SALT LAKE CITY, May 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Canvas by Instructure (NYSE: INST), the open online learning management system (LMS) that makes teaching and learning easier, and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a nationally-recognized nonprofit and college-readiness system, today announced they will work together to enhance e-learning capabilities for the thousands of K–12 educators AVID trains annually.
Through this collaboration, AVID will leverage the familiar, feature-rich Canvas learning environment to deliver online professional development opportunities to educators from 6,000 schools in 46 states and 16 countries or territories outside the U.S. As an open, cloud-based platform built for reliability, adaptability and ease of use, Canvas is the fastest growing LMS in K–12.
"At Canvas, we're all about making teaching and learning easier, and that starts with great training," said Hilary Scharton, vice president of Canvas K–12 product at Instructure. "By using our platform, AVID will be able to enhance learning for educators, so they can pass on the benefits to their students. We believe that helping educators across the AVID network become better trained will significantly help them prepare their students for success."
Known for providing stellar training and resources for educators, AVID plans to mirror the success of its in-person professional development program with Canvas' industry-leading technology. This collaboration will also enable AVID to extend and expand offerings to its extensive network of educators.
"AVID aims to provide rich digital professional learning experiences for our educators to help increase student achievement. As we surveyed the landscape looking for a platform that could help us better meet these professional needs, Canvas arose as the leader," said Thuan Nguyen, executive vice president of AVID. "We're relying on our collaboration with Canvas to help us explore new and innovative ways for delivering professional learning in an online environment that isn't time bound to when a class starts or ends. We're looking forward to exploring new opportunities Canvas offers to best meet our schools' professional development needs."
Instructure, Inc. is a leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology company that makes software that makes people smarter. With a vision to help maximize the potential of people through technology, Instructure created Canvas and Bridge to enable organizations everywhere to easily develop, deliver and manage engaging face-to-face and online learning experiences. To date, Instructure has connected millions of instructors and learners at more than 2,000 educational institutions and corporations throughout the world. Learn more about Canvas for higher ed and K-12, and Bridge for the corporate market at www.Instructure.com.
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a nonprofit, proven college-readiness system that closes the achievement gap. Today, AVID is implemented in nearly 6,000 schools in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and 16 other countries/territories and impacts almost 1.5 million students nationwide in grades K–12, as well as in 43 postsecondary institutions. The AVID College Readiness System transforms a school's academic culture to increase the number of students who enroll in four year colleges and succeed in higher education. For more information, please visit www.AVID.org.
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