13 US states sign deal with Instructure Canvas

13 US states sign deal with Instructure Canvas

13 US states have signed a new deal with edtech company Instructure to adopt and implement its Canvas learning platform.

13 states across the United States have confirmed a partnership with the Utah-based edtech company Instructure in order to adopt its digital Canvas learning management platform across the states’ educational institutions.

It is the hope of the state education leaders that – by adopting the Canvas platform as a statewide solution to the challenges raised by the global COVID-19 pandemic – they will be able to provide far stronger support to educators, as well as students and their parents alike.

The partnership has been agreed upon prior to the start of the 2020-21 academic year.

The intention behind the implementation of this online platform is to enable a smoother transition for students and teachers, as teaching recommences in Fall 2020.

Canvas was selected to fulfil this brief, as a result of its capability to adapt to accommodate in-person, online and hybrid models of classes.

Earlier this year, private equity firm Thoma Bravo acquired Instructure in a $2 billion deal.

US states partnership with Instructure Canvas agreed prior to start of 2020-21 academic year

While schools in all 50 US states currently use Canvas in some capacity, the new arrangement has made Canvas a statewide solution for 13 states.

The statewide agreements made by the state education leaders for Alaska, Iowa, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah, and Wyoming grants every school district in the state the option to use Canvas LMS in their teaching.

In Texas alone, over 1.5 million students use Canvas

In other states, including Vermont and Virginia, Canvas has been implemented across the state’s virtual school programs.

In Texas alone, Instructure claims ‘over 1.5 million students use Canvas’.

Tamara Van Wyhe, Division Director at Alaska Department of Education & Early Development, stated:

“We want to provide the right level of leadership and equity across the state, and it is especially important that this project supports educators in the field who interact with students on a daily basis.

“The Canvas team understands that implementations don’t look the same for every state, and worked with us to strike the right balance ensuring our districts and educators got what they needed to support an excellent education for every student, every day.”

Jhone Ebert, State Superintendent of Public Instruction in Nevada, corroborated this statement, and was likewise enthusiastic for the future of the state’s education provision.

“The Department’s investment in Canvas and Digital Engineers, our online experts, is a statewide strategy to support students, educators, and families as they engage in various forms of distance education.

“This investment goes beyond the pandemic as it positions Nevada into the future. We now have a strategic and cohesive link with the Nevada System of Higher Learning.”

Pic: Instructure/Canvas

Josephine Walbank - Reporter, Global Education Times (GET News)

Josephine Walbank is a reporter for Global Education Times (GET News) with a focus on education in the UK, Asia-Pacific, and Americas, and student experience and lifestyle news.

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