Miami University Streamlines Student Assessment Process with Chalk & Wire and Instructure Canvas Integration

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Assessment Platform and Learning Management System Collaborate to Smooth Accessibility and Save Time for Miami University Faculty and Staff

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Creating a more unified experience for client institutions like Miami University, our integration with Canvas allows faculty members to spend more time focusing on teaching and other high value tasks, said Geoff Irvine, CEO, Chalk & Wire.

Higher education assessment provider Chalk & Wire announced today that it has become a certified partner with Instructure, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) company and creator of the Canvas learning management system (LMS), to integrate its assessment platform with Canvas for Miami University. The integration between Chalk & Wire and Canvas makes it easier for Miami University professors to assess gains in competency over time while in the same session grading student coursework in a single, unified system.

“Previously, we had to assess and grade student work in both Chalk & Wire and Canvas, and students had to upload their assignments in both systems," said Cheryl Irish, director of accreditation and assessment, Miami University. "Now, as the systems work together seamlessly, we can avoid a lot of duplicate data entry and have a much more efficient assessment process.”

Chalk & Wire appears at the course level as normal assignments directly in the Canvas user interface. Miami University uses Chalk & Wire to define, document, assess and analyze student learning outcomes for individuals within its College of Arts and Science, College of Creative Arts, College of Education, Health and Society and for some of their General Education programs.

“Creating a more unified experience for client institutions like Miami University, our integration with Canvas allows faculty members to spend more time focusing on teaching and other high value tasks while producing high quality, valid data and analytics about student progress at a granular level,” said Geoff Irvine, CEO of Chalk & Wire. “Additionally, students can access and submit work quickly and receive effective and timely feedback about their skills. With those evaluations, leadership can engage faculty and other stakeholders in proactive and informed discussions about continuous improvement.”

Chalk & Wire is a certified partner with Canvas, meaning the Canvas team formally reviews and certifies the integration from Chalk & Wire. These certified partnership integrations empower educational organizations to offer its faculty, teachers, and learners a seamless ecosystem of educational technologies.

“We value the Chalk & Wire integration into Canvas because it simplifies administrative work around assessments for faculty and teachers,” said Melissa Loble, vice president of Partners and Programs at Instructure. “Canvas and Chalk & Wire are both committed to improving the educational outcomes for learners by simplifying the technology used in education.”

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About Chalk & Wire
With a market-changing, research-based approach to higher education assessment, Chalk & Wire has helped institutions demonstrate student competency and improve the evaluation of learning outcomes for nearly 20 years. To increase the validity of assessment data, Chalk & Wire’s market-leading assessment platform is built on its CoreValidity™ process, which drives alignment between faculty and leadership through a unified assessment language and raises inter-rater reliability earlier in the process. Chalk & Wire takes a consultative approach to helping institutions prove their value and efficacy as well as their ability to prepare students for their post-graduate pursuits. For more, visit

About Instructure
Instructure, Inc. is the software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology company that makes smart software that makes people smarter. Its cloud-based Canvas learning management system (LMS) now connects more than 18 million teachers and learners at over 1,200 higher ed and K-12 institutions throughout the world. Because learning doesn’t end after graduation, Instructure also offers Bridge, the modern learning and engagement platform that enables organizations of every kind to engage with employees by measuring and improving employee sentiment, alignment and knowledge in real time. Learn more about Canvas at

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