The tl;dr Canvas Podcast Episode 9 - August 2020

Instructure Alumni
Instructure Alumni

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Dear Listeners

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Without further ado, welcome to episode 9! This podcast episode features the following topics:
Global Announcements Archive—Canvas engineers Rob Orton @rob and Drake Harper talk about developing the Global Announcements feature update, the one that allows users to view announcements they’ve dismissed from the dashboard.
AWS Educate—Ryan Lufkin @rlufkin shares the background of the AWS Educate partnership and its expansion to creating resources in Canvas Commons.
Google Assignments LTI—Tara Gunther @tgunther talks about the long-standing Google/Canvas partnership and the new Google Assignments LTI, completely supported by Google and replacing the existing Google Apps LTI.
New Canvas Community Platform—Veteran Community builders Renee Carney @Renee_Carney and Scott Dennis @scottdennis discuss the lift-and-shift migration of the Canvas Community and the highlights of the new platform.
Canvas Roadmap—Shaun Moon @shaun_moon explains the strategy behind the new Canvas roadmap in the New Canvas Community product page and how the changes benefit customers.



Canvas Roadmap
Global Announcements Archive (2020-08-15 Release Notes)
How do I view the Global Announcements page as an instructor?
How do I view the Global Announcements page as a student?

Canvas Community platform

New! Meet Google Assignments LTI
Canvas + Google = Better Together
Canvas & AWS Educate 

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 Hallmark (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