Idea conversations allow people to initiate conversations about desired improvements or enhancements to Canvas functionality. It is one of many inputs considered when choosing to build new features into Canvas. Idea conversations are found in the Ideas hub. Learn more about the feature idea process and development process.
Note: Please do not share ideas in the Comments section below, as comments are periodically deleted.
To open the Idea conversations hub, click the Product drop-down menu  and select the Idea Conversations option .
Before posting your idea, see if your idea or a version of your idea has been suggested.
To view all currently active conversations, click the Open for Conversation label in the Idea Statuses section.
To search for ideas by keyword, enter keywords in the Search field .
To view an idea conversation, click on the idea conversation title .
If your idea is a slight variation of an existing conversations or you have additional thoughts, you may want to add comments to the existing conversation thread.
Rate the idea
If the idea is in the open for conversation stage, you can rate the idea.
Follow or bookmark the idea
If you'd like to keep an eye on the idea (along with the comments and status), you can follow or bookmark the idea.
To create a new idea, click the Suggest an idea link in the sidebar.
Note: You must be logged into the Canvas Community to suggest an idea.
Follow these simple guidelines to write clear and useful idea submissions:
Conversations that contain more than one idea can be unclear and confusing when it comes to ratings and discussion.
Choose a descriptive subject line for your idea conversation:
The Community Team reserves the right to modify the title of an idea conversation or subject line for clarity and/or ease of search. Author will be notified of changes.
Oftentimes people have the best ideas for improvement when they are the most frustrated. Try to state your idea clearly and concisely. Remember that you are asking many community volunteers to read and consider what you write.
In addition to a clear description, support your ideas with any/all of the following:
State the specific desired outcome or goal, then let the product managers and engineers think about how they can best add a given functionality to the product.
Make sure other readers can understand why you want the option to do something in Canvas. What is the teaching technique or activity that this feature would enable teachers and learners to employ? Adding a paragraph that begins with phrasing such as, "In my discipline professors often ask students to..." can go a long way to helping people who may not be familiar with the submitter's background can understand why this feature would be a priority.
Tags increase the success of searching for and sorting ideas. Help connect your idea to other ideas, or help other community members find your idea by adding tags for idea conversations.
Canvas is developed using agile methods that let Instructure update the LMS monthly. Community input is very important to that process. While it is true that the product changes frequently, many of these improvements take months and thousands of hours of work to develop. We also periodically conduct major overhauls of different areas of the LMS such as the Gradebook or Analytics. This process means that even if everyone agrees that developing a given feature would be a good use of finite development resources, it may be a long time before the feature can be developed, and it may have to wait in line as part of a larger development schedule.
To view the options for your idea conversation, click the Options icon . To bookmark your idea conversation, click the Bookmark option . Bookmarks enable you to list your conversation on a special page so you can easily find it again.
To subscribe to your idea, click the Subscribe option . Subscriptions let you get email updates whenever new content in your idea conversation page.
Your continued support and participation in the community forums are very valuable to Canvas as a product and to the user experience. We urge you to keep sharing, commenting, and voting.
Note: Instructions for creating a feature idea are included in the lesson above. Please do not share ideas in the Comments section below, as comments are periodically deleted.