Canvas is the primary learning management system (LMS) for students and teachers at RMIT University.  Canvas offers a variety of learning and teaching tools that helps teacher deliver their content to their learners in a seamless and intuitive manner. 

Here you can find links to how-to resources on the most frequently used Canvas tools.   

Office 365

As a teacher at RMIT you have access to Office 365, which is a cloud-based suite of productivity apps you are already very familiar with, such as Outlook, Skype for BusinessOneDriveTeamsYammerPlanner, Excel, Word, Power Point, and many more.   

These tools bring benefits including the capability to increase productivity, work both online and offline, as well as enhancing our ability to work and collaborate on the go or in the office. 

Below you will find resources on how to use MS Teams and OneDrive, we strongly recommend using these tools as they increase communication, collaboration, sharing and group work. 

MS Teams

Microsoft Teams is the hub for team collaboration in Microsoft 365 that integrates the people, content, and tools your team needs to be more engaged and effective. 


OneDrive is the equivalent of Google Drive in the Microsoft environment.  Like in Google Drive, you can create folders and files to share with colleagues and students.  To learn more about OneDrive click on the links below. 


In simple words Turnitin is a text-matching software, which allows students to demonstrate academic integrity in their work.  Turnitin compares a student submission against an archive of Internet documents, Internet data, a repository of previously submitted papers, and subscription repository of periodicals, journals, and publications. 

At RMIT, Turnitin is integrated with Canvas, giving teachers access to Turnitin’s originality and plagiarism checker.  As a teacher you can choose betweeTurnitin LTI as external tool or Turnitin Framework 2.0.  For a comparison table between the two versions, click here, otherwise visit the links below for more detailed information. 

Collaborate Ultra

Blackboard Collaborate is a real-time video conferencing tool that lets you add files, share applications, and use a virtual whiteboard to interact.  Collaborate Ultra is integrated into every Canvas shell, and therefore is available to teachers and students.  To learn more about Collaborate Ultra, we recommend you visiting the links below. 

We have developed a Collaborate Ultra Set Up Canvas Module which you can download to all your Canvas shells.  This module is available through Canvas Commons. 

Echo 360

Lecture Capture

Teachers at RMIT had been using the Echo 360 Lecture Capture technology for a long time. Access to this technology has been possible when delivering face-to-face classes in Echo360 enabled lecture theatres anclassroom.  If you want to know more about these rooms, please click on this link

Universal Capture

You no longer need to be on campus to use the Echo360 platform. Echo 360 – Universal Capture is a desktop tool that allows you to record a presentation at your computer and turn it into a digital resource.  It will record audio captured from your microphone as well as what is shown on your screen. 

Important: Echo360 is install on all RMIT machines by default, if you are using your personal computer, you can make a request to ITS to have it installed.  Alternatively, you can follow the instructions found on the resources below

Canvas Studios

Studio (formerly known as Arc) is Canvas's video and audio library platform, where instructors and students can actively collaborate through video and audio media.With Canvas Studio, you can do a screen capture and a webcam capture and then store it in the Canvas Studio video system to use in your course. 

We have developed a Collaborate Ultra Set Up Canvas Module which you can download to all your Canvas shells.  This module is available through Canvas Commons. 


Have you seen a colour-coded speedometer icon either in green, orange or red against some files and images in your Canvas shell and wonder what they mean?  What you are looking at, is a tool called Ally.  Ally runs in the background, generating an accessibility score for each file you upload to your shell. It automatically checks course materials against the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) accessibility standards, providing you with instant feedback and what actions to take to make your content more accessible. 

To learn more about Ally, check the following resources: 

Google Apps

RMIT’s Google Apps for Education comprises of several cloud productivity and collaboration tools.  Although RMIT has moved onto MS Office 365, you can still access some of these tools, more specifically, Google Drive and YouTube.  Note that the Google Suite is not available in China.  To learn more about these two apps check out the resources below.   

Google Drive



Leganto is an online application that supports the creation and management of course resource reading lists.