Canvas: Standards Updates

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Our commitment to adopting and furthering open standards is a no-brainer for us because it makes technical innovation possible. We believe standards help make Canvas a better platform, and encourage our users and partners to innovate without needing our permission. Instructure actively pitches in to help shape the future of these technologies by participating in some pretty powerful collaboration with other members of the standards community. You can find us regularly attending webinars, technical workgroups, contributing to forums, and having a presence in quarterly meetings—if you see us, say hi!


If you have any questions or concerns about the information you find on this page, we encourage you to reach out to



IMS Global Learning Consortium


To see our current collection of certifications with IMS Global Learning Consortium, please visit their Product Directory.



Access 4 Learning (A4L)




Canvas is currently certified in spec version 2.7 as shown in the A4L Certification Registry.



Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL)




We support package versions 1.2, 2004 2nd Edition, 2004 3rd Edition, and 2004 4th Edition.


Note: There are some features within each that remain unsupported—such as passing back rich outcomes.





The Ed-Fi standard was supported by the Dell Foundation to help districts bridge the gap between isolated data systems and their dashboards and reports. At the moment, the Ed-Fi community is working on developing Rostering and Grades models to support data imports into the ODS. The primary purpose of the Ed-Fi standard is to enable districts to synchronize data from multiple systems into one ODS and run robust reports based on Ed-Fi APIs and the data that resides in ODS. While the Ed-Fi APIs could be used by an LMS to request data from the SIS, their primary purpose is to support data sync into the ODS from the SIS, LMS, and other systems in a district edu ecosystem.


While we're interested in enabling our districts to use their district Ed-Fi based dashboards and reports, our SIS Integrations Product Management team isn't actively scoping any data synchronizations from SIS or Canvas via Ed-Fi APIs at this time.