Speedgrader helps instructors cut down on grading time.
Provides communication between students and instructors or administrators
The multitude of media and apps that can be used in Canvas creates an enhanced learning environment for students. We use Turnitin, publisher platforms like Connect and MyLabs, and many other tools that easily integrate and can be accessed from Canvas.
The new quizzing (quizzes.next) interface needs some work. We need to be able to electronically proctor these quizzes with Lockdown Browser and we cannot do that right now since the quizzes are delivered through the assignments area.
When we were searching for a new LMS solution, Canvas was more economical while also providing more of the features we were looking for in an LMS. Our objective is more student engagement to enhance enrollment and persistence. Canvas has helped with that through the many solutions for delivering content to students.
We use Canvas for online course delivery as well as for the professional development of faculty and staff. The only area where I can see that it isn't well suited is for staff that do not use online interfaces (maintenance, custodial etc.)