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CANVAS vs Smartcare Comparison

Overview

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

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Smartcare is a cloud-based child care center management software for connecting parents, care center owners, directors and...

  • 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

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  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based
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$3/mo.month
  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

4.5

(2k)

5

4

3

2

1

1,159

675

120

23

12

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

5

4

3

2

1

79

102

63

16

9

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
78%
would recommend this app

Pros

It is one of the amazing application which is cloud-based and enables working smartly. It is a great tool that aids in better working for learning.
The ease of signing and viewing all the assignments that are due or coming up. I was very impressed with how easy it was to get the hang of the features and maneuver around getting assignments done.
I like how once you create a template for your classes, it is easy to repeat and reuse this for future classes. I also like how all course documents are easy to link and integrate to your home pages.

Pros

I don't think it's perfect, but there are enough good aspects to make me not look elsewhere for another option. Customer service has been excellent and I believe they will continue to improve it.
We are still learning everything but I do think it will be great when we are more familiar. The staff are amazing and are always there to help us.
I love how easy it is to use, both with the kiosk signing kids in and out and with the enrollment/billing process. The ability to pay online for families has been so helpful and out families love it.

Cons

As a student this can be confusing and frustrating as I'm constantly searching for the information I need until I learn the instructor's organizational style.
As a parent, it was difficult to understand where some items were but I feel that was user error and not the platform.
Canvas does NOT have much customization as a user, which is a major downside to me.

Cons

The parents seem irritated when the app needs an update or the kiosk takes a long time to respond, I think a lot of the time loss is from slow internet in our area.
That being said, we have had many issues with parents being over charged, double punches in and out that were not showing up as an error, automatic payments not coming out on time.
There are a few attributes that we used regularly from the previous software that we are sorely missing. For example, there is no way to track employee vacation, sick, or personal time.
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review6 days ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review3 months ago

Key features

  • Total features74
  • ACH Payment Processing
  • API
  • Academic/Education
  • Accounting
  • Accounting Integration
  • Action Item Tracking
  • Action Management
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Management
  • Activity Tracking
  • Administrative Reporting
  • Advertising Management
  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Applicant Tracking
  • Applications Management
  • Appointment Management
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Assessment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Automated Scheduling
  • Automatic Lead Distribution
  • Billable Items Tracking
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • CRM
  • Calendar Management
  • Capacity Management
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Class Scheduling
  • Class Summary
  • Classroom Management
  • Client Management
  • Client Portal
  • Clock In / Out
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Communication Management
  • Communications Management
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Configuration Management
  • Contact Database
  • Contact Management
  • Content Management
  • Corporate/Business
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Library
  • Course Management
  • Course Tracking
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Curriculum Management
  • Curve Scores
  • Customer Accounts
  • Customer Activity Tracking
  • Customer Database
  • Customer History
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Categories
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Questions
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Daily Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Migration
  • Data Security
  • Data Storage Management
  • Discount Management
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Payments
  • Electronic Signature
  • Electronic Submission
  • Email Invitations & Reminders
  • Email Templates
  • Employee Database
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Portal
  • Employee Profiles
  • Employee Time Tracking
  • Employee Training
  • Engagement Analytics
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Filtering
  • Financial Management
  • Gamification
  • Grade Calculations
  • Gradebook
  • Immunization & Allergy Tracking
  • Individualized Assessments
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Leave Tracking
  • Lesson Planning
  • Mailing List Management
  • Meal / Nutrition Management
  • Media Management
  • Member Database
  • Milestone Tracking
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Alerts
  • Mobile Learning
  • Monitoring
  • Parent Portal
  • Payment Processing
  • Payroll Management
  • Performance Metrics
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Registration Management
  • Reminders
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Report Cards
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Secure Login
  • Self Check-in/Check-out
  • Self Service Portal
  • Skill Testing
  • Skills Assessment
  • Skills Tracking
  • Social Learning
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Portal
  • Summary Reports
  • Support Audio/Images/Video
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Talent Management
  • Teacher Dashboard
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Training Companies
  • Transportation Management
  • Video Conferencing
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Wait List Management
  • Weighted Assignments
  • eLearning Companies
  • Total features97
  • ACH Payment Processing
  • API
  • Academic/Education
  • Accounting
  • Accounting Integration
  • Action Item Tracking
  • Action Management
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Management
  • Activity Tracking
  • Administrative Reporting
  • Advertising Management
  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Applicant Tracking
  • Applications Management
  • Appointment Management
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Assessment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Automated Scheduling
  • Automatic Lead Distribution
  • Billable Items Tracking
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • CRM
  • Calendar Management
  • Capacity Management
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Class Scheduling
  • Class Summary
  • Classroom Management
  • Client Management
  • Client Portal
  • Clock In / Out
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Communication Management
  • Communications Management
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Configuration Management
  • Contact Database
  • Contact Management
  • Content Management
  • Corporate/Business
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Library
  • Course Management
  • Course Tracking
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Curriculum Management
  • Curve Scores
  • Customer Accounts
  • Customer Activity Tracking
  • Customer Database
  • Customer History
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Categories
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Questions
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Daily Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Migration
  • Data Security
  • Data Storage Management
  • Discount Management
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Payments
  • Electronic Signature
  • Electronic Submission
  • Email Invitations & Reminders
  • Email Templates
  • Employee Database
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Portal
  • Employee Profiles
  • Employee Time Tracking
  • Employee Training
  • Engagement Analytics
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Filtering
  • Financial Management
  • Gamification
  • Grade Calculations
  • Gradebook
  • Immunization & Allergy Tracking
  • Individualized Assessments
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Leave Tracking
  • Lesson Planning
  • Mailing List Management
  • Meal / Nutrition Management
  • Media Management
  • Member Database
  • Milestone Tracking
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Alerts
  • Mobile Learning
  • Monitoring
  • Parent Portal
  • Payment Processing
  • Payroll Management
  • Performance Metrics
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Registration Management
  • Reminders
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Report Cards
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Secure Login
  • Self Check-in/Check-out
  • Self Service Portal
  • Skill Testing
  • Skills Assessment
  • Skills Tracking
  • Social Learning
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Portal
  • Summary Reports
  • Support Audio/Images/Video
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Talent Management
  • Teacher Dashboard
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Training Companies
  • Transportation Management
  • Video Conferencing
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Wait List Management
  • Weighted Assignments
  • eLearning Companies

Integrations

  • Total integrations64
  • Authorize.net
  • Canvas LMS
  • Facebook
  • GoToMeeting
  • Google Analytics
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Classroom
  • Google Drive
  • Google Workspace
  • LinkedIn
  • Mailchimp
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Moodle
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Stripe
  • Zapier
  • Zoom
  • Total integrations1
  • Authorize.net
  • Canvas LMS
  • Facebook
  • GoToMeeting
  • Google Analytics
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Classroom
  • Google Drive
  • Google Workspace
  • LinkedIn
  • Mailchimp
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Moodle
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Stripe
  • Zapier
  • Zoom

Security

  • Encryption of sensitive data at rest
  • HTTPS for all pages (web-based apps)
  • Reports/alerts for security breaches
  • Multifactor authentication options
  • Customer data removed upon service cancellation
  • Encryption of sensitive data at rest
  • HTTPS for all pages (web-based apps)
  • Reports/alerts for security breaches
  • Multifactor authentication options
  • Customer data removed upon service cancellation

CANVAS vs. Smartcare

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