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Tl;dr - Canvas Community will move to a new platform in 2020


Some of you may remember when we wrote that we would be migrating the Canvas Community to an updated platform. We are excited to tell you that later this year, we plan to migrate our Community to the Khoros Communities platform. Doing this will allow the community to grow in ways not currently possible and to use a toolset that is more flexible and fully featured.


Community History

We at Instructure believe in and have consistently witnessed the power of community as a tool to help users find success in teaching and learning. In 2015 we migrated our then-existing community from its initial platform to the one the community currently inhabits. Since then 685,000 people have joined the community worldwide. Now, it is time to move again, this time to a more robust and fully-featured platform that meets the needs of the community going forward. The new platform will still be home to the guides and release communications, a thriving Q&A forum (with 30k+ questions and answers), feature ideas, and search across both Instructure and user-created resources.


Community Future

We have already begun the process of shifting to our new home. Tentatively, the crossover will happen mid-summer (n.hemisphere), 2020. Our goal is full migration of users, content and site structure.  In the meantime, we want to hear from you! Please share with us your feedback about what you like or don’t like about the current Community by filling out this survey: Canvas Community Check-In.


We promise to share more updates as we go!


Finally, we thought we would leave you with some poetry:


Time to turn the page

Jive is disintegrating

Khoros; the future!


New look, fresh features

Same content and connection

Community next gen!

Teacher Appreciation 2020



Dear Dr. Rose Judd-Murray,


It takes amazing educators like you to help all of us get through difficult times. 


Let's face it...


Teaching is not easy. Teaching online/remote/hybrid is not easy. And teaching during crisis adds an additional layer of complexity. Now more than ever we need to support our students, and help them process through the changing world. What does that require? First and foremost, we have to recognize that we're all humans and none of us signed up for this. It requires all of us to show empathy and be flexible in our expectations for ourselves, and the expectations we have for our students. We need to see each other, see our vulnerabilities, and see our humanity. 


Rose, you exemplify teaching as building human connection. You model it day-in and day-out in your classroom, and your students know that you care about them. They know that they are more than just names on a role sheet to you, because you build relevant learning experiences and you legitimately care about them as individuals.


I needed to write this letter, so you know that I see you. What you do as an educator isn't easy, but it is valued more than you might realize. I know that you're doing everything you can to help your students to be successful.


And for that, I say...


Thank You (You're the Best!),

Dr. Travis N Thurston


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