What Features Do Teachers Want in Canvas Mobile?

Blog Post created by Ryan.Seilhamer@ucf.edu Champion on Jun 22, 2015

I have heard this for years, and it still persist this year as well -- teachers want to be able to design their courses on mobile devices. Yesterday during Hilary Scharton's session on what's new with Canvas mobile apps, she asked "Who wants a teacher app to design your courses?". The crowd was very loud in showing their need/want for this kind of app. This wasn't a surprise as I have heard from many that the main Canvas by Instructure mobile app is student centered and offers little for teachers, although I think there are a lot of communication opportunities.


My question is -- What features do teachers want in Canvas mobile apps?


Personally I think it's unrealistic, and probably not a good use of resources to mimic the web features 100 percent. If you think I am wrong, let me know why. Although with the UI update for Canvas in the near future, tablets will have a better experience.


I do think there are many "in the moment" features that can be implemented in the app to make it much more useful for course management. A few examples include


  • Publish and unpublish modules, assignments, quizzes
  • Access to assignment settings across all apps
  • Being able to see student last activity and total activity
  • View and manage student groups
  • A better, more mobile attendance tool
  • Course settings: Adjust navigation, hide/unhide navigation


What other features do you want? Let's chat!


PS: At hack night I sat down with a mobile engineer (Benjamin Kraus) and we were able to develop the ability to publish and unpublish modules in the iOS app. Here's a screenshot: