In preparation for an updated and simpler sign-in process to be announced in the coming months, the Instructure Community Team wants to also take time to explain the changes coming to our Ranks and Roles.
2021 is nearly over and we've been reflecting on all the amazing questions, ideas, replies, blog posts, events, and more that you, our wonderful Instructure Community members, have created and participated in. We want to celebrate your amazing contributions as another year comes to a close—because ultimately, that's what this community is all about: celebrating the individual contributions that come together to make a greater whole. Thank you for posting your questions, for answering questions from fellow educators, administrators, students, parents, and other faculty, and for making this the best place to learn about and get help for Canvas and the rest of Instructure's products.
Here are just a tiny fraction of the amazing things we've seen in the Community this year:
And of course, so much more that we couldn't fit into one graphic!
We have over 1.4 million members in the Community, looking for answers and helping others with their questions.
Check out our question forums for our family of products. If you have a question, don't hesitate to ask! And of course, pay it forward and see if there are any questions you might be able to answer for a fellow community member.
We've published about 100 release and deploy notes for our platform of products. All of our release notes resources have received over 600,000 page views this year and our release notes RSS feeds were viewed more than 1.8 million times (P.S., if you haven't subscribed to the Canvas release notes yet, you should do that here. Click the 3-dot icon at the top of the page, and click Subscribe to RSS Feed).
In addition to all the amazing content created in the Instructure Community, we've also added a ton of new products to the Instructure family, including the family of Certica products (Academic Benchmarks, Certify, enCASE, Navigate Item Bank, and Videri), Impact (formerly EesySoft) and Elevate Data Sync (formerly Kimono). We've welcomed their users and communities into our family and brought in some great expertise and resources along with these amazing tools.
In the Community itself, we've been working hard to make it easier to find what you're looking for with better structural organization, a new and improved top level navigation menu, improved search functionality, and improved designs and filters for community spaces like Idea Conversations.
And, of course, we couldn't do this without you, our amazing community members! You gave out the kudos to your fellow community members, here are a few of our most kudoed members this year:
Instead of taking the traditional approach of ‘badging for bragging rights’ (where you get a badge for doing something ‘right’ and glowing about it to all your peeps), we are flipping the model and “bragging by badging right” (glowing about you to all our peeps for the right reasons)! We are repurposing badges as a way to give out digital compliments to our awesome members.
The current Community design worked great when we launched it in 2015. That design focused on what could be done in the Community, but lacked directions for individuals consistent with what they were trying to accomplish in Canvas. We’re going to improve the user experience and make the design prettier in the process.
It can be difficult to pinpoint exactly when a community coalesces but since at least 2011 people have been interacting with Instructure and helping each other with Canvas in online forums and message boards. In those early days, a few hundred people were involved. Today, that community passes a significant milestone as more than 500,000 people have created user accounts. During this fall start in the northern hemisphere, more than 25,000 people in one 24-hour period were active in the community, commenting, voting, adding content and marking each other’s comments as helpful or the correct answer.
We do this community thing because we care about our users' success and we believe community plays a big role in that. It gives us a place to communicate with our users but more importantly it gives our users a place to communicate with each other. A lot of evolution has happened over the past 5 years since we started figuring all this out. One thing that has become apparent: Community is the gift that keeps on giving.