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What is Canvas Network?

Canvas Network offers open, online courses taught by educators everywhere. Powered by the Canvas LMS and Canvas Catalog, Canvas Network provides a place and platform where teachers, students, and institutions worldwide can connect and chart their own course for personal growth, professional development, and academic inquiry. Since its launch in 2013, Canvas Network has offered more than 400 open, online courses designed and delivered by over 150 educational institutions and organizations throughout the world. Canvas Network is developed and supported by Instructure, the technology company that makes smart software that makes people smarter. Learn (or teach) more at www.Canvas.Net.

Canvas Network Details
Product Description

Canvas Network is an index of open online courses from Ivy Leagues to community colleges. Anyone can sign up to take a course for free.


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Instructure
Company Website
Year Founded
2008
HQ Location
Salt Lake City, UT
Twitter
@Instructure
9,598 Twitter followers
LinkedIn® Page
www.linkedin.com
1,212 employees on LinkedIn®

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UE
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Interface is very organized, well designed and clear. Easy customizable with different color choices, a variety of sizing, layouts, and fonts. Also integrated fairly well with mobile app platforms and email notifications. There are many tabs with information for the different pages, so users can organize the information under a page very effectively. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

App can feel a but clunky at times, especially when it comes to loading new pages. Some of the options that are available on desktop aren't available on the mobile app which is definitely a downfall that can be and should be fixed. For submissions, some fonts or word page number can be affected, which can be impacted if an assignment has a hard page limit. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Consider what functionalities and features you want, how important customizability it is to you Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using Canvas to coordinate different classroom activities, assignment, group projects, new discussion posts, and to see which people are in a specific class. Have been very useful as a singular platform to keep track of everything. Use the Canvas network to submit assignments, chat with other students given the discussion and chat features, view professor posting and articles, respond to discussions and give feedback. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UE
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Canvas Network is a great asset to my teaching tools. Very easy and user friendly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I currently have no dislikes with Canvas. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I think Canvas Network takes a load off educators with its simplicity. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Canvas helped me simplify my classroom management. It's an all in one learning management system. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UE
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

it is an easy to use and effective platform Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes you receive too many notifications from Canvas to your email Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are looking for an easy to use platform in teaching Canvas is the perfect site for you! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am able to grade my students and see their progress on the course. I can also view the assignments and modules for my own courses. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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eLearning Manager
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

It is very simple to use and the support from Canvas is great. hey help you all the way and provide good guidance and checklist to achieve the best outcomes. They have excellent course website to promote your free courses. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The course has to be delivered using their style sheets which can be a little limiting if you require a different looking course. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Give it a try it is great Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have created and run free courses on this site which has generated new customers joining our paid for offerings. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Metadata Collections Specialist
Libraries
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Canvas is a Learning Management System/Software where educators can host their online courses. There are Canvas sites for k-12 and colleges, and there is a free site where educators can host free courses. There really is nothing I can say to complain about Canvas Network. The company does great job keeping the software up-to-date and allowing users a system that involves them in the development of new features for the site. Canvas allows you to do everything from create outcomes and objectives for your course, to setting up assignments and assessments to measure against those goals. Canvas makes grading easy, and again, aligning your grades to your learning objectives is easy. You can create quizzes and assignments right on the site, or upload them from a computer. There is a great communication system set up for teachers and students to discuss assignments grades or anything else. You really have all of the things a teacher would need in the classroom right on the Canvas Network and site. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There is nothing that I dislike. There are always features that need improvement or something that would make more sense if added to one page as oppose to another, or other examples like that. However, all of those things can be addressed directly to Canvas on the Canvas community page. There other community members can decide if the issue needs a fix, if enough say so, Canvas will start the process to change the feature. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

publishing and authoring online courses to a platform that is open to the public. Our university was using the Canvas platform, but we wanted to offer inline courses to professionals outside of our university network, so the Canvas network's free canvas website allows us to offer classes off=campus for free. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Coordinator of Career Services
Higher Education
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

The ease of accessibility is great for users, both young and old! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Not as much variety as I'd like to see. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I think we could utilize this for training purposes for our staff. Instead of constantly creating our own training, we can identify canvas courses that could be used. This would cut out the extra work on management and provide an engaging way for staff to train. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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QA Tester Intern
Computer Software
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

As a student, I have encountered many terrible online academic platforms, but Canvas is actually quite nice. It has a sleek UI without the typical clutter, and I can access my class materials very easily. My class meets in person, but it does have some online portions that we need to complete, like taking quizzes and watching videos that are easily done in Canvas. I also like that Canvas has an internal messaging system that allows teachers to send emails from Canvas to students, so I have a central place to look at all announcements. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Canvas should allow for some customizability, such as re-arranging links and widgets and collapsing the side panels. I would also like to see more third-party integrations, such as with Dropbox and Trello. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I get a better online academic experience out of Canvas than any previous system. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UH
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Canvas has a clean design, forces one to design clean, makes universal side navigation to force institution to match, intuitive, quick to fix issues, listens to community, I appreciate the metric and being able to quickly communicate and see student information Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Although there is a reason to make the left hand side navigation match, I like customization, cost is another downside Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Potentially switching to a different LMS. Canvas has a clean design, forces one to design clean, makes universal side navigation to force institution to match, intuitive, quick to fix issues, listens to community, I appreciate the metric and being able to quickly communicate and see student information Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AH
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like the availability of content that is free to use for other institutions - on top of the Canvas LMS. As an LMS admin, Canvas is a great LMS to work with and experience that I have enjoyed. By creating a space for users to share content in an environment that enhances the learning experience and provides quality content for free, they have built a great resource for anyone looking to learn something new! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

A majority of the courses are introductory courses meant as basic introduction to online learning. This is good, however I would like to see some more specialized and technical courses included as well. Other free online learning resources are currently offering non-degree programs, and it would be nice to see the Canvas network offer this type of learning path. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

This works best when your institution has fully invested in Canvas as the LMS. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This serves as a great starting point for offering a free online course from an institution that doesn't have the available resources to do it all on their own. The benefits of using this platform are a greater degree of exposure and a "try it before you buy it" experience to a school's education - leading to potential interesting a school. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Support Tier 2 - Soporte Nivel 2
Information Technology and Services
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The Canvas Network Service Canvas Network is not just a PaaS or SaaS for LMS is also a team that serves you and is very diligent. Either to enter or take courses to make one request. They take care of the details, have style manuals, extensive documentation and a repository to connect with various tools and APIs that make the online experience of studying up to another level. It is not just software, it is also service, people who care about your this comfortable and have peace of mind when making things. If necessary they will contact you personally on your phone and are of an agile response and precise in their emails. The people behind this service are trained with a tendency to give good service and the best of them. No doubt, you're in good company. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I would suggest more information, more documentation and more people who speak Spanish.

Also although personally I prefer to Canvas that its flow is more logical but sometimes is not necessarily so friendly.

Should add some pre-templates for their courses that allow people to take courses that will be implemented faster information and course content. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

FirstAs a Manager Course Canvas Network:

Think of Quality and Reliability

Thinking Ahead

Plan your course like a project

Keep organized information

It uses the same tools that offers Canvas Network

Keep in mind the suggestions that make you people Canvas Network

Use a local installation of Canvas LMS that will help you make better use of the platform with less rework

Canvas Network is not suitable for people who do not want to provide quality content and formatted correctly

If you are as a student you must be a little self-read tips and be proactive because the level of control offered canvas network in the LMS is vertical, however you can educate yourself and really get to learn something contents and courses are very well selected. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Although other LMS platforms, these appear to MOOCs CMS adapted. I think canvas was designed from the start as an educational platform that meets standards and integrates according to market needs. Currently in my company I have a Canvas LMS installed and works great, I've seen the courses Canvas Network, and people have good comments that streamlines work and makes much more logical information in this riding. I needed to mount a MOOC on Smart Cities and instead of putting it in Coursera or Edx or any other platform with a Moodle LMS or CMS adapted some, I preferred the seriousness and reliability and ease that offers "Canvas Network". Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Title I Director/Reading Coach
Education Management
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Canvas provides a user friendly platform for professors to provide online learning to their students. Students and teachers can communicate on many levels including communication of comments on graded assignments and discussion boards. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The set up is done by the professor and each professor sets things up a bit differently. This makes it a little bit difficult when navigated through a new course provided by a different professor. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are looking for a platform to facilitate online learning at your university, Canvas provides what you need. You an personalize everything using your logo. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The benefits allow me to obtain an online degree from my home or office without traveling to a campus. Also, I can further my education while keeping my job. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning
Higher Education
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The breadth of courses offered and the modularity of the courses. A great number of courses on the Canvas Network vary from most of the other MOOCs that I have seen in that they cover a tighter area of interest and therefore can be more tailored to your interests and fit your schedule easier. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The rigid timeframes of the courses. Canvas is such a flexible CMS, I don't understand why more of the courses are not open entry and open exit. This is something that prevents me from using the Canvas Network more, especially in my own teaching. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Similar to EdX, but with less prestigious universities represented. I haven't hosted a course on Canvas Network, but am interested in doing so in the future as a way of increasing my personal exposure. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The biggest bonus for me has been my own personal improvement and knowledge expansion. I have referred a couple of students to specific courses, but I have not verified if they ever enrolled in those courses. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UM
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

Canvas works great for all kinds of courses, both online and in person. My favorite aspect of Canvas, as a student, is the notification system it gives us. Every time a grade is posted or a teacher sends a message, I get an email that informs me so I can check the grade or respond to the message. Canvas also allows students to not only communicate with the TA or professor, but it also lets us send messages easily to the entire class list. Another cool feature is that is allows students to input "possible" grades. For example, if you want to know what you need on a final exam to keep your A in a course, it allows you to input potential grades to see how it will effect the overall course grade. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the files section for courses can be very unorganized and hard to navigate. Also, the phone app can be a little testy and glitch at times. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It allows a better communication system between teachers and students while organizing class materials in one central location. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UH
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Canvas is easy to adopt to any existing courses. File transfer is very easy and convenient. After your course established, you can use it for anything you need for your courses. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

None so far. There are some features I have never explored so far, for example the online quizzes. I want to use it, just no time to create enough quizzes.

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Recommendations to others considering the product:

Anyone try to use it will like it! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used to have my own website for teaching. To upload/download course materials every semester cost me lots of time to work. Now I can easily mover course material to new semester. Any changes done also can be re-load conveniently. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UA
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

This is a great opportunity for students to move freely among different pieces of an online classroom. The information is clearly laid out and easy to follow for any new-time users. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Getting information set up in Canvas, is sometimes a pain, but other than that it is an excellent product. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Trial uses are always a good idea. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Easy of online products Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Computer Lab Advisor
Higher Education
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Easy to navigate. I do not need to be technologically savvy to work this website. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The "inbox" gives me notifications. Sometimes even after I check the message, the notification will not disappear. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use CANVAS for educational reasons. I enjoy being able to go back to old work I turned in, in the past Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UH
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Canvas is much more intuitive than oncourse, IU's previous platform, and helps put all the notifications in the same place. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Professors are not encouraged enough to switch to Canvas and often don't know how to fully or correctly use it, so it makes balancing checking both Oncourse and Canvas annoying. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Centralized notifications, more user-friendly interface Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UE
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

This program is very well-organized and it is very easy to find what you are looking for. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The program is much better now since the improvements that were recently made to the organization and additional features. Not many things to dislike. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

School work

Easy to communicate Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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