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Instructure files for IPO

Instructure, the company that develops the learning management system Canvas, has filed with the Securities Exchange Commission for an initial public offering, the company announced Monday. The private equity firm Thoma Bravo, which focuses on technology companies, acquired Instructure in March 2020 for $2 billion, removing it from public trade as schools and universities shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic and moved to online learning platforms. Emily Bamforth has the details.

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Arizona State U. plans digital learning record launch

Arizona State University plans to launch a new app, called Pocket, as a decentralized digital student record beginning in Spring 2022, with goals to create a network nationwide of participating institutions. The university showcased the new technology, backed by blockchain, during ASU’s Digital Trust Summit in June. Digital learning records that are decentralized through platforms like Pocket are designed to give students more control over their data. Emily has it.

Howard U. names interim CIO

Howard University last week announced Olga Osaghae, the institution’s director of enterprise applications, as its interim chief information officer. Administrators said Osaghae, who’s been with the institution for 13 years, will begin on July 2 as the Washington, D.C., university continues a national search to replace Jonathan Piersol, who served as CIO since 2018. The university, which serves just under 10,000 students, is also planning a move next year to Workday’s student information system software. According to the project’s website, the university started the move to Workday in June 2020. Check out the full story on Edscoop.

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