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rseilham
Community Coach
Community Coach

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During the pandemic, I've spent more time than I'm willing to admit in Tik Tok and was reminded of one of those videos that say "I'll go first." Well, I'm bringing that moment to the Canvas community with the following question. 

What is your Canvas Student app usage at your school? I'll go first!

It’s tough to put an exact number on usage. There are two ways users can access Canvas on mobile devices; the web and the app. The web is easy to understand with the usage of Google Analytics but is less popular than the app.

Looking at the web pageviews only, here is the breakdown: 

  • Desktop: 84%
  • Smartphone: 16%
  • Tablet: less than .2%

Another unique stat is the length of a user session per every visit to Canvas:

  • Desktop: 14:33
  • Tablet: 9:03
  • Mobile: 5:51

As for the mobile app...This requires some digging and covering your eyes to try to pull out anything worth reporting. 

Through surveys, Canvas Data, and other data sources, we can safely assume: 

  • 90% of UCF students use the mobile app at least once a week.
  • Mobile app usage (and some tablets) is 20-25%. Sounds small, but MILLIONS of page views every year. 

Students that use the mobile app (and web too) seem to mainly use the app for quick interactions related to:

  1. How am I doing in class? (Grades)
  2. What do I need to do? (Assignment and Assignment descriptions)
  3. How do I do it? (To do / Calendar / Modules)

You can read more from a 2018 report, which is still very true today:

https://digitallearning.ucf.edu/msi/research/canvas/survey2018/

Even though students do take quizzes, submit assignments, and engage in discussions on mobile. Most of these interactions are much more common on a desktop. Either way, mobile access is still significant and valued by students, especially to stay connected.

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jozsefdavid
Instructure
Instructure

We are learning, we must learn. We build our apps for you so it makes sense to learn from you guys. Please help us by filling this survey: https://t.maze.co/45643042

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klundstrum
Community Coach
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It's Due! Is now available for institutions (and teachers) to download and explore independently!

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klundstrum
Community Coach
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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to submit different assignment types as a student? We’ve got you covered.

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Kelvin_Dean
Community Contributor

With the introduction of Apple Silicon at last week's Apple WWDC 2020, the Mac is ready for the most significant transition of all time! Will we see Canvas Mobile Apps on macOS for the first time? The truth lies below!

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rrocha
Community Member

      I am the Instructor of Business Office Administration Course via Online Class Instruction. With COVID-19 we started our online class instruction journey with continued communication and connection via Canvas Conferences Join with out students.  

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techbuzz
Community Member

We usually talk about the risks of having your smartphone or tablet close when you are studying, since they are an inexhaustible source of interruptions and distractions. But these devices can also become your best allies if you use them properly. Would you like to know what are the best apps for students ? Keep reading because we have compiled the best Apps for students like you.

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Kelvin_Dean
Community Contributor

With so many institutions moving to online instruction during the pandemic, Canvas Mobile is due for a big update!

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klundstrum
Community Coach
Community Coach

Right now, there's a lot to balance, especially if you're moving a face-to-face class completely online. Canvas Mobile will allow you to access the Canvas features you need the most frequently efficiently and allow you to be more flexible with where, when, and how you access coursework. With three different apps, there's a lot of information available. We're going to do our best to collect the essentials for you to browse and then you can continue on with your teaching/learning/parenting experience.

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nsweeten
Community Contributor

*You'll be glad you did.

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bzorella
Community Member

Did you know that you can embed images in a unit that dynamically size, according to your page size?

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jgriggs
Community Participant

Despite an aggressive marketing campaign and screaming until my lungs grew sore, some instructors on my campus still try to use the old all-in-one Canvas app to teach.  While I am grateful I got these slow-to-change holdouts to even download, install, and use an app in the first place, their stubbornness to upgrade to the Canvas Teacher app blow what remains of my mind.  But this is a problem for another day.  

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rakshitha_rajan
Community Participant

Working as an EdTech Specialist at a renowned Med School I come across various scenarios.

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Kelvin_Dean
Community Contributor

Since the release of the New Quizzes platform in June 2018, there have been many advances. Here are some things that you should know about New Quizzes on Canvas Mobile.

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gouldt
Community Contributor

I am not normally an end of the line type person when getting on the bus, usually, I am towards the front 10% of the line. I feel like I have almost missed the Mobile App bus. I don't have an excuse for why it has taken so long for mobile apps to grab my attention, but now that it has, I'm glad I waited.

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klundstrum
Community Coach
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The Observer / Canvas Parent role can be complex. Here's a quick overview.

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klundstrum
Community Coach
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Think and reflect.

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rsasso
Community Contributor

Put simply - if we weren't already, we need to begin considering mobile implications for course design. Having the checklist before, during, and after course development removes any instructional designer's best guesses at what needs to be considered.

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ken_cooper
Community Participant

I thought I would post a blog to expand on the comment I made in the Ask Technology & Engineering Leadership‌ blog started by  @Renee_Carney ‌.   @James ‌ was awesome (as usual) and linked to a three year old thread that had new comments by Instructure's Director of Products - Data and Analytics,  @kturco .  I never would have seen those posts in a three year old thread if not for James, so it's great to see someone in leadership comment on the issue.

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amandathecarpen
Community Member

Designers can spend hours on creating the perfect home page for a course, setting everything up just how they like it, then guess what, the student viewing it is using the app. How does that home page look on the app, chances are it scaled differently, or something moved. 

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stacy_lambert
Community Contributor

Last term we had a Parent Night based on technology systems at our school for anyone that wanted to know what they were and how to connect. The PAIRING with the user has been an absolute breakthrough in the Parent App now - we don't need portal keys from another provider, and we don't need to be responsible for the access. It is so quick and easy, what used to take over 24 hours now takes seconds. 

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mmoore1
Community Contributor

How are you using the Teacher app?

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jeremy_woodward
Community Member

Do mobile apps for students utilize LTI tools that are applied to a school's instance?

If we have added LTI tools, like ReadSpeaker to our Canvas instances, do those tools carryover to the Mobile App experience? 

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jonesn16
Community Champion

I get excited about mobile learning because it opens up possibilities inside the classroom and outside the classroom. I believe that mobile devices, when used strategically with clear boundaries, can operate on all four levels of the SAMR technology model. I want to share two examples of mobile learning that have inspired me.

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ronmarx
Community Contributor

The improvements made to the Canvas Mobile app demonstrate that its development team is singing the same melody as the teacher-instructor promoters who run their courses on Canvas.

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Bobby2
Community Coach
Community Coach

It's been a slow developing love affair Canvas Apps.

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michellez
Community Contributor

I use apps for everything (doesn't everyone?) and I suppose when I first downloaded the Canvas app a few years ago, I was first learning how to use Canvas myself, and the app was not nearly as updated as it is today, so sadly I did not use it much.

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vassallon
Community Member

So in trying to learn as much as I can about Canvas I stumbled across the Canvas Mobile Design 2019 Quest  As a district with 1:1 iPads I wanted to learn as much as I could about the Canvas Mobile Apps just so I could know what they are capable and offer suggestions to teachers. 

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mjennings
Community Champion

From the outset I hope everyone know how much I love Canvas. I love the mobile apps. They are great and people like  @peytoncraighill   @rseilham  an   @klundstrum do an outstanding job covering and promoting the app(s). First there was the Canvas app. Then SpeedGrader, Polls and Magic Marker. Next up was the Parent app and then finally the Teacher app. I have been a part of the Canvas family for five years now and I have seen so much grow in the mobile strategies. 

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isobel_williams
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I find a tension between students and teachers over mobile devices and their use in High School.

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