Instructure Canvas and Pearson announced a bi-directional integration of the Instructure Canvas LMS with the Pearson PowerSchool SIS. According to Instructure’s Mitch Benson, this feature was the most requested by Canvas’ K-12 customers.
Editor’s Note: This post has first been published on edcetera – straight talk on edtech.
In my last post I briefly mentioned Unizin, the new consortium of higher education institutions that was rumored to become a strong competitor of edX. With its soft-launch last night—which was first reported by Inside Higher Ed—we can add some more pieces to the puzzle and get a better picture of its mission.
The founding consortium members are Colorado State University, Indiana University, the University of Florida, and the University of Michigan. The non-profit will be governed by a board of directors, representing membership universities that make a significant investment in Unizin.
Instructure Canvas is quietly building what could become one of the dominant platforms in online education, from academic to vocational and lifelong learning. In this post I want to focus on three indicators that show Instructure’s growth in different verticals of the market and the overall potential the Canvas Network has for institutions and for-profit education.
As always we start the show with our newsflash and give you an overview of this week’s funding stories and other news we think are of interest to have a closer look at. You find all the links to the stories at the end of this post.
In this episode of the Today’s Campus Innovation Interview Series, I talk with Brian Whitmer, co-founder and CPO of Instructure.
Instructure was founded in 2008 by Brian and Devlin Daley out of frustration with other Learning Management Systems and has a clear focus on usability and efficiency.
Now the team launched the Instructure Canvas Network, a product based on the Canvas LMS that enables schools, colleges and universities to setup and manage their own MOOCs. Other than MOOC platforms like Udacity or Coursera Canvas Network allows institutions to define the structure of their courses and the approach to teaching that makes the most sense to them like a smaller online course format with more interaction.
Brian and I also talk about the challenges and the potential impact on the job market and society when more and more people will be able to receive quality credentials and degrees at a lower cost.