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How to Enhance Any Curriculum With Short, Engaging, Accurate Videos

Jadrian Wooten remembers professors instructing him to check out DVD clips from the library when he was an undergrad. Today, as an associate teaching professor of economics at Penn State in University Park, Pennsylvania, Wooten is on the flip side of the camera; he creates his own short educational videos to enhance traditional reading materials and lectures. “Today’s students generally want deeper or more nuanced information from their professors,” he says. “And they like to use video to get foundational information super fast.”

Instructure Acquires MasteryConnect for $42.5 Million to Expand K-12 Footprint

Instructure, the publicly traded company best known for its learning management systems (LMS) Canvas and Bridge, has agreed to acquire a fellow Salt Lake City-based education technology company, MasteryConnect, for $42.5 million.Of that figure, about $12.3 million will be paid in Instructure common stock, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing. The deal is expected to close by next Tuesday.

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