Comparison to Vista

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This chart shows the features in Bb/WebCT Vista, what those features are in Canvas and how it's different. Clicking on the Canvas feature will take you to the documentation for that tool in this wiki.


Bb/WebCT Vista Canvas How is Canvas Different
Announcements Announcements
  1. Add RSS Feed
  2. Add links to course content, images, files, etc.
  3. Receive notifications via web services, text, etc.
Calendar Calendar
  1. Copy the calendar feed link into any app like Google Calendar, iCal, Outlook, etc.
  2. Drag & drop due dates to make changes.
  3. View up to 10 classes at once with color-coded global calendar view
Discussions Discussions
  1. View just topics or view both topics and announcements
  2. Easily drag & drop to reorder topics
  3. Add links to course content, images, files, etc.
  4. Receive notifications via social web services, text, etc.
Mail Messaging
  1. Select from a list of message types to show up in your inbox
  2. Messages can be announcements
  3. Messages can be sent to any of your classes from this area
My Settings Profile
  1. Set up your communication preferences
  2. Set up your web services
My Files Files within Profile
  1. These files are for your individual account
File Manager Files
  1. All files are accessible to students unless you hide this tool or you lock files.
Assignments Assignments
  1. All assignments are created here
  2. Create assignment groups such as attendance, discussions, papers, quizzes, etc.
  3. All groups can be weighted toward the final grade
Assessments Quizzes
  1. A quiz can either be associated with an assignment group or by itself.
  2. All quiz options are on the same page as you are creating the quiz.
Goals Outcomes
Gradebook Grades
  1. Dashboard for students/instructors with overall grades and stats.
  2. Easily sort columns in one click by due date or assignment group.
  3. Message students who haven't submitted yet, scored less than or more than on an assignment.
  4. Download submissions from the grades area.
No equivalent SpeedGrader
  1. Grade all papers for an assignment quickly in one place
  2. iPad app available for the SpeedGrader
  3. Record audio and video feedback for each student assignment.
Grading Forms Rubrics
Learning Module Module
  1. Drag and drop for ordering modules and module content.
  2. Can set module prerequisites and module completion requirements.
  3. Can require students to go through module requirements sequentially.
  4. Modules appear on the Modules page.
Personal tools