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Canvas

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Score 8.9 out of 100
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Score 9.1 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

GoGuardian Teacher

GoGuardian Teacher is great for a teacher who needs a way to monitor student activities and work time on a laptop. It is easy to set up, simple to use and helps to keep students accountable when online in class. It integrates with Google Classroom which is a big help. It is more powerful for teachers experienced in using tech in the classroom. The archiving ability is great but the UX needs to improve.
Laurance J. Specht | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Canvas
8.5
GoGuardian Teacher
Course authoring
Canvas
8.7
GoGuardian Teacher
Course catalog or library
Canvas
7.8
GoGuardian Teacher
Player/Portal
Canvas
8.6
GoGuardian Teacher
Learning content
Canvas
8.3
GoGuardian Teacher
Mobile friendly
Canvas
8.1
GoGuardian Teacher
Progress tracking & certifications
Canvas
9.0
GoGuardian Teacher
Assignments
Canvas
9.3
GoGuardian Teacher
Compliance management
Canvas
8.7
GoGuardian Teacher
Learning administration
Canvas
8.8
GoGuardian Teacher
Learning reporting & analytics
Canvas
8.6
GoGuardian Teacher
Social learning
Canvas
8.1
GoGuardian Teacher

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

GoGuardian Teacher

  • Account setup is very easy.
  • The software is extremely intuitive.
Brandon Burch | 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

GoGuardian Teacher

  • The initial learning curve of the program took some time, but then was easy to follow.
  • We were only able to start using it after our IT department sent our classes to us.
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

GoGuardian Teacher

GoGuardian Teacher 10.0
Based on 1 answer
For a technology-heavy school, it is a necessary and good tool for managing classroom use of laptops. It is easy to set up and use. Helps track time on task and internet usage. Another source of data when speaking to parents about student work and activity. Can help plan and manage work time when you have limited devices.
Laurance J. Specht | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

GoGuardian Teacher

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

GoGuardian Teacher

GoGuardian Teacher 9.6
Based on 6 answers
The support is great. On the rare occasion that I've had to reach out to support they have been very quick to respond and extremely helpful. I've also had teachers reach out directly to support themselves. Most of the time I don't even know that a teacher has reached out to support until after the fact. They always seem satisfied.
Brandon Burch | 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

GoGuardian Teacher

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

GoGuardian Teacher

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

GoGuardian Teacher

No score
No answers yet
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

GoGuardian Teacher

LanSchool had the same idea as GoGuardian but it was not cloud-based. This meant that LanSchool was unable to be used on multiple devices because it only tracked the data from one desktop device. This made it more difficult for teachers to monitor students because they had to use one specific device to track student's device data.
Rebecca Vold Preston | 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

GoGuardian Teacher

  • It allows us real-time information to handle situations.
  • It has increased students adherence to online behavior norms.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Canvas

General

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

GoGuardian Teacher

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Canvas
9.1
GoGuardian Teacher
9.5

Likelihood to Renew

Canvas
9.3
GoGuardian Teacher
10.0

Usability

Canvas
9.1
GoGuardian Teacher

Support Rating

Canvas
8.9
GoGuardian Teacher
9.6

In-Person Training

Canvas
10.0
GoGuardian Teacher

Online Training

Canvas
8.0
GoGuardian Teacher

Implementation Rating

Canvas
8.3
GoGuardian Teacher

Scalability

Canvas
8.0
GoGuardian Teacher

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