- Modern teaching methods involve working online via specialized learning platforms allowing each student to work at their own pace.
- As more and more school assignments can be done online, the need for reliable learning management solutions, such as Canvas, becomes more evident.
- If you rely on the Canvas Learning Management System to facilitate the teacher-student collaboration, check out this guide to learn what are the best browsers for accessing the platform.
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The Canvas Learning Management System is a great tool that facilitates students and teachers to get along with their studies at the K12 level.
And since all of it is done online, which includes the course preparation, study materials or submissions of assignments along with everything in between, it becomes imperative you have the right browser to ensure a truly hassle-free learning experience.
For that reason, we decided to provide you with the list of the top browsers to use for Canvas.
Opera packs a plethora of features that make it the best browser for Canvas and online teaching.
You can use the bookmark feature and the built-in bookmark manager to create folders and save the webpages you often use when teaching.
The Snapshot tool lets you capture entire webpages or parts of them and quickly edit the respective screenshot. This is a very useful feature to have as you no longer need to install third-party tools to take screenshots to send to your students.
Educators and teachers will definitely love the Workspaces feature. You can use it to keep your tabs organized according to their role: teaching materials, homework ideas, lesson planning, and more.
Unit converters is another useful feature for both teachers and students. The built-in currency, measurement, and time zone converters allow you to convert unfamiliar numbers and time formats without opening a new tab.
As you can see, Opera packs plenty of useful features for teaching online classes.
The UR Browser may be among the newest kids on the browser block but is already making waves with the several exciting features that it comes with.
That includes the excellent security credentials it boasts of that makes the browser well suited for even security-sensitive tasks such as banking or other financial transactions. It is quite light on the hardware too, which means less of computer resources diverted to keep the browser going.
The UR Browser is also updated fairly regularly, which makes it just perfect for Canvas, irrespective of whether you are a student or a teacher.
The speed advantage that the browser has over its rival is also another reason why it is considered perfect for Canvas. The security features of the browser is also another plus as anything you do on Canvas, the browser has you covered.
For more information, you can read our in-depth review of UR Browser.Editor's recommendation
Chrome is one of the best browsers out there, and one reason (among many) for it to be so is that it gets updated the most frequently. It is available across a wider device segment – mobiles, desktops, tablet – happens to its another inherent positive.
This way, you can carry on with whatever you have been on to on any device without fear of losing track of your progress. That said, Canvas encourages using its app on mobile devices instead of the browser.
Still, Chrome gets the highest recommendation as to the preferred browser for Canvas.
Among the other positives that make it right for Canvas is its speed and efficiency. It may not be the fastest browsers but does its job pretty well.
With regular updates, the Chrome browser is also quite adept in dealing with most security threats, which includes malware and virus attacks.
So, you can rest assured your activities on Canvas remains unhindered.
It’s another browser that enjoys a wide appeal, perhaps next only to Google Chrome. It also gets updated quite regularly, which means you can always be able to make the best use of all features that Canvas has to offer.
Apart from Chrome, Mozilla is also another browser that enjoys the highest recommendation from Canvas.
Firefox is also among the faster browsers, which means you won’t be left wanting for speed while on Canvas.
The latest Firefox Quantum is also being hyped for being the most secure and private browser Mozilla has ever come up with.
That makes it another reason why you might opt for it for Canvas. Overall, a simple, safe and speedy browser that can be a nice fit for Canvas.
The Edge browser is great and can be used to access Canvas just as effectively as any other browser though this is applicable for only Windows devices.
In other words, Edge will be best for Canvas on Windows PCs and tablet devices only. Worth mentioning, the official Canvas app is only available for Android and iOS platforms, which means the only way you can avail of Canvas services and features in a Windows environment is via the Edge browser.
Microsoft has also been doing a great job at updating the Edge browser regularly, while also adding new features to the browser as well.
More recently, Microsoft also announced the adoption of the Chromium platform for Edge, which should make for a more streamlined and user-friendly user experience with the Edge. Plus, it’s fast and secure too, all of which makes it the best browser for Canvas for Windows users.
Internet Explorer 11
Although Microsoft is keen to uphold Edge as the default browser for current and future Windows devices, it also has packed the Internet Explorer 11 within Windows 10, just in case you need it.
And if you continue to be addicted to the good old browser of yore, well, there is no stopping you from accessing Canvas with IE 11. However, it also warns things might look a bit different on IE 11 given that the browser is slightly dated compared to Edge.
The IE also isn’t accorded as much attention within Microsoft as Edge, which makes it may not be the first choice for Canvas.
That said, things aren’t expected to be different by a wide margin with Canvas as the basic functionality is going to be the same. So, if you are on Windows and are somehow looking for an alternative to Edge, the IE 11 can be a nice option for you.
This makes for a comprehensive list of the best browsers for Canvas.
FAQ: Learn more about browsers and Canvas
Which browsers are supported by Canvas? The browsers currently supported by Canvas are the following: Chrome, Firefox, Edge, IE11, Respondus Lockdown Browser, and Safari 12 and 13. Does Canvas support Internet Explorer? Canvas does not officially support Internet Explorer. Keep in mind that you will experience many issues and glitches when using Canvas with IE, such as blank content pages, assignment submission errors and more. The only IE version that Canvas supports is IE11. Is Canvas free to use? The Canvas Free-for-Teacher account is always free to use but it does not pack all the options and features that are available on the paid versions of the platform. If you want to enjoy the full functionalities of Canvas, you should go for the paid Canvas environments.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2019 and has since been updated for freshness and accuracy.