It would be handy to have the ability to login to Canvas using QR Codes. This would come in very handy for young students.
Schoology, one of the strongest Canvas competitors for the K-12 LMS market, rolled out this feature last year.
Adopting more secure passwords (which is obviously a good thing) unfortunately come with greater login challenges for certain Canvas users. A strong password can take a young student or a student with special accessibility needs several minutes to log in successfully.
QR badge logins provide a painless login experience for them. We know this because our District uses Clever, a Single-Sign-On service, to provide quick access to most of our ed tech tools. Clever offers a QR code login option. We've turned on this option for K-2 and other special situations, and it works wonderfully.
BUT we can't add Canvas to our Clever service because we use PowerSchool SIS for Canvas enrollments and grade syncing, and Instructure engineers tell us it's not possible to use PowerSchool and Clever simultaneously in Canvas.
Our K-2 staff are rapidly abandoning the use of Canvas because of the login difficulties - so we need the QR code login option NOW!
ADDITIONAL FEATURE IDEA RECOMMENDATION: This should be a toggle-slider option at the sub-account level so learning institutions could choose whether or not they wanted this feature across the board, just for certain sub-accounts, or not at all.
We discussed this option with our CSM as well (Kelly Shaheen). It would be a tremendous help to be able to use Clever for Authentication while still using our SIS or CSV rostering. For instance, we use Clever for authentication into G Suite but do not use it create our account structures or groups. We still use Active Directory for that.
Yes, we have the exact same set-up.
Our State (NC) SSO just rolled out the ability for our younger students to access the SSO using a QR Code. However when we launched the Canvas App we were sadly disappointed to see that we could not use a QR Code to get into Canvas. We would LOVE to have this as a feature in the Canvas App!!
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