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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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Schoology connects all the people, content, and systems to advance what’s possible in education.

  • 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

0.01

Per year

  • 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

4.4

473

5

4

3

2

1

266

154

37

9

7

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
93%
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

I love that I can save pretty much anything to resources, and share it across my courses (I teach 18 classes as our teacher librarian), as well as share with my colleagues at different schools.
Schoology helps me to keep track of assignments, meetings and readings for the leadership program I am a part of. It helps me keep organized and on top of things.
Overall happy, and on top of being a great tool, the customer service is amazing.

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

Does not work as well with Microsoft Office ans it does Google.
It was difficult for students to find the materials they needed and it was difficult to post assignments.
Students also struggled with how to turn in assignments and would do it differently.
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  • Last reviewa month ago

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
  • 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 Classroom
  • For Higher Education
  • For Labs
  • For Schools
  • Gamification
  • Grade Calculations
  • Gradebook
  • Independent/Private
  • Individualized Assessments
  • Instructor-Led Courses
  • Interactive Content
  • Interactive Learning
  • K-12
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Lesson Planning
  • Media Import
  • Media Management
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Learning
  • Multi-Language
  • Multimedia Support
  • Online Calendar
  • Parent Portal
  • Parent/Student Portal
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Quizzes
  • Real-Time Chat
  • Real-Time Data
  • Real-Time Notifications
  • Real-Time Reporting
  • Real-time Broadcasting
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Report Cards
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • SCORM Compliance
  • School District
  • Screen Sharing
  • Self Service Portal
  • Self-paced Learning
  • Skills Assessment
  • Skills Tracking
  • Social Learning
  • Special Education
  • 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
  • Transcripts
  • Video Conferencing
  • Video Management
  • Video Streaming
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Weighted Assignments
  • eLearning Companies
  • Total features53
  • 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
  • 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 Classroom
  • For Higher Education
  • For Labs
  • For Schools
  • Gamification
  • Grade Calculations
  • Gradebook
  • Independent/Private
  • Individualized Assessments
  • Instructor-Led Courses
  • Interactive Content
  • Interactive Learning
  • K-12
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Lesson Planning
  • Media Import
  • Media Management
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Learning
  • Multi-Language
  • Multimedia Support
  • Online Calendar
  • Parent Portal
  • Parent/Student Portal
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Quizzes
  • Real-Time Chat
  • Real-Time Data
  • Real-Time Notifications
  • Real-Time Reporting
  • Real-time Broadcasting
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Report Cards
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • SCORM Compliance
  • School District
  • Screen Sharing
  • Self Service Portal
  • Self-paced Learning
  • Skills Assessment
  • Skills Tracking
  • Social Learning
  • Special Education
  • 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
  • Transcripts
  • Video Conferencing
  • Video Management
  • Video Streaming
  • 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 integrations64
  • 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

User reviews that mention these apps

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Aaron W.

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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CANVAS

Canvas is a standard school assignment platform

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

It is helpful for assigning lessons, homeworks, quizzes, and even tests. Discussion boards are also helpful.

Cons

It doesn't offer anything that Blackboard or Schoology don't also have, and it's more expensive than the others.

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Nicholas P.

E-Learning, 10,001+ employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend2/10

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CANVAS

Dissatisfied with the user-unfriendly quality of Canvas

Reviewed a year ago

I have been able to assimilate some of the features from Canvas, but I feel like I am a day late and a dollar short.

Pros

I do NOT like Canvas. I can appreciate the features of syncing grades in Canvas to the gradebook, as well as a way to categorize things as formative and summative.

Cons

Canvas is INCREDIBLY WORDY. It has too many hoops to jump through to learn it easily, too large of a menu of options, and too many limitations for users to change or tweak those options. Canvas is NOT EYE APPEALING nor CATCHY to the reader, thereby making the software very DIFFICULT TO NAVIGATE. Students are more responsive to color-coded folders to find their options. We already compete with the...

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Glen I.

E-Learning, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Ease of use
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  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Schoology

Fantastic, game-changing LMS

Reviewed 7 years ago

Schoology has transformed my teaching! I have been teaching for almost 18 years and I knew that I was basically teaching to the middle group of my students. I was not differentiating for the various learners in my class. The tools available in Schoology helped me to move my teaching from lecture based to a blended classroom approach. I now train teachers on a daily basis to transform their teaching using Schoology. The Schoology community is one of the most active, supportive groups I have ever encountered.

Pros

Schoology is an easy to use LMS initially as a teacher and student. The best part is that there are so many added features and an amazing supportive community to help you customize and develop your courses even further. The customer service for Schoology is fantastic and the professional learning community in Schoology Educators is active and very helpful to anyone from a beginner to an advanced user. We did a side by side comparison between Schoology - Edmodo - Canvas and Google Classroom and our teachers and students completely supported our adoption of Schoology!

Cons

Some missing features include the ability to lock an entire folder and the ability to navigate quiz/tests more easily.

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Robert B.

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

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Schoology

Effective LMS for Online Instruction

Reviewed 4 years ago

I have used Schoology in my classroom for the past four school years. Prior to that, I had tried Moodle, Blackboard and Edmodo for use with my students. Schoology has been the most intuitive to understand and set up. It helps students easily find resources and allows me to integrate numerous online tools, meeting all of my needs as a classroom teacher. This year, our district has moved to requiring us to use Canvas, which really put just how easy and functional Schoology is into perspective for me.

Pros

Schoology is very intuitive for teachers, students and parents providing an easy to use learning management system for all.

Cons

Using the free, non-enterprise, version doesn't provide teachers with student access analytics.

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Analisa C.

Education Management, 10,001+ employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend1/10

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Schoology

The gradebook makes everything take longer than it should for teachers.

Reviewed a year ago

I have no choice; my school district makes me use it. Yes, it allows us to post and accept work online, but many more improvements to the gradebook should have been made in the six years that this has been used by the second-largest school district in the USA. It may be better than other LMSes in certain aspects, but the gradebook sucks, as detailed above.

Pros

It's better than nothing. I have never used another complete LMS, but there HAS to be a better one when based on the gradebook, which is what teachers use the most. I also work with teachers who say they've used Canvas and it's much better. Previous to this, I used EasyGradePro and Illuminate, both of which had gradebooks that were far more customizable. I am literally writing this right now because,...

Cons

--NO SEATING CHART--should allow teachers to save pre-set comments in Resources to save time--teacher should be able to set a default to show comments to student instead of having to click the box every time they want the student to see the comment--comments should be dated--system should be able to mark empty cells missing automatically once due date has passed (regardless of grading status)--when...

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Jeffrey T.

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Schoology

Has the looks, flexibility, and control of Facebook

Reviewed 9 years ago

Very attractive initial user interface convinces beginning administrators and teachers and parents that Schoology looks great. Ecstatic user reviews are convincing as well...except those users all appear to be first-time users whose primary reference point is Facebook. Schoology is two years old, and is attempting to leapfrog older established systems; but it is quite immature yet, and struggling...

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