Response: Redirect Tool Request
We have received requests for the Redirect Tool to be enabled in the WCU Canvas environment, allowing instructors to add custom links to the navigation panel.
When WCU students were interviewed about Blackboard, their biggest complaint concerned inconsistent navigation and structure across courses, making adeptness within the LMS difficult for them. Consistent navigation for all courses is a best practice in course design, user interface design, and supporting student engagement.
Canvas was created with research and best practices regarding interface design and social learning. For example, Canvas has included alternate paths for student resources outside of the flow of the modules, such as dated assignments and quizzes, dated module availability, home/front pages for courses, home pages with navigational links for modules, the course activity stream, the calendar, and the syllabus tool.
The Redirect Tool undermines these existing Canvas design and navigation options. It is not mobile-friendly, and WCU students are accessing Canvas through mobile devices. In accordance with Division of Information Technology guidelines, our LMS environment precludes customizations which require extra resources to maintain. Also, Canvas provides many other options to provide resource links.
To provide links to important resources which students can quickly find, we recommend:
For help with Canvas, please contact the IT Help Desk (x7487) or submit a ticket online (http://ithelp.wcu.edu).