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Overview

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

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Forma LMS is an open-source eLearning platform designed to help businesses provide corporate training related to talent management,...

  • 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

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Pricing

Starting from

0.01

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

Starting from

87

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

17

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

4.6

155

5

4

3

2

1

92

56

7

0

0

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
99%
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

Another great feature that I find very useful is the ability to create and manage user groups. This makes it easy to assign courses and track the progress of learners.
Its awesome and worth satisfying. The Forma LMS is the best LMS solutioning in the market.
Overall, my experience with Forma LMS is awesome. This is a great solution for learning management and the reporting feature is very useful.

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

It's hard to pinpoint anything that I would dislike about Forma LMS.
I don’t have any definite aspect that I can describe as a flaw.
There is no aspect that I can term daunting to utilize on this platform.
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Key features

  • Total features105
  • API
  • Academic/Education
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Management
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Audio/Video Recording
  • Blended Learning
  • Block Websites/Applications
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Built-in LMS
  • Calendar Management
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Certification Tracking
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Class Scheduling
  • Class Summary
  • Classroom Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Communication Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Content Library
  • Content Management
  • Corporate/Business
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Library
  • Course Management
  • Course Publishing
  • Course Tracking
  • Curriculum Management
  • Curve Scores
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Questions
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • Email Management
  • Employee Portal
  • Employee Training
  • Engagement Tracking
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Event Calendar
  • Faculty/Staff Management
  • For Higher Education
  • For Schools
  • Gamification
  • Grade Calculations
  • Gradebook
  • Individualized Assessments
  • Instructor-Led Courses
  • Interactive Content
  • Interactive Learning
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Lesson Planning
  • Media Import
  • Media Management
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Learning
  • Multi-Language
  • Multimedia Support
  • Parent Portal
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Question Library
  • Quizzes
  • Real-Time Data
  • Real-Time Notifications
  • Real-Time Reporting
  • Real-time Broadcasting
  • Reminders
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Report Cards
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Screen Sharing
  • Self Service Portal
  • Self-paced Learning
  • Single Sign On
  • Skills Assessment
  • Skills Tracking
  • Social Learning
  • Storyboarding
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Management
  • Student Portal
  • Support Audio/Images/Video
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Talent Management
  • Teacher Dashboard
  • Template Management
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third-Party Integrations
  • Training Administration
  • Training Companies
  • Training Management
  • User Management
  • Video Conferencing
  • Video Management
  • Video Streaming
  • Video Support
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Weighted Assignments
  • eCommerce Management
  • eLearning Companies
  • Total features69
  • API
  • Academic/Education
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Management
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Audio/Video Recording
  • Blended Learning
  • Block Websites/Applications
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Built-in LMS
  • Calendar Management
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Certification Tracking
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Class Scheduling
  • Class Summary
  • Classroom Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Communication Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Content Library
  • Content Management
  • Corporate/Business
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Library
  • Course Management
  • Course Publishing
  • Course Tracking
  • Curriculum Management
  • Curve Scores
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Questions
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • Email Management
  • Employee Portal
  • Employee Training
  • Engagement Tracking
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Event Calendar
  • Faculty/Staff Management
  • For Higher Education
  • For Schools
  • Gamification
  • Grade Calculations
  • Gradebook
  • Individualized Assessments
  • Instructor-Led Courses
  • Interactive Content
  • Interactive Learning
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Lesson Planning
  • Media Import
  • Media Management
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Learning
  • Multi-Language
  • Multimedia Support
  • Parent Portal
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Question Library
  • Quizzes
  • Real-Time Data
  • Real-Time Notifications
  • Real-Time Reporting
  • Real-time Broadcasting
  • Reminders
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Report Cards
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Screen Sharing
  • Self Service Portal
  • Self-paced Learning
  • Single Sign On
  • Skills Assessment
  • Skills Tracking
  • Social Learning
  • Storyboarding
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Management
  • Student Portal
  • Support Audio/Images/Video
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Talent Management
  • Teacher Dashboard
  • Template Management
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third-Party Integrations
  • Training Administration
  • Training Companies
  • Training Management
  • User Management
  • Video Conferencing
  • Video Management
  • Video Streaming
  • Video Support
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Weighted Assignments
  • eCommerce Management
  • 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 integrations5
  • 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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Kyle F.

Education Management, 501-1,000 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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CANVAS

Love Canvas!

Reviewed 2 years ago
Pros

This LMS is extremely intuitive and organized.

Cons

I really have no complaints whatsoever about this program.

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Stephen R.

Education Management, 51-200 employees

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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CANVAS

LMS that needs updating

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

Simple LMS that has many features for users

Cons

It is straight forward for colleges, but it could be more kid friendly for elementary schools.

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Nikhil C.

Education Management, 10,001+ employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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Canvas functionality review

Reviewed 2 years ago

Good

Pros

Course tracking, LMS, Grading and virtual classroom and examination

Cons

Virtual classroom can be improved, some links does not work fine.

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Essence W.

E-Learning, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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CANVAS

Canvas, its the best

Reviewed 2 years ago
Pros

I have used many LMS, and Canvas remains supreme!

Cons

I have no qualms with exception that other platforms like Blackboard should be wary

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Neha P.

E-Learning, 51-200 employees

Used monthly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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CANVAS

A review on Canvas

Reviewed 2 years ago
Pros

It is a good LMS and do all work easily

Cons

There are no disadvantages as such in it

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Chris C.

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Canvas Review

Reviewed 9 years ago
Pros

Tools are relatively self explanatory. Basic LMS functionality. Well organized interface.

Cons

Lack of features, and backend access to alter and create features. Would like more media-rich capabilities and easier ability to upload and implement video and audio files. Better integration with other tools and platforms such as Twitter, Classmarker, etc.

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Michelle M.

Education Management, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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CANVAS

Great Learning Management System

Reviewed 3 years ago

I really couldn't live without it.

Pros

This LMS is a really intuitive tool. I highly recommend it.

Cons

There were just a few features that I felt were a bit glitchy. After getting a little technical assistance and learning to use them correctly, it works fluidly.

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Fine Art,

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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CANVAS

Used it as a college professor

Reviewed 7 years ago

Great LMS platform with much nicer UX

Pros

In comparison to other similar products: - UX - very intuitive, you don't need much training to operate it

Cons

No cons were added to this review

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Primary/Secondary Education, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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CANVAS

Canvas LMS: A Digital Canvas

Reviewed 3 years ago

Overall, I enjoy using Canvas because it does exactly what it is designed to do.

Pros

The software is a one-stop-shop for all LMS needs. It's easy to use and the platform promotes a positive experience for learners. You can include videos, chat board, etc. without any issues and large files can be uploaded without any problems.

Cons

I can't think of any cons; it's an LMS system that is continuously evolving.

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Abdul-Mannaan G.

Primary/Secondary Education, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Free account user

Reviewed 6 years ago

This is the best LMS available for free.

Pros

It has all the features you need to manage an online learning environment. The roster setup is easy, the quiz grading system and features available to create assessments is excellent. Also I love the add ons from other common sites such as YouTube, Pearson, and many other platforms. The canvas community allows you to use other teacher content and integrate into your classroom, especially if you don't have knowledge or expertise in a particular subject area.

Cons

The biggest issue I have experienced with Canvas is deleting or removing individuals from your class roster. Also it would be nice of Canvas could include a paid subscription outside of the expensive large institution (such as universities) plans that only offer. The smaller enterprise subscriptions would be for teachers or other small business owners that need more space to upload video content, and other larger the documents. The 251MB limit canvas provides for each created course gets used fairly quickly.

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Education Management, 501-1,000 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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CANVAS

Canvas praise

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

Ability to upload assignments, work, resources, videos, and assessments into discrete modules. Quite user friendly. Can easily transfer previous classes and departmental shells.

Cons

Love this as my LMS. At times I like this better than Google Classroom.

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Sai Krishna M.

Information Technology and Services, self-employed

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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User experience

Reviewed 2 years ago
Pros

The canvas is very popular LMS platform used by students and teachers

Cons

No, i think canvas is giving all features with respective to intended owners

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Food & Beverages, self-employed

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Learning experience on canvas

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

Canvas use straightforward approach, making it easy to navigate and use.

Cons

I've enrolled to schools which uses canvas as LMS, I don't encounter any problem so far

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Computer Software, 51-200 employees

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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CANVAS

Best app for LMS management

Reviewed 9 months ago
Pros

The course navigations are precisely accessed in a better manner. User-friendly for the People of high schools.

Cons

The rate is a little bit high compared to other LMS systems in the market.

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Raisa M.

E-Learning, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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CANVAS

Canvas for Teachers

Reviewed 2 years ago

I enjoyed and will continue to use this LMS.

Pros

Ease of use for students and teachers Transparency for students, teachers and families Grading capabilities Incentives/ fun features for students

Cons

Difficulty grading open ended questions

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Jason J.

E-Learning, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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CANVAS

Solid LMS

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

Canvas is a very intuitive LMS for both educators and students to use.

Cons

There have been some minor issues with connectivity, but these have always been quickly resolved.

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Cynthia H.

Education Management, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Canvas does much more than Google Classroom

Reviewed 4 years ago

Canvas is really helping with remote learning.

Pros

Canvas is a great LMS! It's integration with our student information service is seamless.

Cons

Since the pandemic, customer service has been lacking.

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Lynmara C.

Education Management, 201-500 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Great for both K-12 and Higher Ed

Reviewed 2 years ago

It has been great. I enjoy using it.

Pros

The features and online training were very helpful as we transitioned to this LMS.

Cons

The initial interface as complicated at first.

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Ujwal K.

Marketing and Advertising, 501-1,000 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Better than Moodle LMS

Reviewed a year ago

I would recommend CANVAS over any other LMS platform in the market right now. Not only does it have all the necessary features like a Grades report, Quiz/Assignments section, course material/resources page, etc. but it also makes sure that those features work well over the app.

Pros

It was far more reliable than Moodle when there were some changes that were made by the academic department at the beginning and end of the semesters. Also, the UI/UX of the mobile app was way better than that of other LMS platforms.

Cons

I sometimes face slight glitches while login but overall, it is way better than other LMS.

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Logistics and Supply Chain, 201-500 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Nota 10

Reviewed a year ago
Pros

Ele é funcional tem muitas coisas qie nos podemos usar e gratuitos

Cons

Tem alguns produtos que são bem caro mas dá pra usar de forma formal

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Paul Z.

E-Learning, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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Canvas is a full featured LMS

Reviewed 3 years ago

I have liked using canvas but I do think there are easier LMS systems to use.

Pros

Canvas has many advanced communication features that you would be looking for in an LMS.

Cons

Canvas can be a little confusing for beginners. There are easier LMS systems to manage in my opinion.

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Shane B.

Education Management, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Easy to use

Reviewed 2 years ago

I love using Canvas, especially compared with other popular LMS platforms.

Pros

Canvas is easy to use for instructors setting up courses or just teaching pre-made courses. It’s intuitive and flows well. Very clean look, helps to make the experience positive.

Cons

Compared to other LMS platforms, I can’t think of cons that I have. I’m teaching but it’s sometimes not very compatible with custom html.

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Carolyn S.

E-Learning, 5,001-10,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Canvas

Reviewed 2 years ago

My overall experience with Canvas has been very positive. The LMS is easy to use for instructors and learners and offers the options for multi-media, classroom management, and student record keep as many of the other costly LMS.

Pros

Canvas is an affordable, ease to use LMS that offers the opportunity to level the educational playfield bu=y providing a cost-effective systems for offering online learning. It offers the same features as costly LMS such as D2L.

Cons

The Canvas Studio is glitchy at times with reported problems uploading videos by learners.

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Sherryl G.

Health, Wellness and Fitness, 201-500 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Canvas brings learning management systems into the 21st century

Reviewed 2 years ago

As a multimedia learning management system (LMS), my user experience with Canvas compared to other LMS is blissful. It has proven to be a time-saver for time-poor post-grad students like myself.

Pros

The user interface is quite intuitive and, depending on how the course is structured, can be easy to navigate to. Canvas also offers cross-app integration depending on what device or operating system you are using. I love that I can simple share from Office on an iPad OS straight to the submission form for assignments on Canvas.

Cons

A value-added feature would be to incorporate a search engine within Canvas.

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Scott W.

E-Learning, self-employed

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Canvas review as a student

Reviewed 4 years ago

As a student, this is a wonderful tool to allow students to work form home or onsite at a school campus. And it allows us to take classes from any California JC location. It gives power and information to the student to help facilitate classes, attend classes, and have access to assignments and grades on this portal.

Pros

This portal was very easy to use to help me, as a student, keep track of my schedule, courses, grades, assignments. I was able to use Canvas to have access to school work, information by the teacher, turn in an assignment, and my grades were posted on Canvas. The chat feature allows me to keep in contact with the instructor as well as other students. It also allowed the instructor to create a blended classroom so we did not have to be in class at all times, but watch and still interact with the lesson. From what I understand, it is supposed to be easy to take classes at other Junior Colleges wihtin California since all JC's are on Canvas. The Canvas portal is a one student portal, not a school portal to allow us to take classes at any JC location.

Cons

I don't have experience with any other college LMS. So, I cannot compare with what other schools do use.