Canvas Roadmap

Mitch BensonInstructureSince the last time the roadmap was discussed (last year): 

  • Minutes of downtime
  • 17 releases
  • Dozens of user group engagements
  • 160+ major features
  • Hundreds of days spent with users
  • 300+ accessibility issues resolved
  • Thousands of community submissions
  • 1500+ defects remedied

It’s great to see a slide that outlines the SDLC (Software Development Life Cycle) for Canvas. After the SDLC slide, there are a number of trends that Instructure takes into consideration, including

  • Learning is unbound by time and place
  • Individualized and differentiated
  • Social
  • More open & transparent
  • And more!

“Technology shouldn’t exacerbate learning.”

Achievement driven

  • Master courses 
  • Quizzes
  • Outcomes
  • Data and live events
  • Gradebook

Master courses is something that I’m most interested in and can’t wait until they’re released. I’m also hoping that the master courses are not stored in the Admin > Courses section. I’ve found that with tons of courses, that list gets long and cumbersome.

Individually relevant and engaging experiences

  • Mastery paths
  • Mobile app suite
  • Quizzes
  • Outcomes

So I think that the mastery paths is a great idea, but I’m curious as to how instructors are going to use them. I understand the purpose, but wonder if the paths will add additional work for the instructors to create remedial/extra assignments.

Connectedness everywhere

  • Office 365
  • Google Apps for Education
  • Integration and interoperability
  • LTI tools

I’ve given my thoughts on a lot of these different topics, so I’m going to skip my commentary here.To see where Instructure is with the topics discussed above, here is an image of the roadmap:


I think that, based on the content and audience turnout, this session should have been a keynote. There is so much great stuff here that Instructure is working on that it’s hard to prioritize from a consumer perspective. I’m glad that they’ve done the prioritization for us!

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