Canvas Network, a learning management system founded in 2008, joined the MOOC race in November 2012 to offer several university-level MOOCs. Canvas Network is developed by Instructure which partners with several educational institutions worldwide. It gives freedom to institutions to design courses. It stated, “Canvas allows institutions to define the structure of their courses and the approach to teaching that makes the most sense to them.” It offers more than 80 courses for free for anyone who has the passion to learn.
In August 2014, it introduced 15 new K-12 MOOCs among which two were Minecraft MOOCs which allow teachers to automatically sync in-game actions with grades and assignments in Canvas. It aims to leverage ramification’s best practices in classroom with a release of Minecraft App for Canvas. Melissa Loble, senior director of Canvas Network at Instructure, said, “Through Minecraft and other engaging forums, we want to help teachers and students come together to advance education everywhere.”
Deviating from the regular MOOCs for students and teachers in K-20 education, Canvas has also launched a MOOC for parents. The first of its kind is “Parenting in the Digital Age”.