Asynchronous & Synchronous Collaboration in Canvas
There are many opportunities in Canvas for students to work collaboratively. There are two major features in Canvas that are particularly useful for student collaboration: Pages and Collaborations.
Pages afford students the opportunity to collaborate in an asynchronous (multiple people editing a document at different times) fashion while collaborations allows students to collaborate in either a synchronous (multiple people editing a project simultaneously) or asynchronous fashion.
In this tutorial, we’ll look at using the Page as a student wiki.
Advantages of using Pages include:
- Students do not have to leave Canvas to complete the assignment.
- Students can add, edit, and delete their own work, the work of other students, and your work
- All student work is captured on the page, including an instructor viewable page history detailing who made what changes
- Easy to use WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) text editor
Disadvantage of using Pages include:
- Real-time editing not supported
- If two users are editing the page at the same time, the first user to save will erase the second user’s edits.
There is a learning curve to using this feature with a screen reader, but completing the task may be possible.
The accessibility of web-based applications is frequently changing. Ongoing conversations and evaluation will be needed to ensure the needs of all UNTHSC instructors and learners are met.