Khaki 2.0: A Canvas Collaboration

“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.”

                                               -John Dewey, philosopher and educational reformer

We built the Canvas learning management system to make teaching and learning easier. Our company will progress by keeping our promise to listen to the people who use Canvas and all of the tools that encourage innovation, save them time, and help them help students. Inclusion and teamwork must drive that change for good.

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This month, 40 of our most influential Canvas users and participants in the Canvas Community came to our headquarters in Salt Lake City to get a closer look at how we build software and give their input on which features are most important for Canvas engineers to create for all of our customers. These participants came from a variety of backgrounds and institutions, all carrying the goal of increasing student achievement.

Together, educators, engineers, product managers and Community admins discussed dozens of initiatives and feature ideas. They prioritized the best way to use 20% of the Canvas engineering capacity for the next 12 months. They then separated into smaller groups to work out the specifics (what we’re solving for, who cares about solving this problem and what the right solution looks like) for each of the top eight ideas.

It was both exhilarating and exhausting. But don’t just take our word for it; one educator called Khaki 2.0 "incredible", another "the beginning of great things". Groups then presented to each other and Instructure executives the specifics of the top projects, some of which you will likely see this year. 

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And that is what’s exciting for us at Canvas. Respecting the foundation but also building for the future. When you seek input from the people who are as invested in Canvas as we are, there is no ceiling for success.

 

Keep Learning,

Chris Hunter
Sr. Director of Product Management, Instructure