February 18, 2020
Score 9 out of 10
Overall Satisfaction with Canvas
At Northwest, Nazarene Canvas is used as our learning management system. I use this at NNU as a student. I previously used Canvas from the admin side, where I was putting in classes and helping teachers create content. Canvas allows teachers to publish their courses online in a user-friendly platform. Students can then engage with the course material and each other throughout the class. Canvas also allows students to submit homework online and for teachers to publish grades so that students can see it.
Canvas is a pricey option, at least when compared to something open source like Moodle. Personally, I don't feel that Canvas has the same ability to customize as Moodle. However, the customer support from Canvas makes it stand out. With an open-source platform, it might be free, but no one is there to help when a problem occurs. Since not all the staff in a school will be super technically able, it is great to have the support that is always there to help them better use this tool.
I haven't had to use support much due to generally being able to figure things out myself with technology. However, I had a few times sent an email with a question, and each time I have received an answer promptly and with the information needed.
Do you think Canvas delivers good value for the price?
Are you happy with Canvas's feature set?
Did Canvas live up to sales and marketing promises?
Did implementation of Canvas go as expected?
I wasn't involved with the implementation phase
Would you buy Canvas again?
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.