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Canvas LMS Adds Learning Mastery Gradebook

Instructure's Canvas learning management system has added a new gradebook designed to help teachers keep track of students' concept mastery.

The Learning Mastery Gradebook is "embedded alongside the traditional grade book in Canvas" and provides a "real-time dashboard to monitor students' progress in a prescriptive way and to make real-time interventions as needed," according to Instructure.

"While the traditional summative approach to education still prevails, there is growing interest in instituting mastery-based assessment practices in classrooms around the country," said Jared Stein, vice president of research and education at Instructure, in a prepared statement. "This new view into student learning will give millions of educators who use Canvas the ability to more seamlessly incorporate reporting on formative, authentic assessments using either model."

The new Learning Mastery Gradebook is available now as a standard component of Canvas, including the free version. Additional details and a free tryout are available on Instructure's site.

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