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GitHub Adds LMS Integration for More Efficient Workflows

GitHub Education wants to make it easier educators to sync their student rosters with the organization's classroom edition.

Recently, GitHub announced integrations between GitHub Classroom and popular learning management systems Google Classroom, Instructure Canvas, D2L Brightspace and Moodle, enabling the automatic syncing of students from the LMS platform to GitHub Classroom. The syncing will be kept current, reflecting changes to the list as the academic year brings changes to the student roster.

Blackboard was expected to be added to the list of LMSes supported in the "near future," according to a blog post about the news.

"Saving educators and learners time has always been a core focus of the Google for Education team," said Brittany Siegal Mennuti, product manager for Google Classroom, in a statement. "We are excited for the launch of roster integration with GitHub Classroom to make it easier to bring computer science education into the classroom."

GitHub Classroom allows the instructor to use the workflow of GitHub in educational settings. Once an assignment is created with starter code and directions, the instructor can provide a link to students. Students get their own development "sandboxes" for programming work; teachers can set due dates, track assignments in a dashboard and integrate other tools, such as testing frameworks.

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.

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