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Score 9 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Absorb Anywhere LMS

Absorb is very well suited for any company looking to standardize training for all employees. It is also best suited when paired with a course vendor to pick specific courses aimed towards employees and their interests. This makes orientation very simple. We used to have a 2-hour orientation conference to cover everything these courses can cover.
Drew Randles CSSR, CSMR, CIR | TrustRadius Reviewer

Canvas

Canvas is well suited for large institutions managing a lot of different courses. As a staff member, I'm currently starting to use the Organization feature as a way to engage current students. We will enroll all students in the Organization and share important information and resources with them during this time of remote learning. This is the best way for us to reach all of our students in a platform we know they have to be accessing (instead of social media or just emailing them). This has made the idea of "engagement" much easier in these difficult quarantine/social distancing times.In a way that's less appropriate, Canvas is not built to just be a file sharing platform. We thought a lot about whether using the Organization function would be best for one of our Student Organizations as we try to transition from DropBox. We keep all historic data from past members, bylaws, meeting notes, etc. We were waned by our central Online Distance Learning Office that Canvas might not be the best fit for that. However, we ultimately decided it's functionality to reach students outweighed our need to store historic documents.
Ashley Milton | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Absorb Anywhere LMS
9.0
Canvas
8.6
Course authoring
Absorb Anywhere LMS
8.0
Canvas
8.8
Player/Portal
Absorb Anywhere LMS
8.0
Canvas
8.5
Mobile friendly
Absorb Anywhere LMS
7.0
Canvas
8.4
Progress tracking & certifications
Absorb Anywhere LMS
10.0
Canvas
8.8
Assignments
Absorb Anywhere LMS
10.0
Canvas
9.4
Compliance management
Absorb Anywhere LMS
10.0
Canvas
8.4
Learning administration
Absorb Anywhere LMS
9.0
Canvas
8.5
Learning reporting & analytics
Absorb Anywhere LMS
10.0
Canvas
9.1
Course catalog or library
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Canvas
8.2
Learning content
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Canvas
8.6
Social learning
Absorb Anywhere LMS
Canvas
8.4

Pros

Absorb Anywhere LMS

  • Clean interface for learners
  • Logical organization of courses
  • Admin portal is OK
Ron Massicotte | TrustRadius Reviewer

Canvas

  • Canvas does a great job of integrating many third-party vendors. We use vendors such as Flipgrid, Padlet, and Storyline to help enhance our student experience in the online classroom.
  • Canvas is very user (designer) friendly. It uses a simple Rich Text Editor that is easy to create text, insert pictures and video and enhance the text. With that comes an HTML Editor which is very useful if you have knowledge of HTML. This provides the designer with the flexibility to design more than just plain text on a page.
  • For the student, Canvas is also very easy to use and organized well. The Modules listing provides students with an "outline: of the course and helps keep them working in a linear fashion (if that is what you want). There are also direct links to assignments and discussions so students can see all of the specific assignments at once. The grade book is also very easy for students to read and interpret.
Mark Labbett | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Absorb Anywhere LMS

  • Automated creation of manager groups.
  • Easier way of seeing who employees report to so we can create manager groups.
Drew Randles CSSR, CSMR, CIR | TrustRadius Reviewer

Canvas

  • The notification feature could be improved upon as the professor has to put the due date as "midnight" otherwise the assignment will be automatically erased from the platform.
  • The audio recording feature has its technical issues. I have never been able to use it correctly.
Victoria L. | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Absorb Anywhere LMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Canvas

Canvas 9.3
Based on 5 answers
The other LMS tools have fallen behind. One reason is they are not able to update their systems, features, toolsets in a timely manner. While other LMS providers release bug fixes and new features several times a year, schools struggle to install and implement them in a timely manner. It is not uncommon for a school to take 6 months to a year to fully install and implement new releases on other LMS platforms. With Canvas, those features are released every 3 weeks, and there is nothing for a school to do other than choose to turn them on once released. This has allowed Instructure to innovate faster, and get new features and tools to customers quicker. Other factors include great pricing, customer support, and the innovative way in which LTI is implemented in the tool.
Kevin Reeve | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Absorb Anywhere LMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Canvas

Canvas 9.0
Based on 7 answers
The functions in Canvas are well integrated and consistent across the application, and mostly intuitive. Overall navigation and setup is streamlined through integrated features and navigation. The feedback we've gotten from our program participants is that it is easy to learn to use. It also integrates well with third party software like Google Docs and Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing software
Jeanne Rewa | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Absorb Anywhere LMS

Absorb Anywhere LMS 9.0
Based on 3 answers
Poor response time and generally poor responses.
Ron Massicotte | TrustRadius Reviewer

Canvas

Canvas 8.8
Based on 12 answers
Customer support is provided 24/7 all around the world. Support resources are easy to find for users. Getting a real technician on the line is easy rather than speaking to a bot for minutes. Support representatives are quick to reply back when a ticket is raised. System upgrade notifications are provided well beforehand.
Shay Kotian | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Absorb Anywhere LMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Canvas

Canvas 10.0
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
Bethany Cleveland, PhD | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Absorb Anywhere LMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Canvas

Canvas 8.0
Based on 1 answer
The online tutorials and videos are very clear and addressed the issues/questions that I had about using the system.
Bethany Cleveland, PhD | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Absorb Anywhere LMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Canvas

Canvas 8.3
Based on 3 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
Kevin Reeve | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Absorb Anywhere LMS

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.
Ron Massicotte | TrustRadius Reviewer

Canvas

Canvas was the very first cloud-based Learning Management System. This was one of the key factors in our selection of Canvas. Canvas’s open platform and out-of-the-box ability to integrate with 3rd party vendors was also critical to its success on our campus.
Jason Hill | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Absorb Anywhere LMS

  • This has been a positive ROI as we can track all course completions for audits as well as cutting costs for travel and training.
Drew Randles CSSR, CSMR, CIR | TrustRadius Reviewer

Canvas

  • Positive-our institution has benefited by using Canvas by moving from a paper test base mode to an e-Canvas test service to assess student course outcomes. There significant $avings that were curtailed in the use of paper, and in the time it took to check papers.
  • I don't think Canvas has impacted us Negatively on our objectives.
Jerry Sifuentes | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Absorb Anywhere LMS

General

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

Canvas

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Absorb Anywhere LMS
8.0
Canvas
9.2

Likelihood to Renew

Absorb Anywhere LMS
Canvas
9.3

Usability

Absorb Anywhere LMS
Canvas
9.0

Support Rating

Absorb Anywhere LMS
9.0
Canvas
8.8

In-Person Training

Absorb Anywhere LMS
Canvas
10.0

Online Training

Absorb Anywhere LMS
Canvas
8.0

Implementation Rating

Absorb Anywhere LMS
Canvas
8.3

Scalability

Absorb Anywhere LMS
Canvas
8.0

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