Feature ideas from the Community help shape Canvas development. All 330,000 of you (!!) have a part in the decisions we make about what to add and update next. The way we’ve solicited and interacted with feature ideas in the Community has evolved over the years. Today, we’re announcing some updates that—we hope—will make the process a little more clear for everybody.
About three years ago (April 2015), we transitioned the Canvas Community to the Jive platform and transformed feature idea submission and voting from semi-organized chaos to a transparent and concrete process. We’ve made some refinements since then. You can follow the history here:
We get a lot of feedback about the Canvas Studio, where feature ideas live—both formal and informal. Most feedback is positive—yet we’re always looking to improve how we learn about what you’d like from Canvas and how we interact with you about your ideas.. Our promise to our community members is that we will always communicate about changes and explain our reasoning for making them.
This year at the annual InstructureCon event we received a lot of very helpful feedback, including:
Submitting new ideas is simple, and six months is the right amount of time for idea cohorts.
There is no way to know which ideas were considered during the quarterly product prioritization
You want to know which ideas will not be developed and why
The top 10% off all ideas will continue to be considered during our Product team’s quarterly prioritization activities. Each will now receive one of three official comments:
Yes, this idea has been prioritized for development during this cycle
No, this idea has not been prioritized, but will be considered in future rounds if it remains in the overall top 10% of voted ideas.
No, we will likely not do this (and why)
We will create a new, easy-to-find list that shows the current top 10% most-voted ideas. We’ll update the list weekly so that you’ll know what’s in and what’s out as the quarterly Product planning exercise approaches.
Prioritization Comments to begin in October 2018
The overall 10% list will begin ASAP. is implemented on Ideas
Feature ideas are incredibly important to us. Canvas would not be what it is today without them, and they’ll play a big role in shaping its continued development. We appreciate your investment and engagement.
*If you’re interested in learning a bit more about how feature ideas fit into the larger Canvas Product Plan, you might want to watch our InstCarn18 “Why we Community” presentation.