After many months of planning and work, we’re proud to announce that Cidi Labs is official! Unfortunately, a lot of the team who participated in helping shape the concept and set up the company were out the day we choose to celebrate, but their contributions were not lost among the free-flowing Dr. Pepper and Diet Coke.
Of special note we’d like to thank all the support of the team at Utah State University’s Center for Innovative Design & Instruction (CIDI). Without Robert Wagner’s (pictured seated left) determined support, Kevin Reeve’s enthusiasm, John Louviere’s (pictured standing right) passion, Neal Legler’s insights and Kenneth Larsen’s development skills, plus the contributions of the rest of the team, we would not be here today.
Additionally we had tremendous support from Utah State’s Innovation and Commercialization Services team where Christian Volmar and Kate Astle (pictured seated right) put in many hours of work coordinating the creation of Cidi Labs, LLC and guiding it through the institutional approval process, which ultimately culminated in approval of the company by the Board of Trustees.
Clearly what we started here wouldn’t be possible without a great product at the center of it. USU Design Tools for Canvas (sometimes informally called “Kennethware,” particularly at InstructureCon) was created to help course designers more effectively harness the power of Canvas to create compelling course structures and content. This is truly a case where a developer (in this case, Kennth Larsen) saw a need and created a solution to meet that need. We’re grateful for the interest already expressed by many other institutions in using a SaaS-delivered version of the product.
While we had great fun creating the company, now the real work begins as our focus turns toward serving our customers and the broader instructional design community. We know there are many more innovations out there “built by instructional designers, for instructional designers.” We hope with Cidi Labs to provide a model for developers to sustainably share their inventions with others in a supported way.
As for me, I’m grateful for the trust the Utah State team put in me through this process and I am super excited for the opportunity to be a part of Cidi Labs going forward. I’m looking forward to building a team and growing what I hope will become a useful resource for the academic instructional design community. So, stay tuned. There’s a lot more to come. . . in the meantime, check out Design Tools when you get a chance. It’s a great tool.