Elevate K-12 Analytics Newsletter - January 2023


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Happy New Year

We hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday season with your friends and family and got some much needed rest. We appreciate your patience with us as we did the same during our 'dim the lights' period. Here is to a successful 2023 for you both personally and professionally.

Employee Spotlight

Please join us in welcoming Teryn Odom to the Elevate K-12 Analytics Team. Teryn joins us as our new Product Manager. She comes to us by way of a reorganization across Instructure departments designed to increase collaboration and create efficiencies within the company. We are excited about the opportunity to work with Teryn as we continue to enhance the Elevate K-12 Analytics platform.
Here is a bit about Teryn’s background in her own words.

NancyHadley_1-1674486986932.pngI grew up right outside of Charlotte, NC. I earned a BA in Spanish, Psychology, and Education from UNC-Charlotte as an NC Teaching Fellow, a Master of International Studies (with a concentration in International Education) from NC State University, and am currently a doctoral candidate in Educational Technology (with a concentration in learning analytics) at Boise State University. I am certified in Spanish, ESL, and School Administration. As part of my studies and internships, I was fortunate to study abroad multiple times and live in multiple countries (Spain, Costa Rica, and Mexico).

I was a teacher/professor in the K-20 spectrum for 15 years in NC's public schools. I held a variety of roles in traditional, flipped/hybrid, and fully online learning environments with the large majority of those years spent as an Online Teacher and Instructional Leader (similar to an Assistant Principal) for the North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS), the U.S’s second-largest online school. While at NCVPS, I was humbled to be the 2017 NC Online Teacher of the Year. In addition to those roles at NCVPS, I was a Curriculum Writer, Course Development Leader, Course Developer, and Advisory Board Member at various points as well. Like most educators, I worked at least one side gig. I worked as a SME, Consultant, and E-Learning Support Specialist/LMS Admin for various organizations (both public and private) at various points, including the NC Department of Public Instruction.

Even though I'm no longer in public education, I consider myself an educator at heart and my passion for innovating in education in order to improve educators’ and learners’ experiences and outcomes has only strengthened. Since transitioning to Instructure, I have been fortunate to work with some amazingly talented people to support schools, districts, and states using Canvas, Mastery Connect, Elevate Data Hub, Impact, and Elevate Analytics. As the current Product Manager for Elevate Analytics, I am able to leverage my experience, skills, and expertise to ensure that we create and deliver products that solve real-world problems in education, that educators (and students) love, and that ultimately improve teaching and learning. I strongly believe in our company’s mission to elevate student success, amplify the power of teaching, and inspire everyone to learn together.

I currently live in North Carolina with my husband and four boys (ages 11, 9, 6, and 3) and enjoy volunteering at my boys' schools, traveling and exploring different cultures (have been to 27 countries), learning additional languages (recently Dutch, French, and Greek), reading, going to concerts, taking photos, fishing, and gardening. I hope to connect with you all soon in upcoming calls, at InstructureCon, and/or in the Instructure Community!

Support Update

Feature Highlight

Did you know that with our October release you can now use your pre-defined watchlists to filter a dashboard or exploration. 

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A helpful tip we wanted to share with you is to create an exploration for a metric outside of your watchlist filter by the watchlist and save the resulting chart. You can then add that chart to a dashboard so you have a quick look at those specific students you want to monitor.


Remember to visit the Elevate K-12 Analytics section of the Instructure Community for other helpful hints. Help other Elevate K-12 Analytics users by entering your questions or responding to others in the Elevate Question Forum.

Product Updates

Idea Conversations

Check out this blog written by our Chief Product Officer, Shiren Vijiasingam about a new format for Idea Conversations.

December & January Releases

Release notes for the December and January releases can be accessed at any time in the Instructure Community.

The Canvas dashboards announced in the last Newsletter are now live.

We’ve also updated the look and feel of the Student ScoreCard and changed the way you access starred students to a Quick Access area.


Additional updates include

  • Teacher’s names in the filter list are listed alphabetically
  • Improved widgets on California College and Career Readiness monitor
  • Update to logic for Course Transcript grades to better support Skyward and Powerschool customers
  • Fixed incorrect warning message when trying to edit an auto-generated role
  • Update Student Characteristic and School Category to use Short Description instead of Code Value in sidebar filter
  • Icon and Visuals components updated to align with Instructure brand.
  • User automation does not affect user login. Previously, issues with automation led to login problems.
  • The export options in Visuals work correctly when selected. Previously, the Printer, Save as PDF, and
  • Email as PDF options did not work when selected.
  • Chart legends display correctly. Previously, there was an issue with chart appearance when a browser window was resized.
  • The sidebar filter for Student Characteristic and School Category uses ShortDescription to better enable accessibility. Previously, the sidebar filter used CodeValue instead of ShortDescription.

If you have any questions about the above product releases, please reach out to analytics-support@instructure.com.