13 – Canva

UP 5 places in 2021

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

Ranking on the 2021 sub-lists

Top 150 Tools for
Personal Learning: 26
Top 150 Tools for
Workplace Learning: 22
Top 150 Tools for
Education: 6

Overall rankings in the previous 14 surveys: 2007-2020

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

Comments on Canva in 2021

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

“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

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

“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

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

“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

“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

Previous comments

: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.

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