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I have to be honest: I'm not totally sold on the idea of live streaming content from an on-site conference to the web. I get the appeal. It allows more people to consume the content, especially if they are unable to attend the event in person. But when I participate remotely, it often leaves me with a #wishyouwerehere feeling or reminds me of my 'outsider' status (cuz I can't really engage with anyone in real time, especially the presenters.)


However, that didn't stop us (the events team) from wanting to live stream all five keynotes from InstructureCon 2018. Why? Cuz we do things differently 'round here.


Not An Afterthought


A live stream too easily becomes a default experience. The sentiment at some point during the planning sounds something like this: "We're already recording the session; why not just stream the video feed online for those who can't attend?" And not much thought is given to the viewing audience beyond that. For the average clown, a typical live stream is probably fine. But InstructureCarn is not for the average clown.


If our collective years of online teaching have taught us anything, it’s that learning doesn't happen by just uploading course content to an LMS. The same philosophy should also apply to the world of events. Good times aren’t guaranteed from just one video feed, either. You should always attempt to create personalized and engaging experiences, whether you're an online teacher or a virtual event planner.


In other words, YOU were not an afterthought.


Juggling Multiple Modalities


The best part of remote viewing is knowing you can be anywhere on the planet (where there’s internet, obvi). Knowing people might be watching from all types of devices and locations, we have configured the tent for multiple viewing modalities. The virtual big top is HTML5 friendly—no plugins required (yes, cuz we know how frustrating that is, too). Just make sure your speaker volume is up and the wifi is strong.


  • Log in from any laptop (or desktop). This is a very traditional, webinar-style way to consume these acts (but, hey, we don’t judge).


  • Log in from your phone or tablet. We made sure everything was mobile-friendly and responsive on any device! (Let’s just say the performers won’t be the only ones unusually flexible at these events.)


Want to make this experience even more intense? Host a viewing party! (Yes, you have our permission to turn your school's auditorium into your own big top.)


Step Right Up


We plan to open the doors to 'virtual big top' one hour before each keynote to give you time to acclimate to the environment (and change seats in case your neighbor smells funny). Much like an online class, we understand the time it takes to settle in (even if being at a carnival is a bit unsettling).


Once you arrive... well, we can't disclose anything beyond that at this time. Come early for the pre-show. Sit back. But, don't relax. (And be sure to check out all the other cool things you can do remotely around for this conference!)


Click button to register for livestream(click to register for the livestream)


See you under the big top!


The Virtual Events Team

One of my favorite aspects of the Canvas Community is the constant change. It's always evolving to make content more visible, members more networked, and Canvas more transparent. And CanvasLIVE is no exception. It's one corner of the community that continuously sees iterations in an effort to stay up-to-date.


You may have noticed some changes over the last day in CanvasLIVE... a new look and focus. Read on to learn about these updates and our reasons behind them.


CanvasLIVE as a portal for all events.


Yes, we're calling it a 'portal'.  In 2017, our efforts were focused in supporting members in hosting more virtual events. We soon realized that Canvas users were also hosting a lot of on-site meet-ups, too! Although we had a dedicated space in the community called "Conferences and Events" to promote various face-to-face activities (workshops, conferences, user days, etc.) it felt very disparate from CanvasLIVE, which was quickly growing into an 'event hub' of sorts. So, we consolidated. We've added 2 more categories "online" and "on-site" to better sort events in CanvasLIVE. We also imported events from "Conferences and Events" and deleted that area from the community.


CanvasLIVE serves up more information regarding Instructure events.


Most of the events hosted by Instructure are listed on the CanvasLMS website - from CanvasCons to InstructureCon to the various tradeshows in between. Although we have dedicated spaces in the community for InstructureCon and have hosted CanvasCons sessions within CanvasLIVE (specifically, if a session was livestreamed or repeated), we wanted to cross-reference events more efficiently. So, expect to see all CanvasCons listed as part of upcoming events, InstructureCon spaces cross-promoted in CanvasLIVE, as well as, links to other events. OOoooh!


CanvasLIVE sunsets its user group.


The CanvasLIVE user group started off as a focus group (in early 2016) when we were initially launching the 'new' CanvasLIVE. Then, it quickly morphed into an area dedicated to helping members coordinate various CanvasLIVE events (it made sense not to clutter the main CanvasLIVE area with additional discussions around event brainstorming and logistics). Every once in a while we would throw in a poll as a "pulse check" on different presentation/topic ideas or post requests for presenters for an event we were coordinating. But in the future, we will surface these requests in CanvasLIVE or other areas of the community, accordingly.


CanvasLIVE stays alive!


As always, thanks for your patience through these different evolutions. We encourage you to add and promote your events, whether they are face-to-face or on the web. And continue to 'follow' (and get other members to follow) CanvasLIVE, cuz we've got a few surprise events in store for this year that you won't want to miss.



Just before our fall semester began in August of 2017, my district hosted the inaugural Can•Innovate conference in conjunction with Instructure and the California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative (OEI). That project selected Canvas as its common learning management system, and almost all of the system’s colleges have decided to join the initiative by switching to Canvas. Colleges in my district previously organized an annual conference that we used for our faculty and other employees to showcase ways they use technology to creatively support our students. We jumped at the opportunity to bring back our Innovate event with a Canvas flavor.


Sharing Our Journey with Canvas Community


Scores of the colleges in our system were in the process of switching to Canvas and we wanted colleagues from across the state to participate. We also wanted to open up the conference to Canvas users from around the world. So, we decided to livestream some of our sessions through CanvasLIVE so other users from the Canvas Community could watch. (Read my full interview about our efforts to stream event.)


Broadcasting Using YouTube LIVE!


We decided to use YouTube Live because:

  • Anyone can access YouTube regardless of device
  • No cost to use to use YouTube
  • Works well with multiple input sources (i.e. video cameras) [semi-pro way]
  • Works well with Google Hangouts [DIY way]


None of the rooms at our host college were set up for streaming online, so we brought in audio/video equipment to capture the sessions (with the help of my excellent colleague Mike Bittner, video expert at my college).


NOTE: You can also just use your webcam and share your screen (slide deck) through Google Hangouts On Air + Youtube LIVE. Here is an example of an event that did just that.)


Anyone Can Livestream, But Consider This...


Whether you use YouTube LIVE or any other webinar hosting platform (BbCollab, AdobeConnect, Zoom, etc.), keep in these tips:


  • Number of Speakers
    Three of the four sessions we streamed had multiple speakers, which can be a bit challenging in terms of audio and video. Consider having a good microphones, regardless of the type of event. Panels are a great way to present (very engaging) content, so invest the time to work out the logistics!

  • Have good lighting.
    For onsite streaming, there is a tricky balance between making sure the people in the room can see the presentation and the speaker, while at the same time making sure that any online audience members get a quality experience. (If you’re streaming from home or office using a webcam, try a selfie light to help illuminate your face.)

  • Have a plan for moderating the comments.
    It’s always a good idea for the presenter to restate any questions or comments that come from attendees, online or within the room. Moderators can help filter questions and comments, especially when you have a synchronous, online live chat. Have a system in place to surface the good questions and comments to the presenters and panelists. For most of the sessions I was able to keep an eye on the chat comments.


Sharing select sessions from Can•Innovate with the Canvas Community was fun, and I am thankful for the opportunity to do so and reflect on that experience. The only change I would make is to make sure that each streamed session has a single presenter. It was tough to fit an entire panel into the video and working with multiple speakers presented audio challenges. But whatever the challenges, I learned a lot. And hopefully, so will you. All of the sessions have been recorded and available for view here.


Comments and questions are welcome.

Video in the classroom is no longer a novelty. The days of rolling the A/V unit into your classroom hardly generates the enthusiasm it used to (lol, I probably just dated myself). Students expect to see video in their multi-media learning environments. How can we leverage video more strategically to engage learning (and not have it disappear within the course as another piece of content students glaze over or half-watch)?


So, we curated some resources and launched a new CanvasLIVE series to continue conversations regarding best practices for using video in the classroom... 


Super-Star Video Resources

Luckily, community resources exist to help spark these discussion. Check out Sean Nufer's post Strategies for Faculty to Create Awesome Online Videos. He links to his YouTube video which showcases examples of educational video platforms that are free, cheap, and/or native to the Canvas LMS environment. But, he also shares tips on (and this is my fave part) the do's/don'ts around creating your own videos.


For those who leverage existing resources from places like YouTube or Vimeo, check out Tom Gibson's blog on Alternate Way to Embed Code for Video Media on Pages and (my fave oldie-but-goodie) by Laura Joseph called Video killed my Canvas page. Both serve up pro tips to embedding videos into your Canvas courses.


And since accessibility is a serious concern when it comes to videos, nothing gets to the heart of a solution like Denise Dejonghe's post Captioning YouTube Videos Created by Others using Amara


A new CanvasLIVE Series

We thought it timely to start a series called Videos in the Classroom, an introductory series to showcase some ways to surface video content within Canvas, leveraging native Canvas tools, YouTube, and ARC (for those who currently leverage this tool or are simply curious to preview it).



We hope to add more to this series throughout the year. Stay tuned... 


Sharing Best Practices

We want to hear your best tips for embedding or creating video in your classrooms. Is it best to capture video on your mobile in landscape mode? Are there cool capture tools that make it easy to capture your screen? Is shorter still better? (BTW, I just queried videos about making videos on YouTube... wowzah!... I wonder if any of these tips would translate into videos for the classroom!)


Please share your feedback, tips, best practices in the comments below.


Hope to see you in a CanvasLIVE session soon!



What do cupcakes and Community Showcase have in common? Technically, nothing. But now that I've got your (taste buds') attention, I urge you to keep reading.


First, the Showcase.

The start of the school year brings in a fresh round of conversations in the Canvas Community, which means members are sharing practical and creative ways to leverage Canvas at their schools and in their courses. So, what better way to highlight these innovations and inspirations than by organizing an awesome fall showcase, right?! (That's what we thought, too!)


In this lightning-round event, Community Team has grouped both new and familiar community voices who will each share 'the cool things they do with Canvas'! Below is the all-star line-up (in no particular order):


Now, the Cupcakes.

Cupcakes come in a variety of sizes, designs, and flavors. You don't have to have a sweet tooth to enjoy 'perfect' cupcakes, right? You just have to appreciate the art and science that goes into baking. But even if you have zero plans to bake the perfect panda cupcake, you still can't resist the inspiration it brings...

Image result for panda cupcakes fail


So, whether you're just starting out with Canvas. Or, have been using it for years. The showcase will be full of gems that will, hopefully, help you appreciate the flexibility Canvas affords its users. And, who knows, you may even be motivated to 'bake' some of the awesome-ness you see into your own Canvas cupcakes courses.


RSVP to the showcase now... and we'll see you soon.


We’ve all heard of GoFundMe, right? It’s a way for a community to pitch in when one of their ‘own’ is in need of support during tough time. Well, have you heard of GoFUNme? It’s a way for you to support our FUN-related community efforts.


Since launching #canvastrivia (back in November 2016), I have seen 1800+ plays (~75-100 unique players each week), hosted 20+ trivia games, and presented these events in 3 different languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese). Unfortunately, my question pool is dwindling (and I don’t know that many languages). The reality is, I've got a lot of new pandas coming over to use Canvas this fall, and won't be able to keep up this intense-level of crazy-competitive fun on a regular basis. sadpanda


So, I am asking the community for help. Please submit questions to keep the canvastrivia alive. I’ll do my part in bugging the Community Team, Canvas Trainers, Canvas Partners and The specified item was not found. … but your part is just as important.



Submit Awesomeness

***Click here to start submitting questions into this awesome form!***



Quick-and-Dirty Tips on Submitting Trivia Questions

Check out the guidelines I use to write trivia questions. (Not official, but worth considering.)

  • Make it universal.
    Avoid questions about a unique integration or a functionality that only exists at your school because your admin did some CSS/Javascript magic. (Cuz most of us don’t have those superpowers.) Stick to questions about core Canvas.
  • Just. Be. Accurate.
    This is the most important. Don’t worry about wording, spelling—or (gasp!) being funny. I’m not looking for quirky multiple choice questions. I’m looking for solid, smart questions that offer value. (Plus, it’s my job to steal your questions and re-work them for the comedy.)
  • Make Erin Hallmark happy.
    She spends gazillions of hours writing release notes and managing our documentation. Chances are, she wants you to read and retain this information.
  • Make it about people.
    Not everything has to be about Canvas. There is so much going on in the community.  Did Matthew Jennings write a killer blog post? Did you attend a mind-blowing CanvasLIVE session from Laura Gibbs? In the past, I’ve included questions that ranged from stepsforbeth to Renee Carney's pigs (yes, she owns three of them). It’s all fair game.


That said, don’t miss my upcoming #CanvasTrivia: Partner Day Edition (2017-08-24) and if you want another one after that… well, GoFUNme already!


Tom Cruise - Too Cool for School


Too cool for school,

Community Panda

Off-site events are being streamed more and more via CanvasLIVE. Couldn't make a CanvasCon? No worries, check out these past sessions. Can't attend a faculty seminar? We've got that, too (thanks to the collaboration of UCF & Ryan Seilhamer.) Wanna watch a Canvas Admin facilitate a live training workshop for students? CanvasLIVE streams those (thanks to Ryan Samn).


And now, Can-Innovate '17 Los Rios Colleges Educational Technology Conference (OEI) is coming to the CanvasLIVE!




Thanks to the efforts of Gregory Beyrer, who was on the organizing committee, FOUR (4) of the 30+ awesome sessions will be live-streamed! We caught up with Greg to learn more about this event!


Biray: Just the name makes this conference sound exciting. Can you tell us more about it?

Greg: Can•Innovate '17 is the fourth conference of this kind hosted by the Los Rios colleges (American River College, Cosumnes River College, Folsom Lake College, and Sacramento City College). The conference is an opportunity to showcase the creative use of technology to support student success, and this year we are very excited to partner with Instructure and the California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative (OEI).


Biray: This partnership is very cool! Can you share its goals with our Canvas users?

Greg: The OEI's goal is to help students complete their educational goals by increasing access to and success in high-quality online courses. This is done via the "OEI Exchange," which is the set of tools, agreements, and technical infrastructure that allows students who have matriculated into one college to easily enroll in online courses offered by other participating colleges. Canvas is the learning management system upon which the OEI is building this environment for our students.


Biray: We are so glad that you're promoting this event via CanvasLIVE, as well. (But of course, I'm biased... hee hee hee). Seriously, though, the sessions will yield great resources for Canvas users in the community.
Greg: Inspired by the wonderful CanvasLIVE presentations from other conferences, the Can•Innovate '17 planning committee decided to set up one of our presentation rooms for live streaming. The sessions that we placed in that room are all directly connected to the mission of the OEI.


Biray: Tell us more about the specific sessions that were chosen to be live-streamed?
Greg: The first session is focused on the third-party support services contracted by the OEI in the areas of tutoring, remote proctoring, plagiarism detection, counseling, and student readiness assessment. The second and third sessions cover the design rubric that online classes must meet before they can be offered via the OEI Exchange. One is on the implementation a local training program based on the rubric, and the second is on the course review process used by the OEI. The final session presents a series of tips and tricks that were discovered by participants in the class Introduction to Teaching with Canvas, which is part of the professional development to help California's community colleges make the transition.
Attendees (live or virtually) should use hashtag caninnovate17. Search Twitter and the Canvas Community to find take-aways and other updates!
And if you can't make this event in person (or virtually). Don't worry. We're continuously working with schools, community members, and Instructure to bring more off-site events virtually to CanvasLIVE! 

If you've been coming to CanvasLIVE sessions, then you know that community members aren't the only ones hosting events here. You've probably seen a few Canvas Partner-led events, too. Canvas is built on openness, therefore, we embrace our partnership programs to help extend and enhance the functionality of Canvas.


Introducing Canvas Partner Days

Every Canvas partner has a dedicated space in the community where members can learn more about each tool and service that integrates and/or aligns with Canvas. But we thought it might be nice to feature groups of partners in hopes to introduce you to new and unique options for your Canvas needs! Every two months (or so), the Partnership Team will host about 8-10 partner webinars throughout the course of ONE day!


What Happens during Canvas Partner Days?

In addition to partner webinars, expect thoughtful presentations by keynote speakers, challenges through #PartnerTrivia, and cool exploratory experiences in various partner playgrounds (sandboxes). Of course, there will be swag giveaways and prizes, too. (Cuz, who doesn't like free stuff, right?!)


How Can I Stay Informed?

We wouldn't want you to miss any CanvasLIVE events. Here are some ways you can learn about upcoming Canvas Partner Day events:


If you have additional thoughts and ideas related to partnerships, please be sure to connect with the Partnership Team!


You've probably noticed the new 'look and feel' of CanvasLIVE space. (If not, and you're new here - welcome!) This post will quickly bring you up-to-speed on CanvasLIVE and the things we're doing to ensure its growing success! We are continuously expanding CanvasLIVE so it can be the virtual event destination for all Canvas users.


A Bit of History...

Back in the day (circa 2013) CanvasLIVE (1.0) used to be a once-a-month webinar series, highlighting specific features of Canvas and providing just-in-time training for Canvas users. As it gained momentum (and Canvas kept evolving), we were able to host about 2-3 webinars per month. The demand for more topics was more than we could deliver. So, our next step was to enlist the help of our community members. After all, Canvas users are the ones who have hands-on experiences and offer more valuable, practical tips and use cases.


Leaning on Friends (Community Members)

Mid-2016, we streamlined CanvasLIVE (2.0) to encourage community members to host and promote their own events (and effectively, got out of their way). In addition to presentations, we also added more event types (i.e. meet-ups, demos, Twitter chats, etc.) to offer more variety in event programming. Within 9 months of the CanvasLIVE reboot, we had over 200+ events (48% of which were hosted by community members)! And about 52% of those events were meet-ups, demos, and Twitter chats. To this day, we continue to be amazed at the types of events our community members are hosting!



CanvasLIVE Next Gen

CanvasLIVE will always be place for all community members to share their insights, tips and best practices. (We'll always prioritize that!) The Community Team will continue to support all community-hosted sessions. And our Virtual Events Team will be hard at work to coordinate more exclusive events through CanvasLIVE, such as: 

  • More strategic partner-hosted webinars
  • More Instructure-hosted events, such as, our monthly expert series by Canvas Training Team, regular "Ask Me Anything" sessions that offer insights from our VPs, Directors and Product teams, and live-stream (or encore) sessions from local CanvasCons
  • More "Canvas en Vivo" events for our Spanish and Portuguese-speaking members in the Español community


In the next year, expect the timely and relevant sessions on which you depend. But, be prepared as we explore new ways to elevate our programming to create more dynamic virtual experiences. (And if there's anything you think we should be doing to meet your needs, please feel free to let us know.)


I hope you're excited about this next phase as much as we are! After all, we want CanvasLIVE to be your #1 virtual event destination!

So you're thinking of hosting a #CanvasChat? I've got great news for you: It's fun, and it's easy. What could be better than that? I'll tell you what's better: If you use TweetDeck or HootSuite to manage your Twitter chat--why, it practically hosts itself!


Whether you prefer TweetDeck or HootSuite, either way, we've already got a handy spreadsheet of tweets with times for each tweet listed in MST along with the recommended text (under 140 characters, of course) for each one. So plan on devoting most of your creative energies to: (1) brainstorming your topic, (2) finding a relevant Community resource to kick off the chat (that will be Q0), (3) writing the three central questions that relate to your topic, (4) writing a response to each of those three questions, forming the core of the chat. When you look at the spreadsheet, you'll see some yellow highlighted rows, and those are the only ones you need to customize; all of the other tweets are already scripted and Twitter-ready.


After you've created your tweets, you'll turn to TweetDeck or HootSuite to set up the TwitterChat by creating pre-scheduled tweets incorporating each question in an image format. Make a copy of this template, and use it to create the images that will accompany each question tweet. And after you've customized the template, and have four images containing Q0, Q1, Q2, and Q3, you're ready to automate your #CanvasChat. You'll devote the rest of your prep time (and very little of your brainpower) to copying-and-pasting text from the spreadsheet and scheduling the tweets in TweetDeck or HootSuite.


I've outlined the steps to set up these applications, along with guide links for each platform. Of course, once you've created your account in either TweetDeck or HootSuite, you can skip Step 1 for your future #CanvasChats--and now that you know how easy and fun it is, I'll bet you'll host lots of them!.



StepTweetDeck how-to linksHootSuite how-to links
1. Create your accountGetting started with TweetDeck | Twitter Help CenterQuick start guide – Hootsuite Help CenterDon't have a Twitter account? Start here: Signing up with Twitter | Twitter Help Center
2. Set up your feed(s)TweetDeck columns | Twitter Help CenterAdd streams – Hootsuite Help CenterTweetDeck is exclusively for Twitter feeds. HootSuite accommodates other social networks.
3. Schedule your tweetsTweetDeck pro tips | Twitter Help CenterSchedule messages – Hootsuite Help CenterBoth platforms allow you to compose your tweets and schedule their release ahead of time.
4. Sit back, and wait for your eventEnjoy this musical interlude
5. Be at your desktop computer or laptop 15 minutes before the start timeLaunch TweetDeckLaunch HootSuiteYou can interact in the chat directly in Twitter or through either of the scheduling platforms.
6. Follow the #CanvasChat hashtag and interact as you wish--or sit back and enjoy the show!n/an/aIf you compose a new tweet "on the fly," remember to include the #CanvasChat hashtag
7. Work with your CanvasLIVE chat facilitator to create a chat transcriptn/an/aAfter your event ends, you'll post this in the comments section of your event.

Over the last few weeks, I've been immersed in the world of elementary, middle school, and high school teachers who are new to Canvas. Their collaborative spirit and quick facility to group together to help one another out is delightful to watch, and as my teacher-learners broke out into their various hands-on sessions, and as their questions popped up, a leitmotif kept running through my mind:


Hey, there's a CanvasLIVE for that!


Here's how that tune in my head was going:


How do I get my students engaged in Canvas?

K12 Study Hall: Let's get Engaged...with Canvas


Yes, but what if they're recalcitrant?

#k12canvaswk1: "But, I don't really like computers..."


OK, I've taken the steps to get them engaged. Now how do I keep them engaged?

#Canvas4Elem: Reward Learning with Badges


I use Google Drive a lot, and I've already created resources there. How can I use my existing resources in Canvas?

#Canvas4Elem: Getting Googley with Canvas (coming up on October 11, 2016: be sure to RSVP!)

Live-Stream from SoCal CanvasCon: Design Co-Op Open Lab (10 am PDT)


How can I check out what teachers in other schools are doing in their Canvas courses?

#Canvas4Elem: September Showcase!


My students' parents want to monitor their kids' activity in Canvas. And I want to help them. How do we do that?

Canvas Parent: Meet-Up

STUDY HALL: Successful Parent-Teacher Conferences


How can I create an auto-graded quiz where students fill in a spreadsheet?

Using Tables for Spreadsheets Formulas in Quizzes with Fill-In-The-Blanks to use Autograding Demo


My school uses multiple grading periods. How do they work?

K12 Study Hall: The Nitty Gritty of Multiple Grading Periods V2


I've mastered the basics (I think!). How do I learn more?

Faculty Tips and Tricks: Hints and Reminders from Peers for Getting the Most out of Canvas


I see I can learn a lot from my peers at other schools. How can I connect with them?

Canvas Klatch (30 September)


How can I use my newfound knowledge of Canvas for professional development?

Program #1: Bring Your Mobile Knowledge Up-to-Speed

Program #2: The K12 Study Hall Series


You've told us that Canvas is a dynamic learning platform, and changes are implemented every three weeks. So when I come back to school in the fall, how do I know what changed while school was out?

What’s New in Canvas (Fall 2016) and What's New in Canvas (Fall 2016)?


OK, I'm sold! CanvasLIVE is definitely the place to be! I'd like to help. How do I share my own ideas?

How do I set up a CanvasLIVE event?


These are only the ones that came to mind in the few minutes of each hands-on session; I'm sure there are more. And if you don't believe me, just ask Kristin Lundstrum, TONYA MERCER, and Chris Long, some of the tireless contributors of all-things-K12 to CanvasLIVE!


So, for everyone, but especially for those K-12 teachers who are just starting out here: Welcome to Canvas! Join us in the chatrooms (and did you know Canvas Elem has its own chatroom?)


Have a question? There's a CanvasLIVE for that!


(Edit: links updated 10/6/2016)

CanvasLIVE meet-ups are a great informal event. They're meant to be a starting point for collaboration: an initial conversation that might ultimately yield a shareable resource. And ideally, they will also be fun.


If you're looking to host a meet-up, here are some tips.


  • The meet-up should have a facilitator.
    In most cases, that will be the person who initiated the CanvasLIVE event. The facilitator's predominantly neutral role will be to step back to let the conversation flow, and step in to prompt participants as necessary to keep the conversation moving.
  • The facilitator should designate a participant to help collect the ideas.
    After the meeting, the facilitator and designee should document the meet-up, either in the comments section of the event or in a blog post, if the latter format makes more sense.
  • The facilitator needs to be ready with an actionable item at the end.
    If the session is going to be part of a collaborative effort, then a framework for that effort--an action item--should conclude the session. It might not be readily apparent until the session has run its course what form that action item will take, but just in case nothing becomes apparent, have something ready. Examples might be, "I'll create a course and invite everyone who is interested as teachers. DM your email to me so I can add you." Or, you could say, "I'm going to create a chat room where we can begin collaborating and brainstorming next steps."
  • The facilitator should also schedule a follow-up meet-up or event right away.
    This will allow the participants to have a milestone or marker to which to look forward where they can discuss next steps, what's been done, the next project, and so forth.


Ready to meet up? You'll find a brief description at CanvasLIVE: Meet-Ups; click on the Create New Event button to set up your informal get-together.

We all know that great things can be accomplished when you collaborate with others. Two heads are better than one, right?! And in the Canvas community, sometimes two-hundred heads are better. CanvasLIVE offers another way for real-time collaborations to occur. Check out the ways Canvas users are leveraging CanvasLIVE to provide greater resources to the community.


One Presentation, Many Known Voices


Every year Chris Long, Educational Technology Coordinator at Huntington Beach Union High School District puts together a "What's New In Canvas" presentation for his faculty and staff. Given this being a busy time of year, he thought he would 'community-source' this presentation. He shared his vision with others in CanvasLIVE 24/7 chatroom(click to set up your chat account if you can't access the chatroom link above): take 1-2 new features and highlight them in the Google slide deck, then present the webinar in a CanvasLIVE session. Over the course of 4 weeks, 7 community members stepped up to help collaborate (Adam Williams, Stefanie Sanders, Kristin Lundstrum, Ryan Seilhamer, Ken Black and Biray Seitz). Be sure to attend the presentation What’s New in Canvas (Fall 2016) on Tuesday, 9/6/2106 @ 1pm MST. (Yes, the session will be recorded and the slide deck will be available for reference).


One Meet-Up, Many (yet) Unknown Voices


Collaboration doesn't always have to come with a structure, specific project plan, either. Sean Nufer, Director of Instructional Technology for TCS Education System, is hosting a meet-up Instructional Design Toolkit later this month (Monday, 9/12/2016 @ 1pm MST) to see about crowd-sourcing the things users are doing with Canvas courses and get some fresh ideas from other contributors. A more broad project with some unknowns, but another opportunity to collaborate with others, as well.


Big or small, on-going or finite... we are looking forward to seeing many more ways Canvas users utilize CanvasLIVE to bring topics and projects to life!



Keepin' it real-time.

We've over 100 community members in the chatroom and already a full season of Twitter Chats lined up! There is chatter, chatter everywhere in CanvasLIVE!


I've heard of a #CanvasChat ...


If you've never participated in a Twitter chat before, here's your chance. A "Twitter chat" is a public Twitter conversation around one unique hashtag. In CanvasLIVE (depending on who's hosting the chat), each chat might have a different hashtag. 


This season TONYA MERCER is hosting a series of Twitter chats specifically for the K12 audience with the hashtag #canvas4elem. Don't miss the one tonight at #Canvas4Elem: Making Canvas Elementary Friendly!


We will also continue our general #canvaschat season every other Tuesday at 4pm MST. Next week we have David Lyons bringing you the best of #CanvasChat: Canvas. Mic Drop.


And later in September, Dr Rimmer is starting her Twitter Chats #k12canvaswk1: "But, I don't really like computers..."


RSVP. And get ready for a full hour of fun.


... But a Dad Chat?


Outside of Twitter, there's a whole lotta other chat happening in our chatrooms. Not only are we starting to see some interesting live conversation unfold, but members are creating different open forums or chatrooms, too!


Ryan Seilhamer created a channel for mobile (of course); Eddie Walker jumped in with "PLC for Math Teachers"; and, Jeffrey Brady launched "third-party tools" channel. But no one expected Stuart Ryan to create a place for "Dad Jokes" (Okay, maybe Jordan Dayton expected it).


CanvasLIVE continues to be a place for live chatter. Be it on Twitter or in a chatroom!




I’ve been thinking about ways to get out of my comfort zone. It’s my road to growth. And sometimes that means doing something dangerous--not “dangerous” like parasailing or bungee jumping, but willing to be in situations where I would take more risks. And risks mean making mistakes and dealing with them on-the-fly.


CanvasLIVE affords me those opportunities to take greater risks.


Okay, let me explain. A few weeks back, in one of the CanvasLIVE chatrooms, I chanced upon Chris Long's post:


Hey everyone, I’m one of the lead organizers for the Southern California Canvas Conference next week...I was thinking it would be killer cool to have a coaches/community virtual session to share ...Would any of you be up for giving this a try


Literally, two days before a live event, he wanted to livestream a virtual session on course design tips and training strategies! Who does that? If you know anything about planning conferences, you know that much of the event is planned well in advance. But something else Chris said struck a chord with me: He told us that he likes to add one new and untested element to the SoCal CanvasCon every year.


Thanks to the resources in CanvasLIVE and enthusiasm of community members like Chris and Adam Williams, I was inspired to jump in and help, as well. The risk? Presenting in a virtual, live-streaming workshop, without a lot of prep time in front of jam-packed (and unknown) audience. What could go wrong?


That casual conversation with Chris turned into a successful CanvasLIVE event (which you can see, btw, here at Live-Stream from SoCal CanvasCon: Design Co-Op Open Lab (10 am PDT)  and here Live-Stream from SoCal CanvasCon: Design Co-Op Open Lab (1:30pm PDT) .

And there it was. Nothing beats a live event.


Things can, and will, go wrong--but they should. We learn that way. We experience life that way. We want that. Let’s all get out of our collective comfort zones and put ourselves out there on CanvasLIVE.


Are you ready to take a risk?