Who Uses This Software?

Because Canvas is so easy to use, it streamlines classroom management for teachers and makes administration easier for school IT departments.


Average Ratings

51 Reviews
  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall
  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4.5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Mobile - Android Native
    Mobile - iOS Native
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours
    24/7 (Live Rep)

Vendor Details

  • Instructure
  • www.canvaslms1.com/capterra
  • Founded 2011
  • United States

About This Software

As the most usable, customizable, adaptable, and reliable learning platform (think 99.9% uptime), Canvas is adopted faster and deeper (or, is used in more ways by more users) than any other LMS. See how Canvas makes teaching and learning easier for everyone.


Features Checklist

  • Academic Reporting
  • Admissions Management
  • Assessment Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Behavior Management
  • Bookstore Management
  • Cafeteria Management
  • Classroom Management
  • Clinic Management
  • Curriculum Management
  • Enrollment Management
  • Event Calendar
  • Facility Management
  • Faculty / Staff Management
  • Financial Management
  • Fundraising Management
  • Higher Education
  • Housing Management
  • Independent / Private
  • K-12
  • Library Management
  • Parent Portal
  • Scheduling
  • School District
  • Special Education
  • Student Information / Records
  • Student Portal

Product Reviews

Canvas as a Nursing Student

3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality

Comments: When I first went to undergrad, Facebook had just opened up to students beyond Harvard, and papers were still turned in by hand. Now that I'm returning to school to get my nursing degree, I'm loving the use of online hubs like Canvas! The ease of turning in papers, taking quizzes, checking due dates and receiving feedback online, instead of in hard copy, makes my school life so much easier.

Canvas is very easy to use, if your professor knows what they're doing, and sets their Canvas site up well. Unfortunately, many professors still have trouble developing their Canvas site, which can really decrease the usability of the software. I use both the Canvas app and website. I find the website to be very user friendly, but the app is buggy, and lags in it's speed.

Overall, I enjoy using Canvas, but I hope they continue to improve their app to make it faster and more consistent.

Great tool to organize your classroom

4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
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Comments: I have used Canvas as a student and as a professor. Pretty simple to use and well organized, it allows a good number of customizable options to set up your classroom online. Students find it easy to use.

Pros: Easy to use

The best LMS among I have tried

5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: First I studied on some LMS, then I have chosen the Canvas for building my own e-course on this platform. I like that it is adaptive for Russian language, for mobile devices, friendly and simple for students. I have noticed that the LMS is developing, and judging by previous reviews it becomes better and better. All the rest depend on instructor.

Pros: - simple and friendly interface, entrance - support for mobile devices - support for Russian language - support for any kind of training materials (embedded code, html5, flash, multimedia)

Recommendations to other buyers: The best web browser for this LMS is Google Chrome (from my experience). I would recommend to develop the scope of web browsers.

Great Program

4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I love being able to use a platform where my entire staff can go and get up-to-date information. I can have them discuss within a group or as a whole staff. It is very helpful to be able to upload important files there and have them right at my fingertips.

Website is good, App can be difficult

3/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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3 / 5
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Comments: As a busy college student, I rely on the app to keep things up to date. Often times the app would not open any information and I was forced to go to the website to get my data.

Pros: I like the idea of having an app and website as a backup.

Cons: The app would glitch and not provide information. I was forced to go to the website.

Useful for students

5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: I use Canvas for almost all my classes and it is a great way for teachers to post assignments, announcements, quizzes, handouts, and grades. It's also easy for students to access files, check grades, and turn in assignments. The limiting factor on Canvas is usually how well a professor can use it- if they don't know how to change the way grades are weighted, for instance, then the total grade won't be accurate. But overall Canvas is easy to use and getting better. The mobile app needs a little bit of help- it's kind of buggy sometimes and doesn't have all the features that the web app does

Pros: It's used by all my teachers and it makes it easy to turn in assignments

Cons: On the mobile app there are often bugs and I wish it could display high, low, and mean scores on the grades on the mobile app the way it does on the web app.

Recommendations to other buyers: Focus on making the mobile app better

Canvas can do so much and has awesome user support

4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Comments: Canvas can do so much! It definitely eliminates extra work for teachers and frees up time to focus on student's needs. I like the Video Guides which are a repository of videos with "how to" info. There are also Canvas Guides that incorporate screenshots with notions from various users (students. instructors, admin, etc). Canvas has been a great LMS for our organization.

Pros: User friendly format, tutorials, ease of use

Cons: It can be overwhelming if not broken down into easier learning segments for a new user

Canvas delivers safe performance and safe functionality, but is just that, too safe.

4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Comments: Canvas is the latest iteration of a classic lms. It is safe. It does exactly what people have been doing already, it does not push the envelope in any way in order to push online learning into new bounds.

If that is what you are looking for - an lms that you can use at your highly structured institution (have seen it used in both corporate and academic contexts) then this is the lms for you. It has the standard question types (MC, T/F, short-answer that you have to review) and the standard features (chat room, file repository, syllabus page, course announcements, modules with videos). It is a good iteration of this type of lms - the design is way better than Blackboard, more intuitive and appears more modern. But at the end of the day it's just 90's era e-learning.

If you are looking to try new things with online learning - if you can't rely on any in-person component to clarify issues - if you want to implement creative activities to reinforce learning -- then this is not the platform for you.

Pros: - Ease of use - Simple to navigate - Basic + predictable - Great customer support

Cons: - Super basic, lack of customization ability - Limited learning options

Very little to hate

4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I use Canvas for school, and I find it really useful, with all the information I need being in one spot, and easy to access. I previously thought that I couldn't integrate Canvas with Google Calendar, but a quick response from Customer Support dispelled that notion! Great platform!

Canvas - An Admin's Dream Come True

5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: As the Learning Management System Admin for Utah Valley University, managing the use of Canvas can be challenging, but in a really good way. Whenever I run into a problem, I can usually find the answer and deploy a solution very quickly. Instructure provides a dedicated Customer Success Manager who meets with us regularly, a robust case management system, and an extremely helpful community engagement platform. Canvas is updated regularly to stay fresh on new technologies, features, and bug fixes. It's really fun to manage this system and have so much buy-in from faculty. Canvas is also on the leading edge with 3rd party integrations, data analytics, and cross-platform compatibility.

Pros: Canvas is always available. Teachers and students rarely suffer from any down time, if ever. Even with the regular updates of the platform (every 3 weeks), there is no significant downtime. The integration with our Student Information System is really good, but will soon be even better.

Cons: I wish Instructure would value the opinions of an institution's Canvas Admin over instructors. Instructors tend to not stay up to speed with an institution's policies, new government regulation, or plain common sense in some cases. There are a few specific tools that would make an admin's life much easier... like this feature idea: https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/7301

Recommendations to other buyers: If you're a new Canvas Admin, understand everything you can about SIS Imports, .csv files, roles & permissions, sub-accounts, and your institution's policies. Then take a look at using APIs when you're comfortable.

great product

5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: i used canvas at uvu. It works great for students. I wish it had a better mobile version. I would recommend it.

Best LMS on the market!!!

5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Comments: Love all of the features that are available with Canvas. They also have great support that is available 24x7. Very user friendly.

Pros: Easy to use.

Excellent!!

5/5
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Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Comments: Excellent product, which he takes advantage in versatility and redundancy in its infrastructure . Besides being the perfect companion to raise your abilities in knowledge and skills , it is scalable and reliable two reasons for choosing it as the true companion of your education manager

Great Teaching Aid For Remote Students

5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Comments: I used this software to help my students who missed classes due to their full-time jobs. It was fairly easy to set up, allowed me to tutor them remotely, and it helped my students collaborate on their projects.

Pros: The collaboration abilities and how easy/fast it is to set up your class on the platform.

Cons: The quiz-building function is a little tedious. Especially the multiple-choice feature.

Recommendations to other buyers: Take some time to learn all this software has to offer, because I am still finding new capabilities even though I started using it over a year ago.

This program has real problems

2/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
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Comments: Hard to use even for a very experienced computer user. A lot of features just don't work well or at all sometimes. I have had so many problems with it I intend to pull out of my course as I cannot stand to deal with it anymore. I have had no response from their help desk.

Pros: Good idea.

Cons: Hard to use. So many issues I would have to right a short story. I have found it frustrating and infuriating.

Recommendations to other buyers: Don't bother with it until they sort out the bugs. They need to test it with real students in real life situations.

Really Nice to Grade With

5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: This is the third LMS I've used as both a student and an instructor and it's hands down the best one. It's also the only one that hasn't caused faculty to universally cringe.

For me the best part of this product is the Speed Grader which comes as close to simulating the process of sitting down with a stack of assignments as I've seen any software do. The viewer is agnostic to whatever file type the student submits, which is really slick.

Most other features "just work" which is great. The fact that each course comes with a forum and a live chat room built in is really nice, and they're always just one click away. If I want to hold impromptu office hours in the chat room I can quickly send out a message to all the students. It's the first time I've seen students and instructors actually use the LMS to communicate with each other.

For that matter, its the first LMS that I've seen used as anything other than an overpriced grade book.

So easy, even non-millenials can excel for online courses

5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Comments: I decided to take a few college courses after being out of school for 20+ years. Canvas was utilized in both classes and was very easy to use for all test taking and class communication for most assignment. So much easier to work at strange hours using this product.

I have given up trying to be supportive of my school's change to Canvas.

1/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: The Canvas lingo is awkward and is like learning a new language. Why reinvent new terminology for things like email, when we already have vocabulary for things like "sent mail" or "lesson units". Why "conversations" and "modules"? My experience with customer service has been three different phone calls for three different issues, here are the responses: 1. No, you can't duplicate assessments, you have to make a new one each time even if you want to use the same survey form over and over, and we have no intention of making duplicating assessment quizzes or surveys possible. 2. I don't understand your issue or problem at all, and I am not even going to pretend like I care 3. I don't believe that 1/3 of your students are having a problem, because even though you are sending me a screen shot of what they see on Canvas which is clearly wrong, when I log in as them its looks ok, so you aren't having a problem after all.
None of the default settings on anything make any sense, so consequently I am constantly having to go back into things and edit them to make changes, and I am constantly having to put up with emails from co-workers and my own child's teachers who don't understand how to limit the audience on their emails.

horrible

1/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: clunky navigation poor design and horrible usage laggy and it crashes all the time
overall terrible system 0/10 DO NOT USE

A free LMS optimised for course development

5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: The approach that Canvas takes is to first develop your course materials such as assignments, content, resources, discussions, and whatnot and then you can figure out what to do with them. In doing so, you create you modules using these materials. Adding something to a module or moving it to another is effortless. It uses modern web programming practices and operates like a true web application, not like cobbled together web pages from the early 2000's.

Their customer support is great and very responsive, even for the free hosted account.

To host this yourself is a bit more difficult since it requires its own VPS to run on.

It's no Blackboard

1/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I wish our college would have chosen Blackboard over Canvas. We have had problems so far implementing the system and it seems limited in it's capabilities.

Comprehensive new player on the market to be taken seriously.

5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: The only flaw I have so far been able to find with Canvas is that it is a new player on the market. As such, I would be very worried if I was in competition with it. It is by far the easiest of all the LMS's to use. While it doesn't have the comprehensive level of development you might find in others, it does have more than enough features, good enough for any school.

CANVAS - finally a user friendly LMS

5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I have used several popular LMSs in my work at various universities. CANVAS has all the tools the others have, but it much more logical in its placement of tools.

The speed grader is the best grading interface I have seen with a LMS. I can grade seamlessly from desktop to laptop to Ipad.

They are also constantly innovating and improving. They take suggestions seriously and make changes in future versions.