Instructure [NYSE: INST]: Facilitating the Digital Learning

Josh Coates, CEO
In today’s technology based knowledge economy, many educational institutions are employing digital collaboration solutions to enhance the teaching and learning methodologies. Several universities want to break free from the traditional paradigms of paper and pen towards collaboration technologies to enable multi-model teaching, and different forms of online research. Furthermore, collaboration solutions bolster excitement and enthusiasm among the students as they facilitate “Blended learning” and “Flipping the classroom” sessions.

According to MarketsandMarkets research, online-collaboration tools, software and Learning Management Systems (LMS) are the technologies most expected to improve academics over the next five years. Headquartered at Salt Lake City, Utah, Instructure [NYSE: INST] is an educational technology company providing cloud-based LMS to educational institutions. More than 1,200 colleges, universities, and school districts around the world use Instructure's services. “We provide instructors and students with modern tools and resources that empower and simplify the learning experience,” explains Josh Coates, CEO, Instructure.

Founded in 2008, Instructure aims to bring an education revolution through deploying digitech ecosystems in schools and universities. The firm's easy-to-use, cloud-based LMS, Canvas, allows the parents, students, and teachers to collaborate and interact in their studies and research. Canvas is simple to use and works across all the smart devices like the smartphones, laptops, and tablets along with the web browsers. It helps the instructors and teachers to develop a course online while facilitating complete online face-to-face interactions. Canvas also allows faster access to the grades, assignments, discussions, course calendars, video lectures, analytics, educational apps, rubrics, early warning systems, education learning apps and much more.

We provide instructors and students with modern tools and resources that empower and simplify the learning experience

With Canvas, institutions can have flipped classrooms where most of the lectures happen online.

“The missing ingredient in education technology initiatives is a modern platform to virtually extend the classroom for teachers, students, administrators and parents,” says Coates. Canvas K-12, a cloud based offering from Instructure fills this gap. It is equipped with additional features like the ability to co-enroll parents into the collaboration solution. Through Canvas K-12, parents are authorized to keep a complete tab of child’s activity. They can log in at any point of time in order to view the grades, and monitor the child’s improved participation in forums and even interact with teachers. “Canvas K-12 makes teaching easier, saves time, and improvises learning.” Furthermore, when an instructor makes any changes in the calendar or class assignments, parents are automatically notified through an email, a text message, or a Facebook notification.

In one of the instances, University of Birmingham approached Instructure to incorporate Canvas into their environment. The University wanted to make their teaching more collaborative and interesting. Following this, 4,600 courses were uploaded to Canvas in the first three months, more than what was available in the legacy platform.

Moving forward, the firm is planning to extend its market foothold and expertise in the area of collaboration solutions, not only in the education sector but also in the corporate environment. “We will continue to provide innovative software, support, and professional services and make teaching and learning easier,” concludes Coates.