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Request Software Integrations in Canvas

Apps that are not whitelisted in the Canvas App Center must be vetted to ensure that they comply with accessibility expectations in higher education, and that they do not present a security risk to the faculty and students who use them.

We recommend receiving approval for integration of any software before purchasing it. Paying for an app or software does not guarantee its integration into the Learning Management System.

As an instructor, if you use an application managed by a vendor with whom Doane does not have a contract, and it collects protected student data, you may be subject to sanctions, according to university policy. If your intended use will collect any FERPA -protected data in a third-party tool, do not use it before working through appropriate institutional offices to get a contract with the service. For guidance, consult the Office of Online Education Services.

Approval process

The approval process for integrating a non-whitelisted external app in Canvas can take several months, and involves getting proper contractual agreements, a data security review, and an accessibility review. External apps that replicate services offered by other tools integrated into Canvas will likely not be approved. Check the list of existing integrations.

To ensure that an app is reviewed in a timely fashion, submit your request by the dates below: 

  • January 1: Summer semester - First response by January 31; installation before the first day of Summer semester
  • May 1: Fall semester - First response by May 31; installation before the first day of Fall semester
  • September 1: Spring Semester - First response by September 30; installation before the first day of Spring semester

Submitting your Canvas integration request for a non-whitelisted external app by or before the dates above does not guarantee approval.