Instructure Awards $100,000 in K-12 and Higher Education Grants

Independent Panel of Judges Names 15 Award Recipients

SALT LAKE CITY, March 5, 2014 – Instructure today announced at SXSWedu in Austin, Texas, the winners of Canvas Grants, a program that awards $100,000 in education grants to spur technological innovation from within the education community. The program provides $50,000 for K-12 initiatives and $50,000 for select projects in higher education.

“Our goal is to fuel innovation and creative thinking within the existing educational community,” said Jared Stein, vice president of research and education at Instructure. “We believe the real innovators are those within the education system who focus each day on modernizing the teaching and learning experience. This program aims to support these innovators by providing funds that can help make their ideas a reality.”

In October 2013, Instructure announced the grant program and specific categories for K-12 and higher education. Applicants submitted more than 400 proposals, which were then evaluated by an independent panel of educational leaders, analysts and journalists on the basis of originality, creativity, feasibility and potential to drive meaningful change in the quality of education.

The 10 winners in K-12 will be awarded $5,000 and the five winners in higher education will receive $10,000. The results are as follows:

K-12 Winners

Higher Education Winners

The independent panel of judges included the following:

K-12 Judges

Higher Education Judges

“I saw a great set of proposals and am excited about the energy among the academic community around innovation,” said Josh Kim, a judge for the higher education category and director of digital learning initiatives at Dartmouth. “We need to continue this and other efforts that will pour fuel onto the fire on innovation within education.”

The grant program is the latest in a series of efforts by Instructure to promote innovation from within the educational community. In April 2013, Instructure launched an open API for building educational software applications on a common standard, a key step in establishing a collaborative education technology ecosystem. In May, Instructure partnered with other edtech companies on an “app bounty” that provided cash awards for educational apps built on the LTI standard.

More information about Canvas Grants is available at www.instructure.com/canvasgrants.

About Instructure:
Instructure is a technology company committed to improving education. Instructure provides instructors and students modern tools and resources that empower and simplify the learning experience. Instructure offers Canvas, the open, easy-to-use, cloud-native learning management system, as well as Canvas Network, an index of open, online courses by educators everywhere, from Ivy League institutions to community colleges. To keep learning visit www.instructure.com.

Contacts:

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

Brad Plothow, Method Communications
(801) 461-9777 | brad@methodcommunications.com

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