Joel Duffin

Canvas Pages vs Files

Discussion created by Joel Duffin on Sep 30, 2016
Latest reply on Oct 3, 2016 by Neal Legler

As part of a Canvas adoption project, we are working with a client to propose new processes for authoring content. We are wondering about the legitimacy of suggesting that they author content using Canvas pages. It seems like faculty and curriculum developers will be questioning:

  1. Effectiveness - Are pages any more effective than files that I author using MS Word or some other tool and upload to Canvas?
  2. Efficiency - Is it going to take me more time to author content in Canvas pages than using the tool I'm currently using?
  3. Reliability - Is Canvas reliable enough for me to trust it to hold the master copy of my content?
  4. Editing Support - Does Canvas pages have the needed functionality to support collaborative editing such as version control, notes, and multi-user editing?
  5. Learning - Is the time / effort to learn to use Canvas pages too big a hurdle for me to change what I'm doing?
  6. Printing - If I need / want students to be able to print course content, will printing content from Canvas be as good as printing my uploaded files or at least adequate?
Part of why I'm asking is because our experience is that many instructors use Canvas files instead of pages to deliver course content. My questions are:
  • What is your experience with how faculty think about Canvas pages / on average, how do you think they would answer these questions?
  • What are your answers to these questions?
  • Have you seen these issues discussed / researched / presented about somewhere?
  • Are there other issues that should be considered when deciding whether or not to use Canvas pages?