The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) announced it is partnering with education software developer Instructure to help make digital learning environments more inclusive and equitable.

As part of the multi-year partnership, OLC and Instructure will collaborate on research projects and utilize Canvas Learning Management System tools to “enrich, support, and connect aspects of equitable and inclusive digital learning.”

“The pandemic demonstrated how important it is to ensure that faculty and students alike have access to robust and detailed technical documentation, training, and support,” said Angela Gunder, chief academic officer of the OLC. “Our partnership will enable us to share a plurality of digital learning practices that educators can employ across contexts to better address the needs of our students.”

Over the multi-year term, the partnership will include:

  • Hosting OLC professional development courses on the Canvas Learning Management System.
  • OLC member access to Canvas Studio, access to the subscription training portal, project consulting and support services.
  • Instructure as a partner on OLC’s Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning 2021 leadership development program, providing scholarships for participants.
  • OLC as a partner in the Instructure Edtech Collective, a recently launched community of innovative companies and educators working together using a leading learning platform to create an open and extensible ecosystem.

“There has never been a more critical time to forge deep partnerships and leverage our collective strength in the form of diverse communities of practice, specifically around technology usage in the classroom,” said Melissa Loble, Instructure’s chief customer success officer. “These professional development programs are designed for the modern learner with technology at its core. By partnering with OLC we can reach more educators and impact more learners.”

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