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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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iSpring Suite is an all-in-one authoring tool integrated with PowerPoint. It provides a wide array of features, templates,...

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  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
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  • Android app
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  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
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  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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Pricing

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User reviews

4.6

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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

Couple the ease of use with responsive technical support, and post-sales support, and your company will have a successful eLearning partner.
This past two days, the awesome support team has managed to solve my issues. I really do applaud the support team for their great service.
ISpring is still the best. Easy to understand, easy to use and plenty of awesome features.

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

Not a real failure, but more of a dislike: You have to test everything before bringing it online.
This software is very unstable. I constantly have problems with it.
Quiz with math problems are difficult. Pen does not have colors.
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Key features

  • Total features105
  • API
  • Academic/Education
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • 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
  • Chat/Messaging
  • 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
  • Curriculum Management
  • Curve Scores
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Questions
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • Email Management
  • 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
  • PowerPoint Conversion
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Question Library
  • Quizzes
  • Real-Time Data
  • Real-Time Notifications
  • Real-Time Reporting
  • Real-time Broadcasting
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Report Cards
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Screen Sharing
  • 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
  • User Management
  • Video Conferencing
  • Video Management
  • Video Streaming
  • Video Support
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Weighted Assignments
  • eLearning Companies
  • Total features34
  • API
  • Academic/Education
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • 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
  • Chat/Messaging
  • 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
  • Curriculum Management
  • Curve Scores
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Questions
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • Email Management
  • 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
  • PowerPoint Conversion
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Question Library
  • Quizzes
  • Real-Time Data
  • Real-Time Notifications
  • Real-Time Reporting
  • Real-time Broadcasting
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Report Cards
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Screen Sharing
  • 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
  • User Management
  • Video Conferencing
  • Video Management
  • Video Streaming
  • Video Support
  • Virtual Classroom
  • 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 integrations7
  • 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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Reema D.

Civic & Social Organization, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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CANVAS

Great Student Portal System

Reviewed 7 months ago

I really like the team grouping feature and gradebook, making grading clear and concise.

Pros

I have used canvas both in undergraduate and graduate school, and I have seen a lot of improvements during that time. I do very much like the interface, internal assignments, upload portal, and group features. I also like the embedded word processor used for discussion assignments. It's got a lot of features.

Cons

I think more work could be done on google suite/Microsoft suite interfacing, as the current offerings don't work very effectively. Otherwise, I haven't run into any issues with canvas.

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Jeremy H.

Accounting, 51-200 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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CANVAS

Pros/cons to canvas

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

My college had started using canvas. I love the weekly reports I get and the alerts when something is graded. We have the ability to communicate and collaborate through the app. There is also homework material and online lectures that can be posted on the app.

Cons

My professors usually have to straddle using canvas with the college's proprietary app (learning suite). I guess they have struggled with personalizing the class the way they want which causes them to use learning suite and canvas together, which cash be very frustrating for a student.

AR
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Public Relations and Communications, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend4/10

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CANVAS

I hated using this

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

This suite had a number of features which I know professors enjoyed. It seemed to be preferable to them compared to Blackboard.

Cons

My school adopted Canvas as a replacement for Blackboard Learn. I felt this suite was much more difficult to use and confusingly laid out on the client side.

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Michael W.

Education Management, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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CANVAS

Canvas Review

Reviewed 5 years ago

Overall my experience with Canvas was great. The software integrated with G Suite and allowed instructors to differentiate and personalize learning for students with rapid feedback.

Pros

What I like most about Canvas was the many different features and integrations it supported. The software could be used by beginner or novice users.

Cons

The software was very difficult for a portion of my instructors to configure and the robust features caused configuration fatigue.

AR
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Education Management, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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CANVAS

Turn your LMS into a work of art

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

-Can be navigated on PC or mobile - Video or audio files can be uploaded as an instructor or student - Works well with Google Suite and Facebook.

Cons

- Some of the best features are hard to find. -Not very intuitive beyond the basics

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Ocean A.

E-Learning, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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CANVAS

Canvas Everywhere

Reviewed 2 years ago
Pros

Almost everyone knows about Canvas and how could we not it's got enough options to suite any teachers needs. It gets molded by you into what you need.

Cons

The software could have a more friendly learning how to use system.

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Teighlor M.

Consumer Services, self-employed

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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CANVAS

Canvas is a great learning platform!

Reviewed 12 days ago

Overall, Canvas offers a comprehensive and interactive LMS experience, balancing a rich set of features with user-friendly functionality, although it may require some time to navigate the full suite of tools.

Pros

Canvas is a user-friendly LMS with easy navigation, mobile access, and robust integration with other tools. It offers effective communication channels, personalized course design, and reliable support, making it a versatile choice for educational needs.

Cons

Canvas can sometimes have technical glitches, a learning curve for complex features, and limited offline functionality. It’s a robust platform but may require some adaptation.

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Tyler Jae S.

Education Management, 201-500 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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CANVAS

Efficient and user-friendly school management software

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

Canvas is a significant upgrade to the social management software suite options. I appreciate the user-friendly environment, flexibility in "add-ons" and external connections, and mobile/tablet functionality.

Cons

Canvas loses connections with Active Directory occasionally (1 time per month, on average).

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Roberto R.

Biotechnology, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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CANVAS

Canvas is your online friend during the Pandemic

Reviewed 2 years ago

Canvas is overall a pretty solid web suite. I couldn't imagine going back to some of the old forms that were given in the past, like Blackboard. I only took a few online classes in the past but I really enjoyed teaching with Canvas as it made teaching much easier on my part.

Pros

It easy to use and has handy tools to make teaching an entirely online class easier.

Cons

Sometimes, I'm not entirely certain how to complete a task. However, I found that there are many online resources to resolve questions I might have.

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Yusuf A.

Education Management, 51-200 employees

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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CANVAS

A learning management system that seems like taking over all other platforms

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

It is super-easy to use, user-friendly and simple design. I also like the fact that the instructors can manipulate and add/drop features for students to be used for the course such as discussion. It supports almost all forms of educational tools such as Microsoft Office, Google G suite, PDF and many other formats.

Cons

The website is not that reliable from time to time as it goes down unexpectedly, at least for me, but it usually is fixed quickly.

JG
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Joanna G.

Education Management, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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CANVAS

Canvas

Reviewed 3 years ago

Overall, a functional management system. Helps me design courses and students seem to be able to naviagte.

Pros

1. hands-down, the easy integration with G-suite. Can imbed files and modify the docs. That way you don't have to re-create or edit assignments, instructions, etc. in Canvas every time. 2. Gradebook is easy to use and has useful functions with assignment weight, categories, etc. 3. Calendar function and checklist is helpful for students. You need to "train" them where to look, but it ends up being fairly intuitive for them.

Cons

Often glitchy. Particularly in the gradebook. If you import something over from previous years, sometimes shows up as "missing" for students. And the time-stamping of assignments is a pain for different classes. Wish there was some way to standardize so I didn't have to do it every time.

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Mark M.

E-Learning, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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iSpring Suite

Its easy to use and we liked the affordability

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

easy to use and lower cost vs Canvas (our previous LMS)

Cons

more built-in content authoring would be nice instead of always having to use iSpring Suite

Vendor response

Hi Mark, Thank you so much for reviewing iSpring here on Capterra! We very much appreciate it. It's wonderful to hear that iSpring fits your needs just perfectly. Keep up the great work!

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Tillis J.

Education Management, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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iSpring Suite

iSpring v Articulate 360 - iSpring Wins!

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

The video recording/editing directly in the suite, the quizzes are great and that they interface with the Canvas grade book make it awesome. We also like the interactive types of lessons you can include in your course with iSpring.

Cons

Huge program - sometimes causing my computer to freeze up.

Vendor response

Hi Tillis, Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts about iSpring. We hope it keeps serving you well! If you ever have any questions, please send them directly to support@ispringsolutions.com. One of our specialists will be happy to assist you!

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Yusuf Y.

Higher Education, 10,001+ employees

Used weekly for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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iSpring Suite

Content creation made easy with iSpring

Reviewed 7 years ago

Working with iSpring saves you a lot of time. Developing content is not easy in elearning business but I spring can help you with that. Technical problems are always painful and time consuming job but iSpring manages overcome the obstacles for you and provide you good tools while helping you to focus on your content development. Using iSpring generated content on web and mobile devices with ease. SCORM reporting is just awesome. We can follow our students where they are successful and failed through the SCORM reporting thanks to iSpring SCORM support.

Pros

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Cons

Since it is working on PowerPoint it is restricted to canvas size of your powerpoint slide. So there is no auto resize on your device. This is quite dissapointing when you design your content on powerpoint and expect to work on mobile device portrait mode or vice versa.

Vendor response

Hello Yusuf, Thanks a lot for sharing! We greatly appreciate it. Hope that iSpring keeps serving you well :)

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Nathan R.

Mining & Metals, 51-200 employees

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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iSpring Suite

Useful for Online University Course

Reviewed 3 years ago

Overall, it works well for online training and instruction

Pros

I use the software for recording presentations, converting them to a SCORM format and uploading them to Canvas. At this point I don't use it for quizzes, tests, or other aspects. It works very well for what I do use it for and reduces file sizes when I use video to a manageable size. It is also nice because the lectures are easy for students to navigate if they want to listen to certain portions multiple times.

Cons

I don't have anything I dislike about this software.

Vendor response

Hi Nathan, Thank you so much for reviewing iSpring here on Capterra! We appreciate it greatly. It's great to hear that you are happy with iSpring Suite and that you find it nice and easy to use. Keep up the great work!

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Tatiana L.

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

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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iSpring Suite

Easy for lecturers, friendly for students

Reviewed 8 years ago

My experience with the program started in May 2016 for the first time in connection with the online training course for the university. The program is intuitive. I caught it myself. The cost of the program was very attractive for teachers. Since the purchase, the program was updated several times with many useful things. The free support is available throughout the first year. Support is very competent...

Pros

- easy to understand - user-friendly interface - decent view of training materials - stable operation of the functional - competent and quick support - easy publication in any format - your personal participation in the product development

Cons

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Vendor response

Hi, Tatiana! We greatly appreciate your sharing feedback about using iSpring! We hope it keeps serving you well. If there is anything we can assist you with, please let us know!

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i m.

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iSpring Suite

The best you could ever dream!

Reviewed 8 years ago

iSpring Suite is necessary for the realization of our courses FAD/eLearning, not with Flash technology (which requires the presence of a plug-in students' browsers and deny the utilization of all Apple products, which are increasingly present in the market). Now, however, our products are made in HTML5, adopted as a standard by all browsers. This ensures maximum usability of our courses, which are...

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Cons

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Vendor response

In 2 words: EXCELLENT review! :) Thank you very much for sharing!