9 – Canva


Canva is a graphic design platform that allows users to create social media graphics, presentations, posters and other visual content.

Website: canva.com
Cost: Free and Premium plans
Availability: Online and iPad app

Rankings in the previous surveys: 

2021: 13 2020: 18 2019: 34 2018: 22 2017: 37 2016: 57 2015: 81 2014: –
2013: – 2012: – 2011: – 2010: – 2009: – 2008: – 2007: –

Comments on Canva in 2022

“Great platform which help me to make my lessons colourful , easy, interesting, fun etc. a lot of different instruments which can make things better” Katerina, K12 teacher, Ukraine

“Canva is a graphic design tool that I used throughout the year to make student worksheets, posters, graphic organizers, and communication for parents. It has an option for students to use as well, but I mainly used it for myself in order to get comfortable with it. There are a ton of free options available to help customize classroom content.” Teacher, USA

“It seems I’m doing something in Canva almost every day. I keep discovering useful new things that it can do like editing PDFs, exporting designs to PowerPoint, create & edit videos and more.” Mike Taylor, Learning & Design Consultant, USA

“I advise my students to use Canva for learning activities (creating infographics) and assignments (e-portfolio). This is b/c of student recommendations over the years based on its user-friendly design. I also see that they are expanding the free features regularly.” Karen Caldwell, University educator and consultant, CAnada

“My use of the graphic design website Canva has evolved over the years. I started by using it to create graphics and printable signs for classes. Now I also use it to create presentations (which can include embedded content, slides, videos, etc.). As I just revisited Canva features, I discovered even more things I wasn’t even aware that Canva can do.” Bonni Stachowiak, Producer and host of the Teaching in Higher Ed podcast, USA

“Graphic design made easy. That’s Canva. In my post “Easy Decor for LMS”, I demonstrate how I make buttons, about me’s, and other graphics in my Learning Management System to jazz up my course shells. I also utilize the Canva for Education account so students can make and submit creative projects.” Lauran Kerr-Heraly, History Professor, USA

Previous comments on Canva 

“Another tool to rapidly create good looking one sheets, flyers, and mini presentations.” Mary Nunaley, elearning experience designer, USA, 2021

“I have two different Canva Pro accounts (personal and work), because it has that much benefit. For each context, I can have our various logos, color scheme(s), and photos/graphics uploaded and saved.” Bonni Stachowiak, HE educator, USA, 2021

“Helps tremendously to make up for the fact that we aren’t large enough to have a marketing team.” Jan Walters, CLO, USA, 2021

“Best tool for creating graphic displays using templates and thousands of free photos. Aligns the sizing of any image to match all social media tools.” CoachCarole, Author, Teacher, Course designer, Genealogist, Australia, 2021

“Makes our learning events flyers and catalogs a lot easier to make.” Roberto Galvez, Corporate Services Director, Indonesia, 2021

“The Canva tool provides many opportunities in education, it is easy to use, the contents are very beautiful and very applicable, students are happy to make posters and logos in this tool.” Regina Vukasović, Biology and Chemistry teacher, Croatia, 2021

“We use Canva to create shareable images such as infographics, slides and posters for use within the team and outside it. We like the fact that we can keep our look consistent across the team.” OU Learning Design team, UK, 2021

Previous comments on Canvas

“We live in a visual world and when you need graphic design, Canva is the place to start. There are a lot of options for design tools out there but none that can top Canva for its combination of usability, breadth of content types, and great looking designs.” Mike Taylor, USA, 2020

“Sophisticated software tool for creating graphics eg flyers, headers, logos” Coach Carole, Learning Designer, Australia, 2020

“For Grafic-Dummies like me a great tool to create nice grafics, slides and so on” Kathrin Quilling, Digital Lerning Specialist, Germany, 2020

“Provides a user friendly interface for creating a variety of visual content.” Science Teacher, USA, 2020

“design tool for creating learning materials and lesson boards, Marie-Louise Kok, Digital Learning Specialist, Netherlands, 2020

Quick Guide to Canva 

Here you will find some simple guidance and links to how to use Canva for teaching, training, learning and development.

For individuals: Canva is a popular tool for individuals to design all kinds of graphics for personal use

In education: Canva for Education is 100% free, and its ease of use has made it a particular valuable tool in the classroom.

In the workplace: Canva for Work (now known as Canva Pro) is intended for those who require more advanced design tools for the workplace.

It can be used to create a variety of stunning graphics for worksheets as well as other training and marketing materials (eg flyers) including online courses.

Canva is also useful for creating infographics – these are graphic visual representations of information, data, or knowledge intended to present information quickly and clearly.

  • Here is a video that shows how to create a simple infographic in minutes using Canva

Further resources

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