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What can't instructors do on an iPad?

Question asked by on May 18, 2015
Latest reply on Nov 5, 2017 by

With the Speedgrader and Canvas apps, and given that Canvas unofficially works on Safari and Chrome mobile browsers, which instructor tasks should NOT be attempted on an iPad?


Here's a preliminary list:


  • Speedgrader app
    • Can’t upload files to student assignment comments (this is most often used when a student emails you their paper rather than uploading on Canvas)
    • Doesn’t display Google Doc submissions when grading…no way to view in the Speedgrader app…would have to open the Canvas app or use a mobile internet browser


  • Canvas app
    • Can’t create a new Assignments and Quizzes
    • Uploading documents is unintuitive (need to find file in another app and then choose “Open in” Canvas)
    • Doesn't support Conferences, Collaborations, Outcomes, Course settings


  • iOS internet browser

    • Although possible, use of Canvas from a mobile web browser is NOT officially supported by Canvas – unclear which features will or won’t reliably work
    • Anything that requires Flash won’t work (uploading Word/PDF/PDF’s; recording & uploading media into Announcements, Pages, Conferences)


In your experience, are there additional instructor tasks to avoid when using an iPad?