By Mark Tullis | Posted - Jul 27th, 2023

 

 

 

 

Instructure and Khan Academy Announce Partnership

Today, Instructure and Khan Academy announced a partnership bringing together Canvas, the anchor of the Instructure Learning Platform, and Khan Academy’s AI-powered student tutor and teaching assistant, Khanmigo. The integrated solution will put the transformative power of generative AI into the hands of students and educators using the Canvas learning environment, say these leading ed tech providers.

Generative AI represents an opportunity to enhance the role of technology in supporting educators and creating efficiencies in their day-to-day instruction. This new solution will harness this transformative moment by enabling educators with an integrated Khanmigo experience that supports human-driven, technology-enhanced essay feedback and grading, lesson planning and rubric creation. This solution is a large step forward in delivering personalization for each student while allowing busy educators to scale their excellence and impact in ways unimaginable a few short months ago.

For students, the use of generative AI presents significant opportunities and challenges. In a world filled with intelligent agents and easily-accessed answers, the need for tools that guide, enhance and support active learning is critical. Initially focusing on student writing, Instructure and Khan Academy aim to support student learning through Khanmigo’s tutoring capabilities. By helping students use generative AI ethically, equitably, and with integrity, demonstrating an authentic work product becomes easy and clear. 

“Generative AI, and tools like ChatGPT, have been a part of every conversation I have had this year with leaders, learners and instructors across our global education community,” said Instructure CEO Steve Daly. “This partnership with Khan Academy and its deep expertise in generative AI will deliver a powerful solution for one of the world’s largest education communities—delivering an intentional, secure and equitable experience that promotes impactful learning experiences for all.”

Instructure’s Learn Platform independent research team, along with Khan Academy’s educational research team, will jointly design research for early adopters, to measure the impact of these tools on student outcomes—delivering insight into the efficacy of the tools and the utilization of AI to assist teachers and students in achieving their learning outcomes.

“Every educator we talk to is seeking ways to address students using ChatGPT to write school essays and do homework," said Sal Khan, founder and CEO of Khan Academy. “How can classrooms use AI tools, while ensuring students develop critical thinking skills? We're teaming up with Instructure to solve this. We're using AI to show teachers not just the final essay, but how the student got there. So students will be supported in developing critical writing and thinking skills, while getting the benefit of AI designed for education. Khanmigo can also help with rubric creation and grading, saving teachers time. Students won’t get answers, but they will get appropriate levels of support.” 

Instructure and Khan Academy will bring Canvas and Khanmigo together for a cohort of K-12 and Higher Ed design partners and early adopters during the 2024-2025 school year. Institutions interested in piloting this solution can visit Instructure's website and sign up in the Emerging AI Marketplace.

Instructure (NYSE: INST) is a Salt Lake City-based education technology company dedicated to elevating student success, amplifying the power of teaching, and inspiring everyone to learn together. The Instructure Learning Platform, comprised of its flagship product Canvas LMS and several products serving K-12 and higher education, supports tens of millions of educators and learners in over 100 countries worldwide. Learn more at www.instructure.com. 

Khan Academy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Mountain View, CA, on a mission to provide free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Its platform includes over 70,000 practice problems, videos, and articles covering a wide range of preK-14 subjects. Khan Academy’s mastery-based learning system allows students to learn key concepts at a pace that’s right for them before moving on to more challenging content. The company also has an award-winning free app, Khan Academy Kids, for young children ages two to eight. Kahn Academy partners with over 500 schools and districts across the country that serve students who are historically under-resourced. Districts use Khan Academy Districts and MAP Accelerator to help teachers differentiate instruction. Worldwide, more than 140 million registered learners have used Khan Academy in 190 countries and 51 languages. Khan Academy has documented its impact on student learning. 

 
Mark Tullis
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Mark Tullis - Mark is Co-founder and Editor of TechBuzz News. Born and raised in Ogden, Utah, Mark attended Weber State, Brigham Young, and Tufts Universities. He has been involved in tech, media, publishing and education since the 1980s. He enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, and playing the saxophone.

 

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