The tl;dr Canvas Podcast Episode 18 - May 2021

Instructure Alumni
Instructure Alumni

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Dear Listeners

In this podcast, we're highlighting a few updates from our day jobs as well as discussing hot-topic features.
This podcast episode features the following topics:
New Quizzes Update—Product Manager @SuSorensen takes us behind the scenes about her research with New Quizzes Item Banks.
Release Notes Subscriptions—Producer @erinhmcmillan shares the easiest ways to subscribe to release notes and provides a glimpse of changes coming to the Community.
Course Templates—tl;dr podcast host @mattg talks about Canvas's newest feature, Course Templates.
Educator of the Year—Do you know an educator who deserves to take a bow? Nominations are now open.



Community Release Notes

Live Community How-To Webinars


Course Templates: Release Notes (2021-06-19) 

Blog: Templates vs Blueprint Courses

Canvas Content Distribution Comparison PDF

New Quizzes Item Banks:Canvas Release Notes (2021-06-19) 

Blog:  Coming Soon to New Quizzes: Item Banks Management

New Quizzes User Group


Educator of the Year Nominations

Podcast Details




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  • Share insights about upcoming Canvas features and other improvements
  • Discuss internal thoughts about the product process
  • Explain the why of a product's development and benefit to customers


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Meet the minds behind the tl;dr podcast—

headshots-round-matt.pngMatt Goodwin (Host)

Senior Director, Product Management

Matt started his professional life working for a software company as a technical implementation consultant, followed by positions in engineering and IT project management. Now he enjoys spending his days in the rewarding work of educational software. @mattg 


headshots-round-ryan.pngRyan Lufkin (Host)

Senior Director, Higher Ed Product Marketing

Ryan’s career has been largely spent in the edtech space. His experience spans enterprise resource planning and curriculum design across various LMS providers. He currently focuses on strategic initiatives that market Canvas to both new and existing higher education customers. @ryan 


headshots-round-jenn.pngJenn Mitchell (Host)

Director, K12 Product Marketing

After working in higher ed, Jenn worked in marketing before finding a home in K-12 edtech. Passionate about supporting educators as they make real, lasting impact for students, she leads the K-12 product marketing team for LMS and assessment products. @jmitchell3 


headshots-round-erin.pngErin McMillan (Producer)

Manager, Release Communications

With a passion for the written word and a customer mindset, Erin's career has spanned both corporate and technical writing opportunities. Her overall objective is to ensure all Canvas users have the resources they need for success in the Canvas Community space. @erinhmcmillan 

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