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Overview

Category Leaders

The Canvas Learning Management Platform, built by Instructure, is the open, extensible learning management system that educators...

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DreamClass is a cloud-based class management system for educational organizations including K12 schools, colleges, sports...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

Video & Screenshots

Pricing

Starting from

0.01

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

Starting from

39

Per month

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

4.6

3.9K

5

4

3

2

1

2.5K

1.1K

210

36

16

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
97%
would recommend this app

4.8

51

5

4

3

2

1

40

10

1

0

0

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
100%
would recommend this app

Pros

It has been good, and I would highly recommend it over the previous system we used. I like most of the newer features and believe it will continue to get better over time.
Canvas has a great overview page and is nice that all of your materials are in one place. I appreciated that it was the main form of communication, document location & even some quizzes and tests.
The overall experience during my last two years of undergraduate school was very pleasant and I sincerely hope that I encountered this software again in graduate school.

Pros

Excellent immediate setup, easy to use, affordable, fantastic customer service, responsive to our requests.
We have enjoyed using Dream class for the last 9 or so months and have moved into the platform with ease, thanks to the wonderful customer service we always receive.
The software is affordable but able to do everything we needed to have a successful summer school program. My favorite aspect of the company is the customer service.

Cons

Nothing is intuitive, it's extremely hard to change or fix a mistake on an assignment if you make a mistake, grade syncing with our electronic gradebook is very glitchy.
The parent canvas app is confusing and difficult to navigate. It is hard to discern what assignments are due to strange naming structures.
As a parent, it was difficult to understand where some items were but I feel that was user error and not the platform.

Cons

Sometimes, it may feel somehow restricted ( duplicate classes and data).
There are some features missing due to it being a newer software, but just in the 2 weeks we've been using this they have already starting rolling out some of those features.
The only areas that appear difficult are the ones that we have not needed to use or have not yet used, such as the grading system for our students.
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last reviewa month ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review15 days ago

Key features

  • Total features105
  • API
  • Academic/Education
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Management
  • Activity Tracking
  • Admissions Management
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Application Management
  • Appointment Scheduling
  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Audio/Video Recording
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Blended Learning
  • Block Websites/Applications
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Built-in LMS
  • Calendar Management
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Class Registration
  • Class Scheduling
  • Class Summary
  • Classroom Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Communication Management
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Content Library
  • Content Management
  • Corporate/Business
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Library
  • Course Management
  • Course Publishing
  • Course Tracking
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Curriculum Management
  • Curve Scores
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Questions
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Discount Management
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Payments
  • Email Management
  • Email Reminders
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Portal
  • Employee Training
  • Engagement Tracking
  • Enrollment Confirmation
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Event Calendar
  • Event Scheduling
  • Faculty/Staff Management
  • Fee Collection
  • Fee Management
  • Financial Aid Management
  • Financial Analysis
  • Financial Management
  • For Higher Education
  • For Music Schools
  • For Schools
  • Forms Management
  • Gamification
  • Grade Calculations
  • Gradebook
  • Independent/Private
  • Individualized Assessments
  • Instructor-Led Courses
  • Interactive Content
  • Interactive Learning
  • Invoice Management
  • Invoice Processing
  • K-12
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Lesson Planning
  • Media Import
  • Media Management
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Learning
  • Multi-Language
  • Multi-Location
  • Multimedia Support
  • Online Calendar
  • Online Classes
  • Online Payments
  • Online Registration
  • Parent Portal
  • Parent/Student Portal
  • Payment Processing
  • Performance Metrics
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Quizzes
  • Real-Time Data
  • Real-Time Monitoring
  • Real-Time Notifications
  • Real-Time Reporting
  • Real-time Broadcasting
  • Records Management
  • Refund Management
  • Registration Management
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Report Cards
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SCORM Compliance
  • SMS Messaging
  • Scheduling
  • School District
  • Scoring
  • Screen Sharing
  • Search/Filter
  • Self Service Portal
  • Self-paced Learning
  • Skills Assessment
  • Skills Tracking
  • Social Learning
  • Storyboarding
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Management
  • Student Portal
  • Support Audio/Images/Video
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Teacher Dashboard
  • Template Management
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third-Party Integrations
  • Training Companies
  • Video Conferencing
  • Video Management
  • Video Streaming
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Wait List Management
  • Weighted Assignments
  • eLearning Companies
  • Total features82
  • API
  • Academic/Education
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Management
  • Activity Tracking
  • Admissions Management
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Application Management
  • Appointment Scheduling
  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Audio/Video Recording
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Blended Learning
  • Block Websites/Applications
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Built-in LMS
  • Calendar Management
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Class Registration
  • Class Scheduling
  • Class Summary
  • Classroom Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Communication Management
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Content Library
  • Content Management
  • Corporate/Business
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Library
  • Course Management
  • Course Publishing
  • Course Tracking
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Curriculum Management
  • Curve Scores
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Questions
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Discount Management
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Payments
  • Email Management
  • Email Reminders
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Portal
  • Employee Training
  • Engagement Tracking
  • Enrollment Confirmation
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Event Calendar
  • Event Scheduling
  • Faculty/Staff Management
  • Fee Collection
  • Fee Management
  • Financial Aid Management
  • Financial Analysis
  • Financial Management
  • For Higher Education
  • For Music Schools
  • For Schools
  • Forms Management
  • Gamification
  • Grade Calculations
  • Gradebook
  • Independent/Private
  • Individualized Assessments
  • Instructor-Led Courses
  • Interactive Content
  • Interactive Learning
  • Invoice Management
  • Invoice Processing
  • K-12
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Lesson Planning
  • Media Import
  • Media Management
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Learning
  • Multi-Language
  • Multi-Location
  • Multimedia Support
  • Online Calendar
  • Online Classes
  • Online Payments
  • Online Registration
  • Parent Portal
  • Parent/Student Portal
  • Payment Processing
  • Performance Metrics
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Quizzes
  • Real-Time Data
  • Real-Time Monitoring
  • Real-Time Notifications
  • Real-Time Reporting
  • Real-time Broadcasting
  • Records Management
  • Refund Management
  • Registration Management
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Report Cards
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SCORM Compliance
  • SMS Messaging
  • Scheduling
  • School District
  • Scoring
  • Screen Sharing
  • Search/Filter
  • Self Service Portal
  • Self-paced Learning
  • Skills Assessment
  • Skills Tracking
  • Social Learning
  • Storyboarding
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Management
  • Student Portal
  • Support Audio/Images/Video
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Teacher Dashboard
  • Template Management
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third-Party Integrations
  • Training Companies
  • Video Conferencing
  • Video Management
  • Video Streaming
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Wait List Management
  • Weighted Assignments
  • eLearning Companies

Integrations

  • Total integrations104
  • CANVAS
  • Degreed
  • Google Analytics 360
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Classroom
  • Google Drive
  • Google Workspace
  • HubSpot CRM
  • Mailchimp
  • Meta for Business
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Moodle
  • PayPal
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • WordPress
  • Zapier
  • Zoom Workplace
  • authorize.net
  • Total integrations4
  • CANVAS
  • Degreed
  • Google Analytics 360
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Classroom
  • Google Drive
  • Google Workspace
  • HubSpot CRM
  • Mailchimp
  • Meta for Business
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Moodle
  • PayPal
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • WordPress
  • Zapier
  • Zoom Workplace
  • authorize.net

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Caitlyn L.

Education Management, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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DreamClass

Affordable, accessible & wonderful customer service!

Reviewed 2 years ago

Working with DreamClass has been amazing; their customer service (shout out to Lids!) is better than any other product I've worked with, and it was definitely one of the main reasons we went with DreamClass over other products. Most issues we have come up with have been immediately brainstormed and troubleshooted by the DreamClass support team, and they have made so many custom fixes for us. Everything we have asked for they have worked on and provided. They are constantly updating the platform and adding more features so it gets better and more expansive each day!

Pros

We are a small nonprofit afterschool program with about 200 students, some in-person and some online.School periods, courses, and classes are all easy to create, enroll students in, and manage. Attendance is easy for our teachers to complete and on the admin side, it is easy to get reports on daily absences and student attendance summaries.Student profiles allow for UNLIMITED custom fields (other products...

Cons

DreamClass launched an Admissions tool this summer. It is helpful to have a form that links directly to class enrollment, but there aren't quite enough form building options for our needs. We are still using Formstack for our main registration form then bulk uploading student data through a CSV file.Similarly, there is a gradebook on DreamClass, but there aren't great ways to upload files, create assignments or quizzes, or collect homework assignments through the platform. We are still using Canvas as our Learning Management System, then uploading the final grades to DreamClass to create transcripts. I would love to see DreamClass make their LMS portion more robust or allow for integration with Canvas.

Vendor response

What a review! Thank you so much for taking the time to give us such a detailed overview of your experience with us! Small non-for-profit organizations are the heart of DreamClass. In 2023 we will invest in making our Assignment & Homework management more robust and offering advanced admission settings. We will make sure to keep you and your team updated.