Academic Partnerships Chairman and CEO to Speak at InstructureCon 2013

Jun 20, 2013, 10:00 ET from Academic Partnerships

DALLAS and SALT LAKE CITY, June 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Academic Partnerships (AP), one of the largest representatives of online learning in the United States and around the world, today announced that Chairman and CEO Randy Best will speak at InstructureCon 2013, the annual conference of educational technology leaders hosted by Instructure, the technology company behind the Canvas learning platform.  Best will appear alongside Instructure CEO Josh Coates during the presentation, which will take place on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. MDT in Park City, Utah.

Canvas, the open, easy-to-use, cloud-native learning management system (LMS), is available to all of AP's current and future university partners free of charge through the strategic partnership the two companies formed last fall.

AP decided to offer the LMS to its partners free of charge for the online programs the company represents as a way of making its services more comprehensive and further reducing the cost of providing higher education online.  Canvas is used by more than six million teachers and students from more than 425 educational institutions around the world.

"Academic Partnerships sees technology, which is vastly expanding access to a university education, as the great enabler in higher education today," said Best.  "It is an essential component of taking the quality of our best universities to scale and educating the number of knowledge workers required in our 21st-century economy, and learning management systems play a key role in making that possible.  Our partners who are using Canvas have found that it provides a much-improved online experience for both students and professors, and I am confident that those who adopt it in the future will have the same experience."

A video of the presentation will be available after InstructureCon.  It will be accessible through the conference website at

About Academic Partnerships 
Academic Partnerships (AP) helps universities convert their traditional degree programs into an online format, recruits qualified students, and supports enrolled students through graduation.  Serving more than 40 public universities in the United States and numerous top foreign institutions, AP is guided by the principle that the opportunities presented through distance learning make higher education more accessible and achievable for students in the U.S. and around the world.  The company was founded by social entrepreneur Randy Best, an 18-year veteran of developing innovative learning solutions to improve education.  For more information, please visit

About Instructure
Instructure is a technology company committed to improving education.  We provide instructors and students modern tools and resources to empower the learning experience.  Instructure offers Canvas Network—the open, easy-to-use, cloud-native learning management system.  We also provide an index of open, online courses from Ivy Leagues to community colleges.  To keep learning, visit


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