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Canvas Learning Management Software

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The team at Canvas knows the dirty little secret about learning management systems: many of them are simply never used. In order to make sure that doesn't happen with their software, Canvas built around six primary tenants. Their strict adherence to them has helped make Canvas one of the most adopted LMS solutions in the industry.

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The team at Canvas knows the dirty little secret about learning management systems: many of them are simply never used. In order to make sure that doesn't happen with their software, Canvas built around six primary tenants. Their strict adherence to them has helped make Canvas one of the most adopted LMS solutions in the industry.

The first of these principles is ease-of-use. A learning management system that is difficult to use or has too steep of a learning curve will ultimately end up being neglected in favor of more direct methods. By incorporating an intuitive interface and relying heavily on customer feedback to perfect their product, Canvas has made ease-of-use one of its core values.

Canvas’s second guiding principle is to never allow their system to hold back instructors, learners, or administrators. A learning management system should be designed to empower its users, not to force them to jump through hoops. With customizable analytics reports for the admin team, and robust multimedia options for instructors, Canvas makes the development and roll-out of learning tools flow naturally.

Another Canvas core tenant is mobile friendliness. All of Canvas’s tools are optimized for use on mobile devices, with a special emphasis placed on the learner portal. Many (if not most) learners access educational material through smart phones or tablets. If your LMS isn’t mobile friendly, then it’s not learner-friendly.

The fourth core principle is dependability. The system needs to be reliable, and to behave predictably. If it fails at either, then users will shy away, not wanting to invest time in a system that may or may not be recording their activity.

Enhancing the learning experience is the fifth key to Canvas’s success. if a LMS isn’t more rewarding to use than traditional static web pages or text book, then there’s no reason to go through the process of logging on. A successful LMS must take the learning process to another level, whether by providing more information, or making it easier to retain.

Finally, in order to be adapted, a LMS must save its users time. Learners, instructors, and administrators all feel that the system makes their life easier and more efficient, at least to some degree, or they’ll simply revert to a simpler, faster method as soon as they’re in a time crunch. And with the pace of modern life, a time crunch is never too far off. 

Features

Pricing Model
  • Monthly subscription per user
  • Monthly subscription
  • Yearly subscription per user
  • Monthly site license
  • Yearly site license
  • Metered per minute
  • Flat fee
  • Percentage-based (% of collections or claims)
  • Fee-based (fixed $/claim)
  • Hybrid (combination of % and fixed amount/claim)
Service Terms Offered
  • Commitment Free
  • Free Setup
  • Free Cancellation
  • Money Back Guarantee
  • Month-to-Month Option
  • Keep Original Number
  • Customizable Plans
  • Account Manager
  • Free In-Network Calls
  • Unlimited Minutes
  • International Calls
  • Reduced Price for Multiple Users
Mobile Apps Offered
  • None
  • iOS
  • Android
Mobile friendly?
  • Yes
  • No
Service Terms Offered
  • Commitment Free
  • Free Setup
  • Free Cancellation
  • Money Back Guarantee
  • Month-to-Month Option
  • Keep Original Number
  • Customizable Plans
  • Account Manager
  • Free In-Network Calls
  • Unlimited Minutes
  • International Calls
  • Reduced Price for Multiple Users
Support Features
  • FAQs Section
  • Tutorials
  • Telephone Support
  • Email Support
  • 24/7 Support
  • Online Chat
  • Forum
  • In-Person Training
  • Social Media
  • Knowledge Base
  • Webinars
API
  • Yes
  • No
Tin Can API
  • Yes
  • No
Deployment Options
  • On-Premise
  • Web-Based
Certification Management Features
  • Proof of Completion
  • Certification of Achievement
  • Certificate of Credit Transfer
  • Certification of Award or Title
  • Certification of Skills
Management Features
  • Certificaiton Management
  • Classroom Management
  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Attendance Management
  • Training Management
  • Registration Management
  • Resource Management
  • Exam Engine
Content Management Features
  • Content Protection
  • Content Creation
  • Content Development
  • Archiving
  • Search and Retrieval
  • Multi-User Environment
  • Discussion Forums
  • Wikis
  • Blogs
  • Gamification
Course Features
  • Course Management
  • Course Registration
  • Knowledge Acquisition
  • Knowledge Sharing
  • Tagging Data
  • Chat
  • Collaborative Workspace
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Content Library
  • Course Catalog
  • Course Authoring
Customization Features
  • Templates
  • White Labeling
  • Language Options
  • Regional Dialects
  • Style Guidelines
  • Custom Prompts
  • Custom Design
  • Custom Fields
  • Custom Functionality
  • Custom User Interface
Reporting Features
  • Data Visualization
  • Activity Dashboards
  • Scheduled Reports
  • Messaging
  • Report Expiry
  • Activing Tracking
  • Customizable Reporting
  • Data Import / Export
  • Progress Tracking
  • Real-Time Reporting
  • Skills Tracking
  • Adminstrative Reporting
  • Multiple Delivery Formats
Student Portal Features
  • Handling Inquiries
  • Maintenance and Reporting
  • Admissions Process
  • Enrolling and On-Boarding
  • Student Accounts and Finances
  • Scheduling
  • Attendance
  • Student Communication
Portal Types
  • Student Portal
  • Employee Portal
Integration Features
  • CRM Integration
  • Third Party Integration
  • Active Directory Integration
  • Email Integration
  • Legacy System Integration
  • Training Companies
  • Video Conferencing Integration
  • Single Sign On
  • Google Docs
  • Dropbox
  • YouTube
Employee Training Support
  • Yes
  • No
Business Types
  • Academic
  • Corporate
  • eCommerce
  • Training Company
  • Small-Medium Business
  • Large Enterprise
Grade Levels
  • K-12
  • Post Secondary
Learning Features
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Mobile Learning
  • Social Learning
  • Synchronous Learning
Administrative Features
  • Institutional Directory Management
  • Defined User Roles
  • Multiple Data Import Options
  • Common Cartridge Support
  • Gradebook
  • Testing / Assessment
  • Display Transcripts
  • Grading
  • Individual Plans
  • Mobile Access
  • Roster Processing
  • Training Workflow
  • User Access Controls
  • Work Offline
  • Progress Reports
  • Skills Assessment
  • Knowledge Base
AICC/SCORM Compliant
  • Yes
  • No

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