Third-Party Tools

In addition to the robust features included in Canvas, JHU uses a wide variety of third-party instructional technology tools. The tools that exist in the Blackboard environment will be migrated to the Canvas platform using a phased approach.  

Tools available during the Spring 2022 pilot 

  • Panopto/Kaltura – Create and manage video content depending on your division 
  • VoiceThread – Collaborate and share interactively 
  • Turnitin – Check assignments to promote academic integrity
  • eReserves – Deliver course materials in electronic format to enrolled students in a stable environment
  • zyBooks (EP only)  
  • H5P (Carey only) 

Tools available post pilot 

More than eighty 3rd party tools need to be migrated to Canvas. Many will be available in Summer 2022, and all existing tools will be available in Fall 2022. Tools that impact all or most divisions will be installed first and then IT@JH will coordinate with divisions to install the rest. Some popular tools that will be coming in future terms are:  

  • Ally  
  • AEFIS 
  • EvaluationKit 
  • Gradescope 
  • Microsoft Teams and OneDrive integration  
  • Respondus and LockDown Browser / Monitor 
  • Starfish 


  • Some tools are available throughout the university, and others may be school-specific. 
  • SafeAssign, for plagiarism detection, is not available in Canvas since it is a Blackboard specific tool. Most divisions will be utilizing Turnitin instead.  
  • Canvas’ Studio is not available in our instance of Canvas since schools have existing contracts with Panopto or Kaltura.  
  • Canvas does have a portfolio tool called Portfolium Folios. JHU has the free version (not Premium Portfolium). 

How does Canvas differ from Blackboard? 

Generally, third-party tools are not unique to Canvas or Blackboard.  They are external tools that have been integrated into the Learning Management System.  Although some tools apply across most of the university, some are school-specific. In some cases, the method of launching or using the tool may differ in Canvas. In these cases, guidance will be provided.  

Best Practices and Accessibility 

The university has vetted the current tools for compliance with accessibility and privacy standards.  

Requesting a 3rd Party Tool 

The initial focus will be on migrating the large number of existing tools that instructors and schools currently use. In the future, there is the possibility of adding additional tools to Canvas. We encourage those interested to wait until Fall 2022 and then reach out to your division’s teaching and learning center. All 3rd party tools will need to be supported by a divisional or departmental budget, complete an IT data security risk evaluation, and demonstrate compliance with accessibility standards. More information about the process will be available closer to Fall 2022.