Canvas LMS encourages interaction and learning while favoring relationships between teachers and students, since it is not necessary to leave the platform to communicate and they can do so easily and instantly, even from the mobile app. Canvas also offers an online learning community with more than 1.5 million members where collaborative learning between teachers and platform administrators is encouraged.
It is characterized by having four fundamental pillars: simple environment (flexible, intuitive and with a high adoption rate), open (compatible with more than 450 LTIs, collaborative and with constant innovation), reliable (native in the cloud, 99.99% uptime and scalable) and attractive (multi-format, multi-device and student-centered feedback).
What can we find in Canvas?
• Assessments: Canvas LMS offers various ways to assess such as forums, multiple choice exams, reports… while allowing different ways to grade student submissions, since the teacher or the institution decides whether to assess with a numerical grade, with or without competition, adding written, verbal or asynchronous feedback, closing the gap towards closer communication between student and teacher and, even, making it possible to opt for student anonymity, increasing objectivity. • Content: beyond offering the possibility of developing, creating, organizing and working with different contents such as videos, H5P, SCORM, HTML, Canvas allows the student to take charge of their learning, allowing the creation of interaction spaces such as forums or discussion groups.
• Online programs: Canvas LMS is suitable for both 100% online teaching and traditional or hybrid models. Its system allows you to connect with more than 450 LTIs such as Zoom, Teams, Badger or Genially and many more. In addition, Instructure offers the possibility of adding Catalog, a tool that makes it easier for institutions to manage programs and courses, and that they can use as your platform or showcase for the sale of your courses. • Analytics: different reports can be obtained to analyze the students’ learning process; how many courses have been published, when was the last time a student entered, how long a video has been watched, or what skills students are acquiring. Also, with Impact, one of Instructure’s recent acquisitions, you can measure user behavior and adoption rate. • Professional Development: All Canvas customers receive initial training that introduces them to the main features and how they will be able to take advantage of the virtual learning environment (VLE).