External Application Overview

Avoid non-Yale supported Technology

The Poorvu Center is dedicated to working with all Yale faculty as they teach during the 2020-21 academic year and beyond. Contact the Poorvu Center if you need help identifying and implementing solutions for remote teaching. To avoid compromising the integrity of Yale’s secure networks, systems and institutional data, you should not implement new platforms or resources (free or paid) for Yale teaching without consulting with the Poorvu Center or Yale ITS.  Unvetted platforms, tools, or resources pose a data privacy risk as well as legal risk related to FERPA and digital accessibility policies.  Accounts created on systems outside of Yale’s vetted resources may impact the security of our students or faculty.  Companies often monetize the data they collect – including the intellectual property you submit on unvetted platforms.

If faculty or students are interested in using platforms, the Poorvu Center would love to know about the platform and can work to approve it through Yale ITS, the Office of General Counsel, and Risk Management. Remember, free is never free! Please do not require students to use platforms unvetted by the University.

How can I find out about other software available at Yale?

Yale licenses a number of applications that offer excellent functionality for Teaching and Learning that are not integrated into Canvas.  For a list of applications available, please see the ITS Software Library.

What External Applications are available through Canvas?

Multiple groups on-campus work to identify, test, and implement these technology solutions. Below is information about the various external applications we have installed, and are exploring, for academic courses that utilize Canvas @ Yale.

The following applications are available to all academic courses through Canvas.
This list was last updated on August 17, 2021.

External Application Name Description
Blackboard Ally
Blackboard Ally to seamlessly integrates with Canvas to provide alternative formats to content shared with through Canvas, and insight into your institution's accessibility.
Course Reserves - Ares 
Integration with Ares, the Yale University Library application used to facilitate digital and in person Course Reserves for both print media and film.
Ed Discussions
Ed Discussion is a threaded discussion platform. It supports document and image upload, math equations, runnable code, embedded video, and image annotation. Posts can be private or anonymous, and student responses can be ‘endorsed’ by instructors.
Gradescope is a tool designed to streamline and standardize paper-based, digital, and code assignments. It supports problem sets and projects as well as worksheets, quizzes, exams, and papers.
Hypothesis is a collaborative, digital annotation tool, which allows students to add comments, notes, and highlights to the margins of a shared digital document, whether it is an article on the web or a PDF.  Annotation types include highlights, comments, notes, and replies to other students' annotations and notes. Annotations can be made public, private, or only visible to a group of students.
ITS: Email List
Email List tool generate a unique class list alias that can be used to message enrolled students from your course outside of Canvas through your local email client and inbox.
ITS: Feedback
Promotes anonymous feedback at any time throughout the term by providing a feedback box within the course that send messages anonymously to the instructors of the course.
ITS: Mid-Semester Feedback
Mid-Semester feedback is designed to support the collection of anonymous feedback from students to faculty around the middle of the academic term.  The tool provides a set of questions for faculty to choose from and the ability to add individual questions as well that will be released to students on a time bound schedule.
ITS: Photo Roster
Photo roster is built leveraging ID photos plus additional information on each student including preferred pronoun and name pronunciation if available, residential college, major, year, contact information.  This is designed with Yale College in mind, but used by all.  Includes downloadable roster as spreadsheet as well as printable photo roster version in PDF.  Visible to those with TA or Instructor based roles.
ITS: Post'em
Easy spreadsheet upload ability to deliver feedback to students beyond letter or number grade, and does not need to be tied to a specific assessment or gradebook column in Canvas.  Commonly used to deliver results for placement exams when actual score is not relevant and feedback is a recommendation.
ITS: Sign-up
The Sign-up tool can be used to create sign up slots for ad-hoc events scheduled through the Canvas calendar tool, such as office hours.
Lab Archives
Lab simulations integrated as assignments into Canvas to engage students with science, covering topics within biology, chemistry and more.
LinkedIn Learning
Ability to bring in LinkedIn Learning content into Canvas as content in a module, or as an assignment.  With no gradebook integration or visibility into the students learning in LinkedIn Learning for the instructor, so this is better as supplemental or optional assignments, not as required. 
MacMillan Learning Integration with MacMillan publishing house digital content, specifically Sapling for Chemistry department.
Media Library (Panopto)
Integration with Yale's implementation of Panopto for media management and video capture, called the Media Library in Canvas.   The tool also enables these users to record lectures, create video assignments, and organize content in folders for individual or departmental use.
Pronunciation of name, and pronoun preference, integrated through the Photo Roster. Visible to those with TA or Instructor based roles.
Perusall is an annotation tool that allows students to annotate PDFs and other documents, and share comments to each other within the document. Can be utilized as an assignment or as a discussion.
PlayPosit aims to increase learner engagement through interactive videos. You can integrate PlayPosit into your courses through the Assignments tool, or the Modules tool in Canvas. PlayPosit can leverage videos hosted in Panopto, YouTube, or other hosting platforms.
Poll Everywhere
Poll Everywhere is an audience participation application offering a variety of question types for synchronous and asynchronous polling.  The integration with Canvas syncs the participants from the course roster. 
Qualtrics LTI The Qualtrics LTI is the external application that allows users to deploy their Qualtrics Surveys in a Canvas course site.
Respondus LockDown Browser
Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within a learning management system. Students are unable to copy, print, access other applications, or visit other websites during an online exam. Requires additional browser to be downloaded.
Turnitin is a tool to help faculty and students develop and evaluate written scholarship. It estimates the originality of written work so students can properly reference source material.  Turnitin is seamlessly integrated into the Assignment tool in Canvas.
VoiceThread is a learning tool that helps facilitate student engagement and online discussions. Can be used as a presentation tool, a discussion, or an assignment.
Wordpress is an online blogging solution creating a site where students and instructors can post and comment on a variety of topics. Integration of WordPress with Canvas, includes roster syncing and placement of link to blog within Canvas site. Intended for 1:1 use with Canvas for a single course.
Integration with Yale's instance of Zoom for video, audio and chat communications and conferencing. Integrated with Canvas for scheduling of meetings, and include integration with Panopto for cloud recording storage.  Zoom and Zoom HIPPA are both available for use depending on instructor affiliation.

For more information on any of these applications, please email askpoorvucenter@yale.edu.