About CANVAS

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:

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  • Free Trial
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Key benefits of CANVAS

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

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Supported Languages

English

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Features

Total features of CANVAS: 74

  • API
  • Academic/Education
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Assessment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Calendar Management
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Class Summary
  • Classroom Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Communication Management
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Content Management
  • Corporate/Business
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Library
  • Course Management
  • Course Tracking
  • Curriculum Management
  • Curve Scores
  • Customisable Branding
  • Customizable Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • Employee Training
  • Engagement Tracking
  • Gamification
  • Grade Calculations
  • Gradebook
  • Individualized Assessments
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Lesson Planning
  • Media Management
  • Mobile Learning
  • Parent Portal
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Report Cards
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Self Service Portal
  • Skill Testing
  • Skills Assessment
  • Skills Tracking
  • Social Learning
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Portal
  • Support Audio/Images/Video
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Talent Management
  • Teacher Dashboard
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Training Companies
  • Video Conferencing
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Weighted Assignments
  • eLearning Companies

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5
(2,148)
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 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.

Juliette R.
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  • Industry: Education Management
  • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

A Good Software with Minor Complaints

Reviewed on 29/08/2021

Overall, Canvas is a good software. I've used Blackboard before as well, but it was outdated and...

Overall, Canvas is a good software. I've used Blackboard before as well, but it was outdated and had a more confusing interface than Canvas. Canvas makes it easy to see and download assignments. The two minor issues with the software are the inconvenient mobile view and the notification settings.

Pros

Canvas is useful because I can see all of my coursework on one platform that is simple to use. I can organize my courses on the home page as I like, and when I click on the course, I can see modules, assignments, and tests attached to the course. Documents load very easily on Canvas, and I like being able to "preview" documents posted before downloading them.

Cons

I have two complaints about the Canvas software. First of all, the mobile version does not work well. I never downloaded the Canvas app, but did try to go on the website on my phone. The text was so small and the menus on the left side of the screen did not load well, so I could never use my phone to get on Canvas without the app. My other complaint with the software is that whenever anything was graded for a course, even if it was an older assignment, I'd get a notification. Perhaps this is just the settings set by the instructor and not Canvas itself, however.

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.

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Education Management
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

CANVAS is a great tool for Courses and International competitions.

Reviewed on 07/08/2021

It's a nice program for communicating with students and is very organized. I really like to use it.

It's a nice program for communicating with students and is very organized. I really like to use it.

Pros

If you work in a school or a scientific competition, or if you wish to teach a class, you can use CANVAS. It's an excellent application because the grade book offers an Effective Teaching option for tracking progress against a set of academic criteria. Students and teachers will benefit from this mobile-friendly and easy tool. The largest business would be distance education, although it performs excellently in general.

Cons

It can be tough to cope with at first when using the application, and it takes a long time to publish a post on the student page.
Students occasionally carried assessments in the incorrect location and took time to get acquainted with the mobile phone application.

Alternatives Considered

Edmodo, Canva and Microsoft Teams

Reasons for Choosing CANVAS

I found CANVAS is an organized program in dealing and communicating with Students than other Programmes

Switched From

Google Classroom

Reasons for Switching to CANVAS

In general, I prefer to use the program, especially in making exams for students, because it appears if the student opens other programs with him, which confirms to me the credibility of dealing and the absence of cheating
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CANVAS FAQs

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CANVAS offers the following pricing plans:

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  • Pricing model: Free Version
  • Free Trial: Available

CANVAS has the following typical customers:

11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001+

CANVAS supports the following languages:

English

CANVAS supports the following devices:

Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

CANVAS integrates with the following applications:

Adobe Connect, Blackboard Learn, Diigo, Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Drive, Kaltura Video Platform, McGraw-Hill Connect, Microsoft 365, Microsoft Outlook, Moodle, Skype for Business, Twitter

CANVAS offers the following support options:

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

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