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The Canvas Free for Teacher Facelift 

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Instructure is committed to making education better… everywhere. That’s why in 2010 we created Canvas Free for Teacher. Since then over 4.5 million students have engaged with each other and their teachers, and have even submitted over 50 million learning activities. Canvas Free for Teacher is more than a free trial. It’s a place where teachers everywhere can create an engaging online learning environment for free—and, yes, it’s free for students too.

In 2018 we decided to simplify the teacher experience for new users. Canvas Free for Teacher is often used by teachers who come from schools that don’t have the benefit of an LMS, a great technology budget, or extra technology support. We want to make sure the experience is as smooth as possible so teachers can begin building right away. 

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We made three improvements new users will benefit from immediately. We redesigned important web pages, simplified the user pathway, and added a tutorial software to help orient new teachers to Canvas. The new web pages make it clear to visitors what Canvas Free for Teacher is and why they may want to use it. The simplified pathway reduces the number of steps between signup and course building. And last but not least, the new tutorial helps teachers who have never used an LMS better understand where to start. 

Have you ever wanted to share Canvas with a colleague or wanted to team teach a course with another teacher? Canvas Free for Teacher is the way to go. 

Here is a helpful resource that explains the difference between a paid Canvas instance and Canvas Free for Teacher

Keep learning,

Hilary Melander
Senior Product Manager