Hundreds of features. All working together. To help make teaching and learning easier.

It’s simple. The best tools are the ones that just work. The best customer service is the one you never (or rarely) have to use. The best technology knows it’s a means to an end and behaves accordingly. That’s why at Canvas we keep it simple. We believe in easy-to-use, intuitive features that simply do what they’re supposed to do. It all comes down to our core goal: to make teaching and learning easier. You can have the sexiest, most cutting-edge features in the world, but if they don’t make teaching and learning easier, then what’s the point?

Show All Saves Time + Effort Engages Students Lossless Learning

Save time. Save effort. Save the world?

(TWO OUT OF THREE AIN’T BAD.)

Canvas demands half the time and half the effort while giving you and your students twice the awesome. (All numbers are unscientific approximations. After all, how exactly do you measure awesome?) It’s our goal at Canvas to make teaching and learning easier and part of that is wasting less of your time and effort trying to get your LMS to do what it should just do.

SpeedGrader Annotations

Preview student submissions and provide feedback all in one frame.

Graphic Analytics Reporting Engine

Canvas Analytics help you turn rich learner data into meaningful insights to improve teaching and learning.

Integrated Media Recorder

Record audio and video messages within Canvas.

Outcomes

Connect each learning outcome to a specific goal, so results are demonstrated in clearly measurable ways.

Automated Tasks

Course management is fast and easy with automated tasks.

Notification Preferences

Receive course updates when and where you want—by email, text message, and even Facebook.

Ease of Use

A familiar, intuitive interface means most users already have the skills they need to navigate, learn, and use Canvas.

IOS and Android

Engage students in learning anytime, anywhere from any computer or mobile device with a Web-standard browser.

User-Customizable Navigation

Canvas intelligently adds course navigation links as teachers create courses.

RSS Support

Pull feeds from external sites into courses and push out secure feeds for all course activities.

Download and Upload Files

Work in Canvas or work offline—it’s up to you.

SpeedGrader

Grade assignments in half the time.

Draw students in. And keep them in.

To reach students, you’ve got to go where they are—on the online platforms and communication channels where they hang out. And you've got to speak their language, engaging them with personalized notifications, realtime feedback, multimedia content, and much more. And when students are truly engaged, they learn more and perform better, which is the point, right?

Robust Course Notifications

Receive course updates when and where you want—by email, text message, and even Facebook.

Profile

Introduce yourself to classmates with a Canvas profile.

Audio and Video Messages

Give better feedback and help students feel more connected with audio and video messages.

Multimedia Integrations

Insert audio, video, text, images, and more at every learning contact point.

Empower Groups with Collaborative Workspaces

By using the right technologies in the right ways, Canvas makes working together easier than ever.

Mobile

Engage students in learning anytime, anywhere from iOS or Android, or any mobile device with a Web-standard browser.

Turn Students into Creators

Students can create and share audio, video, and more within assignments, discussions, and collaborative workspaces.

Web Conferencing

Engage in synchronous online communication.

Open API

With its open API, Canvas easily integrates with your IT ecosystem.

Browser Support

Connect to Canvas from any Web-standard browser.

LTI Integrations

Use the tools you want with LTI integrations.

Modern Web Standards

Canvas is built using the same Web technologies that power sites like Google, Facebook, and Twitter.

Lossless Learning

What if you could combine the ease and efficiency of online learning with the magic of a face-to-face environment? By addressing the causes of wasted time and missed learning objectives in F2F instruction, our Lossless Learning Initiative turns the “what if” into “here’s how.” It begins with using the right technologies in the right ways to ensure that more of the knowledge you transmit is received and applied by students.

Canvas Polls

Gauge comprehension and incorporate formative assessment without the need for “clicker” devices.

MagicMarker

Track in real-time how students are performing and demonstrating their learning.

Quiz Stats

Analyze and improve individual assessments and quiz questions.

Learning Mastery for Students

Empower students to take control of their learning.

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Canvas App Center

The Canvas App Center is your gateway to a world of powerful teaching tools. Even the least tech-savvy teachers can easily browse a library of LTI tools and install them in a single click— no IT help necessary. Powerful tools like Khan Academy, Google Charts, Wordpress, Flat World Knowledge, Open Tapestry, and many more can now be easily installed, allowing teachers to create a truly custom teaching experience.

Students also have LTI installation access to popular tools like Twitter and Dropbox—all just a click away. The Canvas App Center opens the door to more possibilities for teachers and students alike.

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Lossless Learning

Even for the most engaged teachers, it’s hard to tell what sparks and becomes knowledge (or what fizzles and gets lost in the classroom ether). With our new tools for lossless learning, you can rely on connected F2F technology to ensure that more of what you teach actually gets through to students. As a best-of-both-worlds solution, lossless learning combines the supercharged connections of F2F instruction with the streamlined, data-rich, insightfulness of a modern, easy-to-use LMS. See what lossless learning can look like in your classroom.

Choosing an LMS comes
down to 3 simple questions.

1. Will it get used? 2. Will it adapt to your needs? 3. Is it reliable? Show all

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.

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.

Will it get used?
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
Global Support
Standard LMS Functionality
Integrated Learning Outcomes
At an additional charge.
Language Localization
Video Recording
Plugin required.
Plugin required.
Plugin required.

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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.

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.

Will it adapt to
your needs?
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.
 

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

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 Web Services. Why is that significant? Because 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.)

Is it reliable?
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 Licensing Open Source, Commercial/
AGPL
Closed Source, Proprietary Community Backed GPL Community Backed GPL Closed Source, Proprietary  
Transparent, Simple Pricing  

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