Canvas LMS

Canvas LMS

Learning Management System for Schools, Colleges and Universities

4.5/5 (1557 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

Cost

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
Excellent
895

Very good
542

Average
90

Poor
20

Terrible
10

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

Great Student Experience Drives Positive Student Outcomes

A more intuitive and user friendly LMS drives positive outcomes for students and teachers alike.


Verified Reviewer

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.


Yousra R.

Makes school easy

I enjoy it and I look forward to continue using it for my studies!


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.


Emily B.

Sky's The Limit

I was the digital learning facilitator at a high school with 1400 students for the last two years, and those were our district's first two years with Canvas. I helped design and lead professional development for staff and students that we used county-wide. I also helped with user management for my school, as well as working with teachers to implement the program. I would've loved the program, when I was in the classroom, but I know a lot of my teachers found it overwhelming, so we had to do mini PDs and teach little pieces at a time so it was absorbable.


Christopher C.
Industry: E-Learning
Company size: 501-1,000 Employees

Great Student Experience Drives Positive Student Outcomes

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 10/09/2019
Review Source: Capterra

A more intuitive and user friendly LMS drives positive outcomes for students and teachers alike.

Pros

A vast improvement to our previous educational software, Blackboard, Canvas provides an understandable and intuitive user interface to navigate the often confusing world of online education.

The phone-app consistently works and seamlessly integrates with our SAML, making it easy to access assignments right from our phone.

Cons

At no fault to the software itself, like any great tool it depends on the skill and effort of those who wield it: in this case, the teachers themselves.

At its heart, Canvas is a cloud-based file organization or content management system; you're either organized or your not. Proper labels, intuition on what topics deserve their own page or simply a section on pre-existing page go a long way in lessening the cognitive load of the students, and thus driving better educational outcomes.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

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

Yousra R.
Industry: E-Learning
Company size: 10,001+ Employees

Makes school easy

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 15/05/2020
Review Source: Capterra

I enjoy it and I look forward to continue using it for my studies!

Pros

Everything is laid out for the user. Class rooms are represented by boxes and colors which is easy to distinguish. Almost immediate feedback when grades are up and can set reminders

Cons

The calendar feature is pretty useless on the app because it is always confusing. It can also be annoying when I am about to finish a timed assignment.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

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 01/02/2019
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

Emily B.
Industry: E-Learning
Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees

Sky's The Limit

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 02/03/2020
Review Source: Capterra

I was the digital learning facilitator at a high school with 1400 students for the last two years, and those were our district's first two years with Canvas. I helped design and lead professional development for staff and students that we used county-wide. I also helped with user management for my school, as well as working with teachers to implement the program. I would've loved the program, when I was in the classroom, but I know a lot of my teachers found it overwhelming, so we had to do mini PDs and teach little pieces at a time so it was absorbable.

Pros

There's nothing in online learning that this learning management system can't do. It differentiates, it allows you to set hard and soft deadlines for assignments, it lets students work in groups, and it integrates with just about every educational website out there.

Cons

Because it can do so much and is so flexible, it can be a bit overwhelming for the non-tech-savvy to learn. Also, the notifications of updates aren't clear so it can be challenging to keep up with the changes.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

User recommendation
8.5/10
Based on 1,557 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
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Canvas LMS Features

Canvas LMS Features

API
Activity Dashboard
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
Registration Management
Reporting & Statistics
Self Service Portal
Student Portal
Third Party Integration
Features
4.3/5
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Categories

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