Canvas LMS vs. Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
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
Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued
Score 8.0 out of 10
N/A
Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution was a cloud-based ERP solution for university process management. Jenzabar now offers Jenzabar ONE as their higher ed solution.N/A
Pricing
Canvas LMSJenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Canvas LMSJenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsMust contact vendor for pricing information.
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Community Pulse
Canvas LMSJenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Canvas LMSJenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued
Learning Management
Comparison of Learning Management features of Product A and Product B
Canvas LMS
7.8
41 Ratings
4% below category average
Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued
-
Ratings
Course authoring8.141 Ratings00 Ratings
Course catalog or library7.538 Ratings00 Ratings
Player/Portal7.632 Ratings00 Ratings
Learning content6.933 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile friendly5.640 Ratings00 Ratings
Progress tracking & certifications8.037 Ratings00 Ratings
Assignments8.741 Ratings00 Ratings
Compliance management7.432 Ratings00 Ratings
Learning administration7.636 Ratings00 Ratings
Learning reporting & analytics7.538 Ratings00 Ratings
Social learning6.333 Ratings00 Ratings
Gamification10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Single Sign On (SSO) Enabled Learning10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Canvas LMS
-
Ratings
Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued
6.0
1 Ratings
20% below category average
Pay calculation00 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Direct deposit files00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Customization
Comparison of Customization features of Product A and Product B
Canvas LMS
-
Ratings
Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued
3.5
1 Ratings
71% below category average
API for custom integration00 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Plug-ins00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
Canvas LMS
-
Ratings
Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued
8.0
2 Ratings
3% below category average
Single sign-on capability00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Role-based user permissions00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Canvas LMS
-
Ratings
Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued
6.0
2 Ratings
19% below category average
Dashboards00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Standard reports00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Custom reports00 Ratings9.02 Ratings
General Ledger and Configurable Accounting
Comparison of General Ledger and Configurable Accounting features of Product A and Product B
Canvas LMS
-
Ratings
Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued
8.0
2 Ratings
5% above category average
Accounts payable00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Accounts receivable00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Journals and Reconciliations00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
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User Ratings
Canvas LMSJenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued
Likelihood to Recommend
8.4
(83 ratings)
8.0
(2 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.3
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(8 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
9.0
(18 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
In-Person Training
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.4
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Canvas LMSJenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), discontinued
Likelihood to Recommend
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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Jenzabar, Inc.
JICS is well suited for schools that have long-used Jenzabar products or are looking for a stripped down, direct data management system. If someone is seeking innovation or the latest in features and technology, I do not believe they would be as pleased with JICS. It's a bare bones system alternative.
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Pros
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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Jenzabar, Inc.
  • Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS) is good at interacting with the Jenzabar database.
  • Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS) can integrate with Active Directory to allow for one set of credentials and also has its own credential management system for local accounts to be created.
  • Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS) will display grades as soon as they are entered into the Jenzabar database.
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Cons
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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Jenzabar, Inc.
  • Jenzabar is unwilling to work with other companies to integrate information across multiple platforms.
  • The quality of JICS is contingent upon appropriate use and entry by those on campus. While not a limitation to JICS itself, there seems to be more problems with JICS in this regard than I have noticed on other campuses with other platforms.
  • JICS is typically behind on the times. Features it adds today were commonplace for others much earlier.
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Likelihood to Renew
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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Jenzabar, Inc.
No answers on this topic
Usability
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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Jenzabar, Inc.
Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS) is very usable and easy to maintain. With us having students log in with their AD credentials, they don't have to remember an extra username and password. Also, I have been able to update and customize some of the coding, which has allowed us to make sure the site works just the way we want it to.
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Support Rating
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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Jenzabar, Inc.
Support is generally very helpful. There are some support staff that really try to go the extra mile and help with solving the problem you have, not just answering your initial question. If you don't understand a feature that is offered in the Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS) environment, they also have a portal with on-demand webinars/courses that you can watch to get a better idea of offerings at your own base.
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In-Person Training
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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Jenzabar, Inc.
No answers on this topic
Online Training
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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Jenzabar, Inc.
No answers on this topic
Implementation Rating
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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Jenzabar, Inc.
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Alternatives Considered
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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Jenzabar, Inc.
We selected JICS many years ago as it was a cost-effective option that was streamlined and straight-forward. Today, no one is ever thrilled with their SIS, and I can anticipate major difficulties if we attempted to move from JICS. However, from a features and revolutionary standpoint, I do feel we will always be a step behind if we continue with Jenzabar.
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Return on Investment
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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Jenzabar, Inc.
  • Jenzabar has allowed us to house all data in one system, which was badly needed.
  • Jenzabar allows us to speak one language across campus, although many offices still work outside of Jenzabar due to limitations within JICS.
  • Jenzabar has not been effective in being a leader in new features or developments. I always feel like we are a step behind.
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