Instructure Canvas VLE

HEDLINE: Instructure Canvas enters Harvard and Europe

Instructure Canvas announced that it opened an office in London, bringing the Canvas LMS to the UK. The local team is already working together with the University of Birmingham, Henley Business School, Condè Nast College of Fashion & Design and Wolsey Hall Oxford.

Earlier this week Harvard announced that it will replace its in-house developed LMS iSites with Canvas by the 2016-17 academic year.

Key Takeaway

In the US Instructure Canvas is currently used by over 600 institutions in higher education and K-12, reaching over 11 million teachers and students.

According to the press release, the University of Birmingham has set up the system in only five days and after two months instructors have put more than 4600 courses online.

For the UK market Instructure created a dedicated domain and localized parts of its brand message, like using the term Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) instead of Learning Management System (LMS).

After piloting the Canvas system with a dozen courses, Harvard decided to universalize the system and replace its own iSites LMS. As Canvas is open source, Harvard already created a couple of custom tools for the new platform.

Harvard plans to use several open source technologies as part of its Teaching and Learning Technologies initiative and is founding partner of the edX MOOC platform.

Further Reading

  • US Education Technology Pioneer Instructure Launches Canvas Virtual Learning Environment in the UK | Press Release
  • Canvas To Replace iSites as Course Platform | The Harvard Crimson

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