Western adopted Canvas as the institution's Learning Management System and we haven't looked back since. Canvas is a powerful tool, and we encourage you to explore everything it has to offer! There are endless resources to help you along the way, so make sure to take advantage of each one. 

New & Upcoming Features


What: This is a complete revamp of the Rich Content Editor user interface.

Status: Allowed
*You can turn this feature on now if you want to! Just go to your course settings, select the Features Option tab, and toggle RCE Enhancements to On.

Enforcement Date: December, 2020

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What: New Quizzes is an assessment engine that integrates with Canvas as an LTI tool and replaces the classic quizzes functionality currently existing in Canvas. 

Status: Coming soon!

Enforcement Date: TBA

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What: In addition to the traditional Turnitin Canvas LTI tool you are accustom to using, we have added Turnitin Plagiarism Framework as an alternative way to setup your Canvas assignments.

Status: This tool is available now.

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Featured Third Party Tools 

Image of Honorlock's logo consisting of an outline in the shape of a shield framing a blue checkmark. What: Online exams shouldn't be hard. With Honorlock, you can proctor like you're there. All you need to do is set the exam guidelines. Honorlock will do the rest! And, because the Honorlock platform integrates with Canvas, it's easy to log in and get started. 

How: Honorlock is already integrated with Canvas, so you simply need to enable this tool under your Course Navigation.

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Image of NetTutor's logo consiting of the word 'NetTutor' in the center of a black oval.What: NetTutor is a free online tutoring service. All tutors hold, at minimum, a bachelor's degree in their area of study. NetTutor offers a large number of subjects available for tutoring, ranging from introductory to graduate-level courses.

  • Tutors are available to students 24 hours a day, every day of the year for all levels of math and English. Other subject areas have extensive tutoring coverage.
  • Students can upload papers asynchronously to be reviewed, and tutors can make comments directly on the document. 
  • The NetTutor Q&A Center allows students to submit questions at any time and return to retrieve the answers later when they have time to focus. 

How: NetTutor is already integrated with Canvas, so you simply need to enable this tool under your Course Navigation.

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What: Turnitin is used to deter plagiarism. When students submit their assignment through Turnitin, this tool looks for similarity by comparing student's work against internet content, work previously submitted to Turnitin, and a repository of periodicals, journals, and publications. 

How: Turnitin is already integrated with Canvas. You can setup your Canvas assignment to review similarity, and use Turnitin's Feedback Studio to grade your student's work. Or, you can simply setup your assignment to check for similarity while using the Canvas SpeedGrader. 

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What: Use Zoom to video conference with your students! Schedule Q&A's to help your students along, or hold synchronous class time online. Zoom is also perfect for one-on-one meetings with students and advisees!

How: Zoom is already integrated with Canvas, so you simply need to enable this tool under your Course Navigation. Meetings that are private, or not related to class, should be setup outside of Canvas through the MyWestern Portal. 

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