This Vancouver software company is aiming to make education greener

Sep 5 2018, 5:37 pm

Vancouver’s set to be the first major Canadian city to ban plastic straws by 2019, with US cities Seattle and San Francisco following suit.

Local software company Syllabi hopes to extend this green initiative to the education industry. Paper production currently generates the third largest industrial air, water, and land emissions in Canada. So there’s still a lot that schools can do to help cut back on unnecessary paper waste.

This is where Syllabi comes in. The firm is helping institutions make an impact by digitizing syllabus documents and providing a paperless alternative to the student planner.

Students are constantly dashing from one class to another, managing work, appointments, and checking emails, with exams in between — it’s a lot to manage and remember. Syllabi is making the student grind easier by providing all due dates in one place.

How it works

Syllabi produces a dynamic digital syllabus database in which students can select their enrolled courses and aggregate their due dates on their mobile devices via Google Calendar and iCalendar.

The solution works for teachers too, as they can edit their online Syllabi at any time with updates immediately syncing to their students’ phones. They can cancel a class or postpone a test, all at the touch of a button.

Already, Syllabi has started working with high schools to provide their services as a simplified, affordable learning management system. This helps schools move away from paper planners and allows students to be more familiar with online learning before they even hit university.

How you can try Syllabi

Syllabi is currently offering a free trial semester of their software to Canadian institutions.

If you’re a teacher, administrator, or a student interested in seeing Syllabi at your school, email [email protected] with the code DH2018 in the subject line.

This program will run as early as the fall semester but will be honoured for the January semester, too!

Visit Syllabi now to find out more and check out their Instagram and LinkedIn.