Since I joined Instructure earlier this year, I’ve been repeatedly honored and humbled by educators around the world and the work you are doing. I have found the many, many conversations I have had with teachers and leaders invaluable as we continue to deliver on our vision of the Instructure Learning Platform, build our roadmap, and look to what’s next.
I’m proud to know that Instructure plays a role in your story and the stories of students of all ages and levels of learning—that’s why our teams are dedicated to making Instructure products work harder for you. It’s also why we are committed to a higher standard of transparency, open dialogue, and collaboration with you in our product development.
To deliver on this promise, we launched our new Community Roadmap, presented in a now-next-later, outcome-focused format. This roadmap will act as your window into our work across the platform and into each product. There will be two key update cycles: the beginning of each quarter; and the first week of each month if changes occur within the quarter. And, to double down on transparency, our product managers will provide context for roadmap changes on the Product Blog.
We’ve also announced a refreshed Idea Conversations process that will go live in February 2023. Our teams have been busy at work diving into open ideas submitted over the past few years, identifying themes, and building out the systems to support the new process–because our product should and will be informed by you.
Our discussions with you have also led to a more thoughtful and informed approach to New Quizzes. We heard you. First, we eliminated the deadline to transition from Classic Quizzes. Next, based on your feedback, we’re prioritizing the features most important to you into our New Quizzes Roadmap. Lastly, we have committed to continually communicate openly about our development plans. We hope you’re already seeing this new focus; for example, we have begun the phased integration of the Rich Content Editor (RCE) in New Quizzes with support for Drag and Drop, Math Editor, and the Accessibility Checker. (Pro tip: Stay in the know of all things New Quizzes here.)
Another sentiment we heard was the need for improved data and analytics. Enhanced analytics offerings—from the Canvas Admin Analytics beta, Canvas Data 2 beta, and expansion of Elevate K-12 Analytics dashboards and watchlists—prove that analytics is more than visualizations. It’s about surfacing insights that fuel data-driven decision making and meaningful conversations at every level. Next year you will see even more of our analytics work across the platform, and we’ll be using your input to ensure we get it right.
At the core of what we do is improving student experience and driving student outcomes. Our re-commitment to Catalog makes it easier for institutions to expand their offerings and enrollment, while simplifying the process for students to find, enroll, and purchase courses. We’ve also prioritized the needs of institutions around the world, with more customization and support for global markets. Our partnership with Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University (ASU) for their 100 MIllion Learners Global Initiative highlights Instructure’s commitment to breaking down barriers to quality education. And the addition of Canvas Credentials paves the way for the next generation of education, with experiences that are transferable, stackable, and learner-driven. This builds the foundation for a reimagining of the transcript to meet the evolving needs of learners, especially those of non-traditional learners and underserved communities.
As the Instructure Learning Platform continues to expand, we are working diligently to improve integration between our products and those of our partners. Our goal is to deliver a seamless experience for all users, while also providing best-in-class solutions for teaching and learning, assessment, analytics, and more. This means deeper data passback, more connection points, consistent UI, and smooth movement between products. And yesterday’s news that LearnPlatform is joining the Instructure family demonstrates our commitment to build the most open, transparent, and integrated learning platform in education. This unique platform equips stakeholders across the educational landscape with real-time, meaningful insight into the effectiveness of their tools of choice, and builds upon the power of Instructure’s already robust partner ecosystem.
As we move into a new year, we want to thank you again for your continued trust and partnership. For those of you who will observe a much-needed, end-of-year break, we wish you a safe, happy, and restful few weeks. We look forward to the opportunity to continue to collaborate with you 2023–let’s keep the dialogue going!
But before we bid adieu to 2022, celebrate with us by watching the highlights of this year’s releases in the Instructure Year in Review below!