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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Connect

If you're looking for just a basic meeting tool, there are cheaper ones (like Zoom) that will do the trick just fine. Where Adobe Connect shines is when you're looking for a virtual training tool, because of its more robust feature set and the fact that you can set up room layouts ahead of time and reuse them and because of the available add-ons, which can help make learning more engaging. (In fact, on that engagement front, I believe you can also present learners with interactive quizzes, etc., if you create them in another Adobe tool, like Presenter or Captivate.)
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Canvas

Terrific for teachers to create a hub for their classrooms and schools who want to make managing the 1:1 classroom easier and more efficient. An LMS provides a plethora of options when it comes to true differentiation and personalized learning. So having a system like Canvas can afford teachers and students more ability to work at their own pace and master concepts via completions settings, to truly hone in on what students know and do not know. Giving those who work slower more time and those who work faster the ability to move on.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software

Adobe Connect
7.3
Canvas
High quality audio
Adobe Connect
8.0
Canvas
High quality video
Adobe Connect
7.8
Canvas
Low bandwidth requirements
Adobe Connect
6.7
Canvas
Mobile support
Adobe Connect
6.9
Canvas

Screen Sharing

Adobe Connect
8.7
Canvas
Desktop sharing
Adobe Connect
8.6
Canvas
Whiteboards
Adobe Connect
8.7
Canvas

Online Meetings / Events

Adobe Connect
7.9
Canvas
Calendar integration
Adobe Connect
7.8
Canvas
Meeting initiation
Adobe Connect
8.0
Canvas
Integrates with social media
Adobe Connect
6.4
Canvas
Record meetings / events
Adobe Connect
8.4
Canvas
Slideshows
Adobe Connect
8.8
Canvas

Online Events Collaboration

Adobe Connect
8.8
Canvas
Live chat
Adobe Connect
8.9
Canvas
Audience polling
Adobe Connect
8.9
Canvas
Q&A
Adobe Connect
8.8
Canvas

Online Events Security

Adobe Connect
8.3
Canvas
User authentication
Adobe Connect
8.3
Canvas
Participant roles & permissions
Adobe Connect
8.5
Canvas
Confidential attendee list
Adobe Connect
8.3
Canvas

Learning Management

Adobe Connect
Canvas
8.5
Course authoring
Adobe Connect
Canvas
9.1
Course catalog or library
Adobe Connect
Canvas
8.4
Player/Portal
Adobe Connect
Canvas
8.0
Learning content
Adobe Connect
Canvas
8.7
Mobile friendly
Adobe Connect
Canvas
8.6
Progress tracking & certifications
Adobe Connect
Canvas
8.1
Assignments
Adobe Connect
Canvas
9.2
Compliance management
Adobe Connect
Canvas
7.9
Learning administration
Adobe Connect
Canvas
8.5
Learning reporting & analytics
Adobe Connect
Canvas
8.4
Social learning
Adobe Connect
Canvas
8.6

Pros

Adobe Connect

  • The ability to customize your screen layouts. making each classroom unique.
  • Bandwidth and connectivity. Many other webinar platforms have limitations of how many users can attend with cameras. Adobe has no limit on how many users can join a meeting and stream live an HD quality camera. This feature makes the platform a true virtual classroom.
  • Low cost. The pricing for a license is surprisingly affordable. Adobe has demonstrated great customer support as well. they offer other services - like having a tech expert available to assist with new users having any type of issues.
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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.
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Cons

Adobe Connect

  • For some add-ins the functionality was limited - had problem with the PowerPoint slideshow feature. It did not always display properly as you progressed in slides.
  • Some of the features were not compatible with phones. For example, Some participants were using phones to participate in class and the features were not compatible. There was no way to test the feature compatibility with different platforms. You create something beautiful for your trainees and you are unable to use.
  • The price points were not very flexible. I had limited needs and I was paying a higher price tag than I should for what I needed. They should be more flexible with pricing based on features needed.
  • Downloading recordings was a HUGE pain in the neck. Most of the training conducted lasted 3 hours or more. I felt like I was being punished to have to play back the entire presentation to download the recording.
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Canvas

  • I would like to see Instructure continue to focus on improving the user interface and functionality for the Canvas roles and permissions. In the summer of 2018, they made vast improvements to this area of Canvas, but they still have a little work to do. I’d like to be able to manage ‘sub permissions’ within the top-level permissions for each role. I’d also like to run a report/export of the roles and permissions, make edits in a .csv editor, and then upload the updated roles/permissions via the SIS Import tool. This would alleviate the time-consuming process of managing roles permissions by hand.
  • I’d like to see more LTI integrations that are set up like the Box integration. The Box LTI integration is accessible via the user’s profile page and allows the user to access content in Box via a native Box window that is embedded in the page. Most LTIs are only accessible via an actual course. Instructure has the potential to turn the user profile page into a hub that allows the user to jump in and out of multiple apps, whose provisioning and authentication is handled by Canvas
  • Instructure needs to create a permission that manages the access to a course’s start and dates. At our institution, we have to programmatically hide the start/end dates for courses from instructors, so they don’t open courses early or leave them open after the semester has officially ended. Canvas customers should be able to treat the opening/closing of a course (not the publishing) as an administrative task only.
  • Canvas admins should also be able to restrict who can control the course visibility and course format functions in the course settings. At our institution, we have committees and processes in place to determine these attributes. Allowing faculty to edit these options creates confusion for students and administrators.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect 10.0
Based on 27 answers
The longer you use Adobe Connect, the longer you are likely to use it. Because you can build more and more resources over time, creating rooms that you re-use, recorded content you can repurpose, and tools that form the basis of ever increasing productivity, the more you use Connect, the more productive you become. Unlike competing products where, with every meeting you essentially start over -- setting up your resources for each meeting -- in my Connect rooms, I have highly tuned tools to accomplish my knowledge transfer goals. When I want to conduct another session - I send a link out to the appropriate room and instantly we are all focusing on getting a job done together. This ability of Adobe Connect to make you productive at an ever quickening rate is a competitive advantage
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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.
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Usability

Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect 9.0
Based on 5 answers
As sophisticated a product as Adobe Connect, the ease of use is outstanding. In my experience, even a user with very little knowledge of Adobe Connect can begin using and even leading sessions with very little training to get started with the basic features. Additional training is needed to become comfortable with the number of available features, but learning curve even for those is no steeper than would normally be expected from similar software.
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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
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Support

Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect 7.0
Based on 2 answers
No isues and any issues seems to get resolved.
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Canvas

Canvas 8.7
Based on 3 answers
Support is very good. Users also support one another and Canvas participates in these forums so often, and answers can be found without having to enter a support ticket. The beta environment allows users to "break" things and the developers work with users there to ensure that when an update is rolled out, everything will work
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In-Person Training

Adobe Connect

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
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Online Training

Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect 7.5
Based on 2 answers
The ability to have most of the functionality of a full LMS at a fraction of the cost is huge. I can create manage and deploy both synchronous and asynchronous training based on the situation and all of my training is tracked through a series of easily created reports
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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.
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Implementation

Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect 7.9
Based on 4 answers
Prices do not seem to vary much among resellers of the Adobe Connect hosted license; the only price variation you're likely to find are among the audio providers. When implementing, you may also wish to look into expanding the amount of storage you are allowed on the server to avoid any problems later on as your library of files starts to build up
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Canvas

Canvas 8.5
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

Adobe Connect

I prefer Adobe Connect's slide sharing and recording/playback features to either Zoom or GoToMeeting(GTM). GTM is good for meetings where the majority of the group is onsite and needs to conference in only a few remote participants, and Zoom is great for video chats. It's really a case of knowing your products and audience, and Adobe Connect has worked great for the majority of our team's needs.
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Canvas

I've used Moodle, e-college, others, but Blackboard was the last LMS adventure we had. I had to evaluate these services prior to selecting Canvas, and based on my evaluation, and the resources that the University of Texas at Austin afforded us, I am confident that we made the right decision/selection based on ease of use; it had the features we needed and more; and the technical support was/is a major plus. As my faculty often state "I love my Canvas." The latter speaks tons on the quality afforded to the users-- I too really enjoy using Canvas.
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Return on Investment

Adobe Connect

  • On a positive note, I believe this has increased the scores of agents in a way that is influential and it shows. Getting immediate answers for problems plaguing our agents is first and foremost in making sure that we are not only addressing the vendors needs, but the customer's as well. We have used other platforms in the past. This has a far better impact on our overall numbers, I believe, as well as employee success and confidence.
  • Negative impacts by employees and affecting overall numbers in the company may be attributed to the lag or "boot" when agents are removed from the room without warning. This can cause confidence of agents to plummet and leave them without any support.
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Canvas

  • Improved Efficiency: We can efficiently create and teach courses in the platform from semester to semester.
  • Improved Interoperability: We can modify the operations of Canvas for research and improved functionality (e.g., learning analytics) through the use of LTI-compliant tools.
  • Improved Feedback: Through the use of rubric grading and document commenting, we can provide more focused feedback to students on assignments.
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Pricing Details

Adobe Connect

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

Adobe Connect
8.0
Canvas
9.6

Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Connect
10.0
Canvas
9.3

Usability

Adobe Connect
9.0
Canvas
9.0

Reliability and Availability

Adobe Connect
5.5
Canvas

Support

Adobe Connect
7.0
Canvas
8.7

In-Person Training

Adobe Connect
Canvas
10.0

Online Training

Adobe Connect
7.5
Canvas
8.0

Implementation

Adobe Connect
7.9
Canvas
8.5

Scalability

Adobe Connect
5.0
Canvas
8.0

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