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Score 6.9 out of 100

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Score 8.9 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Absorb 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 a great tool for any educational institution. If faculty members at your institution are interested in improving the online component of their courses or expanding remote learning opportunities, Canvas is a worthwhile investment. However, it is important to have faculty support before making a decision on which learning management system to use.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Absorb LMS
9.0
Canvas
8.6
Course authoring
Absorb LMS
8.0
Canvas
8.7
Player/Portal
Absorb LMS
8.0
Canvas
8.7
Mobile friendly
Absorb LMS
7.0
Canvas
8.3
Progress tracking & certifications
Absorb LMS
10.0
Canvas
9.1
Assignments
Absorb LMS
10.0
Canvas
9.4
Compliance management
Absorb LMS
10.0
Canvas
8.8
Learning administration
Absorb LMS
9.0
Canvas
8.9
Learning reporting & analytics
Absorb LMS
10.0
Canvas
8.7
Course catalog or library
Absorb LMS
Canvas
8.0
Learning content
Absorb LMS
Canvas
8.4
Social learning
Absorb LMS
Canvas
8.0

Pros

Absorb LMS

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

Canvas

  • Many popular third-party educational apps have LTIs that integrate with Canvas.
  • The gradebook has a Mastery Learning option for recording progress against a set of academic standards.
  • The UI is very intuitive and even non-tech savvy users can use it effectively with minimal training.
Patrick Woessner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Absorb 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

  • Rubric usage for forums is clunky, as is using rubrics for formal grading anywhere in the system
  • Peer review, while promising, is nearly impossible for most faculty to set up correctly. A big disappointment for us
  • Set up and accommodation for mastery learning, ungrading, or other alterantive grading structures is challenging
Justin Harbin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Absorb 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 LMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Canvas

Canvas 9.1
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 LMS

Absorb LMS 9.0
Based on 4 answers
Poor response time and generally poor responses.
Ron Massicotte | TrustRadius Reviewer

Canvas

Canvas 8.9
Based on 14 answers
I do not personally use Canvas support since we have a central office that helps us. However, our central office always has the answers we need and are always able to solve our issues - so I would assume that get great support from the Canvas team on their end. They also offer great training, which uses materials directly from Canvas
Ashley Milton | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Absorb 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 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 LMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Canvas

Canvas 8.3
Based on 4 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 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 surpasses Blackboard not only visually, but technically as well. It offers more customization options, as well as more features for students and teachers a like in regard to grading, notifications, and uploading files. It also seems to stream videos more successfully, thus improving the remote learning experience. Finally, it connects with one's email seamlessly
Victoria L. | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Absorb 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

  • It has afforded me a platform to design more personalized learning scenarios for students and teachers, increasing understanding and comprehension.
  • Has increased collaboration and quality feedback from student to student and teacher to student.
  • More innovation and seamless integration of using technology to meet pedagogy and teaching of today.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Absorb 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 LMS
8.0
Canvas
9.1

Likelihood to Renew

Absorb LMS
Canvas
9.3

Usability

Absorb LMS
Canvas
9.1

Support Rating

Absorb LMS
9.0
Canvas
8.9

In-Person Training

Absorb LMS
Canvas
10.0

Online Training

Absorb LMS
Canvas
8.0

Implementation Rating

Absorb LMS
Canvas
8.3

Scalability

Absorb LMS
Canvas
8.0

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