Props are owed to companies like Blackboard and Moodle for being early movers in the educational software space, particularly in helping catalyze innovation in learning management systems (LMS). The problem is, of course, they got their start over a decade ago, and haven’t always elicited raving reviews from students and schools.
Blackboard has continued to expand its suite of tools, and the ever-growing-features of LMSes like Sakai, Edmodo, Desire2Learn and Schoology are finding bigger and bigger audiences. The Salt Lake City-based Instructure launched Canvas in 2011, hoping to one-up a crowded field of competitors and give colleges and universities a more “modern,” cloud-centric alternative.
Taking cues from Moodle, Instructure designed Canvas to be open source to let third-parties contribute to create more rapid development and bug fixes, while going one step further by avoiding Flash, offering a mobile product, APIs and scalable hosting. But, traditionally, the problem has…
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