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June 16, 2015 07:00 ET

Instructure and Echo360 Extend Partnership to Increase Student Engagement and Improve Learning Outcomes

RESTON, VA--(Marketwired - June 16, 2015) - As research increasingly shows that student engagement has a positive impact on student success, Instructure and Echo360 are extending their partnership to ensure that instructors have the tools and data needed to improve learning in and beyond the classroom for students in institutions using both company's solutions worldwide.

Today, teaching and learning platform provider Echo360 joins Instructure as a Certified Partner, making it easier for educators using Instructure's Canvas learning management system to engage students and access real-time insight about how their students are interacting with course materials, content, and peers via Echo360.

Echo360 is also announcing two important new capabilities for institutions based on open standards-based integration between Canvas and Echo360:

  • Automatic Course Creation - generates courses, sections and enrolled students in Echo360 using information from Canvas with no training or effort on the part of the instructor.
  • Gradebook Integration - optionally adds valuable student engagement and performance data captured in Echo360 to the Canvas Gradebook.

Through these powerful links, instructors using Canvas can now view enhanced student analytics, access class captures and course materials, and monitor student progress from the Canvas user environment. Unlike other companies' proprietary interfaces, these links between Canvas and Echo360 are fully compliant with the open Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) standard to ensure maximum flexibility and reliability for institutions.

"We believe that no instructor should be in the dark about what's going on in their classroom," said Fred Singer, CEO of Echo360. "Our integration with Canvas makes it easier and faster for instructors to identify where students are struggling and what lessons and materials are having the greatest impact on learning."

More than 1,200 institutions have adopted Canvas as their learning management system, and over 8,000 classrooms are using Echo360.

"Through the expanded integration with Echo360, instructor work can be streamlined and new insights into student engagement revealed," said Melissa Loble, Vice President, Partners and Programs at Instructure. "The instructor-centric tools from Echo360 are a great complement to the support Canvas provides institutions. We're excited to announce them as a Certified Partner as we continue to support institutions' most critical work."

Instructure formally reviews and certifies the technical integrations for its Canvas Certified Partners. These integrations empower educational institutions to provide faculty, teachers and learners a seamless ecosystem of educational technologies.

The Echo360 cloud-based platform allows students to better engage with course materials, ask questions during class in an anonymous and risk-free way, and engage with instructors and peers any time and anywhere. Instructors also have access to powerful learner analytics to identify at-risk students and measure learning outcomes. The integration with Instructure improves the suite of tools and information instructors have at their fingertips to continuously support the learning process.

About Echo360:
Echo360 believes that improved outcomes start with great moments in the classroom. Developed by educators, Echo360 helps instructors capture and extend those moments to improve student engagement before, during and after class. Through our Active Learning Platform, students have 24/7 access to classroom discussion, presentation materials, and the lecture itself. We generate data that helps instructors and institutions identify problems early and take action. Today, Echo360 technologies are used by over 2M students in 8,000 classrooms at 600 institutions across 30 countries. Echo360 is backed by Revolution Growth led by Steve Case, Ted Leonsis and Donn Davis.

About Instructure:
Instructure, Inc. is the software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology company that makes software that makes people smarter. Its cloud-based Canvas learning management system (LMS) has now connected more than 18 million teachers and learners at over 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 about Canvas at www.CanvasLMS.com.

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