Instructure

CANVAS

4.5 / 5 330 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Canvas LMS provides the industry-leading platform for millions of passionate students and teachers. Over 800 colleges, universities, and school districts are currently utilizing the Canvas LMS.


Average Ratings

330 Reviews
  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall
  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    Not provided by vendor
  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Free Trial
    Yes
  • 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.instructure.com
  • Founded 2008

About CANVAS

Through open, usable, cloud-based technologies, Canvas enables easy integration of the content, tools, and services that teachers need and students want. 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. So, in the end, investing in 21st century education technology actually makes teaching and learning easier. Learn more about us at www.CanvasLMS.com


CANVAS Features

  • Attendance Management
  • Blank Student Monitors
  • Class Summary
  • Collaboration
  • Gradebook
  • Individualized Assessments
  • Lesson Plan Management
  • Screen Activity Recording
  • Test Building
  • View Student Monitors

Vendor has not completed this information.

  • Academic/Education
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Built-In Course Authoring
  • Corporate/Business
  • eCommerce
  • eLearning Companies
  • Gamification
  • Learner Portal
  • Mobile Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Video Conferencing

CANVAS Reviews Recently Reviewed!


This software has been a great tool that helped me throughout my college career.

Apr 18, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Canvas is a great organizing tool. Some pros include the following: a calendar with due dates, to-do list, easy to use, tabs that is very easy to locate, the what if feature, easy to communicate with teachers, pleasing to the eye, has a mobile app, coming up assignment features, viewing files without downloading them, break down of your grade, and very simple. With this system, I did not have the need to buy a planner to write down all my assignments.

Cons: There is not too much I dislike about the system. Though the system is very organized, if the instructor does not put the files in an organized manner it can be hard to seek the desired files. In addition, there are some times where canvas can be very difficult to use as you have to click different features to get to the desired file. In addition, for the discussion page, it would be super helpful if the reply comments could be in a file with the original comment of the discussion board. In one class, we have weekly discussions and the students of that subjects has to write a powerpoint to explain a character that defines it and the student who did not create that has to write comments for it. At first it was not much but later became very hard to locate the different power point comments due to the immense amount of reply comments.

Overall: I was able to be more organized with my work for school. I am a forgetful person but with the reminders on the side of canvas, it helped me to complete the forgotten assignments. Another benefit was that I learn to time manage my work by seeing the work load I have that for that week. In addition, it also helped me to learn to plan ahead.

It's ease of use, mobile experience, and ease of administration outweigh the features it lacks.

Nov 24, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Canvas from an administrator side is incredibly easy to work with. Installing addons takes just seconds in comparison to the fear I experienced in installing anything in Blackboard, and the confusion I experienced trying to set anything up in D2L.
One of the deciding factors in moving forward with Canvas was ease of use for our faculty and students. If Canvas was not easy to use our transition would have been near impossible.
It's mobile app is excellent for students and they are in the middle of improving their faculty mobile app now.
They have an incredible Community that has asked most of the questions you have and someone has provided the answer you're looking for. There are also folks that create customizations and share those with everyone to help improve your workflows. They also let you in on the development process and share with your their progress and let you beta test things for them.
I love having a beta server, test server and production server to work with that is always up to date.
Lots to love about Canvas.

Cons: There are some features that are lacking from Canvas that we are attempting to work around or build customizations for.
1. Set Discussion boards to need grading after x number of posts. Right now it says it needs to be graded after the first post and will not notify the instructor once they have submitted the required amount of posts. This isn't as big of an issue when there are due dates but a majority of our courses do not have due dates.
2. It's Outcomes capabilities are lacking. They have plans to improve on this but it may be awhile.
3. They are releasing a new quizzing tool in 2018 which we are excited for but are worried about how we will need to go about migrating quizzes.

Overall: We are able to get detailed analytics on use not only from our students but from our instructors. We are able to build customizations utilizing the API.
We are now in a hosted solution with a beta server, test server and production server that is maintained and updated every week or 3 weeks depending on the server.

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The 21st century requires interacting, learning and living the virtuality

Jun 11, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The teaching of the 21st century requires a change in models and approach to learning. The change allows to reeplantear not only the contents of the subjects, moreover, the tools with which the teacher will have to share their experiences. It is very valuable to have a virtual space in which you can group: Class documents, videos, conferences, guides, questionnaires, tests, texts, messaging, links, e-mail, all online. The teacher, in this platform, also has the ability to qualify the different assignments and even make various qualifications in real time. The interaction can also include the representatives, who can also access, if they wish, the platform.
Through the "Collaborations", participants can work as a team their classroom projects, through group editing programs, which can be sent directly to Canvas. The personalization, organization and structure of the modules is very helpful for the participants to experience the different advantages of virtual training.

Cons: The platforms have generalized their use in such a way that it is easy to find them in different stages and school courses, as well as in undergraduate and postgraduate university studies. In the same way, the age of the instructors and of the participants varies considerably. When users are not able to interact with each other easily and quickly, they lose interest, not only for the course, but also for the platform, which translates into a considerable loss of effectiveness and impact of the same.
It would be fantastic if the teachers could have a cheaper version of the platform, but not be "tied" to large organizations, schools and universities, a kind of "private" virtual classroom that is managed and set almost entirely by the teacher, who will only have to enter his participants, in different classrooms, at the same time, and with an accessible cost.

Overall: To reduce the distances between the participants and expand the possibilities and technological literacy of all.

Canvas - An Admin's Dream Come True

Nov 03, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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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

Overall: 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.

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.

Successful student planning

Mar 14, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: I like being able to see all of my classes at a glance. It is easy to see where I stand in each course, what assignments are due next, updates from class discussions ect. I feel more involved with my classes because I can see what is being updated immediately. I enjoy the discussion features often used by professors. These discussions keep your mind on the subjects currently being worked on, so they stay fresh in your mind. All contact information for your classmates is available through the app, which is nice for when you need to borrow notes or schedule study groups. The calendar available is usually easily accessible, and contains all the important dates for the semester. I am constantly referencing the app to make sure that I have completed everything I need to, that there haven't been any new updates, and that I am aware of all upcoming tests and assignments.

Cons: Obviously the efficacy of the software depends on the diligence of the professors and administrators inputting information into it. On a tech level, it is very well designed. I have only noticed a few times that the app has been down, or that a certain feature isn't working.

Overall: Easy acess to my school courses which provided an overall better experience.

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The best software to check grades and assignments

Mar 20, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Love this software so much. I can see all my classes that I am currently taking and have taken already. The calendar view lets you know which assignments are coming up and when they are due. You can click on a class page and information will be provided to you as organized by the teacher. I always look at handouts and in class presentation PowerPoints. The teacher can also make quizzes online and timed/ un-timed. You can see how you are doing in the class and calculate your predicted grade easily. I love how I can see what the lowest grade I can get from an assignment to obtain a desired letter grade.

Cons: There is a learning curve with this software. Sometimes when I look up my school's canvas it takes me to a broken canvas login screen. Teachers often complain how they are limited to how they can customize their canvas page. Each teacher also does their canvas page slightly different so it takes some getting used to.

Overall: I can check my grades easily. I can also see what is due with the calendar option and plan out my week. I love how you can view all your classes and see your previous classes. I can look and download my teachers syllabus multiple times (because we students always delete that). I can also test my grades to see what the lowest grade I can obtain to keep my desired grade(A):)

Pricey, but worth every penny

May 30, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Our program has been using Canvas for about 10 years now and we are very happy with this software program. Specifically, the SpeedGrader functionality is superb. You can easily view and grade papers with your rubrics embedded into the grading system. The Collaborations feature is also quite robust and allows students to work on a project together via a group editing program (like Google Docs) and submit directly to Canvas. They've really done a good job partnering with other programs to allow communication between software (for example, students can easily submit their papers to Canvas with an embedded plagiarism checking program without having to use each software package independently).

Cons: One negative about the program is that, while you can assign students to groups to complete group projects, you still have to grade them all individually. There isn't (yet) a feature to assign identical grades to all students in the group. As with any program, there are extra features and functions that would be useful, but overall, we're very pleased. The price is steep compared to other course management software, but we find the time savings to be worth the additional cost.

Doing more with mobile ability

Apr 10, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
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Comments: Overall I think this is a great product that can use some refining to make it more intuitive for the next generation of student and teacher interaction. Once I was able to get over the learning curve of the product and be able to trust that it is helpful for scheduling important dates it is a good supplementary tool for lessons. It should by no means be used as a replacement for face to face participation. The discussion board needs a lot of work, I would suggest a rating scale like readit or buzzfeeed but even that might be hard because of the small pool of participants.

Pros: The product is helpful for keeping track of work progress, submitting assignments, sharing resources, reviewing grades, messaging teachers and the features continue. It has been a great platform to keep everything centralized and gain access to all of the class work that is populated by the professors. The customizable features are also helpful in regards to the potential of the software itself.

Cons: There are a few things that lengthen the learning curve of this tool and can hinder its effectiveness. One being that because it is so customizable, each professor uses it differently and that makes it harder for the student to know what is where when multiple professors are using it in different capacities. Second is less crucial but can be annoying and that is the notifications don't always disappear after you have read a message. Lastly is the point of customization, which I've also noted as a pro but as a con it can be difficult for discussion boards when the format to submit varies for posts.

I've been using canvas for a few years now and the accessibility and operation is pretty standard.

Mar 20, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: Most of the classes i take at college require us to use this software, and to be honest it really is a great software. The tabs on the side which include the courses and grades make it easy to go through and find what you need. I also like how the program allows the user to change the grade and determine what is needed to get a specific grade in the class.

Cons: Im not that huge of a fan when it comes to trying to get out of a specific group that you are. I have been getting notifications from canvas from a group i was somehow added to a few years ago and i still continue to get updates from that group. Another thing i am not fond of in Canvas is how if i am sent a notification from canvas to my email, i have to go to canvas to see what was sent to me or what update there is in canvas.

Overall: It was really beneficial to me to use this software because our teachers required it and it was a great way to keep all of our classes in one place. Instead of going to different places to find out about your class and other information, it was easy to just log on to canvas and get updates from all of your classes.

Free account user

Jun 08, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: This is the best LMS available for free.

Pros: It has all the features you need to manage an online learning environment. The roster setup is easy, the quiz grading system and features available to create assessments is excellent. Also I love the add ons from other common sites such as YouTube, Pearson, and many other platforms. The canvas community allows you to use other teacher content and integrate into your classroom, especially if you don't have knowledge or expertise in a particular subject area.

Cons: The biggest issue I have experienced with Canvas is deleting or removing individuals from your class roster. Also it would be nice of Canvas could include a paid subscription outside of the expensive large institution (such as universities) plans that only offer. The smaller enterprise subscriptions would be for teachers or other small business owners that need more space to upload video content, and other larger the documents. The 251MB limit canvas provides for each created course gets used fairly quickly.

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I have used Canvas as an LMS as an instructor, student, and administrator.

Jul 02, 2018
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Once you have learned how to use it, Canvas is a very powerful tool. It is a great at creating courses that are easy to use and that use multiple media platforms. I love the modules, the messaging feature, the speed grader, the quiz tool and basically everything about it. I like the ability to upload files and use them in all of my course content. I also love that I can copy a course and transfer it to the next semester. The admin tool works very well and is extremely helpful wen you have to be able to access multiple courses for various reasons.

Cons: It is not very intuitive. It's hard to learn how to use it at first. You really need someone who knows how to use the system to help you. Especially when building a course. The course building tools are confusing and don really resemble anything I am familiar with. Even as a student, it takes some time to learn how to navigate Canvas, submit assignments, etc.

Overall: Canvas has been wonderful for our university. It has unified our university onto one powerful LMS.

Way too time consuming and complex to be useful

Jan 31, 2017
2/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Comments: The capabilities of this software are quite impressive but the tedious layout, limited choices, and incessant need to 'jump through hoops' to make it worthwhile far outweigh any value it might otherwise have. The designers of the software considered practically every aspect of what they were intending to do but completely ignored the target audience. We are having weekly training sessions and even after several months, most teachers are struggling with the interface. For example: to create an assignment for a class you must go through a plethora of steps to make the class, including a great deal of information that isn't truly necessary before you can get to the complex task of actually creating an assignment. In other words, EVERY task is simply too time-consuming to make this software of much use to the average teacher. It does interface with Powerschool which makes a great selling point to administrators and parents, but if your teachers are spending an extra hour to hour and half a day, just utilizing this program, what is gained? Frankly, I can do essentially everything needed to implement a classroom through Google Classroom and Google Apps and the time needed to do so is a fraction of what Canvas requires. Bottom line: if you don't mind putting your teachers through a horrendous learning curve and saddling them with tedious and extremely complex software, go with Canvas. If not, I suggest developing your LMS around something with a more simple interface, more forgiving functionality, and quicker to implement. I can say the LMS of Learnmate used in some technology classes isn't really a great deal better but again, why make simple tasks complicated when Google provides a much easier platform.

Pros: The functions available are quite impressive.

Cons: "User Hostile" interface that makes an incredible amount of demands to implement. A large number of items it requires should have and could have a default setting allowing for quicker use.

Recommendations to other buyers: Try it before you buy it and let your teachers see the complexity

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

Nov 07, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: - Ease of use
- Simple to navigate
- Basic + predictable
- Great customer support

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

Overall: 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.

Review for canvas

Aug 16, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: One stop solution for all learning materials, assignments, provides reminders for tests or quizzes shows deadline for the project, as Teaching assistant able to change grades easily look at rubric from the instructor, provides time stamp, turn it in integration also provides check for plagiarism.

Cons: I am not able to see all the submissions as a student, I am not able to see feedback from instructors in some systems.

Overall: As a student canvas serves as a solution for all learning materials, assignments, provides reminders for tests or quizzes shows deadline for the project, as Teaching assistant able to change grades easily look at rubric from the instructor, provides time stamp, turn it in integration also provides check for plagiarism. The experience is great as a TA I am able to communicate to all my students through announcements, group features helps in doing collaborative work, discussion leads to trouble shooting or coming up with new ideas.

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Digital Transformation for Education

Jun 28, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: One stop shop for the teachers and students for checking attendance, uploading the curriculum, lecture materials, announcements, quizzes, feedback, etc.

There is also an accompanying app (iOS and Android) for easy access anywhere, and for keeping up-to-date via notifications (e.g., no classes, upcoming exams).

Data analytics is also a primary goal. Now we have data as reference on faculty and student performance.

Cons: Took us a lot of effort to get the faculty on board (esp. the older ones). The platform is not really that customizable, although a change request may be forwarded to the vendor (to match previously existing similar app we used).

Overall: We did university-wide implementation of Canvas Q3 of 2017. As expected, it was met with a lot of resistance from faculty (esp the older ones). But as we got along assisting them and providing trainings, a great majority has been using it as their daily driver for their classes (attendance, submissions, announcements, etc.).

The mobile app (iOS and Android) helps a lot with the adoption from the students.

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Great Idea But Difficult to Use

May 09, 2018
3/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
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Pros: It's nice that teachers can make assignments in Canvas and then students can access those assignments. It's helpful to parents because they can read what was assigned and make sure their child understands the work and completes the work. It's also great that lessons and information can be uploaded and shared via Commons. I can share my lessons and I can also go on Commons to find lessons that other teachers have created and shared. It can be a real time saver when planning lessons.

Cons: I find Canvas incredibly difficult to use. I have attended several training sessions and it is getting easier, but it is not user friendly. It is difficult to create a homepage because it is not set up to make it a simple task. I created a lengthy unit on Social Skills lessons, but I still have not been able to get it to publish so it is available to others. The links show up, but they can't be clicked on to take anyone to the materials. I honestly don't know how to tell Canvas to simplify the program, but it definitely needs to be tweaked..... or overhauled completely.

Overall: It's a great place to store lessons and to obtain lessons created by other teachers. I like that my school corporation can share information and documents with me via Canvas. I like that students can access lessons via Canvas so they have all the information they need when they are at home in the evening or weekends.

Designing and teaching online graduate courses.

Feb 22, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: It makes complete academic sense, is easy to use, and easy for the students to learn. The online help is extensive and includes help in may ways: live online/voice help 24/7, community answers, and an extensive library. The best part is the conference system. Student groups can have their own video conferences any time, and meeting with faculty for office hours, meetings, or class. After designing/teaching courses in 6 LMSs over 20 years, this is by far the easiest to use and the most flexible. Creating modules is straightforward and arranging the modules is easy. I have use the same material for 8 and 15 week courses and the rearrangement (if needed) is easy.

Cons: Would like to see: testing analytics in the LMS and numbering of students in the course list and grade book.

An excellent LMS

Dec 23, 2015
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4.5 / 5
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Pros: Canvas is an excellent Learning Management System (LMS). It provides multiple avenues to organize and present learning content. The built in wiki-editor allows for html formatted pages. Most common document types can be imbedded and previewed. Assignments, quizzes, and discussion come with many customizing options for access restrictions, grading. Grading is straightforward and transparent.

Cons: There are some complexities and quirks that can trip people up--questions in quizzes can become unlinked from the version in the question banks resulting in multiple version of questions, and questions made in the quiz don't translate back to the original version of the question. Student's current score versus final score trips people up--missing assignments don't count against them in the current score which is what students see, but the final score is what is exported to student's permanent record. Publishing items versus publishing the course in it's entirety

Recommendations to other buyers: No Learning Management System is perfect, there are trade-offs. Different products make different trades. The instructor and developer interface remains relatively sleek, by streamlining the options available. An LMS that could be customized to do everything everyone wanted it to would have to sacrifice ease of use.

I have been using canvas for 2 years now and it has been a very great platform for course management

Mar 29, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: - Simplicity in the UI and UX
- Visuals are clean and easy to see
- Navigation through the different courses are intuitive and designed for easy access to courses
- Group system in Canvas allows groups to essentially have a room for discussion, file upload, and other project management tools.

Cons: - Although for the most part the UI and UX is great, there some flaws such as the download and preview windows on canvas. Some student such as myself would like to mass download various files the professor uploads, however everytime you click on a file it opens up a preview window and from their you can download. So given 10 files, you would need to open up each individually and download them individually.
- Sometimes the site is unresponsive and occasionally bugs out so you need to refresh the site.
- Their is an app online, however if accessed through a mobile device without an app, the mobile website is not as intuitive as the actual main website.

Copying, moving, editing files-- all a nightmare of workarounds. DONT DO IT,

Oct 05, 2017
1/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Cons: Canvas is a big, steaming mess.
My institution adopted it. I have been forced to use it to design a course, and it's taken probably five times as long as it should.
It is nearly impossible to move files around, move questions around, and copy things.
Want to do something really crazy like copy a quiz from your Fall course to your new Spring course? Well-- lucky you--if you Google it, you'll find there's a workaround for that! Yes, a workaround. Not a simple copy function or drag-and-drop. No. It's complicated and every time I've done it I've had to copy dozens of additional files in addition to the one I wanted because it WILL NOT LET YOU SELECT A SINGLE QUIZ out of a group. No. You have to copy them ALL.

That is just one example of the madness.
I don't know who ever allowed this thing to come on the market. It's a disaster.

Overall:
I've used other platforms, and this is worse than nothing.
It would be easier to do it all by hand like we did in ancient times.

Hmm... well, the support reps are fairly quick to respond and seem sincere. Unfortunately, they cannot offer easy fixes to anything, because there aren't any.
I think they secretly know what a mess this thing is and feel guilty.

Organised, easy and aesthetic.

Jul 09, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: As a teacher I love how easy it is to create programs, submit assessments, keep track of grades, develop assessments with markable rubrics. The ability to section students, create groups, pick and choose features that serve different purposes for each task and build modules with prerequisites and requirements are what make this LMS amazing. As an LMS it is a very impressive system.

Cons: I can only upload media files of 500MB, which limits my ability to record lessons for longer than about 5 minutes. Assessment weighing can get messy and disorganised quickly, but I believe Canvas is working to amend this.

Overall: The convenience of building courses online, and being able to continue developing over time to create a genuinely engaging online learning experience.

Also, very functional, easy to use and visually appealing.

Helped make graduate school very manageable!

Nov 30, 2016
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Comments: I have used Canvas throughout my graduate program at the School of Visual Arts. I attend a low-residency program, meaning we spend fall and spring online and meet in NYC in the summer for an intensive semester. Canvas made the online semesters surprisingly enjoyable ¿ I felt connected to my classmates and teachers even though we were scattered around the country. It takes some getting used to, and I think there are a lot of improvements needed to the overall flow and interface, but I think it's a great system.

Pros: Accessible, versatile, customizable, constantly improving, the course evaluation process is streamlined and easy

Cons: Some work flows are not very intuitive, have to upload certain files to a folder within the Canvas system before attaching to posts rather than just attaching them directly from your hard drive (which can be frustrating), calendar/scheduler is a little confusing

Recommendations to other buyers: I like Canvas because I feel like they are creative and constantly working to improve their program. Overall, my experience with Canvas has been positive over the past two years.

Canvas is an online learning tool that has a lot of power, but sometimes struggles to wield it!

Jul 25, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: Canvas is a great name for this software as it really is a canvas in that it has loads of potential. It has powerful abilities and options that allow instructors to interact with students and others in their classes. Most everything is able to be customized.
Additionally, if has many features that make tasks like grading and reviewing much easier. It allows allows for easy collaboration between primary instructors and co-instructors.

Cons: The biggest drawback of Canvas is the learning curve. I have done multiple hours of education on the software and still struggle to do certain things. There are a great many resources for learning Canvas across the internet, but they take time to digest. Canvas is not something that you can just pick up and be proficient with.

Overall: It make the online portions of my classes much easier to manage. It can be difficult at time, but I wouldn't want to be without it.

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Excellent online platform for learning, complete and useful.

Apr 23, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Canvas is an excellent application to prepare professionals of great level, an application that allows you to learn 24 hours a day, where you can access the educational material of the course in any place, watching the courses several times if you want, it is really a step ahead in education and depends on the student who takes advantage of it, the tool is very complete, it allows you to evaluate students, assemble teaching material, schedule activities, set deadlines for entry and much more, very comprehensive evaluations and manage the final result of each student, a complete support to distance education with a spectacular model.

Cons: At the administrative level it can be a bit complicated at the beginning, it will cost you since the learning curve is a little high since you get lost among so many functionalities, but when you master it you will create courses at the level of the best universities in the world.

Overall: Use a super useful and powerful tool with a wide variety of educational features, with an intuitive and friendly interface that will allow you to create high level courses.

Useful for students

Dec 08, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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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.

Overall: 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

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

Lots of potential, but takes a power user to set it up for a good student experience

Oct 10, 2017
4/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Since Canvas is a relative newcomer to the LMS world, it's built on recent technology. It uses HTML5 and Bootstrap is built right in, so if you have teachers who know a fair amount of HTML and CSS, they can customize the heck out of anything.

Canvas has a lovely clean theme out of the box which feels like a starter theme, begging for a web designer to customize the experience. It's very simple with lots of whitespace, so it works well across devices, and there's something to be said for a lighter weight interface from the start.

Cons: Unfortunately, Canvas's main strength - being very simple and infinitely customizeable - is also its weakness. There is no built-in intuitive structure. Rather, everything from lesson plans to grades to threaded discussions all have to be manually interlinked. At least in my opinion, the built-in navigation ought to be more robust in connecting the dots and taking students where they need to go. Having used Canvas as both an educator and a student, I'd say it's excellent for faculty because it's so customizeable but awful for students if the instructor doesn't take the time to really learn the ins and outs, and my experience has been that instructors don't. Perhaps they don't have the time or the resources to be able to devote that much time to learning an LMS when they're trying to teach something that should come through almost effortlessly.

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Automated education within the reach of a click

Mar 29, 2018
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The service they offer is great, education does not end at the university, we always have to be in constant learning, going hand in hand with technological growth, always learning new things, they help you with this process, they have totally free courses in the cloud, always accessible to you, with daily updates that guarantee that you will always be offered first class education, that is maintained over time, with accessibility in any place where you have Internet, a unique tool that every person should have always present

Cons: It's hard to say that you have some against, when they offer a free high-quality educational service, but I'll try to globalize it a bit, for some people it may be a bit complex because it may be something new for them, but it's worth it learn and also the gap in access to technology, you must have your pc and access to the internet to use the tool.

Overall: Count on a free and quality educational service, always accessible from anywhere, where you can improve each day by learning a large number of courses that are available.

Cream of the Crop

Feb 07, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: The user interface is clean, customizable and easy to learn and use. The employees at Instructure care about the product and are willing to listen and make improvements.

Cons: It doesn't offer as many features as other Learning Management Systems on the market and there are times you will be limited on what you can do. While LTI integrations are possible there are times they still need a little work to become more ingrained in education.

Overall: I have used Moodle, Blackboard, BrainHoney, D2L and Canvas. Of all the LMSs on the market Canvas is probably the easiest and most intuitive software to use. It offers a robust set of tools and LTI options to further improve the quality and I would highly recommend using it for your educational needs.

Recommendations to other buyers: None at this time.

Very easy to use, yet very powerful

Sep 23, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Pros: After using other Learning Management Systems like WebCT, Blackboard, Desire2Learn, & eCollege, I have found that Canvas is better in almost every way. Creating and changing content as well as linking to files can all be done by pointing and clicking. Additionally, it is very easy to switch to HTML coding for advanced users. I like that when I link a pdf document Canvas automatically gives the student the option to preview the document in the same page or open the document in a new browser tab or download load it to a pdf reader program.

Cons: I am very happy with Canvas, however some minor aspects could be improved. The gradebook is very flexible and powerful. It allows me to set grade categories (e.g., homework, quizzes, etc.) and assign grade weights to each category. I can also drop the lowest assignment grades within a grade category. My suggested improvement would be the way it drops the lowest grades. It begins dropping immediately and this tends to confuse the students (e.g., "why was my perfect quiz grade dropped?"). It would be better if I could tell Canvas when to begin dropping grades.

Recommendations to other buyers: eCollege wasn't very good, but D2L and Blackboard are just fine. I like Canvas better, but would be fine if I had to go back to using D2L or Blackboard.

Canvas is a dynamic platform that allows collaboration amongst students and teachers.

Apr 10, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Canvas includes a lot of features: Discussions, Grading, Student Based Grading, Online Submission, SpeedGrader, Annotation, Student Grouping, and lots of different other app integration. It is a plus taht many universities use Canvas as their learning management system as it prepares our high schoolers for the next level.

Cons: Customer service pretty much ends at the online community forum. I posted about an issue I was having and didn't get a response for about 6 months. Unless their is an expert in your organization that can help, you may be on your own. Canvas may do training when the software is purchased, I am unaware of the initial process.

Good but could be better

May 05, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: I like being able to give students homework, quizzes, and other assignments online. I like that Canvas keeps track of the grades, allows me to grade written assignments online and make comments on them. I like the integration with Turnitin. Overall, I like Canvas and use it frequently.

Cons: Certain things like setting up quizzes are overly time-consuming. As an adjunct, I teach several sections of the same course and it is unduly complicated to repeat assignments, post videos, etc. for each section of the course.

Overall: It makes my job easier. I save paper. I can work from both home and the office easier. I have used other similar software, and Canvas is the best one that I have used.

Canvas shines where Blackboard has become.. Dull.

Dec 11, 2015
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: Canvas is so much easier for our faculty and students to use. The vendor, Instructure, listens to customer input and usually finds ways to make things happen in Canvas with requested features. The community of users from all over actively participates in the forums if there are any problems and has all kinds of suggestions for improvements or new features. Canvas evolves and grows because of it's user base. It's constantly being updated and made better through customer suggestions. This is always a plus!

Cons: Sometimes there are releases that may not seem extreme to the Admins that support Canvas, but would be a steep learning curve for faculty that get used to using Canvas. These rollouts can happen pretty quickly also. Sometimes Canvas takes the customer Admins concerns and holds off or makes changes able to opt in or out initially, other times, no. They're usually improvements for the better, but more user input should be provided for making them occur.

Recommendations to other buyers: After having supported Blackboard before, I hands down can say I like Canvas much more than Blackboard.

Of all the E-Learning platforms I have used over the years, Canvas is clearly the best.

Jul 25, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: All of my classes are organized into easy to understand modules. You can look at each week in a semester and see what the lectures are going to be, what the homework is, and plan your life accordingly. Not only is learning easier but you can jump ahead and be even more prepared for your classes thanks to Canvas.

Cons: Private messaging could use some more features. It would be nice to be able to message my classmates more easily without having to close the lecture page or the homework page or whatever I am currently working on.

Overall: With Canvas I get an organized class structure that works for me and my life. I get alerts for what's due soon, I can look ahead and prepare for the next few weeks, and I can communicate easily with my Professor if I have any questions. Plus grading has its own page that even calculates your current class grade for you!

Easy to use classroom tool with collaboration feature

Jul 16, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: - integrates with Google Drive and other online storage solutions
- easy to use web interface and app
- discussion forums, file-sharing, and grading built-in
- built-in messaging system is convenient

Cons: - interface is not as modern as some of the other tools available

I typically use the system for my advisees. I have only used it one semester as student. My experience is therefore more from the instructor side of things.

Overall: Canvas is the default classroom tool at the University of Pennsylvania. I did not choose this tool, but it works well. The tool integrates to varying degree with Google Drive and also has options to integrate with Skype, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. These may be helpful for meetings and for building ePortfolios but I have not used these features. I found it easy to get my syllabus and readings through Canvas. The class discussions were also easy to participate in. The notifications can be managed, relatively easily.

The interface is a bit dated, but it works. I wish there were other integrations available like Box, Dropbox, OneDrive. But it seems as though only Google Drive is available for now.

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Easy to use for students.

Jul 03, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: I have used many different products during my undergrad and graduate studies and Canvas is by far the easiest and most effective. Communication with professors and other students is easy with Canvas. I love, love, love the calendar feature so I can see all my assignments at a glance. I also use the collaboration feature under groups very often to collaborate with my Master's program group.
I could not rate the customer support because I never had to use it- Canvas is so easy to use.

Cons: I have not found any negative for Canvas. I have only used it from the student side so I don't know how professors use it, but it is very simple for students to use.

Overall: It is easy to use. The biggest benefit is I can see all my classes and the assignments, grades, and due dates in the same place.

LIFESAVER for college!

Aug 01, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
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Pros: Canvas was awesome for me while I was in college! It was very easy to navigate, organize all of my classes, and submit my assignments. The calendar feature showed me all in one place what assignments were due on what day. It allowed me to organize my time, to be able to get all of my assignments done on time. You are able to rename classes, make them different colors on your dashboard, and organize them any way you would like. It really is an all-in-one platform for any education productivity.

Cons: The only thing that I wish you could do in canvas, that was not available, would have a note section where I could make notes about certain assignments. This would have helped me be better reminded about certain things professors said about certain assignments

An excellent tool for academic purposes

Mar 29, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Very effective tool for organizing and keeping track of classes, assignments, tests and more. The interface is very user-friendly making it an excellent tool for university students like myself. Addition of class discussions and keeping records of previous classes saved is very useful.

Cons: Despite simple and clean design, Canvas did not offer too many customizable options. And although not common, some professors misused Canvas to become a cluttered mess of redundant tabs and information. It would help if Canvas could offer recommendations for clean navigation for students.

Overall: Helpful for managing academic classes.

Canvas LMS

Jan 12, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: ease of use

Cons: Inability to customize menu items
Inability to copy items within a course (only can copy from one course to another)

Overall: After several years of using the Blackboard LMS the company, I work for switched to Canvas. I find it much easier to build courses and add content than other LMS's that I have used including blackboard. There is automation as well. For example when copying a previously used course Canvas allows you to automatically update the items that have due dates attached to the current calendar/semester you are in. Another semi-automated feature is the grading rubric. If you attach a rubric to an assignment you can assign points with a few clicks of the mouse. There are 2 cons - you can not customize course menu items. You can not create an item and use it as a template. You have to build each item from scratch - the only exception is copying from another course.

Recommendations to other buyers: Take the free version for a test drive if you are considering purchasing this LMS.

Our school district is now using Canvas across the district.

Jul 25, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I love the ability to create district level curriculum modules for teachers to use. It is also a great way for us to organize professional development (PD), as well as to provide modules for follow-ups to our PD. We are developing self-guided modules that make content available to teachers (and campus administrators) who are not able to attend face-to-face PD.

Cons: We have encountered a number of issues with uploading content to some of our modules and courses. It is a bit frustrating being required to take multiple steps simply to add images into a course. While the platform offers quite a bit for users, it is not very user-friendly on the "content creator" end.

Overall: We have been using it to share professional development, as well as curriculum, across a district of 85,000 students.

While not perfect Classroom Management software, it at least earns a B+.

Mar 19, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: -Easy, intuitive layout can be easily understood by both teachers and students.
-Home screen is well organized with classes, to-do lists, and upcoming due dates.
-Class windows are intuitive with learning modules, digital syllabus, and any other course materials provided by teachers/professors.
-Allows for simple digital assignment hand-in.
-Provides a calendar that consolidates due dates for all enrolled classes.
-Vibrant, color-coded organization system is pleasing to look at and navigate.

Cons: -Doesn't work well with all browsers (Safari and Microsoft Edge seemed to struggle significantly more than the likes of Chrome or FireFox).
-Occasional (and seemingly random) server maintenance leaves the entire program offline from time to time.

Canvas - LMS from heaven!

Feb 22, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: Great product, easy to use, in the cloud so no maintenance on our part.

Pros: Faculty love this product. It make their management of syllabi, course calendars, announcements/communication with classes, out of class discussions, grades, etc. easy to do and in one place. Students love the product for the same reason and they can customize their communication preferences. Instructure also has made the integration of the product with other systems easy as well.

Cons: We have no problems to share at this point with the product. When issues arise among users from various colleges, they facilitate and truly listen to our concerns.

I use Canvas as a student at my university

Jan 16, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Canvas is so incredibly user-friendly and easy to navigate. Not only is everything kept in one spot, but it's easy to find and access. As a student, what I like most about Canvas is the ability to switch seamlessly between my courses. I can check grades in one spot without having to go back to my home page and click on another class, and go through all the steps again. This allows me to find what I need quickly and effortlessly.

Cons: I pretty much love everything about Canvas. The look of it is attractive and easy to navigate. The only issue I've had so far is with the Discussion Board feature. When replying to someone else's discussion board post, it's difficult to see the response as a Reply, versus a new post all-together. Replies are hardly indented, so at a quick glance, it's hard to tell if it's a reply or a new post. I'd like to see this feature enhanced just to make the visibility very noticeable.

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Practical design and simple to use in an app software

May 04, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: Canvas has helped me in my career as a designer because it is a simple program that can also be used from the mobile phone thanks to its app, it has similar functions as other similar software but much easy and more practical to use. Although, Canvas helps me to carry out my work from my clients and who do not have time to wait, who wants a logo or a flyer instantly.
So, I can make a creative design, not so elaborated quickly but equally professionally for a client who has little time and budget.

Cons: The disadvantages is that some templates are paid, it is also that if you need more tools with this app you have to pay a better version. The other disadvantage is that it is so simple that many potential customers create their own designs.

Overall: The benefits of Canvas software is that it can be used from the my mobile. Also, it is have very simple and predefined templates which can be modified, allowed me to delivery my clients requirements, on the go and every single day.

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Practice tool, easy to use

Jun 29, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros:
Use this software for almost a year and a half, I can say that it is an application easy to use, it is dynamic and customizable, to be able to take control of my classes, to be able to download all the material I need, book guides, brochures, it seems good to be able to check again some class already seen and so cool. Teachers can upload any type of material, even videos, which makes this an excellent application.

Cons:
Although it is great to have several personalization tools in this software, it should be more limited, since each teacher personalizes his page as he wishes and this makes the student somewhat confused.

Overall:
Application easy to use, very complete and fast. It is great to be able to see the grades and thus keep track of them.

Canvas is a easy implementable and super intuitive software for helping students stay organized

Aug 03, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Canvas is very easy to organize all your classes for each student, and give them a variety of tools to ensure their learning experiences are quality.
You can change grades, preview and post assignments with total ease, and overall have great experiences as both an instructor or student.

Cons: At times I wish the ability to edit already posted assignments was more intuitive/easy because of as now, it can possibly completely change your intended post. Otherwise, I have no complaints and it's been a great experience!

Overall: Great experience for years now and wish to continue the relationship.

Very happy with Canvas

Dec 10, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: Overall, Canvas is an excellent LMS. First, it is very user friendly and has been well received by both our faculty & students. Second, it allows for easy customization, including branding and adding third party integrations. Third, it is a cloud hosted product, with regular updates and feature enhancements, and an active community to share ideas and provide feedback.

Cons: The biggest downside to Canvas is the lack of quality analytics & reports. The stock analytics & reports give some basic info but not much. Instructure just released Canvas data, which gives us access to a large amount of raw data, but it is up to us to figure out how to use this data (which we are currently working on).

Recommendations to other buyers: If you have any questions, ask. At the time we made the decision to move to Canvas, they were by far the most transparent & helpful in evaluating their product. They gave us a few references, who gave honest opinions and the pros and cons, and this gave us a lot of information not just about the product, but about the organization & support during implementation.

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One of the best student produced apps!

Mar 12, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Canvas is a student produced app that has made it possible for students to have a greater advantage just as teachers using the app. There's an option to alter your grades to give you an idea of what could be...provides access to producing different variables and possible results. I also enjoy the notifications I receive from the app and the options of which notifications I want to receive.

Cons: The Canvas app I did not like it at first after using BlackBoard for the last 4 years. It was an adjustment that I slowly became more open to. One of the things that I did not like when first using the app was the loading superhero panda..however, I was very happy to see that there was an option to be able to remove it.

I have been an on/off campus student for the past 2.5 years using Canvas.

Jun 13, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I really like how simple Canvas is and the sleek design. Since I use Canvas daily as a student its layout is very important to me and I think it does a great job at organizing my work. Canvas also keeps a nice "To-Do" list of all my upcoming assignments which is fantastic!

Cons: I really don't have any complaints about this software. I think they should maybe do a better job at teaching teachers how to use this software because some of my professor's pages have been less than adequate compared to others.

Overall: Makes my life so much simpler - especially with school scheduling.

Canvas is easy to use and looks clean to the consumer.

Nov 11, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I like the ability to link pages, and insert text/images/tables/links. I like how many pages you can have within one, and the ease of navigation.

Cons: I do not like how hard it is to go into the HTML editor when you have edited a page and it still has the square with the arrow, meaning it sends you to an outside link. A lot of times I delete the text of the link, but the icon still appears, so I still have to go into HTML and try to navigate the code.
I also don't like that the default is to open a link inside that tab, but I'd prefer that it opens in a new window/tab.

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Canvas LMS is a highly implementable and useable Learning Management System.

Jan 05, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Darlo Digital supplies lots of companies and universities with Learning Management Systems to use. We find Canvas LMS superior to most on the market, in its usability and attractive aesthetics. Participants and students find it is easy to use, and instructors are very easily able to administer their classes.

Cons: What we like least is the wait to get more LTI's available for use. As there are lots of LTIs already, it is not a major criticism. However, there are lots of LTIs to choose from so it is not a major issue.

Overall: We have a reliable, good looking bit of learning software to help our customers get up online quickly and smoothly. As it has capabilities of enterprise level software, it is extremely helpful to recommend for large scale infrastructure projects.

I use Canvas as a student in my academic institution.

Jul 20, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: I like that there is a mobile app for this website and that there are security measures taken to ensure that you are connected to a secure network. I like that I am able to communicate with professors and other students through messaging boards and group folders.

Cons: There are many glitches that I have experienced when taking online exams and quizzes, especially when connected to a secure browser that prevents you from connecting to other websites or applications. I think that the organization of the website could be a little better and user friendly.

BEST LMS out there, no matter your institution!!

Sep 22, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: As a small university, with less than 1000 FTE, when it was time to switch LMS's (from Moodle), I was looking for a company that would treat us as if we were a large institution and prioritize our needs - Canvas was definitely the answer! Throughout the entire process of migration, and our current implementation and management, I have never felt as though we were not a priority or "big enough" to deserve attention. It was the best decision we have made for online learning in the history of our university!

Cons: There are no major dislikes that I can see. There are a few things about the UI that I would like to change, but it is a democratic process on Canvas Commons, and I don't always go with the crowd on updates - but that's okay. With the open source API, I can customize Canvas to almost any degree that I want.

Recommendations to other buyers: Make sure you take a look at the helpdesk. We pay for Tier 1 Support (the highest level), which has allowed us to cut significant costs without providing an onsite helpdesk for Canvas. It has been worth every penny, and the customer satisfaction is even higher than we could provide with an in-house solution. If you can afford the Tier 1 Support - it will pay for itself in no time!

Its slow and it needs to be polished.

Jul 19, 2017
2/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
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Pros: I can go back into time and get class assignments from years back. Calendar makes it easy to keep track of assignments (When professors use it correctly)

Cons: Sometimes you get timed out in discussions, spending an hour writing in the discussion form and then attempting to submit the discussion then the page redirects you to sign in, so you sign in and your entire discussion is gone. This could be easily fixed with sticky forms... Also the performance in slow, there is a noticble delay everytime you navigate to a different page while on canvas.

Overall it ended up being a good switch from a different software I was originally using.

Aug 01, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I liked that there was a calendar where I could see when assignments were due for various classes. I could additionally add things in the calendar for myself. I like the way everything is organized in the software as well. They make it easy to upload assignments and videos.

Cons: It did take a while to figure out how to use the software and adjust. Things were complicated at first and sometimes there can be problems when uploading something. After figuring everything out I found the software very useful and felt very organized.

Canvas has provided us with an easy, usable interface for both faculty & staff to access courses.

Mar 30, 2018
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Canvas comes with most of the funcationality that an institution would need, but it also allows you to integrate the data with your schools information system. Some of the integrations may take a bit of work on your part, but we have found that we can export data like attendance and the data is in an easily usable format for us to be able to import into our SIS. This is invaluable to a school.

Cons: Canvas can integrate with almost any system, and while we have been able to accomplish most of what we have needed, there isn't a lot of in depth documentation on how to do the custom exports and integrations. In many cases, you must really read between the lines in order to accomplish your goal.

Overall: Being in IT, it has allowed us to provided addtional funcationality for our students and faculty, as well as be able to import data to our SIS directly, which gives us a higher level of accuracy for things like grades.

I am a college student who uses canvas every day. My experience overall has been pleasant.

Dec 13, 2017
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The thing I like most about this software is that you there is a phone application. The app is easy to use and shows up great on your phone.

Cons: It is difficult to find certain assignments uploaded due to all of the different pages. Sometimes it takes me just as long to find an assignment as it does to complete it.

Overall: I completed my homework and assignment with ease. The help support was also great and they got back to me very quickly every time I reported a problem. Not to mention, it didn't take them long to help me figure out what was wrong. I would highly suggest canvas to schools.

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I have used Canvas as both a student and instructor for a variety of classes.

Mar 07, 2018
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: The organization and communication capabilities of Canvas are much better than other products I have used for online education. The ability to directly send messages to groups or individuals helped me a ton. Having all your literature, articles, graphs, and so on in one place was very useful as well.

Cons: I don't have any negative opinions about this software. As with so many pieces of software, my biggest frustration was that other people didn't seem to like to use it.

Overall: Well it helped me get two masters degrees so that's nice.

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Use for 3 years and 3 different companies

Oct 10, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The ability to use add-ons is great (but still relatively limited). The ability to export classes between organizations is great. Integration of assignments, turn in, grading, quizzes is great.

Cons: Organization of classes can only be done by an administrator so that means that as a teacher I cannot use if for clubs/events/etc. Google classroom works comparably for free. Errors in connection to gradebook often.

Overall: As a teacher having technology like this to organize the entire class and all the resources is great both for the teacher and the students

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I use this to manage my very large classes

Apr 10, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I like that the system basically works. It does make grading large classes easier. Alerts-when they work are a great resource.

Cons: LMS systems always seem to lower the quality of the classes in general. Students rely too heavily on the content rather than developing learning skills. The biggest downside is that our admins are able to too easily add changes and do so frequently which makes the platform something that is constantly evolving and changing when in reality something that isn't changing would be better.

Love using Canvas!

May 05, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: So easy to use! We went from Moodle to Canvas and it was the best day ever! Unlike Moodle, Canvas always works. I have yet to have a problem submitting an assignment or seeing posts from professors. It's always running well and never slow. Can't say enough good about Canvas!

Cons: I have yet to have problems working with Canvas! It's seriously worth the money. The free programs are not worth the money saved when you can have something as awesome as this!

Overall: Love using Canvas! Makes submitting assignments so easy.

Canvas was a mainstay during my year of online classes. Flexible, convenient and easy to use.

Mar 23, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I like that I have the flexibility to use the program on my laptop and on my mobile device. I'm able to complete my assignment, check messages and catch up on lessons from anywhere. The program is fairly intuitive and doesn't not come across as bulky or difficult to navigate. Very easy to interface with teachers and peers. Also, allows for audio and video, which is a necessity for online courses. Documents can also be uploaded.

Cons: Prior to the revision of the program, navigating from page to page, link to link and from class to class was a little cumbersome. However, the revamping has eliminated many of these problem areas.

Not bad for students or instructors

Jun 05, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: As a student, Canvas has a fairly user-friendly interface. It's easy to see an overview of all classes via the Dashboard and then drill down to individual classes or groups. That the system allows for accessible content is a benefit as well.

Cons: I've worked with Canvas both as a student and as a course inputter, and I would say that course inputting is not as straightforward as I would like. It's not bad, though, and again does offer accessibility features, which is helpful.

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Aug 07, 2018
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The best part of this software is its user interface. Everything seems to be very simple to use, making me engaged in the product while I'm using it.

Cons: I don't like the fact that this software does not have a more intuitive front page. Every time I log in I have to select the courses I want rather than having a summary of what's happening in each course.

Overall: My overall experience is great. The product reminds me of Apple because of its amazing UI and UX. I would definitely recommend this product to a friend.

Canvas for All!

Aug 01, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Canvas is a great resource for any student, staff, or faculty member at the college. It enables you to submit your homework if you're a student, and if you are staff or faculty, it has great accessibility for listing syllabi, course assignments, and discussion board assignments. The pros on Canvas are its simplicity for all users and ease of learning how to use the site.

Cons: The only cons I can think of are related to trying to re-submit an assignment after you have submitted the original assignment. I think that may depend on professors, but some will allow you to continue to submit updates on your assignment until you reach the actual due date, while other professors may not allow that. So that is not a con of the system so much, but it is a con in general if you're not allowed to re-submit assignments.

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I use this for academic purposes, it is a great way for staff to share files and information.

Mar 13, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: What I like most about Canvas is the ability to send and receive files between students and professors. Professors can share as much or as little information and files as they would like. There is a function that some staff use to communicate the syllabus in a way that can be interactive to have the most up to date assignments.

Cons: The thing I like lease about the software is the functions that depend primarily on the professors discretion. The faculty can put as much or as little content on the site as they want. Too much information can become confusing. The modules function is too similar to the assignments function. Modules can be removed if there is no reason to differentiate.

Overall: I can use the grading feature to input a future grade to test the final grade outcome based on my own hypothetical grades. This is a useful feature.

Overall, the software is convenient, but many of my students seem to have difficulty accessing it.

Sep 07, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: The best feature is the "speedgrader." Students submit their homework via Canvas. It is then quick and easy to move through each submission and assign points. Points are then automatically entered into the grade book. The feature eliminates paper submissions.

Cons: Certain features seem limited and not intuitive. For example, it takes an extra step to assign different due dates to different sections. In addition, as a user and not an administrator, it is not readily apparent to me how to remove students from Canvas if they drop the course.

Overall: Ways to share files and information with students outside of class.

We use Canvas for our students at Southern Union.

Mar 13, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The thing that I enjoy most about Canvas is that it is very easy to use and user friendly. Most instructors can figure out how to use this software on their own without receiving much training, which makes my job a little easier.

Cons: The thing that I like least about the Canvas software is that sometimes we encounter issues that occur that we don't have explanations for. They are however, easily resolvable so they aren't that big of a deal.

Stay informed on your child's grades/assignments

Mar 15, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Get alerts when grades are posted, can view assignments, like to see my child's grade in relation to the rest of his class, also love to see what has been submitted online (videos, speeches made by my child).

Cons: Graphics are kind of old school (excuse the pun), could be a bit more intuitive with more drop down menus to navigate quicker.

Overall: I can keep up on my child's grades, assignments, and participation. I feel very connected to his teachers and his overall education.

I am a college student graduating this may ; when I first started college we were using a different LMS.

Mar 09, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: It is the perfect platform to keep students from falling in the cracks and allowing professors to teach in several different mediums. Resources can be abundant, and eText integration is a life saver.

Cons: The product is great overall, but professors often underuse the product. I worked in IT support for the university, and the only time we had issues with canvas had to do with outages, a necessary happening for product improvement.

User- friendly, flexible.

Feb 28, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Having used two other products before canvas this is by far the most user friendly. It interfaces easily with other apps, the phone app is great for students, and if you are willing to work in html code it is very flexible.

Cons: Math pallet could be expanded. I have had some issues with creating quizzes with imported pictures and the groups function is not that intuitive to set up but is very easy from the student side.

Online School Software Ok but not great

Aug 01, 2018
3/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I am able to use it for free. It is generally user friendly. It's ability to connect with the school website is good.

Cons: It has limitations as a collaboration tool. You must rely on the administrator to "open" features which could be useful in a team setting. Certain functions are not easily found, and the user has to hunt around for them.

Overall: I've used other LMS platforms in the past. Despite it's look and feel, Canvas doesn't stand up to the other platforms.

I used Canvas as our learning management system for 2 years at a K-12 public cyber school.

Aug 02, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The function and design of the modules is great for tracking students and holding them responsible for completing their work. Being able to set prerequisites is essential to making sure students are not skipping around to get to their assignments. I also appreciated the unlocking feature so I could program when I wanted a module to go live instead of having to actually go in and make it visible at a specific time. The organization of it all was just wonderful.

Cons: I understand why Canvas did this since it most likely complied with learners with specific needs (visually), but it was a bit of a bummer that I could not change the font. I had to resort to using images with text when I needed to make something stand out. So it is a minor compliant, but it certainly would have been a nice addition.

Instructor Needs

Feb 08, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I use this weekly with the engagement of my students. I just wish technology was this convenient when i was in school which wasn't that long ago. It keeps you very organized and love how you can preload lesson ,tests, discussion and more. The software had an update were you can have video chat .

Cons: The only thing for me was maybe having a live video option but I am sure that is coming. The students really didn't have anything negative about it. We have been using it for 2 years now and its the pricing not as clear too but we love it and will continue to buy!

This has made my online classes much more user friendly!

Feb 15, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I love the ease of pulling up my assignments and the way it lays our the discussion questions and modules for the week. Everything is so easy to use and self explanatory.

Cons: Sometimes I find that with the mobile app I will enter a lot of information to submit then find that the app times out and I lose everything. If there was a way to save as you go that would be amazing!

Overall: Easier to navigate my classwork!

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This has been used by both Stanford Online High School and the San Mateo Community College DIstrict.

Jun 26, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: My favorite function on this software is the grade calculator where you can enter a grade that you think you might have and that way you can use one software to calculate all the grades you need rather than going to a different site. I also like that you can submit assignments and also email your instructors.

Cons: Sometimes discussion groups don't let you back out of a group, which could be a teacher/instructor issue but it would be nice if there was some error handling. Additionally, finding discussions and modules can be a little difficult.

Intuitive Interface for Students

Mar 26, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Pros: As a student who has participated in the transition from my university's personal learning system to the canvas interface, I must say I am a fan. We would previously rely on several websites to complete functions that canvas has integrated into a single system. Professors are able to integrate "external" apps to meet their needs, such as iClicker registration, or integration of lecture podcasts with YuJa. I especially like the way grades are presented, with "what-if" functions and good representations of score distributions.

Cons: I am unfortunately not able to speak for how easy the software is for an instructor to use, but have heard some professors mention that it can be more complex due to all the possible features.

Sensational Software in Digital Design

Jul 07, 2018
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It is a versatile application of great ease of use, you can have a design ready quickly, many tools are free, has multiple predesigned templates, the templates can be adapted to the colors that suit, like you can use pre-made images; this is designed in 9 blocks that are needed to create attractive sales advertisements for the business, because it is an online application all documents are saved in the cloud, which is easy for editing from anywhere, this allows us to store up to 1GB

Cons: The application is online which is a disadvantage because of not having internet you can not access it, some images are paid and these can only be used in a single design, it reduces the creativity of people because it prevents us from confronting to create a presentation totally from the beginning.

Overall: Simplifies the work of propaganda and counterpropaganda through social networks, also this is used in the preparation of presentations that are used in videoconferences. The cost of using this product in the company is practically free since all the images to be used are pre-designed and the premium graphics are cheap.

Fantastic, easy to use system that keeps me organized

Feb 22, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I like how easy it is to manage all my tasks. It's extremely easy to keep track of when things are due, scoring, progress etc.

Cons: It's not an all in one platform. I only log in when I need to check the status on something. I would love if there were better resources to take notes etc.

Overall: Tracking, organization, better managing tasks. This platform helps me stay on the ball and know important deadlines and metrics.

Used it as a student when doing MBA. Most of our professors had the courses through this program.

Feb 01, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: 1. One place to access all my courses
2. Easy file structure
3. Grading was easy and software can show my position within my class
4. Managing assignments was easy through the software

Cons: 1. Sometimes the file download was not that easy when multiple files were selected
2. Edit option of the files and note taking option

Overall: One place to access all the documents , courses and team documents

Supporting Canvas for two and a half years at a state university

Sep 24, 2015
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: Canvas is extremely open to input from their user base - in particular with the new Canvas Community launched in early 2015. They respond directly to inquiries and are quick to act on trouble issues. Being cloud-based and agile developers, solutions are quickly implemented and available.

Cons: Rapid growth and development have led to some QA/QC issues when new features are deployed. However, Canvas is very responsiveness in addressing and correcting those issues when they crop up.

Recommendations to other buyers: Starting with a small group of volunteer instructors and getting their buy-in prior to campus wide deployment made the transition much easier for us. In addition, we ran for a year with our prior LMS (Blackboard) and Canvas in tandem. Instructors were able to test the waters for and entire year before we pulled the plug. This made the process easier from both a support and a user perspective.

I have used canvas for both undergraduate and graduate school

May 09, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I like how you can customize your courses and organize them. I also like the messaging feature to contact teachers and classmates.

Cons: I think the mobile app could use a lot of work. I have had a lot of issues using it and usually just default do using the website. There are also so many tabs in each course and I think they could be modified for ease of use and organization.

I use Canvas as a student nearly everyday

Apr 11, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I love how Canvas is organized by course and you are able to see clearly the outline of each course. I also like that you can see "what if grades" which allows you to type in an expected grade to see what you need to achieve your desired grade in each course

Cons: What I like least is that it is slow at times and customer support seems to take a while if there are any administrator issues. A lot of times what happens is that the administrator releases an assignment on their end but it never shows up on the student end

I love working in Canvas!

Jul 18, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The layout, options, and detail are great; the Instructure community is very supportive and engaging. It is very intuitive and you can make pages and courses look really nice.

Cons: Nothing really comes to mind - it is one of the easiest software options I have ever had to learn. A great product.

Overall: Easy learning curve and the ability to design clean, creative, and engaging course options.

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I earned my degree on Canvas

Jan 12, 2018
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: This program can do and handle an entire classes needs. I like that I can everything in spot where I can login. look at my assignment. Not have to hunt down the assignment instructions and just get on with it.

Cons: The con would be that there are customizable however, it makes it different from class to class and sometimes it is hard to find certain items.

Use canvas all the time

Mar 16, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: We use canvas daily. We have created online courses, quizzes, and modules as well as free form courses as resources. It is very easy to use and holds it all there.

Cons: The storage amount that we had ran out quickly, but now we just link to files held in google drive. The formatting is sometimes hard to figure out and you have to go in to the code to reformat.

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If you want to do ads for social networks, canvas is very good at that.

May 10, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: excellent tool to edit content and images to publish on social networks because it has direct editors for what you need.

Cons: the interface of the content editions needs more options to be able to completely modify the images.

Overall: This is a great product to develop content and images intuitive, easy and fast, is good at the time to develop something simple and fast with a slightly professional finish.

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Good LMS software

Jun 27, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I use it as a compliment for my classes. I like that all the documents could be uploaded for my students to find in one place. Assigning to my students all kind of assignments, homework, exams is really helpful and they can follow their grades in one place.

Cons: From the teacher perspective the learning curve is pretty high, there should be a manual or a video to teach admins how to use and setup the software to get all the benefits from its functionalities.

Overall: This software is really useful to complement class education.

Canvas is good, but it could be better

Mar 01, 2018
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Canvas has its positives, it's a lot better than the software that it competes against, and it is generally rather clean and easy to use.

Cons: It can be rather slow, and inefficiently use space. Certain preferences and settings (such as calendar selections) randomly go away. Sometimes you do things you did not mean to do as a result of the design of Canvas.

academic platform to keep school paperless

Jun 06, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like that content can be edited and annotated directly from the files section on the mobile app. This makes note taking super easy.

Cons: I hate the integration with Study.net. The integration is awful, and I don't think it's actually Canvas's issue, but they should take ownership of it. The study.net integration is slow, buggy, and not mobile friendly.

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Easiest way to take your classes to an online platform

Apr 10, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: This is one of the easiest ways to take your classes onto an online environment as an educator. It is easy to use and work through. For newbies in e-learning, this is the perfect user-intuitive tool.

Cons: The layout leaves a little to be desired. I find the landing page a little bit overwhelming, especially with students who are new to using it.

Great Features

Jun 19, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I enjoy the ease of use overall of the software, but specifically the integrations that are available allowing me to use several programs within Canvas.

Cons: My least favorite thing about Canvas is that the customer service does not always have an answer for you and are slow to implement new features that faculty and students see as a necessity.

Can't complain, app is much more efficient than other educational softwares I have used before.

Aug 01, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I love the simplicity of Canvas. It is easy to jump from course and course and I like how there is a "To Do" list, it helps me keep my assignments in order. The module format is also helpful and makes it easy to understand the goals, assignments, and break down the week as a whole.

Cons: I don't have a whole lot of complaints about Canvas. I have previously used other educational software in my undergrad and it was difficult to manage and I and my professors hardly used it because it wasn't user friendly. The only thing I wish Canvas would change would be to indicate when professors have put something in the "files" folder. I don't check that folder regularly, maybe that is my fault, but it would helpful if there was a number next to the tab to indicate how many files are in there, or a notification to indicate the upload of a file.

Cloud education on demand

Aug 01, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Canvas is a great educational tool, since it was design to be a learning management system. It have great classrooms and it's very interactive with neat features such as creating and applying exams.

Cons: It can be buggy and not so user friendly and the experience depends on the dynamic of the class and the features used on it.

I taught many college courses using Canvas in my adjunct days. Great way to organize class!

Oct 05, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The user interface is generally very friendly. I found it super helpful to organize both online and on ground courses when I was teaching for a university. It's laid out and designed well, and it was generally easy for students to use. The grading functionalities an analytics were incredibly handy!

Cons: Some outside programs were difficult to integrate at times, and shifting the dates of the course anytime I was copying a course from an old section to a new section, the dates never shifted fully with 100% accuracy. I always had to double check and correct the date shifts, which was inconvenient for a feature/function that would have been incredibly handy if it had worked 100% of the time with total accuracy.

I used Canvas as a student taking all online based courses.

Jan 19, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Canvas is user friendly and easy to browse through. It allows you to have all your higher education needs in one system- grades, registration, financial aid, and courses.

Cons: Canvas required me to change my password too often. While this is for security reasons, it was inconvenient.

Overall: completed my MPH using canvas software through USF

Online school classes.

Jul 02, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I love that this software is so moldable to your curriculum. I've taken multiple classes on Canvas and it is so well designed. The platform is easy to navigate and easy to learn. Tutorial videos aren't even needed!

Cons: Sometime Canvas does not register attendance checks while in class. This makes teachers and/or teacher assistants have to enter the attendance manually and that took extra time. Not sure what creates that problem, but fixing that would save many work hours.

Makes keeping up with classes on my phone so much easier

Mar 31, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Canvas offers a mobile app that allows participation in class discussions, displays grades and upcoming assignments. When completing classes online having access to this info on my phone is tremendously helpful. The full desktop site is easy to navigate and offers additional functionality. Combined these resources help me stay in touch with my professors and keep my academics in good standing.

Cons: Overall I have no issues with Canvas. There was an update recently to the mobile app that resolved the one cosmetic issue I had. All in all great software!

Overall: Easy communication with professors and instant access to grades and assignments.

Very thorough designed LMS packed with features and nice UX

Apr 20, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Canvas is a great product for serious educational organizations. It's full of features that create an excellent user experience for each of the teacher, TA's, students, and admins alike. One of the great pros that are missing in many basic LMS's is the ability to create rubrics. It's been adopted by an uncountable number of schools and universities due to its featurefulness, flexibility, and ease of use

Cons: Sometimes it requires a bit of a learning curve, especially for the admin. Also, customizing it is not as easy as using it

Overall: I believe that Canvas is the absolute goto LMS for medium to large scale educational institutions

As a student, Canvas was helpful and easy to use.

May 21, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like that this software has an easy to use app that allowed me to check my grades and look at my classes when I didn't have my computer. I could assign a color to each class in the app that allowed me to color coordinate everything for that class! Canvas helped me to stay organized and made it easy to see upcoming assignments.

Cons: As a student user, I found this software to be easy to use and helpful for staying on top of assignments and classes. I cannot think of anything I did not like!

Overall: As a student using this software was helpful to my college experience. It allowed me to stay organized and know expectations for each class.

I am a student and teaching assistant and love this!

Mar 11, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I love how easy the software is for the students and how the information can be organized very efficiently.

Cons: I do not like how it can be difficult for teachers to begin to understand how to use the software, definitely need to train on it first.

Overall: This has helped improve my grades because it keeps me alerted and aware.