Canvas Software


 

Canvas from Instructure is a cloud-based learning management system (LMS) suitable for K-12 and higher education institutes. Canvas is a scalable LMS platform that can be used to serve education facilities all sizes, ranging from individual classrooms to large universities.

Canvas learning platform offers core LMS functionality including the online grade books, testing, course authoring and integration with other teaching tools. The Canvas App Center offers mobile-ready teaching tools that can be added to bring new functionalities in the application. Over two hundred different LTI tools allow teachers to customize courses and monitor engagements with their class or individual students. Canvas also offers native apps for iOS and Android devices, allowing instructors to view key information, share updates or send results from anywhere and at any time.

Canvas is recommended to campuses with more than two hundred students. The solution comes with 14 days free trial period so that users can experience the interface and features for themselves before making any kind of commitment.

 

Canvas - Calendar
 
  • Canvas - Calendar
    Calendar
  • Canvas - Gradebook & Parent App
    Gradebook & Parent App
  • Canvas - Mastery Paths
    Mastery Paths
  • Canvas - Quizzes
    Quizzes
  • Canvas - Quiz Stats
    Quiz Stats
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows 10

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Ohchang from Westminster Theological Seminary
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

June 2017

June 2017

Easy and effective tool

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The product provides a clear display that guides the users. I particularly like the calendar that effectively shows in one screen the workloads and schedules like quizes and assignments.

Cons

If you are not familiar with the product, you may want to take some time for touring the product for the best effective use (though it is not that hard). While the system allows the users to control some sections in accordance with their preferences, yet due to this the users need to learn and get used to it before using actively.

 
 

Terry from Stanly county Schools
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

May 2017

May 2017

Canvas

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Pros

A place to store assignments
schools system wants to be updated to the newest software for teachers to use in the classroom.

Cons

Added work in taking it form one system to another
Not very easy to move from one section to another.

 
 

McKenzie from Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

April 2017

April 2017

Canvas

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Pros

I like how every section for each class is the same meaning all the tabs are universal. You can't have teachers choose different ones and confuse the meaning of things.

Cons

There is no such thing as a Learning Management System that does everything you want it to. Mass emailing students is a little harder and doesn't turn out the way I want it to.

 
 

William from Messiah College
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Canvas - LMS from heaven!

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Great product, easy to use, in the cloud so no maintenance on our part.

Pros

Faculty love this product. It make their management of syllabi, course calendars, announcements/communication with classes, out of class discussions, grades, etc. easy to do and in one place. Students love the product for the same reason and they can customize their communication preferences. Instructure also has made the integration of the product with other systems easy as well.

Cons

We have no problems to share at this point with the product. When issues arise among users from various colleges, they facilitate and truly listen to our concerns.

 
 

Bill from Stanly County Schools
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Way too time consuming and complex to be useful

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The capabilities of this software are quite impressive but the tedious layout, limited choices, and incessant need to 'jump through hoops' to make it worthwhile far outweigh any value it might otherwise have. The designers of the software considered practically every aspect of what they were intending to do but completely ignored the target audience. We are having weekly training sessions and even after several months, most teachers are struggling with the interface. For example: to create an assignment for a class you must go through a plethora of steps to make the class, including a great deal of information that isn't truly necessary before you can get to the complex task of actually creating an assignment. In other words, EVERY task is simply too time-consuming to make this software of much use to the average teacher. It does interface with Powerschool which makes a great selling point to administrators and parents, but if your teachers are spending an extra hour to hour and half a day, just utilizing this program, what is gained? Frankly, I can do essentially everything needed to implement a classroom through Google Classroom and Google Apps and the time needed to do so is a fraction of what Canvas requires. Bottom line: if you don't mind putting your teachers through a horrendous learning curve and saddling them with tedious and extremely complex software, go with Canvas. If not, I suggest developing your LMS around something with a more simple interface, more forgiving functionality, and quicker to implement. I can say the LMS of Learnmate used in some technology classes isn't really a great deal better but again, why make simple tasks complicated when Google provides a much easier platform.

Pros

The functions available are quite impressive.

Cons

"User Hostile" interface that makes an incredible amount of demands to implement. A large number of items it requires should have and could have a default setting allowing for quicker use.

Advice to Others

Try it before you buy it and let your teachers see the complexity

 
 

Matthew from B Braun Medical Inc
Specialty: Healthcare / Medical
Number of employees: 5,001-10,000 employees Employees number: 5,001-10,000 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Can't beat ease of use and overall functionality

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I am a huge fan of Canvas, especially for college use. This platform has a tremendous amount of functionality & flexibility while also being incredibly user-friendly, both for the end-user and the system administrator. In addition, the online support available makes it very easy to troubleshoot should you encounter any issue.

Pros

Useability

 
 

Garth from Asher College
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Canvas for Higher Education

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I enjoy being able to look up various topics and having easy access to the materials and the flexibility with my work and personal life.

Pros

Flexibility with my schedule, access to various topics whether it be personal or work related or just an area of interest.

Advice to Others

Take full advantage of the opportunity to self educate.

 
 

Carlos from YARABI, LLC
Specialty: Hospitality / Travel
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2016

December 2016

Easy to work

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Canvas product it's been very easy to use. Great product for "non-tech" guys.

Cons

Not too many options on colors scheme

 
 

Candace from Virtual Learning Community
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2016

December 2016

Basic Content Management System

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Have used Canvas at various community colleges to teach online courses. The application is easy to use for faculty and students. The application does not support as many features as other LMSs such as Blackboard or Moodle.

 
 

William from Lancaster Bible College
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Almost there

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I think that Canvas is really almost there as a leading LMS for the 21st century. I use this product as a student and hear a lot about it from my professors. My major complaints are that the mobile app is not functional, the discussion threads are painfully useless, and the product allows too much appropriation from the buying company. I wish that it was simpler, more consistent, and more in-line with software trends.

Pros

Clean, efficient, and organized. I am thrilled by the overall layout, having used a number of other LMSs at this point.

Cons

Still not there. They have a lot of changes to make to improve for a 21st century audience.

 
 

Abha from Northwestern University
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

October 2016

October 2016

Great for students and teachers!

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I have been using Canvas for over six years now. I started using it as a student. It was easy to take quizzes and submit homeworks. For the past two years I have been using it as a teaching assistant. The software makes it super easy to grade homeworks, upload reading material and send messages to students. It is by far the best learning platform I have used.

Pros

The intuitive interface and easy-to-use file management is best in Canvas. The SpeedGrader is a very convenient tool.

Cons

There is no tool schedule classes or take polls for extra hours on Canvas. That makes it a convoluted process to schedule time.

 
 

Pierce from Westminster Theological Seminary
Specialty: Faith-based

June 2016

June 2016

Helpfully Structured, Organized, and Accessible

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Likes Best

As a course delivery system, Canvas has been intuitive, organized, and accessible for me. I have used this LMS for one online course and found it very easy to check my grades, submit assignments, and dialog with other students. It was also easy to take quizzes and tests.

Likes Least

At first, Canvas can be a bit intimidating because it houses so much information. It takes some getting used to, and not every user will need to be familiar with all of the features and capabilities of the software. After some time, this gets better, and you will learn what features you rely on heavily.

Recommendations

Keep in mind not just the software's capabilities (which is critical), but also its ease of use for a range of users. For a given user population, there is likely a set of features that will be employed regularly. Are those features easy to use and clearly marked? What additional features might improve the efficiency or ease of use for the user, given the specific features he or she uses most? These are good questions to consider.

 
 

Brian from Ex'pression College
Specialty: Other

January 2016

January 2016

I direct academic programs in animation and film-making.

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Likes Best

Canvas is very flexible and responsive for configuring standard classroom needs

Likes Least

Managing large data files and video content submitted by students, including visual feedback on video. We still use local servers or services like shotgun or sync-sketch for these needs.

Recommendations

Define your pipeline for student work in detail- not just content delivery form your faculty. Then choose your platform and what tools you need.

 
 

Mary from Expression College
Specialty: Other

December 2015

December 2015

Friendly, functional interface with some room for improvement

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In general, the Canvas platform is easy to navigate and understand. There are few features that can't be learned within minutes.

Likes Least

As an instructor, the single largest suggestion I have is that one be able to create drafts in the e-mail feature. It is really frustrating to have to create a message in one fell swoop every single time; one has to have all the pieces in place when one starts, and that takes some work.

Recommendations

I'm not sure that an online learning tool has to function like Facebook. I often get the sense that Canvas was designed to resemble Facebook and other social media products, and I don't think this necessarily adds value to the product.

 
 

Mary Ann from Expression College
Specialty: Other

December 2015

December 2015

Canvas Integration

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Likes Best

Class group discussions, ongoing access to grades for students

Likes Least

Student view is often overlooked and instructor can unintentionally miss making content available to students.

Recommendations

I would like to have a few more short tutorials on how to implement features, and also have up -front information about what Canvas DOES NOT do readily, to allow instructor to plan around those limitations right from the start.

 
 

Michael from Expression College
Specialty: Other

December 2015

December 2015

Canvas does what it is supposed to do

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Likes Best

I appreciate being able to moderate quizzes and adjust grades on a curve.

Likes Least

The menu interface is not always very intuitive. It should be easier to find the tools that are offered.

Recommendations

I think this software would benefit from remodeling the interface. I would suggest comparing the existing interface to other, more robust web interfaces out on the market.

 
 

Chris from Ex'pression College
Specialty: Other

December 2015

December 2015

Canvas Review

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Likes Best

Tools are relatively self explanatory. Basic LMS functionality. Well organized interface.

Likes Least

Lack of features, and backend access to alter and create features. Would like more media-rich capabilities and easier ability to upload and implement video and audio files. Better integration with other tools and platforms such as Twitter, Classmarker, etc.

Recommendations

Compare and contrast the parallels of an on-site classroom to this and other LMSs.

 
 

Carolyn from MSU
Specialty: Other

December 2015

December 2015

Intuitive Learning Portal

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Likes Best

It's really easy to use and the interface is intuitive. The vendor is responsive to incorporating feedback into updates and there is an active online community of users.

Likes Least

Because it's being updated all the time, it can be a challenge to keep up with changes, but generally the production release notes share the main features that have been updated.

Recommendations

Try using it or taking a free open course to see how well it works.

 
 

Amy from Utah State University
Specialty: Other

December 2015

December 2015

Canvas - The User Friendly LMS

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Likes Best

I like that the software is so intuitive and that the vendor is always working to make it better.

Likes Least

Haha, the constant updating is a double-edged sword. I dislike the changes and subsequent bugs that happen due to all the updating.

Recommendations

Keep in mind the usability of the design and not just the features that are available.

 
 

Jennifer from Utah State University
Specialty: Other

December 2015

December 2015

An excellent LMS

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Likes Best

Canvas is an excellent Learning Management System (LMS). It provides multiple avenues to organize and present learning content. The built in wiki-editor allows for html formatted pages. Most common document types can be imbedded and previewed. Assignments, quizzes, and discussion come with many customizing options for access restrictions, grading. Grading is straightforward and transparent.

Likes Least

There are some complexities and quirks that can trip people up--questions in quizzes can become unlinked from the version in the question banks resulting in multiple version of questions, and questions made in the quiz don't translate back to the original version of the question. Student's current score versus final score trips people up--missing assignments don't count against them in the current score which is what students see, but the final score is what is exported to student's permanent record. Publishing items versus publishing the course in it's entirety

Recommendations

No Learning Management System is perfect, there are trade-offs. Different products make different trades. The instructor and developer interface remains relatively sleek, by streamlining the options available. An LMS that could be customized to do everything everyone wanted it to would have to sacrifice ease of use.

 
 
 
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Rebecca from McDonald Farm

June 2017

June 2017

Helpful for College

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The app that comes with Canvas is helpful in tracking grades. It also allows students to stay on top of instructor announcements.

Cons

When a professor would insert comments on an assignment, I was unable to read those comments unless at a computer. I could see the submission, but comments were hidden. This made getting feedback a little more difficult.

Source: Capterra
 

David from David Eccles School of Business

June 2017

June 2017

Canvas is the de facto LMS for higher education.

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I appreciate that this software delivers enterprise-level learning management. If you have a university that needs to be administrated, there's nothing on the market like Canvas. Blackboard falls short on so many levels. Canvas is a great step in the right direction

Cons

The user interface is too complex. Features are hidden in different places and it's hard to integrate the LTI tools with Canvas.

Source: Capterra
 

Diego from CBK AGÊNCIA DIGITAL

February 2017

February 2017

For teachers

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Very very simple to a techear have control of his classroom. I belive is the best one that I have tried.

Source: Capterra
 

Dax from North Central Texas College
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Great Learning Management System

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Our school switched to Canvas for our learning management system a few years ago. It is so easy to use and has all of the functionality needed for successful online teaching. Highly recommended!

Pros

Ease of use

Cons

none

Source: Capterra
 

Samuel from Utah Valley University
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Cream of the Crop

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I have used Moodle, Blackboard, BrainHoney, D2L and Canvas. Of all the LMSs on the market Canvas is probably the easiest and most intuitive software to use. It offers a robust set of tools and LTI options to further improve the quality and I would highly recommend using it for your educational needs.

Pros

The user interface is clean, customizable and easy to learn and use. The employees at Instructure care about the product and are willing to listen and make improvements.

Cons

It doesn't offer as many features as other Learning Management Systems on the market and there are times you will be limited on what you can do. While LTI integrations are possible there are times they still need a little work to become more ingrained in education.

Advice to Others

None at this time.

Source: Capterra
 

pavan from CTS

January 2017

January 2017

Awesome Product

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it is very usable, customizable, adaptable, and reliable learning platform for all the users. i am very happy with this product.

Source: Capterra
 

Sasha from Glycerin Traders
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Fun to use

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Make learning easy and fun. Beautiful design, easy to use, easy to navigate. Takes some time to get used to, but after that, it is really enjoyable.

Source: Capterra
 

T from Designer Rule, LLC
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

January 2017

January 2017

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After several years of using the Blackboard LMS the company, I work for switched to Canvas. I find it much easier to build courses and add content than other LMS's that I have used including blackboard. There is automation as well. For example when copying a previously used course Canvas allows you to automatically update the items that have due dates attached to the current calendar/semester you are in. Another semi-automated feature is the grading rubric. If you attach a rubric to an assignment you can assign points with a few clicks of the mouse. There are 2 cons - you can not customize course menu items. You can not create an item and use it as a template. You have to build each item from scratch - the only exception is copying from another course.

Pros

ease of use

Cons

Inability to customize menu items
Inability to copy items within a course (only can copy from one course to another)

Advice to Others

Take the free version for a test drive if you are considering purchasing this LMS.

Source: Capterra
 

Katye from USF

January 2017

January 2017

Canvas as a Nursing Student

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When I first went to undergrad, Facebook had just opened up to students beyond Harvard, and papers were still turned in by hand. Now that I'm returning to school to get my nursing degree, I'm loving the use of online hubs like Canvas! The ease of turning in papers, taking quizzes, checking due dates and receiving feedback online, instead of in hard copy, makes my school life so much easier.

Canvas is very easy to use, if your professor knows what they're doing, and sets their Canvas site up well. Unfortunately, many professors still have trouble developing their Canvas site, which can really decrease the usability of the software. I use both the Canvas app and website. I find the website to be very user-friendly, but the app is buggy and lags in its speed.

Overall, I enjoy using Canvas, but I hope they continue to improve their app to make it faster and more consistent.

Source: Capterra
 

Heather from Help Them HOPE
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Great tool to organize your classroom

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I have used Canvas as a student and as a professor. Pretty simple to use and well organized, it allows a good number of customizable options to set up your classroom online. Students find it easy to use.

Pros

Easy to use

Source: Capterra
 

Tatiana from Irkutsk State Unversity
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

January 2017

January 2017

The best LMS among I have tried

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First I studied on some LMS, then I have chosen the Canvas for building my own e-course on this platform. I like that it is adaptive for Russian language, for mobile devices, friendly and simple for students. I have noticed that the LMS is developing, and judging by previous reviews it becomes better and better. All the rest depend on instructor.

Pros

- simple and friendly interface, entrance
- support for mobile devices
- support for Russian language
- support for any kind of training materials (embedded code, html5, flash, multimedia)

Advice to Others

The best web browser for this LMS is Google Chrome (from my experience).
I would recommend to develop the scope of web browsers.

Source: Capterra
 

Christy from Springfield Public Schools

January 2017

January 2017

Great Program

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I love being able to use a platform where my entire staff can go and get up-to-date information. I can have them discuss within a group or as a whole staff. It is very helpful to be able to upload important files there and have them right at my fingertips.

Source: Capterra
 

Courtney from SCC

January 2017

January 2017

Website is good, App can be difficult

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As a busy college student, I rely on the app to keep things up to date. Often times the app would not open any information and I was forced to go to the website to get my data.

Pros

I like the idea of having an app and website as a backup.

Cons

The app would glitch and not provide information. I was forced to go to the website.

Source: Capterra
 

Kendall from University of Utah
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

December 2016

December 2016

Useful for students

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I use Canvas for almost all my classes and it is a great way for teachers to post assignments, announcements, quizzes, handouts, and grades. It's also easy for students to access files, check grades, and turn in assignments. The limiting factor on Canvas is usually how well a professor can use it- if they don't know how to change the way grades are weighted, for instance, then the total grade won't be accurate. But overall Canvas is easy to use and getting better. The mobile app needs a little bit of help- it's kind of buggy sometimes and doesn't have all the features that the web app does

Pros

It's used by all my teachers and it makes it easy to turn in assignments

Cons

On the mobile app there are often bugs and I wish it could display high, low, and mean scores on the grades on the mobile app the way it does on the web app.

Advice to Others

Focus on making the mobile app better

Source: Capterra
 

Katie from Logan City School District

December 2016

December 2016

Canvas can do so much and has awesome user support

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Canvas can do so much! It definitely eliminates extra work for teachers and frees up time to focus on student's needs. I like the Video Guides which are a repository of videos with "how to" info. There are also Canvas Guides that incorporate screenshots with notions from various users (students. instructors, admin, etc). Canvas has been a great LMS for our organization.

Pros

User friendly format, tutorials, ease of use

Cons

It can be overwhelming if not broken down into easier learning segments for a new user

Source: Capterra
 

Christina Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Helped make graduate school very manageable!

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I have used Canvas throughout my graduate program at the School of Visual Arts. I attend a low-residency program, meaning we spend fall and spring online and meet in NYC in the summer for an intensive semester. Canvas made the online semesters surprisingly enjoyable — I felt connected to my classmates and teachers even though we were scattered around the country. It takes some getting used to, and I think there are a lot of improvements needed to the overall flow and interface, but I think it's a great system.

Pros

Accessible, versatile, customizable, constantly improving, the course evaluation process is streamlined and easy

Cons

Some work flows are not very intuitive, have to upload certain files to a folder within the Canvas system before attaching to posts rather than just attaching them directly from your hard drive (which can be frustrating), calendar/scheduler is a little confusing

Advice to Others

I like Canvas because I feel like they are creative and constantly working to improve their program. Overall, my experience with Canvas has been positive over the past two years.

Source: GetApp
 

Casey from CMA Instructional Designs
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

November 2016

November 2016

Canvas delivers safe performance and safe functionality, but is just that, too safe.

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Canvas is the latest iteration of a classic lms. It is safe. It does exactly what people have been doing already, it does not push the envelope in any way in order to push online learning into new bounds.

If that is what you are looking for - an lms that you can use at your highly structured institution (have seen it used in both corporate and academic contexts) then this is the lms for you. It has the standard question types (MC, T/F, short-answer that you have to review) and the standard features (chat room, file repository, syllabus page, course announcements, modules with videos). It is a good iteration of this type of lms - the design is way better than Blackboard, more intuitive and appears more modern. But at the end of the day it's just 90's era e-learning.

If you are looking to try new things with online learning - if you can't rely on any in-person component to clarify issues - if you want to implement creative activities to reinforce learning -- then this is not the platform for you.

Pros

- Ease of use
- Simple to navigate
- Basic + predictable
- Great customer support

Cons

- Super basic, lack of customization ability
- Limited learning options

Source: Capterra
 

Mehlum from UT Austin

November 2016

November 2016

Very little to hate

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I use Canvas for school, and I find it really useful, with all the information I need being in one spot, and easy to access. I previously thought that I couldn't integrate Canvas with Google Calendar, but a quick response from Customer Support dispelled that notion! Great platform!

Source: Capterra
 

Jason from Utah Valley University
Number of employees: 5,001-10,000 employees Employees number: 5,001-10,000 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Canvas - An Admin's Dream Come True

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As the Learning Management System Admin for Utah Valley University, managing the use of Canvas can be challenging, but in a really good way. Whenever I run into a problem, I can usually find the answer and deploy a solution very quickly. Instructure provides a dedicated Customer Success Manager who meets with us regularly, a robust case management system, and an extremely helpful community engagement platform. Canvas is updated regularly to stay fresh on new technologies, features, and bug fixes. It's really fun to manage this system and have so much buy-in from faculty. Canvas is also on the leading edge with 3rd party integrations, data analytics, and cross-platform compatibility.

Pros

Canvas is always available. Teachers and students rarely suffer from any down time, if ever. Even with the regular updates of the platform (every 3 weeks), there is no significant downtime. The integration with our Student Information System is really good, but will soon be even better.

Cons

I wish Instructure would value the opinions of an institution's Canvas Admin over instructors. Instructors tend to not stay up to speed with an institution's policies, new government regulation, or plain common sense in some cases. There are a few specific tools that would make an admin's life much easier... like this feature idea: https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/7301

Advice to Others

If you're a new Canvas Admin, understand everything you can about SIS Imports, .csv files, roles & permissions, sub-accounts, and your institution's policies. Then take a look at using APIs when you're comfortable.

Source: Capterra
 

bobby from isdc

October 2016

October 2016

great product

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i used canvas at uvu. It works great for students. I wish it had a better mobile version. I would recommend it.

Source: Capterra