Canvas LMS Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Canvas LMS

Learning Management System for Schools, Colleges and Universities

4.47/5 (1,581 reviews)

Canvas LMS overview

What is Canvas LMS?

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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Pricing

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Devices

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Markets

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

Supported languages

English
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Canvas LMS reviews

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Kelly Barnes

CANVAS makes higher education accessible anywhere you have an internet connection!

Used occasionally for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-06-30
Review Source: Capterra

CANVAS is very user-friendly and an all-around excellent way to engage in continuing education and life-long learning. Personally, as an older student, I love using CANVAS.

Pros
While I am unsure of the College's side in using this software, for me, as a student, I love using CANVAS. I enjoy travelling and with an easy-to-use, school-issued/provided LMS (Learning Management System/Software), I can take many classes online from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. The mobile application is robust and incredibly convenient, allowing 99% all-the-same functionality as the desktop version. Students can even take online quizzes and finals using their internet-connected mobile device (Smartphone). It is very user-friendly and an all-around excellent way to engage in continuing education and life-long learning as an older (personally, 42 years) college student.

Cons
The only drawbacks to CANVAS I experienced were a loss of data if the active internet connection broke while in the middle of completing/submitting assignments and quizzes. I know that CANVAS has since implemented an auto-save feature on the quizzes, so that part of the problem is resolved. Whether or not this is true of the assignment submissions, I honestly do not know at this time.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Anonymous

Canvas

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-11-23
Review Source: Capterra

I have used Canvas as both a student and a teacher. I have used it to create courses and assignments, grading, submitting assignments, viewing grades, etc. It is a beneficial software for higher education because of all of the resources and tools available. It helps significantly with the organization of a class.

Pros
Once you learn the software, it is easy to use. There are several tools that are beneficial to both students and teachers, such as Speed Grader, TurnItIn for plagiarism checking, inbox, collaborations, etc. I really like that it lines out the schedule for students (syllabus tab), provides a calendar that has the option to display days that assignments are due, a to-do list for each assignment, etc. Teachers have to put the assignments in, ahead of time, for this to be useful to students, but I've been told many times by students that it makes their lives easier by being able to see everything they have coming up. I also love the ARC video uploader. It allows teachers to see statistics on how many students watched the video and how long they actually watched it. It also gives students an option to leave a comment or question at an exact timestamp in the video.

Cons
There are some quirks to Canvas that sometimes require workarounds. An example of this is moderated grading. I have had it somehow get selected, but it does not tell you when it gets selected. Once one student submission has been graded, it will not allow you to turn off moderated grading. You have to go through the process of moderated grading before it will even show grades or comments to students. The inbox also sometimes hides my emails in the spam folder in my Outlook account. It does not do that constantly, but every now and then I will get an email from a student wondering why I haven't responded to an email. I usually find it in my spam folder.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Samridh Shrestha

Canvas as a student user

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-02-01
Review Source: Capterra

Compared to Moodle, I like Canvas much better. It is very much focused and geared towards enhancing the student's learning experience.

Pros
I have been using canvas regularly for all my graduate classes. It has been the epicenter/hub for the instructor and all other students to come together and create a intuitive learning environment. Things I really like with canvas: - Discussions and Help Forums It's so easy to post questions in canvas and ask the professor and other students for help or clarifications. my graduate classes are pretty demanding and requires lot of back and forth with the instructor. But imagine if every student asked the instructor the same questions over and over again. On canvas I can see other student's questions and responses so it's like big FAQ hub. - Easy to navigate Contents All of the contents such as lecture slides, videos, homeworks, grades etc are in one location under different tabs. It has been organized properly and I don't have to click 100 times to get tot the page I want. - Interaction with other students I think this is what differentiates Canvas from moodle and what I have used in the past. This platform is very much student geared and student centered. It is there to help students interact with each other and learn from each other.

Cons
Canvas is not perfect though if you are not an expert user or instructor. - Many times instructors said the contents are released but it wasn't - The grades accumulation does not always makes sense - Very much dependent on how the instructor has laid out contents. - Redundant information - Not always user friendly. Does take a while to get adjusted to it

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Likelihood to recommend: 6/10

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Kush Manchanda

Great GUI, nice course introduction, but no start-guide

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-03-28
Review Source: Capterra

I am happy to use it. The App is a plus which sends out push-notifications whenever a new homework or grade is posted.

Pros
From Additional Info to Resource to Files it has everything, the professors sends out assignments, labs, and stuff and we can go and download/view directly from the browser. I also like the as-if grade, which will evaluate my grade on any marks I fill in ( which is obviously not the correct grade) but it shows me how much I need to get on my next assignment to get the grade I am achieving.

Cons
It has files, assignments, and announcements and allows to attach image/files everywhere. Also, I think it should provide professors and students who are first time users with a usage guide. One of my profs sends slides and Homeworks on announcements because he is not friendly with how to create assignments and it's frustrating.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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David Christianson

Like a Fine Wine, It Gets Better with Age

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-12-16
Review Source: Capterra

Canvas has made online and blended education much less of a hassle for students and teachers. It is simple, elegant, and functional. There is almost NO downtime, which is phenomenal. I highly recommend it above any other LMS. Both students and faculty love using Canvas for online and blended courses.

Pros
Canvas by Instructure has only improved as it has grown. For an LMS, it is easy to learn and use. It has integrations with various other useful software, but I often encourage faculty who have trouble learning software to just use the tools in Canvas. It's easier to navigate and function. The new gradebook promises to make the whole experience even better.

Cons
This is petty, but the thing I like least about Canvas is the rich text editor on content pages. I wish it could handle more drag and drop features, like Squarespace or Wix. That said, it is perfectly fine. It's not that I don't like it, but I like it least.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Canvas LMS pricing

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

Canvas LMS features

API
Learning Management

Activity Dashboard (159 other apps)
Assessment Management (145 other apps)
Attendance Management (102 other apps)
Attendance Tracking (97 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (108 other apps)
Calendar Management (93 other apps)
Class Scheduling (87 other apps)
Communication Management (115 other apps)
Content Management (97 other apps)
Course Authoring (111 other apps)
Customizable Branding (107 other apps)
Data Import/Export (98 other apps)
Progress Reports (106 other apps)
Progress Tracking (112 other apps)
Registration Management (92 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (163 other apps)
Self Service Portal (88 other apps)
Third Party Integration (101 other apps)

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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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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.