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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?

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Save time. Save effort. Save the world?


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.

Canvas Data

Canvas Data parses and aggregates more than 280 million rows of Canvas usage data generated daily.

Canvas Commons

Canvas Commons makes sharing a whole lot easier.

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.


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

Mobile Annotation

Open, annotate, and submit an assignments directly within the Canvas mobile app.

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, even Twitter or LinkedIn.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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