SALT LAKE CITY — April 14, 2022 — Instructure Holdings, Inc. (Instructure) today announced it has completed the acquisition of partner Concentric Sky, the makers of Badgr.
Currently the default micro-credentialing tool within Canvas LMS, Badgr will be rebranded as “Canvas Badges” as it joins the Instructure Learning Platform. Canvas LMS customers can also upgrade to Badgr Pro’s advanced suite of tools in new “Canvas Credentials,” offering unlimited badging, leaderboards, analytics and personalized pathway progress visualizations. The deal underscores Instructure’s commitment to building the education industry’s most integrated teaching and learning platform to support lifelong learning.
“We know colleges and universities are seeking innovative new ways to support non-traditional learners and that those students want greater agency to demonstrate skills and achievements to potential employers,” said Steve Daly, CEO of Instructure. “With Badgr, the Concentric Sky team has developed the gold standard for verifiable, skill-aligned micro-credentials, fast becoming the currency between learning outcomes and employment opportunities. This deal enables us to continue to expand the Instructure Learning Platform to support the evolving needs of all types of educational institutions and the diverse student populations they serve.”
According to Instructure’s 2021 State of Student Success and Engagement in Higher Education survey, preparing students for post-graduate careers is the #1 concern, however, administrators and students agree that this is where institutions struggle most. 84% of respondents defined student success as work/career readiness, a rise from 78% in 2020. Skills-based learning also emerged as a priority, with 70% of respondents saying that having definable skills is more important than course titles or a degree.
Whether as part of K12, a traditional undergraduate program or non-traditional programs like certificates and boot camps, Canvas Credentials allows schools to seamlessly award badges that verify and track academic achievements, including competency-based education (CBE). Canvas Credentials is the leading credentialing platform with stackable learning pathways and shareable learner records. By incorporating Canvas Credentials’ stackable digital credentialing technology, Instructure empowers schools to help students navigate personalized learning journeys and enables them to carry proof of their academic achievements and skills development throughout their life.
Founded in 2005, Concentric Sky has grown to nearly 90 employees and serves millions of users by providing recognition from over 25,000 issuing organizations in 160 countries. Concentric Sky has been a long-time contributor to the field of open technology standards, joining forces with the MacArthur Foundation to lead the development of Open Badges 2.0 in 2015 and co-founding the Open Skills Network in 2020.
“From day one we’ve been focused on helping learning organizations connect people to opportunities and delivering a more equitable future by changing the way the world recognizes achievement,” said Wayne Skipper, founder and CEO of Concentric Sky. “The power of the Instructure Learning Platform is its commitment to openness and equity, and our two companies share a fundamental belief in the importance of open technology standards for advancing equity in education. Instructure has demonstrated a strong desire to carry that work forward and I feel confident that together we can accelerate our mission to advance learning at every level.”
The Instructure Learning Platform is an open, reliable, and extensible learning ecosystem enabling a digital learning environment for educators, students, and institutions. The platform is made up of several key pillars — such as learning management, assessment, and analytics — that work together to enrich, support, and connect every aspect of teaching and learning. Canvas Badges and Canvas Credentials will be vital parts of the learning management pillar, which also includes Canvas LMS. As part of Instructure’s deep commitment to openness, Canvas LMS will continue to support the seamless integration of other third-party credential management and badging solutions.
Instructure (NYSE: INST) is an education technology company dedicated to elevating student success, amplifying the power of teaching, and inspiring everyone to learn together. Today the Instructure Learning Platform supports more than 30 million educators and learners around the world.