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Canvas Enables Teachers to Give Audio and Video Feedback to Students

The Canvas learning platform incorporates rich media into its commenting toolset

SALT LAKE CITY, January 24, 2013 – Canvas, the learning platform by Instructure, allows teachers to use audio and video to make class announcements, provide instructions about assignments and assess student work. These features increase personal interactions among teachers and students and add a human connection to online education.

“The Canvas Media Comment tool takes the distance out of distance learning, providing the type of intimacy in a course that leads to increased student engagement and better outcomes,” said Rusty Lindquist, Instructure’s senior director of product marketing.

Using the Media Comment tool, Canvas users can record audio and video from the microphone and camera of their computers or mobile devices. Recordings can then be saved and shared within Canvas announcements, assignments, discussions, grades and more.

Canvas institutions are leveraging audio and video capabilities to increase and improve interactions in their online programs. “It seems that there is something missing from the educational experience when you don’t see people and interact with them,” said Michael Griffiths, director of BYU-Hawaii Online.

BYU-Hawaii implemented Canvas as part of a greater effort to help online students feel more connected to their peers. After launching an initiative to incorporate video mail into its online courses using Canvas, BYU-Hawaii saw the connections strengthen between instructors and students.

The University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School announced its move to Canvas in April 2012. Susan Kellogg, Kenan-Flagler’s associate dean of information technology said the ability to use video and audio recordings for feedback to students is a capability that intrigued the evaluation committee.

“Sometimes granular explanations of why a student was close but not correct in an answer can be difficult to fully convey in writing or through a rubric. Using audio or video feedback creates a more human experience while still conveying the important details,” Kellogg said. “It is quite possible that this type of feedback actually creates a closer relationship between student and teacher than you currently have in the face-to-face classroom.”

In addition to bringing humanness into online education, Canvas’ audio and video capabilities ensure accessibility for users of all abilities and provide a range of pedagogical choices for teachers. Full audio and video functionality is currently available on the Canvas for iOS app and will soon be available on Canvas for Android.

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About Instructure:

Instructure is a technology company committed to improving education. We provide instructors and students modern tools and resources to empower the learning experience. Instructure offers Canvas – the open, easy-to-use, cloud-native learning management system. We also provide Canvas Network, an index of open, online courses from Ivy Leagues to community colleges. To keep learning, visit

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