What is the best way to get a legally binding electronic signature on Canvas?
Hi Tyce Peterson , and Welcome to the Canvas Community!
First, I would verify that electronic signatures are legally binding in your state and for your stated purpose. Not all states accept e-signatures, and even in those that do they are still not always acceptable for all purposes. Get a legal opinion that you trust.
Once you have determined this, then what I would do is create an assignment in Canvas, and attach a PDF form that can be downloaded by your students. Students download the PDF, sign electronically, then upload the signed PDF as their assignment submission.
Note: this might require that your students have Adobe Acrobat loaded on their devices; although, I seem to remember that you can set a PDF to permit signatures when the user is accessing it using an acrobat reader, but I am not certain. Beyond that, there are not many other routes you can go, but others may have other ideas.
In Chrome, I have used hellosign as an add-on in google docs to sign documents. I have only used it as a free tool, but it did work for what I needed. Might be something else to look into?
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