Canvas LMS

#1 Learning Management System for Educational Institutions

About Canvas LMS

Canvas’ ability to seamlessly plug into existing technology tools and it’s unparalleled up-time, reliability, and security all ensure a solid foundation for your learning ecosystem. Canvas ease of course design, Speed Grader’s anytime anywhere access, and our powerful Teacher and Student Apps for mobile devices, ensure Canvas gets used deeper than any other LMS.

Learn more about us at https://www.instructure.com/en-au/canvas

Pricing starting from:

N/A

  • Free Trial
  • Free
  • Subscription
  • Open Source

Key benefits of Canvas LMS

Native Mobile Apps
Engage students in learning anytime, anywhere and support 1:1 and other technology initiatives both in and outside the classroom.

SpeedGrader
Grading is a breeze and takes half the time. With SpeedGrader for iPad, even grading on-the-go is easy.

Student View
Teachers can preview assignments and other course elements as students see them.

Selective Release
Defines course, curriculum and certification paths, including pre-test and post-test assessment tracks.

Parent App
Connect parents to students’ courses automatically—giving them the insight to help their students be successful.

Devices

Business size

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Markets

United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, India and 4 others, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Mexico

Supported Languages

Arabic, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish and 15 others, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian

Pricing starting from:

N/A

  • Free Trial
  • Free
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  • Open Source

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Features

Total features of Canvas LMS: 19

  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Assessment Management
  • Attendance Management
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Blended Learning
  • Calendar Management
  • Communication Management
  • Content Management
  • Course Authoring
  • Customisable Branding
  • Data Import/Export
  • Learning Management
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Self Service Portal
  • Third Party Integration

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5
(1,913)
Value for Money
4.5/5
Features
4.4/5
Ease of Use
4.3/5
Customer Support
4.3/5

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Kelly B.
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Other for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

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

Reviewed on 30/06/2020

CANVAS is very user-friendly and an all-around excellent way to engage in continuing education and...

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.

Kyle Y.
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  • Industry: Motion Pictures & Film
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 5.0 /10

College on the Web

Reviewed on 18/10/2020

Canvas is an excellent learning tool for most colleges and universities. Not only does it allow for...

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.

James A.
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  • Industry: E-Learning
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

My favorite academic LMS

Reviewed on 22/01/2021

Pros

There are so many great things about Canvas LMS. It's about fit of course, so I would never use it for corporate L&D... but as an academic LMS, it ranks at the top. I love the community forums (you can find help for literally anything), and the numerous tools that are 1) either provided by Canvas, or, 2) integrate nicely with Canvas.

I also like the ease of use. It might seem overwhelming at first, but learning to build and administer courses on Canvas becomes easier by the day. So at first it may seem tough, but stick with it! It gets much easier - quickly!

Cons

In order to upgrade the look and feel of it, without hiring a team of graphic designers, you need to use design service that integrates with Canvas.

Dr. m y J.
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  • Industry: Education Management
  • Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

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

Reviewed on 06/02/2021

Best valuable features: Share to Common, Import/export content i.e., transport/transfer files from...

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.

Sasha P.
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  • Industry: E-Learning
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Canvas Makes Online College Possible

Reviewed on 25/01/2021

Canvas has made online college so much easier. Covid19 brought a lot of uncertainty but Canvas...

Canvas has made online college so much easier. Covid19 brought a lot of uncertainty but Canvas made sure our classes stayed the same, even better. It has helped us stay organized and connected.

Pros

I love having an interactive syllabus with the "Modules" feature. Online classes are so much more accessible with canvas, thank you for all you do!

Cons

I honestly do not have anything negative to say about Canvas. I use it daily and would recommend it to others over Moodle any day. One thing I would like to see is the "Discussions" being more of a live chat style!

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Canvas LMS offers the following pricing plans:

  • Pricing model: Free, Subscription, Open Source
  • Free Trial: Available

To learn more about pricing, please reach out to us directly (request info) here: https://www.instructure.com/en-au/canvas

Canvas LMS offers the following features:

  • Analytics
  • Audio and video messages
  • Canvas app center
  • Canvas mobile apps for iOS and Android
  • Canvas’ content editor to share resources
  • Collaborative workspaces
  • Customizable user profiles
  • Cut and paste links from a Web browser
  • Graphic analytics reporting engine
  • Integrated learning outcomes
  • Integrated media reporting
  • Integrated tools like Google Docs and Etherpad
  • LTI integrations
  • Open API
  • RSS support
  • Robust course notifications
  • Students can record or upload audio and video
  • Supports external service integrations, like Facebook, Googl
  • Web conferencing tools
  • Web-standard browser

Canvas LMS has the following typical customers:

Small Business, Large Enterprises, Public Administrations, Non Profit, Mid Size Business

Canvas LMS supports the following languages:

Arabic, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian

Canvas LMS supports the following devices:

Android, iPhone, iPad

Canvas LMS integrates with the following applications:

APIANT, Alma, Campus Cafe, Capabiliti, Classe365, Panopto, WizIQ, WizIQ Virtual Classroom, Zoom, miniOrange

Canvas LMS offers the following support options:

Forum, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials, Knowledge Base

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