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SEPTEMBER 2016

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  Customer Success

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CanvasLIVE: Where the Canvas Community comes alive!

CanvasLIVE is a place for Canvas users to gather and engage in real-time collaboration while sharing and learning different ways others are leveraging Canvas. And it's all FREE, of course!

Events are organized by community members, as well as Instructure. Events range from formal presentations and hands-on workshops to 24/7 chat sessions and informal meetups. Participate in an upcoming event or create and host your own. We provide all the tools, templates, and support to facilitate your CanvasLIVE events. Let us know if we're missing something you need. Email community@instructure.com.

 

Navigate to the CanvasLIVE homepage and be sure to "follow" (the button is in the banner) this space so you never miss a beat. Also check out the list of events and don’t forget to subscribe to the CanvasLIVE BLOG to catch up on the weekly news.

 

CanvasCon Europe 2016
Wednesday, 12th October 2016
The Clore Centre, The British Museum

09.30 AM - 17.00 PM

 

Please join us for our one-day event specifically designed for people who are actively involved and interested in finding ways to make teaching and learning easier. The agenda is jam-packed with real-life stories from across the education sector, and we would encourage school leaders, college principals, pro-vice chancellors and senior decision-makers from colleges, schools and universities to come along. There will be a choice of tracks to suit your own particular area of interest, a genius bar throughout the day and plenty of networking opportunities. We would like you to use this event to meet with colleagues, share ideas, gather insights and find out more about how you can optimise technology to deliver student-centred and personalised learning experiences.

 

Click on the link for more details:  CanvasCon Europe 2016

 

Announcing CanvasCon TCNJ 2016 

Even though InstructureCon 2016 has come and gone, you don’t have to wait until next summer to regroup and reconnect with your fellow Canvas Campers. And this time, it’s in your neck of the woods.

That’s because we’re bringing CanvasCon, the bite-sized version of InstructureCon, to the Northeast. And you’re invited!

Learn More About CanvasCon TCNJ 2016

What
This one-day regional conference for Canvas users will feature presentations by higher-ed and K-12 educators, innovators, and thought leaders from throughout the Northeast. Session highlights include:

Strategies for LMS migration and faculty adoption
Ways to use and share open resources
Tools for assessments and analytics
Tips for best-in-class course design
And more!

Additionally, Instructure SVP of Product Mitch Macfarlane will deliver a keynote about future-proofing your technology investments.

When
Monday, October 10th, 2016
8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Where
The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)
Music Building, Park Drive, Ewing Township, NJ 08638

 

Register Here

 

Want to present at CanvasCon TCNJ?

Submit your CanvasCon presentation proposal for consideration. Please complete this form by Friday, September 16th, 2016. All speaking sessions will be 30–45 minutes. Thank you!

More info coming soon. Click on the link below for more information.

 

Submissions for proposals:  CanvasCon NJ

 

 

  Product

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August 27 Production Release

In this production release (August 27), admins can customize the default Help links in the Global Navigation Menu for their institutions. Instructors can add images to Dashboard course cards (if allowed by their institution) and easily move an existing event to another calendar. All users can enable a new option in User Settings to underline all Canvas links without relying on High Contrast Styles.


For more details see August 27, 2016 Canvas Production Release.

 

 

  Marketing

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EduCause, Oct. 25–28, 2016

Join Canvas at this year’s EduCause conference in Anaheim, California. Come network with professionals across the diverse higher-ed landscape in sunny California. Make sure to stop by the Canvas booth. We’d love to chat and learn from you.

 

 

  Canvas Network

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It’s true, September is one of the busiest months for MOOC providers. We started the month with a bang here at Canvas Network by launching both an edutainment course and a Girls in STEM series.

 

Ball State University (BSU) and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) partner once again to offer TCM Presents Painfully Funny: Exploring Slapstick in the Movies. This new course, running concurrently with TCM’s “OUCH! A Salute to Slapstick,” successfully entertains and educates by combining academic rigor, innovative technology, and classic movies. Follow along on Twitter at #SlapstickFall.

 

Canvas Network also partnered with several institutions to bring you a Girls in STEM series.

This free online course series issues a call to action for educators, students, and parents to prioritize STEM education for girls in elementary, middle, and high school grades, as well as higher education. The series aims to provide a community for both girls and boys throughout the world to engage in STEM-related courses.

 

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The Girls in STEM series consists of six courses of various lengths, including:

 

  • He Named Me Malala: Inspiring Girls in STEM, offered by Journeys in Film. This course teaches high school teens about Malala Yousafzai, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and advocate of science and girls’ education. The course will examine her story as told through the award-winning, critically acclaimed film He Named Me Malala. Students will learn how they can follow her example by using their own passions to make a difference in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, education, and more.

 

  • Think Like a Scientist, offered by Real Science Labs. This four-week online course investigates the scientific method and helps students master lab safety procedures, learn basic microscopy, and understand the importance of measurement in scientific fields. Each lesson comes to life through real experiments and exercises that allow the students to become scientists.

 

  • Supporting Girls in STEAM, offered by Community Bridge Video. This short introductory course for parents and teachers covers ways in which adult allies can support young women interested in science, technology, engineering, art and design, and mathematics (STEAM) fields. Participants will learn strategies for inspiring girls, how to challenge their own gender biases, and how internet access can both help and challenge young women.

 

  • Zappar-Powered STEM Learning Using Augmented Reality, offered by Zappar. This course, designed for third to fifth graders, teaches students all about the water cycle—a key STEM topic—and teaches them how to produce their own augmented reality (AR) poster based on the subject. Students can then apply this knowledge and AR wizardry to their future coursework and other STEM fields.

 

  • Think Like a CSI, offered by Real Science Labs. This four-week online course for high schoolers will allow them to investigate forensics materials including crime scenes, fingerprinting and impression evidence. Each forensics lesson will come to life through real experiments and exercises that allow students to fully explore the fascinating world of forensic scientists.

 

  • Think Like a Physicist, offered by Real Science Labs. This course for high schoolers helps them explore the many facets of physics. Students will get hands-on experience with the subject by performing their own real experiments and projects.


The first of these courses was released on Monday, September 12, 2016, with others following weekly. To learn more or enroll in the Girls in STEM courses, please visit http://stem.canvas.net.

 

 

  K-12

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With the 16/17 school year upon us, many Canvas admins look at their previous year’s adoption rate and usage in order to reflect and continue on the path of their Canvas rollout plan. Rolling out and adopting Canvas, like any new technology, is a process, and as a Canvas admin you and your teachers will experience what we call the “adoption curve.” Checkout some of our favorite K-12 resources when it comes to that process and to learn more about the “adoption curve.” Then check out the Canvas Engagement Strategies Group in the Canvas Community to help you develop and fine tune your rollout and adoption of Canvas.

 

Adoption Curve

  • PIC-RAT - PIC-RAT model for effective technology integration

 

 

 

  Partnerships

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In July and August we added more integrations to our ever-growing ecosystem of learning tools.  Some of our new certified partners include: Paperscorer, IDsolutions, The Teaching Channel, Electronic Evolutions, Sungard, Education Perfect, Gradehub, Hypothesis, Osmosis, and Tyler Technologies.

 

Upcoming Partner Webinars



September 12, 10 a.m PT

 

Customize Student Learning with CK-12’s Open Content

How do you build a classroom that allows for customization of content and tools to address the unique learning needs of each student? The CK-12 Foundation creates and curates high-quality free, open STEM content. Learn about CK-12’s concept-based platform, including customizable FlexBooks® (digital textbooks), adaptive practice, interactives, and more. You can share CK-12 resources, create assignments, and track student progress within your Canvas courses in a few clicks! Come learn why districts across the nation are using CK-12 to save money and improve student learning.

 

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Online Course Evaluations Simplified with EvaluationKIT, a Canvas Alliance Partner

 

The time has come to put your course evaluation process online, and within Canvas. Why? You made the decision to put your courses, students, and instructors in Canvas. Now simply leverage all of the work you’ve already done in Canvas to also efficiently administer your student surveys and distribute reporting to instructors and administrators. And, you can do all of this without needing to deal with manual uploads or pulling this information from your SIS. Concerned about response rates? Don’t be! With EvaluationKIT’s one-of-a-kind integrations your users will have an awesome user experience directly within Canvas, and you’ll have an arsenal of proven features at your disposal to drive participation in surveys.

Register Now