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What Is CANVAS?

Canvas by Instructure is a learning management system for every stage and style of education. As the hub of your digital learning environment, Canvas offers complete LMS functionality including standards-based grade books, course content authoring, customizable assessments, mobile communication, video learning and digital badging, (just to name a few). Take teaching and learning to the next level with Canvas, the #1 educational software, and the foundation of the Instructure Learning Platform.

Who Uses CANVAS?

Available to institutions of all sizes and types, from individual K-12 classrooms to universities to companies with a blended or fully virtual environment.

CANVAS Software - Canvas student dashboard
CANVAS Software - Canvas mobile app

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Reviews of CANVAS

Average score

Overall
4.6
Ease of Use
4.4
Customer Service
4.3
Features
4.4
Value for Money
4.5

Reviews by company size (employees)

  • <50
  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001
Jim
Jim
Assoc VP for IT in US
Verified LinkedIn User
Higher Education, 501–1,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

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The Last LMS You Will Ever Purchase

5.0 2 years ago

Comments: As a staple in higher education, online and hybrid learning have played a central role in offering courses to a geographically dispersed demographic of students. Canvas provides this ability with a solid product and reliable up time to help us meet these goals.

Pros:

A very powerful platform with a low threshold for adoption and ease of use. Our instructors rave about the intuitiveness of the course builder features and functionality. Since the pandemic, nearly all of the institution's thousands of courses have content online in Canvas - including the traditional in-person classes.

Cons:

Integration with our student information system required some additional outside services to that students, courses, and grades could be synced in real time in order to give students immediate access once enrolled for the class.

Denene
Student in US
E-Learning, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

The Ease of Using CANVAS

4.0 2 months ago

Pros:

CANVAS is easy to steer and it is easy to learn for people that are beginners with technology. The navigational tabs are a big help as well, and the development of the agenda is very helpful.

Cons:

It does not save work. If you start typing and leave it to come back at a later time, it will not save what you had previously typed.

Jessie
Clerk in US
Accounting, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

Canvas review

3.0 2 months ago New

Comments: My overall experience with canvas has been good it's been real helpful keeping me organized and on track

Pros:

What I like the most about canvas is how it helps keep me organized and everything is on its own place and I can look up whatever I need and it's easy to access and use

Cons:

What I like the lease about canvas is I've been having trouble logging in on my phone

Sam
ESOL Coordinator in US
Education Management, 5,001–10,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

One Stop for All

5.0 3 months ago

Comments: It is a huge environment that allows you to have a lot of documents/PPTs, etc. for your students.

Pros:

Canvas is all encompassing and can house pretty much everything for a classroom or central office staff.

Cons:

Although I really like Canvas, at times it can take several clicks to get where I want to go.

Velzie
Student in US
Education Management, 10,000+ Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Canvas Review

5.0 last month New

Comments: Overall, Canvas is 100% better then Blackboard. So much easier.

Pros:

The thing I like most about canvas is the alerts when a new assignment has been created or is due.

Cons:

The over flooding of notifications when other students comment on dissuasion boards.