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Canvas

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Score 4.8 out of 101

Canvas

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Score 8.9 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Absorb Anywhere LMS

Absorb worked well for us for a number of years but once we started to push the limits of the software, the company and the product let us down. Support became unresponsive and the product enhancements that we were told were coming never did.
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Canvas

Canvas by Instructure is a cloud-based Learning Management System (LMS) with sufficient tools to facilitate higher education and K-12 multiple learning environments (i.e., face-to-face, blended, or online). The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), an advocate for Internet access by blind Americans, on September 28, 2010 awarded the Gold Level NFB-NVA Certification to Instructure for its Canvas LMS. Another important aspect of the Canvas LMS is its ability to harness customer input, feedback, and collaboration for product improvement via its online community, Canvas Guides. The Canvas Guide is a resource for instructors, students, administrators, and those working within the Canvas LMS as observers. For example, it provides a path for new users in “Getting Started with Canvas.” Multiple hyperlinked areas exist from how to search the guides, view comment policies, the Guides’ FAQs, and download Adobe PDF manuals to use Canvas tools/features. An essential resource is the Video Guide. Video tutorial resources exist for how to use/install the Canvas App for Android Phone or Tablet and the iPhone or iPad. These provide mobile access for instructors to interact with their course(s). They can install the SpeedGrader App on their tablet to provide student assessment.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Absorb Anywhere LMS
Canvas
8.5
Course authoring
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Canvas
9.2
Course catalog or library
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Canvas
8.4
Player/Portal
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Canvas
8.0
Learning content
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Canvas
8.9
Mobile friendly
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Canvas
8.6
Progress tracking & certifications
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Canvas
8.1
Assignments
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Canvas
9.2
Compliance management
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Canvas
7.9
Learning administration
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Canvas
8.8
Learning reporting & analytics
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Canvas
8.4
Social learning
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Canvas
8.6

Pros

  • Clean interface for learners
  • Logical organization of courses
  • Admin portal is OK
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  • Canvas is very intuitive for students to use, and requires little to no orientation or support.
  • The online Help documentation is so robust and up-to-date that it reduces our workload enormously. We no longer have the need to spend hours developing support materials for instructors because Canvas does such a great job keeping theirs current. This is especially important with a product that changes so often.
  • The Canvas Speedgrader is a favorite tool of our instructors. The ability to view student submissions online and make both written and media comments makes their lives much easier.
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Cons

  • Customer Support is unresponsive and poor
  • Inconsistent interface in the product
  • Reporting out of Absorb is cumbersome
  • No search functionality within courses.
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  • Attendance is something that is missing from Canvas. There is a tool called "Roll Call" that is the current solution, but it is somewhat difficult to use and has reporting limitations. An easy-to-use attendance tool would be a big win.
  • Students can submit multiple versions of an assignment and instructors can comments on each submission. However, students cannot see prior submissions and comments online. They can only see the current submission, thus they lose that valuable trail of feedback.
  • Making large scale changes (such as date changes) in a course is cumbersome. Each item must be opened, edited, and saved. Having a single editable screen with dates would save instructors and course designers a lot of time at the start of each quarter.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Canvas9.3
Based on 5 answers
Auburn was one of the first institutions to adopt Canvas. The school has not presented an alternative
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Usability

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Canvas9.0
Based on 7 answers
I find creating courses and navigating through courses is fairly intuitive.
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Support

Absorb Anywhere LMS1.0
Based on 1 answer
Poor response time and generally poor responses.
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Canvas8.7
Based on 3 answers
There are online tutorials and FAQs that provide a great deal of support for general questions. Also, Canvas is open source and is willing to work with individual customers to customize their LMS to fit their needs
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In-Person Training

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Canvas10.0
Based on 1 answer
The training sessions were broken down into several days as well as different levels depending upon the knowledge of the user
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Online Training

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No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Canvas8.0
Based on 1 answer
The online tutorials and videos are very clear and addressed the issues/questions that I had about using the system.
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Implementation

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No answers yet
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Canvas8.5
Based on 2 answers
Once you purchase and sign the contract there is nothing to install or hardware to buy. You can almost immediately start using it and have courses up and going within weeks. We signed in December and had pilot courses online ready to go for the start of school in January
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Alternatives Considered

At the time of selection, we went with Absorb as they were one of the few that could handle online transactions for courses. We are in the process of migrating to Skilljar and will be discontinuing our subscription to Absorb in 2018.
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In general, our users have found Canvas to be much simpler and student-friendly than Blackboard. In addition, the rapid development cycle under which Canvas operates means that improvements and new features are deployed much more rapidly. From a support perspective, it has been much simpler to integrate 3rd party tools with Canvas, due to the open source framework.
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Return on Investment

  • We were able to lighten the work load on our finance team by moving course purchase processing to the online platform.
  • Learning team was able to reduce the amount of live training and travel.
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  • We have found that more faculty are using Canvas than our previous LMS, largely due to it's intuitive interface.
  • While Canvas is not significantly cheaper than the competition, we found that it offers more built-in features than the other products we reviewed.
  • For a small institution like ours, having a cloud hosted LMS is much more effective than running a self hosted product. We don't need to have a large staff to support Canvas, nor do we have to outsource the operation as we did in the past.
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Pricing Details

Absorb Anywhere LMS

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

Canvas

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details