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Canopy: See the Forest for the Trees

Welcome to Canopy – the actionable analytics and engagement solution for Canvas LMS.

Canopy helps instructors invest their time as wisely as possible by transforming the course activity, grade, and discussion data into an instructor-centric experience. Rather than endlessly scrolling discussions Canopy creates an interactive spreadsheet of student activity with helpful metrics like Discussion Health and Influencer Score to help move the conversation forward.

In a glance you can see which students have replied TO you in a discussion but to whom you haven’t yet replied. Or scan for late posts, see totals (top-level posts vs. replies) and even see discussion word counts for each student calculated automatically.

Need to message all students below a certain course grade? Encourage and appreciate students making online discussions vibrant and welcoming? Quickly scan for late discussion posts?

Take 3 minutes and get a quick sense of the Canopy experience. Then Contact Us to set up your institution’s free 30-day trial.

Discussions as Spreadsheet

Canopy transforms Canvas data into an interactive spreadsheet so you can zoom around, viewing activity by student and discussion topic, responding with just a few clicks.

Video Overview

Get a quick sense of Canopy in this 8 minute video from 11trees founder Andrew McCann.

Respond from Anywhere

Rather than scroll for miles in a Canvas discussion you can quickly browse multiple discussions, student by student, and respond without leaving the summary view. Magic!

Discussion Workflow

For the first time grade AND respond publicly to student discussion posts. Feed two birds with one scone!


Canopy helps visualize your data including our novel Influencers metric that quantifies each student’s contribution to the discussion. Let’s catch students doing something right and encourage the kinds of behavior we hope to inspire in online discussions.

Visualize Discussion Activity

Visualize student contributions to discussions by count OR by word count.

Escape endless scrolling

Recognize this view of the world?

Canvas discussions are not ideal for instructors who want to find the most impactful ways to contribute and move the conversation forward. How long can discussions get?

Canopy saves time, reduces frustration, and gives me immediate insight into classroom discussions in a truly innovative way. If you rely on discussion boards in your online classes, you need Canopy. I cannot be more enthusiastic in my endorsement.

Jim Benton

Instructor, Eastern Oregon University

Secure, seamless access

Log into Canopy, securely, with your Canvas credentials. Your Canvas admin can configure access to Canopy with just a few clicks.

Your Canvas data – reimagined

Canopy makes it easy to see up to 5 courses side-by-side.

Your list of available courses matches Canvas.

Your world, simplified

Canopy Course Overview gives you a quick feel for activity – for up to 5 courses at a time.

You’ll see some key metrics – like your reply ratio – and total counts of posts and replies.

Where to invest your time?

Canopy makes data actionable. For instance, of the rows in the summary details the number of replies TO you to which you haven’t yet replied.

Hover over the count and you’ll see the detail. Click reply to respond. Your response will post to the Canvas discussion, instantly, as if you typed it there yourself.

Respond – in context

Responding from Canopy means you see a student’s work in context. You see the discussion topic and, if the student was replying to someone else, that original post.

Canopy conveniently fills in the student’s first name in your response – to personalize your response efficiently.

You can even choose to message the student privately, via regular email or Canvas message. Or just type and answer and hit CTRL-ENTER to blast off your reply to the appropriate Canvas discussion. As if you typed it there yourself.

Dig into your leaderboard

You can dig down into one course to see far more detail.

First stop? An overview that shows you, student by student, a snapshot of activity.

You can immediately see any discussion posts to which you haven’t replied – and reply easily. You can sort by any column, export, and check off students to bulk message words of encouragement or reminders.

Zoom around to target engagement

Canopy is an interactive spreadsheet. Hover over any hyperlinked number to see details. And take action.

At left we can see that we have a reply from Susan to which we haven’t yet replied. Just like the overview.

Discussion detail

Of course you can jump straight to the detailed view for any course – to see, discussion by discussion, counts of student posts and replies.

Hover over any number to see that student’s content – and reply.


Canopy helps visualize your data including our novel Influencers metric that quantifies each student’s contribution to the discussion. Let’s catch students doing something right and encourage the kinds of behavior we hope to inspire in online discussions.

Visualize Discussion Activity

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Grade AND respond to discussions publicly

Canopy’s new discussion workflow feature makes it easy to view student posts in context, grade them AND reply publicly with your comments. Or provide a public comment, posted to the discussion, separately from your assignment feedback.

You can quickly filter to see only students who have answered the post or those you haven’t yet graded.

You’ll see the student in context – their avatar, course grade, and overall discussion activity.

Use Annotate PRO to speed excellent feedback

Of course Canopy works seamlessly with Annotate PRO, our solution for creating, sharing and using libraries of expert feedback to speed feedback and engagement.

This AP library showcases our School Resource Edition solution – a managed content library that makes it easy to share your school’s excellent support services so that every instructor can be an expert.

Here, with one click, the instructor has added details on how to access the university’s writing center.


Canvas teachers, and students, get value from Canopy within 5 minutes of logging in (which they do, securely, with their Canvas credentials). 

Canopy pricing is based on your institution’s Full-Time Equivalent enrollment and a 12-month period. We can pro-rate licenses to suit your organization’s financial calendar. Corporate clients should contact us for pricing.

As 11trees develops additional features and capabilities for Canopy pricing may change. Our goal is to keep the core productivity features of Canopy affordable and high value for institutions and teachers.

FTE Annual License
0 – 2,999 $6,495
3,000 – 9,999 $9,495
10,000 – 20,000 $12,495
20,001+ Contact Us



Can I use Canopy without my institution's involvement (LTI etc.)?

Unfortunately, no.

Canopy is so very powerful precisely because it connects so deeply with Canvas. Your institution must set up Canopy as an app in your Canvas instance (yes, this may be the hardest part. Contact Us to get started). Use Canopy for a month, free of charge. Pricing for an institution is transparent and affordable.

How does my institution connect Canopy to Canvas?

Getting your institution started with Canopy is fast and simple but requires your Canvas admin/IT team set up 11trees (the developers of Canopy) with a Developer Key. This is a process they will be quite familiar with but also may require some back and forth to document privacy and security requirements. We’re quite used to doing this work and they will be too.

A good first step is setting Canopy up on a test Canvas server so you can properly kick the tires. 

Here’s the info your Canvas admins will need from 11trees:

  1. Key Name: Canopy
  2. Owner Email:
  3. Redirect URIs:
  4. Icon URL:

Here’s the info we need back:

  1. Your institution’s LTI Client ID
  2. A ‘Client Secret’ that your institution will define (it’s a highly secure password)
    • Both #1 and #2 should be transmitted to 11trees through secure means: either a secure shared folder on Dropbox or similar, or via a password-protected ZIP file or similar.
  3. The URL of your institution’s Canvas instance (typically
  4. The email domain or domains that your faculty use (, so we can create an easy login path for your users. Faculty enter an email with a specified domain to trigger the secure Canvas authentication process. Canopy never asks for your user’s Canvas credentials.

Please secure this information and share it with us securely (password-protected Zip file, shared cloud drive). We will configure your client within one business day and let you know when you can continue testing.

Ideally you provide us with a test course, test instructor account, and test student so we can test Canopy on your behalf.

What data does Canopy store?

Canopy stores only the name and email address of faculty users along with some basic logging information (account creation date etc.). Canopy does not store ANY data on students – no names, IDs, responses etc.

We will no doubt add analytics and additional features, but will only activate them with your (and/or your institution’s) express consent.

Can Canopy Text Message communications to students?

Yes – if students have configured Canvas to send text message updates upon receiving messages.

See this Canvas Community page for detailed instructions.

This is an imperfect solution from our perspective: Canvas communication settings are not very granular and we doubt students will want text messages on every update to Canvas. Feedback welcome on this subject! We realize “email is for old people.” Maybe we need a SnapChat integration…

Can we share our ideas for additional Canopy capabilities?

Absolutely! Contact Us to share – we expect to publish a roadmap of ideas so our growing community can influence and inspire development.

We are particularly interested in ideas around data visualizations (wisdom, not eye candy), supporting instructor workflows (like keyword identification for specific Discussion Topics), and better identifying students who need attention.


Does Canopy work with other LMS platforms like Moodle or Blackboard?

Not at this time, unfortunately.

If other systems are built as openly as Canvas then it is quite possible for us to plug Canopy into another LMS. Contact Us to get on our radar and help us understand what other platforms are used by educators looking to scale personalized engagement.

Who builds Canopy? Who is 11trees?

11trees is an edtech company with a deep history in assessment, feedback, and extending the LMS. Our name comes from our goal to help scale “1 to 1” engagement through great technology. You can read more about us here.