Canvas LMS Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Canvas LMS

Learning Management System for Schools, Colleges and Universities

4.42/5 (622 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.


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

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Canvas LMS reviews

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Joshua Cleveland

A Revolutionary Aid to Learning

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-01-08
Review Source: Capterra

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.

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Has its limits, but still the best out there

Used weekly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 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.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.

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Brittany pak

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

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 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. 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.

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

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2017-11-25
Review Source: Capterra

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.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.

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College course management program for students, faculty, and staff

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-01-02
Review Source: Capterra

After my university switched over to Canvas as the preferred course management software, I was happy to finally have a user-friendly interface to work with. The menu is not cluttered and all tabs and icons are easy to find. One of the main advantages of Canvas is the ability to easily sync a school email account and get live notifications when items and assignments are posted. Professors can also setup calendars that help remind students of exam, project, and homework due dates. Students can also setup discussions or threads within their respective courses, which is useful when a lot of students have a similar question. Saves the professor time from having to answer 50 emails about the same question.

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Canvas LMS pricing

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Canvas Cloud is Free for Teachers to use, just sign up to get started.

Canvas LMS features

Learning Management

Activity Dashboard (77 other apps)
Activity Tracking (41 other apps)
Assessment Management (67 other apps)
Attendance Management (59 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (57 other apps)
Calendar Management (44 other apps)
Communication Management (46 other apps)
Course Authoring (47 other apps)
Course Catalog (42 other apps)
Customizable Branding (41 other apps)
Customizable Reporting (45 other apps)
Data Import/Export (49 other apps)
Electronic Payments (40 other apps)
Progress Tracking (44 other apps)
Records Management (56 other apps)
Registration Management (48 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (63 other apps)
Time & Attendance Tracking (54 other apps)

Additional information for Canvas LMS

Key features of Canvas LMS

  • Customizable user profiles
  • Open API
  • Audio and video messages
  • Web-standard browser
  • Cut and paste links from a Web browser
  • LTI integrations
  • Integrated tools like Google Docs and Etherpad
  • Supports external service integrations, like Facebook, Googl
  • Collaborative workspaces
  • Canvas app center
  • Robust course notifications
  • Graphic analytics reporting engine
  • Canvas mobile apps for iOS and Android
  • Integrated media reporting
  • Students can record or upload audio and video
  • Integrated learning outcomes
  • Canvas’ content editor to share resources
  • RSS support
  • Web conferencing tools
  • Analytics
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Mobile Access
Engage students in learning anytime, anywhere and support 1:1 and other technology initiatives both in and outside the classroom.

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.