SALT LAKE CITY, July 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Canvas by Instructure (NYSE:INST), a leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology company that makes software that makes people smarter, announced today at InstructureCon an integration with Microsoft Office 365 to provide instructors and learners around the world with an improved educational experience.
"Teachers need these new capabilities for their education platforms, and we have continuously focused on providing the best technology we could design and build," said Mitch Benson, vice president of Canvas Product. "What happened next was that two of edtech's most established forces connected and worked together to meet the expressed needs of these educators. We're extremely proud of the result and can't wait to roll it out to our robust, global list of educational institutions."
Responding to the needs of educators, representatives from the Canvas Platform Team collaborated with Microsoft to help develop improvements to the Canvas base platform that facilitate the best integration experience possible for their millions of users. The Canvas Platform Team believes this integration will be both a model and a catalyst for change to propel greater innovation to rusty technology in edtech.
"Our schools rely heavily on Canvas and Microsoft for our daily educational functions, and these platforms have grown essential to the learning process of both our K–12 educators and students," said Beverly Miller of Greeneville City Schools, a technologically innovative public school district in Greeneville, Tennessee. "The integration of two of our most prominently used technologies will only help further streamline and enhance learning development within each classroom."
Canvas has millions of active users and is employed by hundreds of universities and colleges in 40 countries. Canvas' K–12 platform also is operated in 49 of the 50 states, helping young students learn with greater ease. Canvas combines innovative education tools, a platform for hosting those tools and institutions using the platform to transform learning and teaching in the classroom. This integration with Microsoft follows other critical Canvas innovations, including a transformation of their user interface.
"Our relationship with Canvas helps us bring the best tools for learning into the classroom. We know teachers and students are strapped for time and we want to help them focus on what's really important: teaching and learning," said Eran Megiddo, corporate vice president of engineering, Education at Microsoft. "By integrating Office 365 with Canvas, teachers and students can now collaborate online with Office 365 including OneNote Class Notebooks, Word, Excel and PowerPoint directly within their Canvas LMS, saving valuable time so the teachers can remain focused on their students and students can leverage the best tools available and focus on learning."
The Canvas and Microsoft integration provides seven main points of interoperability that make using Office 365 and Canvas seamless. Those points are:
Submit files directly from Office 365 into Canvas Assignments.
Access Office 365 documents through SpeedGrader to add feedback.
Link Office 365 documents anywhere you use the Rich Content Editor.
Include Office 365 documents in your Modules.
Create Collaborations using any type of Office document.
Create and grade assignments in your Microsoft OneNote Class Notebook, then push those grades to Canvas.
Sign in to Canvas with your Office 365 login using single sign-on.
About Instructure 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.
Contacts: Shannon Michael Director of Public Relations Instructure (801) 205-6714 [email protected]