Canvas LMS

Canvas LMS

Learning Management System for Schools, Colleges and Universities

4.5/5 (1486 reviews)

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
S M L
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 1486 reviews
Excellent
846

Very good
523

Average
88

Poor
19

Terrible
10

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

A Revolutionary Aid to Learning


Awit V.

Canvas, the most user friendly LMS on the market!

CANVAS helped solve our previous issues with record accuracy and management. It's feature to download gradebooks at anytime was so efficient


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.


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.


Christopher H.

Commuter College Student

My overall experience with Canvas is positive. It creates a platform that allows students, educators, and peers to be more connected even in an area like a commuter college where students do not live near each other.


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

A Revolutionary Aid to Learning

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 8/01/2019
Review Source: Capterra

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.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Awit V.
Industry: Education Management
Company size: 13-50 Employees

Canvas, the most user friendly LMS on the market!

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 4/01/2020
Review Source: Capterra

CANVAS helped solve our previous issues with record accuracy and management. It's feature to download gradebooks at anytime was so efficient

Pros

It is user friendly, it's aesthetically pleasing to the eyes, it's accurate, makes work efficient, and the customer service team is exceedingly helpful and quick!

Cons

The things I didn't like about the software is actually now going to change. I recently received notification that starting 2020 there is going to be a global change on CANVAS interface. The changes I saw in the video introduction have addressed the majority of our issues with CANVAS grade book. For example, instructors can now set a feature within the gradebook to automatically deduct percentages for late submission assignments. In the past, the faculty would ask my Department to assist them in calculating late submission assignments, BUT now CANVAS will have a feature that faculty can pre-program it in themselves. AND they can also put the length of time the students can submit late assignments! This is great!

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

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

Christopher H.
Industry: E-Learning
Company size: 10,001+ Employees

Commuter College Student

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 12/02/2020
Review Source: Capterra

My overall experience with Canvas is positive. It creates a platform that allows students, educators, and peers to be more connected even in an area like a commuter college where students do not live near each other.

Pros

Canvas allows for educators to stay in touch with their students. Assignments can be posted to Canvas and full classes can be held online. I go to a commuter campus and I have a mix of both online and in-person classes. Canvas is a platform where educators can post discussions, assignments, lessons. Through Canvas a student can track their performance. Canvas also functions as a communication platform between students, educators, and peers. This software not only functions online but it is also available in apps and can be connected to email so the user never misses information.

Cons

Older professors tend to not utilize the software and when they do it isn't quite as user-friendly regarding everyone using it. People that have difficulty utilizing technology have trouble utilizing this software. More Universities are requiring that professors are familiar with this or similar software. Another Con would be that if the server is down it prevents students from fulfilling required tasks.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

User recommendation
8.4/10
Based on 1,486 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 1,486 user ratings
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Canvas LMS Features

Canvas LMS Features

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