1996 – TECHNOLOGY EVOLUTION
Claude Laflamme and Keith Nicholson, Professors of Mathematics at the University of Calgary, identify the potential for online homework to offer authentic subject questions, immediate grading and formative feedback. What began initially as a research project developed into educational software that provided students with immediate, personalized feedback on their assignments, similar to the way traditional assignments are marked by experienced instructors.
2000 – LYRYX LEARNING
Lyryx Learning is established to further develop its educational software and make it available to other institutions. The key principle, defined in these early days, is to create affordable educational materials and high quality online homework, both to support instructors and to guide student learning.
2001 – LYRYX PARTNERSHIP
Lyryx branches into other subjects areas in Business & Economics. Partnering with McGraw-Hill Ryerson in Canada (now McGraw Hill Education) to provide content and sales channels for these new subject areas, Lyryx continues to focus on creating high quality interactive materials and online homework products.
2009 – OPEN TEXTBOOK EVOLUTION
Lyryx partners with other publishers and educational businesses in the United States and Canada, continuing to provide quality online homework solutions to partners’ educational products. This leads to a collaboration with one of the first open textbook publishers providing products with Creative Commons open licenses.
2011 – EXCLUSIVE PRODUCTS
Lyryx launches its own independent online homework products supporting mathematics courses in Linear Algebra.
2012 – SUPPORTING THOUSANDS
Lyryx continues to support higher education level courses and is used annually by 100,000 students and 2,000 instructors.
2013 – COMMITMENT TO OER
Recognizing the value that Open Educational Resources (OER) offers for content development and potential savings to students, Lyryx commits to developing high quality educational resources and services under the new “Lyryx with Open Texts” brand name. Lyryx with Open Texts launches full-service OER for Mathematics, Macroeconomics, and Microeconomics introductory courses.
2014 – OER FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING
In collaboration with Athabasca University, Lyryx with Open Texts launches the new addition to their OER offerings with Introduction to Financial Accounting
2016 – STEADY GROWTH
In the Fall 2016 semester alone, Lyryx is supporting over 10,000 students using OERs, a 25% increase in just one year. Lyryx continues to expand its library of open textbooks into both Business & Economics and Mathematics & Statistics areas, seeking authors in these and other subject areas as well.
2017 – INTERMEDIATE ACCOUNTING OER EXPANSION
Expanding its partnership with Athabasca University, Lyryx is developing Intermediate Accounting open texts to be released for Fall 2017 courses.
2018 – ANOTHER OER RELEASE
In conjunction with W. Keith Nicholson, Lyryx releases “Linear Algebra with Applications” as an open textbook. Lyryx continues to further expand its offering and support instructors and students across Canada and the United States.
2019 – COUNTING ON ACCOUNTING
With the successful completion of a U.S. GAAP adaptation of their Introduction to Financial Accounting, Lyryx plans to release homework for OpenStax’s Principles of Accounting (Financial & Managerial) open textbooks by the end of 2019.
Meet the Team
Claude Laflamme is a professor of Mathematics at the University of Calgary. Besides remaining active in research, Claude is a dedicated instructor and has been involved in software development projects for many years. Thus, it was natural to blend this expertise in creating tools to better support an ever increasing number of students; from which Lyryx was eventually born. In addition to these pursuits, Claude is an avid backcountry skier and mountain biker.
Prior to joining Lyryx, Tamsyn developed her management and marketing skills in diverse business environments. She is a highly driven leader and principals a number of departments within the organization. With Bachelor of Management and a Master’s of Arts (Leadership) degrees, Tamsyn is focused on driving continuous improvement in all facets of the business. Outside of the office, she manages her home team of two boys (and husband) and enjoys playing on a number of sports teams.
Spending two years teaching Junior High Mathematics in Calgary prior to joining Lyryx, Stephanie quickly came to appreciate the benefits of open pedagogy and open educational resources in developing personalized education for students. In her current role she supports instructors and students through developing, customizing, and maintaining OER in mathematics and economics. Through degrees in Mathematics (with a minor in Economics) and Education, Stephanie developed her knowledge of these subjects and an appreciation for the challenge of high textbook costs!
With a Ph.D. in Mathematics, Bruce Bauslaugh joined Lyryx from his earlier position as a computer science instructor at Mount Royal College and served as Chief Technical Officer for 20 years before retiring this summer. With his strong mathematical background and deep knowledge in computer systems and algorithms, Bruce has designed and implemented a powerful engine to deliver and support Lyryx products; in particular, providing the most authentic assessment in the business.
Steve Larter is a professor in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Calgary. Together with his research group, he made fundamental discoveries in understanding key microbial processes in the subsurface of the earth, defining the temperature base of the subsurface biosphere. They also explained the origin of heavy oil and bitumen and translated these understandings into patented inventions and through several spin out companies, to commercially successful, deployed solutions relating to oil and gas development and carbon management strategies. Gushor Inc. was acquired by Schlumberger, the world’s largest oil service company, in 2013 with the technologies now being used at large scale worldwide.
Keith Nicholson is also a professor of Mathematics at the University of Calgary, recognized within the Mathematics field both as an academic and a technical writer. It is the latter skills that brought him to partner with Dr. Laflamme in developing content for an online Linear Algebra project that paved the road for Lyryx and collaboration with McGraw-Hill Ryerson. Keith continues to serve on the board of directors.
William D. Todor began his studies in Chemical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, obtained an MBA from the University of British Columbia and Ph.D in Organizational Behavior from the University of California, Irvine. William served as a professor in the Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University for 26 years focusing his research on leadership and employee turnover.
Lyryx products are driven by subject matter experts: instructors with lengthy experience in both educational content and online homework. An in-house team of developers and project leaders blend their technical skills with this insight into the subject to produce the high quality final products.
Lyryx understands that education is a 7 days/week business. For this reason, we have a dedicated group of support staff available every day of the year! They are there to make sure technology is not in the way of learning, and that both instructors and students have the assistance they need throughout their course.