Canvas supports the integration of third party tools (or Apps, as Canvas refers to them) that adhere to the Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) standard. The Office of the Vice Provost for Technology & Learning (VPTL) reviews newly requested tools for safety, effectiveness, and desirability before pursuing a license on behalf of an instructor or department.
There are multiple factors to consider before pursuing a license agreement for an LTI tool.
- Step 1. Teaching and Learning Objective: VPTL will discuss the request with the instructor to understand what the instructor is trying to achieve by using this tool.
- Step 2. Review of Similar Tools: VPTL will review comparable tools, including those which may be currently licensed to VPTL/Stanford, to determine if the instructor's needs can be met by a tool already available.
- Step 3. Funding for License Fee: If the requested tool requires a license fee, a source of funding needs to be determined. Please note VPTL may not have funding for licensing additional third-party tools.
- Step 4. Technical and Pedagogical Assessment: If no currently supported tool serves the instructor’s needs, VPTL will conduct a functionality test of the requested tool to determine if:
- The tool is technically sound, functions properly and works as expected.
- The tool provides a satisfactory user experience for teachers and students, with an intuitive interface and workflow.
- The tool accomplishes the pedagogical task desired by the instructor.
Approved Tools (as of January 2020)
Tools that have already been approved for wide use in Canvas will remain available. Your department may have additional tools that are not listed here.
Tools available for use in all Canvas courses:
- Panopto (video capture and streaming, called Course Videos in Canvas)
- Zoom (video/web conferencing)
- Poll Everywhere (classroom polling; get configuration information)
- The integration is set up completely on the Poll Everywhere side. There is no placement on the Canvas course navigation bar.
Tools that instructors can add to courses (found under Settings > Apps):
- Redirect (adding links to external web sites to course navigation bar)
- Google Apps (document sharing, collection of assignments; get configuration information)
Tools that can be requested from the Stanford Canvas support team at email@example.com:
- Gradescope (grading homework or exams)
- Harmonize (discussions)
- iClicker (classroom polling)
- Pearson MyLab & Mastering (learning activities)
- Piazza (Q&A-style discussion forum)
- WileyPlus (textbook and learning activity resources)
Make a Request
If you or your department has identified a tool you would like to use within Canvas, initiate the review process by submitting a request. A VPTL representative will contact you within two business days to discuss your request. Depending on the time required to negotiate an agreement with a third-party company, the tool approval process may take at least a quarter, possibly even several quarters, so please make your request at least one full quarter before you will need to use the tool.