Instructure Launches Canvas Catalog
Instructure, the technology company serving the academic market through its Canvas learning management system (LMS), today launched Canvas Catalog, a white-label platform that enables any institution, government entity, university or K-12 school to create a branded index of online courses.
“We think the next step in the MOOC experiment is to help institutions harness the power of open, online learning within the fold of their institutional identity,” said Melissa Loble, senior director of Canvas Network, Instructure’s response to the MOOC phenomenon. “Through Canvas Catalog, institutions can also provide preparatory programs, continuing professional development and community-based lifelong learning experiences.”
Whereas MOOCs have traditionally been housed on common platforms that span multiple institutions, Canvas Catalog shifts the emphasis back to the institutional level. It empowers them to produce and market their online courses with their own look and feel. With Canvas Catalog, they can build custom-branded Web sites that allow content creators from any type of institution to build a marketplace or storefront for their course offerings. This gives students and learners a one-stop shop where they can register, enroll, pay and begin taking courses. It also eliminates the need for institutions to build their own front-end course catalog, which is a time-consuming, complicated and expensive process that may not integrate with other systems within the rest of the institution.
The versatile platform can be customized for higher education, professional development and a variety of other online learning contexts, including K-12. Pasco County Schools, for example, has an e-school with online courses that is set to roll out Canvas Catalog in the coming months.
“Our students, parents and teachers often need to go to as many as five different Web sites to access their courses,” saidJoAnne Glenn, principal of Pasco eSchool. “With Catalog’s easy-to-use interface, everything is in one place, streamlining our entire process.”
Academic Partnerships, one of the largest representatives of online learning in the United States and around the world, is launching Catalog in connection with its Specializations initiative, which helps its partner universities capitalize on the globalization of higher education through a new global credential. The initiative will run on the AP Open Network, which is powered by Canvas Catalog.
“The AP Open Network is a fully integrated global student engagement and online course delivery system that supports the entire student lifecycle from recruitment, registration and payment to multilingual course delivery, tracking, reporting and credentialing,” said AP Vice Chairman Rob Ganji. “Through our strategic partnership with Instructure, the Canvas Catalog is helping to make an ambitious initiative like ours a reality.”
Through Canvas Catalog, administrators can:
- Create public course offerings and custom course landing pages
- Identify collections of courses to create specializations or programs
- Effectively market courses and course catalogs
- Issue discounts or promotion codes
- Automatically distribute certificates and other recognitions of completion
- Accept payment for courses
The robust platform solves many of the issues administrators and students are faced with. It keeps course information all in one place, providing a simple, central location for all who need to access an institution’s course offerings. It also allows for straightforward registration and payment for courses.
Instructure, Inc. developed the Canvas learning management system to make teaching and learning easier for everyone, everywhere. Canvas empowers learning in every context with open, usable SaaS technologies. And through Canvas Network, Instructure provides a cloud platform where teachers, learners and institutions worldwide can connect and chart their own course for personal growth, professional development and academic inquiry. Learn more at www.instructure.com.
Matt Reichman, Method Communications
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