InSpace touts easy availability on Canvas as new generation of edtech services seeks wider audiences

by Jeremy

Dive Brief:

  • On Wednesday, virtual education communication platform InSpace announced full integration with the learning management system Canvas, whichInSpace’ss CEO said she hopes she will enable the platform to grow its user base.
  • One-year-old InSpace saysit’ss currently used by educators at more than 100 colleges and K-12 schools. Over 6,000 schools and universities in 70-plus countries use the fast-growing Canvas learning management system.
  • InSpace is integrating its product with other learning management systems, as well. Its CEO expects additional announcements soon.

Dive Insight:

The integration reflects growth efforts and staying power among remote learning products born amid the pandemic, according to edtech sector experts. It fits into a trend of vendors, investors, and educators trying to reshape the market in the wake of colleges” rushed move to fully remote learning after the coronavirus began to spread in the spring of 2020 — and educators” frustrations with existing tools” limitations.

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Engage, another digital learning platform for colleges designed as an alternative to Zoom, raised $33 million in a Series A funding round, it said in May. That brought its total increased to $47 million.”It’ss a sign of the new permanence of virtual/remote learning solutions by schools,” Trace Urdan, managing director at investment banking and consulting firm Tyton Partners, said in an email. InSpace bills itself as a”socially intuitive video conferencing platform” created by educators. It tries to replicate the in-classroom experience — where students can move around, form groups, find study spaces, and share content — more closely than many better-known video-conferencing platforms.

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