cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 

Student app enable landscape view

Student app enable landscape view

(4)

Currently the SCORM modules are launched through external tools under submission tab in the student app.

 

When the external tool is clicked a new window is opened. Unfortunately the new window only launches in portrait mode. If the external tools can be enabled to work both landscape / portrait , it will be great for various reasons.

 

For e.g. the storyline modules can be accessed via external tools and would work brilliantly in landscape mode.

 

This sort of feature works in all other popular apps like Twitter. The main twitter stream is always portrait, but when you click on a tweet with an external link, the new window will work in both portrait / landscape mode.

This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas
18 Comments
kmeeusen
Community Coach
Community Coach

This is a great idea,  @v_mahendran  !

This would improve the readability of pages, viewing videos and slideshows, and so much more!

Kelley

rseilham
Community Coach
Community Coach

This idea has popped up a few times in the community throughout the years, but it's generally centered around giving landscape support to the entire app. I would like to see the web view use the embedded web browser so it can be rotated as well. Just added more flexibility for content that is out of the core Canvas tools. 

v_mahendran
Community Member

Thanks Ryan,

You framed it much better than I did Smiley Happy

The core canvas tools can be restricted to portrait, but anything that's outside needs to have the flexibility of both views. Web view in landscape will be perfect.

v_mahendran
Community Member

So what happens now? Is there anyway we can submit this idea for consideration. I understand the landscape view issue has been raised several times before, but just thought of bringing to the developers notice, so it can be considered in future updates.

To have landscape view is a standard issue and to not have it handicaps the user experience manifolds.

Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team

 @v_mahendran ‌, this idea is currently open for voting and as such is being evaluated by the Canvas Community as described in How does the feature idea process work in the Canvas Community?

anj5053
Community Member

With the rise of media usage in education and student attachment to mobile devices, it is imperative that Learning Management Systems keep up with the trend. While Canvas offers a mobile app that is wonderful for reading and submitting basic assignments and discussion posts, the mobile app does not allow for embedded video and images to be viewed in their most visible presentation- landscape mode. Some external tools that partner with Canvas- such as Kaltura- offer rich media educational tools that become difficult to use or view with the current portrait-only setup. Professors looking to use Kaltura video quizzes must currently be aware that these quizzes are inaccessible in the mobile app which can alienate distance learners or learners who must work and study on the go. The tool gives an error stating "This video contains features that works [sic] best on Landscape mode- please flip your screen to continue"- but unfortunately Canvas Mobile does not allow for that. Additionally recorded lectures with picture-in-picture powerpoint notes become ineffective in the mobile app as portrait mode keeps the video so small it is almost impossible to read for someone with good eyesight, let alone someone who struggles with visual accessibility. Why offer an app that forces students back to their computers to complete or view assignments and materials- thus defeating the purpose of mobile capability altogether? 

 

Please allow for a Landscape view within the Canvas mobile app so that rich media can be viewed in its best format and video quizzes can be completed on-the-go.

pdg4
Community Member

Please do enable landscape view on Kaltura for mobile devices. This would definitely empower my students, who watch 1-2 Kaltura videos every week.

Please generally enable the mobile experience of Canvas! Too many features don’t work or don’t work well on mobile devices, especially in the area of grading. Mobile learning should become a priority to Instructure.

bme4
Community Member

Great idea.  Really useful for students trying to complete course work on their mobile devices.

rseilham
Community Coach
Community Coach

 @pdg4 ‌, 

The only place where the app supports landscape right now is video that uses the native player to iOS. Kaltura uses a custom player (basically a web view), so it can't be turned. I agree it would be nice to add more functionality for the web view in landscape, and there are over 20 engineers working on mobile projects, so mobile learning is a priority for Instructure. Thanks again! 

szw151
Community Participant

At Penn State we are updating our accessibility policy to align with the WCAG 2.1 guidelines. Guideline 1.3.4 Orientation says this: "Content does not restrict its view and operation to a single display orientation, such as portrait or landscape, unless a specific display orientation is essential." So I think this is more than nice to have. This is an accessibility requirement.

Incidentally I believe that many people with disabilities use iPhones because of all the built-in accessibility features, so have the Canvas app support landscape orientation on iOS devices becomes even more important.

rseilham
Community Coach
Community Coach

Thanks for sharing  @szw151 ‌ - I didn't realize the accessibility aspect of this!

khaled_al-ankar
Community Member

Hello Community,

I have recently been signposted here as I tried to create an idea request similar.

Allow me to add my 2 pence.

I have been using Canvas for quite some time and I love how the canvas teacher app has evolved. My request or idea that I would like to put forward is that you offer the same functionality for students as teachers.

Currently, the teacher app has the ability to turn landscape on iOS iPhone and iPad. Allowing the user to rotate their phone to landscape. This is really useful when looking at content and using external tools. However, I have only just realised that this functionality is missing from the primary target, the Learner! 

if your, not 100% sure what I'm talking about I have got a video of what I mean.

This video is currently being processed. Please try again in a few minutes.
(view in My Videos)

This is a great idea:

To get Canvas to add the rotation function to the Canvas Student App to make it an all-round better experience for learners.

 

It seems like a relatively easy thing to implement. So please vote up.

 

BTW not in an aggressive voice but I'm taking this to twitter.

@khaledal_ankar

Thank you for your time

.

kerstin_jarosc1
Community Participant

This feature is so urgently needed Smiley Happy

cstammerjohn
Community Participant

I just discovered this also. Landscape in the Teacher app but not in Student. So it can be done! Seems odd it doesn't work in both.

Laveryj
Community Member

I am a graduate student who is constantly only Canvas to review and complete assignments and access materials (hybrid-online). Since I need to study a lot, I have tried to use canvas on my phone as a means to study wherever I am at (efficiency and convenience).  I believe it would be valuable for students like myself to have the ability to rotate my phone so that I could see the app in a landscape view for several reasons: viewing instructional videos like PowerPoint presentations embedded in Canvas on a FULL SCREEN and not a 1” x 2” portrait mode (iPhone 8), viewing standard documents, and it is something that most apps are capable of doing nowadays as a means of convenience in viewing preference. If you choose not to make the entire app capable of being viewed in landscape, then the least you could do would be to make videos and documents optional for a full-screen/landscape view. 
Thank you for taking the time to read this suggestion! 

639DBE71-D9FE-4616-BBC8-9A43FF27E5D7.png

eskinb
Community Member

I am a professor who is taking an asynchronous course in Interaction Design on Canvas. I spend 8 hours a week teaching on Zoom, plus many more hours of preparation time, so I wanted to get away from the computer and am trying the Canvas Student app. 

The PDFs embedded in modules are too small to read on my phone. Some text pages do not reflow on mobile, so I have to drag back and forth horizontally to read text.

The failure for PDFs, text pages, et al. to rotate in Canvas is a barrier to accessibility for students exhausted by sitting at a desk or who do not have a working computer.

This seems like a critical flaw in Canvas and it is disappointing to discover that this has been a known issue for at least two years. 

Worst of all the course is an introduction to the fundamentals of interaction design, and the experience in Student Canvas runs counter to what is being taught in the course.

 

Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team
Status changed to: Completed
 
Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team
Comments from Instructure

 

Landscape mode is supported in the Canvas Student app. For more information, please read through the  Canvas Student Release Notes (iOS 6.11).

About Idea Conversations
In the Instructure Community Ideas space, you can share, converse, and rate idea conversations related to software improvements to Instructure products.