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Instructure Launches Free Learning Object Repository, Canvas Commons

Instructure has launched a limited pilot of Canvas Commons, a new learning object repository that integrates with the Canvas learning management system.

Instructure describes Canvas Commons as “a new platform that will allow educators to harness the power of crowdsourcing and the social web. Called Canvas Commons, it is a repository of learning objects where the best ideas, courses and programs can be freely shared, all in a transparent way. integrated into the Canvas LMS environment. ”

The system, designed for Kindergarten to Grade 12 and higher education, was developed with guidance from a consortium of universities under the umbrella of Unizin, including Colorado State University, Indiana University, the ‘University of Florida and University of Michigan. Unizin will be the first organization to pilot Canvas Commons.

Canvas Commons features include:

  • The ability to create and share courses, course materials, assessments and other resources;
  • The ability to maintain a repository of private learning objects;
  • Integration with the Canvas learning management system, including the ability to share material from Canvas Commons;
  • Support for the public and selective sharing of specific resources; and
  • Search tools, including filters for subjects, grade levels, type and institution.

“Unizin is committed to providing its members with cutting-edge tools, based on open standards, and with the usability and depth to host a sustainable ecosystem,” said Amin Qazi, CEO of Unizin, in a prepared statement. . “Having an open forum like Canvas Commons that educators can call their own supports Unizin’s core mission. “

“Teachers and designers often create personalized learning resources – or simply accept the material passed to them – because it is difficult to find and integrate verified, relevant and open content, activities and assessments,” said Jared Stein, vice president of research and education at Instructure. “Canvas Commons not only makes it possible to find and reuse the best and brightest teaching ideas in the world, but also to revise, remix and, of course, redistribute these activities in the community. “

Canvas Commons is expected to be released in its entirety “in the next few months,” according to Instructure. It will be free for Canvas LMS users. Further details will be available on canvaslms.com.

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