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What is it?

Canva is a user-friendly graphic design platform with a drag-and-drop interface, offering a wide range of templates, images, icons, and fonts, enabling users to create professional-looking visual content such as social media graphics, presentations, posters, flyers, infographics, and more, regardless of their design experience.

What is its purpose?

The purpose of Canva is to provide users with an accessible and user-friendly platform for creating visually appealing and professional designs. It aims to help users, regardless of their design expertise, by offering a wide range of design tools, templates, and resources, enabling them to effectively communicate their ideas in a visually appealing manner, and effectively engage their audience across various mediums such as social media, presentations, marketing materials, and more.

How do I use it?

You can access Canva by creating a free account on the Canva website. You can sign up using your email address or Google or Facebook account. To sign up with your Memorial University email account, simply select the Sign in with Google option and log in using your MUN credentials to complete your registration.

Why would I use it?

  • It has a very user-friendly, simple, and intuitive drag-and-drop interface.
  • It offers a wide range of design options by providing a vast library of templates, images, icons, fonts, and other design elements.
  • It enables you to customize your designs by editing text, adjusting colors, resizing elements, and incorporating your own images.
  • Canva's template library includes professionally designed layouts for various purposes, which saves time and effort compared to starting from scratch.
  • It allows you to collaborate with others by sharing designs and inviting team members to work on projects together.
  • It is available both as a web-based platform and a mobile app, ensuring that you can create and edit designs across devices.
  • It integrates with various other platforms and tools, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and social media platforms, allowing you to import and export files easily and streamline your design workflow.
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Last Modified
28 June 2023
23 June 2023
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Ratings Information

CITL Rating

Select any category below for details about the criteria for each rating.

Functionality: ★★★
Works Well.
Ease of Use:★★★
Works Well.
Tech Support/Help Availability (for Instructors):★★☆
Minor Concerns. Technical support is provided by the vendor.
Tech Support/Help Availability (for Students):★★☆
Minor Concerns. Technical support is provided by the vendor.
Hypermediality :
Not Applicable.
Accessibility: ★★★
Accessibility Standards:★★★
Works Well. Canva offers several guides for accessible design.
User-focused participation:★★★
Works Well.
Required Equipment:★★★
Works Well.
Technical: ★★★
Integration/Embedding within a Learning Management System (LMS) :★☆☆
Serious Concerns. The tool is not integrated or embedded within a Learning Management System (LMS).
Operating Systems:★★★
Works Well.
Web Browser:★★★
Works Well.
Additional Technical Requirements:★★★
Works Well.
Mobile Design: ★★★
Works Well.
Works Well.
Offline Access:★★★
Works Well.
Usage and Account Set Up: ★★★
Sign Up/Sign In:★★★
Works Well.
Cost of Use:★★☆
Minor Concerns. Canva Pro: $16.99/month; Canva for Teams: $19.99/month
Archiving, Saving, and Exporting Data :★★★
Works Well.
Data Privacy and Ownership:★★★
Works Well.
Social Presence:
Collaboration :
Not Applicable.
User Accountability:
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
Teaching Presence:
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
Learning Analytics:
Not Applicable.
Cognitive Presence:
Enhancement of Cognitive Task(s):
Not Applicable.
Higher Order Thinking:
Not Applicable.
Feedback on Learning:
Not Applicable.

Security and Privacy

This service is not offered by Memorial University and has not been reviewed by Information Management and Protection. Once the content is created, its use is governed by the terms of use of Canva. Special consideration should be given to the content of the images for privacy and copyright considerations.

Support Information

Canva provides support to its users through its Help CenterCommunity Forum, Chatbot, Sales Team, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages.