What Services Are Available to Students on Canvas?


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Some of the services available to students on Canvas include online discussions, a messaging system, project collaboration, live chat, web conferences and digital portfolios, notes Instructure. This learning management system is used for both kindergarten through 12th grade and postsecondary schools; access is available through mobile devices as well as computers.

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Canvas serves as a virtual space for students in a class to view multimedia content, connect with one another, view announcements from professors, submit their assignments and access grades. Students can access the course's syllabus, calendar and assigned modules and then submit tests, surveys and uploaded assignments. Google Docs is used for students to collaborate on group projects. After assignments are graded, students can view them, and they can use a "what-if" tool before grading to estimate how they might perform on their assignments.

The system's chat service allows teachers and instructors to talk through text, video or audio. In addition to using real-time chat and attending conferences, students can use discussion boards that allow video and image embedding, or they can use the conversation service that allows private messaging between students or between a student and professor.

Canvas also has a portfolio service for students to organize and display work they've done in classes. Others can comment on the projects, and students can download their portfolios and share them with others publicly.

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