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Leading Scandinavian Institutions Migrate to Canvas by Instructure as New Learning Management System

Canvas is now used by more than 50 European educational institutions to improve the student experience and enable teachers to enhance education

LONDON — June 23, 2015 — Instructure, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) company and creator of the Canvas learning management system (LMS), today announced that three leading Scandinavian institutions have selected Canvas as their new LMS.

University College Nordjylland (UCN) in Aalborg, Denmark, Lovisenberg diakonale høgskole (LDH) in Oslo, Norway and Luleå Tekniska Universitet (LTU) in Luleå, Sweden, will all migrate to Canvas from their legacy learning management systems.

Canvas is a modern LMS that sets a new standard for open technology in education. Built to meet the requirements of contemporary students, teachers and institutions, Canvas enables teachers to plan and schedule courses, while keeping students up-to-date with their own progress via personalised mobile and social notifications.

“After going through several mergers, we wanted to standardise on one modern and easy-to-use LMS for our whole institution across five locations in Denmark. We did thorough evaluations and included stakeholders from across the institution in the selection process. Ultimately, we chose Canvas based on its ease-of-use, open architecture and scalability,” commented Thomas Mark, director at UCN.

“Luleå University of Technology is internationally renowned for its close collaboration with the industry and other stakeholders, and since global technological companies choose Luleå as their northern European hub, we expect to see an increased demand for our graduates and their knowledge. Our students need modern, social and easy-to-use tools at the University. Canvas has the modern software-as-a-service platform that will enable us to support our students better and deliver a world-class education,” said Anders Nordin, CIO at LTU.

“At Lovisenberg, we have a 1:1 iPad programme, enabling the nurses that study at our institution to benefit from a modern social and mobile learning environment. These new requirements demand a new LMS so that our students will have the best support, guaranteeing they are ready to address the demands of the modern workplace in healthcare,” stated Pål Hægland, project manager of Canvas at Instructure.

In addition to Canvas, Instructure offers online applications that help enhance the learning environment for the education market. Canvas Catalog allows institutions to host their own branded courses and present their course catalogue online. Canvas Network, the company’s massive open online course (MOOC) platform, allows any institution that wants to run an open course to benefit from our popular, scalable, secure global platform for free.

“Scandinavian institutions educate the future workforce and researchers of that technologically-advanced society. Due to a lack of competition in their local LMS market, they have not benefited from modern technology, mobile and social applications and tools that allow their teachers to try out new pedagogical scenarios like flipped classrooms and blended learning,” said Heather Kane, Vice President of International Markets at Instructure.

“Our open-source, software-as-a-service platform combined with the best service record in the LMS marketplace will enable these institutions to stay ahead of the curve and provide the best experience to all their teachers and learners. I applaud Lovisenberg, UCN and Luleå for being the leaders in their markets and their commitment to innovation and excellence,” Kane continued.

About Luleå Technical University
Luleå University of Technology is Scandinavia’s most northerly university of technology, and offers world-class research and education. The university’s research is conducted in close collaboration with companies such as Bosch, Ericsson, Scania, LKAB, SKF and leading international universities. Luleå University of Technology has a current annual turnover of SEK 1.6 billion. The university currently has 1,700 employees and 19,000 students.

About University College of North Denmark
University College of North Denmark (UCN) offers more than 40 programmes and career opportunities for Danish and international students who pursue careers in a professional context. UCN offers 18 English-taught programmes in a flexible 4+3 semester system. UCN programmes and courses combine high academic skills with practical experience. UCN is a university college that offers applied academic learning and a real life approach.

About Lovisenberg Diakonale Høgskole
Lovisenberg diakonale høgskole (LDH) was the first college in Norway to offer nursing training. Since 1868, the College has been a driving force for knowledge-based nursing, in which care for your neighbour has been at its core. Even today quality and charity are the values upon which all education programs at the college are based.

About Instructure
Instructure, Inc. is the software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology company that makes smart software that makes people smarter. Its cloud-based Canvas learning management system (LMS) now connects millions of teachers and learners at more than 1,200 institutions throughout the world. Learn more at

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