Canvas Teacher Survey Summary

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In 2016 we interviewed a breadth of teachers to get a feel for how to build a mobile app that addressed their needs relative to Canvas. There were two obvious conclusions drawn from this research:


  1. Teachers do not need every action in Canvas squeezed into a phone.
  2. Teachers are interested in fulfilling lightweight, relatively frequent tasks from mobile devices.


These conclusions shine light on the essential question we’re answering for teachers with this mobile app: How do I Canvas more efficiently?


Our answer to that question comes in three parts:


  • Communication: Give teachers a quick and easy way to send announcements and messages from Canvas in mobile.
  • Grading/Grade-related activities: Give teachers a quick and easy way to monitor student progress in a course and update grades in mobile.
  • Course content: The need to update content is a frequent occurrence, and it’s often recognized on-the-go. Give teachers a quick and easy way to update course content in mobile.

We distributed two surveys to validate the findings from our qualitative research. Here are a couple of examples of the results:


What are the Most Useful teaching tasks in mobile?



What Grading tasks would you like to perform on a mobile device?





Conclusion: The heavier the interaction is, the less interest teachers have in performing it on a mobile device, and vice-versa.



 If you want to hear more about plans for the new mobile app, Canvas Teacher, fill out this form to register for the Canvas Teacher Focus Group!

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