Claude Laflamme and Keith Nicholson, Professors of Mathematics at the University of Calgary, identify the potential for online assessment 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.
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 assessment, both to support instructors and to guide student learning.
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 assessment products.
Lyryx partners with other publishers and educational businesses in the United States and Canada, continuing to provide quality assessment solutions to partners’ educational products. This leads to a collaboration with one of the first open textbook publishers whose products were based on Creative Commons open licenses.
Lyryx launches its own independent online assessment products supporting mathematics courses in Linear Algebra.
Lyryx continues to support higher education level courses and is used annually by 100,000 students and 2,000 instructors.
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.
In collaboration with Athabasca University, Lyryx with Open Texts launches the new addition to their OER offerings with Introduction to Financial Accounting
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.
Expanding its partnership with Athabasca University, Lyryx is developing Intermediate Accounting open texts to be released for Fall 2017 courses. Lyryx is planning to further expand its offering and support instructors and students across Canada and the United States.