SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Canvas by Instructure, the open online learning management system (LMS) that makes teaching and learning easier, announced today that 14 of the top 25 online bachelor’s degree programs use Canvas as their LMS of choice, including four of the top five ranked institutions. This news comes from the recently published U.S. News & World Report list of The Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2018.

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“It’s exciting to see how Canvas is helping top institutions create an engaging educational experience for learners from all walks of life,” said Jared Stein, vice president of higher education product strategy at Canvas. “These institutions motivate us to keep finding ways to make Canvas easier for educators to create engaging experiences that impact student success — even beyond academics.”

Canvas customers named to the U.S. News & World Report top 25 list include Ohio State University—Columbus, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Temple University, Utah State University, Oregon State University, Pennsylvania State University—World Campus, University of Oklahoma, University of Florida, New England Institute of Technology, University of Central Florida, University of Nebraska—Omaha, Colorado State University, Siena Heights University and University of Missouri—St. Louis.

“Over the course of the last five years, we have been focused on growing our online portfolio with a commitment to engaging, high-quality learning,” said Mike Hofherr, vice president and chief information officer at Ohio State University. “Seeing the hard work of our faculty and staff recognized with these rankings is extremely gratifying. We look forward to continuing to expand our offerings and connect with students across the country.”

Ohio State University—Columbus ranked No. 1 in the report and uses Canvas for its growing body of online students. With a flexible academic environment and world-renowned faculty, Ohio State provides students with programs that prepare them for professional careers. The university offers in-state tuition to everyone enrolled in an online class, making a bachelor’s degree feasible and affordable. Together, Ohio State and Canvas give students a meaningful and accommodating learning experience that helps them achieve future success.

“We are thrilled that the University of Oklahoma has been named a U.S. News Top 10 Best Online Programs School,” said Eddie Huebsch, interim vice president & CIO at the University of Oklahoma. “Our Extended Campus learners get to interact with outstanding faculty, engage with cutting edge content and receive a high-quality online user experience. Our department has enjoyed collaborating with Canvas as we further develop our online programs.”

Canvas empowers students to manage their education and connect with faculty and peers conveniently on any device with an internet connection.

“In my view, Canvas has been influential to our success because it has freed us to be innovative,” said Neal Legler, associate director of the Center for Innovative Design and Instruction at Utah State University. “It’s given us an open enough platform that we have been able to extend and harness its capabilities in ways that help us meet our individualized needs, on both a macro and micro level. Plus it’s been easy to get faculty to use.”

As adoption of Canvas continues, universities are seeing it as a vital part of making teaching and learning accessible and easy to use.

“The 2018 U.S. News & World Report ranking marks a special time in the history of Siena’s online programming,” said Siena Heights University Dean for Graduate and Professional Studies Dr. Cheryl Betz. “It is truly gratifying to be recognized for the hard work and continuous investment in online learning Siena Heights University has made over the past 20-plus years, and that includes the recent investment in Canvas.”

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Through open, usable, cloud-based technologies, Canvas enables easy integration of the content, tools and services that teachers need and students want. As the most usable, customizable, adaptable and reliable learning platform (think 99.9% uptime), Canvas is adopted faster and deeper (or, is used in more ways by more users) than any other LMS. So, in the end, investing in 21st-century education technology actually makes teaching and learning easier (like it’s supposed to). Learn more about Canvas at

Instructure, Inc. is a leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology company that makes software that makes people smarter. With a vision to help maximize the potential of people through technology, Instructure created Canvas, Gauge, Arc and Bridge to enable organizations everywhere to easily develop, deliver and manage engaging face-to-face and online learning experiences. To date, Instructure has connected millions of instructors and learners at more than 3,000 educational institutions and corporations throughout the world. Learn more about Canvas for higher ed and K–12, and Bridge for the corporate market, at

Becky Frost
Senior Director, Public Relations


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