Canvas LMS

Learning Management System for Schools, Colleges and Universities

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Canvas LMS Overview

What is Canvas LMS?

We can’t put more hours in your day, but we can help you waste fewer of them wrestling with your LMS. Canvas adapts to both how you prefer to work and the tools you work with. It provides easy-to-use, complementary tools that make course management a breeze. Whether it’s Canvas’ SpeedGrader, mobile apps or flexible communication tools, you’re going to save all sorts of time and effort.

The only thing as valuable as time spent teaching is time spent learning—and Canvas is built to make the most (and more) of both for teachers, students, administrators and parents. Whether your school is implementing a 1:1 program or you’re looking for a way to connect with your students in an innovative, intuitive way, Canvas can help you transform learning.

For all of the powerful tools Canvas offers, there’s only one that really matters (no pressure, but it’s you). We built Canvas by asking what you wanted in an LMS—we have continued to grow it through your feedback and suggestions. It’s a philosophy that makes sense to us: put technology on the side of the individuals who can use it to chart the future of learning.

Canvas LMS Overview

Pricing

Starting from
N/A

Pricing options

Free Trial
Free
Value for money

Canvas Cloud is Free for Teachers to use, just sign up to get started.


Canvas LMS Features

Devices
Business size
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Markets
Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe and 4 others, Latin America, Mexico, United Kingdom, United States
Supported Languages
English

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Canvas LMS Reviews

Canvas LMS Reviews

Overall rating
4.5
/
5
Excellent
910

Very good
549

Average
91

Poor
20

Terrible
11

Value for Money
4.4
Features
4.3
Ease of Use
4.3
Customer Support
4.3
92% recommended this app
Kelly B.

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

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.


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Canvas

I have used Canvas as both a student and a teacher. I have used it to create courses and assignments, grading, submitting assignments, viewing grades, etc. It is a beneficial software for higher education because of all of the resources and tools available. It helps significantly with the organization of a class.


Samridh S.

Canvas as a student user

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


Kush M.

Great GUI, nice course introduction, but no start-guide

I am happy to use it. The App is a plus which sends out push-notifications whenever a new homework or grade is posted.


David C.

Like a Fine Wine, It Gets Better with Age

Canvas has made online and blended education much less of a hassle for students and teachers. It is simple, elegant, and functional. There is almost NO downtime, which is phenomenal. I highly recommend it above any other LMS. Both students and faculty love using Canvas for online and blended courses.


Kelly B.
Industry: Information Technology & Services
Company size: Self Employed

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

Used Other for 2+ years
Reviewed on 30/06/2020
Review Source: Capterra

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Verified Reviewer
Industry: Higher Education
Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees

Canvas

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 23/11/2019
Review Source: Capterra

I have used Canvas as both a student and a teacher. I have used it to create courses and assignments, grading, submitting assignments, viewing grades, etc. It is a beneficial software for higher education because of all of the resources and tools available. It helps significantly with the organization of a class.

Pros

Once you learn the software, it is easy to use. There are several tools that are beneficial to both students and teachers, such as Speed Grader, TurnItIn for plagiarism checking, inbox, collaborations, etc. I really like that it lines out the schedule for students (syllabus tab), provides a calendar that has the option to display days that assignments are due, a to-do list for each assignment, etc. Teachers have to put the assignments in, ahead of time, for this to be useful to students, but I've been told many times by students that it makes their lives easier by being able to see everything they have coming up. I also love the ARC video uploader. It allows teachers to see statistics on how many students watched the video and how long they actually watched it. It also gives students an option to leave a comment or question at an exact timestamp in the video.

Cons

There are some quirks to Canvas that sometimes require workarounds. An example of this is moderated grading. I have had it somehow get selected, but it does not tell you when it gets selected. Once one student submission has been graded, it will not allow you to turn off moderated grading. You have to go through the process of moderated grading before it will even show grades or comments to students. The inbox also sometimes hides my emails in the spam folder in my Outlook account. It does not do that constantly, but every now and then I will get an email from a student wondering why I haven't responded to an email. I usually find it in my spam folder.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

Samridh S.
Industry: Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
Company size: 501-1,000 Employees

Canvas as a student user

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 1/02/2019
Review Source: Capterra

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

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

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 6.0/10

Kush M.
Industry: Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing
Company size: 10,001+ Employees

Great GUI, nice course introduction, but no start-guide

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 28/03/2020
Review Source: Capterra

I am happy to use it. The App is a plus which sends out push-notifications whenever a new homework or grade is posted.

Pros

From Additional Info to Resource to Files it has everything, the professors sends out assignments, labs, and stuff and we can go and download/view directly from the browser.
I also like the as-if grade, which will evaluate my grade on any marks I fill in ( which is obviously not the correct grade) but it shows me how much I need to get on my next assignment to get the grade I am achieving.

Cons

It has files, assignments, and announcements and allows to attach image/files everywhere.
Also, I think it should provide professors and students who are first time users with a usage guide.
One of my profs sends slides and Homeworks on announcements because he is not friendly with how to create assignments and it's frustrating.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

David C.
Industry: Higher Education
Company size: 51-200 Employees

Like a Fine Wine, It Gets Better with Age

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 16/12/2019
Review Source: Capterra

Canvas has made online and blended education much less of a hassle for students and teachers. It is simple, elegant, and functional. There is almost NO downtime, which is phenomenal. I highly recommend it above any other LMS. Both students and faculty love using Canvas for online and blended courses.

Pros

Canvas by Instructure has only improved as it has grown. For an LMS, it is easy to learn and use. It has integrations with various other useful software, but I often encourage faculty who have trouble learning software to just use the tools in Canvas. It's easier to navigate and function. The new gradebook promises to make the whole experience even better.

Cons

This is petty, but the thing I like least about Canvas is the rich text editor on content pages. I wish it could handle more drag and drop features, like Squarespace or Wix. That said, it is perfectly fine. It's not that I don't like it, but I like it least.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

User recommendation
8.5/10
Based on 1,581 user ratings
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Canvas LMS Pricing

Canvas LMS Pricing

Starting from
N/A
Free Trial
Free
Value for money

Canvas Cloud is Free for Teachers to use, just sign up to get started.

Canvas Cloud is Free for Teachers to use, just sign up to get started.

Value for Money
4.4/5
Based on 1,581 user ratings
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Canvas LMS Features

Canvas LMS Features

API
Activity Dashboard
Assessment Management
Attendance Management
Attendance Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Calendar Management
Class Scheduling
Communication Management
Content Management
Course Authoring
Customisable Branding
Data Import/Export
Learning Management
Progress Reports
Progress Tracking
Registration Management
Reporting & Statistics
Self Service Portal
Third Party Integration
Features
4.3/5
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Videos and Tutorials

Videos and Tutorials

Additional information for Canvas LMS

Additional information for Canvas LMS

Key features of Canvas LMS

  • 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

Benefits

Mobile Access
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 Co-enrollment
Connect parents to students’ courses automatically—giving them the insight to help their students be successful.

State Standards
Let Canvas help you make every step of the state standards process easier, from achieving to measuring to reporting.

Professional Learning
Teachers teach in Canvas, so why not learn? In Canvas, teachers can share resources across classes and across schools, pursue additional training and master the craft of teaching. Plus, using Canvas is a breeze for both teachers and administrators—so more time can be spent learning.

Canvas LMS FAQs

Canvas LMS FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Canvas LMS.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Canvas LMS offer?

Canvas LMS offers the following pricing plans:

Pricing model: Free

Free Trial: Not Available

Canvas Cloud is Free for Teachers to use, just sign up to get started.

Q. What are the main features of Canvas LMS?

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

Q. Who are the typical users of Canvas LMS?

Canvas LMS has the following typical customers:

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

Q. What languages does Canvas LMS support?

Canvas LMS supports the following languages:

English

Q. What type of pricing plans does Canvas LMS offer?

Canvas LMS has the following pricing plans:

Free

Q. Does Canvas LMS support mobile devices?

Canvas LMS supports the following devices:

Android, iPhone, iPad

Q. What other apps does Canvas LMS integrate with?

Canvas LMS integrates with the following applications:

APIANT, Alma, Capabiliti, Classe365, Panopto, WizIQ, WizIQ Virtual Classroom, Zoom, iSpring Learn, miniOrange

Q. What level of support does Canvas LMS offer?

Canvas LMS offers the following support options:

Forum, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials