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Canvas: A students evaluation
Canvas, a great way to help teachers plan there tasks
Dated Look, Not user friendly to set up
Canvas is a teacher's best friend.
Great tool to manage classes
Canvas is an excellent complement to digital web design
Great management system for training and education
The all-in-one Learning Management System that DELIVERS.
Canvas: learning management that empowers faculty with flexibility
Canvas - A full palette of online education tools!
Canvas is a good value for money
Canvas: The LMS for Everyone
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- Assignments (41)8.888%
- Course authoring (41)8.181%
- Course catalog or library (38)7.575%
- Mobile friendly (40)5.454%
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What is Canvas?
Canvas by Instructure is a cloud-based learning management system for every stage and style of education. Available to institutions of all sizes and types, from individual K-12 classrooms to universities to companies with a blended or fully virtual environment.
As the hub of the digital learning environment, Canvas offers complete LMS functionality, including standards-based grade books, course content authoring, customizable student assessments, mobile communication, video learning, and digital badging.
Canvas LMS integrates with an institution's existing SIS and other teaching tools. With over two hundred different LTI tools educators can customize courses and monitor engagement with classes or individual students. Canvas also has mobile apps to keep everyone informed and connected, on the go, on any device.
Learning Management Features
- Supported: Course authoring
- Supported: Course catalog or library
- Supported: Player/Portal
- Supported: Learning content
- Supported: Mobile friendly
- Supported: Progress tracking & certifications
- Supported: Assignments
- Supported: Compliance management
- Supported: Learning administration
- Supported: Learning reporting & analytics
- Supported: eLearning
- Supported: Assessments
- Supported: Live online learning
- Supported: In-person learning
- Supported: Micro-learning
- Supported: Video learning
- Supported: eCommerce
- Supported: SCORM-compliant
- Supported: Social learning
- Supported: Gamification
- Supported: GDPR Compliant Learning
- Supported: Single Sign On (SSO) Enabled Learning
Canvas Technical Details
|Deployment Types||Software as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based|
|Mobile Application||Apple iOS, Android, Mobile Web|
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Instructure Canvas - 4 Years of Experience
- Canvas is a SaaS cloud application. Instructure pushes new features and bug fixes every 3 weeks, which keeps it current, and evolving. These new features are released in such a way that they are not disruptive to instructors or students, and we can choose when we make those new features available to our customers.
- The mobile app for grading assignments (Speed Grader) has reduced the time it takes for me to grade assignments by 30 - 50%. Allows instructors to grade while waiting for meetings, on the bus, and anytime they have a few minutes.
- A WYSIWYG editor appears in about every tool. It has a file and tool manager that allows you to provide direct links to any connect you have in your course with a simple click. You can provide these in content pages, discussions, announcements, and other places. Makes referring students to content a breeze.
- Students can create their own groups for course project purposes, and can play "what if" scenarios with their grades. For example, a student can see how a particular grade on a final exam will affect their final grade in the class.
- Instructors and students can choose their own notification paths, and how often they receive them. For example if an instructor posts an announcement, students could choose to receive it via email, sms, or other method, and choose if they want them immediately or in a daily or weekly digest.
- LTI integration is the best of any of the Higher Education LMS software packaged. It is easy for a campus admin, or even a instructor to add LTI tools to their course and choose them from a catalog of LTI tools. Everything from integrating full rich text books, open content, youtube, and social media integrators, and publisher content and tools.
- Outcomes - needs to be easier to create, adopt, and assign outcomes.
- Gradebook. It works, but some efficiencies could be added, and certain functions streamlined. I am told the grade book is getting a overhaul and will be released in 2016.
- SIS grade push. - Needs some additional functionality to allow instructors to choose which students grades to push to the SIS.
- LMS adoption has grown among instructors and departments.
- More degree programs are offered fully online reaching more students.
- SaaS/Cloud has reduced the amount of staff that are needed as we do not host the system.
- Migration to any new LMS takes time and your innovation and creativity take a hit during the migration process. Canvas has provided us more opportunities for innovation and creativity through LTI than any other system we have used in the past.
- Large enrollment courses are now being offered fully online adding additional options to students.
- Blackboard, Sakai and Moodle
- IT Technical Staff - needed only for SIS integration and single sign-on solutions integration at start.
- Instructional Designers - Support faculty in course development. We have 8.
- Canvas Administrator - Supports the GUI interface of Canvas. We have 1.
- LTI Tools Developer - Create new plugins for Canvas. Not required. We have 1.
- Designing, building, and delivering fully online degree programs and courses.
- Supporting face-2-face courses with online materials, discussions, quizzes, videos, etc.
- Professional Development of staff, and training of professional in non-academic courses.
- Creating our own extensions/features to enhance our programs (LTI).
- LTI allows us to develop innovative tools that enhance the product, and to adopt other tools that make delivery of specific online programs possible
- Create courses customized to individual students needs. - Learning Pathways.
- Instructure has created a version of Canvas for employee training and professional development.
- Adaptive Learning, Personalized Learning, and Competency Based Education.
Other factors include great pricing, customer support, and the innovative way in which LTI is implemented in the tool.
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- Product Usability
- Positive Sales Experience with the Vendor
- Vendor implemented
- Implemented in-house
- FInding alternative ways to implement something that was well done in the other LMS, or a tool that a faculty loved and had used a specific way, and it did not work the same in the new tool.
- The Sheer number of courses to move from one system to another was a big task. We took one year for the migration to accommodate two semesters plus summer courses.
Canvas admin can call 24/7 when there is a problem.
- Grading - using the speed grader mobile app works very well for my course. Love it
- Linking to content from a discussion, content page, etc is easy to do.
- Adopting an LTI tool as a faculty is easy. In most cases it does not need to involve a admin.
- Developing Outcomes are cumbersome. Too many clicks.
- The gradebook took me some time to get used to how it works and how to understand the true grade of a student.
For example the current web grading tool, although better than others I have seen, could have fewer clicks. There are some inconsistencies in interface in a couple of areas. I hear that a complete overhaul of the gradebook i, and grading s underway and will be released in 2016.
Canvas! Learning for the 21st century!
- Canvas has a wonderful Files section where you can populate your course by creating folders, subfolders, and uploading all the files for your course into them and linking everything in Modules.
- The Quiz and Assignment sections are very easy to use and when students upload papers via Word documents, the professor can actually mark them online and then return them to the student's via Canvas where the students via the markups and Canvas and the paper does not have to be printed and return.
- Canvas also has a Conferencing system that uses BigBlueButton where classes can be held online and the professor and students can interact via video, audio, chat, and share PowerPoint projections as well as sharing what you are doing on your desktop!
- Canvas updates fairly frequently. Most of the changes are in fact great improvements. However, some are released that there should have been more input from the community before they were implemented.
- I would like to see more options in how to edit modules as they appear to the students. More color options instead of everything being black text in Modules for them.
- More customization options for each univeristy's instance of Canvas.
- It has made our classes here at Montclair State University more efficient in all forms: online, hybrid, and in person classrooms.
- The use of the Conferencing system in Canvas is great for long distance learning and those snow days where students are not able to make it to campus or the University is closed and the professor chooses to hold class "online".
- Being able to submit assignments or take quizzes or exams online and grade them and return them to students via Canvas has been wonderful!
- Implemented in-house
- Course imports.
- Broken links in imports
- Creating quizzes and assignments in Canvas is so easy to do!
- Creating modules and populating it with all your assignments, quizzes, and documents is easily done and you can put everything in there that your students will need to access for the semester without having to go to multiple places in Canvas to access them.
- The files section! It's like having your own desktop in Canvas on how to organize files to populate your modules with or to allow the students to access!
- To be honest, there are very few that are difficult or cumbersome. The only thing that may be a little tricky is setting up Rubrics, but once you get the hang of that, it is easy as well.