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Chalk vs. Canvas Feature Comparison (Instructor & Student)

This article compares the most commonly used features in Chalk and Canvas.


Canvas has all of the core functionality found in Chalk, but each system operates under a different paradigm. The table below compares the most commonly used features.

Chalk vs. Canvas Feature Comparison Table
Chalk Canvas How is Canvas Different?
Announcements Announcements Publish announcements or pull in posts from blogs and other information sources into the announcement stream via RSS.
Assignments Assignments
  • Create assignment shells from modules, calendar, or the assignment tool. Graded discussions and quizzes are also automatically displayed.
  • Create assignment groups here to weight the final grade.
Blog N/A Canvas does not have a built-in blogging tool. Create course blogs at UChicago Voices and collect student journal entries using Assignments.
Course Documents Modules Use Modules to organize course content. You can group material by units or weeks with optional scheduled release or prerequisites.
Discussion Forum Discussions Instructors can grade, pin, and close forums. Individuals can respond to subscribed threads by replying to notification emails directly.
Email Inbox One inbox allows individuals to view messages from all classes in a single location. Choose whom to send messages to, individually or by course roles (instructors, TAs, or students).
Files Files By default, students can access files uploaded to a course. Instructors may restrict access to some or all files.
Grade Center Grades Enter grades, download submissions, mute assignment notification and more. Use SpeedGrader to review and annotate online submissions. For paper submissions, create grade columns via Assignments and enter scores and comments in Grades.
Groups Groups Set up student groups in your courses for assignments and in-class work, both graded and ungraded. See also: Users.
Library Course Reserves Library Reserves Library Course Reserves works the same way in Chalk and Canvas. Look for the Library Reserves link on the left.
Syllabus Syllabus Syllabus automatically displays all course events and graded assignments in a chronological list view. It makes a great home page.
Tests Quizzes Create and administer online quizzes and anonymous surveys, and conduct and moderate exams and assessments, both graded and ungraded.
Users People Grant access to your course by adding CNetIDs. View student activity reports, such as page views. See also: Groups.
Wiki Pages A place for content (text, links, images, audio, and video) and resources that don't necessarily belong in an assignment, or that you want to refer to in multiple assignments. Grant students editing privileges to use Canvas Pages as a collaboration tool, as an alternative to Google Docs under Collaborations. Or, if you need a full wiki site, use UChicago Wikis.

See Also

Canvas - How is it Different from Chalk?




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Owner:Cecilia L.Group:University of Chicago
Created:2016-10-14 15:16 CDTUpdated:2017-05-16 13:36 CDT
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