EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY

Instructure to Acquire Kimono to Expand Integration and Interoperability with the Instructure Cloud-based Learning Platform

Instructure Holdings, Inc. | November 09, 2021

Instructure Holdings, Inc. (Instructure) today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Kimono, a leader in cloud-based data integration and interoperability for education. A long-time partner, and preferred integration solution of Canvas LMS, Kimono will be rebranded as Elevate Data Sync as it joins the Instructure Learning Platform. Elevate Data Sync is a solution built specifically for education that enables secure syncing of student, staff, and learning data across applications within a school environment.

"The acquisition underscores Instructure's vision of building education's most integrated platform and demonstrates our deep commitment to openness. We want to give schools the freedom of choice to connect with their preferred applications. By incorporating Kimono's adaptable, cloud-based integration and interoperability solution as Elevate Data Sync, we strengthen our ability to more seamlessly connect users with the applications they love."

Steve Daly, CEO of Instructure

Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, the team at Kimono has over 20 years of experience developing integration solutions for K-12 and higher education. The company serves six state education agencies, over 2300 districts, 27,000 schools and universities, and more than 16 million students globally.

The move extends Instructure's learning data integration and rostering capabilities for student information systems (SIS). With bi-directional sharing, Elevate Data Sync ensures data, grades, and rosters stay synchronized between edtech applications and student information systems (SIS). Schools ensure the accuracy, security, and accessibility with complete control of their integrations—sharing only the data elements they choose and only with the applications they authorize. Because Elevate Data Sync is standards-agnostic, it supports industry-standard data models and protocols—such as OneRoster, LIS, SIF, APIs, and CSV—and also offers the flexibility to meet needs of schools and applications.

"We developed an adaptable, cloud-based platform that is the most comprehensive education interoperability solution available," said Steve Curtis, CEO of Kimono. "Adding that technology to the Instructure Learning Platform will accelerate Instructure's plans to provide broad support and deeper integration points to the platform for thousands of edtech providers globally. As a result, schools and higher education institutions will be further empowered to craft the digital learning environment that meets the unique needs of their students."

The Instructure Learning Platform is an open, reliable, and extensible learning ecosystem enabling a digital learning environment for educators, students, and institutions. The platform is made up of several key pillars—such as learning management, assessment, and analytics —that work together to enrich, support, and connect every aspect of teaching and learning. Elevate Data Sync will be a vital part of the platform, driving interoperability and ease of use.

ABOUT INSTRUCTURE
Instructure is an education technology company dedicated to elevating student success, amplifying the power of teaching, and inspiring everyone to learn together. Today the Instructure Learning Platform supports more than 30 million educators and learners around the world.

Spotlight

Earn your master’s degree in software engineering online from Grand Canyon University. GCU, a Christian University, is one of the largest and fastest-growing universities in the country. Our dynamic online learning environment is backed by the legacy of our vibrant traditional campus located in beautiful Phoenix, Arizona and ranked top 20 for Best College Campuses in America.

Spotlight

Earn your master’s degree in software engineering online from Grand Canyon University. GCU, a Christian University, is one of the largest and fastest-growing universities in the country. Our dynamic online learning environment is backed by the legacy of our vibrant traditional campus located in beautiful Phoenix, Arizona and ranked top 20 for Best College Campuses in America.

Related News

EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY

Goodwill and Coursera Introduce Goodwill® Career Coach and Navigator Professional Certificate

Coursera | January 18, 2023

On January 17, 2023, Goodwill Industries International and Coursera announced a collaboration to create the Goodwill Career Coach and Navigator Professional Certificate. The very first certificate of its kind will provide educational content developed from 120 years of Goodwill's history of industry expertise to those who are pursuing a career in workforce development and career navigation. This self-paced course enables development and learning for Goodwill coaches and career navigators by leveraging the power of Coursera's cost-effective online platform. Workforce development resources and tools are also provided to the Goodwill navigators and coaches to enable them to better assist job seekers across the U.S. and Canada. The online training, based on the expertise and experience of local Goodwill career services teams, prepares professionals for employment in the emerging career coaching and navigation profession. Career counselors and navigators help over one million people find jobs, education, and necessary support service, playing an essential role in Goodwill's mission. Accessible, career-focused learning courses that lead to professional certificates help job seekers find good jobs, earn a living wage, and boost local economies. Aspiring professionals who are looking to upscale their skills and enhance workforce development, including Goodwill's nonprofit and community partners, can benefit from the Goodwill Career Coach and Navigator Professional Certificate. Chief Mission Officer of Goodwill Industries International, Martin Scaglione, said, "Goodwill provides career services to help individuals facing barriers reach their potential through the power of work. Employers in local communities find Goodwill to be a trusted source for talent," He further mentioned, "The Goodwill Career Coach and Navigator Professional Certificate not only benefits career services professionals and employers, but most importantly it is a game changer for the individual they both serve, by opening access to opportunity. (Source – GlobeNewswire) About Coursera Launched in 2012 by Stanford Computer Science professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng, Coursera's mission is to offer universal access to top-notch learning. With 102 million registered learners as of March 31, 2022, it is one of the world's largest online learning platforms. Coursera collaborates with over 250 leading industry partners and universities to provide a diverse collection of professional certificates, courses, guided projects, specializations, and bachelor's and master's degrees. Coursera is employed by organizations worldwide to reskill and upskill their employees, students, and citizens in areas such as technology, data science, and business.

Read More

EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY

PowerSchool Updates Solutions to Personalize Learning and Boost Operations

PowerSchool | January 31, 2023

On January 30, 2023, PowerSchool, a provider of cloud-based software for K-12 education, released updates for its PowerSchool Unified InsightsTM and PowerSchool Unified Classroom® solutions. The updates include LearningNav and ContentNav, new data-driven personalized learning products, and a new resource library inside Unified Insights MTSS, providing educators with verified, research-backed tools and strategies. The company also announced time-saving software Clouds, designed to give educators a more connected approach to engaging, planning, and monitoring the unique needs of their students. The National Assessment of Educational Progress's latest "National Report Card" results show the impact of learning disruptions that students have experienced. It illustrates declines in math and reading for fourth and eighth graders in the United States, with math scores experiencing the greatest drop since NAEP testing began in 1990. Each student is at a different stage in their learning journey, indicating that educators require tools and resources to address individual student needs, personalize learning, and optimize their operations. The updates, expected to roll out in the first half of 2023, provide the following: LearningNav, an intelligent platform using machine learning and AI to provide personalized learning paths that adjust to the student's needs. An educator can view a student's starting point, select learning goals, and then review a constantly adapting personalized pathway recommendation for that student. Once the pathway is assigned, students can cover it at their own pace. ContentNav, an update to Unified Classroom, is a one-stop shop for high-quality, pre-approved content that simplifies access to resources such as district-created materials, curated partnership content, and open education resources, which will support teacher instruction. Resource Library, released by PowerSchool Unified Insights MTSS to help educators address students' individual needs. This library will provide educators with vetted, research-backed strategies and tools. The company's new Clouds, that are persona-specific options that have been integrated and built to enhance how educators serve their students by bringing all necessary tools into one centralized location. The six Cloud types offered are Student Information Cloud, Personalized Learning Cloud, Educator Recruitment Cloud, Educator Effectiveness Cloud, Student Success Cloud, and Workforce Development Cloud. About PowerSchool Based in Folsom, California, PowerSchool provides cloud-based K-12 education software. Its mission is to supply the education ecosystem with unified technology that enables educators and students to fulfill their potential in unique ways. Schools and districts can manage state reporting and related compliance, finance, human resources, special education, talent, registration, funding, learning, instruction, assessments, grading, attendance, and analytics in one unified platform. The company serves around 45 million students worldwide, with 12,000+ customers, and sells solutions in over 90 countries.

Read More

EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY

EpicQuest Education Announces Advancement of its International Growth Strategy

EpicQuest Education Group | December 21, 2022

EpicQuest Education Group International Limited , (the "Company" or "EpicQuest Education"), a provider of comprehensive education solutions for domestic and international students interested in college and university programs in the US, Canada and the UK, today announced that on November 10, 2022, the Company expanded its international growth strategy with its signing of a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") with ICBT Campus of Sri Lanka ("ICBT"). The MOU articulates specific partnership programs and collaboration activities between Davis College and EduGlobal College, the Company's two colleges in which it has controlling interests, and ICBT. "With this MOU, we are continuing to implement our strategic growth plan to enter international educational markets. We intend to develop numerous collaborative programs with renowned higher education institutions where we can achieve meaningful opportunities to enhance our students' educational experience, In the meantime, we are also looking into the potential of establishing an operating hub in Sri Lanka to facilitate our expansion into the Southeast Asia market to leverage our educational programming and unique culture of learning to include Viet Nam, Thailand, Malaysia and India. Our leadership team is on the ground in Sri Lanka to help us to execute upon our strategic growth goal to internationalize our student recruiting and academic programming for both Davis College and EduGlobal College." Jianbo Zhang, Chairman and CEO of EpicQuest Education. The purpose of the MOU is to establish opportunities for a formal partnership for franchising the first year of Davis College's Associate Degree academic program and EduGlobal College's university pathway foundation program, both of which are to be delivered at ICBT. Both programs would enable ICBT to issue standard internal certificates and transcripts to students who complete these respective first year studies in Sri Lanka. In addition, students who complete the first year of study of the Davis College Associate Degree program at ICBT will be offered guaranteed placement for the second year of the Associate Degree program at Davis College in the US and university placement to complete their undergraduate degrees. A vital component of EpicQuest Education's strategic growth plan is to have Davis College and EduGlobal College become increasingly involved with international collaborations in order to leverage their distinct academic programming and unique culture of learning. The Company is intent upon offering enhanced globalized learning to its students as well as pathway programs to achieve advanced university degrees. A vital component of the Company's growth plan is to build cross-border relationships and to make strategic acquisitions around the globe to establish EpicQuest Education as a truly international provider of higher learning. About Davis College Davis College was founded in 1858 and is a private, two-year career training college located in Toledo, Ohio. Davis College offers a specialized professional career training curriculum in the fields of business, medical, and early childhood education. The college's mission is to provide marketable skills that enhance the employability of its graduates. Davis College offers coursework flexibility to ensure program success as well as externship opportunities that provide its student population with real-world skill sets prior to graduation. In addition, Davis College has agreements with numerous four-year US universities for 'transfer pathway' programs that pave the way for students from two-year colleges to gain admission while being able to transfer their course credits. Davis College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools with programs authorized by the Ohio Board of Higher Education. For more information, please visit https://www.daviscollege.edu/. About EduGlobal College EduGlobal College is a private college located in the Metro Vancouver area, British Columbia, Canada. EduGlobal College provides English language programs for international students who are seeking academic and career advancement and specializes in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs (also known as English as a Second Language, or ESL, programs) that focus on helping international students acquire the advanced competencies in academic English that will be necessary for them to complete their degree programs. In tandem with its EAP program, EduGlobal College offers first-year university courses and a Master's Academic Preparation Program to help prepare international students who have completed a bachelor's degree and aspire to pursue graduate studies at a Canadian university. EduGlobal College also offers students an innovative model for bridging the gap between private and public sector post-secondary education in Canada through its pathway program. EduGlobal College is approved by The Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training in the Province of British Columbia, Canada.

Read More