Public Schools of North Carolina Select Canvas by Instructure as its Learning Management System
SALT LAKE CITY — Instructure, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) company and creator of the Canvas learning management system (LMS), today announced that the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has signed a statewide contract to provide negotiated Canvas pricing. The contract covers all local education agency (LEA) and charter schools in North Carolina.
“We selected Canvas after conducting a thorough evaluation with the administration and staff from multiple schools in North Carolina,” said Tracy Weeks, chief academic and digital learning officer at the NC Department of Public Instruction. “We encourage schools to take advantage of the statewide pricing. We’re confident they’ll find Canvas simple to learn and easy to use.”
Canvas is a modern learning management system that sets a new standard for open technology in K-12 and higher education. It has pioneered an effort to create an education technology ecosystem with nearly 200 apps through the vendor neutral EduAppCenter, and as a result, teachers can build their own digital learning environment by packaging together the apps and tools that best meet the needs of their students.
“North Carolina is taking a progressive approach to modernizing the educational experience for its students,” said Mitch Benson, vice president of K-12 at Instructure. “We’re excited to be partnering with the state to provide Canvas and are committed to helping the schools through the implementation process to make it as seamless as possible.”
Administration and staff from the NC Virtual Public School, Rutherford County Schools and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools contributed to the evaluation process. The result is a contract that includes implementation, training, course migration, 24/7 support and more, such as integration with NC Identity and Access Management service, integration with the NC Learning Object Repository (NCLOR) and integration with PowerSchool.
Instructure recently announced a Canvas and Pearson PowerSchool integration, which NC Public Schools use to track and manage student information. The two-way integration between the systems also allows for schools to easily provide a Canvas account using the information they already have stored in PowerSchool. This new feature eliminates the struggle educators have when trying to make student information systems and learning management systems work together.
Canvas services 18 million users from more than 1,200 school districts and universities throughout the world. In North Carolina, Canvas is already in use by ten school districts and three universities, including the Kenan Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina. To learn more about Canvas, visit www.canvaslms.com.
Instructure, Inc. is the software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology company that makes smart software that makes people smarter. Its cloud-based Canvas learning management system (LMS) now connects more than 18 million teachers and learners at more than 1,200 higher ed and K-12 institutions throughout the world. Because learning doesn’t end after graduation, Instructure also offers Bridge, the modern learning and engagement platform that enables organizations of every kind to engage with employees by measuring and improving employee sentiment, alignment and knowledge in real time. Learn more at www.Instructure.com.