4 / 5 169 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Because Canvas is so easy to use, it streamlines classroom management for teachers and makes administration easier for school IT departments.

Average Ratings

169 reviews
  • 4 / 5
  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4 / 5
    Customer Service
  • 4 / 5
  • 4 / 5
    Value for Money

Product Details

  • Starting Price
  • Free Version
  • Deployment
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    In Person
    Live Online
  • Support
    24/7 (Live Rep)
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Instructure
  • Founded 2011

About This Software

As the most usable, customizable, adaptable, and reliable learning platform (think 99.9% uptime), Canvas is adopted faster and deeper (or, is used in more ways by more users) than any other LMS. See how Canvas makes teaching and learning easier for everyone.

  • Academic Reporting
  • Admissions Management
  • Assessment Management
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Audio Communication
  • Behavior Management
  • Billing Statements
  • Blank Student Monitors
  • Bookstore Management
  • Cafeteria Management
  • Class Lists
  • Class Summary
  • Classroom Management
  • Clinic Management
  • Collaboration
  • Curriculum Management
  • Curve Scores
  • Custom Classroom Layout
  • Customizable User Profiles
  • Discipline Management
  • Document Templates
  • Enrollment Management
  • Event Calendar
  • Facility Management
  • Faculty / Staff Management
  • Filtered Messaging
  • Financial Management
  • For Classroom
  • For Labs
  • Fundraising Management
  • Grade Calculations
  • Gradebook
  • Higher Education
  • Housing Management
  • Independent / Private
  • Individualized Assessments
  • Internet Usage Monitoring
  • K-12
  • Lesson Plan Management
  • Lesson Planning
  • Library Management
  • Limits on Resource Usage
  • Live Chat
  • Multi-School Management
  • Paper-Based Tests
  • Parent Portal
  • Progress Reports
  • Randomization of Students
  • Remote Access
  • Report Cards
  • Scheduling
  • School District
  • Screen Activity Recording
  • Screen Snapshots
  • Self-Instructional Product
  • Set Application Blocks
  • Set Web Blocks
  • Special Education
  • Student Activity Eligibility
  • Student Information / Records
  • Student Keyboards Freeze
  • Student Portal
  • Teacher Dashboard
  • Test Building
  • Transcripts
  • Video Support
  • View Student Monitors
  • Weighted Assignments

CANVAS Latest Reviews

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It's ease of use, mobile experience, and ease of administration outweigh the features it lacks.

5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: We are able to get detailed analytics on use not only from our students but from our instructors. We are able to build customizations utilizing the API.
We are now in a hosted solution with a beta server, test server and production server that is maintained and updated every week or 3 weeks depending on the server.

Pros: Canvas from an administrator side is incredibly easy to work with. Installing addons takes just seconds in comparison to the fear I experienced in installing anything in Blackboard, and the confusion I experienced trying to set anything up in D2L.
One of the deciding factors in moving forward with Canvas was ease of use for our faculty and students. If Canvas was not easy to use our transition would have been near impossible.
It's mobile app is excellent for students and they are in the middle of improving their faculty mobile app now.
They have an incredible Community that has asked most of the questions you have and someone has provided the answer you're looking for. There are also folks that create customizations and share those with everyone to help improve your workflows. They also let you in on the development process and share with your their progress and let you beta test things for them.
I love having a beta server, test server and production server to work with that is always up to date.
Lots to love about Canvas.

Cons: There are some features that are lacking from Canvas that we are attempting to work around or build customizations for.
1. Set Discussion boards to need grading after x number of posts. Right now it says it needs to be graded after the first post and will not notify the instructor once they have submitted the required amount of posts. This isn't as big of an issue when there are due dates but a majority of our courses do not have due dates.
2. It's Outcomes capabilities are lacking. They have plans to improve on this but it may be awhile.
3. They are releasing a new quizzing tool in 2018 which we are excited for but are worried about how we will need to go about migrating quizzes.

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Canvas - An Admin's Dream Come True

5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: As the Learning Management System Admin for Utah Valley University, managing the use of Canvas can be challenging, but in a really good way. Whenever I run into a problem, I can usually find the answer and deploy a solution very quickly. Instructure provides a dedicated Customer Success Manager who meets with us regularly, a robust case management system, and an extremely helpful community engagement platform. Canvas is updated regularly to stay fresh on new technologies, features, and bug fixes. It's really fun to manage this system and have so much buy-in from faculty. Canvas is also on the leading edge with 3rd party integrations, data analytics, and cross-platform compatibility.

Pros: Canvas is always available. Teachers and students rarely suffer from any down time, if ever. Even with the regular updates of the platform (every 3 weeks), there is no significant downtime. The integration with our Student Information System is really good, but will soon be even better.

Cons: I wish Instructure would value the opinions of an institution's Canvas Admin over instructors. Instructors tend to not stay up to speed with an institution's policies, new government regulation, or plain common sense in some cases. There are a few specific tools that would make an admin's life much easier... like this feature idea: