CANVAS

Who Uses CANVAS?

Canvas provides the industry-leading platform for millions of passionate students and educators around the world.

What Is CANVAS?

Through open, scalable, SaaS technology, Canvas LMS enables easy integration of the content, tools, and services that teachers want and learners love. As the most usable, customizable, adaptable, and reliable learning platform (with a 99.9% uptime), Canvas LMS is adopted faster and deeper (or, is used in more ways by more users) than any other LMS. And migrating to Canvas is faster and easier than you think. Learn more about us at https://www.instructure.com/canvas

CANVAS Details

Instructure

http://www.instructure.com

Founded 2008

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CANVAS Features

  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Management
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Blended Learning
  • Block Websites/Applications
  • Built-in LMS
  • Calendar Management
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Class Scheduling
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Content Library
  • Content Management
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Management
  • Customisable Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Discipline Management
  • Email Management
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Event Calendar
  • For Classroom
  • For Labs
  • Gradebook
  • Internet Usage Monitoring
  • Learning Management
  • Live Chat
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real-Time Chat
  • Records Management
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Report Cards
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Skills Assessment
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Management
  • Student Portal
  • Support Audio/Images/Video
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Transcripts
  • View Student Monitors
  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Blended Learning
  • Calendar Management
  • Class Scheduling
  • Class Summary
  • Communication Management
  • Contact Database
  • Content Management
  • Course Authoring
  • Curve Scores
  • Customisable Forms
  • Customisable Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Storage Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Employee Management
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Event Calendar
  • Financial Management
  • Grade Calculations
  • Individualised Assessments
  • Learning Management
  • Lesson Planning
  • Live Chat
  • Parent Portal
  • Personalisation
  • Planning Tools
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Records Management
  • Registration Management
  • Report Cards
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Self Service Portal
  • Single Sign On
  • Skills Assessment
  • Student Management
  • Student Portal
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Teacher Dashboard
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Weighted Assignments
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Admissions Management
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Alumni Management
  • Assessment Management
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Calendar Management
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Class Scheduling
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Communication Management
  • Content Management
  • Course Authoring
  • Curriculum Management
  • Customisable Branding
  • Customisable Forms
  • Customisable Reports
  • Customisable Templates
  • Document Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Event Calendar
  • Faculty/Staff Management
  • Financial Aid Management
  • Forms Management
  • Fundraising Management
  • Housing Management
  • Learning Management
  • Performance Metrics
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Records Management
  • Registration Management
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Scheduling
  • Search/Filter
  • Self Service Portal
  • Single Sign On
  • Status Tracking
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Management
  • Student Portal
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Workflow Management
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Blended Learning
  • Calendar Management
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Class Scheduling
  • Classroom Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Communication Management
  • Contact Management
  • Content Management
  • Course Authoring
  • Curriculum Management
  • Customisable Branding
  • Customisable Reports
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Email Management
  • Employee Management
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Event Calendar
  • Financial Management
  • Learning Management
  • Live Chat
  • Mobile Alerts
  • Parent Portal
  • Performance Metrics
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Records Management
  • Registration Management
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Self Service Portal
  • Single Sign On
  • Skill Testing
  • Skills Assessment
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Management
  • Student Portal
  • Third Party Integrations
  • API
  • Academic/Education
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Certification Tracking
  • Compliance Management
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Content Library
  • Content Management
  • Corporate/Business
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Management
  • Course Tracking
  • Customisable Branding
  • Customisable Reports
  • Employee Portal
  • Gamification
  • Gradebook
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Mobile Learning
  • Multi-Language
  • Performance Metrics
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Self Service Portal
  • Self-Learning
  • Single Sign On
  • Skills Assessment
  • Skills Tracking
  • Social Learning
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Talent Management
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Training Management
  • User Management
  • Video Conferencing
  • eCommerce Management
  • eLearning Companies
  • API
  • Academic/Education
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Certification Tracking
  • Compliance Management
  • Content Library
  • Content Management
  • Corporate/Business
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Library
  • Course Tracking
  • Customisable Branding
  • Customisable Reports
  • Employee Portal
  • Employee Training
  • Engagement Tracking
  • Gamification
  • Interactive Content
  • Learning Management
  • Media Management
  • Mobile Access
  • Multi-Language
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Self-Learning
  • Single Sign On
  • Skills Assessment
  • Skills Tracking
  • Social Learning
  • Student Portal
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Training Companies
  • Training Management
  • User Management
  • Video Conferencing
  • Virtual Classroom
  • eCommerce Management
  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Admissions Management
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Bookstore Management
  • Cafeteria Management
  • Calendar Management
  • Class Scheduling
  • Client Portal
  • Curriculum Management
  • Customisable Forms
  • Customisable Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Electronic Payments
  • Employee Management
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Facility Management
  • Faculty/Staff Management
  • Financial Management
  • Higher Education
  • Housing Management
  • Independent/Private
  • K-12
  • Learning Management
  • Library Management
  • Online Calendar
  • Online Payments
  • Parent/Student Portal
  • Progress Reports
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Records Management
  • Registration Management
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • School District
  • Self Service Portal
  • Special Education
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Management
  • Student Portal
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Transportation Management

CANVAS deployment and support

Support

  • Email/Help Desk
  • FAQs/Forum
  • Knowledge Base
  • Phone Support

Deployment

  • Cloud, SaaS, Web-based
  • Mac (Desktop)
  • Windows (Desktop)
  • Android (Mobile)
  • iPhone (Mobile)
  • iPad (Mobile)

Training

  • Videos

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CANVAS Reviews

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Overall rating

4.5/5

Average score

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

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Kelly B.
Freelance Digital Design Expert
Information Technology & Services, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    5 /5
  • Ease of Use
    5 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    4 /5
  • Customer Support
    5 /5
  • Value for Money
    5 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 30/6/2020

"CANVAS makes higher education accessible anywhere you have an internet connection!"

Comments: CANVAS is very user-friendly and an all-around excellent way to engage in continuing education and life-long learning. Personally, as an older student, I love using CANVAS.

Pros: While I am unsure of the College's side in using this software, for me, as a student, I love using CANVAS. I enjoy travelling and with an easy-to-use, school-issued/provided LMS (Learning Management System/Software), I can take many classes online from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. The mobile application is robust and incredibly convenient, allowing 99% all-the-same functionality as the desktop version. Students can even take online quizzes and finals using their internet-connected mobile device (Smartphone). It is very user-friendly and an all-around excellent way to engage in continuing education and life-long learning as an older (personally, 42 years) college student.

Cons: The only drawbacks to CANVAS I experienced were a loss of data if the active internet connection broke while in the middle of completing/submitting assignments and quizzes. I know that CANVAS has since implemented an auto-save feature on the quizzes, so that part of the problem is resolved. Whether or not this is true of the assignment submissions, I honestly do not know at this time.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 30/6/2020
Kyle Y.
Student
Motion Pictures & Film, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
  • Overall Rating
    4 /5
  • Ease of Use
    3 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    4 /5
  • Customer Support
    4 /5
  • Value for Money
    5 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    5/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 18/10/2020

"College on the Web"

Comments: Canvas is an excellent learning tool for most colleges and universities. Not only does it allow for assignments to be turned in over the internet but it also allows students to take quizzes and attend lectures through ConferNow and Zoom. It will notify you through email for any work that is assigned, work that is due, etc. Although it can be a bit complicated to operate through compared to other programs such as Google Classroom, it has all the features you would need in order to run a class online especially during a pandemic.

Pros: With the rise of Coronavirus and online options for college classes, Canvas has been a staple tool for students taking online classes and even with online assignments. Canvas, similar to Google Classroom, is a program that allows teachers to assign work through the web instead of wasting time printing and wasting paper. It allows students to be notified of when assignments are due and even allows them to take quizzes and test online. With most of the world being forced to do everything digitally Canvas allows access to Zoom through ConferNow which allows for teachers to schedule lectures and meetings. Canvas also allows you to message other students if needed. Without Canvas, school online would be incredibly difficult, and although Google Classroom is a solid option for courses in elementary school through high school, Canvas has more features such as users being able to directly embed LTIs such as Flipgrid.

Cons: Although Canvas is better than Google Classroom in terms of the number of features, Google Classroom's interface is simpler and easier to understand than Canvas's. Google Classroom, being a Google program, also makes it slightly easier to turn in assignments using Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc. Canvas's user system can also use some work as well. Canvas may have the ability to allow you to see other students but it's obscure. There's no way to search for other people unless they're in your class and most people don't even know of the profile feature. Personally, I don't believe there are many problems with Canvas except that they should redo its design because to me it seems a bit bland and that they should make its interface a bit more simpler since it can be confusing to navigate through.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 18/10/2020
Eduardo R.
Student
Higher Education, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    4 /5
  • Ease of Use
    4 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    4 /5
  • Customer Support
    Unrated
  • Value for Money
    4 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 6/7/2021

"CANVAS to Learn"

Comments: CANVAS is superior to blackboard, even though we could argument blackboard is more complete, it is "0" user friendly therefore as a student it is hard to get the best out of the software. Thanks to CANVAS´ simple approach it is very easy to navigate once you had 2 or 3 courses and you can easily find what you are looking for. I sincerely recommend CANVAS.

Pros: Very user-friendly interface, easy to find what you are looking for with clear icons and titles being displayed.
For general areas such as courses, dashboard and calendar they are easy to use, and you can even add reminders to your calendar besides those posted by teachers.

Cons: Sometimes, once you are inside a class within the software it may vary drastically from teacher to teacher. The software allows for customization therefore it can cause confusion for students for there is not only 1 format to visualize the classes.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 6/7/2021
Dr. m y J.
Senior Lecturer
Education Management, 1,001-5,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    3 /5
  • Ease of Use
    4 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    2 /5
  • Customer Support
    4 /5
  • Value for Money
    2 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    7/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 6/2/2021

"Canvas for Online Learning, Teaching & Assessment: OK but..."

Comments: Best valuable features: Share to Common, Import/export content i.e., transport/transfer files from past year or another course. It saves time, not reinventing the wheel. Assignment Due date is very cruel to learner as 1 second late submission may cause a heavy penalty. Recently due to COVID-19 my learners in UK and International faced difficulties. I suggest to add a feature giving some window instead of a fix hh.mm.ss timestamp.

Pros: Learning & Teaching: Various useful features, e.g., upload/download files, page creation, announcement and discussion and valuable apps containing ubiquitous tools, like MS Team meetings, Panopto, Vimeo, YouTube, Dropbox etc. Assessment: Huge variety of Quizzes, secured quizzes, quizzes SWOT statistics, lockdown browser, Assignments, anti-Plagiarism tools, Moderation, Marker Allocation, Grades, Research: Conferences, collaborations, Canvas digital forum support.

Cons: Assessment of students: sorting may not be sync'd with local university database. i.e., downloaded grades and university's marksheet contains names of students starting differently. Imaging if you have 300+ names! this causes sorting issues while assessing online. Quizzes are great but cannot create duplicate questions, some time academic need this feature. Also because quiz question can be an Essay therefore, this type of assessment must include anti-plagiarism tool (i.e., Turnitin etc), not available in Quizzes but only in Assignments. Reference Manager and Library tools are not available but can be added, e.g., Talis, StudyNet etc. These features are necessary for cognitive learning and cresting your own Library does help. I need to use either Endnotes or Mendeley as an external app on my desktop or on cloud. Its good to use integrated Email tool but its not linked to outlook or other email app. I cannot send email to other people outside my module, i.e., cannot do cc to manager, examiner etc but I need to permanently add in the list of people.
Also cannot add images etc in text but can attach files. Also cannot format the text but just plaintext is allowed. You cannot add http link to a text.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 6/2/2021
Ho'omana nathan H.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Higher Education, 10,000+ Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    4 /5
  • Ease of Use
    4 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    4 /5
  • Customer Support
    3 /5
  • Value for Money
    Unrated
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    9/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 7/4/2021

"The best LMS I've used so far (much better than Brightspace/D2L)"

Comments: Overall, Canvas is the best I've used so far (1000x better than buggy/feature-impoverished D2L). It's generally nice to work with, plays well with most other online resources (especially Google Drive which I use a ton for teaching), it's fairly easy to explain to students, and it makes it easy to transfer materials between courses each semester.

Pros: One thing I love is that unlike Brightspace/D2L, Canvas has continued to develop and gain new features as long as I've used it. I also like how easy it is to transfer course materials from one course to another so that classes I teach each semester, or every other semester, can be easily copied over.

Cons: Some of the more advanced/useful features aren't always easy to use, and there isn't great documentation from Canvas. In fact, most of the documentation I've found has been from other university's websites.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 7/4/2021