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Canvas Student

Canvas Student

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Complete your Canvas course when you want, where you want.

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  • Love it, love it , love it Aug 23, 2017

    By Tha239;)
    I love this program, the app as well. It's treated me well the past few years that I have been in college. If there's schools that use other programs, they should change to this one ! The ONLY issues I have are this : One. I wish that with new upcoming semesters I would be able to look up all my classes like I can do on a computer and add them to my main page , as long as they are published and ready to be added. This isn't a big problem since I can always use the computer laptop to do this, but it would be nice to do on my phone. Two. When I get notifications for files added and announcements, and I click in to it on my iPhone, it only brings me to the first page that you always are greeted with that just has all your classes and stuff. It would be really cool if from the phone we could click into that notification and be brought directly to that announcement, assignment, or whatever else. Again, minor stuff that would be cool if changed, but LOVE CANVAS!
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  • Great App! Apr 15, 2020

    By The Star Critic
    I have been using Canvas for about a year now and it's been very helpful! Although the initial switch from Google Classroom to Canvas in my school district was hard, I have now gotten used to the apps interface and how it works. I like how organized everything is in the app, I can see all my classes laid out when I open it. If I click on one of my classes, I can easily open modules to find my assignments. I can also keep track of my assignments with the todos tab and inbox which shows messages from my teachers. Turning items in is also an easy process (depending on which format). You can turn in with audio, website URL, media recording, file upload, or text submission (depending on what the teacher chooses as submission process). Another great aspect is that all of your assignments are sorted by unit in the modules making it very easy to find your needed assignments. Overall Canvas is a good app, I only gave it 4 stars because on several occasions my teachers have made the app more difficult by allowing only a certain type of submission/ locking material by mistake, etc. I do have one recommendation, and that is when you film an in app video submission, there should be a pause button, I have experienced times when I was not able to pause and I wanted to.
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  • Great in most ways, except one MAJOR flaw Oct 4, 2019

    By Gavin Apollo
    The Canvas student app is really responsive and high functioning, almost easier to use sometimes than the actual desktop site. It makes doing school work while on the go a total breeze. HOWEVER, I knocked a star off because there is just one MAJOR issue that I hope they can fix in a future update. I’ve noticed that whenever I navigate away from the app and then return (for example, checking a module for an assignment due date, navigating away to my calendar app, then navigating back to canvas to read further) the app backs out from where I was and returns to the main screen. This is really ANNOYING and I wish it would be fixed. I don’t close the app, I simply switch to a different one, but when I return I have to navigate all the way back to where I was, often needing to click through multiple menu bars to get back to my place. It’s really aggravating when trying to multitask (as all students usually are), especially when phones these days are trying to make multitasking more intuitive and easier to manage. Hopefully that can be fixed because otherwise this is a really successful app.
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  • It's improving! Getting closer! Oct 7, 2019

    By bdubs85
    I'm getting much happier with the new updates that have rolled out recently. Most of the functionality is intact, which makes it really good for getting a forum post or two done during down time somewhere. Some things that are still a bit difficult are picking up discussion conversations that you have posted in. There is no way to quickly find or jump to posts that you have already made, which makes it difficult in larger classes with protracted discussions. Perhaps tagging people in a Facebook name type format and then being able to jump to that particular point in the discussions would help this? The only other major problem that I've found (and this may just be an IOS problem) is that if I switch to another app to copy and paste some material or even just the web page url itself, the app closes itself and I lost my entire post. Like I said, this may just be an IOS thing with memory management but it is still a major pain in the rear to lose a long post that was typed on a mobile keyboard. Overall it works well for me and I'm pretty happy with it! Keep up the improvements, it's about there!
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  • Dec 27, 2020

    By Matt Isham
    BTW, if you are using the widget to see your grades or to dos for classes without opening the app, it doesn't say anywhere how to sync your classes to it. For a month I restarted my phone, reinstalled the app, re-synced the widgets, and repeated the process. Whenever I look at the widgets, they say no classes to display. Finally, without the help of customer service or Canvas Q&A, and by accident, I tapped the pen icon in top right corner and marked classes with a star. Finally, they showed up.
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  • Jan 12, 2021

    By Chelsea Lewis
    This app is really annoying when it isn't on a computer. I always have to delete it to be able to join one of my teachers conference which is frustrating. Then if my teacher needs me to do a flipgrid assignment, the video thing never works. It is mostly anything video or conferencing, this app doesn't work usually.
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  • Jan 9, 2021

    By Marina Marin
    Oh. My. God. This app is so glitchy, and confusing, and just awful! It tries to cram together too many features with a user unfriendly interface. It's like navigating through a maze blindfolded! I've used other LMS programs, and this one is just the worst of the bunch. I suggest anything else above Canvas.
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  • Jan 13, 2021

    By Jasmine m
    Bugs certainly have not been fixed. Is this some kind of scam? Literally there needs to be big improvements with this app and the website itself. The website is even more better and compatible than this, and it's also terrible. This really says something
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  • Canvas is an abomination a Sep 28, 2020

    By htfdgbjh
    I would have rated this a zero if I thought it would submit. This platform should have never been released until it was more reliable. Work is constantly lost or shows up in different places. It is extremely inconsistent in showing if work has been completed or not. My son had spent hours doing assignments 7 days a week sometimes 10 hours a day. More than half of the work he has submitted is “lost in canvas”. My husband and I have spent over 5 combined hours trying to submit a single assignment for my 4th grader with no luck. My son used to be an A student with his favorite subject being ELA. In Remote learning on Canvas he has a 35....out of 100. Most days are spent crying and last Friday after another 10 hour day he rather intelligently sputtered out through frustrated tears, “What is the point? I spend all my time doing school work with no time to have fun and I am still failing”. I want decision makers to know Canvas is the number 1 problem with remote learning and the sanity of parents as well as detriment to our elementary school students quality of learning and their self esteem. Please Please find something better. I think there is a program called Schoolology that sounds very promising.
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  • Unable to Use Jan 16, 2019

    By mabluvs2sing
    For years, I have had this app downloaded on my phone, because all of my classes now require canvas (a stupid decision in my opinion, every student I know absolutely hates using this interface). However, I have not ONCE been able to log in to my account, because it won’t let me find my school. When you open the app, it has a page that says “find my school,” or something to that effect, but every time I type in the name of my school, it says it can’t find it. Which is ridiculous, because every class in my school uses Canvas, so please explain to me how an entire school just went missing. On top of that, the website is completely confusing for students, it took me about 3 months just to get my bearings. I feel like an old woman trying to use this website because I just can’t get a feel for the technology. 0/10 would not recommend. If you’re a teacher and considering using Canvas as your main interface between you and your students, please do them a favor and look elsewhere. I would recommend Google Classroom. That site is super user friendly and easy to understand. I have no idea why my school system ever switched.
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  • Love it, love it , love it Aug 23, 2017

    By Tha239;)
    I love this program, the app as well. It's treated me well the past few years that I have been in college. If there's schools that use other programs, they should change to this one ! The ONLY issues I have are this : One. I wish that with new upcoming semesters I would be able to look up all my classes like I can do on a computer and add them to my main page , as long as they are published and ready to be added. This isn't a big problem since I can always use the computer laptop to do this, but it would be nice to do on my phone. Two. When I get notifications for files added and announcements, and I click in to it on my iPhone, it only brings me to the first page that you always are greeted with that just has all your classes and stuff. It would be really cool if from the phone we could click into that notification and be brought directly to that announcement, assignment, or whatever else. Again, minor stuff that would be cool if changed, but LOVE CANVAS!
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  • Dec 28, 2020

    By lori spellman
    Has had bumps, but who hasn't under circumstances .Especially, when in a last minute, no time to waste, get the children on line asap for learning deadline. To All Of You, amazing educators, and all staff, making it work best as possible. For all the workers hearing the parents stressed, concerned, emotional. Does not include the students, at a different level of concern. Thank you Canvas Student, thank you VUSD. YOU'RE AWESOME!!
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  • Disorganized mess. Sep 3, 2018

    By Rosereview
    Canvas is a disorganized mess. My school recently switched over from eLearning and that program was SO much better! The discussion boards are a mess. You have to scroll through tons of posts to be able to get to yours. When you get a notification about a comment on the discussion board there is no way to tell if it was a reply to your post or just another reply unless you scroll through. It’s difficult to find anything. I understand there is a learning curve anytime you switch to a new program but it’s really unfortunate when you switch from a great program to a lesser program when the only difference is one has an app (that is still a lesser program) and the other you have to go into safari or another browser (as if that is that hard). Overall, I am terribly disappointed and the hype around this program must just come from people who have never had a better program.
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  • Nov 28, 2020

    By Ethan Sodikromo
    Let's be clear here: the experience you will have with this app is on par or better than the web portal experience. It's lightning fast and remembers your login. Built-in file viewer is literally #1 feature. However the appearance and formatting of your classes is designed by the instructor. You may need to talk to the directly if the mobile experience is unmanageable. But let me tell you, it could be a lot worse.
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  • New Design Mar 31, 2020

    By Azaarika
    This app made the studying process so much easier. They did a great job on how everything functioning but I removed one star because of their recent design changes. The app icon appears to be red with white logo on it, which made it very hard to see new notifications (since they also appear red in apple devices). I don’t usually write reviews but this really became uncomfortable for me personally. For example, I don’t get notifications on my locked screen, and my banners are also turned off when I get a notifications. When I unlock my phone I could still see that little red circle in the upper right corner of the app icon (that would tell me that I have a message or something). However, now the app is red, and I don’t notice a new notifications because two same colors blend together... I hope this review is helpful. I like the app in general. To all their team, thank you for your hard work.
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  • Great App! Apr 15, 2020

    By The Star Critic
    I have been using Canvas for about a year now and it's been very helpful! Although the initial switch from Google Classroom to Canvas in my school district was hard, I have now gotten used to the apps interface and how it works. I like how organized everything is in the app, I can see all my classes laid out when I open it. If I click on one of my classes, I can easily open modules to find my assignments. I can also keep track of my assignments with the todos tab and inbox which shows messages from my teachers. Turning items in is also an easy process (depending on which format). You can turn in with audio, website URL, media recording, file upload, or text submission (depending on what the teacher chooses as submission process). Another great aspect is that all of your assignments are sorted by unit in the modules making it very easy to find your needed assignments. Overall Canvas is a good app, I only gave it 4 stars because on several occasions my teachers have made the app more difficult by allowing only a certain type of submission/ locking material by mistake, etc. I do have one recommendation, and that is when you film an in app video submission, there should be a pause button, I have experienced times when I was not able to pause and I wanted to.
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  • Great in most ways, except one MAJOR flaw Oct 4, 2019

    By Gavin Apollo
    The Canvas student app is really responsive and high functioning, almost easier to use sometimes than the actual desktop site. It makes doing school work while on the go a total breeze. HOWEVER, I knocked a star off because there is just one MAJOR issue that I hope they can fix in a future update. I’ve noticed that whenever I navigate away from the app and then return (for example, checking a module for an assignment due date, navigating away to my calendar app, then navigating back to canvas to read further) the app backs out from where I was and returns to the main screen. This is really ANNOYING and I wish it would be fixed. I don’t close the app, I simply switch to a different one, but when I return I have to navigate all the way back to where I was, often needing to click through multiple menu bars to get back to my place. It’s really aggravating when trying to multitask (as all students usually are), especially when phones these days are trying to make multitasking more intuitive and easier to manage. Hopefully that can be fixed because otherwise this is a really successful app.
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  • It's improving! Getting closer! Oct 7, 2019

    By bdubs85
    I'm getting much happier with the new updates that have rolled out recently. Most of the functionality is intact, which makes it really good for getting a forum post or two done during down time somewhere. Some things that are still a bit difficult are picking up discussion conversations that you have posted in. There is no way to quickly find or jump to posts that you have already made, which makes it difficult in larger classes with protracted discussions. Perhaps tagging people in a Facebook name type format and then being able to jump to that particular point in the discussions would help this? The only other major problem that I've found (and this may just be an IOS problem) is that if I switch to another app to copy and paste some material or even just the web page url itself, the app closes itself and I lost my entire post. Like I said, this may just be an IOS thing with memory management but it is still a major pain in the rear to lose a long post that was typed on a mobile keyboard. Overall it works well for me and I'm pretty happy with it! Keep up the improvements, it's about there!
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  • Dec 27, 2020

    By Matt Isham
    BTW, if you are using the widget to see your grades or to dos for classes without opening the app, it doesn't say anywhere how to sync your classes to it. For a month I restarted my phone, reinstalled the app, re-synced the widgets, and repeated the process. Whenever I look at the widgets, they say no classes to display. Finally, without the help of customer service or Canvas Q&A, and by accident, I tapped the pen icon in top right corner and marked classes with a star. Finally, they showed up.
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  • Pretty great, but would love some improvements! Oct 24, 2020

    By Ackley121
    I like the app in general. It sure is handy. I don’t like that the To Do tab only shows a limited amount of tasks and that you can add or view To Do tasks that were added by oneself. You can view the To Dos you added using the desktop website in the Calendar tab in iPad and iPhone, but you cannot add, edit or delete them. I really wish the To Do tab was more useful in the iPad and iPhone apps. Another thing I noticed is that when a particular course imports quizzes from an external application like Cengage Mindtap, it does not mark the assignment as completed in the To Do list. It has to be checked off manually. I with the To Do list (or List View in the Dashboard tab on desktop) were enhanced as having a comprehensive and editable list of To Do’s is very useful for students to track their assignments. I also noticed that the Inbox feature in the mobile app versions lack a couple capabilities that at least exist in the desktop version. For example, members of a group message can view who is in the message thread while on desktop. But in the mobile apps, you would only see the addressees by clicking reply all.
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  • Dec 2, 2020

    By Sarah
    So much better than blackboard. The app is easy to use and runs fairly well. A major annoyance I have with the app is the inability to download readings while in the app. It forces you to read with its dedicated options. While I like the initiative of having a dedicated reader, I want to be able to download the readings. The drop down menu allows you to print as pdf but it usually fails when you try. If canvas can include a download option for readings and links, I would gladly give 5 stars
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  • Good, but… Apr 16, 2018

    By Phillyphan101
    From the beginning, the app was fine. I enjoyed using it and it was a good way of keeping up with my grades (assuming my professors uploaded them in the first place), but this recent update, as of April 16, is annoying to say the least. If your class are heavily discussion based, good luck. You now have to scroll though everyone’s posts and comments to finally reach your own. It gets hard to tell which one is a post and which one is a comment because there’s no real indicator except for a very thin gray line. If you want to edit a previous comment or past that you made? Tough luck, you’ll just have to replay again and add to the madness that is already this discussion board. Not only that but the scrolling never loads everything and often gets stuck when it reaches the bottom and has to load more also causing the app to crash. It was so much more efficient when all of the comments were in folders under the original post. Not only that but the notifications are still broken in the sense of, when you get a notification and you click on it, it still doesn’t take you to the right page.
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  • Love-hate thing Sep 14, 2020

    By Thenameisgoodgrammer
    I love canvas. Only on the computer though. When I went to change my profile I have to go to my phone because I’m using someone else’s computer. But when I downloaded it TWO TIMES, I didn’t know how to get in. The furthest I ever got was to the register. I don’t even know what I’m buying. But then I noticed the login part. That just took me back to the start. But instead, it says my password isn’t correct. (You’ll never guess my password, it’s nonsense lol) I typed it while I took a video to make sure I typed my password correctly. I typed it correctly, however the app says that I did not. Truly annoying. It does not work on my phone, BUT, I still love it on the computer! I love this website! (On the computer. I’m no dummy)All those cons only made it go down to three stars. That’s it! Please do not remove this app because it helps kids who do hybrid classes (like me) or always online. Don’t let all my complaints remove this app. Sincerely, A new fifth grader!!:)
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  • Nov 12, 2020

    By Ada Cruz
    At times applications don't launch. Other times when an assignment launched like for example the Flipgrid or Brainpop Jr. is done, it doesn't show that the assignment has been submitted & the assignment Que stays on until it's taken off, if they take it off. There should be a check mark or an icon of some sort that allows us to mark it submitted within the assignment so it will come off the list. Some programs still won't work on smartphones. It's a good App it just needs improvement.
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  • Can’t see all of the slides in a PowerPoint Jan 21, 2020

    By Tandynuggets
    Some are cut off, some are missing random pics that are there when I open on a browser, but not the app. Can’t export them smoothly to GoodNotes, which is practically the only way to make use of them without printing out the entire presentation at once. Auto log out times make it so that if you take too long to type out a response then it deletes all of your work when you hit submit to turn it in, which means you have to type everything in word and copy paste if the professor wants something submitted in type on canvas rather than a doc or pdf. Wasting 3 hours on a well thought out and polished post my freshman year made me want to sling my computer out the window. Lesson learned I guess. Calendar is %100 useless. Nothing from the classes is added, what’s the point in even having it on there if it’s worthless? I feel like I’m getting work done in spite of canvas rather than using canvas to get my work done. Fix the slides issue or restrict the professors formats if you want 5 stars.
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  • Jan 12, 2021

    By Chelsea Lewis
    This app is really annoying when it isn't on a computer. I always have to delete it to be able to join one of my teachers conference which is frustrating. Then if my teacher needs me to do a flipgrid assignment, the video thing never works. It is mostly anything video or conferencing, this app doesn't work usually.
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  • Nov 5, 2020

    By Longyi chu
    The app sends notifications about dates being changed for assignments or assignments being graded. Once opening the notification tab, neither of these are shown. You need to go to individual assignments to view this and after tapping the notification, it goes away forever. I would have tried to bring up my problems through the help options "submit a feature idea" but on tapping the option, it gives me the option to share links(???).
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  • Not a good platform for forum discussions. Feb 20, 2020

    By MoranTactical
    Number 1 complaint: Online classes require weekly participation in forum discussions. After typing about 150 words into a discussion forum on either my iPhone or iPad the system bogs down, and there will be a delay of a second or more between striking a key and character displaying in the post. It gets so bad that I will just leave my posts unfinished, then complete my posts when I have the chance to use a proper computer. Number 2 complaint: Discussion posts cannot be edited from within the app. I have to use a proper computer or web interface to edit a discussion post. Number 3 complaint: I am enrolled at multiple schools, so I have to switch accounts when using the app to toggle between schools. The page that displays the alternate profiles has a delete “x” that is easy to accidentally strike when using the app from an iphone and using your thumb to actuate icons. The app will delete those profiles with a single tap. Can you please add a second step authentication before deleting a profile?
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  • Interface change Apr 14, 2018

    By kiwii75
    This app had a great and easy to read user interface until a recent update. For some reason a groups section was added to the Dashboard under my courses. It’s confusing because I now have a long list of old groups there from previous semesters. Also the grade book portion has become very displeasing to the eyes. The total given points for a graded assignment is no longer displayed, only the points received. To see how many points my assignment was scored out of, I have to go through the extra step of opening the assignment. Also, each assignment now has a label of ‘Submitted, Missing, or Not Submitted’. Even assignments I have turned in and have had graded are labeled with a red ‘Missing’ tag. It looks wrong and is concerning to see that. And there’s no need to make it more difficult for older professors who are not the most well versed in technology to have to manually change these labels. Other than this terrible new interface, the app is nice and convenient to use and runs smoothly.
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  • Completely Unresponsive Aug 24, 2020

    By therrant
    I would like to first point out that as I attempt to write this, Canvas’ system is so broken that I cannot even see the words I’m typing. They are appearing i visible. My apologies, then, for any typos. I cannot correct what I am typing and only hope it is legible. Ii am a law student, and am being forced to make use of Canvas on my last year of law school since we are being forced to move over from blackboard. After attempting to access canvas online, I found the website almost completely unresponsive. It would not load assignments or let me check basic functions of the class. I am thus flying blind into my 3L year with a terrible new system. Despite its flashy looks, it is a nightmare to try and deal with. I hope anyone who sees this will take into consideration how much of a nightmare canvas is to operate for students, and stick with blackboard. Despite its flaws, blackboard is a much better system than cavas.
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  • Jan 9, 2021

    By Marina Marin
    Oh. My. God. This app is so glitchy, and confusing, and just awful! It tries to cram together too many features with a user unfriendly interface. It's like navigating through a maze blindfolded! I've used other LMS programs, and this one is just the worst of the bunch. I suggest anything else above Canvas.
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  • Jan 13, 2021

    By Jasmine m
    Bugs certainly have not been fixed. Is this some kind of scam? Literally there needs to be big improvements with this app and the website itself. The website is even more better and compatible than this, and it's also terrible. This really says something
    more
  • Canvas is an abomination a Sep 28, 2020

    By htfdgbjh
    I would have rated this a zero if I thought it would submit. This platform should have never been released until it was more reliable. Work is constantly lost or shows up in different places. It is extremely inconsistent in showing if work has been completed or not. My son had spent hours doing assignments 7 days a week sometimes 10 hours a day. More than half of the work he has submitted is “lost in canvas”. My husband and I have spent over 5 combined hours trying to submit a single assignment for my 4th grader with no luck. My son used to be an A student with his favorite subject being ELA. In Remote learning on Canvas he has a 35....out of 100. Most days are spent crying and last Friday after another 10 hour day he rather intelligently sputtered out through frustrated tears, “What is the point? I spend all my time doing school work with no time to have fun and I am still failing”. I want decision makers to know Canvas is the number 1 problem with remote learning and the sanity of parents as well as detriment to our elementary school students quality of learning and their self esteem. Please Please find something better. I think there is a program called Schoolology that sounds very promising.
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  • Unable to Use Jan 16, 2019

    By mabluvs2sing
    For years, I have had this app downloaded on my phone, because all of my classes now require canvas (a stupid decision in my opinion, every student I know absolutely hates using this interface). However, I have not ONCE been able to log in to my account, because it won’t let me find my school. When you open the app, it has a page that says “find my school,” or something to that effect, but every time I type in the name of my school, it says it can’t find it. Which is ridiculous, because every class in my school uses Canvas, so please explain to me how an entire school just went missing. On top of that, the website is completely confusing for students, it took me about 3 months just to get my bearings. I feel like an old woman trying to use this website because I just can’t get a feel for the technology. 0/10 would not recommend. If you’re a teacher and considering using Canvas as your main interface between you and your students, please do them a favor and look elsewhere. I would recommend Google Classroom. That site is super user friendly and easy to understand. I have no idea why my school system ever switched.
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  • Dec 4, 2020

    By Thomas Huss
    I am at risk of DETENTION because of this app. At my school we're doing a hybrid schedule with in-person and virtual days. On the virtual days I have to check in to my classes for attendance via a Canvas quiz. When I submit the quiz through the app, it *always* says it's submitted successfully. I have never missed a single attendance quiz, however, I have received SIX absences this year for failing to submit attendance quizzes. Well, the Canvas app hasn't actually been submitting the quizzes. Turns out when the app says the quiz was submitted successfully, it isn't always right. Sometimes when I submit a quiz through the app, and then check on the Canvas website, it says it wasn't actually submitted! When I figured out that's what was happening with those 6 absences, I now always check the website to make sure the quiz was submitted. Sometimes I even have to re-submit it 5+ times on the app before it'll actually go through!! I have explained this to my teachers. Unbelievably, they have told me that they will not correct the six absences that were entirely caused by incompetent software developers. The team of chimpanzees behind this app have put me ONE ABSENCE AWAY FROM DETENTION. Not because I did anything wrong. I trusted that this app would do what it was supposed to do. The app failed, and failed hard. I rest my case.
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