • Unsupported questions from Learn
    -Quiz Bowl
    -Jumbled sentence
    -Likert scale
  • No option to create a Survey
  • No Auto-Submit ON/OFF toggle (Auto-Submit is always on for a timed test)
  • No Option to label multiple choice questions (i.e., abc, 123), or option to choose between vertical or horizontal orientation.
  • Question Banks cannot be imported into New Quizzes from Classic quizzes

 

User Settings

Profile and User Settings 

DocumentationWhat are profile and user settings?

Documentation How do I select personal pronouns in my user account as a student?

 New Functionality New Functionality

  • Additional emails can be added to have notifications sent to.
  • Personal pronouns can be selected.
Users

People

Documentation How do I use the people page?

Video People Overview

 New Functionality New Functionality

  • Can view student "interactions report" and "access report"  
  • Provides a concise list of recent messages
  • An instructor can view various pieces of data about students, such as Student Grades, Interactions Reports, Access Reports, New Analytics, Missing/Late assignments, Total and Last Activity, and Activity Compared to the rest of the class for each student. 

Loss of Functionality Loss of Functionality

  • Cannot find the user’s email. Can only see NetID and send messages via the Canvas message tool. 
Weblinks

External Link/URL

DocumentationHow do I create hyperlinks to external URL in the Rich Content Editor?

DocumentationHow do I add an external URL as a module item?

Rich Content Editor


New Functionality New Functionality

  • Improved, updated interface.  
  • Keyboard shortcut – Select desired text, then Cmd/Ctrl + K 

Loss of Functionality Loss of Functionality

  • Only available through the Rich Content Editor 

Modules


New Functionality New Functionality
  • Option to add indentation to the External Link
Learn ToolOptions in Canvas (No Direct Equivalent)Workaround
BlogsDiscussions with adjusted settings. Informational notesCurrently, there is no Blogs tool in Canvas. Please see the section for Blogs on the Migration Cleanup checklist for a workaround.
Journal Discussion Board OR Text Assignment SubmissionInformational notes Currently, there is no Journals tool in Canvas. Please see the section for Journals on the Migration Cleanup checklist for a workaround.
Manual Grade ColumnNew Assignment -> No Submission

Informational notes You cannot add a manual grade column directly to the Grade Book in Canvas (as you can in Learn). You must create a new assignment, and in the “Submission Type” settings, set to “No Submission.” How do I create assignment columns for non-submission Assignments? 

WikisPages with adjusted editing permissions

Informational notes Currently, there is no Wikis tool in Canvas. Please see the section for Wikis on the Migration Cleanup checklist for a workaround. The workaround does not work as cleanly as Wikis, however Pages will work. You’ll need to change the permissions of that page to allow students to edit.

Informational notes Pages cannot be set to be worth a grade, and there is no designated comment section for users to provide feedback on individual pages.