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Instructional Tools

Canvas @ Yale supports a wide variety of external and internal applications that are integrated into Canvas to support, improve, and enhance the teaching and learning experiences of our faculty and students.

To avoid compromising the integrity of Yale’s secure networks, systems and institutional data, instructors 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 submitted on unvetted platforms.

The Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning reviews all third-party tools that faculty or departments indicate they are interested in using for teaching. The review process vets tools for effectiveness, security and accessibility before pursuing an agreement.

Learn more on our Requesting an External Application page.

Educational technology is a complex, integrated process involving people, procedures, ideas, devices and organization for analyzing problems and devising, implementing, evaluating and managing solutions to those problems involved in all aspects of human learning.

Association for Educational Communications and Technology (1977).

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How can we help? Visit our Canvas Guides for in depth how-tos and information on Canvas use for courses.

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