Extensions to Canvas

Northwestern Information Technology Faculty Support Services (FSS) concentrates on programs that compliment and extend the capabilites of core academic technology servcices at Northwestern including its media suite, technology-equipt classrooms, and digital learning environment. Here are some of the programs available for you to use in your Canvas courses today. 


TurningPoint Cloud

TurningPoint Cloud is an easy-to-use polling software that provides enhanced tools to engage with your students and identify their understanding.

Easy & Safe File Sharing

Box is an easy-to-use file sharing software that can help you easily store, share, and access files from almost any device in a safe manner.


Nebula is an alternative interface to Canvas discussion forums created by Northwestern IT's Academic and Research Technologies. It creates a visual representation of a Canvas discussion as an interactive network graph. 

Find & Share Entire Movies or Clips

The Avalon Media System is Northwestern’s online system for managing and providing access to large collections of digital audio and video. It allows anyone with a Northwestern NetID to easily search the University’s archive for images or videos.


The Universal Design Online content Inspection Tool, or UDOIT (pronounced, “You Do It”) enables faculty to identify accessibility issues in your Canvas course.

Yellowdig Viz

Note:This app requires that Yellowdig also be used in the course. Yellowdig Viz provides an instructor and his/her students a useful way of visualizing class interactions in the Yellowdig Discussion Boards. 

Discussion Analytics

This tool is used to analyze Canvas discussion forums. It uses Natural Language Processing tools to extract keywords, organizations, place names and persons. It can also compute the reading level required for each post expressed as a grade level.

Yellowdig Collaboration Tool

Yellowdig is a discussion and collaboration platform that allows students and faculty to share and discuss social media directly in Canvas via a class “board.” 


MobLab offers a considerable suite of online games in various areas of economics, including macroeconomics, game theory, bargaining, market behavior, and risk assessment.

Video Annotation Tool for Canvas

Arc is a video platform powered by Canvas that gives you a private video channel for use in your Canvas courses. Arc videos can be discussed and analyzed with comments made directly into the video.

Blue Jeans in Canvas

Blue Jeans is a cloud-based videoconferencing service that supports high-resolution videoconferencing and content sharing on any device. The seamless integration into Canvas provides greater opportunities for classroom collaboration.


Turnitin is Northwestern's anti-plagiarism software. When a paper is submitted through Turnitin, it is compared against three vast databases.