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Canvas for Elementary Feature Comparison

Canvas for Elementary Feature Comparison

This document discusses the current functionality available in Canvas for Elementary compared to the standard Canvas classroom.

Additional functionality may continue to be added as indicated in the feature timeline. Specific development updates can be found in the Instructure Product Roadmap.


Canvas for Elementary Feature Comparison

The following tables show the current functionality available in the production environment for Canvas for Elementary compared to the standard Canvas classroom. Additional functionality will continue to be added per updates in the Canvas for Elementary User Group.

 

Feature Support 

Standard Canvas

Canvas for Elementary

User Roles

Admins

Students (K12, HE)

Instructors

Observers

Admins

Students (K6)

Teachers

Observers

Terminology Changes

Courses

Dashboard

Course Nickname

Syllabus

Front Page

Subjects

Home 

Friendly Name

Important Info

Subject Home

Custom Theming

Account, Subaccounts

Account, Subaccount, Subjects

Available in *.beta.instructure.com

Available in *.test.instructure.com

Enable for subaccounts 

Compatible with Blueprint Courses

Compatible with Course Templates

Supports SIS Enrollments

Available on Canvas mobile apps

Grading Period Support

Groups Support




Dashboard

Standard Canvas

Canvas for Elementary

Default Dashboard

Set by institution

Home View

      Teacher Options

Course Card View, List View, and Recent Activity View

Classic View (Card View, Recent Activity View) or Home View

      Student Options

Course Card View, List View and Recent Activity View

Home View only

Course Card Details

Displays course name, course code, and icons to access assignments, announcements, discussion replies, and files (if available in the Course Navigation Menu)


Indicator also display for new assignments, announcements, and discussion replies

Displays course name, # of items due today, # of items missing, and most recent announcement (if any)

To Do List

 

      Teacher Roles

Dashboard Sidebar

Home To Do Tab

      Student Roles

Dashboard Sidebar

Home Schedule Tab

Subject Schedule Tab

Important Dates Sidebar

x

Home Sidebar



Course Setup

Standard Canvas

Canvas for Elementary

Course Navigation Menu

 

      Teacher Roles

Announcements, Assignments, Collaborations, Conferences, Discussions, Files, Grades, Modules, People, Pages, Outcomes, Quizzes, Rubrics, Settings, Syllabus, LTI Tools

For Homeroom Course:

Announcements, Files, Grades, Important Info (Syllabus), People


For Individual Subjects: 

All supported Course Navigation Menu links in Standard Canvas 

      Student Roles

Displays links that are made available for viewing in the Course Navigation Menu (via Course Settings)

x


Use Modules and/or Schedule Tabs

Default Font

Lato


Can be changed to Balsamiq Sans via the Canvas Elementary Theming feature preview, but this preview also simplifies the Course Navigation Menu for students

Balsamiq Sans

Course Home Page

One Page—
Choose between Front Page, Modules, Syllabus, Assignment List, or Recent Activity

Up to Six Tabs—
Home, Modules, Schedule, Grades, Groups, and Resources

Home Page Announcements

Option to show X Number of Announcements Shown on the Home Page in Course Settings

Most recent announcement only, but previous announcements can be viewed

Pages

Displays the View All Pages button for students (if Pages is available in the Course Navigation Menu)

Always hides the View All Pages button for students

Course Nickname

Course Nickname

Changes can be made on a per-student basis and displays in the Dashboard, Course Navigation Menu, course breadcrumbs, and notification emails

Friendly Name

Set by teacher and displays for all students in Subject Home, Navigation Menu, breadcrumbs, and notification emails 

Course Card Image

Set by teacher and displays in Course Card Dashboard for all students

Set by teacher and displays in Home View Dashboard for all students


Also displays in subject home as course banner (if banner is not set)

Course Banner

x

Set by teacher and displays in subject home page

Course Color

Changes can be made on a per-student basis and displays in Dashboard and Calendar 

Set by teacher and displays for all students in Dashboard and Calendar

LTI Tool Placement

Course Navigation Menu

Subject Resources Tab


Last update: 2021-10-18

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