Canvas: The LMS for Everyone
March 08, 2021

Canvas: The LMS for Everyone

Patrick Woessner | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
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Overall Satisfaction with Canvas

Canvas is our LMS for students in grades 5-12 (approximately 1,000 students and 150 faculty). It is the central hub for organizing assignments, sharing content, managing grades, and our current hybrid distance learning model. It is considered an essential technology tool/core application for our institution and students, faculty, and parents rely on it for structuring our academic program.
  • 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.
  • It's streamlined electronic grading and student communication.
  • Their use of LTIs has enabled greater use of third-party tools we purchase/use because they are integrated into Canvas.
  • It replaced several disparate tools (e.g. gradebook, messaging system) and rolled them into one solution.
Canvas was far easier to use, more feature rich, and much better supported. Teachers and students prefer it to the other solutions we've evaluated or used in the past. Anything that kids can use with minimal instruction is a major win for schools.

Do you think Canvas delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Canvas's feature set?

Yes

Did Canvas live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Canvas go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Canvas again?

Yes

[Canvas is] a terrific LMS for K-12 and Higher Education. It's rare to find a tool that works for 10 year old's as well as college students. To make it cost effective, through, requires training teachers and setting expectations for use. It has SO many features but if organizations don't use them, they would be better suited to a cheaper, more basic learning management system.

Canvas Feature Ratings

Course authoring
10
Course catalog or library
5
Player/Portal
10
Learning content
Not Rated
Mobile friendly
8
Progress tracking & certifications
10
Assignments
10
Compliance management
10
Learning administration
10
Learning reporting & analytics
8
Social learning
9