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

455 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

  • Block Websites/Applications
  • Built in LMS
  • Collaboration Tools
  • For Classroom
  • For Labs
  • Internet Usage Monitoring
  • Real-time Chat
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Report Cards
  • Support Audio/Images/Video
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Transcripts
  • View Student Monitors

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  • 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!


Has its limits, but still the best out there

Oct 11, 2018
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: We use the Free for Teacher edition. When it comes to setting up courses, having assignments, files, students, deadlines, and grades set up, it's pretty simple. Not a lot of trouble getting things put together. You can integrate videos, there's a conference capability called Big Blue Button that allows all the members of the course to video in with each other and you can share screen and everything. It has been a big help allowing our students to have a portal to do their assignments, and connect with everyone in the class.

Cons: One of the nuances to Canvas that is difficult is limiting what teachers can see. By that I mean we have two different types of courses that we run.

One is an individual cohort of a few students and a director. The only way to make these closed down to just these members is to create a duplicate of the course and put those members in. Not a terrible thing, but then the courses start to stack up with all the different cohorts you have going. Plus, there's not really a way to have any updates filter down into all the same semester courses. So if we want to make an update on Semester 1, we have to go into each individual course and update it. There's also no way to update deadlines when you copy a course. So I have to change every assignment's due date so it fits in the new semester's timeline.

The other kind of course that we have is an open course that anyone can jump into, and then we assign a TA to grade certain students. The problem with this is that there's no way to limit the TA's view of who is in the course. So it shows them that there are dozens of students' work that needs to be graded in their To-Do List and makes it difficult for them to know when their assigned students have actually submitted anything. Haven't been able to find a work around for this yet.

Overall: There is a paid version that you can do too. It's very expensive, and we found it still didn't quite meet our needs. For universities it probably would do the trick, but if you're a small education program, stick with Free for Teacher. Even with its little hassles, Canvas is still the best online classroom you can find out there.

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
Value for Money
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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
Value for Money
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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
Value for Money
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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.

Clean, easy, and

Aug 23, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Canvas is by far the best class organization platform I have used as a student. There are so many features, such as a calendar, grading system, discussion system, grouping system, messaging system, announcement system, file system, and more more components implemented in a clean interface for both the desktop site and mobile application, making Canvas feel like a very complete and comprehensive tool. Configuring Canvas is easy, but any snags along the way can be sorted out by contacting Canvas's excellent customer support. So long as a teacher or professor is willing to make good use of Canvas, then the tool will serve as a huge boon to both students and instructors.

Cons: A more robust and open grading system would be more useful for determining one's current or final for when teachers or professors implement less traditional grading weights and tactics. While the software is clean, certain features and pages can be convoluted to find. The file browser and downloading files could be improved and made more intuitive.

Overall: While Canvas is not perfect, it is by far the best class organization tool I have used and I can only see it improving from here.

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.

Canvas Learning Management System

Oct 04, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: There are a lot of great features about Canvas, and you have the ability to add your own personal flair to your class homepages and things of that nature. It's also a platform that my students are familiar with and have ease while using. For my school district, it is a common LMS that we have throughout the entire district, so students come to the high school having used Canvas since they were in elementary school. I like Canvas overall, but I still have a lot to learn.

Cons: The biggest con for me is that I cannot connect my Google Drive to my Canvas. I heard rumors that there may be a way to do this, but I have not studied that out yet. I would like to be able to upload Google Docs and Google Slides and the like to my assignments or home pages without having to download the document and then upload it to the Canvas assignment or files portion of my Canvas page. I also wish that personalization was a little simpler to do. It would be nice if there were different layouts to choose from or something like that. I am all for creativity and personalization.

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
Value for Money
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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.

As a student, Canvas makes it easy to collaborate and learn

Nov 01, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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Pros: I used Canvas both as a student, and as a teaching assistant, so I have seen how the software works for both of those user groups.

As a student, Canvas's UI is straightforward, well-organized, and easy to use. Using the software for 5+ years, I grew to quite like it. Inside of "Courses", you can find all of your course's files, your classmates, chats, and much much more. Never did I not find something that I thought might be useful.

As a teaching assistant, Canvas made it easy to access the gradebook and add/edit grades, view performance metrics, and talk with students. Great features, I'm sure there's plenty I'm missing.

Cons: The ONLY complaint I have with Canvas is the markup/ grading system. It is honestly much slower to grade papers submitted to Canvas on the site than it is to download, print, and grade them manually. Hopefully Canvas can save some trees and figure out how to improve their SpeedGrader product.

Overall: Overall, as a teacher and student using this software, I am highly satisfied.

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A must have for students and a hassle for instructors

Sep 20, 2018
3/5
Overall

2 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Canvas offers students so many ways to engage with their courses- discussion boards, chat, media posts, uploading assignments, checking their grades, tracking attendance, etc. For students, it is pretty easy to use and navigate because everything is clearly labeled and easy to find. My students particularly like the ability to email me directly through canvas.

Cons: If you are the one organizing and running the course page, using canvas can be extremely difficult at times, and annoying. Because there's so many features, it takes so many steps just to complete a simple task, like posting a homework assignment or uploading a document for students. One time, canvas has crashed on me and then reloaded without saving my work. Luckily, the help page on the canvas support website is extremely detailed and useful.

Overall: As an instructor, I am willing to put up with Canvas's flaws because out of all the learning software programs I've used, student respond best to canvas for it's easy to use and direct layout.

Way too time consuming and complex to be useful

Jan 31, 2017
2/5
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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.

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Easy to use and great education community

Oct 10, 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 took very little time for me to learn and understand how to use an integrated into my courses. It is a very intuitive software. When we transitioned to Canvas the students found it very easy to learn, understand and use. Canvas makes it simple to organize all of your different materials for your classes in a way that seamless and easy for the students to find. In addition, the online support guides and community within canvas makes it even easier to find solutions to the problems that you're having. Canvas has built-in an online community where you can get answers to questions but also get new ideas from other people who are teaching similar courses.

Cons: I wish that canvas had more ways to customize the look and feel of your classes. In addition, there are times when Canvas has settings that are hard to find or some small features that are difficult to learn to use.

Overall: Our University recently switched to Canvas. Canvas has been much easier to use especially for online learning that our last system. It has helped us make our class is more robust and easier to use.

Stay Up to Date and Organized

Sep 18, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: As a student user, Canvas is incredibly simple to use. Having used other software for keeping up with lecture material and assignments for years, and then using canvas more recently, I much prefer canvas. I downloaded the app on my phone and also access it on my desktop. All of my classes are well organized and I can even customize the class tabs color to my preference. Simply click on the class you wish to view and you have access to all files and due dates for assignments listed plain as day in a visually attractive single click format format. There are even capabilities for instructors to record their lectures and upload this to canvas. Grades are also displayed for timely feedback.

Cons: I much prefer canvas to other similar software I have used, so I don't really have any complaints.

Overall: To reiterate, I would highly recommend Canvas to any educational setting looking for such a platform. As a student I find Canvas highly efficient and modern. It honestly makes me wonder how I used other similar platforms for so long with few complaints. I guess I didn't know what I was missing!

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Aug 16, 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: 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.

I was very thankful when my graduate institution switched to this program

Aug 16, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: It is very clean and organized. There is a helpful sidebar that tells you which projects are upcoming and when they are due. Once you have turned in the project, the sidebar task disappears! It also has a nicely integrated option for recording videos up to about 15 minutes. That is quite helpful for meeting class requirements. I like how integrated the discussions can be with the lectures, and also like the feature to mark all discussions "read" if you do not need to take the time to read them all. There are so many other great features as well - you find out more and more each day as you use it, and definitely appreciate it more if you had to use a different platform in the past.

Cons: There was a learning curve to figuring this program out, but once I figured it out, it has been wonderful. Some times the little buttons are not synced correctly and do not accurately show when there is a new discussion post or announcement, and at other times they say there are unread discussions when there are not. Also, on the phone app, sometimes discussion posts show up repeatedly as doubles, and sometimes triples or more!

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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.

The Best Out There

Oct 30, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Canvas has great capabilities, a clean user interface, and a consistent user experience. Customer support (if purchased) is fantastic, and the community guides for help are really good if an institution opts not to pay for customer support. After using 7 different LMS's and sampling others, I am confident in saying Canvas is the best one out there.

Cons: The only con I can think of is in the rich text editor for pages, assignments, quizzes, etc. While it is functional and has great capabilities if one can code (even a little), it is a generation or two behind modern web page design services like Squarespace and Wix. At the macro level, Canvas is fantastic.

Overall: I am now at the second university where I was a part of helping choose Canvas. Students and faculty are both having better experiences with online education (even for face-to-face classes).

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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
Customer Support
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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.

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Canvas is an excellent LMS platform

Oct 16, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
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Pros: I love all of the features and how thoughtful the developers have been in creating it. It has so many features that really allow you to do whatever you want in your class effectively.

Cons: The interface is not very intuitive. There is a learning curve. Especially if you want to use the more customization features. It takes a while to learn the system and can really be frustrating at times.

Overall: In my opinion this is a top of the line LMS. There really isn't a better on out there. They have thought of everything and have made a platform that has the potential to help you create a superior online course. It can be hard to use at times, and there have been several occasions where the help line hasn't been able to help me with my problem. Making development requests can be rather ineffective with their voting system as well. They are responsive though and do help solve the majority of issues.

Organised, easy and aesthetic.

Jul 09, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

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.

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.

As Both a Student and Instructor, I Recommend Canvas

Aug 22, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: I have over 7 years of experience with Canvas. Through my undergraduate and graduate education, nearly all of my professors used this platform for uploading their syllabi, assigning work, collecting work, communicating with students, uploading materials, and keeping track of student performance. As a student, I loved this resource. Being able to access all of my coursework in one, easy-to-navigate package was a dream come true. And the complexity that some of the Canvas sites I went to was astounding. It seemed that, with some learning, an instructor could practically build their own website within the tool - complete with stunning, interactive functionality.

Cons: Unfortunately, those astoundingly complex Canvas sites were more the exception than the norm. And when I had a hand in making a Canvas page, I found out why - the tool is incredibly complex. You get the ability to do just about anything, which is stellar. But this is not a tool that was easy to pick up and intuitively understand. Becoming "good" at Canvas takes concerted effort and research. That said, the upward limit on what you can build for the classroom is almost unfathomable.

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Canvas Continues to be the Best LMS Available

Oct 17, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Canvas has made great improvements to its functionality and user experience. Instructure recently made drastic improvements to some of its administrative functions. For example, they redesigned the roles and permissions page to greatly simply managing permissions for all the roles in your instance. They also have been releasing new features on a much quicker pace.

Cons: Submitting support tickets or calling in for support continues to be problematic. For seasoned Canvas Admins, their support tickets should be immediately escalated to their top-tier support team. We have typically tried everything that Tier 1 support would have us do before submit a troubleshooting ticket.

Overall: Canvas is the Best LMS out there. Our usage among faculty continues to increase and improve every year.

Helped make graduate school very manageable!

Nov 30, 2016
4/5
Overall

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
Value for Money
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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

Blows Everything Else Out Of The Water

Oct 09, 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 software is really easy to use and looks great. I love how you can email your students without any trouble. It is also really nice that it has reminders for you to grade assignments. It tells you how many you have left to grade and tells you the low mean and average of the scores.

Cons: The only thing that I don't like about canvas is the fact that some file types can not be uploaded. This makes it hard to upload different types of files from different software. I wish that this software had some more ways you could customize you User Interface.

Overall: We have been using this since we started and it has been amazing. I have taught at other schools and have used other software. None of them come close to this one.

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
Value for Money
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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
Value for Money
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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.

Best school program

Nov 06, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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Pros: - super simple layout

- made keeping track of assignments and due dates less stressful

- ability to keep track of everything on a calendar that was built into the program was an added bonus (better than having to put assignment dates into a separate calendar)

Cons: - when submitting partner assignments only one person could submit unless you wanted a duplicate

- would be nice if there was an option to add two (or more) names to a project submission so that all partners would receive a checkmark on the submission

Overall: - almost entirely positive, no complaints except for the one mentioned above

- having all courses in the same program was a great benefit for productivity and organization

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Great for organising university work

Sep 02, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: I have been using this application in the finar year of my masters. It has been very usefull for organising all my modules in the university Shows me all the due dates of all my assignments and details of all the assignments in an organized manner.

Furthermore, this can alsi be used from the mobile phone so therefore has been much easier for me to check my unversity work such as presentations, PDF's while travelling and even in the train.

The integartion of Turn it in is also a good feature.

Cons: sometimes the organisation of the material added depends on the lecturer. So the material could be messed up and makes the software annoying to handle.

Some links won't work at moments. Has to be improved with new features.

Overall: Has been very usefull for my studies to access, download and submit all documents.

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.

Better than Scholar or Blackboard

Oct 22, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: As a former student I experienced several of these online systems where professors upload assignments and vice versa. Don't even get me started on Blackboard, it was just a nightmare, Scholar on the other had was a little better, but by far CANVAS was my favorite. CANVAS easily allowed you to view your individual classes and then break classes up into subgroups, uploading assignments was easy and allowed you to review your upload easily, and the app was great to constantly be checking grades and new assignments.

Cons: Overall I think when my school made the switch to CANVAS the learning curve was hard for some professors because there were so many feature to be offered, so it was a slow acceptance of the system, but when everyone started to learn it, it made everything easier.

Great LMS

Oct 02, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: Canvas is very easy to use. The interface is fairly intuitive. I was able to use it without having to contact customer support and without spending time googling tutorials online. I especially like the feature that allows me to view discussion forum posts by students so that I don't have to spend time searching through the each forum looking to see whether or not a student submitted the assigned posts.

Cons: I use a lot of online videos in my classes. While Canvas allows users to embed YouTube videos, I wish it would allow me to embed videos from other sites, like Vimeo, as well. And, from a student's perspective, it would be nice to be able to hide the modules that have been completed so that as the semester progresses, I don't have to do a lot of scrolling.

Overall: I use it to post course content. It makes it easy for me to keep all of my filed organizes and to easily import content from one course into another. It's also great to know when students have turned things in, so that there are no disagreements about when something was submitted.

Canvas shines where Blackboard has become.. Dull.

Dec 11, 2015
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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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.

Useful, but some bugs

Sep 24, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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Pros: I loved that it keeps all the files for all of your semesters at school, which means I can look back at the notes that my teacher uploaded in my freshman year if I need to reference something. Also, the ability to upload assignments and receive feedback, as well as the grade calculation functionality are useful. You can see how the class in aggregate did on an assignment did, which can be handy to predict curves.

Cons: Unfortunately, the discussion section of canvas can get very cluttered very quickly. If your class uses it for multiple purposes, there is no way to group discussions by topic or assignment.

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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

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
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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Mixed Experiences

Oct 29, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: I liked the ease of communicating with other students and staff. I know a lot of my professors aren't as technologically adept, and they were able to use the software properly. It was nice not having to worry if it would work for both parties. I've used it at different universities and have never had major issues.

Cons: There seems to be a slightly different layout depending on who you're using the software with. I always have a slight break-in period where I'm trying to adjust to once again finding the functions I need.

Overall: It's useful and gets the job done, but it seems to lack consistency.

Canvas for online learning

Oct 17, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: I have taken several online courses. My university switched from Blackboard to Canvas and I couldn't be happier. The ease of use is phenomenal. It allows for communication between peers, students and teachers, and groups with ease. Most online courses have group projects and Canvas has the perfect forum to create groups and then communicate amongst your group. I also love the email system and custom settings.

Cons: Sometimes it can be difficult to locate where materials are located though I believe this is more based on how the instructor sets up the template.

Canvas is a user-friendly platform for students and teachers.

Nov 03, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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Pros: As a student and a Graduate teaching assistant, I enjoy how Canvas organizes my assignments, grades, and announcements from each class.

Cons: I don't like how Canvas makes it difficult to have an assignment with a a specific due date. For example, a lot of my classes can only have the assignments with the due date at midnight otherwise they will be deleted from the system if an earlier time is put into the system.

Overall: Overall, Canvas is a good tool for teachers and students to have effective communication with one another. You can connect its notifications with your email and never miss an assignment or an announcement again!

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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.

Organized Educational Platform

Oct 23, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: I really like being able to customize the names of my courses on my dashboard. The ability to change the colors for the classes is also nice. Being able to go to the grades section to see my overall grades in my classes is also nice vs having to click through each individual class. I also like that our Panopto recordings are stored within Canvas

Cons: I wish that the format was more standardized on the instructor's side. Different instructors like to set their courses up differently and that can be confusing when trying to figure out where something is located.

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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
Value for Money
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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.

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.

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.

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
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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.

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
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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!

Canvas takes online teaching to a new level

Oct 29, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: - easy to design courses

- powerful with many app add-ons

- intuitive design

Cons: - complex backend

- takes some training for less-experienced students to onboard

Overall: As an instructor whose taught online and hybrid courses, I really like Canvas compared to other applications like it. I find that a lot of it is not far off from building a site on something like WordPress. But it is more complex and requires onboarding. I wish that it was easier and more intuitive for user and instructor alike. I like that it is open source and my school not only uses it but supports it so any question I have is supported by staff. Overall, I'm very happy with it.

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.

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.

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
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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
Value for Money
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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.

Canvas is a great LMS

Oct 13, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 7.0/10 Not
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Pros: Canvas is great for initial functionality. I find that it is quick and easy to get the hang of. Building modules and classes through canvas is pretty easy. The flow is also easy to follow and having flowsheets with tabs on the side make for easy guidance.

Cons: Our university in particular has had issues pretty much every semester with carrying classes over. It can be quite the hassle and if as an instructor this is not done soon enough and you attempt to build a class before they have consolidated things, you can loose all of your material. This is obviously very frustrating. Some of the settings are also hard to find and can be buried a little bit.

Good Resource for Students

Oct 30, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: It made accessing, organizing, and communication with other for school work fairly easy. The organization was important and I liked when they rolled out the app access for students

Cons: It was difficult getting used to since a lot items were not easy to get to. It could be the professors not fully setting it up so maybe it's an education issue to more fully optimize the program for each class

Overall: Once I got used to it it made life a lot easier with organizing work and knowing exactly what I needed to do to save time and energy.

Love using Canvas!

May 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: 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.

The best program for students

Sep 17, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: I used canvas throughout most of my undergraduate program and it was the best. Super easy to use and navigate. Everything was organized and outlined well and it made having online classes really easy to keep up with. Important due dates are highlighted and you're notified when there's an assignment due or a grade has been released.

Cons: I don't have anything negative to say about Canvas. It was a great program and from what I've noticed most colleges and universities are now using it.

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EASY to use!

Sep 06, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: I love Canvas software. I have been using it entirely for my classes for 2 years and experimenting with it for 3. This is definately the best classroom software I have used. I appreciate all of the functions that can be utilized within the software. Trying new functions within Canvas is worthwhile timewise because it is so easy to use.

Cons: Sometimes there are little glitches and backwards ways to get information into the system but, for the most part it is awesome!

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
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 8.0/10 Not
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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.

Canvas Review

Aug 07, 2018
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: 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 REVIEW

Nov 07, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: As a student and administrator of this program, the benefits to it are amazing. It is highly user friendly and each update with the app makes it easier to use on a smart phone. It can function just as the website would on a computer just from your phone. The layout is always clear and precise and it is easy to find what I need.

Cons: As an administrator for this software, it can be difficult to publish pages for students to comment on or send links through.

Canvas for All!

Aug 01, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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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.

Use for college

Oct 18, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
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Pros: What I like most about Canvas is the ease of use for accessing information regarding my college courses. You can check your grades, review submitted assignments, and read instructions for an assignment. Another feature I like is that it keeps track of your previous courses too.

Cons: A con would be that sometimes Canvas will not allow you to see all submitted assignments from other students or it will not load right. This happens probably 60% of the time.

Great for instructors and students alike

Sep 24, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: Canvas allows instructors to post assignments, quizzes, discussion forums, and other materials like the syllabus and PowerPoint slides online. This way, the instructors don't have to print multiple copies of materials and students can access them when needed. As a student who is blind, I really appreciated this because I needed print materials in alternate formats, and when they were posted online, I could download them right on my devices. Another cool thing about Canvas is that when instructors post quizzes, they can have multiple choice questions graded automatically, so students can check their answers after submitting the quiz. Instructors can also time the quizzes if they wish.

Cons: Based on my experience, I don't have any complaints about Canvas.

Overall: Overall, my experience has been very positive and I would definitely recommend Canvas to instructors who are able to use it. I've seen how it can be useful in courses, and I was able to show a student who was blind how to navigate Canvas using a screen reader called JAWS.

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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.

I Love Canvas

Oct 09, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: Canvas makes my schooling SO easy! Everything is in one place, it is very user friendly, and it looks modern and sleek. Thanks to Canvas, getting through school has been much more manageable. I also love that you can put in predicted grades and see how it will effect your grade overall.

Cons: I wish there was a way to preview documents before turning them in. This would save a lot of time and trouble when the wrong document is uploaded.

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
Value for Money
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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.

Best program when I was a student

Sep 07, 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: This program is the best for connecting with professors, knowing what assignments are due, and real time grades. My favorite feature is the what if scores on the grades sheet so I know what grades are needed to keep a good grade overall along with the discussion boards to connect with classmates

Cons: I have no negatives to say about this program

Overall: I loved Canvas and I loved connecting it to my phone so I was always able to check grades, and assignments

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.

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.