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Likelihood to Recommend

Canvas

Canvas is well suited for large institutions managing a lot of different courses. As a staff member, I'm currently starting to use the Organization feature as a way to engage current students. We will enroll all students in the Organization and share important information and resources with them during this time of remote learning. This is the best way for us to reach all of our students in a platform we know they have to be accessing (instead of social media or just emailing them). This has made the idea of "engagement" much easier in these difficult quarantine/social distancing times.In a way that's less appropriate, Canvas is not built to just be a file sharing platform. We thought a lot about whether using the Organization function would be best for one of our Student Organizations as we try to transition from DropBox. We keep all historic data from past members, bylaws, meeting notes, etc. We were waned by our central Online Distance Learning Office that Canvas might not be the best fit for that. However, we ultimately decided it's functionality to reach students outweighed our need to store historic documents.
Ashley Milton | TrustRadius Reviewer

Nearpod

Nearpod is excellent for direct instruction. Its slides feature works just like a PowerPoint, however, it is displayed on all user's screens, so it can be utilized even in a large environment. In the classroom, it alleviates the problem of being able to see the board. The platform provides numerous engagement tools that can assess learning easily, quickly, and makes it fun for the users.
Carl Winter | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Canvas
8.6
Nearpod
Course authoring
Canvas
8.9
Nearpod
Course catalog or library
Canvas
8.2
Nearpod
Player/Portal
Canvas
8.3
Nearpod
Learning content
Canvas
8.7
Nearpod
Mobile friendly
Canvas
8.5
Nearpod
Progress tracking & certifications
Canvas
8.6
Nearpod
Assignments
Canvas
9.4
Nearpod
Compliance management
Canvas
8.3
Nearpod
Learning administration
Canvas
8.6
Nearpod
Learning reporting & analytics
Canvas
9.0
Nearpod
Social learning
Canvas
8.4
Nearpod

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

Nearpod

  • Engagement
  • Formative assessment
  • Library of Resources
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Canvas

  • The notification feature could be improved upon as the professor has to put the due date as "midnight" otherwise the assignment will be automatically erased from the platform.
  • The audio recording feature has its technical issues. I have never been able to use it correctly.
Victoria L. | TrustRadius Reviewer

Nearpod

  • I would love Nearpod to have more free activities.
  • I would love Nearpod to be free for educators.
  • I would love if teachers could assign homework on Nearpod.
Isha Gangopadhaya | 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

Nearpod

Nearpod 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Goal is to continue our subscription for the 2019-2020 school year
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Nearpod

Nearpod 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Web-based or using the app, Nearpod is easy to use
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Canvas

Canvas 8.8
Based on 11 answers
Whenever I have an issue, I am given immediate resolve. They give you the option to rate how serious your inquiry is. This means you get placed in priority if you have an issue that will affect a deadline. Canvas support has been useful and always helpful. They are prompt in their responses.
Kari Doherty | TrustRadius Reviewer

Nearpod

Nearpod 10.0
Based on 1 answer
The support staff for Nearpod is top-notch. I have not had technical issues, but I did have a concern about my bill and they reached out to me nearly immediately to address the problem. I was very satisfied with how they handled the interaction from beginning to end. They did a great job.
Carl Winter | 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

Nearpod

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

Nearpod

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

Canvas

Canvas 8.3
Based on 3 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

Nearpod

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Canvas

Canvas was the very first cloud-based Learning Management System. This was one of the key factors in our selection of Canvas. Canvas’s open platform and out-of-the-box ability to integrate with 3rd party vendors was also critical to its success on our campus.
Jason Hill | TrustRadius Reviewer

Nearpod

The custom, integrated, online content, along with school libraries, makes this product superior to PearDeck. Nearpod exceeds PowerPoint because of the ease of use, the student paced lessons, and the ability to embed CFUs.
Mike Rich | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Canvas

  • Positive-our institution has benefited by using Canvas by moving from a paper test base mode to an e-Canvas test service to assess student course outcomes. There significant $avings that were curtailed in the use of paper, and in the time it took to check papers.
  • I don't think Canvas has impacted us Negatively on our objectives.
Jerry Sifuentes | TrustRadius Reviewer

Nearpod

  • The impact is awesome. It gives students a digital option other than PowerPoint for presentations.
  • The feedback tool allows you to follow students in realtime.
  • The shallow learning curve made it easy encourage other faculty to try it.
Trent Slaton | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Canvas

General

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

Nearpod

General

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

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