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166 Ratings

Canvas

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Score 8.9 out of 100
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Score 8.9 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

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

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

Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Canvas
8.5
Frontline Professional Growth
9.0
Course authoring
Canvas
8.7
Frontline Professional Growth
8.9
Course catalog or library
Canvas
7.8
Frontline Professional Growth
8.8
Player/Portal
Canvas
8.6
Frontline Professional Growth
10.0
Learning content
Canvas
8.3
Frontline Professional Growth
9.1
Mobile friendly
Canvas
8.2
Frontline Professional Growth
7.4
Progress tracking & certifications
Canvas
9.0
Frontline Professional Growth
10.0
Assignments
Canvas
9.3
Frontline Professional Growth
9.0
Compliance management
Canvas
8.7
Frontline Professional Growth
9.5
Learning administration
Canvas
8.8
Frontline Professional Growth
9.1
Learning reporting & analytics
Canvas
8.6
Frontline Professional Growth
9.1
Social learning
Canvas
8.1
Frontline Professional Growth
8.0

Pros

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

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

  • 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

Frontline Professional Growth

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

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 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

Frontline Professional Growth

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

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

Frontline Professional Growth

Frontline Professional Growth 8.9
Based on 2 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 8.3
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

Frontline Professional Growth

No score
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No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

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

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

  • 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

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

Pricing Details

Canvas

General

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

Frontline Professional Growth

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Canvas
9.1
Frontline Professional Growth
8.9

Likelihood to Renew

Canvas
9.3
Frontline Professional Growth

Usability

Canvas
9.1
Frontline Professional Growth

Support Rating

Canvas
8.9
Frontline Professional Growth
8.9

In-Person Training

Canvas
10.0
Frontline Professional Growth

Online Training

Canvas
8.0
Frontline Professional Growth

Implementation Rating

Canvas
8.3
Frontline Professional Growth

Scalability

Canvas
8.0
Frontline Professional Growth

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