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Articulate 360

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Likelihood to Recommend

Articulate 360

Articulate 360 is well suited for training where you need to be able to create something quickly. It is also a great solution for a team that might have different skill levels. The learning curve isn't as high as some other programs that require more programming or manipulation for results. I can't say that I have yet experienced a time when this software didn't work for my needs.
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Canvas

Canvas is an LMS that is wonderful for schools that want a good online program. Canvas organizes the classroom for the instructor and makes it easy for the student to follow. It provides discussions and assignments that are essential in creating an effective online course with student interaction.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Articulate 360
8.5
Canvas
8.5
Course authoring
Articulate 360
9.6
Canvas
9.2
Course catalog or library
Articulate 360
8.9
Canvas
8.4
Player/Portal
Articulate 360
8.5
Canvas
8.0
Learning content
Articulate 360
9.2
Canvas
8.9
Mobile friendly
Articulate 360
9.1
Canvas
8.6
Progress tracking & certifications
Articulate 360
7.7
Canvas
8.1
Assignments
Articulate 360
9.5
Canvas
9.2
Compliance management
Articulate 360
6.8
Canvas
7.9
Learning administration
Articulate 360
7.5
Canvas
8.8
Learning reporting & analytics
Articulate 360
7.6
Canvas
8.4
Social learning
Articulate 360
8.8
Canvas
8.6

Pros

  • User-friendly and easy to learn
  • Make courses as simple or as complex and interactive as you like!
  • Offers many pre-made templates to create a seamless look.
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  • 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

  • The voiceover voices offered by the system are very digital sounding so do not seem authentic.
  • Can’t download a 360 project back into PPT.
  • Story view can be a bit confusing sometimes, depending on what order your slides were created in.
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  • The video guide heading has labeling for All Users, Administrators, Community, Instructors, Students, Observers, Canvas Commons, and Canvas Network. Video tutorials are essential for answering instructor questions, guiding students on the use of assignment overview and submission, using chat or collaboration along with working in groups, peer reviews, and taking quizzes. Tutorials represent the Canvas features that include Asynchronous/Synchronous Learning, Classroom management, Live-Video Conferencing, Mobile Learning, Skills Tracking, Social Learning, and Testing/Assessments. Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) interface (approved by the institution). For example, facilitate academic textbook publishers’ robust learning/assessment tools to interact within an instructor’s course, etc. Assistance from our institution provides telephone and one-on-one Canvas support from our instructional designers at the Center for Faculty Excellence or Information Technology Services (ITS). Yet, we have experienced challenges using Canvas.
  • Canvas and Turnitin services undergo scheduled maintenance. It is important for instructors to schedule course work accordingly to offset problems during scheduled maintenance. Our institution publishes this information when an instructor or student logs into Canvas. IT remains proactive by providing access to the Canvas release notes for the latest features and upgrades in conjunction when the upgrades occur.
  • We have yet to experience the perfect LMS. Canvas has its share of challenges. Instructors find difficulty when communicating to students using Canvas within a specific course having multiple course sections. For example, working in an undergraduate health course that has three similar combined sections, an instructor must initiate a conversation from the Canvas “Inbox” specific to each section, and is unable to communicate with all combined sections from the primary health course.
  • Upgrades and changes within the LMS during a given semester/course term provide a mild annoyance for instructors. For example, Canvas made a location change (i.e., allowing students to attach a file to a discussion. Permission was moved from the instructor view within a discussion to the course “Settings,” then “Course Details” tab and moving down and selecting the “more options” link and clicking on the radio button “Let students attach files to discussions” while then selecting “Update Course Details” to enable this option.
  • Another challenge is having the instructor and students remain current with software upgrades as it’s integral to ensuring a successful experience with the Canvas LMS. For example, a Spanish instructor wanted her students to record a video within Canvas of students speaking Spanish as a video assignment. Multiple issues presented themselves since Canvas requires the most recent upgrade to Adobe Flash Player and web browsing software to accomplish the task. When students used on campus computer labs, current updates were not equally applied throughout the labs. A similar challenge followed with student’s personal computers, consistently keeping their software up-to-date to accommodate specific tools within the Canvas LMS. Recording within the Canvas environment is functional when one is running the most current upgrades to their web browser and Adobe Flash Player. Collaboration and interaction with our instructional designers and ITS resolved the above instructor/student video assignment challenge.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Canvas9.3
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

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Canvas9.0
Based on 7 answers
The intuitive design has significantly reduced help desk inquired from both students and faculty.
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Support

Articulate 3609.1
Based on 1 answer
Support is always available.
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Canvas8.7
Based on 3 answers
I teach with Canvas and on weekends and even holidays I have called the 24/7 support line to get help on something. It has been great
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In-Person Training

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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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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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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

We didn't look into much else as one of our customers was using Articulate and highly recommended it. It's been great for creation but the lack of included LMS is the sticking point.
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Canvas might not have every tool of functionality built out, however it has remained agile and continued to grow and increase product functionality. The design is intuitive, the end-user technical support is phenomenal, and it has largely simplified our lives delivering on this platform. However, if online assessments are a requirement of your program or institution, be prepared to start integrating third party products.

Other LMS's have antiquated designs and have not changed course to a cloud delivery model. Such systems have so many legacy features built on outdated code and integration, that they fail to provide an intuitive experience for users.
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Return on Investment

  • The software is easy to use and can produce quality outputs with relative ease.
  • A single licence is quite expencive.
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  • LMS adoption has grown among instructors and departments.
  • More degree programs are offered fully online reaching more students.
  • SaaS/Cloud has reduced the amount of staff that are needed as we do not host the system.
  • Migration to any new LMS takes time and your innovation and creativity take a hit during the migration process. Canvas has provided us more opportunities for innovation and creativity through LTI than any other system we have used in the past.
  • Large enrollment courses are now being offered fully online adding additional options to students.
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Pricing Details

Articulate 360

General
Free Trial
Yes
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