Canvas vs. Synergy Education Platform

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Canvas
Score 8.5 out of 10
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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
Synergy Education Platform
Score 6.6 out of 10
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Edupoint Educational Systems offers the Synergy Education Platform, a K-12 integrated student information management and LMS, featuring grade and attendance management, RTI and special education, mobile app and parent engagement, and other features.N/A
Pricing
CanvasSynergy Education Platform
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
CanvasSynergy Education Platform
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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Features
CanvasSynergy Education Platform
Learning Management
Comparison of Learning Management features of Product A and Product B
Canvas
8.8
42 Ratings
7% above category average
Synergy Education Platform
-
Ratings
Course authoring9.542 Ratings00 Ratings
Course catalog or library8.539 Ratings00 Ratings
Player/Portal9.033 Ratings00 Ratings
Learning content9.035 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile friendly9.441 Ratings00 Ratings
Progress tracking & certifications9.038 Ratings00 Ratings
Assignments9.542 Ratings00 Ratings
Compliance management8.533 Ratings00 Ratings
Learning administration9.037 Ratings00 Ratings
Learning reporting & analytics9.039 Ratings00 Ratings
Social learning9.034 Ratings00 Ratings
Gamification7.13 Ratings00 Ratings
Single Sign On (SSO) Enabled Learning8.53 Ratings00 Ratings
Student and Faculty Administration
Comparison of Student and Faculty Administration features of Product A and Product B
Canvas
-
Ratings
Synergy Education Platform
8.9
2 Ratings
6% above category average
Integrations with 3rd-Party Education Technology00 Ratings8.92 Ratings
Online Registration Management00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
District Communications, such as messaging and alerting00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Roster Management00 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Platform Customization00 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Teacher Self-Service00 Ratings7.92 Ratings
Student Data Security00 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Community Support00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Class Scheduling00 Ratings9.02 Ratings
State and National-level Reporting00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Compliance Support00 Ratings8.92 Ratings
Teacher and Parent Mobile Application00 Ratings7.02 Ratings
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CanvasSynergy Education Platform
Small Businesses
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Score 9.6 out of 10

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Medium-sized Companies
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Score 9.5 out of 10
Jenzabar ONE
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Score 9.5 out of 10
Enterprises
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Score 9.4 out of 10
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Score 9.7 out of 10
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User Ratings
CanvasSynergy Education Platform
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(84 ratings)
7.0
(4 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.3
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(8 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
9.0
(11 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
In-Person Training
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.5
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
CanvasSynergy Education Platform
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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Edupoint Educational Systems
Synergy is well-suited for seamlessly bridging enrollment and student information. Other organizations I have worked at used two separate platforms for this purpose. Synergy also merges, seamlessly, parent contact functions, using one platform.
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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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Edupoint Educational Systems
  • IEP and 504 are accessible
  • student information is easily found in one place for teachers and administration
  • Please update this process it is very slow
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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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Edupoint Educational Systems
  • More education tools
  • Improve and cleaner design
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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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Edupoint Educational Systems
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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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Edupoint Educational Systems
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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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Edupoint Educational Systems
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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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Edupoint Educational Systems
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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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Edupoint Educational Systems
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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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Edupoint Educational Systems
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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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Edupoint Educational Systems
I like how synergy has everything in one place.
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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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Edupoint Educational Systems
  • it takes longer to do everything because it involves to many clicks to enter data and save it
  • longer time
  • because it does not autosave, you have to start from scratch if you hit the back button or change the screen
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