Cruise Into the Future with Schoology's Product Roadmap

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Kelsey Collins

Associate Product Marketing Manager for Schoology

Cruise Into the Future with Schoology's Product Roadmap

Posted in Schoology | November 09, 2016

We are excited to announce that we’ve decided to make our roadmap public. You can now see what we’re up to and see what we’re planning.

  1. Navigate to the Schoology Help Center at support.schoology.com
  2. On the left side of the page, select Schoology Product Roadmap

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Why We’re Sharing Our Roadmap

We Want You to Know Where We’re Headed

Our mission is to continually advance what’s possible in education. The important part of that here is continually advance—we’re all about constantly improving our product, and by sharing our plans for the future, we hope you can feel confident that using Schoology in your classrooms everyday will only continue to give you and your students an advantage in the learning process.

Our Community is a Big Part of This Process

Those of you who use Schoology have great ideas, and you know better than anyone how to make our platform a more effective education tool. A lot of the features on our roadmap were generated from feedback from community members—whether in discussions with your account manager, from ideas you submit to the Schoology helpdesk, in face to face meetings at NEXT, or in discussions in our Feature Ideas forum. We want you to know that your voices are being heard, and that they play an important role in informing our vision for the future.

We’re Proud of What We Do

We’re a team of people dedicated to making sure that Schoology is built and delivered to teachers around the world. We want to show off what we’re working on!

How It Will Work

We’re publishing our roadmap so that you can easily find what we’ve recently released, what we are currently working on, and what we’re planning on doing next.

The roadmap is a snapshot of what Schoology is working on and what we plan to roll out in the next 3-6 months. Except for today, at the time of publishing, you will see new features appear on our Product Roadmap page for the first time in the On the Roadmap lane. At this point, we’re usually still thinking about how exactly the feature will work, and we’re doing research and collecting feedback from users to help us determine its exact functionality.

Once this process is complete, you’ll see it move to In Development. This is when our engineering team starts to build and test the feature. Finally, it will move to the Complete lane—that’s when you’ll be able to see and use the feature in Schoology for yourself.

What to Expect

In short, expect our roadmap to change. Here at Schoology, we employ Agile development methods. This means that we work in increments, constantly iterating and improving our product, and most importantly, responding to change.

This means a few things for a roadmap. First of all, it means that the we go through a rigorous process to determine which features receive top priority. We feel that everything we put on our roadmap is important, but at the end of the day, we need to decide the order in which to build each item. We spend a lot of time deciding on this order, and then we continuously re-evaluate those priorities on a regular basis as time goes on.

Second, this approach allows us to incorporate community feedback into our development process. Those of you who've provided feedback may recognize some of the features we have planned.

Thirdly, it allows us to be adaptive, and to re-prioritize as our users respond to what we’ve built and as your needs change. Think of our roadmap as a snapshot of what we are planning to do at a given point in time—but like everything else in life, it must adapt over time.

Check out our product roadmap and let us know what you think right here in the comments section. Also, make sure to check the roadmap soon—we’ll be updating it on a regular basis as we plan new features.

 

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