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Two Education Establishments in the UK Select Canvas as New Virtual Learning Environment

Momentum builds for Canvas as it signs Bury College and Walton Girls’ High School and Sixth Form

London, 27 January, 2015 — Bury College, Bury, and Walton Girls’ High School and Sixth Form, Grantham, have both selected Canvas by Instructure as their virtual learning environment (VLE). The institutions have signed up to the software-as-a-service VLE in the past month after searching for a better learning experience than their existing legacy systems offered.

During the selection process, Bury College and Walton Girls’ High School and Sixth Form reviewed a number of VLE options available, and chose Canvas based on the platform’s ease of use and quick implementation process. Canvas is native to the cloud and its apps on iOS and Android differentiated the platform from competing solutions.

Explaining why the college selected Canvas, Andy Tomlinson, director of innovation at Bury College, commented:

“Bury College was looking for a VLE that would future proof us and enrich the learning experience for our students. As an engaging and easy-to-use VLE, Canvas is student-focused with excellent functionalities, especially on mobile, which will help us gain an edge in the competitive education sector.”

Jonathan Perry, eLearning coordinator at Walton Girls’ High School and Sixth Form, also commented:

“As a creative learning community, Walton Girls’ High School and Sixth Form is dedicated to helping individuals fulfil their full potential. In an increasingly digital world, we see technology shaping a major part of our pupil’s development. Canvas appealed to us as a tool that could both support our teaching curriculum by delivering staff training and empower students outside the classroom by connecting them to additional resources and learning tools. We chose Canvas because it was built for the mobile world, offering a fully featured and integrated set of apps, which are ideal for our tech-savvy students and teachers who are looking to engage with the most intuitive tech.”

Director EMEA at Instructure, Kenny Nicholl, commented:

“As institutions search for the next generation in learning platforms, we are delighted to be working with Bury College and Walton Girls’ High School and Sixth Form. By putting modules, courses and even entire programmes online, as well as offering students a growing number of multimedia tools to engage with, these institutions are adapting their offerings to appeal to tech-minded learners. An easy-to-use, robust and adaptable VLE platform will be the foundation of learning in the 21st century as leading institutions like these seek to deliver engaging and immersive educational experiences.”

Instructure is constantly innovating to meet the demands of its growing client base. The company recently introduced Canvas Commons to enable shared content and collaboration across the Canvas cloud. This was developed to meet popular demand from teachers and lecturers to discover lesson plans, assignments, quizzes and even full courses that are free and easy to incorporate into the Canvas VLE.

Instructure launched Canvas in February 2011 and has since attracted more than 1,000 institutions. It opened its London office in March 2014, and today it services more than 16 million teachers and students from around the world, ranging from further education colleges to leading universities.

About Instructure
Instructure, Inc. developed the Canvas virtual learning environment to make teaching and learning easier for everyone, everywhere. Canvas empowers learning in every context with open, usable SaaS technologies. And through Canvas Network, Instructure provides a cloud platform where teachers, learners, and institutions worldwide can connect and chart their own course for personal growth, professional development and academic inquiry.

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Devin Knighton, Director of Public Relations at Instructure
(801) 722-8187 |
Twitter: @devinknighton |

Katie Tidmarsh, Hotwire PR
Tel: 0207 608 8368 |

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