Instructure Launches Its New Partner Program

Partners includes Cengage Learning, WizIQ and Pearson's Equella

SALT LAKE CITY, October 19, 2011 – Instructure™ (www.instructure.com) has as launched a new partner program for companies who share a common vision of helping improve education through technology. Instructure invites these companies to leverage the Canvas platform and open APIs by becoming official Instructure partners. The program launches today with a number of partners, including Cengage Learning as a Premier partner and WizIQ and EQUELLA as Certified partners.

“There are so many incredible technologies that make up the ecosystem in this industry, and Instructure wants to keep the ecosystem open,” said Josh Coates, CEO of Instructure. “Instructure is an open company with open source code, an open architecture and open APIs.”

The partner program offers three opportunities for companies to partner with Instructure. The first is the Community program. It is designed for those that want to work with the Canvas Community Edition and who want a low barrier to participate. Partners receive an API key, API documentation and forum support.

The second opportunity for partnership is the Instructure Certified Partner program. For these partners, Instructure will certify the integration work and develop joint marketing initiatives. WizIQ and EQUELLA have had their integration work certified and are recommended by Instructure as tools to use within Canvas to improve learning.

“Instructure has taken an incredibly progressive view of the LMS as a teaching and learning tool. WizIQ is thrilled to be a partner and make its virtual classroom available to Instructure Canvas users,” said Chris Dawson, director of Business Development at WizIQ. “Instructure has made the process very straightforward and Canvas’ open architecture and engineering support has simplified our development and integration efforts.”

Premier partners are those companies that want a customized partnership with Instructure. Both companies dedicate a significant investment of time and both contribute to making the integration a success.

“We are constantly seeking ways to improve the teaching and learning experience through improved integration of technology and content in the classroom,” said William Rieders, executive vice president of Global Strategy & Business Development at Cengage Learning. “Through our relationship with Instructure, we will deliver innovative approaches to solving some of the challenges of using technology to deliver instruction to customers using the Canvas platform.”

Instructure has grown rapidly over the past 10 months, adding more than 70 customers to the Canvas platform. Recently Brown University and New Mexico State University announced they have chosen Canvas for their institutions’ learning platform. For more information on partnering with Instructure, please visit www.instructure.com/partners.

About Instructure

Instructure is a technology company that is focused on improving education. Founded in 2008 by two Computer Science graduate students, Instructure built Canvas - the only commercial open source learning management system and the only LMS native to the cloud. Instructure now services over 75 institutions in higher education and K-12. Investors include OpenView Ventures Partners, EPIC Ventures and TomorrowVentures.

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