Canvas Allows for More Freedom for Educators
January 10, 2019

Canvas Allows for More Freedom for Educators

Sarah Ciras Rousseau | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Canvas

Our high school is using Canvas with junior and senior classes to help ease the transition from high school to college. I have been using it since we piloted it, and find it very intuitive and also very customizable. It is a great product to share resources and lesson plans with students while still allowing for individualization.
  • Provides a customizable platform where the user can determine the experience for others.
  • Allows for integration with many useful services, such as Drive.
  • Is fairly user-friendly and you can use only the features you desire.
  • The integration with Drive and Gmail could be more intuitive. Originally I found a workaround for this. I am now able to link shared pages, etc, but it still could be more native.
  • The interface can seem cluttered at times, so a way to be able to remove or hide features you don't tend to use would be helpful.
  • A way to archive courses in a more accessible way would be helpful.
  • Canvas has allowed me to create and use rubrics in a much simpler, more streamlined fashion.
  • I am able to track assignments and due dates within the program, allowing me to keep all this data in one place.
  • Canvas has also allowed me to re-use courses and units, while still allowing me the flexibility to alter them as needed.
Canvas is the most advanced and most versatile of the products I have used in the past. It has more features and is better able to be customized by the user. Programs like Classroom, Moodle, and Edmodo are geared more toward younger users and therefore do not have the same functionality and mature presentation as Canvas. I have found Blackboard to be clunkier and less user friendly.
Canvas is great for sharing information in a class setting. I could also see it being used well in a study group, or in a small organization that works with a fair amount of data. It would work well for a flipped classroom or an online course. I could see it being difficult to use in a business setting where a lot of back and forth communication is needed.

Canvas Feature Ratings

Course authoring
Course catalog or library
Learning content
Mobile friendly
Not Rated
Progress tracking & certifications
Compliance management
Learning administration
Learning reporting & analytics
Social learning