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Cisco Networking Academy Moves to Cloud-Based LMS

Teachers, administrators, and students who are part of the Cisco Networking Academy will soon have access to a cloud-based LMS. Cisco Networking Academy, which provides information and communications technology education through universities, community colleges, and high schools around the globe, has selected Canvas from Instructure as the LMS portion of its new platform, Cisco NetSpace.

The Instructure Canvas cloud-native LMS offers features such as audio and video embedding, online testing, assignment submission, speed grading, video and live chat, and reporting and analytics. Google Calendar, iCal, or Outlook users can subscribe to class calendars; users can receive notifications through e-mail, Facebook, or text message; and teachers can set and track learning outcomes online. Canvas is accessible through any Internet-connected computer or through iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch devices with Canvas for iOS.

"We believe everything is moving to the cloud," said Amy Christen, vice president of corporate affairs at Cisco, in a prepared statement. "We chose Canvas because it's native to the cloud and provides an open platform that integrates well with other technology."

Cisco Networking Academy is a nonprofit organization that operates as a public-private partnership between Cisco and educational institutions around the world. It provides education in information and communications technologies, from basic computer skills to complex networking expertise. Cisco Networking Academy partners with more than 10,000 universities, community colleges, and high schools in more than 165 countries and in 17 languages, reaching more than a million students per year.

Further information about Canvas is available on the Instructure site.

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