Snapmentor vs Canvas Discussion

Your professors likely have a lot on their plate, so choosing an easy to use social learning/forum solution that actually engages students without pressure from the professor is everything. This page compares two popular options—Canvas Discussion and Snapmentor.

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Professors today have no shortage of tasks to complete. One of the most challenging tasks related to teaching is to facilitate discussion, questions and engagement from students in, and outside of class. The Canvas LMS has many options. One can use the module included in Canvas called Canvas Discussions or integrate a third party solution such as Snapmentor. This page will help you determine what’s best for you and your organization when evaluating what tool you want to use for facilitating discussion.

What is Snapmentor?

Snapmentor is a social learning solution where teachers can set up a community for their class, where students can ask questions, engage, be curious and help each other. Snapmentor is easily integrated into the Canvas platform

What is Canvas Discussion Board?

The Canvas discussion board is a traditional forum included in the Canvas LMS, where students can post questions.


Your digital learning community is the foundation of your digital education. It should keep students engaged, increase learning, save teachers time, and be a safe place for every learner. See how Snapmentor and Canvas Discussion compare across some of the most critical learning community capabilities.

Student engagement & learning

Snapmentor is dedicated to increasing student engagement, and has an average of 6x more student participation compared to the forum-solutions in learning management systems such as Canvas, Blackboard and Moodle.

Do you want to build a culture for positive feedback? Snapmentor provides students and professors positive feedback through gamification elements. Learning and teaching, can and should be fun!

Students, TA’s and professors report better learning and higher satisfaction with courses using Snapmentor.

Canvas Discussion lets students post questions in an open forum, and provides both focused discussions and threaded discussions. Focused discussions are typically used in situations where the goal is for students to respond to a prompt made by the instructor. Threaded discussions are used where the goal is to encourage more student to student interaction.

Discussions are often short with a question and answer. More in-depth discussions are often moved to email or other mediums.

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