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Top Rated
143 Ratings
Top Rated
143 Ratings
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Score 9 out of 100
5 Ratings
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Score 7.7 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Canvas

Terrific for teachers to create a hub for their classrooms and schools who want to make managing the 1:1 classroom easier and more efficient. An LMS provides a plethora of options when it comes to true differentiation and personalized learning. So having a system like Canvas can afford teachers and students more ability to work at their own pace and master concepts via completions settings, to truly hone in on what students know and do not know. Giving those who work slower more time and those who work faster the ability to move on.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Illuminate DnA

I think it is well suited for K-12 schools, especially for tracking student growth over time. The ability to easily upload state assessment results and produce pre-built reports provides teachers actionable data. The online assessment system is more appropriate for secondary (grades 6-12) students in our district due to the types of assessments our elementary (K-5) students complete. I have some experience with other systems and think that the illuminate software offers more flexibility in the types of data that can be stored.
Darla Batistic | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Canvas
8.6
Illuminate DnA
Course authoring
Canvas
9.2
Illuminate DnA
Course catalog or library
Canvas
8.5
Illuminate DnA
Player/Portal
Canvas
8.1
Illuminate DnA
Learning content
Canvas
8.7
Illuminate DnA
Mobile friendly
Canvas
8.6
Illuminate DnA
Progress tracking & certifications
Canvas
8.2
Illuminate DnA
Assignments
Canvas
9.3
Illuminate DnA
Compliance management
Canvas
8.0
Illuminate DnA
Learning administration
Canvas
8.6
Illuminate DnA
Learning reporting & analytics
Canvas
8.4
Illuminate DnA
Social learning
Canvas
8.6
Illuminate DnA

Pros

Canvas

  • 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.
Mark Labbett | TrustRadius Reviewer

Illuminate DnA

  • Online assessment creation
  • Online assessment administration
  • Data analysis
  • Data tracking
Laurance J. Specht | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Canvas

  • I would like to see Instructure continue to focus on improving the user interface and functionality for the Canvas roles and permissions. In the summer of 2018, they made vast improvements to this area of Canvas, but they still have a little work to do. I’d like to be able to manage ‘sub permissions’ within the top-level permissions for each role. I’d also like to run a report/export of the roles and permissions, make edits in a .csv editor, and then upload the updated roles/permissions via the SIS Import tool. This would alleviate the time-consuming process of managing roles permissions by hand.
  • I’d like to see more LTI integrations that are set up like the Box integration. The Box LTI integration is accessible via the user’s profile page and allows the user to access content in Box via a native Box window that is embedded in the page. Most LTIs are only accessible via an actual course. Instructure has the potential to turn the user profile page into a hub that allows the user to jump in and out of multiple apps, whose provisioning and authentication is handled by Canvas
  • Instructure needs to create a permission that manages the access to a course’s start and dates. At our institution, we have to programmatically hide the start/end dates for courses from instructors, so they don’t open courses early or leave them open after the semester has officially ended. Canvas customers should be able to treat the opening/closing of a course (not the publishing) as an administrative task only.
  • Canvas admins should also be able to restrict who can control the course visibility and course format functions in the course settings. At our institution, we have committees and processes in place to determine these attributes. Allowing faculty to edit these options creates confusion for students and administrators.
Jason Hill | TrustRadius Reviewer

Illuminate DnA

  • It would be nice if it communicated in real time with our other student database systems. We have to do a nightly update to share information with other systems, and still, some data gets stuck and needs to be "wiped".
  • The intervention tracking system, OnTrack, is difficult to set up and manage.
  • Assessment item banks could offer a better variety of items.
Darla Batistic | 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

Illuminate DnA

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Canvas

Canvas 9.0
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

Illuminate DnA

Illuminate DnA 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Illuminate DnA is a very usable system. A few items to learn and set up can be a bit time-consuming. However, once set up it is easy to use and powerful for a school that staff can master quickly. It has more features then we actually use but I hope we will over time.
Laurance J. Specht | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support

Canvas

Canvas 10.0
Based on 4 answers
Support is very good. Users also support one another and Canvas participates in these forums so often, and answers can be found without having to enter a support ticket. The beta environment allows users to "break" things and the developers work with users there to ensure that when an update is rolled out, everything will work
Brian Ditmer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Illuminate DnA

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Illuminate DnA

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

Illuminate DnA

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation

Canvas

Canvas 8.5
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
Kevin Reeve | TrustRadius Reviewer

Illuminate DnA

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Canvas

I've used Moodle, e-college, others, but Blackboard was the last LMS adventure we had. I had to evaluate these services prior to selecting Canvas, and based on my evaluation, and the resources that the University of Texas at Austin afforded us, I am confident that we made the right decision/selection based on ease of use; it had the features we needed and more; and the technical support was/is a major plus. As my faculty often state "I love my Canvas." The latter speaks tons on the quality afforded to the users-- I too really enjoy using Canvas.
Jerry Sifuentes | TrustRadius Reviewer

Illuminate DnA

Illuminate DnA offers more flexibility and additional features that our previous Data Director system offered. We were looking for a system that offered an online assessment portal and the ability to create elementary standard-based report cards when we selected the illuminate DnA software. We were impressed with the ability to easily create custom reports and liked the comprehensive student profile page.
Darla Batistic | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Canvas

  • Improved Efficiency: We can efficiently create and teach courses in the platform from semester to semester.
  • Improved Interoperability: We can modify the operations of Canvas for research and improved functionality (e.g., learning analytics) through the use of LTI-compliant tools.
  • Improved Feedback: Through the use of rubric grading and document commenting, we can provide more focused feedback to students on assignments.
Royce Kimmons | TrustRadius Reviewer

Illuminate DnA

  • Positive ROI. The tool is powerful for the cost
  • Quick data gathering and analysis
  • Easy assessment administration
  • Reduced paper consumption
Laurance J. Specht | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Canvas

General

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

Illuminate DnA

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Canvas
9.6
Illuminate DnA
8.9

Likelihood to Renew

Canvas
9.3
Illuminate DnA

Usability

Canvas
9.0
Illuminate DnA
8.0

Support

Canvas
10.0
Illuminate DnA

In-Person Training

Canvas
10.0
Illuminate DnA

Online Training

Canvas
8.0
Illuminate DnA

Implementation

Canvas
8.5
Illuminate DnA

Scalability

Canvas
8.0
Illuminate DnA

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