Canvas software


330 reviews(4.5/5)
330 reviews(4.5/5)

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.

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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  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees

    August 2018

    Review for canvas

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    As a student canvas serves as a solution for all learning materials, assignments, provides reminders for tests or quizzes shows deadline for the project, as Teaching assistant able to change grades easily look at rubric from the instructor, provides time stamp, turn it in integration also provides check for plagiarism. The experience is great as a TA I am able to communicate to all my students through announcements, group features helps in doing collaborative work, discussion leads to trouble shooting or coming up with new ideas.

    Pros

    One stop solution for all learning materials, assignments, provides reminders for tests or quizzes shows deadline for the project, as Teaching assistant able to change grades easily look at rubric from the instructor, provides time stamp, turn it in integration also provides check for plagiarism.

    Cons

    I am not able to see all the submissions as a student, I am not able to see feedback from instructors in some systems.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees

    August 2018

    Recently started using Canvas - Big fan!

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    I recently began using CANVAS on campus when my university switched from Blackboard - I like Canvas much better than Blackboard.. something about it flows significantly smoother.

    Pros

    Canvas has an attractive, and also self explanatory, interface. It is easy to use and toggle between courses as well as modules. I also find the app extremely helpful and was impressed at it's functionality.

    Cons

    Interface with Panopto is very glitchy - I typically need to refresh multiple times.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Ellen from Direction, Inc.

    Number of employees: 10,000+ employees

    August 2018

    Nice but needs work

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    Pros

    It was a great system for me as a student when it came to having a hub for each class I take, the tabs were mmostly self explanatory and teachers seemed to be able to easy navigate it as well.

    Cons

    The site frequently went down and would show an error page, there were also times where I have submitted an assignment and the page would take so long to load my assignment wouldn't post for another 5 minutes.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 5,001-10,000 employees

    August 2018

    CANVAS Review

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    Pros

    I liked that this software serves as a replacement for paper in a classroom and allows assignments to be turned in digitally.

    Cons

    I didn't like that it would freeze occasionally when I would be submitting a assignment so that I would have to refresh the page several times to be able to submit. Also I didn't like that you could only connect with one Google account, I could only pull document from one of my Google drives and have to transfer any other documents to the one account that was connected.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    August 2018

    Great tool for many classroom applications!

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    Many valuable educational applications

    Pros

    Canvas has a great set of templates to choose from and can be used for almost any subject, topic, holiday, etc.

    Cons

    Only maybe 1/3 if the templates are free so possible lower prices of others just a tad.

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    Review Source: Capterra
  • Stephanie from Myelin

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    August 2018

    Intuitive

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    Pros

    So intuitive that first time users seem to have no hiccups.

    Cons

    Great product interface. User friendly. No complaints.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Marcus from Student

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    August 2018

    I used Canvas in school. I think the idea is good, but needs to work out the bugs a bit

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    Made things more organized in my classes.

    Pros

    I really like the Idea behind Canvas. It was well organized for the most part and made life easier in the classes with tech savvy professors.

    Cons

    I think that working out glitches, and getting the professors up to speed are the biggest challenges for Canvas to overcome. Great idea though.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 201-500 employees

    August 2018

    Ideal tool to interact with students and make the classes interactive.

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    It has allowed me to work with thesis students, make the corrections, schedule their activities, and solve their concerns remotely.

    Pros

    The possibility of interacting with the students both individually and in groups, transferring files, exams, support material, tools for the class, organizing the activities in the calendar and being able to communicate them to the students is great. In addition, possibility to publish on social networks.

    Cons

    The disadvantage of this program I consider is not mainly due to it, but to the computer gap. Not all students are able to work with it, since it is not so easy to use.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    August 2018

    Excellent tool for organizing student work!

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    Pros

    Loved how it kept classes organized and student / education resources accessible

    Cons

    There's nothing I particularly disliked!

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Thien from Nypro, A Jabil Company

    Number of employees: 10,000+ employees

    August 2018

    Good platform for school use and managing assignments for coursework.

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    Pros

    Ease of use
    Module selection
    Customizing option
    Modern sleek design compared to Blackboard Vista which is what I used prior to this
    Set reminders
    Set upcoming events

    Cons

    App lags sometimes
    Loading time
    App crashes
    It also does not have a scheduling or calendar option for courses

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 1 employee

    August 2018

    Connecting with professors.

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    Pros

    I enjoyed being able to stay organized with all my classes in one place.

    Cons

    The professors didn’t have access for all the programs they wanted to use so some of our assignments had to be separate.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    August 2018

    Good for the most part

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    Pros

    I used this during my time in college as it was supported by my University. For the most part it was easy to use to submit assignments.

    Cons

    The layout of pages at times could be confusing and the menu for courses was organized depending on the subject which made finding what you need to be a bit difficult.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Hussain from UT Austin

    Number of employees: 10,000+ employees

    August 2018

    Canvas Review

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    My overall experience is great. The product reminds me of Apple because of its amazing UI and UX. I would definitely recommend this product to a friend.

    Pros

    The best part of this software is its user interface. Everything seems to be very simple to use, making me engaged in the product while I'm using it.

    Cons

    I don't like the fact that this software does not have a more intuitive front page. Every time I log in I have to select the courses I want rather than having a summary of what's happening in each course.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    August 2018

    A software that compiles everything

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    I have never used any other higher education software systems like Canvas, so I don't really have much to compare it to. But, overall it is a useful and handy software for both students and professors to use in order to share and compile files in one place. The discussion aspect is nice and the capability of sending emails to a whole class or single person is a great aspect to Canvas.

    Pros

    You can download all the files into a zipfile

    Cons

    The photo/ powerpoint uploading system is a bit hard to use.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Jim from University of Toronto

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    August 2018

    An simpler, less cluttered option than Blackboard LMS

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    Having used Blackboard prior to switching to Canvas, it is clear to me that Canvas is a far superior option. App notifications are fast and snappy, and Canvas is very easy to use overall.

    Pros

    The interface is straightforward and easy to use, and course grades are easily accessible from the home page. Good app.

    Cons

    I wish there was a dark theme available, as the bright color can be straining to the eyes when students are using Canvas late at night.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Brian from PDVSA Petroleos de Venezuela S.A.

    Number of employees: 10,000+ employees

    August 2018

    Draw review

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    Vectorice draws and sketchs of technical images

    Pros

    Easy yo use
    Good and useful tools
    Good quatity of file extensions

    Cons

    Bad sizing on import images
    Bad comunication with autocad
    Need more develop on gis tools

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 201-500 employees

    August 2018

    Canvas is a easy implementable and super intuitive software for helping students stay organized

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    Great experience for years now and wish to continue the relationship.

    Pros

    Canvas is very easy to organize all your classes for each student, and give them a variety of tools to ensure their learning experiences are quality.
    You can change grades, preview and post assignments with total ease, and overall have great experiences as both an instructor or student.

    Cons

    At times I wish the ability to edit already posted assignments was more intuitive/easy because of as now, it can possibly completely change your intended post. Otherwise, I have no complaints and it's been a great experience!

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Caroline from Xavier University

    Number of employees: 5,001-10,000 employees

    August 2018

    Canvas

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    Wonderful!

    Pros

    I love that canvas allows me to stay active as a college student with my classes and professors.

    Cons

    I do not like how canvas keeps past courses available to students, I feel once a new semester begins it should refresh to only current courses. Then students will not get confused on which course is which.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Aaron from HonorHealth

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    August 2018

    Canvas is a great LMS!

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    Pros

    Canvas is very intuitive and great for a LMS in an educational setting. It has many unique features and makes discussing and talking with students very easy. It helps to organize all assignments and other discussion posts and makes grading very easy!

    Cons

    There are a lot of intuitive designs about it however many of them are hidden and you don't know they are there until presented to you. The time function on canvas can also be difficult to coincide with students time. If they are on the wrong time zone then they will miss assignments and other important due dates.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Allison from PA Leadership Charter School

    August 2018

    I used Canvas as our learning management system for 2 years at a K-12 public cyber school.

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    Pros

    The function and design of the modules is great for tracking students and holding them responsible for completing their work. Being able to set prerequisites is essential to making sure students are not skipping around to get to their assignments. I also appreciated the unlocking feature so I could program when I wanted a module to go live instead of having to actually go in and make it visible at a specific time. The organization of it all was just wonderful.

    Cons

    I understand why Canvas did this since it most likely complied with learners with specific needs (visually), but it was a bit of a bummer that I could not change the font. I had to resort to using images with text when I needed to make something stand out. So it is a minor compliant, but it certainly would have been a nice addition.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
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