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What is CANVAS?

Canvas by Instructure is a learning management system for every stage and style of education. As the hub of your digital learning environment, Canvas offers complete LMS functionality including standards-based grade books, course content authoring, customizable assessments, mobile communication, video learning and digital badging, (just to name a few). Take teaching and learning to the next level with Canvas, the #1 educational software, and the foundation of the Instructure Learning Platform.

Who Uses CANVAS?

Available to institutions of all sizes and types, from individual K-12 classrooms to universities to companies with a blended or fully virtual environment.

CANVAS Software - Canvas student dashboard
CANVAS Software - Canvas mobile app

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Reviews of CANVAS

Average score

Overall
4.6
Ease of Use
4.4
Customer Service
4.3
Features
4.4
Value for Money
4.5

Reviews by company size (employees)

  • <50
  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001
Jim
Jim
Assoc VP for IT in US
Verified LinkedIn User
Higher Education, 501–1,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

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The Last LMS You Will Ever Purchase

5.0 2 years ago

Comments: As a staple in higher education, online and hybrid learning have played a central role in offering courses to a geographically dispersed demographic of students. Canvas provides this ability with a solid product and reliable up time to help us meet these goals.

Pros:

A very powerful platform with a low threshold for adoption and ease of use. Our instructors rave about the intuitiveness of the course builder features and functionality. Since the pandemic, nearly all of the institution's thousands of courses have content online in Canvas - including the traditional in-person classes.

Cons:

Integration with our student information system required some additional outside services to that students, courses, and grades could be synced in real time in order to give students immediate access once enrolled for the class.

Kudzai
Kudzai
LMS Administrator in Zimbabwe
Verified LinkedIn User
E-Learning, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
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CANVAS - Easy e-learning Setup

4.0 3 years ago

Comments: It is easy and quick to set up even for no technical people. It is a reasonable cost depending on usage.

Pros:

The first thing I noted about Canvas is that when creating content, the page looks like an MS Word document. This makes creating pages with content easy as the learning curse is very gentle. There is very little need to be technical. It is more a matter of formatting rather than getting to know the software platform itself. The dashboard is clean and modern with easy navigation on the left sidebar for courses, account information, calendar, inbox and help. Your default home is your published and unpublished courses. On the courses tabs, are announcement and conversation icons that notify if a course has issues you need to attend to in a specific course. The settings menu is straightforward with nothing cryptic even for non-technical people. Setting up courses is a breeze with a 'Course Setup Checklist' button available inside each course shell you create. There is a walkthrough for each element of a course from content to publishing your course. If you have an existing course you can simply import the course with several formats supported including but not limited to Blackboard, Moodle and zip. For educators at various institutions, they can just import and customize where the need arises for the different institutions. Assessment types include quizzes and assignments. It also integrates easily with other services like Google Drive, Office/Docs and others.

Cons:

Video elements management needs improvement, the thumbnails are poor quality and very small. There is no option to edit them. To get a good visual of Office elements needs embedding the content hosted somewhere else. Natively on the platform PDF and PPT display poorly with just vertical scrolling. Exporting An exported courses from Canvas is in a custom format that is not compatible with other LMS platforms. This makes it hard to move between platforms. There not much customization of learning elements compared to other LMS available. Some of the support documentation is dated and needs updating.

Sam
ESOL Coordinator in US
Education Management, 5,001–10,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

One Stop for All

5.0 2 months ago New

Comments: It is a huge environment that allows you to have a lot of documents/PPTs, etc. for your students.

Pros:

Canvas is all encompassing and can house pretty much everything for a classroom or central office staff.

Cons:

Although I really like Canvas, at times it can take several clicks to get where I want to go.

Jessie
Clerk in US
Accounting, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

Canvas review

3.0 4 weeks ago New

Comments: My overall experience with canvas has been good it's been real helpful keeping me organized and on track

Pros:

What I like the most about canvas is how it helps keep me organized and everything is on its own place and I can look up whatever I need and it's easy to access and use

Cons:

What I like the lease about canvas is I've been having trouble logging in on my phone

Destiny
Student in US
Education Management, 51–200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Canvas is worth it!

5.0 4 months ago

Comments: Great experience! I’m even using Canvas at the Masters level.

Pros:

I love the ease of use of Canvas. It is easy to navigate, easy to submit assignments, easy to email professors and others classmates, easy to access grades, class information, etc.

Cons:

Nothing- I love the app and desktop version altogether. Love how I receive email notifications when grades are posted assignments are graded, emails are received, class announcements etc.