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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
Teighlor
Teighlor
owner in US
Verified LinkedIn User
Consumer Services, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Canvas is a great learning platform!

5.0 4 weeks ago New

Comments: Overall, Canvas offers a comprehensive and interactive LMS experience, balancing a rich set of features with user-friendly functionality, although it may require some time to navigate the full suite of tools.

Pros:

Canvas is a user-friendly LMS with easy navigation, mobile access, and robust integration with other tools. It offers effective communication channels, personalized course design, and reliable support, making it a versatile choice for educational needs.

Cons:

Canvas can sometimes have technical glitches, a learning curve for complex features, and limited offline functionality. It’s a robust platform but may require some adaptation.

Sally
Undergraduate in US
Fine Art, 51–200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Canvas Pros

5.0 3 weeks ago New

Comments: I enjoy canvas for submitting homework, posting to discussion boards, and emailing professors. I used it throughout the pandemic and it made the switch to virtual school seamless.

Pros:

I’ve been using the website and app for several years for school. It has a dashboard for your classes, each of which have categories for grades, assignments, modules, discussions, external links, etc, and there’s a calendar for due dates, and a built in email for students and instructors. I really appreciate the comment section within grades. My professors that issue this function typically give advice or praise, in a convenient location instead of through email or in person. It also allows you to calculate your final grade by simply changing individual grades. It does the percentage and calculation for you. The calendar and to do also cross off things you have done and color code them to your class.

Cons:

I don’t like how the To do is impossible to clear at times, it holds announcements there and assignments you can’t submit online because neither of those can be marked as complete. There is an option to “x” them but they come back when my app refreshes.

Koen
independent in Belgium
Computer Software, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
Reviewer Source
Source: SoftwareAdvice

terrible software

1.0 3 weeks ago New

Comments: This is the most horrible piece of shit software I have ever seen, totally user-unfriendly and not robust.

Pros:

I had to use this for a temporary school job; at first it looked nice.

Cons:

* It's terribly complex, with mysterious hieroglyphs that show no hints if you hover over them with the mouse. So you have to click on them to find out, but then it might be too late! *Nothing works like in normal software, e.g.: - If you enter things and you click the wrong button, everything is lost without warning! - In every software, the TAB key is THE key to move to the next editbox. Here, if you hit TAB, all kinds of unpredictible things happen. * Often, weird error messages appeared out of the blue. * The information given to the user is sometimes just wrong; e.g. some task is marked as "published" and yet the students still can't see it! I needed a specialist to find out which hidden settings needed to be changed too. * Correcting the automatically given scores was a horrible task.

Jaquelin
Student in US
Education Management, 1,001–5,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

CANVAS-A Great Coursework Management Program

5.0 2 weeks ago New

Comments: CANVAS is a great coursework program that provides me with organized platform to create and access my coursework. I’m very pleased with its’ simplicity yet effectiveness in cataloging courses and their attributes.

Pros:

The thing I liked the most is how it integrates my schools design. It matches its colors and is aesthetically pleasing. This makes me more motivated to finish assignments and sign on.

Cons:

What I liked least about canvas is how it can be a bit confusing when being messaged through CANVAS and your email at the same time.

Lara
Associate Professor in US
E-Learning, 5,001–10,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

A versatile and reliable data-driven LMS

5.0 2 weeks ago New

Comments: I have used Moodle, Blackboard, and other LMS over the years. Canvas is the most stable and user-friendly

Pros:

The ability to make changes and see them across the board on all courses of the same type in the system is a strong ability in Canvas. The tools and support in the admin panel are extensive.

Cons:

Moving from Canvas to an embedded program is clunky and not user-friendly