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.



552 Reviews of Canvas

Overall rating

4.5 / 5 stars

Showing 1 - 20 of 552 reviews

December 2018

Ethan from BlitzMetrics

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

December 2018

Canvas

With a desktop program and additional app, this software is exceptional in it's ease of use and reliability.

Pros

After using an online course software provided by my school, I love the option of Canvas and I have never had problems with it. It is very easy to use, has an exceptional app to that I use frequently use with my course, and has a simple layout that makes it easy to find grades, assignments and so forth.

Cons

With having no problems so far, I have no feedback to give.

December 2018

Colin from Cobb Design

Company Size: 1 employee

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

December 2018

All my work in one place

Pros

I used Canvas while I was in college, and it was a huge help when the professors used it too. That sidebar with all the upcoming assignments and the due dates saved me. I was pretty scattered back in the day and having Canvas keep track of what I had finished and what I needed to do got me through my schooling.

Cons

I used it in its early days, and the UI is greatly improved now. The chat function still seemed a little clunky, though.

December 2018

Blake from Fayette Township Fire Department

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Customer support

2 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

December 2018

From a Student

Pros

Canvas is well organized in multiple ways, speaking from the perspective of a college student who uses both the mobile app as well as the web based software. My school uses canvas for assignment submission as well as grades and it is organized in a manner that is easy to follow on both platforms.

Cons

There are plenty of bugs in this software, on both platforms. When submitting assignments you never really know if it’s actually going to go through or not and I’ve had multiple experiences where I’ve emailed professors to double check that it did only for them to tell me that they received nothing from me. It is wuite frustrating when you’re on a deadline and can’t ger the software to cooperate with you.

December 2018

Josh from Iridium AE

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

December 2018

It helps for school

Pros

I have the Canvas app on my phone which is really helpful when i am waiting for my professors to grade my finals. I can always check my grades or see messages from any of my professors. Its nice to have all of my school information in one place and to have it organized

Cons

Canvas can be pretty hard to navigate sometimes but that could be just because the teachers putting a lot of information on there such as assignments.

December 2018

Heather from UAB

Company Size: 10,000+ employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

December 2018

Better than sliced bread!!

I love Canvas it is such an upgrade from Blackboard. It makes college a million times easier and more organized.

Pros

Canvas is very easy to navigate and if there is an issue the online chat desk will help immediately which is great if you procrastinated and sstarted an assignment late at night like I do they are always there to help.

Cons

I do wish the mobile app allowed you to use grade prediction so you can ensure you are making the grades you need to meet personal goals.

December 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 1 employee

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

December 2018

Canvas for students

Pros

All assignments/ duedates/ notes/ grades/ emails/ discussions are all available within the software for easy locating of needs.

Cons

All professors have different set ups and capabilities making navigation difficult amongst program. System updates could make the software unavailable for up to 12 hours at a time disabling users from accessing assignments and quizzes.

December 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 501-1,000 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

December 2018

Works well enough

Pros

Great for connecting your students to each other and course content.

Cons

CANVAS lacks finesse. There's a lot of manual steps that should be able to be automated, from copying courses, to notifications.

December 2018

Stephanie from MacKinnon Equipment & Services

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

December 2018

Canvas is the best for online schooling

Overall I think that canvas is the best program for online schooling. It makes it super easy to upload files and share with your peers and teachers. It is easy to navigate and organize.

Pros

I love the mobile app! It has made checking up on my assignments and due dates so easy. I can just log into the app and see what's due for the week and even download assignments to my phone if I'm not at my computer.

Cons

It for some reason shows every class that I have taken online. Even ones that I have done in the past, not just the current classes that I'm taking.

December 2018

Ashley from University of Utah

Company Size: 10,000+ employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

December 2018

Canvas is Wonderful!

I have had a very positive experience with CANVAS. I have been using it since seventh grade and currently use it while in college. I believe it is a positive and necessary software for education, no matter the age of students.

Pros

Canvas is wonderful for students and teachers. It allows students to keep their many classes and homework assignments organized. It is also helpful for teachers, allowing them to provide homework, quizzes, and tests online, through the canvas app or website.

Cons

I have had no negative experiences with this software.

December 2018

Gil from Antique Lighting

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

December 2018

Very easy to use for a busy individual

Pros

I work full time, and go to school on top of that. Having something as easy to use as Canvas really made a huge difference for me. Everything you need is at your finger tips.

Cons

The only part that I had a hard time with was the recording function, but because I didn't have enough time to fully learn it.

December 2018

Fernando from Plataforma de Telecomunicaciones PLATCOMM, C.A.

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

December 2018

Canvas: A great tool for studying online

I use Canvas when I was a student in the university. In particular, I like too much Canvas, because it is easy to use, and its portal allowed me make the course comfortably. In fact, I enjoyed make the course using Canvas. So, I recommend use Canvas to make courses on line, using Canvas as a complementary tool.

Pros

Canvas is easy to use, comfortable and has a structure that allows keep the order of the content of the subject. Also, Canvas is very dynamic because it offers an segment of forums in which the students can to interact. In general, Canvas is a good tool to make group courses (of university, highschool or more), and incorporates all the tools thah you need to make easy its use.

Cons

Canvas has many tabs which the user organizes or view the course, what can make tedious the manage of the same using the Canvas portal.

December 2018

Sophia from HCSD

Company Size: 1,001-5,000 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

December 2018

Solid, once you learn it

Pros

It is a fairly decent LMS. The speed grader feature is wonderful, as is the progress screen. I love the ability to create and save multiple reports.

Cons

It is not a very intuitive design, so it really takes some playing around to get the hang of the features.

December 2018

Charisa from Point Loma Nazarene University

Company Size: 201-500 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

December 2018

Canvas Review

Pros

I am thankful for the fact that there are both a functional websites and an app. It allows me to check and enter grades when at work or at home. Grading is much easier then.

Cons

The only problem I have encountered is the inability of Canvas to process Pages documents (from Apple users). I am still satisfied with it.

December 2018

Whitney from Shenandoah University

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

December 2018

Canvas Review

Pros

It's very easy to find what I'm looking for within this product and changing the settings, especially notifications, has been very simple. I like the "what if" feature that is incorporated into viewing the grades in my classes. It allows me to calculate how my grade will change based on a possible grade that I may receive. I also like how well this product works with panopto, and how easy it is navigate through the homepages of my classes.

Cons

I believe it's sometimes hard for professors to organize their class pages the way they prefer. There has been numerous situations where files end up in the wrong location during uploading. Perhaps this program is easy to operate from a student point of view, but not as clear to those who actually have to organize pages for their students.

December 2018

Hayden from Endless Party

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: GetApp


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

December 2018

The service is intuitive and simple and it`s always a pleasure to use it

Pros

Canvas LMS is a great platform to manage the academic year, follow your progress, take part in different discussions, it`s a simple way to solve all academic issues online and not to waste a lot of time on them. I`d like to recommend you to try this service and to show the Canvas LMS to your colleges, maybe you`ll find it useful for your school, university or company and will start to use it. As I said before, it`s a great platform and you should try to integrate it into your academic process.

Cons

Some sections should be improved because of an unsuitable interface. The grading system sometimes runs out of control, especially when there are two or even more instructors, but I guess it can be not a platform`s fault.

December 2018

Seth from Blade HQ

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

December 2018

Absolute best education software out there

Pros

Simple to use. Great layout. Blows Blackboard and other education software out of the water.

Cons

Nothing. Canvas is a great product that Instructure should be proud of.

December 2018

Emily from City of Clemson

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

December 2018

Canvas for Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees

Overall my experience with canvas, at two different universities, has been a positive one. The introduction of the app provided an even better experience.

Pros

This software makes it easy to see all my classes in one place. The calendar is one of my favorite features of this as it provides a quick look at all my upcoming assignments due dates and makes it easy to manage them.

Cons

The "syllabus" tab is my least favorite. Often professors have their own syllabus and for the 5 years I have used this software I STILL click on that thinking I will find the course syllabus there, but instead, it is just a list of assignments. While helpful, this seems redundant of the calendar and assignments. It should be renamed or repurposed.

December 2018

Morgan from University of Utah

Company Size: 1 employee

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Customer support

2 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

December 2018

Probably better than the alternatives, but could still use work

Overall, canvas offers a lot of options with a decent user interface. It's not amazing, but it's not terrible. It has a lot of functionality for users who aren't trying to do anything fancy like embed a video into their discussion post or message a classmate.

Pros

There are lots of tools available for both students and professors (both of which I have been). Students will appreciate the task list, the module layout, and the "what-if" option for checking how the overall grade would be affected by assignment grades. Teachers will appreciate the many ways to display class performance, the speedgrader, and the ease of leaving rubric feedback.

Cons

Communication is vital, especially in online classes. Canvas sometimes sends notifications and sometimes doesn't, it's very hit or miss as to whether or not professors will be notified that students have left them a note, or students will be notified of new posts to a discussion that they've subscribed to, or that anyone will be able to send a direct message without the painfully simplistic messaging system making it too hard.

December 2018

Adrienne from Greenville County Redevelopment Authority

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Functionality

3 of 5

December 2018

clemson student

Pros

It is nice to have everything in one place. It has a sleek format, user-friendly, and makes it easy to contact your professor and classmates. It also lets the student put in tentative grades to guess what the outcomes will be.

Cons

I wish you could access files from previous semesters. This is not an option and is a huge downfall. MAKE SURE TO DOWNLOAD ANYTHING YOU MIGHT WANT BEFORE THE SEMESTER ENDS!

December 2018

Cory from Utah Valley University

Company Size: 1,001-5,000 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

December 2018

Makes the higher ed experience much easier

Pros

Very simple to use and user friendly.
Clean and crisp interface.

Cons

I have had a few experiences with connectivity issues and crashing, but not enough to be an issue.