Blackboard and Canvas Feature Comparison

Canvas was designed by instructors with a focus on great user experience. Most of the features you rely on in Blackboard have equivalent features in Canvas. See below for the names and descriptions of many of the most popular Blackboard features and the corresponding names in Canvas.

Blackboard

Canvas

Function

Assessments/Tests/Surveys

Quizzes

Create and administer online quizzes and surveys.

Available/Unavailable

Published/Unpublished

Determines if a course or content item will be accessible to students.

Content Collection

Files

Course file storage.

Control Panel

Settings

Manage your course settings.

Grade Center

Grades

Input and calculate student grades.

Instructor

Teacher

Role that can create and manage course content.

Item

Pages

Text, images and other course content.

Organizations

User Groups

Non-term courses commonly used for student or staff organizations.

Peer Assessment

Peer Review

Enables students to provide feedback on another student's assignment submission

Portfolios

ePortfolios

Collect and document educational projects, submissions, experiences, and other work products. Users can share with other students, instructors, and/or future employers.

Student Preview Mode

Student View

Temporarily login to your course as a student.

Users & Groups/Course Roster

People

View everyone enrolled in your course.

Many Blackboard features have the same name and functionality in Canvas. See the features that you are already accustomed to that are available in Canvas:

Blackboard

Canvas

Function

Announcements

Announcements

Communication with students about course events, content availability, course schedule changes, etc.

Assignments

Assignments

Create and administer assignments in a course.

Calendar

Calendar

Shared calendar for course events.

Echo360

Echo360

Lecture Capture recordings.

Groups

Groups

Create subsets of your students that have their own group page. These groups can submit assignments and use course tools to communicate with each other.

LockDown Browser/Monitor

LockDown Browser/Monitor

Proctoring software that restricts students from accessing other websites while taking a quiz.

Modules

Modules

Organize course content and guide student experience.

Notifications

Notifications

Be alerted via email, mobile, etc.

Rubrics

Rubrics

Assessment tool for communicating expectations. Assists during grading.

Syllabus

Syllabus

Post your course syllabus.

Canvas also has a few great features that Blackboard did not. Check them out:

Attendance

Take attendance for an online or in-person course.

Collaboration

Integration with Word, PowerPoint and Excel Online.

Commons

Share course materials with others in your institution or publicly with any Canvas instructor.

Outcomes

Track mastery in a course.

SpeedGrader

Quickly grade and annotate student submissions.

Teacher App

Mobile application designed for instructors and focused on grading and student interaction.