Learning Management Systems

Echo360, Instructure Extend Partnership for Improved Analytics, Course Creation

Teaching platform provider Echo360 is adding more functions to offer students and teachers via Instructure's Canvas learning management system (LMS).

In a partnership between the two companies, Echo360 was already allowing instructors the ability to integrate polls, quizzes and other activities into their presentations on the Canvas LMS. Students could already take notes alongside videos, respond in real time, ask anonymous questions, participate in chat forums, bookmark video content for clarification and then compile their activities into personal study guides with links to relevant content.

With the extended partnership between Echo360 and Instructure, faculty members will be able to automatically create courses, using information from Canvas with little or no training necessary. They will also be able to add student engagement and performance data captured in Echo360 into the Canvas gradebook.

Instructors can now view enhanced student analytics, access class captures and course materials and monitor student progress from the Canvas user environment. The links between Canvas and Echo360 are fully compliant with the open learning tools interoperability standard.

"We believe that no instructor should be in the dark about what's going on in their classroom," said Echo360 CEO Fred Singer. "Our integration with Canvas makes it easier and faster for instructors to identify where students are struggling and what lessons and materials are having the greatest impact on learning."

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