Instructure to Use Microsoft Teams as a Default Conferencing Tool in Canvas

At its CanvasCon Online ed tech conference , Instructure will announce that it is expanding a longtime collaboration with Microsoft with new integrated solutions including offering Microsoft Teams meetings as one of the default conferencing tools in Canvas. An improved and fully immersive Teams meetings experience in Canvas will be offered through a Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) app, allowing educators to create meetings, change meeting settings, and easily access meeting recordings from within Canvas. The integration will be offered to Canvas users free, with unlimited usage.

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“This collaboration is going to be focused on creating more elegant, better integrated ways for students to learn, collaborate, and stay engaged,” said Mitch Benson, Chief Product Officer at Instructure. “We have an opportunity to enrich remote and hybrid learning not just in response to the challenges presented by the pandemic, but for the long-long-term.”

While Teams will become a default conferencing tool option inside Canvas, educators can conversely expect to see expansion of the social learning and collaboration workflows with an integration of Canvas back into Teams. Instructure and Microsoft are working together to bring Canvas assignments and quizzes directly into Teams meetings. When an educator wants their students to work on assignments together during class time, students are interacting with the Canvas content while the educator is controlling instruction and the flow of the meeting. Before, during, and after class, educators and students will be able to seamlessly use Canvas tools within their flow of work and collaboration in Teams.

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Educators will see the flow of group and team information between Canvas and Teams for easier team creation and management. The solution will pair Teams with Canvas Courses and Sections.

“Working together, we can continue to develop equitable and powerful tools that help every learner reach their potential,” said Eran Megiddo, Corporate Vice President of Education and Modern Life Experiences at Microsoft. “These solutions are designed to support diverse learning styles and bring together everything teachers and students need for full classroom collaboration in remote, hybrid, and in-person learning environments.”

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