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Canvas is a teacher's best friend.

8
I am using it as a learning management system to teach four courses at Ball State University. All professors will be required to use …
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Helpful Platform for Students

9
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
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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Canvas: The LMS for Everyone

10
Canvas is our LMS for students in grades 5-12 (approximately 1,000 students and 150 faculty). It is the central hub for organizing …
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Great tool to manage classes

9
Canvas is actually being used by my school. Before we moved to Canvas, we have been used Moodle for years and although it is free, it …
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Popular Features

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Assignments (41)

8.9
89%

Course authoring (41)

8.3
83%

Course catalog or library (38)

7.6
76%

Mobile friendly (40)

6.8
68%

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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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  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting / Integration Services

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What is Canva?

Canva is a popular, simple online graphic design tool. Users can import images, use templates to design banners and logos, or pay to use Canva's premium stock images/paid templates (elements starting at $1).

Features Scorecard

Learning Management

8.2
82%

Product Details

What is Canvas?

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 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 Technical Details

Deployment TypesSaaS
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationApple iOS, Android, Mobile Web
Supported CountriesGlobal

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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.

What is Canvas's best feature?

Reviewers rate Assignments highest, with a score of 8.9.

Who uses Canvas?

The most common users of Canvas are from Mid-size Companies and the Higher Education industry.

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Score 7 out of 10
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  • Being a means of giving feedback and points to assignments[.]
  • Being [the] main hub for students where they can find all their stuff for school (assignments, points, slides, feedback)
  • [Assignments] are dated and the agenda gives a quick daily/weekly/monthly overview for the deadlines across all courses[.]
  • It has Zoom integration and can be used to schedule and store them[.]
  • It has [its] own video [platforms] like Microsoft Teams and Zoom, but it isn't that great (it doesn't like being used on Firefox for example). It has disconnection issues and the mic and camera sometimes [have] issues[.]
  • When looking at points in the [assignment] overviews it only shows the total amount of points on the [assignment] but it doesn't show the given amount, you have to go to the [assignment] page to see these points[.]
  • When an announcement is posted it takes a bit too many clicks to get there. The amount of announcements doesn't always update right. I could have already read an announcement but Canvas will still show it as being unread until I go to the page again.
Chris Wilkey | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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  • User experience
  • Organization and ability to create a course
  • I love the modules function
  • It's compatibility with Banner
  • The speed grader could be improved
  • Extra credit assignment feature would be nice
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Provides internal communication
  • Course assignment, and you can know your degree
  • Zoom integration and can be used to schedule and store them
  • The speed grader could be improved.
  • [It] streamlined the setup process.
November 05, 2021

Great LMS

Score 10 out of 10
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  • Serves as online gradebook
  • Helps students keep track of daily assignment
  • Helps students keep track of grades
  • Full school calendar/events
  • Teachers seeing student grades in other classes
Score 1 out of 10
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  • Gets school districts to purchase a license to a subpar and redundant program.
  • Causes over worked educations to become more overworked, free of charge.
  • Hoodwinks people into thinking that a platform with all the design savvy of a 2001 blog builder site is worth their time.
  • Improve interface and user friendliness
  • Streamline the set up process
  • Make it less cumbersome to copy course content into a second course, and more importantly, don’t cause changes made in said second course to duplicate I’m the first course.
  • Pay the teachers who wasted countless hours of their unpaid time working on your program and getting nowhere.
Patrick Woessner | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • Many popular third-party educational apps have LTIs that integrate with Canvas.
  • The gradebook has a Mastery Learning option for recording progress against a set of academic standards.
  • The UI is very intuitive and even non-tech savvy users can use it effectively with minimal training.
  • 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.
Justin Harbin | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • Simple and intuitive interface
  • Mobile friendly and intuitive app for both students and teachers
  • Integration with third party tools
  • Rubric usage for forums is clunky, as is using rubrics for formal grading anywhere in the system
  • Peer review, while promising, is nearly impossible for most faculty to set up correctly. A big disappointment for us
  • Set up and accommodation for mastery learning, ungrading, or other alterantive grading structures is challenging
Brett Flitton | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Canvas is great for keeping all the learning and education tasks, info, assignments, etc in one place
  • The discussion options are helpful
  • The messaging system with instructors and students/employees is great
  • The grading options work well
  • It's a little difficult at first to use
  • For some reason my log in has trouble working at times. Not sure if its a server issue or something else.
  • The video and recording tool could be better
Score 10 out of 10
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  • 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.
  • Canvas is challenging to use when creating your classroom as a new user (Must know basic editing and get acquainted with the Canvas page editing page, many will need training to get set up).
  • Does not always save students' work adequately (no built in auto-save feature) unless using an external PDF annotator or word processor program.
  • Canvas should create template classrooms or class pages that make getting started easier for teachers and new users.
Score 10 out of 10
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  • Learning management - Even as the educational landscape rapidly shifts due to current events, Canvas is a great LMS for providing a consistent learning environment for students.
  • Mobile accessibility - Students can access their courses on Canvas from a variety of devices, including their smartphones.
  • Rich content - Instructors have the ability to create dynamic and engaging content for their courses.
  • Support - Response times for tickets and other support requests have increased over the last year.
Score 9 out of 10
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  • This tool has a responsive web design, its adaptation to all devices facilitates access to the platform.
  • It has a dashboard, which presents a detailed list of our recent activity and academic history.
  • It gives educators the ability to create content to evaluate and upload grades to the system, allowing students and representatives to monitor grades and teaching methods.
  • Canvas is a software that is easy to access and operate through the web or application, but it should be taken into account that in order to create course content from scratch, training is needed since this area is not easy to do by yourself and the platform does not offer tutoring in this regard.
  • The user must have a stable internet connection as the system does not have auto-save, a slight fluctuation in the connection automatically generates the loss of information.
  • It offers few options to customize profiles, which makes it difficult to identify students at times.
  • Unfortunately, this software has a very bad customer service, since complaints, via email or phone call, have not been answered within three days, which hinders and hinders the smooth and continuous learning process.
Score 7 out of 10
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  • Provides internal communication, not requiring an outside message or email system.
  • Includes a file sharing structure for instructional materials within the system.
  • Provides a grading platform that is viewable by students and instructors alike.
  • Getting used to the platform takes a little effort. Not quite plug and play.
  • File names used to be truncated - but that is fixed now.
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Simple design interface.
  • Basic analytics for organization and courses.
  • The simple function for each module within the system.
  • The should be a possibility of having at least three basic colors for customization.
  • More local service support for Malaysia.
  • Pricing is still quite expensive for now although not as expensive as BB.
Shay Kotian | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Simple and user friendly user interface.
  • Third-party solution integration.
  • Ease of course management.
  • Inbuilt discussion forum.
  • Lack of inbuilt video conferencing tools.
  • Quizzes should have proctoring and browser locked capability.
  • Mobile app can get have glitches.
  • Notifications are missed at times.
Ashley Milton | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Canvas allows users to personalize pages and ensure institution brand is kept true. Our Canvas pages look just like everything else our institution creates.
  • Canvas allows for multiple users to full sites, that have different permissions. This allows us to assign teachers, teaching assistants, and other student users. Everyone has access in a different capacity, to make different changes, so management is easy!
  • Canvas allows students to share documents within their classes, so no need for outside document-sharing platforms. Students in the past were using Google-Docs to create "group work" material that could be edited in real time. Now, Canvas allows students to access that material directly from the site. This makes remote group work run much smoother!
  • I use the Canvas App as a part-time graduate student, and the functionality in the Discussion Board posts is a little off. I have to post discussion board posts often, so I find myself entering the information from my phone sometimes. After one or two sentences, the text lags behind. I'll be 3-4 sentences into a thought, and the text is still finishing the first line. This requires me to stop and let the text catch up, which often breaks my train of thought. I've noticed the same thing on my iPad - so I think it's strictly an App issue.
  • Canvas has so much to offer, that it can be overwhelming. When I was first assigned as a TA of a course, I had no idea where to start. It's not that Canvas is not user-friendly, but it definitely has a level of understanding that must be done before you can even begin. I wouldn't just assign a student to start using it and assume they could "figure it out", which means that we have to allow for training to be done when we expect anyone to use it. This just means a little more time and energy on the user, which is sometimes not always possible.
  • Using the People tab within a course is kind of pointless for me. This may be a setting at my institution, but when I look at the "people" in my class, I can't actually contact them. I can pull up their profile, see what sites they are enrolled in, their bio and their "links" - but there is no secure "send message" button from this landing page. I think that is a missed opportunity. I know there are other ways to send messages, but it seems that it would be pretty useful to add a contact button on the people tab.
Victoria L. | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • It organizes students' grades in a timely manner.
  • It gives students notifications about upcoming assignments.
  • 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.
April 22, 2020

Canvas Review

Liza Bondurant | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • User friendly: I found it easy to figure out how to use Canvas
  • Variety; there are a variety of types of assignments an instructor can create
  • Organized: the tools help you organize your course
  • Sometimes messages are delayed
  • It does not have it’s own video conferencing tool
  • Would be nice if there was a way to message groups of students based on a risk factor
Score 10 out of 10
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  • Organization.
  • Communication with professors.
  • Hosting online materials.
  • If you send a message to a teacher, there is no record of the message until they write you back.
  • The Zoom features are confusing.
  • Not all of the teachers are as tech savvy as the students. This is user error, but more training would be helpful.
Nicolas Hanhan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Creating different course sections with effective course design.
  • Creating assessments and learning measures tools.
  • Work on third-party application integration especially browsers compatibility.
  • Make more cost affordable for schools and Universities especially for those interested to switch from higher-cost LMS
Joshua Welsh | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • Canvas is extremely flexible. I think that is both its greatest strength and perhaps a bit of a weakness.
  • Canvas is getting better at allowing instructors to duplicate individual assignments. That's a big improvement.
  • Canvas integrates well with Crocodoc for online paper commenting and grading.
  • Canvas has great import functions.
  • It would be great if we could deal with multiple assignments at a time.
  • Better visibility of how students see a course would also be helpful.
  • Searching for rubrics is really bad. The rubrics from the current course should default to the top. As it now works, the user has to search through every course ever taught to find a rubric.