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Robust Canvas Profiles, Online Status Indicator Feature

Robust Canvas Profiles, Online Status Indicator Feature



We are LGTV Studio, a team of User Experience Designers studying how to maximize student communication and improve online class community. Our goal this semester was to build upon the current Canvas Profile feature, in a way that is user friendly, and would encourage students to connect and network.

Robust Canvas Profiles is an improvement of Canvas’ current social tool. Our team has implemented various features for students to connect and network with one another. We believe that this tool helps them understand their classmates better and improves their desire to interact with the online community. 

Of our redesigns, this submission addresses adding a “Online Status Indicator” feature to show whether the student is Online, Offline, or Idle. We also added an “Invisible” feature for those who don’t want to show their availability status. After conducting research, it was shown that students would feel more welcome reaching out to students if they saw that they were online. Seeing a student online, allows them to believe that they are more likely to respond. This Online Status Indicator will be shown on the top right side of their name.

We have attached a presentation including interview notes, reflections, and a few photos to document our static prototype redesign.


This is the link to our Google Survey 


We hope you are all safe and thriving during this time of distress. We hope this can be implemented to further help our students feel connected. 

LGTV Studio  


Lindsay Roach

Gina Yoo

Tess Dziallo

Community Team
Community Team

Thanks for sharing this idea,  @yoo_gina_jean ‌; it is open for voting. To facilitate and promote full transparency, we recommend that you solicit conversation in the form of publicly visible comments posted to this idea rather than via a Google Form.

Community Member

It would be nice if there was a chat feature that showed when students are on-line so you can chat with them in live time. It would be like they do in facebook where you can see who is live and then message them. 

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