Canvas LMS

Canvas LMS

Learning Management System for Schools, Colleges and Universities

4.4/5 (1032 reviews)

Canvas LMS Overview

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.

Pricing

Starting from
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Pricing options
Free Trial
Free
Value for money

Devices

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Markets

Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe and 4 others, Latin America, Mexico, United Kingdom, United States

Supported Languages

English

Canvas LMS Reviews

Overall rating
4.4/5
92% positive reviews
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Excellent
376
Very good
59
Average
14
Poor
8
Terrible
Magali S.

Learn and teach comfortably with Canvas

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/03/06
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You can start using this platform for your academic purposes with confidence. In spite of all the above-mentioned disadvantages, generally, the platform works without any serious problem. I’m confident that students who prefer distant learning and the teachers who like online teaching will really appreciate Canvas LMS.

Pros

The platform is very easy and flexible to navigate so, you can be sure that you’ll never be lost while searching for the material you need. Besides, you can add text, upload pictures and videos without difficulty. In addition to this if you know how to work with HTML code you can have the design you like. The next thing that I like about Canvas is that you can communicate with your teacher and fellow students easily. You can send an email to your teacher or start a chat with your classmates. Canvas is used by educational institutions for two purposes: either for creating courses that are taught exceptionally online or for blending the traditional way of teaching with online one. This platform is especially useful for students who always need to find all the material on their course online, including the textbooks, lectures, homework, individual works and of course, their grades and attendance. Canvas makes collaboration between teachers and students more effective and fruitful.

Cons

It is fascinating to know that the Canvas app is available on mobile devices. However, the app needs some improvements because some features are still not available there and notifications sometimes don’t pop up.
The platform successfully cooperates and works with third-party vendors. However, I should mention that some programs do not work well and obviously they need to get improvements.
And finally, there sometimes some glitches may occur but I wish the platform could work more smoothly.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10

Site is satisfactory, app needs work

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/02/15
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

I've been a full-time student for the past 10 years and all the institutions that I've been attending have used canvas to post grades and make announcements. I have never had any complaints about the online website. It is easy to customize the main page to see exactly which courses you are in and it gives you the ability to arrange them in the order that you see fit, with your most important classes place in the more visible areas of the website. On the right side of the page there is an announcement bar where updates from your professors are easily seen and any new grades that have been posted are showing as well. Canvas also gives the professors the ability to organize students into groups for certain projects and also too give quizzes and tests. Professors also can upload PowerPoints, handouts, and other sources of material, which are easily downloaded through the website which automatically packs all the files, if multiple, into a zip file for your convenience. Overall, I've had a good experience with canvas and I would recommend it to institutions that are looking for a reliable, convenient way to communicate to students and facilitate courses online.

Cons

I don't really have any negative things to say about the software itself. The only issues that I have had are with the app, which I have used both on Android and Apple devices. When clicking on pop-up notifications for new grades being posted or sometimes other announcements, the app opens but it does not take you to the desired notification. When faced with a blank screen, you need to restart the app and manually go to where the notification was trying to direct you.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend

7.0/10
Joshua C.

A Revolutionary Aid to Learning

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/01/08
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

Has its limits, but still the best out there

Used Weekly for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2018/10/11
Review Source: Capterra

There is a paid version that you can do too. It's very expensive, and we found it still didn't quite meet our needs. For universities it probably would do the trick, but if you're a small education program, stick with Free for Teacher. Even with its little hassles, Canvas is still the best online classroom you can find out there.

Pros

We use the Free for Teacher edition. When it comes to setting up courses, having assignments, files, students, deadlines, and grades set up, it's pretty simple. Not a lot of trouble getting things put together. You can integrate videos, there's a conference capability called Big Blue Button that allows all the members of the course to video in with each other and you can share screen and everything. It has been a big help allowing our students to have a portal to do their assignments, and connect with everyone in the class.

Cons

One of the nuances to Canvas that is difficult is limiting what teachers can see. By that I mean we have two different types of courses that we run.

One is an individual cohort of a few students and a director. The only way to make these closed down to just these members is to create a duplicate of the course and put those members in. Not a terrible thing, but then the courses start to stack up with all the different cohorts you have going. Plus, there's not really a way to have any updates filter down into all the same semester courses. So if we want to make an update on Semester 1, we have to go into each individual course and update it. There's also no way to update deadlines when you copy a course. So I have to change every assignment's due date so it fits in the new semester's timeline.

The other kind of course that we have is an open course that anyone can jump into, and then we assign a TA to grade certain students. The problem with this is that there's no way to limit the TA's view of who is in the course. So it shows them that there are dozens of students' work that needs to be graded in their To-Do List and makes it difficult for them to know when their assigned students have actually submitted anything. Haven't been able to find a work around for this yet.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend

7.0/10
Brittany P.

This software has been a great tool that helped me throughout my college career.

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/04/19
Review Source: Capterra

I was able to be more organized with my work for school. I am a forgetful person but with the reminders on the side of canvas, it helped me to complete the forgotten assignments. Another benefit was that I learn to time manage my work by seeing the work load I have that for that week. In addition, it also helped me to learn to plan ahead.

Pros

Canvas is a great organizing tool. Some pros include the following: a calendar with due dates, to-do list, easy to use, tabs that is very easy to locate, the what if feature, easy to communicate with teachers, pleasing to the eye, has a mobile app, coming up assignment features, viewing files without downloading them, break down of your grade, and very simple. With this system, I did not have the need to buy a planner to write down all my assignments.

Cons

There is not too much I dislike about the system. Though the system is very organized, if the instructor does not put the files in an organized manner it can be hard to seek the desired files. In addition, there are some times where canvas can be very difficult to use as you have to click different features to get to the desired file. In addition, for the discussion page, it would be super helpful if the reply comments could be in a file with the original comment of the discussion board. In one class, we have weekly discussions and the students of that subjects has to write a powerpoint to explain a character that defines it and the student who did not create that has to write comments for it. At first it was not much but later became very hard to locate the different power point comments due to the immense amount of reply comments.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10

Canvas LMS 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

  • API
  • Learning Management

  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Assessment Management
  • Attendance Management
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Calendar Management
  • Communication Management
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Catalog
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Reporting
  • Data Import/Export
  • Progress Tracking
  • Records Management
  • Registration Management
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Self Service Portal
  • Time & Attendance Tracking

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

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