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What is Canvas?

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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November 05, 2021
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  • Course catalog or library (37)
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What is Canvas?

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 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.

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

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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.

Blackboard Learn by Anthology, Edmodo, and D2L Brightspace are common alternatives for Canvas.

Reviewers rate Assignments highest, with a score of 8.9.

The most common users of Canvas are from Mid-sized Companies (51-1,000 employees).
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Auburn University uses the Canvas LMS campus wide. It is used for course administration as well as student/instructor communication and resource sharing. I have experience with other LMSs and I prefer using Canvas as opposed to other products. Students as well as faculty have embraced the system and use it routinely in their courses. I teach a distance course and our department has several programs that are delivered primarily via distance. The Canvas LMSs capabilities have proven very effective at managing the distance courses in a positive way for both the students and faculty.
  • Creating leaning modules - the features that Canvas offers allows users to create visually stimulating learning modules within the course itself. As an instructional designer, I appreciate that capability.
  • Embedding materials- YouTube videos, web pages and other web objects can be embedded easily by clicking on the HTML option in posts. This allows the user (designer) to add interactive features to the course as well as provide students with course/resource materials from external links within the course.
  • Communication (chat/email/discussion features), collaboration (GoogleDocs) and grading are features are intuitive and easy to use.
  • Group feature - Instructors can set up pages for groups to allow for enhanced collaboration for group projects. This allows students to have a private page within the main course. The group page has the same look and feel as the main course; including similar navigational tools. In this space, students can share resources by uploading files, communicating via private discussion boards/chats, and collaborate effectively as a group via distance.
  • I would like to be able to upload my Articulate Storyline learning modules/activities into Canvas instead of having to publish them to the web and then embed the link. I would prefer to upload the zip file and run from within the course itself. I have the ability to do this in Blackboard, but as of yet, I'm having issues doing this with Canvas. I do not have issues with Adobe Captivate.
I would highly recommend purchasing Canvas. I prefer the overall navigation features and the look and feel of Canvas compared to other LMSs. I currently teach and design courses using both Blackboard and Canvas and prefer Canvas. As an ISD I use Articulate Storyline to incorporate interactive learning activities/tutorials so I have found that uploading to Blackboard is easier; however, I also publish these to the web, so with Canvas I just embed them into a page and add it to a learning module or Homepage. Overall, this really isn't an issue, it's just realizing that you have to work around it and learn how to embed using the HTML code feature in posts/pages in Canvas. Again, l personally prefer working with Canvas.
  • As an instructor, Canvas has allowed for effective delivery of F2F, hybird, and distance courses (asynchronous/synchronous). A key feature is the ability to facilitate quality interaction between the instructor and the student; the student and their peers; and the student and the material.
Canvas offers similar navigational and interactive tools as other LMSs; however, as an ISD, I have been most impressed by the quality of the overall look and feel of Canvas. Visually, courses published with Canvas have a more professional overall appearance. I believe this is an important factor that should not be overlooked especially for institutions who wish to showcase their programs and gain/maintain the reputation that they offer high quality courses. From a marketing standpoint, institutions realize that they need to present a welcoming, inviting, and professional environment to the public, both on campus and online. I believe that this should extend to the LMS experience, especially for those who take courses at a distance and have limited interaction to the institution aside from the courses that they take.
Faculty and students
  • Faculty course delivery
  • Student interaction with course materials
  • Communication between student & instructor; student & peers; student & course materials/resources
  • Extending its capabilities to outreach programs
  • Extending it beyond the classroom to outreach
Auburn was one of the first institutions to adopt Canvas. The school has not presented an alternative.
Blackboard- no longer supported Angel
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Canvas was adopted by a single department on campus. When Blackboard announced that it would no longer be supporting Angel, the institution began researching other options and sought out the department head who instituted the LMS for his program. It was then decided that Canvas would be adopted.
I was not personally responsible for either the evaluation or the selection process of the Canvas LMS
  • Online training
  • In-person training
  • Self-taught
The training sessions were broken down into several days as well as different levels depending upon the knowledge of the user.
The online tutorials and videos are very clear and addressed the issues/questions that I had about using the system.
Yes, I found it easy to use and was able to play around with it and figure most things out on my own before attending training sessions or seeking out online materials.
There are online tutorials and FAQs that provide a great deal of support for general questions. Also, Canvas is open source and is willing to work with individual customers to customize their LMS to fit their needs.
When thinking about using Canvas as opposed to other LMSs for an outreach program targeted at children and volunteers, Canvas was willing to develop a course specific to our needs. They were confident that they could work with us and develop something that would meet the specific requirements for meeting federal standards for keeping children safe on the web.
  • Navigation
  • Uploading files
  • Moving from the gradebook back to the course and grading particular projects/assignments
I have not had any issues, nor have I had any students comment on issues.
I find creating courses and navigating through courses is fairly intuitive.
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