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Salt Lake City – Instructure recently announced new technology for its Canvas learning management system (LMS) that encourages participation and records more of the educational experience that occurs in the classroom, enabling teachers to blend in-person instruction with digital efficiencies.
By capturing real-time analytics and innovating toward a concept called "lossless learning," the suite uses on-the-fly feedback to help educators make the most of every interaction with their students by recording comprehension and skills assessment in face-to-face educational settings.
"Online learning trends like massive open online courses (MOOCs) have dominated the public conversation around education in recent years, overshadowing the tremendous potential for technology in the physical classroom," said Jared Stein, vice president of research and education at Instructure. "While face-to-face education is still the primary mode of teaching in our digital age, it has been difficult for educators to seamlessly assess and track learning when their attention should be on interacting with their students. These new tools change that."
Revealed at InstructureCon, Instructure's annual user conference in Park City, this new functionality marks a breakthrough in measuring the effectiveness of learning opportunities within the classroom and will allow educators to adjust instruction to meet individual, personalized needs of students. The suite moves education closer toward lossless learning by focusing on active learning that itself generates data on student participation and performance, even in the face-to-face classroom.
The release includes two mobile apps designed specifically to improve in-classroom education as well as new features that enhance the Canvas LMS and Learning Mastery Gradebook experiences. The new features will be made available at no additional cost to the entire Canvas user base, which includes more than 13 million educators and students at 800 colleges, universities and K-12 school districts around the world.
"We are excited to see the impact of this new functionality in thousands of classrooms around the world," Stein said. "Lossless learning and personalized, iterative instruction have been practically impossible in physical settings until now, as educators would have to spend hours trying to retroactively document the learning that takes place in their classrooms. This technology suite is the most significant milestone to date in blending the power of face-to-face instruction with the efficiency of technology."