The University has chosen Canvas as the officially supported course website platform, fully replacing Course iSites. All course websites will be delivered in Canvas by June 30, 2016, and Course iSites will remain in read-only mode until August 1, 2017.
Learn more about the retirement of Course iSites


Transitioning from a Course iSite provides you the opportunity to reimagine your course site and take advantage of all that Canvas has to offer.  

iSite Topic Box

Canvas Feature(s)

Announcements

  • Make announcements from the New Announcement button on the Homepage Sidebar or through the Announcement Index page.
  • Use the Announcement Index page to:
    • Search for announcements.
    • Filter unread announcements.
    • Delete announcements.
    • Close (lock) announcements for comments.
  • Set your notification preferences (Settings → Notifications) for Announcements and Announcements Created By You to receive notifications to the communication channels you designate in personal settings under Ways to Contact.

Blog

  • Create a link to the blog on a custom designed homepage or pertinent content page, or add a navigation link to your course site using the Redirect Tool App (make sure to use the https link).
  • Add an external RSS feed from the Blog on the Announcement Index page to have new Blog posts appear as announcements.

Classmates

  • Use the People page to:
    • View the Class List and access their Canvas profiles.
    • Search for people.
    • Sort by role.
    • View last activity time and total activity time on the site.
  • Use the Inbox to compose a message (conversation) to the entire class, teachers, students, sections, groups, or individual class members. Recipients will be notified of the message (conversation) based on their personal notification preference settings. A new message indicator appears for unread messages on the Inbox link when logged into Canvas.

Collaborative Annotation Tool

  • Use one of the following depending on your instructional needs:
  • Collaboration (Google Docs or Ether pad).
  • Pages set to editable by Teacher and Students or Anybody.

Course Documents

  • Upload files to the the Files page in your course site.
    • Organize files into folders using drag and drop.
    • Lock a file to hide it from students and elect to manually unlock the file or lock/unlock it at a specific date.
    • Lock a folder to prohibit student access to the contents.
    • Upload a .zip file and Canvas automatically unzips the contents, maintaining your folder structure.
    • Copy a file from your personal Canvas files to a course.
  • Use the Content Selector to easily link to course files on any page, announcement, assignment, discussion, event, or wherever the Content Selector is available.

Course Information

  • Add course information to the editable Syllabus description or to a customized page.

Discussions

  • Use the Discussion Index page to:
    • Filter unread or assignment (graded) discussions.
    • Search discussions by title, body, or author.
    • Pin discussions to the top of the Discussion Index page.
  • Create threaded or focused discussions.
    • Require students to post before reading replies.
    • Enable a podcast feed.
    • Add attachments to the discussion.
    • Set availability dates to schedule the discussion.
  • Create graded discussions.
    • Record grades in the column that is automatically added to the Gradebook.
    • Use the consolidated view of a student’s discussion posts in the SpeedGrader™ to easily assess the student’s contributions to the discussion and assign a grade.
  • Create group discussions where each group participates in their own discussion forum.

Dropbox

  • Create individual Assignments with the Submission Type set to Online.
  • Select the acceptable online entry options — Text Entry; Website URL; Media Recordings; File Uploads.
  • Add assignment details and link to relevant files and/or content using the Content Selector and Rich Content Editor.
  • Set the due date and availability dates. Late submissions will be flagged in the Gradebook.

Early Feedback for Courses or Sections

  • Create an ungraded survey in Canvas.

Emailbag & Course Emailer

  • Use the Inbox to compose a message to the entire class, teachers, students, sections, groups, or individual class members. Recipients will be notified of the message (conversation) based on their personal notification preference settings. A new message indicator appears for unread messages on the Inbox link when logged into Canvas.
  • Use Message Students Who… in the Gradebook to compose a message to students who haven’t submitted the assignment yet, haven’t been graded on the assignment, or scored less than or more than a specified score. A copy of the message is stored in Sent Mail in your Inbox.
  • Make comments on student work in the SpeedGrader™ to provide feedback to students.

iFrame

  • Add an External Link to a Module and content is automatically iFramed. An alert and link to open content in a new window appears for insecure content that cannot be iFramed.
  • Add iFrame html to any Page with the Rich Content Editor. Some browsers prohibit displaying insecure content in an iFrame on a secure page. This is a function of browsers, not Canvas.
  • Use the Redirect Tool App.

Images

  • Embed images from your Canvas files, a URL, or Flickr anywhere the Rich Content Editor is available.

Lecture Video

  • Enable the Lecture Video Tool in your course navigation by going to Settings → Navigation. (FAS only)

News Reader (RSS)

  • Add an external RSS feed to Announcements. New content from the feed will be announced to students consistent with their notification preferences and shown under Announcements.

Personal Response System

  • Create an ungraded survey in Canvas, use Qualtrics for in-class polling, or try the Canvas Polling mobile app.

Quick Survey

  • Create an ungraded survey in Canvas.

Quiz Tool (FAS)

  • Create a practice or graded quiz in Canvas.

Reserve Reading List

  • Use the Manage Reserves tool to manage your Reserve Reading List in Canvas.

Search this Site

  • Use the search feature in Discussions to search Discussion Content.
  • Use the search feature in Announcements to search for Announcement Content.
  • Use the Assignment Index page to easily locate Assignments.
  • Use the Quizzes Index page to easily locate Quizzes.
  • Use the Pages List to easily locate Pages.
  • Use the Module Index page to view all module content.

Shared Documents

  • Set a page to be editable by Teachers and Students for shared text, URL, and image contributions.
  • Set up Groups—each group gets their own Group Files for file sharing.

Sign-Up

  • Use the Scheduler integrated with the Calendar.

Slides

  • Link to a Flickr slideshow.
  • Embed a Google Docs Presentation on a Page.

Teaching Staff

  • Sort the People page by role to view Teaching Staff.
  • Add Teaching Staff information to the editable Syllabus Description or a custom Page.
  • Students can message Teaching Staff through their Canvas Inbox.

Text Area-Multi Page

  • Use pages.
  • Sequence pages together through linking or in a Module.

Video Publishing

  • Use the Record/Upload Media button in the Rich Content Editor to record or upload short video or audio.  
  • Embed a video from YouTube or Vimeo (both have LTI apps.)
  • Upload media files to your course Files.

Web Links

  • Create a list of web links on a Page.
  • Create a module with several External Links.

What’s New

  • View the Recent Activity Stream on the Dashboard for a snapshot of recent activity across all your Canvas courses
  • View a Course Stream (link in the Sidebar on the homepage) for a snapshot of recent activity within the course.

Wiki

  • Use Pages set to editable by Teacher and Students or Anyone.
  • Use Harvard Wikis for advanced wiki functionality, and provide a link on a pertinent content page or use the Redirect Tool to add a left hand navigation link.