Canvas LMS

Canvas LMS

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Score 8.3 out of 10
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Canvas LMS

Overview

What is Canvas LMS?

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.
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Recent Reviews

Helpful Platform for Students

9 out of 10
January 07, 2022
Canvas has been integrated into one of my businesses as a virtual and in-person learning tool to help students (and professors!) study …
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Great LMS

10 out of 10
November 05, 2021
We used it as a Learning Management System--I posted assignments and grades on Canvas, and students could use it to check their daily …
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Popular Features

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  • Assignments (41)
    8.7
    87%
  • Course authoring (41)
    8.1
    81%
  • Course catalog or library (38)
    7.5
    75%
  • Mobile friendly (40)
    5.6
    56%

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What is Canvas LMS?

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.

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What is Moodle?

Moodle is an open source Learning Management System used by educational institutions. The product is administered by the Moodle Project which is led by Moodle HQ in Australia.

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Features

Learning Management

Features of LMS and LCMS systems, related to designing, administering, and consuming learning content in an educational, corporate, or on-the-job context.

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Product Details

What is Canvas LMS?

Canvas LMS is a widely used learning management system by colleges and universities in North America. It delivers dynamic, engaging learning experiences, and boasts 99.99% uptime to ensure instant connection between students and educators.


Canvas LMS Features

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

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Canvas LMS Technical Details

Deployment TypesSoftware as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationApple iOS, Android, Mobile Web
Supported CountriesGlobal

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Blackboard Learn by Anthology, Infor Learning Management, and Edmodo are common alternatives for Canvas LMS.

Reviewers rate Assignments highest, with a score of 8.7.

The most common users of Canvas LMS are from Mid-sized Companies (51-1,000 employees).
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Reviews

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Nicolas Hanhan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Canvas essential tool to create courses for both instructor-led and self-paced. In the self-paced model, students complete the required reading and media materials available from within Canvas. After completing the required assessments with a passing grade, a certificate is automatically created.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I used Canvas in my IC design class, and we had a quiz every week, which forced me to study and become more conscious of the topic. The second one is that I utilize it in ITI to take the AWS/reStart program with Amazon web services and create all of our labs, quizzes, and training on Canvas.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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[.]
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
If you have a school you can let teachers easily create new deadlines which [automatically] get shown in the calendar. Teachers can also [temporarily] hide deadlines [until] they've given the explanation about the tasks. [Besides] that the teacher can also choose what should be uploaded, should it be a link, file, pdf, link,...
November 05, 2021

Great LMS

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Canvas is really the premier Learning Management System in my opinion. I assume it is a more expensive option, although I'm not involved in any decision-making/financial planning at my school. But in terms of its ability to allow students and teachers to track assignments and grades, it's a fantastic platform.
Score 1 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I feel it is never appropriate. I believe it is a waste of time. Prior to being strong armed into using Canvas, I use Microsoft Teams to manage the digital aspects of my classes, and it took less that five minutes to set up six classes. I have been trying to sort out ONE of my courses for 9 hours and it is now 3:20 am, with the first day of school closing in fast. I have yet to get a single class ready for publication with Canvas.
Chris Wilkey | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
It is well suited for online-only classes and as a supplement to on-campus courses. It would not be appropriate for a class that is very hands-on and doesn't have a need for online resources or discussions. Distance education would be the key market, but it does a nice job overall for teaching.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
If you are in a school or have a lots of students to manage. And you need to have a full curriculum represented online, to have the ability to track students' assignments and their grades, Canvas can be a great tool to use. It was easy to be onboard with their customer support. And the productivities can be improved significantly.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
This e-Learning tool is being highly implemented as a study method by universities and schools, as it is effective and easy to access for both students and teachers, offering multiple options for teaching and grading outside the classroom.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Canvas has been an excellent resource for schools looking to consolidate learning platforms. Canvas has also been great for students that are learning about electronic file structures/organization by allowing teachers to model an organized structure of electronic filing. Canvas has also been wonderful during the remote learning periods (not only to access content- but also for consolidation of ZOOM/virtual meeting links).
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Canvas is a great tool for any educational institution. If faculty members at your institution are interested in improving the online component of their courses or expanding remote learning opportunities, Canvas is a worthwhile investment. However, it is important to have faculty support before making a decision on which learning management system to use.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
As a school or organization-wide online education tool. Instruction, grading, file storage and sharing and attendance are all part of the system and seem to work pretty seamlessly from both the instructor and student sides of the table. It keeps a solid timeline of communication and dates and times when assignments are turned in.
Devarajulu Ravichandran | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Delivery of course materials, schedule, assignments and grading.
  • Integrated it with Zoom for video conferencing and that has helped tremendously with student engagement and remote course delivery during the pandemic.
Patrick Woessner | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
[Canvas is] a terrific LMS for K-12 and Higher Education. It's rare to find a tool that works for 10 year old's as well as college students. To make it cost effective, through, requires training teachers and setting expectations for use. It has SO many features but if organizations don't use them, they would be better suited to a cheaper, more basic learning management system.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
It is best suited as it is able to cater for diverse age group of users. The simplicity of design somehow makes [the] user feel less overwhelm[ed] than other platforms.
So far, after being a basic user since 8 years ago using a free version, the platform has technologically progress[ed] but the likeablity remains even though there are more functions now.

Justin Harbin | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Canvas is excellent as a go-to LMS for institutions of really any size. It does a good job of accommodating all major needs, including collaborative groups outside of rostered courses (which we use for student groups, faculty groups, academic department communication, etc.). Integration with third party tools is clean and easy to set up - we have incorporated several tools such as Canvas Studio with incredible success during the COVID-19 response. Some nitty gritty details such as grading set up, use of rubrics, limitations in "groups" (as opposed to courses) are going to frustrating as a one-size-fits-all approach is going to come up short in specific use cases. Often where a very specific application requires a complexity that goes beyond Canvas's abilities, it was something the faculty member probably shouldn't have been trying in a course any way! We have had wonderful success managing our online course catalog using the blueprint feature, so if you are a school with a team that manages a portfolio of dedicated online courses, we've really found success with this feature.
Shay Kotian | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Canvas is typically used in schools and universities to provide a seamless course management platform to both students and teachers. Helps in bridging the online education gap between instructors and students. Suited for universities and schools who are looking to move their curriculum online with capabilities for attendance, quizzes, assignments, and notifications to be provided all online.
Ashley Milton | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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.
April 22, 2020

Canvas Review

Liza Bondurant | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Canvas is an excellent learning management system. It is user-friendly. It helps you organize your courses. It offers a wide variety of types of assignments, such as information pages, discussions, assignments, assessments, and projects. It allows you to create a rubric to grade assignments. The Canvas Commons has resources to help you set up your courses.
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Canvas is great overall for students who all learn the same way and complete the same work. It has different tabs that are listed. Teachers need real training to use it though, and it isn't intuitive to figure out problems. Also, when teachers want to assign different work to particular students, it is incredibly challenging.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Canvas is well suited to host online learning. All of the materials are in one place and it's easy to navigate. Also, the app works quite well too. It's not as equipped as using a desktop, obviously. But, if you're trying to do homework or reading while you have extra time, it works great.
Victoria L. | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Canvas is well suited for remote access to a class that could be online or in person. It is great for giving online exams and allowing students to also turn in assignments remotely. It is less appropriate for art or design classes that have large files which may/may not be able to upload properly to the platform.
February 18, 2020

Canvas

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Canvas is specifically a learning management system, and I would see it working best for schools. A company might find it helpful that the company was building large amounts of training materials for its employees. However, my experience is using Canvas in a school and as a student myself. Canvas allows the teacher to ad students to have a clear understanding of where the course is headed and what's involved.
Joshua Welsh | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Canvas is great for creating online classes. We also use it for two other purposes: communicating with program advisees, and internal department communication. For communicating with students, the program is very helpful, but it would be nice if the list of users could integrate more easily with PeopleSoft.
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