Extending the Efficacy of the Learning Management System: Integrating Tools to Enhance Learning Online


Learning management systems (LMS) such as Blackboard and Canvas provide a foundation for instructors to design online learning experiences. In recent years, the functionality of most LMSs has expanded to offer more flexibility, primarily by allowing external tools to be integrated. Tools such as Twitter, YouTube, and Quizlet have the potential to increase learners’ access to content, foster interaction with others in the community, and assess learning in diverse ways. In this session, we will provide examples of how these tools can support sound pedagogical practices, and encourage attendees to explore integrations in their online courses. Specifically, an instructor shares experiences of utilizing several integration tools within Canvas online courses.


Amanda Groff, Ph.D.

Associate Lecturer of Anthropology
College of Sciences
College of Education and Human Performance
University of Central Florida

Amanda T. Groff is an Associate Lecturer in the Anthropology Department in the College of Sciences at UCF. Over the years, Dr. Groff has integrated various tools and strategies to engage online learners in her undergraduate archaeology and cultural courses. Dr. Groff was awarded the Chuck. D. Dziuban Excellence in Online Teaching Award (2012), as well as a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award (2014) for her research on the integration of Twitter into online courses.

John Raible, M.A.

Instructional Designer
Center for Distributed Learning
University of Central Florida

John Raible is an Instructional Designer with the Center for Distributed Learning and an Adjunct Professor in the College of Education and Human Performance. He facilitates faculty with the design, development, and delivery of online and mixed-mode courses. His research interests include integrating emerging technologies into the curriculum, open educational resources, and universal design for learning.

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Center for Distributed Learning Resources

Scholarly Articles and Resources

Canvas Guide

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