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Top Rated
229 Ratings
Top Rated
229 Ratings
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Score 8.2 out of 100
4 Ratings
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Score 8.5 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Frontline Professional Growth ranks higher in 1 feature set: Learning Management

Learning Management

8.1

Canvas

81%
9.0

Frontline Professional Growth

90%
Frontline Professional Growth ranks higher in 11/13 features

Course authoring

8.2
82%
41 Ratings
9.0
90%
2 Ratings

Course catalog or library

7.6
76%
38 Ratings
9.0
90%
4 Ratings

Player/Portal

8.0
80%
32 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Learning content

7.5
75%
33 Ratings
9.0
90%
2 Ratings

Mobile friendly

6.6
66%
40 Ratings
7.3
73%
4 Ratings

Progress tracking & certifications

8.2
82%
37 Ratings
10.0
100%
4 Ratings

Assignments

8.8
88%
41 Ratings
9.0
90%
2 Ratings

Compliance management

8.1
81%
32 Ratings
9.7
97%
4 Ratings

Learning administration

8.1
81%
36 Ratings
9.0
90%
3 Ratings

Learning reporting & analytics

7.7
77%
38 Ratings
9.0
90%
3 Ratings

Social learning

7.1
71%
33 Ratings
8.0
80%
3 Ratings

Gamification

10.0
100%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Single Sign On (SSO) Enabled Learning

10.0
100%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Canvas is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating
  • Canvas and Frontline Professional Growth are tied in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.5

Canvas

85%
83 Ratings
8.5

Frontline Professional Growth

85%
4 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.3

Canvas

93%
5 Ratings

Frontline Professional Growth

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

10.0

Canvas

100%
8 Ratings

Frontline Professional Growth

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

9.0

Canvas

90%
18 Ratings
8.8

Frontline Professional Growth

88%
3 Ratings

In-Person Training

10.0

Canvas

100%
1 Rating

Frontline Professional Growth

N/A
0 Ratings

Online Training

8.0

Canvas

80%
1 Rating

Frontline Professional Growth

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

8.4

Canvas

84%
5 Ratings

Frontline Professional Growth

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

8.0

Canvas

80%
1 Rating

Frontline Professional Growth

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Canvas

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[.]
William Hazevoets | TrustRadius Reviewer

Frontline Professional Growth

This is perfect for the district looking to convert older physical forms to digital copies, and mitigate the tracking of forms from desk to desk. Frontline will do it all digitally. Those in the approval process can approve or deny, or even ask for more information, which sends the form back to the user who submitted it. This is also good for those looking for a way to manage professional development in their district and all that comes with it, including tracking workshops, awarding hours, etc. Most districts use Frontline programs somewhere, so this is another piece to that. However, this is cost-heavy.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Canvas

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Frontline Professional Growth

  • Frontline Professional Growth is set up to organize and document all aspects of a teacher's evaluation. Artifacts are archived and can be used in multiple areas.
  • SGOs, observations, PDPs, and documentation logs can all be shared between the staff member and the administration.
  • The forms are easy to fill out, can be saved as drafts in progress, and can be referred to from year to year.
  • The Professional Development Workshop section offers a calendar of workshops in catalog format as well as calendar format.
  • As a workshop presenter, enrollment tools are easy to use and offer multiple ways to access your roster.
  • As a workshop participant, workshops are listed as in progress and completed. Hours are tabulated and saved each year.
Melissa Ferro | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Canvas

  • 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.
Patrick Woessner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Frontline Professional Growth

  • Confusing sign-on processes.
  • AESOP (absence management) is not integrated with Professional Growth as advertised.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Canvas

General

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

Starting Price

Frontline Professional Growth

General

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

Starting Price

Likelihood to Renew

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

Frontline Professional Growth

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Canvas

Canvas 10.0
Based on 8 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

Frontline Professional Growth

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Canvas

Canvas 9.0
Based on 18 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

Frontline Professional Growth

Frontline Professional Growth 8.8
Based on 3 answers
Overall, Frontline Professional Growth manages observations, SGOs, documentation logs, and Professional Development Plans. In addition to these evaluation pieces, it allows our district to manage our Professional Development Workshops (in-house), Professional Development requests (for out-of-district), and many online request forms. The only real negative is that some of the menus are a bit cumbersome, and it takes several steps to get around the system.
Melissa Ferro | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

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

Frontline Professional Growth

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

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

Frontline Professional Growth

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

Canvas

Canvas 8.4
Based on 5 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

Frontline Professional Growth

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Canvas

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.
Jarne Horemans | TrustRadius Reviewer

Frontline Professional Growth

I have only used this and GCN trainings. I think it helps having more choices that hold value to your work day.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Canvas

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Frontline Professional Growth

  • We have used a lot less paper over the past few years which leads to cost savings.
  • The time it takes to submit a form and get approval has sped up since this is all digital.
  • The time it takes to track and award professional development hours has sped up.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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