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Submissions Open for Canvas Grants

Instructure has opened submissions for its annual Canvas Grants, a program that distributes $100,000 in grants to projects that spur innovation in learning in both K-12 and higher education.

Jared Stein, vice president of research and education at Instructure, said the focus this year will be on "lossless learning."

Stein said lossless learning is a concept introduced at his company's InstructureCon this summer which aspires to eliminate the loss of information in the learning process — lost instruction, participation, engagement or assessment.

"Canvas Grants is aimed at helping anyone turn a great idea into reality," he said, "whether that's by designing new technology or testing instructional strategies that move us one step closer toward lossless learning."

Two teams of judges, one for higher ed and the other for K-12, will grant five $10,000 grants to higher ed projects and 10 $5,000 grants to K-12 projects.

Last year's competition had more than 400 submissions with the winning entries ranging from a Philadelphia administrator who wanted to help inner-city students record stories about their communities and air them on TV to a librarian who wanted to outfit a makerspace at her school with Legos and MinecraftEdu.

Submissions will be accepted through January 23 and winners will be announced at the SXSWEdu conference in March in Austin, TX. For details, go to

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