Choosing an LMS comes
down to 3 simple questions.

1 Will it get used?

No matter which LMS you choose, if it doesn’t get used, then what’s the point? All the features in the world mean nothing if no one uses them. Read more »

X

No matter which LMS you choose, if it doesn’t get used, then what’s the point? It doesn’t matter how long it’s been around or how many edge-case uses it supports. All the features in the world mean nothing if they’re not getting used. Feature bloat is the software world’s version of big hat, no cattle.

Canvas, on the other hand, is committed to safeguarding the end-user experience, delivering focused value through well-designed features. Sure, we love that so many institutions love and choose Canvas. But we’re even more proud of the fact that so many teachers and students love and use Canvas.

  CANVAS D2L
MOODLEMOODLEROOMS
SAKAIrSmart
BLACKBOARD
Native iOS Course App
At an additional charge.
Native iOS Grading App
Native Android Course App
Native Android Grading App
Coming Soon!
Native Mobile Polling App
Coming Soon!
Global Support
Standard LMS Functionality
Integrated Learning Outcomes
At an additional charge.
Language Localization
Video Recording
Plugin required.
Plugin required.
Plugin required.

Want to see these features in action? Get a free trial account.  

2 Is it reliable?

Canvas is native cloud, reliably hosted on Amazon AWS, which processes more than a million requests per second with 500,000+ servers. Read more »

X

As a mission-critical app, your LMS has to be reliable. Period. Is Canvas reliable? Awesomely so.

That’s because Canvas is native cloud, hosted on Amazon AWS. Why is that significant? Because Amazon AWS processes more than a million requests per second, has more than 500,000 servers, stores more than 2 trillion objects, and adds 40,000 more every second. So if you counted one object per second, it would take more than 63,000 years to count them all. (We wouldn’t recommend trying it, unless you’ve got a couple thousand years to kill.)

  CANVAS D2L
MOODLEMOODLEROOMS
SAKAIrSmart
BLACKBOARD
Native Cloud
State-of-the-art Server Technology
It's only as state of the art as the server you use to host it.
It's only as state of the art as the server you use to host it.
It's only as state of the art as the server you use to host it.
It's only as state of the art as the server you use to host it.
99.9% Uptime Guarantee
Uptime depends on your choice of hosting.
Uptime depends on your choice of hosting.
99.9% uptime guarantee offered to some hosted clients.
Annual Public Security Audit
Other providers usually have security audits, but don't publish the results. Instructure does.
Automated Peak Load Management
Not automated.
No Version Hassles
Hands-free Upgrades
Software Licencing Open Source, Commercial/AGPL Closed Source, Proprietary Community Backed GPL Community Backed GPL Closed Source, Proprietary
Transparent, Simple Pricing

Want to see these features in action? Get a free trial account.  

3 Will it adapt to your needs?

The best platform allows your institution to expand and adopt new technologies as they surface, which is just another reason we believe you’ll find that Canvas is the best choice. Read more »

X

Your investment in a new LMS is more than just money. It’s time and effort. It’s implementing, training, and—frankly—convincing people to use it. When you invest that much, you want an LMS that doesn’t box you (or your teachers and students) in. The best platform allows your institution to expand and adopt new technologies as they surface, which is just another reason we believe you’ll find that Canvas is the best choice.

  CANVAS D2L
MOODLEMOODLEROOMS
SAKAIrSmart
BLACKBOARD
Open API
It's open. But it'll cost you extra.
1-Click LTI Installation
Open Source
Limited to core data, not code.

Want to see these features in action? Get a free trial account.