Of course not full blown Canvas, but notifications and other information that is valuable to have on your wrist.
I'd be happy just to see an update and release notes for the iOS version of the Canvas app. It never seems to get any love, last 4 updates have been android.
What updates would you like to see?
I'd' like to see the gui changes that the android version received; and just overall more bugfixes and features. It doesn't get updated nearly as often as everything else.
As for a watch - it would be cool to get assignment alerts, changes, notifications, etc.
I had a great discussion with a mobile engineer last month. He said they are working on a new features for one platform, and once it's done, work on the other. A great example of this could be mobile quizzes. They are revamping this for iOS first and it will be available for Android later. This will help with constancy across platforms instead of doing both at the same time.
I do agree that iOS could use a speed boost and facelift. Hopefully in due time.
There's an iOS visual update in progress now. We'll post some screenshots to the group when we have complete designs to share
That's exciting! Can't wait.
Agreed! So exciting
If this (Users need to be able to customize notifications at the course level ) ever comes to pass, yes please incorporate notifications onto as many smart-watch platforms as possible. Otherwise, don't bother. Many user turn off all notifications because they can't receive just the notifications for certain courses that they want to receive. If users can specify that they want grades from their Math class and announcements from their English class, for example, then having those notifications on a smart watch would be icing on the cake. Right now, Canvas suffers from notification overload particularly with schools that like to create global courses for campus news and announcements with the entire student body enrolled.
I agree with you about the notification overload. There needs to be more granular control. After using an Apple Watch for 2 weeks and a Pebble for a year, I can tell you that getting the "right" notifications is key to a great experience.
As of right now, I know that notifications by course is on the Canvas roadmap to be completed early next year. And push notifications are also coming.
At this point, I’m getting double-notifications from “Canvas community” and “Canvas following” (identical emails), not to mention students who feel the need to add a submissions comment every. Single. Time. They upload and assignment or a change to that draft.
I cannot turn off the submission comments because then I’d miss if they respond to something I said on their assignment, so...I let those go.
So, no. There’s nothing I can practically do on my watch other than have another thing that I’ve read cleared as “read,” and therefore off of my radar (which is bad).
Just my tuppence...
Our latest study at UCF shows 37% of students now have a smartwatch up from 23% in 2016. The Apple watch has jumped up over 400% to 17% while the Fitbit is flat at 12% of smartwatch owners.
I voted 'yes' to have smart watch notifications and I think you have to develop for both Apple and Android (the others may not have enough market share to warrant the effort). However, I currently get text notifications from Canvas and all of that already goes over to my apple watch, so I'm not sure that something separate is needed. Canvas is a little over communicative as it is, but all of that is personal preference. So if the option to communicate via watch is available, Canvas should capitalize on that as another competitive advantage and another way to deepen the roots within a given district.
Being an Apple Watch owner since day one (and still wear it), I have found that notifications are easily the most useful feature. Just like you said, these notifications are already mirrored from the Canvas app or email, so most of what I need is already there. Where I think an Apple Watch app could be helpful is to take those notifications a step further or show to-do and grade information.
For example, if I'm a teacher or student and I get a new inbox message, it would be nice to tap on that notification and be able to read that message (just like an email). Or be able to read a course announcement from a notifications to my Apple Watch. Simply getting a notification is nice, but not very useful if I have to take out my phone to investigate it further.
Sorry, Ryan Seilhamer, not just "No", but "Oh Heck NO!"
My students are challenged enough trying to deal with the apps on their phones.
Please improve the performance and features of the apps you have before spending time and money on smartwatch apps. Specifically: modules in the Teacher app, better performance on any media submission / comment in weak network situations, UI (I'm sorry but the speedgrader UI in the android / ios teacher app is NOT intuitive), full-feature editor.
I agree, most concurrently , Kenneth !
Of course, we could take the polar-opposite perspective, and say, "If users are accessing Canvas apps on a 1 inch screen, they will likely not be able to notice the missing or poorly functioning features". I could even see my students messaging me with, "I couldn't complete the exam because my electron microscope quite working!"
Sorry, Ryan Seilhamer! I just couldn't resist the grand opening that Kenneth so kindly provided!
Kelley L. Meeusen,
No worries. I love your views. I'm not sure if you wear a smartwatch or not. I'll assume no, heh. Anyways, and I need to write a post about this, but I've owned an Apple Watch since day one and still wear it 3 years later (surprised?), but I think there is a good case for Canvas support on smartwatches (at least in a limited fashion).
The killer app on smartwatches for most people is.........notifications. You know? Those crazy things you get a million times a day. Well, the issue with most smartwatches is you get a notification and then you need to pull out your phone to get any useful information.
I would like to see a smartwatch app so I can do more with my canvas notifications. For instance, I get a new conversation message, I want to be able to read it on a my wrist, or a new grade is available, same thing. Simply knowing and then taking out my phone isn't the best user experience.
To be clear, I do not think there should be a full blow Canvas experience on a smartwatch. It should try to align with notifications, but not be available to read content, turn in assignments, or create any content. It's just a dashboard into the world of Canvas.
Luckily enough, this question is hypothetical and I don't know of any plans for Instructure to make smartwatch apps. Also, some of the items you described are already in the hopper for Teacher app.
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