Canvas LMS from Instructure is a cloud-based learning management system (LMS) specifically designed for K-5 on up through higher education institutions. Canvas LMS is a scalable platform that can be used by educational institutions of all sizes and types, from individual classrooms to large universities with a blended or fully virtual learning environment.
The Canvas platform offers complete LMS functionality for online learning including standards-based grade books, customizable student assessments, course content authoring, mobile communication, plus more. Canvas LMS can integrate with an educational institution's existing SIS and other teaching tools. Additionally, the Canvas App Center offers mobile-ready teaching tools that can add new functionalities to the platform.
Over two hundred different LTI tools allow educators to customize courses and monitor engagement with classes or individual students. Canvas also offers native mobile apps for iOS and Android devices, allowing educators, students, and parents to view key information, share and receive updates, or submit results from anywhere at any time. With these tools, Canvas LMS offers comprehensive, high-quality mobile learning experiences.
Christopher C. Branche: E-Learning Mitarbeiteranzahl: 501-1.000 Mitarbeiter
A more intuitive and user friendly LMS drives positive outcomes for students and teachers alike.
A vast improvement to our previous educational software, Blackboard, Canvas provides an understandable and intuitive user interface to navigate the often confusing world of online education.
The phone-app consistently works and seamlessly integrates with our SAML, making it easy to access assignments right from our phone.
At no fault to the software itself, like any great tool it depends on the skill and effort of those who wield it: in this case, the teachers themselves.
At its heart, Canvas is a cloud-based file organization or content management system; you're either organized or your not. Proper labels, intuition on what topics deserve their own page or simply a section on pre-existing page go a long way in lessening the cognitive load of the students, and thus driving better educational outcomes.
David C. Branche: Hochschulbildung Mitarbeiteranzahl: 51-200 Mitarbeiter
Canvas has made online and blended education much less of a hassle for students and teachers. It is simple, elegant, and functional. There is almost NO downtime, which is phenomenal. I highly recommend it above any other LMS. Both students and faculty love using Canvas for online and blended courses.
Canvas by Instructure has only improved as it has grown. For an LMS, it is easy to learn and use. It has integrations with various other useful software, but I often encourage faculty who have trouble learning software to just use the tools in Canvas. It's easier to navigate and function. The new gradebook promises to make the whole experience even better.
This is petty, but the thing I like least about Canvas is the rich text editor on content pages. I wish it could handle more drag and drop features, like Squarespace or Wix. That said, it is perfectly fine. It's not that I don't like it, but I like it least.
Yousra R. Branche: E-Learning Mitarbeiteranzahl: 10.001+ Mitarbeiter
I enjoy it and I look forward to continue using it for my studies!
Everything is laid out for the user. Class rooms are represented by boxes and colors which is easy to distinguish. Almost immediate feedback when grades are up and can set reminders
The calendar feature is pretty useless on the app because it is always confusing. It can also be annoying when I am about to finish a timed assignment.
Samridh S. Branche: Maschinenbau oder Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen Mitarbeiteranzahl: 501-1.000 Mitarbeiter
Compared to Moodle, I like Canvas much better. It is very much focused and geared towards enhancing the student's learning experience.
I have been using canvas regularly for all my graduate classes. It has been the epicenter/hub for the instructor and all other students to come together and create a intuitive learning environment. Things I really like with canvas:
- Discussions and Help Forums
It's so easy to post questions in canvas and ask the professor and other students for help or clarifications. my graduate classes are pretty demanding and requires lot of back and forth with the instructor. But imagine if every student asked the instructor the same questions over and over again. On canvas I can see other student's questions and responses so it's like big FAQ hub.
- Easy to navigate Contents
All of the contents such as lecture slides, videos, homeworks, grades etc are in one location under different tabs. It has been organized properly and I don't have to click 100 times to get tot the page I want.
- Interaction with other students
I think this is what differentiates Canvas from moodle and what I have used in the past. This platform is very much student geared and student centered. It is there to help students interact with each other and learn from each other.
Canvas is not perfect though if you are not an expert user or instructor.
- Many times instructors said the contents are released but it wasn't
- The grades accumulation does not always makes sense
- Very much dependent on how the instructor has laid out contents.
- Redundant information
- Not always user friendly. Does take a while to get adjusted to it
Emily B. Branche: E-Learning Mitarbeiteranzahl: 1.001-5.000 Mitarbeiter
I was the digital learning facilitator at a high school with 1400 students for the last two years, and those were our district's first two years with Canvas. I helped design and lead professional development for staff and students that we used county-wide. I also helped with user management for my school, as well as working with teachers to implement the program. I would've loved the program, when I was in the classroom, but I know a lot of my teachers found it overwhelming, so we had to do mini PDs and teach little pieces at a time so it was absorbable.
There's nothing in online learning that this learning management system can't do. It differentiates, it allows you to set hard and soft deadlines for assignments, it lets students work in groups, and it integrates with just about every educational website out there.
Because it can do so much and is so flexible, it can be a bit overwhelming for the non-tech-savvy to learn. Also, the notifications of updates aren't clear so it can be challenging to keep up with the changes.