Of Romans and Milestones

In the Roman Empire, milestones were literally stones. Road builders placed stone obelisks to mark distances on highways. This practice has endured through time, and in the U.S., we now call them mile markers.

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In 1923, the Zero Milestone was erected in Washington, D.C. as the official starting point from which all U.S. road distances would be measured (although it didn’t work out that way—and it’s now just a cool granite monument in D.C.).

In a less literal sense (and without any rocks), we all mark milestones in our lives—like graduating, choosing a major, or using Canvas for the first time. Today, Instructure marked a great big milestone.

Canvas now has 7 million users worldwide. (W00t!)

We're thrilled to support teaching and learning at this scale! And one of the many great things about having 7 million users in the cloud is that we can collect so much valuable data to help us continuously improve Canvas. For example, we can learn: 

  • Where students are struggling to understand the system
  • How much of a difference changes and updates make for our users
  • Which features of Canvas are used most often
  • How and which integrations are used over time

So, stack up your obelisks, build a monument, or send a Tweet: Canvas is 7 million strong and growing everyday! (You’ll hear from us again when we reach the 8 million people marker.)

Keep Learning,
Brian

P.S. The Roman Numeral for 7,000,000 is 7mill.

P.P.S. Instructure HQ is 2,078 miles from the Zero Milestone in Washington D.C.