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"I used a lot of other systems in my IT career and Canvas LMS truly has everything that I would look for in an enterprise system."

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"The most valuable feature of Google Classroom is security.""Assigning a unique copy of Google Classroom to students and giving out information is what the solution excels at.""Company-wise, the most important feature is that it is a product of Google. It is a part of Google Suite. With Google Classroom, you can easily embed a Google Sheet, Google Doc, or Google Form. You can easily create a quiz in Google Form. It is integrated with Google Drive. So, everything is on Google Drive, and you can easily use it. With single sign-on, you can use it with Google Apps as well.""What I liked most about Google Classroom is it was very easy to communicate with the students and simple for me to learn even though it was the first time I was using it. I was able to learn the features very well by navigating through the different discussions forums and becoming proficient, not necessarily a master but knowledgeable in using the solution. The ease of use was the best feature.""I like that Google Classroom is free and integrates with the entire Google Suite, which includes Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive, etc. I also like its flexibility, which makes it perfect for synchronous, asynchronous, and blended courses, and including live and archived webinars, as well as other kinds of content.""This solution integrates with all the other Google apps including Google Calendar and Google Docs. This makes it very easy to manage.""What I like about Google Classroom are the video lessons. I enjoy using it because it makes my life easier, for example, I can easily change my class and my lecture notes."

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Cons
"It would be nice to be able to do more real-time comprehensive reporting with Canvas LMS."

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"There are a lot of things that need to be fixed in order for it to be called a learning management system. I think that's where a lot of people are very confused in terms of what Google Classroom actually does. Google Classroom is not a learning management system. A learning management system allows teachers to grade with authenticity and doesn't provide only one grade for a particular document or assignment.""I would like to see a better user experience, a more engaging interface, and more templates. Google should develop templates or at least encourage developers to share them. You'll only get a basic framework when you create a new course. You don't have different themes to choose from like you do in Moodle.""I like Google Classroom the way it is, but an area for improvement could be its dashboard.""There are some websites where you can create activities and guide students to do them in a sequence. You can guide them to do an activity first and then go to the next one. You can automatically link activities, and there is a flow, but in Google Classroom, you don't have that feature. All you can do is put the material and tell students what to do. For example, I have an assignment, but I want my students to read a particular text before that. They need to tick it, or they need to click next before they start doing the activity. After that, I want them to do comprehension questions or something else. In Moodle, there are activities such as assignments, quizzes, etc. There is a lesson module in which you can put all of the activities in a flow. So, you can decide what they need to do first. If students answer a question incorrectly, you can decide and design to which page do they need to go next, and which part do they need to review. This is currently missing in Google Classroom.""It would be useful if this solution had its own online teaching platform with an integration with a Google video conferencing tool.""Students used to have points that were accumulated and the letter grades, such as A's, B's, C's, et cetera. Google Classroom should add a feature by which you can toggle in between both of them. It's more than only accumulated points, which are not going to mean that much for students unless there's a prize at the end or some type of reward for the effort. However, if there's a way to toggle in between allocating points versus allocating a grade, it would be nice.""The user interface of Google Classroom could improve by being more user-friendly."

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  • "We are an educational institution, and it is free of charge for us. Normally, if you are a private company, you have to pay a lot of money to get this service, but they are giving it for free to schools."
  • "If you do a certain size and build, it's like any Google solution. You have to pay for storage, but you don't need to pay extra to use the interface. There may be Google Classroom partners that provide more integrated solutions, but I don't know. I'm strictly DIY."
  • "We did not need a license to use Google Classroom."
  • "I'm using a free version of Google Classroom, so it's a product I don't pay for."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:I used a lot of other systems in my IT career and Canvas LMS truly has everything that I would look for in an enterprise system.
    Top Answer:One of the things that I was really focused on is getting data out in a reportable way. The APIs had trouble getting that data out and loading it into a database to do reporting. I figured it all out… more »
    Top Answer:I would rate Canvas LMS a nine out of ten. Before making the shift to Canvas LMS, I would advise institutions to think through how they want to separate the courses that they build out at the… more »
    Top Answer:When you upload a file as part of an assignment, it gives you 3 options:  1. Students can view the file  2. Students can edit the file  3. Make a copy for each student.  These functionalities… more »
    Top Answer:It would be useful if this solution had its own online teaching platform with an integration with a Google video conferencing tool. We would also like to have access to a quiz-making or exam-making… more »
    Top Answer:I use Google Classroom for my classes. I use it to receive lecture notes and follow discussions.
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    Overview

    Canvas LMS isn’t just a product. It’s a rapidly growing company with an industry-pushing platform, hundreds of talented employees, and millions of passionate students and teachers.

    Classroom helps students and teachers organize assignments, boost collaboration, and foster better communication.

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    Sample Customers
    Pragmatic Group, MRWED Training and Assessment, RedHill Education
    Brooklyn Prospect Charter School, Carmel Catholic High School, Carroll School, Dynamic Learning Project, Jackson Preparatory School
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    Comms Service Provider34%
    Educational Organization18%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Manufacturing Company9%
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    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise43%
    Buyer's Guide
    Learning Management Systems
    June 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cornerstone OnDemand, Moodle, Google and others in Learning Management Systems. Updated: June 2022.
    610,518 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Canvas LMS is ranked 11th in Learning Management Systems with 1 review while Google Classroom is ranked 3rd in Learning Management Systems with 7 reviews. Canvas LMS is rated 9.0, while Google Classroom is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Canvas LMS writes "Robust solution for complicated and large-scale institutions ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Google Classroom writes "Integrates with a variety of Google applications, enables communication and collaboration, and is free for schools". Canvas LMS is most compared with , whereas Google Classroom is most compared with Moodle and Blackboard Learning Management.

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