InstCon 2015: Student-Centered Learning

For the past five summers Brown has been fortunate enough to attend Instructure’s annual conference in Park City, Utah.  Brown adopted Canvas in August 2011, which makes us one of Instructure’s earliest clients (think first 50 out of over 1,400 customers.) Since then Instructure, InstructureCon, and Canvas have exploded.

How does InstructureCon fit in? Our team takes this time to participate in advisory boards to voice our major pain points (yes, we’ve told Instructure we need a Syllabus print button) and team with other customers to direct product development. InstructureCon is also a time to learn about what’s changing with Canvas and more importantly, what other institutions are doing in the online sphere.

Here’s some of what we’ve learned.

The next time you log into Canvas, you may be surprised by a few new features and some changes. Don’t worry, we think these changes are great:

  • Instructors can exclude assignments for individual students
  • Expect better Gradebook performance
  • New “Save & Publish” button (no more Save then Publish) for Assignments

We’ll also have more transparency around our feature requests.

If you’re interested in hearing more or contributing to the next Instructure/Brown check-in, contact us at or stop by the CIT in room 205.

Here’s a recap of InstCon 2015: