D2L 10.3 Term: Canvas Term:  
News Announcements Announcements allow you to communicate with your students about course activities and post interesting course-related topics.
Dropbox Assignments Assignments are any online activity submission that is graded by the instructor. Assignments include Quizzes, graded Discussions, and online submissions (i.e. files, images, text, URLs, etc.) Unique to Canvas.  Assignments are like setting up a new item (dropbox, quiz, or discussion forum) with an automatic link to the Grades page.
Navbar Breadcrumb Navigation The Breadcrumb Navigation is at the top of the Main Body of the page and helps you to how to move up and down in the course hierarchy.
Calendar Calendar The Calendar makes it easy for students and instructors to see all of the events and assignments going on across all of their courses.
Chat Chat The Chat tool provides synchronous video, audio, and chat communication between by the entire course or any subset of the course roster.
Collaborations Collaborations makes it easy for students and instructors to create documents that can be edited by the entire course or any subset of the course roster.
BlackBoard Collaborate Virtual Rooms Conferences Conferences make it easy to create virtual classrooms where students and instructors can interact in real time with audio, video, desktop sharing, and presentation tools.
Pager Conversations Conversations is the messaging tool used instead of email to communicate with a course, a group, an individual student, or a group of students.
Updates Widget Course Activity Stream The Course Activity Stream shows you all of the recent activity from a single course.
User Progress Course Analytics Course Analytics displays number of page views, Assignments, Grades, and student activity in one screen.
Course Home Course Home Page The Course Home Page is the first page that students see when they click on "Home" in their Course Navigation. The Course Home Page can be customized to display a custom Page, the Syllabus page, the Assignment page, or the Modules page.
Import/Export/Copy Components Course Import/Export Tool The Course Import/Export Tool makes it easy to pull in content from existing Canvas courses and content packages from other LMSs and textbook publishers.
NavBar Course Navigation The Course Navigation is a series of links on the left side of your screen that help you get to where you want to go within your Canvas Course.
Course Builder Course Setup Checklist The Course Setup Checklist helps a new user to walk through all of the steps required to build a course and invite students.
User Progress Course Statistics  Course Statistics help the instructor to see which pages are being viewed most frequently.
Course Offering Information > Is Active Course Status (published / unpublished) Canvas courses begin in an unpublished state (not visible to students), they can then be published (turned on for student access).
Discussions Discussions Online discussion tool for students and instructors to hold a discussion.
iFolio (not part of D2L, but it is an existing service) ePortfolios ePortfolios allow students to showcase their best work to colleagues and prospective employers. They also make it possible for students to create light-weight websites or presentations.
Manage Files & Locker Files Canvas provides a file repository for each user, group, and course. Files can be public or private.  FILES DEFAULT TO PUBLIC.
ICON Dashboard & My Home Updates Global Activity Stream The Global Activity Stream shows you all of the recent activity from all of your courses.
"Select a course" dropdown Global Navigation The Global Navigation menu, always positioned at the top of the page, allows users to quickly navigate to any courses or groups that they are enrolled in. They can also view their grades and calendar from here.
Grades Grades Grades is the name for the Canvas gradebook. Students can calculate hypothetical grades on this page. Instructors can quickly edit grades for any course or section.
Groups Groups Groups can be created for students or by students to enable efficient collaboration.
ICON Help Help Corner The Canvas Help Corner in the top right, is where you can ask for support, check your inbox, or modify your settings.
In-context Help In-context Help In-context Help links are marked with a blue question mark. These links open up short tutorials to help users get the most out of Canvas. I didn't see any blue question marks in our sandbox.
LaTeX / MathML Math Editor The Math Editor is a Latex-compatible toolbar that makes it easy for instructors to write math expressions and equations.
  Mobile Apps Currently, instructors can use the SpeedGrader™ on their iPads. Soon, students will be able to interact with their Canvas courses on the iPad and the iPhone.
Content Modules Modules make it possible to organize course content by week, topic, or day. Modules can be set up with pre-requisites or co-requisites that force students to walk through the material in a sequential fashion.
Notifications Notification Preferences Each Canvas user can adjust the Notification Preferences in their Profile to fit their individual needs. Some users will want to be notified of course events on a more regular basis than others.
Competencies Outcomes Instructors can specify learning outcomes for their courses and track how students are doing against those outcomes with Quizzes, Assignments, and graded Discussions.
Wiki (not an actual D2L tool, but integrated with ICON) Pages Pages make it easy to build content inside a course. The default setting in Canvas is to restrict editing of Pages to Instructors only. However, Instructors can allow students to edit pages.  The ICON/Wiki integration will still be in place with the move to Canvas.  
Classlist People The People page lists all of the students that are enrolled in a course.
Profile Profile Each user can modify their Profile in Canvas, including setting their display name, changing the time zone, and uploading a profile picture.
Quizzes Quizzes Quizzes is the assessment tool used in Canvas.
Registered Services You can register with a number of web services from Canvas, GoogleDocs, Skype, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Delicious, Diigo. By linking to the web services you will not need to log in every time you join the service.
Rich Content Editor Rich Content Editor Canvas has a simple, yet powerful, word processor that is available anytime for creating new content (assignments, announcement, discussions, blogs etc.) within Canvas.
Rubrics Rubrics A Rubric is an assessment tool for communicating expectations of quality. Rubrics are typically comprised of rows and columns. Rows are used to define the various criteria being used to assess an assignment. Columns are used to define levels of performance for each criterion.
Edit Course Settings Settings allow instructors to customize the Course Navigation, add users, import content, and link to external tools.
NavBar Sidebar The Sidebar on the right side of the page provides the links and buttons you'll need to get stuff done in the Main Body of the page.
Dropbox grader SpeedGrader™ The SpeedGrader™ makes it easy to evaluate student work. Instructors can use rubrics for fast assessment and leave text, video, and audio comments for their students.
Surveys Surveys Students can receive credit for taking a survey.
Course Overview Syllabus In the Syllabus there are three main parts: a calendar and grading scheme for the course situated in the Sidebar on the right side of the page, a list of dated items in the main body of the page that is automatically managed by Canvas, and a syllabus description at the top of the page that you can edit.
     

 

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Last updated: 
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