With 4.5M Users, Instructure Takes On The Courseras & Udacities Of The World With Its Own Open Course Network

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http://techcrunch.com – Instructure launched Canvas in 2011 to give educational institutions an alternative to the ubiquitous (but much criticized) software of educational giants like Blackboard. Rather than forcing schools to spend six months integrating and learning how to use inflexible and bloated learning management software, Canvas offers an open source and cloud-native system that is accessible to all students and educators, easy to use (avoids Flash) and mobile, while offering developers a set of APIs and scalable server capacity. Since then, Instructure has raised $9 million and has seen its LMS adopted by 3 (IT news)