Canvas - Considerations Before Transitioning to Canvas (UW-Madison)

    Not all courses are ready to be migrated to Canvas. If you use any of the following features in your current Learning Management System (D2L or Moodle), please review the current limitations in Canvas. If you are concerned that Canvas will not currently meet your needs, please visit with a Canvas Consultant before migrating your course. (To schedule an appointment with a Canvas Consultant, please e-mail

    Canvas and Scantron

    Beginning at the start of the fall 2017 semester, UW-Madison Testing & Evaluation will be able to provide Scantron test scores in an output file format that is importable into the Canvas gradebook. Instructions for how to import scores are being developed and and will be ready for use prior to the start of the fall 2017 semester.

    Canvas and Top Hat

    Currently there is no integration between Canvas and the TopHat student response system. Grades will need to be exported from the TopHat gradebook and imported into the Canvas gradebook. Instructions for how to do so are currently being developed and will be linked here as soon as they are available. It is anticipated that Canvas and TopHat will be integrated by the Fall 2017 semester.

    Canvas and Kaltura

    When an instructor uses the "Student View" function in Canvas to view a Page or Quiz with Kaltura media embedded using the Kaltura/Canvas integration the instructor is presented with the message "Access Denied" or a blank space where the media should be. The Kaltura/Canvas integration refers to inserting media in a Canvas Page using the starburst Kaltura icon (Kaltura MediaSpace starburst icon) in the rich text editor. Even though the instructor can't see the media using the "Student View" function the students will still be able to see the media. A workaround is to enroll a co-worker as a student in your course and have them preview the Kaltura media.
    Kaltura Interactive Video Quizzes (IVQ) inserted in a Canvas course using the integration or as an assignment also experience issues. When a student reviews an IVQ in Canvas students will not be able to see which questions they got correct or incorrect, their answer or the correct answer. IVQs were disabled for Canvas assignments on 8/1/17 by Learn@UW because of these concerns. For more information please see the Kaltura Known Issues document.

    Large Course Considerations

    While SpeedGrader makes most grading easier and quicker, it currently does not allow users to search or filter students. Instead, users will need to select a specific course section and then scroll through the students in that section. Additionally, SpeedGrader also has no unique identifiers associated with students. The student name is the only identifier, so if there are students with the same name, in the same course, it can be difficult to determine one student from the other. One workaround is to ask students to include additional information to help identify the individual student in their assignment document. For example if the students are submitting Word documents, ask the students to include their name with middle initial in the document itself.

    Additionally, cross-listed courses in Canvas organize students according to the area/topic they registered in. For example, in a Math and Computer Science cross-listed course, students who registered for Math Section 2 are listed separately from students who registered for Computer Science Section 2. So, even though cross-listed students all meet together in the same section, they will be listed in two separate sections with two different rosters.

    Graded Discussions

    If you plan to use graded discussions in Canvas please be aware that discussions are graded in SpeedGrader, not in the discussion tool itself. This means discussion posts will be graded outside of the context of the discussion string. Instructors may need to read the discussion first within the discussion tool, then open SpeedGrader. In addition, SpeedGrader does not recognize groups. SpeedGrader displays the students in alphabetical order. Therefore instructors must read a group discussion in the tool, then open SpeedGrader, find individual students, and enter each student's grade for that discussion.

    Canvas and Case Scenario Critical Reader (CSCR) Modules

    CSCR will no longer be a campus-supported tool and the Canvas Transition Team has identified potential alternatives to replace the CSCR basic gradebook reporting to D2L. Selecting an alternate tool should be done with care as there are cost and support considerations with each. The currently identified alternatives are Canvas, Pressbooks, Articulate Storyline and Adobe Captivate. Please refer to the table at the end of this message for more information regarding each tool.

    An alternative to replace CSCR's advanced reporting capabilities, such as that which we have in Moodle, is still being investigated. A pliot for a proposed solution is slated for this fall. Additional details will be shared as they become available.

     Recommended Tools
    • May be a good option; however, it would require restructuring your content
    • Supported by campus
    • No additional cost
    • A good option for recreating critical readers
    • Not a recommended tool for recreating case scenarios
    • Not supported by camps at this time; however, there is an active user group on campus
     Articulate Storyline
    • An option for recreating critical readers, but is better suited for recreating case scenarios
    • Not supported by camps; however, there is an active online community 
    • Licensing cost is not covered centrally by campus. Local options such as departmental support would need to be identified
     Adobe Captivate
    • An option for recreating critical readers, but is better suited for recreating case scenarios
    • Limited support from campus
    • Licensing is free to UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students

    SCORM / Learning Object Activity Report 

    While SCORM and other learning objects can be loaded into Canvas courses, and grades can be passed to the Canvas gradebook, Canvas does not provide an activity report for SCORM / learning objects that displays data on student interaction with the content. For example, there is no reporting on how long students spent on a slide.

    Advanced Quizzing 

    The quizzing tool in Canvas does not have as robust functionality as the quizzing tools in D2L and Moodle. For example, Canvas does not provide submission view controls and it does not support a number of quiz question types that are available in the other two LMSs. As of December 2016, the following quiz question types are not available in Canvas:

    • Ordering
    • Arithmetic
    • Significant Figures
    • Free Body Diagram
    • Graph Sketching
    • Variable Numeric Set
    • Calculated Simple
    • Calculated Multichoice
    • Calculated Format
    • Clickable Image
    • Drag and Drop into Text
    • Drag and Drop onto Image
    • Drag and Drop Markers
    • Pattern Match
    • Embedded Answers (Cloze)
    • Random short-answer matching
    • STACK

    Keywords:canvas, issues, challenges, considerations, migration, transition, scantron, top hat, kaltura, ivq, large, course, cscr, case, scenario, critical, reader,scorm, quiz, advanced,   Doc ID:67877
    Owner:Learn@UW Madison .Group:Learn@UW Madison
    Created:2016-10-19 10:54 CDTUpdated:2017-08-01 10:21 CDT
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