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

728 Reviews

  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall

  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 4 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
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  • 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

  • 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
  • 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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CANVAS Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Site is satisfactory, app needs work

Feb 15, 2019
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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Pros: I've been a full-time student for the past 10 years and all the institutions that I've been attending have used canvas to post grades and make announcements. I have never had any complaints about the online website. It is easy to customize the main page to see exactly which courses you are in and it gives you the ability to arrange them in the order that you see fit, with your most important classes place in the more visible areas of the website. On the right side of the page there is an announcement bar where updates from your professors are easily seen and any new grades that have been posted are showing as well. Canvas also gives the professors the ability to organize students into groups for certain projects and also too give quizzes and tests. Professors also can upload PowerPoints, handouts, and other sources of material, which are easily downloaded through the website which automatically packs all the files, if multiple, into a zip file for your convenience. Overall, I've had a good experience with canvas and I would recommend it to institutions that are looking for a reliable, convenient way to communicate to students and facilitate courses online.

Cons: I don't really have any negative things to say about the software itself. The only issues that I have had are with the app, which I have used both on Android and Apple devices. When clicking on pop-up notifications for new grades being posted or sometimes other announcements, the app opens but it does not take you to the desired notification. When faced with a blank screen, you need to restart the app and manually go to where the notification was trying to direct you.

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A Revolutionary Aid to Learning

Jan 08, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: I have used canvas at both my previous college and my current one which I transferred to, for both classes which were taken entirely on the platform (online classes) and classes where it was used as an aid. The ability to see an up to date schedule for your classes, contact instructors, revisit old modules, submit assignments online, view and respond to instructor feedback... It's completely changed the game. It's become an intrinsic part of my routine to check canvas everyday. You can also customize what alerts you want to see, so if your instructor gives you feedback or sends an alert out you can get an email straight away.

The app is also fantastic and very convenient!

If you're an instructor and you don't use canvas, I worry that I won't be able to see important changes in time. Plus, feedback is relegated to the old fashioned, penciled in way of the early 2000s. We're better than that now, in no small part due to Canvas, which has genuinely revolutionized the medium learning takes.

Cons: There was one brief time this year where they pushed an update that made it so one of my instructors would see some error message when they clicked on my file submission, even though they were able to successfully download the file. They patched that quickly!

Overall, it turns of lasting cons, canvas has tried very hard to become irreplaceable, and they've succeeded. My only problem is when instructors aren't tech oriented, and so don't understand how to set up a course shell, but that's not canvas' fault.

Has its limits, but still the best out there

Oct 11, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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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
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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.

College course management program for students, faculty, and staff

Jan 02, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: After my university switched over to Canvas as the preferred course management software, I was happy to finally have a user-friendly interface to work with. The menu is not cluttered and all tabs and icons are easy to find. One of the main advantages of Canvas is the ability to easily sync a school email account and get live notifications when items and assignments are posted.

Professors can also setup calendars that help remind students of exam, project, and homework due dates. Students can also setup discussions or threads within their respective courses, which is useful when a lot of students have a similar question. Saves the professor time from having to answer 50 emails about the same question.

Cons: The notification system, both as a student and professor, is not the most efficient system. Canvas is meant to have a built-in emailing program. This creates a lot of confusion when students send messages via Canvas (which is linked to a school email account) and separately send messages directly from their school email. I've encountered times where it was not clear how to send a message directly to particular member of the course, and ended up emailing the entire class by accident.

Professors often alternate between general email notifications and "Dashboard" notifications within Canvas. It makes it confusing for students as to where exactly to look for course related information. I find this lack of streamlining for notifications to be the biggest drawback.

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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
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Pros: The teaching of the 21st century requires a change in models and approach to learning. The change allows to reeplantear not only the contents of the subjects, moreover, the tools with which the teacher will have to share their experiences. It is very valuable to have a virtual space in which you can group: Class documents, videos, conferences, guides, questionnaires, tests, texts, messaging, links, e-mail, all online. The teacher, in this platform, also has the ability to qualify the different assignments and even make various qualifications in real time. The interaction can also include the representatives, who can also access, if they wish, the platform.

Through the "Collaborations", participants can work as a team their classroom projects, through group editing programs, which can be sent directly to Canvas. The personalization, organization and structure of the modules is very helpful for the participants to experience the different advantages of virtual training.

Cons: The platforms have generalized their use in such a way that it is easy to find them in different stages and school courses, as well as in undergraduate and postgraduate university studies. In the same way, the age of the instructors and of the participants varies considerably. When users are not able to interact with each other easily and quickly, they lose interest, not only for the course, but also for the platform, which translates into a considerable loss of effectiveness and impact of the same.

It would be fantastic if the teachers could have a cheaper version of the platform, but not be "tied" to large organizations, schools and universities, a kind of "private" virtual classroom that is managed and set almost entirely by the teacher, who will only have to enter his participants, in different classrooms, at the same time, and with an accessible cost.

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

Canvas - An Admin's Dream Come True

Nov 03, 2016
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Canvas is always available. Teachers and students rarely suffer from any down time, if ever. Even with the regular updates of the platform (every 3 weeks), there is no significant downtime. The integration with our Student Information System is really good, but will soon be even better.

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

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

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

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Stable, easy to use, and performs like a champ!

Dec 21, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: Very stable and reliable. In 5 years of using the software, there are just a few times I can recall that there have been some downtime; and never more than a shot period. Canvas is a standard among universitites, and students are able to quickly learn how to use the tool and submit their coursework. They also have stellar support, 24/7. The challenges I have encourtered has been more in terms of o

Cons: There are some things that could be enganced in terms of features to make the tool even better. As Canvas is a large company, suggestions for new features goes to a board and the community votes and considerations are based on how much support from the community board. While a good way to reach people, I suspoect most people do not take the time to visit this board and read throyugh suggestions to make recomendations. Seems like they could get more info from user based focus groups who could lend insights on new features and enhancements.

Overall: Canvas is the LMS used by my University. As an instructor, I have had the opportunity to use the softweare for about 5 years. I have also completed a degree in an online program using the tool. I have always found it to be very reliable; most challenges I have incountered have been user error and not often software error. There are many add ons to customize the software and it is pretty easy and straight forward in terms of user for both faculty and student.

Successful student planning

Mar 14, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

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

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

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

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The best software to check grades and assignments

Mar 20, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

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

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

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

Pricey, but worth every penny

May 30, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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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
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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.

Great for Busy Students

Feb 12, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: I love Canvas for multiple reasons. Firstly, I love how clean, simple, and easy to navigate this software is, whether it be on mobile or desktop. I also love how there are features such as a "To-Do" column and a "Dashboard" to use as a main hub. I use the Calendar tab every single day to reference assignments that I need to do, and how to plan for upcoming assignments! I also love that in the Calendar, students are able to add additional events and assignments professors may have mentioned in class or in an Announcement.

Cons: While software bugs are rare, I have still experienced a few in the past three years I have used Canvas. These bugs always seem to happen at very untimely moments, such as during submission of a large assignment or paper or failure to connect to another software that should work in conjuction with Canvas. However, Canvas is pretty timely in fixing these bugs.

Overall: Overall, I love Canvas. It makes my hectic life as a college student a bit easier every day. The fact that I can get notifications and reminders ensures that no assignments or quizzes are slipping my mind, and the ability to communicate with professors and fellow peers alike has been very helpful.

Makes teaching classes so easy!

Feb 05, 2019
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
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Pros: There are so many pros to this software!

- Canvas allows for modules, assignments, quizzes, and links to be uploaded but not published. Which means you can set up your whole class before the semester begins and then just publish as you go along.

- It has great features to control in what format and how homework gets turned in. You can even control what kind of file a student can upload.

- Speedgrader is excellent, it allows you to grade, do rubrics, and make comments on students assignments.

- Googledocs and websites are easy to link to modules for reference.

Cons: What I like the least about Canvas is their application. It limits features and makes uploading and linking more cumbersome that it needs to be. Speedgrader comments are also hard to see in the app.

Uploading pictures to a forum discussion is also a little complicated, as it first has to be uploaded to files and then linked to a forum.

Overall: I love using Canvas, both as a student and a teacher. Grading is easy, giving and receiving feedback is fast and effective, and classes can be organized in a clear and easy to understand manner. I highly recommend it for any classroom!

Canvas Learning Management System

Oct 04, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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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.

Keep me in check

Nov 28, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: I love canvas and using it for school. I like being able to see what assignments I have and when they are due. I also really like being able to mess around with the "Grade" tab and put in different grades for my assignments and see what my final grade would be. It is easy to submit assignments and resubmit and have never had problems of Canvas shutting down on me in the middle of a test of quiz.

Cons: Theres is an occasional rare glitch with the program that maybe some things I delete from the to-do list will still appear when I log in again later in the day but it eventually goes away.

The only problem with Canvas that isn't really their fault is that it depends on the professor you have and how familiar they are with the program. I can have a professor that will post all assignments and files that I will need for the day and others who will do things one at a time and not give me an accurate reading as to what my final grade would be at the end of the year.

Overall: Overall i think Canvas should be used everywhere. I have heard of other programs like Blackboard but I would prefer Canvas

Canvas by Instructure

Feb 12, 2019
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: We use Canvas at my place of work. We have several APIs integrated to make data transfer between our LMS and SIS easy. We also have several LTIs for badging and tutoring options. With Canvas being one of the top LMS currently on the market, it is easy to connect external content to it. Course and content creation is super easy within CANVAS itself, you can either use the built in pages pages or connect external course content through AWS or IFrame. There are a few other things worth mentioning. First of all, they have a really great community forum and some pretty amazing training courses that teach you how to make Canvas work for you. Another thing worth mentioning is that if you are a teacher, you can have an instance of Canvas for free to create your own virtual classroom. Pretty amazing!

Cons: If you are importing a Scorm file, you can only import it as an assignment. There is no option to import it as something else. It would be great if you could have the option to have it as a page rather than an assignment.

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

Mar 20, 2018
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use

2 / 5
Features & Functionality

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

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

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

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Probably better than the alternatives, but could still use work

Dec 07, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

2 / 5
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Pros: There are lots of tools available for both students and professors (both of which I have been). Students will appreciate the task list, the module layout, and the "what-if" option for checking how the overall grade would be affected by assignment grades. Teachers will appreciate the many ways to display class performance, the speedgrader, and the ease of leaving rubric feedback.

Cons: Communication is vital, especially in online classes. Canvas sometimes sends notifications and sometimes doesn't, it's very hit or miss as to whether or not professors will be notified that students have left them a note, or students will be notified of new posts to a discussion that they've subscribed to, or that anyone will be able to send a direct message without the painfully simplistic messaging system making it too hard.

Overall: Overall, canvas offers a lot of options with a decent user interface. It's not amazing, but it's not terrible. It has a lot of functionality for users who aren't trying to do anything fancy like embed a video into their discussion post or message a classmate.

Free account user

Jun 08, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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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
Overall

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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Best tool for education

Nov 27, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: The best features are the ease of use. I am able to easily view which classes I am enrolled in, I can see files uploaded by the professor, I can view assignments due and see my grades. I especially love how canvas alerts me about upcoming assignments to help keep me on task. I have a bad habit or forgetting to do assignments so that is an important feature to have.

Cons: There a multiple places to upload files and some professors upload things in weird places. That is more of their error, but if there was just one place to upload all the files (lectures!p, assignments... etc) then it wouldn't be confusing between my different classes.

Overall: I have used a different software meant for organizing my classes and assignments but I was so glad when my school ditched that software and switched to Canvas. It is much more user friendly and easy on the eyes.

I am grateful for the many different features available to me as a student. It helps me to be more organized and on top of my education experience. I probably would have gotten worse grades without canvas, due to the assignment reminder alone.

Needs a few tweaks

Nov 26, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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Pros: I like the parts of the user interface that allow for viewing multiple due dates and assignments for different courses in one week. It has a great system for reminders within Canvas and email reminders. It allows for many multiple courses to be compiled in one week.

Cons: The setup for the syllabi and viewing uploaded documents is often very confusing and formats oddly, causing confusion on assignments. I've had trouble understanding when I've uploaded or submitted a document and struggle to double check it afterwards.

Overall: Canvas is the option that my school provides for viewing all classes, both in person and online only classes. The forum discussion posts and video streaming work quite well, and I've never had a problem with viewing grades or understanding assignments. However, I think the user interface could definitely be tweaked to allow for faster viewing and access to files and assignments. Sometimes the interface takes a while to load, which is frustrating when deadlines are up to the minute! However, it's been mainly a good experience.

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
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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.

User and Giver

Nov 15, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: I really love Canvas when done right. As a grad student I used canvas every single day. I even had to create my own course on canvas for one of my classes. It was both easy to use as a student and easy to create as a teacher. One of the things I love about it, is that it always shows you what is due next. I never had to worry about anything other than knocking down that list of things to do.

Cons: The biggest con with this, is the professors themselves. While taking multiple classes one professor will have canvas put together really well and it will be easy to follow. While another doesn't put in due dates, or doesn't have it set up well and it is hard to navigate. I wish there was a standardization across all classes that is required and planned by the university. It would make canvas so much better if a students coursework is ran all the same way.

Overall: I loved it. The longer it is out, the better it gets.

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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!

Easy to Use, Many Options

Jan 24, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: It is a platform that keeps everything in one place. I have used Canvas as a student and as a teacher. It has improved a ton over the years and it is so nice as a student and a teacher to be able to access all of your classes and class materials in one spot. You can make assignments in many different forms and tests on here as well. I also love how quickly customer support gets back to you when there is an issue or something that I can't figure out how to do.

Cons: Connecting other apps for specific classes is still confusing but when I finally figured it out was useful so that it kept everything in that app to help me with grading. I would like if there was a users guide or like a training course available to help me get better at using canvas. I am not teaching at the moment but if I decide to go back to teaching then I would love to continue using this product.

Great platform for any learning institution!

Dec 18, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: Canvas is first of all, very organized. That's probably what stood out the most to me initially when my school first switched over to it from Sakai. You can customize your Dashboard so the most important classes show up at the top. You can also choose which classes to hide if you've already completed the course. Checking grades, seeing announcements, discussing problem sets, its all very convenient and in one location. Nothing to complain about.

Cons: Maybe being able to personalize your profile a bit more? Sometimes when I want to submit a document for grading, I attach the file and click submit, and it submits with no file attached. But I learned that if you wait like 10 seconds after attaching the file and then submit, it usually submits fine. Maybe it's a glitch in the software.

Overall: Great software that I would recommend to any learning institution.

Keep Organized

Nov 27, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: *I used Canvas as a college student, for classes, assignments, and homework* Canvas is a great tool that helped me stay organized in college. You can elect to get emails to remind you about due dates for assignments, projects and tests. It is also easy for you to upload your documents for submission. I imagine that this software could easily transition into a business setting. You would be able to sent reminders, emails, and set due dates for projects. Also, there is a mobile app that can be downloaded onto phones or tablets, so you dont have to be at a computer to access the information.

Cons: I used canvas as a college student, not as part of my job, so my experiences only come from the other point of view (which is probably how some of your employees would see the program too, so my feedback could still be beneficial).

Best LMS out there

Dec 19, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: So many things to love about this LMS. Very intuitive, and as an admin it is really easy to move around, find courses, find people, and trouble shoot. It's very easy to change pages, assignments, quizzes, etc. The Modules are very easy to populate, change, and add requirements to.

Cons: A few features that could use some improvements: Rubrics (need to be able to be more customizable, and to move around criteria once created). Peer Reviews (the set up is confusing, and there's no way to add a deadline to the peer review part... there's only the capability to add a deadline to the first submission. But, with limitations, Canvas is very open to hearing new ideas and their support staff is awesome.

Overall: Even with the limitations named above, Canvas is very open to hearing new ideas and their support staff is awesome. I have truly enjoyed using this LMS, both as an admin and instructor.

Review for canvas

Aug 16, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: One stop solution for all learning materials, assignments, provides reminders for tests or quizzes shows deadline for the project, as Teaching assistant able to change grades easily look at rubric from the instructor, provides time stamp, turn it in integration also provides check for plagiarism.

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

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

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
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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).

Designing and teaching online graduate courses.

Feb 22, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

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

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

An excellent LMS

Dec 23, 2015
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality

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

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

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

Highly Recommend Canvas

Jan 09, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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Pros: I love that Canvas is easy to navigate and use. I really find the to-do list helpful which is shown on the side bar with all upcoming assignments listed, which helps keep me on track. I also like that in the grading tab it allows you to put in potential future grades to see how that would impact your overall grade.

Cons: The tabs for collaboration, conferences, ponopto recordings are never used by any professors and are thus taking up space where a more useful tab could be put.

Overall: Canvas has helped me be a better student! Overall, with the calendar and to-do lists, it reminds me of due dates and helps me submit my assignments on time and keeps me organized. The organizational tabs allow professors to design our class canvas page in a way that gives us an abundance of resources and information with is very useful. I've never had any problems when using Canvas.

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.

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.

K-12 Education Canvas

Feb 01, 2019
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Canvas is a standard LMS. It has some nice features such as online assignments, the ability to receive files, and things such as discussion groups. The integration with our SIS for enrollment of students is quite nice and Canvas also syncs grades back to our SIS to help teachers out.

Cons: There are a few drawbacks to Canvas. The iPad app (we are an iPad 1:1 district) can be buggy at times. If a file is large and is downloaded it may be inaccessible after downloading. Sometimes reseting the app cache helps and sometimes it does not. More fine grained controls focussed on K-12 education could be helpful too.

Overall: Overall Canvas allows our staff to run courses online in tandem with classes going on in the classroom. The support from Canvas is sometimes lacking though. It is very much an LMS like most other systems.

Solid system for various neeeds

Jan 22, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Cutting out paper helping us to be more "green". Being able to disseminate information to a class or staff quickly and at the same time is essential to our operations. Quiz and test capabilities work well. framework is easy to work within once you understand the flow process.

Cons: Can be confusing as every professor or supervisor can manipulate the tools differently. Which is good because of flexibility but can be confusing to end users. Quiz functionality while works well is a bit restrictive. Backing out of a screen sometimes takes you directly to a home screen not just the previous screen.

Overall: Interactions with between professors and students is generally easy and efficient with this program. Using it with staff and supervisors to test out on skills and share information is also beneficial to our operations.

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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.

Canvas Review

Nov 21, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The thing I like the most about this software is the speed of it. Everything is accessible as soon as it is published, and grades are presented as up to date when they are entered. It makes my life as a teacher much easier when I do not have to double check that my students can access things, or that the grades are visible and calculated correctly.

Cons: The thing I like the least about this software is that the file uploads have to be Microsoft downloads. Our school uses Google, so I make everything on Google Drive, and then have to download it as a Microsoft Document in order to upload my files to Canvas.

Overall: overall, this product is extremely useful and makes school so much easier. Parents can access things, students can access things, and everything is all in one place! Highly recommend!

An LMS Love Story...

Dec 17, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Canvas is honestly the best LMS on the market. I have worked at institutions that have used other major Learning Management Systems and nothing has compared to Canvas. Canvas is NEVER down for updates. Canvas is very user-friendly. Canvas is integrates with so many other LTIs that make our user-experience top notch. We were early adopters of Canvas in late 2013 and once we made that decision, our support/tickets have declined because Canvas just WORKS for our faculty and students.

Cons: It is hard to find something that I like least about Canvas other than the price. But you get what you pay for...we do 24/7 Canvas support for our faculty and students so that saves tons of time which saves us money in the long run.

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
Value for Money
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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

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Canvas for Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees

Dec 07, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: This software makes it easy to see all my classes in one place. The calendar is one of my favorite features of this as it provides a quick look at all my upcoming assignments due dates and makes it easy to manage them.

Cons: The "syllabus" tab is my least favorite. Often professors have their own syllabus and for the 5 years I have used this software I STILL click on that thinking I will find the course syllabus there, but instead, it is just a list of assignments. While helpful, this seems redundant of the calendar and assignments. It should be renamed or repurposed.

Overall: Overall my experience with canvas, at two different universities, has been a positive one. The introduction of the app provided an even better experience.

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
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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.

LOVED it!

Nov 20, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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Comments: I have been working as a teacher for over 10 years and tried several LMS. Canvas is the best one by far!

Pros: Absolutely loved it. It is easy for teachers, students, and parents! As a teacher, you can manage your courses, grade book, documents, messages, and even additional features, all in one place and under one account. It is user friendly and you are able to download your documents/course information and transferring it to a new course so your information is not lost when you end one school year and start another.

Cons: I have absolutely nothing negative to say about it. While I used it, we may have encountered issues once or twice, yet customer service was prompt and amazing.

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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.

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Good learning management system

Jan 09, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: The university I attend moved from Blackboard to Canvas, and Canvas looks a lot better to the eye, much more modern. It is decently fast. It has no mobile website but it does work fine on smaller laptops or tablets. There is also a nice mobile app that is quite consistent with the website so it is easy to find things. The website itself is also very nicely organized and if the course managers do a good job of organizing the course, files and assignments are easy to find.

Also easy to modify pages, has an easy to use WYSIWYG editor.

Cons: Some menus are quite long, mostly the one on a course page. Some icons, like in the mobile app, would help to more easily find the menu item you are looking for. Sometimes there are some layout issues and pages can be overwhelming at first because there is a lot of information on some pages.

Overall: More user friendly and modern than the alternative LMS Blackboard. Does quite a good job of organizing the many files and assignments needed within a course.

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
Value for Money
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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.

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Canvas Review

Nov 28, 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: - The speed grader makes my life as a teacher a lot easier because I can view the assignment, grade it, and leave comments all in one place.

- I like how Modules can be set up and grouped together by unit instead of having everything in one big stream like in google classroom

- Easy to add parents as contacts so they receive the same information the parents do

- Gradebook exports to most other grading programs.

Cons: - The grade book reflects all grades throughout the year unless you conclude enrollments each grading period. (Only way I have found to make it work)

Overall: Canvas is amazing for classroom use! I have been using it for 4 years now and will never switch!

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.

A great website and app!

Feb 19, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: I really like how canvas has their courses set up. Its a very colorful home screen and you can customize it to your own liking. I also like how user-friendly canvas is. Its super easy to find what you are looking for and there are multiple ways to get to the same place. I also find canvas reminders super helpful. I am able to customize what notifications I wish to receive and it has honestly been a lifesaver more than once.

Cons: Although there isn't much to dislike, I sometimes have trouble "viewing feedback" of certain assignments unless I am using firefox. It doesn't seem completely compatible with my version of google chrome.

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.

Powerful course creation, effective learning experiences

Nov 20, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: I love the simplicity provided for students who use this LMS and for instructors who create content. The software is also not barren because of simplicity and allows for highly complex courses to be constructed. The tool works well on different operating systems and can easily embed content and features from external sources.

Cons: There are issues with how the software scales on mobile devices. I have had trouble with displaying my content either in a viewable size or having it become accessible at all, particularly on mobile iOS devices and in the Safari browser due to flash.

Overall: I have used this software for a little over a year as an instructor, and having moved to another institution that uses a competitor, I miss the amazing power and effortless usability afforded by CANVAS. I highly recommend this software if you have the choice to use it.

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.

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Good tool and helped me out in my college work

Feb 19, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: WhenI started University I used Blackboard. However it was replaced by Cavnvas later on. It was faster and more organised than blackboard and its more simple to understand when looking up for lecture materials and submitting assignments.

Even lectures were happy about it when t comes to setting up courses, uploading assignments, files, setting up deadlines and giving grades. Pretty user friendly.

Cons: One Con I recognise is that since it is well organised , if the lecturer or uploader did not put the relavent file in the relavant place it woud be hard to seek the file.

Sometimes, it is hard for new students when movng from blackboard to canvas since they are pretty much different in the interface. So it would take some time to get the hang of it. However, when you get used to it, it will be very easy to use.

Overall: Canvas is always a better option since it is much more effficient. This is the reason that most of the Universities are moving from Blackboard to Canvas now.

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.

Great for e-learning

Feb 08, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: I've been using Canvas as an adjunct instructor for a local university for two years. It is very simple to use, and contains a great feature set. You have a great amount of customization over your course page, and the speedgrader makes grading assignments convenient and efficient.

Cons: I don't have too many complaints about Canvas. The only thing I'd like to see is an integrated video recording feature to make announcements to the class. It would be nice to run a quick video and voice record from canvas itself and have it posted right on the class page. Currently you have to use local software and then upload any videos.

Overall: With more and more students being offered online classes, instructors need features to interact with their students. Canvas has provided a great foundation for that and continues to offer more features each year.

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.

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Canvas as a student user

Feb 01, 2019
3/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
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Pros: I have been using canvas regularly for all my graduate classes. It has been the epicenter/hub for the instructor and all other students to come together and create a intuitive learning environment. Things I really like with canvas:

- Discussions and Help Forums

It's so easy to post questions in canvas and ask the professor and other students for help or clarifications. my graduate classes are pretty demanding and requires lot of back and forth with the instructor. But imagine if every student asked the instructor the same questions over and over again. On canvas I can see other student's questions and responses so it's like big FAQ hub.

- Easy to navigate Contents

All of the contents such as lecture slides, videos, homeworks, grades etc are in one location under different tabs. It has been organized properly and I don't have to click 100 times to get tot the page I want.

- Interaction with other students

I think this is what differentiates Canvas from moodle and what I have used in the past. This platform is very much student geared and student centered. It is there to help students interact with each other and learn from each other.

Cons: Canvas is not perfect though if you are not an expert user or instructor.

- Many times instructors said the contents are released but it wasn't

- The grades accumulation does not always makes sense

- Very much dependent on how the instructor has laid out contents.

- Redundant information

- Not always user friendly. Does take a while to get adjusted to it

Overall: Compared to Moodle, I like Canvas much better. It is very much focused and geared towards enhancing the student's learning experience.

Awesome

Nov 25, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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Pros: I feel like canvas is great, you can do a lot of things on canvas. Like sharing videos posting grades having chats with students and teachers. It's a very efficient way to keep things organized and people that are the

Cons: Rarely does this happen, but when there are some technical issues it's almost impossible to solve on your own. You have to have someone with better knowledge of this software to help you out.

Overall: It's been pretty great, I am not a teacher but I have been using this as a teachers aide. It's honestly very nice to have, I can communicate with the students and helped them out with anything they need. Putting grades on canvas is also really easy. I really like that about it

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
Value for Money
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Pros: All of my classes are organized into easy to understand modules. You can look at each week in a semester and see what the lectures are going to be, what the homework is, and plan your life accordingly. Not only is learning easier but you can jump ahead and be even more prepared for your classes thanks to Canvas.

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

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

Easy to use classroom tool with collaboration feature

Jul 16, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: - integrates with Google Drive and other online storage solutions

- easy to use web interface and app

- discussion forums, file-sharing, and grading built-in

- built-in messaging system is convenient

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

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

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

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

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Easy to use for students.

Jul 03, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
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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
Features & Functionality
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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

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A Necessity for Modern Learning

Feb 05, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: With Canvas, you can easily post all the necessary materials for any school course: syllabi, assignments, discussions, quizzes, grades, and announcements. Students and teachers receive email or push notifications (via the mobile app) that are all fully customizable. Assignments can be assigned, submitted, graded, and returned all via the online platform. Students do not need to keep track of paper handouts. A huge saver of time and paper!

Cons: Some of the features are a bit clunky, like formatting for pages and posts, and there are a lot of options for the settings of assignments. I still prefer to download assignments and grade them before re-uploading. The grade book feature can be slow to respond, especially if you have a large class (100+ students).

Overall: In the modern school setting, some form of this software is the absolute standard. There's really no going back, and Canvas is among the leaders in use at various universities throughout the country.

Our school district is now using Canvas across the district.

Jul 25, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

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

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

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

Easy Customization; Strong Overall Platform

Nov 13, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: There are a number of features Canvas offers that my colleagues and I have found useful. My favorite thing about Canvas is the depth of customization capabilities. Instructors are able to customize each page to satisfy their specific needs. Not only are users able to add useful features to each course, they're also able to remove ones that they don't use. This lean approach lends itself to creating a clean, neat, and easy to navigate platform.

Cons: To be frank, I am not aware of any frustrations with Canvas either from my personal experience or from my colleagues' use of the software. If I could add something, it might be to make video conferences through the websites available (for online lectures, student/professor meetings, etc.). To my knowledge, this is not currently an option.

Overall: Overall, I have really enjoyed using Canvas. I have also used one of its primary competitors and I have found Canvas to be a better product overall.

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.

I love Canvas

Dec 18, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Comments: Overall, I enjoyed it. I think having easier to follow guides on their website might be nice, but it functions exceedingly well (much better than SchoolLoop).

Pros: I used Canvas all throughout college and found it to be a really useful tool. All necessary documents and notes are in one place, and you can submit assignments directly through your portal (& receive feedback the same way).

Cons: Canvas was a little hard to keep organized. I noticed for many of my professors, they weren't sure how to utilize the folders functions and where to store what, so it was often just a huge dump of information/ documents/ links that I had to sort out.

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 is a good starter but needs improvement

Jan 25, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Canvas allows us to communicate with professors, students and course TAs in a timely and efficient manner. Also, its a great resource to consolidate all course materials (lectures, assignments, syllabus etc) and review course grades as the semesters moves forward. Overall, it's been a great experience using Canvas.

Cons: I feel it can be improved by including options for video conferencing between students and/or sharing video/audio that can be played on the website (instead of downloading them and playing on a media player).

Overall: As a Teaching Assistant, it has been extremely useful for course cataloging, and improving course specific communication between students and professors. Also, it serves as an excellent database of all course content that can be revisited at any time to refresh ourselves of the course.

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.

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Highly recommend!

Feb 01, 2019
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: I have used canvas as both a student in higher education and now a staff member. It is extremely easy to use and you can accomplish virtually anything.

Very intuitive

Easy to upload or attach documents, pictures, videos, anything!

Makes it easy to collaborate with people

Cons: At times there can almost be too many options that take up space

Have had a few issues with the site being unresponsive or making me log back in

Overall: Has been a simple and easy to use system as both a student and higher education staff member. It was easy to collaborate and upload assignments, and is now a part of my daily routine in my profession.

Mixed Experiences

Oct 29, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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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 - Student Review

Nov 08, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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Pros: This is the best online organizational tool to connect and share class material with students and teachers. I recently started graduate school and could not be happier with Canvas. I came from a school that used a different online organizational program that was clunky and not easy to use. The features available on canvas has made navigating my class pages a breeze. The tools available for collaboration online have been very helpful for me as well since a lot of the students in my class are either commuting to class and do not spent much time at school, and because of the amount of weekend work we are required to do. Canvas is awesome.

Cons: There could be a little more streamlining of the site navigation. May this comes from how the professors organize their individual pages, but some times it seems like it takes a couple tries to get where I need to go.

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

Nov 03, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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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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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
Features & Functionality
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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.

Canvas Review

Dec 26, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: Canvas is an amazing way for teacher to be able to reach all of their students at once. This may include them sending assignments, personal messages, notifications etc. It makes it easy for students to see what assignments they need to finish and when and gives them an essay way to submit everything online.

Cons: Cons include: often your final grade is calculated incorrectly and is just an estimate. It can also be hard at first to navigate and know where to go to do certain things.

Overall: I love Canvas! It is so much easier to have assignments online and not have to hand turn them in.

The worst LMS, except for all the others

Nov 28, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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Pros: My favorite feature is the speedgrader, although it could use some improvements. It's nice to grade directly from my tablet. It's nice that the site feels like it was built in the last decade. Easy to create quizzes, and built-in grade weighting are nice features. Analytics are great, too.

Cons: My absolute least favorite feature is the way discussion boards work. I've had to migrate to using other tools because the built-in discussion board is terrible for actually having discussions. Creating a quiz isn't as nice as it could be. I also find out from my students sometimes that things I thought I had published aren't published because I forgot to check one of the many boxes that can hide things or keep it unpublished.