Learning technology company Instructure, the creator of the Canvas learning management system (LMS) for K-12 and higher education, today announced a new platform for crowdsourcing and the social Web. Called Canvas Commons, it's a learning object repository (LOR) where the best ideas, courses and curriculum can be shared, integrated into the Canvas LMS environment.
Canvas Commons will be free and allow Canvas LMS users to do the following:
● Build and share complete courses –users can build and share a complete course, including course activities, outcomes, assignments and quizzes.
● Create a personal learning object repository – Users can create an individual repository to keep to themselves, providing a single, central location for all of their education assets
● Leverage the Canvas Commons database – Users can search for relevant materials (and filter by topic, grade level, institution and resource type) and assemble courses
● Incorporate activities and content from Canvas Commons to Canvas instantly – The integration of Canvas Commons and Canvas allows users to put the best resources from Canvas Commons into their courses on Canvas.
● Selectively share across the entire Canvas network – Institutions can share publicly across the network or share specific learning activities under a license that fits their goals.
Canvas Commons is in a limited pilot and will be made available to Canvas users in the coming months. For more information, visit http://www.canvaslms.com/higher-education/features.