Canvas - Feature Request Process

Canvas users at University of Wisconsin System institutions often have ideas for how to improve Canvas. Any user can submit a feature request to Instructure (the company behind Canvas) and participate in the company's priority-setting process for feature requests. Starting in February 2023, Instructure has a new process for Canvas feature requests called "Ideas and Themes."

Video Introduction

Video: Ideas and Themes Process Update from Instructure Canvas Community.


Instructure uses the Ideas and Themes process to gather, group,and prioritize community-generated feature requests. The process follows six steps, explained briefly below:

Workflow diagram with six sequential steps: Idea Submission, Idea Review, Categorization, Voting, Selection of Prioritized Themes for Development, and Theme Delivered.

  1. Idea Submission (daily) - any user can sign up with the Canvas Community and submit a new idea (feature request).
  2. Idea Review (weekly) - Instructure reviews ideas an seeks clarification if needed.
  3. Categorization (weekly) - Instructure groups ideas around common themes, as seen on the Canvas Ideas and Themes page.
  4. Voting (every 6 months) - during two voting windows per year, users vote on the themes they'd like to see Instructure work on.
  5. Selection of Prioritized Themes for Development (ongoing) - Instructure prioritizes the highest-voted themes and begins development
  6. Theme Delivered (delivered within 6 months of prioritization) - Instructure adds prioritized themes to its product roadmap and actively works on them. Instructure aims for a 6-7 month development cycle from prioritization to release.

For More Information

See Instructure's documentation:

Keywords:feature, development, canvas, instructure, roadmap   Doc ID:124090
Owner:Thomas A.Group:UW System Administration DLE
Created:2023-02-15 11:43 CDTUpdated:2023-02-15 13:00 CDT
Sites:UW System Administration DLE
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