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University of Sydney Chooses Canvas to Transform the Teaching and Learning Experience, Helps Deliver Programme of Fundamental Pedagogical Change

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — SEPTEMBER. 12, 2017 — Canvas by Instructure (NYSE:INST), the open online learning management system (LMS) that makes teaching and learning easier, announced today that the University of Sydney has chosen Canvas as its new learning management system (LMS).

Founded in 1850, the University of Sydney is Australia's first university and is regarded as one of the world's leading universities. Continuing to build on its reputation for pushing educational boundaries, Canvas was chosen in a competitive tender process to enable a period of significant pedagogical reform. “Our new curriculum, commencing next year, is aimed at moving away from a content focussed, instructor led approach towards programmes of collaborative, student-driven, experiential discovery,” says Adam Bridgeman, Director of Educational Innovation at the University of Sydney. “By prioritising critical thinking and the ability to successfully apply knowledge in authentic project work, we can help students develop skills which will be valuable throughout their studies, into the workplace and beyond.”

Canvas promises to be the lynchpin in delivering on this strategic priority, enabling the University of Sydney to develop interactive and collaborative learning programmes that foster excellence and innovation, while creating a contemporary online environment that enables flexible and interactive learning.

“Canvas stood out from other Learning Management Systems because of its exceptional usability,” Adam continued. “As a mobile-first solution, Canvas delivers a consistent and intuitive experience across platforms, which is critical in ensuring engagement with a new way of learning.”

Alongside involvement of more than 250 students and staff in detailed evaluation, all staff from across the university were involved in a selection process which saw Canvas score highest in every evaluation criteria, from its cloud-native status and the ability to customise the system with applications to the flexible measurement and reporting it offers. “This was an easy procurement process because of the universal popularity of the system,” continued Adam. “That teachers and students alike have embraced Canvas so enthusiastically, from the very earliest opportunity, means we’re very optimistic about its fulsome and transformative use at the university.”

Troy Martin, Vice President APAC at Canvas, commented, “It’s great to see forward-looking institutions like the University of Sydney work to deliver a more meaningful learning experience, which prioritises skills and knowledge needed beyond the classroom. Preparing students to be flexible, adaptable problem-solvers will be crucial in ensuring employment success in an unknown and unpredictable market—and we’re delighted to be able to join the university in delivering such important pedagogical change.”

Through open, usable, cloud-based technologies, Canvas enables easy integration of the content, tools and services that teachers need and students want. Not surprisingly, listening to users about their needs and wants—then rolling out the most usable, customisable, adaptable and reliable learning platform (think 99.9% uptime)—makes all the difference when it comes to campus-wide LMS adoption. That’s why Canvas is adopted faster and deeper (or, is used in more ways by more users) than any other LMS. So, in the end, investing in 21st century technology for higher education actually makes teaching and learning easier (like it’s supposed to). Learn more about Canvas at

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