Category Archives: User Groups

Canvas: Third-Party Learning Tools – Your Input is Needed

The Penn State Canvas team is gathering information on which third-party learning tools faculty and staff would like to be able to use in the Learning Management System. These applications include integrations from textbook publishers, participation tools, assessments, and others.

Those interested in providing input on which tools can do so via a form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSezyXp9RAe9rDT8Zu1z1AgoIpa4I0IU1YH5EUlfpuxEuctCfQ/viewform.  Faculty and staff will need to provide the team with the name of the tool and whether it is known to work with the Canvas LMS. A list of functional integrations with Canvas can be found in the Edu App Center at https://www.eduappcenter.com/.

According to the Canvas team, “All submissions will be reviewed, vetted and prioritized by the LMS Academic Transition Steering Committee and the Canvas Project Team.” The results of this process will be added to the goals of Tier 3 in the Canvas integration process, slated to be addressed in 2017.

A listing of current PSU Canvas integrations and their status can be found at http://canvas.psu.edu/transition-information/integrations/.

ANGEL Group Space Ending – Where to Go Now

Users of the Groups feature in ANGEL have some options to choose from as we transition to Canvas as the Learning Management System at the university.

The ANGEL Groups feature functions differently than the Groups feature in Canvas, and ITS Training Services has identified four options to use in the future. New ANGEL Groups can be created until June 30, 2017, and all access to ANGEL Groups will end Oct. 31, 2017.

Alternatives to ANGEL Groups

  •      Box (http://box.psu.edu/): file storage; file and note sharing; collaboration (including collaborative note editing via Box Notes and Microsoft Office Online)
  •      Yammer (https://www.yammer.com/psu.edu/): file storage; group conversations in activity streams; file and note sharing; collaborative note editing; polling
  •      Sites at Penn State (http://sites.psu.edu/): file storage; content sharing and collaboration (including blogs and web pages)
  •      Qualtrics (https://pennstate.qualtrics.com/): surveys and polling

For guidance in choosing an alternative, you can access a table comparing these options at http://canvas.psu.edu/canvas-at-a-glance/best-practices/#ANGELGroupAlternatives.


The Canvas project team is working to create space in Canvas that will be comparable to ANGEL Group space for academic purposes such as study groups and co-curricular activities. This alternative is targeted for completion by June 30, 2017.

Box: Repackaged with New User Interface

The Box file sharing application shipped out a truckload of new user features today. According to Box, these features include both major and minor changes to the interface.

One of the first things you may notice when logging into box.psu.edu is the lighter colors. But, Box made changes to many other areas of the website including major improvements like an upgraded search and better options for collaboration and sharing to minor changes such as adjustments to the shared link settings and changes to how your folders and files are viewed.

Take a look at some of the highlights of the new Box experience in this video.
https://cloud.app.box.com/v/newboxexperience