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CSUCCESS Provides iPads For First-Time CSUN Students

August 23, 2021

CSUCCESS (California State University Connectivity Contributing to Equity and Student Success) is an initiative that represents CSUN and the CSU’s commitment to student success by providing all first-time freshmen and first-time transfer students with a 64GB iPad Air, Apple pencil, and Apple Smart Keyboard Folio for free to use through the completion of their degree.

Impact on Faculty and Students

If you are teaching courses for first-time freshmen and/or first-time transfer students, you may find that you have more students using iPads in your course. So, we want to provide some insight and resources on using Canvas with an iPad so you can prepare for how students will engage with the course. Also keep in mind that some students may not be used to working on an iPad, so there may be a learning curve for them as well.

Canvas on the iPad

There are two ways for students to access Canvas on an iPad. The first is to navigate to canvas.csun.edu in a web browser. Canvas provides “Limited Browser Support” for native web browsers on the iPad, and they suggest using the iOS Safari browser to access Canvas. Safari is the default browser and comes equipped on all iPads. Using Canvas in Safari, students can submit assignment documents, images, and video from iOS Photos, iCloud Files, Google Docs or Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive. The Box integration with Canvas is limited to submitting links to Box files as assignment submissions.

The second way for students to access Canvas on an iPad is to download the free Canvas Student app from the iOS app store. Once students log in with their CSUN credentials, they can access all of their courses in the app.

Zoom on the iPad

Using Zoom on an iPad is similar to using Zoom on a laptop or desktop computer, but it’s worth noting that some Zoom functions like Chat, Live Transcription, Raise Hand, and non-verbal feedback are located in the More menu at the top right of the screen.

Zoom on iPad with red arrow pointing at more button

Other functions, like turning on or off the camera and audio, are located in the menu bar at the top of the screen.

If you are providing links to Zoom meetings in your Canvas course, students using iPads can select the link and the Zoom app will automatically open the meeting.

Portfolium on the iPad

Portfolium is an academic portfolio network allowing students and faculty to showcase education and work accomplishments, allowing the user to connect with other professionals and employers.

We encourage students to use the web browser instead of the app to access their profile, network with Matadors and view projects. With the CSUCCES technology initiative, Freshmen and Transfer students who don’t have access to a desktop computer or a tablet can utilize this program to access their Portfolium account on the free Apple devices.

Canvas Integrations on the iPad

To summarize the functionality of Canvas and our learning technologies on the iPad, we put together this table as a quick overview.

We will continue to update this list, so please check back for the latest information.

Learning TechnologyCanvas in iOS Safari Web BrowserCanvas Student App
box   Box X1X1
alternative formats   Alternative formats (Canvas) X 
canvas   Canvas Collaborations XX2
canvas   Canvas FilesXX
canvas   Canvas GradebookXX3
canvas   Canvas QuizX
canvas   Canvas Studio4XX
canvas   Canvas Turnitin SubmissionXX
google drive   Google DriveXX
goreact   GoReactX 
H5P   H5P5XX
hypothesis   HypothesisXX
matlab   MatLabXX
onedrive   Microsoft OneDriveXX
panopto   Panopto6
X
portfolium logo   PortfoliumX 
pronto   Pronto7XX
respondus lockdown browser  Respondus LockDown BrowserXX

1 Currently the Box integration with Canvas is limited to submitting links for assignments

2 Collaborations requires leaving the Canvas Student app and opening a new web browser tab.

3 Gradebook in a web browser has more functionality, including "What-if" grades.

4 Student-created video content can be uploaded and submitted using Canvas Studio or Panopto, but Canvas Studio and Panopto cannot be used to create video content on the iPad. For video assignments, students can record their screen or through their camera using built-in iPad functions.

5 Not all H5P content creation tools have been checked. We suggest testing H5P content on an iPad before assigning it to students. H5P does not have a dedicated iOS app, but students can engage with H5P content in Safari.

6 Student-created video content can be uploaded and submitted using Canvas Studio or Panopto, but Canvas Studio and Panopto cannot be used to create video content on the iPad. For video assignments, students can record their screen or through their camera using built-in iPad functions.

7 Pronto will work in iOS Safari. However, we still recommend using the free iOS app.