Mannheim Business School and Frankfurt School of Finance & Management choose Canvas to deliver social, collaborative and blended learning
German business schools embrace cloud-based, open digital learning environment
5 October 2017 — Canvas by Instructure (NYSE:INST) the online learning management system (LMS) that makes teaching and learning easier, has announced that Mannheim Business School, and Frankfurt School of Finance & Management have selected Canvas to deliver a compelling and engaging student experience and to support continued professional development.
Canvas will help the institutions build an immersive learning environment, providing a crucial bridge to industry for students, and deliver compelling, relevant and flexible professional development to those already in employment. From teaching collaboration and teamwork, to harnessing the digital technologies used in the workforce, Canvas will be key in providing the skills needed for employment and career development.
Wolfgang Weicht, Innovation and Digitalization Officer from Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, commented: “This was probably the quickest procurement decision we’ve ever made. From the moment we saw its user interface, we knew that Canvas would be widely adopted by our tech-savvy and discerning student base. It’s clean and easy to navigate, and mirrors the online experience of slick social media platforms, which students are comfortable and happy using. Ease of use and good design can’t be under-estimated in technology — and Canvas has that in spades.”
Mannheim Business School, which switched from Blackboard, is committed to an institution-wide, cloud-focused IT strategy, providing accessible and flexible technology assets, which can adapt and scale as the institution grows. Canvas will form an integral part of this strategy, allowing courses to be delivered anytime, on any device, and allowing flexible and collaborative learning.
Dr. Florian Heger, Director of IT at Mannheim Business School, also commented on the efficiencies Canvas will bring to the institution. “Canvas will ultimately help teachers do what they do best: teach. Creating content, grading and feedback are quicker and easier with Canvas, while still being comprehensive and valuable. Teachers and students will reap the rewards of the new system very quickly, and will benefit from less time on admin and more time teaching and learning.”
Kenny Nicholl, VP Instructure EMEA, said: “Business Schools like Mannheim and Frankfurt are crucial in delivering skilled and capable recruits into industry, but their work doesn’t stop there. One of the biggest opportunities for business schools is to offer ongoing professional development, helping corporations across the region ensure their employees are primed for continued success. Canvas is the ideal partner for this approach; our flexible, online, platform helps create collaborative and independent learners with the skills required to make an immediate impact in employment — and for a lifetime of continued learning. We’re looking forward to helping Mannheim Business School and Frankfurt School of Finance & Management in their mission to provide valuable and tangible education that helps students throughout their education and into the working world.”
Instructure, Inc. is a leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology company that makes software that makes people smarter. With a vision to help maximise the potential of people through technology, Instructure created Canvas and Bridge to enable organizations everywhere to easily develop, deliver and manage engaging face-to-face and online learning experiences. To date, Instructure has connected millions of instructors and learners at more than 3,000 educational institutions and corporations throughout the world. Learn more about Canvas for higher ed and K–12, and Bridge for the corporate market at www.canvaslms.eu.
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