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This chart shows common features in myCourses (Angel), what those features are called in Canvas, and how they are different.

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myCourses (Angel)CanvasHow Canvas is Different

Access tab


  • All content has a cloud icon associated with it. 
  • A green cloud means published and available to students while a gray cloud means unpublished and only available to the instructor.



  • Students can reply to course announcements but not global announcements.



  • A quiz in Canvas can be a practice quiz, graded quiz, graded survey, ungraded survey.



  • Roll Call allows you to track and grade student attendance quickly

Automate tab


  • Require students to complete a certain module before they can gain access to another module.
  • Set requirements for what a student needs to do to complete a module. This includes students viewing something, contributing to a discussion, submitting an assignment, or scoring a certain grade. 



  • Drag & drop to make changes
  • Assignment due date changes made in your calendar are automatically updated everywhere else in the course
  • View up to 10 classes at once with color-coded global calendar view
  • Copy calendar feed link into any app like Google Calendar, iCal, Outlook, etc.

Course Mail

Inbox (Conversations)

  • Messages can be sorted by course.
  • Receive notifications via social web services, text, etc.

Course Materials

Pages and Modules

  • No folder system; Lesson folders are now modules or pages
  • Individual modules or pages can be called anything you want, example: Week 1, Chapter 1, Unit 1, etc.
  • No layering of content in modules (no folders inside of folders)
  • Drag & drop individual content items and entire modules to rearrange
  • Easily and quickly set prerequisites to restrict content order

Course Theme Selector

No Equivalent


  • Canvas does not allow individual course customization of themes/backgrounds



  • Students can create new discussion topics
  • Students can add images or videos to discussion threads.
  • Receive notifications via social web services, text, etc.

Dropbox Assignments


  • Can be submitted via file, media recordings, URL and Google Docs.



  • Pick where you want each different type of course activity information sent
    • Examples: additional email address, text message, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • Pick how often you want each different type of course activity information sent to you.
    • Examples: ASAP, Daily, Weekly, or Never.



  • Add comments directly to student’s assignments (Word, PDF, Excel, & PowerPoint) within Canvas. No need to download the assignment, add comments and re-upload.
  • Add audio or video comments directly to assignments from within Canvas. All you need is a microphone or webcam.
  • Speedgrader tool displays submitted assignment, grading rubric, and media comment options all on one page. (There is a Speedgrader specific app too!)
  • Dashboard for students/instructors with overall grades and statistics
  • Sort columns in one click by due date or assignment category
  • Students’ submissions are highlighted in red if the submission was turned in late (based off availability date).
  • Message students who haven’t submitted yet, scored less than or more than a specific grade on an assignment.



  • Via the Help menu you can search the Canvas Self Help guides or “Report a Problem” that submits a request to the CIT Help Support


No Equivalent

  • Canvas does not have the option for individualized icons

Instant Messenger


  • Option of public or private chat.
  • Media can be included.

Interaction tab

Date and time restrictions

  • This is a feature you can edit when adding a content item. 
  • You can set dates of availability and time limits.

Manage Tab


  • Set-up course navigation
  • Student view
  • Course Statistics
  • Copy Course
  • Import Content into this course
  • Export Course Content
  • Reset Course Content



  • Set your communication/notification preferences
  • Add a picture of yourself (avatar)

Question Banks

Question Banks

  • Question banks are necessary for scrambling questions, and delivering Question Groups of questions (see Question Groups)
  • No single repository for all your question banks.

Question Pool

Question Groups

  • Ability to pick a certain number of questions from a Question Bank




Course Analytics

  • See the number of page views each day and if user took an action within the course that day
  • View the percent of students who turned each assignment in on time, late, or didn’t turn it in at all.
  • View grade distributions for assignments
  • Quickly view overall page views, participation, and assignments turned in on time or late for each individual student.
  • Click on the students name for additional details.


Below are for individual students:

  • See recent messages
  • Student Analytics
  • Grades
  • Access Report
  • Outcomes
  • User Account Details

View Student Progress for Modules

  • View the progress of each student through the assignments for the course.




Below are for individual students:

  • See recent messages
  • Student Analytics
  • Access Report
  • Outcomes
  • User Account Details



  • Ease of use – drag features to add columns
  • Ability to add audio & video comments
  • Integrates seamlessly with Speedgrader


Learning Outcomes

  • Can be created for division, course, or individual instructor
  • Add Outcome Criterion directly to a rubric, assignment, or quiz question

Student view

Student View

  • Creates a “Test Student” that you can test the contents of the course
  • You can reset the student view to try things as many times as needed



  • Is no longer associated with extended times or different days for assessments
  • Used as a collaboration tool for students who are working on projects or group assignments
  • A group workspace is created where students can create pages, announcements, collaborations, discussions, calendar events, and chat in real-time



Related Self Help Guides


More Help

For questions about Canvas, contact CIT via our online service desk or email Weekdays between 8am-4pm, you can also contact us via our real-time chat portal.

For tips, tricks, and updates on learning technologies at Geneseo, visit our Educational Technology ChatTo explore Canvas Guides (created by Instructure), visit