This document shows how tools in Canvas compare with those in Blackboard.

Blackboard

Canvas

Announcements

Announcements      

  • Announcement notifications are sent via email by default, but users may change the frequency or opt out entirely

Assignments

Assignments        

  • Assignments have unlimited submissions
  • Submission is only limited by Available Until dates
  • Due date does not prevent assignment submissions
  • Available From/Until dates prevent assignment submissions but do not hide the assignment from view

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate       

  • Same

Blogs

No equivalent in Canvas       

  • May use the Discussions tool as an alternative

Calendar

Calendar               

  • Individual items can be added to the calendar
  • Assignments auto link to the calendar

Discussion Board

Discussions          

  • “Needs grading” status is set after 1 post
  • Lack of Anonymous, Force Moderation or Rating options
  • Threads are viewable on one screen without expanding
  • Discussions can be threaded or unthreaded
  • Does not have subject lines

Email

Inbox               

  • Default setting: students will receive an internal Canvas Inbox AND the message will be forwarded to their MU email account. Users may opt out or set alternate nofications.

Folders/Learning Modules/               Content Areas

Modules         

  • Modules contain links to content and activities similar to folders/learning modules/content areas but they appear as a table of contents that can be navigated similar to a Blackboard Learning Module.

Glossary

No equivalent in Canvas               

  • Can create a Page as an alternative

GradeCenter

Grades, SpeedGrader and Assignments all have functions that are similar to Blackboard’s GradeCenter               

  • Weighted categories are proportional to the points assigned
  • Final “percentage” or final “points” can be displayed to students
  • Custom gradebook calculations are not supported
Supported:               
  • Weighted and Point based grades
  • Drop lowest “…” scores
  • Inline grading, rubrics, and comments (text, audio, video)

Groups

Groups         

  • Each group has access to Announcements, Pages, People, Discussions, Files, Collaborations and Conferences
  • Discussions can be assigned to all groups at once (via the main course Discussions)
  • Graded Group Discussions can have a single gradebook column

Items

Pages     

  • Pages contain versioning and can be “rolled back” to a previous version.
  • Students can optionally edit Pages

Journals

No equivalent in Canvas               

  • Can use Assignments as an alternative to private journals

Rubrics

Rubrics               

  • Rubrics are based on Points or Free Form (point ranges)
  • Free form rubrics allow instructors to reuse comments
  • Rubrics can optionally fill in the grade center grade
  • Rubrics cannot be attached to individual quiz questions
  • Manage all Rubrics via Outcomes

Self & Peer Assessment

Turnitin PeerMark or Assignments with enabled Peer Review               

  • Both options allow for self and peer assessments

SafeAssign

Assignments with enabled Turnitin

Tasks

No equivalent in Canvas               

  • Create a Page or Calendar events

Student View

Student View               

  • Can toggle into Student View via Settings

Tests and Surveys

Quizzes (surveys are a quiz “type”)               

  • Additional question types include Multiple Dropdowns and Text
  • Hot Spot and Quiz Bowl are unsupported
  • Quizzes Auto-Submit if a time limit is set
  • Add Extended time or Attempts in Moderate this Quiz setting
  • Graded surveys give points to students that complete a survey
  • Answers in quizzes do not contain a,b,c,d,e indicators

Wikis

Pages               

  • Pages in Canvas are single paged wikis
                  

Adapted from Quick Reference - Comparison of Tools: Oregon State University: http://canvas-transition.oregonstate.edu/sites/canvas-transition.oregonstate.edu/files/handouts/comparison_qr.pdf