Bridge vs. Canvas LMS

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Bridge
Score 8.5 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
Bridge is the corporate version of Instructure's talent and learning management platform. Bridge provides core learning and performance management software, including reporting capabilities. The company emphasizes customer service.
$12,500
per year
Canvas LMS
Score 8.3 out of 10
N/A
Instructure is an educational software company based in Sandy, Utah. It is the developer of the Canvas learning management system, which is a comprehensive software package that competes with such systems as Blackboard Learning System, SumTotal and Saba.N/A
Pricing
BridgeCanvas LMS
Editions & Modules
Learning
$4
per month per user
Learning & Performance
$10
per month per user
Learning, Performance & Engagement
$11
per month per user
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BridgeCanvas LMS
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeRequiredNo setup fee
Additional DetailsMust contact vendor for pricing information.
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Features
BridgeCanvas LMS
Learning Management
Comparison of Learning Management features of Product A and Product B
Bridge
6.8
40 Ratings
Canvas LMS
7.8
41 Ratings
Course authoring7.039 Ratings8.141 Ratings
Course catalog or library8.036 Ratings7.538 Ratings
Player/Portal9.027 Ratings7.632 Ratings
Learning content7.036 Ratings6.933 Ratings
Mobile friendly5.039 Ratings5.640 Ratings
Progress tracking & certifications9.038 Ratings8.037 Ratings
Assignments6.033 Ratings8.741 Ratings
Compliance management3.030 Ratings7.432 Ratings
Learning administration9.032 Ratings7.636 Ratings
Learning reporting & analytics7.034 Ratings7.538 Ratings
Social learning5.021 Ratings6.333 Ratings
Gamification00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Single Sign On (SSO) Enabled Learning00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
User Ratings
BridgeCanvas LMS
Likelihood to Recommend
8.5
(40 ratings)
8.4
(83 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.8
(2 ratings)
9.3
(5 ratings)
Usability
9.1
(1 ratings)
10.0
(8 ratings)
Support Rating
9.1
(2 ratings)
9.0
(18 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.2
(2 ratings)
8.4
(5 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
BridgeCanvas LMS
Likelihood to Recommend
GetBridge LLC
Bridge is suited for scenarios where you need ppl to complete steps in order or test that they received the correct amount of knowledge after watching a video. I do think Bridge is less appropriate for companies that use it in external training scenarios as there is some key functionality missing. We gotten very good at brainstorming and finding solutions/ways to get Bridge to work the way that we need it to
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Instructure
It is really well suited for school situations like knowing what [assignments] need to be done when, getting feedback, getting points, finding the slides that the teacher used for explaining an [assignment] or theory. I think It would be less suited in business situations because it's [primarily] made to be a [one-way] communication tool for schools. Businesses need more control on individual levels I think[.]
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Pros
GetBridge LLC
  • Bridge is designed for the user so it is intuitive and easy to use.
  • Bridge includes an authoring tool so building custom content is fast and easy.
  • Bridge does a good job of providing user information for managers. Managers can quickly and easily see how many courses their reports are enrolled in and if anyone is overdue on required courses.
  • Bridge is also built with learning science in mind. There are multiple options for assessments, including an option for verified tasks to be completed to demonstrate proficiency.
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Instructure
  • Creativity options for teachers to create a virtual space that still has fun graphics and accessibility options.
  • Canvas has versatility in viewing options for assignment due dates such as the calendar built in feature as well as the dashboard options to display upcoming and due assignments.
  • Allowing teachers to create community with each other and collaborate in each-other's space.
  • Discussion platforms within classrooms for students to communicate with each-other and with their teachers.
  • Easy messaging portal within each virtual classroom.
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Cons
GetBridge LLC
  • Bridge could improve their categorization feature for trainings; folders would be great!
  • I'd like to see more ways to add content in the Bridge native environment in the future. Being able to create tables, infographics, and other training materials right in the system would be a great time saver.
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Instructure
  • Their integration with Big Blue Button was a bust for distance learning. Would be great to see them collaborate with Zoom or Google Meets.
  • Their "feature request" process is slow and cumbersome at times because it relies on user "up votes" to get ideas addressed by the developers.
  • They seem to have a lot of turn-over with their staff. We get a new Customer Success Manager far more frequently than with other vendors.
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Likelihood to Renew
GetBridge LLC
It has been very useful to our organization in getting compliance training complete. We have a 24/7/365 organization with some folks only working 2 days a week during the summer only, many work full-time jobs elsewhere and can't make weekday programs and facilities don't have to alter schedules to get mass numbers of people through training like you have to do with live training..
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Instructure
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
GetBridge LLC
Even our folks who fought using it realized how easy it was once they took their first course.
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Instructure
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 Rating
GetBridge LLC
Always timely and knowledgeable assistance. Very patient explaining answers to novice users.
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Instructure
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
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In-Person Training
GetBridge LLC
No answers on this topic
Instructure
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
GetBridge LLC
No answers on this topic
Instructure
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 Rating
GetBridge LLC
Our challenges were internal - nothing with Bridge. We had regular, productive meetings with our implementation representative.
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Instructure
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
GetBridge LLC
Our previous LMS was Symphony. Hands down, there is no comparison. Switching to Bridge was the best decision made by our management team. All we used Symphony for was for our monthly compliance training. Many times people would complain that they would need to retake their compliance course as Symphony would lose records. It became a hassle having to retake a course because you didn't save a copy of the completion certificate. Bridge allows for more than just compliance training AND we are able to see if learners didn't complete their courses via the reports.
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Instructure
Canvas is more secure, has a cleaner design, and has more features. For the features, they have in common canvas still stacks up against [Smart school] by going for the extra mile. Besidfor e that, [the] canvas looks a lot more [professional] than [Smart school]. I didn't make the decision myself to get canvas instead of [Smart school] but I'm happy they did.
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Return on Investment
GetBridge LLC
  • Certainly, Bridge was not an inexpensive option when we were reviewing platforms. To date, we have not seen a positive ROI but believe that will happen in the near future as we expand an offering of an additional program.
  • Reviews from our users indicate that they appreciate the professional and easy to use features Bridge provides, along with the video based design of the program.
  • The program we developed with the Bridge platform supports our position as educators in our industry.
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Instructure
  • Canvas has helped us provide a more robust online component to our courses.
  • Canvas has helped us better adapt to a rapidly changing educational landscape.
  • Canvas has reduced the time that we have to spend training faculty on how to use our learning management system.
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