At the request of a field admin we wrote the following welcome/description message.  I thought the format or level of specificity might help others and so am posting it here.

 

I initially posted it on my blog at:

Scott Dennis's Blog: What is the Canvas Community? | Canvas Community

 

Perhaps you recently learned that your institution will be switching from your old learning management system to Canvas LMS.  Perhaps you have also heard people talking about Canvas Community.  If you are a teacher or professor you might be asking yourself, ‘What does this mean for me?”

 

In the Canvas Community, you can:

 

Find answers. Quickly find answers to questions you might have about Canvas and how people use it.  You’ll find 1000s of Guides articles and videos. We keep them up to date as Canvas changes.  You’ll also find thousands of your peers, including Canvas Coaches, ready and waiting to answer questions and share best practices. 

 

Join groups. There are dozens of user groups in the community that you can join.  You might join a group for people who teach the same subjects that you do, or a group for a specific user type such as Canvas Admins or Instructional Designers.  You might want to ask people in groups how they use Canvas and other technology in their own teaching.  What works especially well? What is challenging?

 

Share ideas. As you begin using Canvas, you might have an idea about how to make the software better.  You can submit these ideas in a special forum and read through ideas submitted by other Canvas users.  By voting ideas up or down, you can help shape the future of Canvas. Our Product team watches the Community closely and a majority of the new features can capabilities that we deliver begin as ideas submitted in the community.

 

Some people never visit the Canvas Community.  Others come once or twice for one specific fact or piece of information and then never come back.  Still others come to find that participating in the Community to be an integral part of their success with teaching and learning in Canvas.  No matter what your needed level of engagement is, the Community will be there for you.