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“I have a question about Canvas. Do you have a sec?” said any Canvas user at some point in his/her life. 

 

Many of us know there are multiple ways to apply the tools and leverage the features in Canvas. Despite having almost thousands of pages of official guide documentation and 33K+ posts in Q&A, we still rely heavily on our colleagues and other community members for real-time support.

 

Can you spare an hour?

 

We initially asked this question of our Canvas Advocates. And we were overwhelmed with their initial responses! Many of them found times in their already-busy schedules to commit to future virtual office hours, free to anyone in the community. In fact, as of this posting, over 20 hours of open virtual office time have been scheduled through July 31, 2020!

 

Some office hours are audience-specific (i.e. for admins or teachers). Some are platform-specific, like mobile. Others are people-specific. I mean, who wouldn’t want to 'Jabber with Jenna' or talk all-things-Canvas with Beth?

 

We are thankful to our Canvas Advocates who are setting a great example. Click here to check out all of the upcoming virtual office hours.

 

Can community members host virtual office hours?

 

Yes. YES. YASSSS! We would love that! In fact, we welcome any hour you can provide in support of each other. Schedule your office hours when it’s most convenient for you (even if that means 5am or 10pm). We are a global community, after all.

 

Click for steps on hosting your CanvasLIVE event

 

NOTE: There are no naming conventions for ‘event title’ (but be sure to select ‘office hours’ under event type so members can easily filter by and find an event.) Title your office hours however you wish (i.e., “Bob’s Office Hours”, “Teacher Office Hours”, “Open Lab for All”) -- you get the idea!


But what if I don’t have the answers?

 

** News flash** We don’t always have all the answers, either!

 

Seriously, don’t feel like you have to duplicate Canvas support. We want you to be there to help answer questions to the best of your ability, point people to resources and guides in the community, and help users make progress towards their goals (even if that means helping them create a support ticket.)

 

“Answering questions and solving problems is a key to my own professional development. If I do not know the answer, I take the time to explore the possibilities during the session,” encourages Gregory Beyrer, Canvas Advocate who has already hosted over 40 virtual office hours in the Canvas community since 2017. “Through those interactions, I have discovered new ways of doing things and hopefully helped others.”

 

Any tips?

 

There isn’t a right or wrong way to host virtual office hours. But if you want to avoid being “Zoom-bombed” or ensure you don’t share the wrong screen, here are a few suggestions:

 

  • Use video conferencing technology with which you are most familiar. People should be able to hear and see you, clearly. Ensure that participants can join easily and securely, if possible (i.e. enable waiting room in Zoom, know how to kick people out who aren’t appropriate, etc.)
  • Stay online the entire time. Even if no one shows up, keep your event open the entire scheduled time. You never know who might show up later in the session. Multi-task if you wish, but don’t end early.
  • Share the time with a colleague. If you don’t want to go at it alone, tag-team with another colleague. At least, if no one shows up, you have some time to catch up.
  • Double-book with your school. If you already host virtual office hours at your school, consider opening up one of those sessions to the wider Canvas community. (Or vice versa - if you’re hosting an event here, let your faculty know, as well.)
  • Avoid recording the session. These sessions are not meant for public consumption. People are coming to seek help in real-time (and sometimes that’s easier than articulating their question as a Q&A). Respect their privacy.

 

Some faculty are developing new Canvas courses. Other Canvas admins are helping schools wrap up their semesters. Sometimes all we need is to talk through our Canvas journey with a friendly face.

 

Keep helping each other!

 

We’ve been sheltering in place and practicing social distancing anywhere between one and three months, as of this post. In addition to our work responsibilities, many of us have also added unexpected tasks to our to-do lists. And in an effort to survive this storm, we all continue to gravitate to the things that ground us. 

 

What is calming me at the moment is cleaning. No, not the “re-organizing my garage” or “decluttering the storage closet”- kind of cleaning. I’m purging digital stuff. Old emails. Outdated files types that don’t even open. You name it, I’m deleting it.

 

Click. Empty Trash. Byeeee!

 

So, when the Community Team asked me to “clean up” the CanvasLIVE space, of course, I agreed without hesitation.

 

Surface ‘Essential’ Content

 

Purging digital content isn’t a mere “select-all-and-delete” approach. You have to look at the resource and determine its impact: how many views, comments, bookmarks, and so forth. Part of what makes any content in the community relevant is both how timely and timeless it is. 

 

In CanvasLIVE, we wanted to remove the things that were no longer applicable and surface the things that were. So, we came up with a criterion for the things that should stay.

  • All content from August 2017 to present. Community Team will review this content later this year.
  • Any content related to past Instructure-hosted events. We realize content from InstructureCons or CanvasCons is often referenced internally and externally. These links will remain intact.
  • Any content that shares best practices. Despite the fact that features are regularly updated or UI/UX changes over time, some concepts or ideas shared still hold value.

 

In our commitment to avoid deleting content from the community, anything that did not meet the above criteria has gone to Cold Storage.

 

More Real-Time Connections, Less Recorded Content

 

Next, we wanted to establish revised criteria for creating future CanvasLIVE events. One of the things we had observed about virtual meetings (despite the Zoom-fails and video-conferencing flops) was how easily it kept us connected. A virtual coffee chat with a colleague or a fun game night with some friends never involved an agenda or preparation (or recordings). It just required you to be present.

 

Similarly, CanvasLIVE events shouldn’t always need a slide deck, a new idea, or a best practice to share. Just show up! In an effort to emphasize connection over content, face-time over footage, CanvasLIVE ‘event types’ have been updated to include more informal events. 

 

  • Twitter Chats
  • Meetups
  • Fireside Chats *new*
  • Edutainment *new*
  • Office Hours *new*
  • Canvas Talk *new*

 

Click to learn more about ‘event types’ in detail.

 

Same Mission, Better Feng Shui

 

Every once in a while, a deep digital cleaning is warranted. But along the way, it’s also nice to change a few icons, swap in a cool background, and move folders around. Am I right? If there were such a thing as digital feng shui, then perhaps we’ve achieved that with our new space design, too.

 

I re-read a really old blog post from 2016 about CanvasLIVE when working on this project (cuz that’s what happens when you look in sub-spaces and click archived links). The following sentence from that four-year-old post still resonates with me today.

 

At the end of the day, we're all just surviving, designing and refining our Canvas best practices... and what better way to do that than together with friends by your side.

 

The Canvas Community always finds a way to adapt and grow to meet the needs of our members. Right now, CanvasLIVE is a place where you can meet people, help each other troubleshoot issues, and share your knowledge... in real-time.

 

 

See y'all soon in a future CanvasLIVE event...

 

Biray

Kona Jones, Director of Online Learning at Richland Community College, hosted this week's #CanvasChat focusing on humanizing your course and connecting with online students.

 

"If you follow me on Twitter or in the Canvas Community, you’ve probably seen some of my posts about the importance of connecting with your students. This is something I’m really passionate about, so when I was asked to host #CanvasChat, I knew exactly what I wanted to talk about."

 

Head over to the Canvas blog to read more and see some of Kona's favorite tweets.

 

Please join us Wednesdays at 4 p.m. MT for #CanvasChat with @CanvasLMS!

A new season of #CanvasChat kicked off on January 29! These weekly Twitter chats are focused on educators sharing tips and tricks with the broader Canvas community. Our host this week was Theresa Cullen. Here's what she had to say about this week's chat:

 

"For this chat, I invited the CanvasLMS Community to discuss the Community of Inquiry Model (COI) , which models how to master your social, cognitive, and teaching presence in the classroom. Each question focused on an aspect of the COI. I received some great feedback and takeaways from this Community event, which will help me in the classroom."

 

Head over to the Canvas blog to read more and see some of Terri's favorite tweets.

 

Please join us Wednesdays at 4 p.m. MT for #CanvasChat with @CanvasLMS!

Ready to get some Vitamin D - California style? Yes, that means close proximity to the beach, palm trees and InstructureCon!!  The excitement has been building over the past few months and we are now at a full frenzy. We can’t wait to see all our amazing customers, partners and friends. There will be networking, lots of jovial camaraderie and tons of lessons to be learned about ways to use Canvas to supercharge student engagement and elevate learning for improved student achievement. 

 

At Instructure, we are constantly thinking about ways to help customers. InstructureCon is just one channel for us to get closer to you - our fantastical, majestical, super-powered educators. Our Services team and strategic partners will be there and ready to get into the weeds to see how we can help with training, support, adoption and so much more!  We’ve helped thousands of schools and can customize our services to help you reach your goals. With our in-house experts, you’ll have the support you need to set your strategy in motion, launch your learning and teaching initiative, engage your students and teachers, and innovate where it matters most.

 

Got questions?  Come see us at InstructureCon. 

 

Not going to InstructureCon? No problem - we’d love to chat and see how we can help.  Reach out to your Customer Success Manager so they can make magic happen!  

What are Canvas User Groups?

We continually emphasize the importance, and wholeheartedly support involvement in the customer-hosted Canvas User Groups because it serves to accelerate the communal value realization and customer success through ongoing engagement, education, and experience sharing.

 

Canvas User Groups:

  • Are independent customer-run communities
  • Thrive on networking with like-minded (often regional) organizations and institutions
  • Openly share knowledge and best practices in approaches and pragmatic applications to teaching and learning
  • Provide functional guidance through sharing of ideas
  • Enable our customers to better engage in the increasingly dynamic environment of learning

 

Are You a Member Yet?

User group gatherings can take many forms: from smaller meetings at local schools, or larger gatherings at district offices, to more formal regional conferences, and online and digital meet-ups—there is a flavor of a Canvas User Group to meet your needs.

 

Where Are the Resources?

We’ve built a toolkit of Canvas-ready resources that you can leverage today—whether you are building a User Group from scratch or you have been running one for a few years.  These resources help you bring the magic of Canvas-approved branding to your presentations and promoting your events. That’s Marketing speak for: we’ve got you covered!

 

Upcoming Events

Browse through the list of upcoming user group events—then attend, expand your network (and your mind!), and tap into the specialized expertise to enhance your success in Canvas! There are many User Groups, likely one close to you. Find a group in your area and get involved today!

 

The holidays are just around the corner and what better way to spend the downtime then binge-watching InstructureCon 2018 session recordings! (We doubt there's this level of professional development on Netflix.)

 

Of course, there are 130+ sessions from which to choose! This makes it a bit challenging to know which video to start. So, we created the following playlist purely based on two metrics: play rate (videos that were clicked and played) and engagement rate (% of the video watched). Based on this analysis, the TOP 20 videos were determined.

 

TOP 20

  1. New Dashboard View for Students
  2. Sneaky Teaching: Getting Buy-In From Reluctant Canvas Users
  3. Using Canvas Outcomes for Programmatic Accreditation
  4. More Fun Than a Barrel of Monkeys! Peer Review Options in Canvas
  5. Taming the Lion: Innovative Practices for Supporting Canvas at a Large Scale
  6. The Great Tablini and His Magic Data Portal
  7. Flexible Front Ends With a Canvas Back End: A Berklee Online Case Study
  8. Energize Your Class With Student-Centered Course Design
  9. Canvas Carnival Candy for Coders
  10. Design and Deliver Professional Learning that Results in Increased Student Achievement
  11. Canvas Mobile Apps, Not Just for Students Anymore
  12. Design and Technology Considerations for At-Scale Online Degree Programs
  13. An Intro to Analytics 2 for Teachers
  14. Embedding Content in Canvas, or: How I Learned to Stop Being Bland and Make My Content Amazing
  15. ARC DU SOLEIL: A Simpler Way to Engage Students with Video Learning
  16. Bridge and Canvas: Move PL out of the Sideshow and Back to the Main Ring
  17. Two Unique Show Stopping Solutions to Help Preserve Academic Integrity
  18. Integrating G Suite for Education with Instructional Tools
  19. Accelerate Innovation Using Machine Learning on AWS
  20. Managing the Big Show: Lessons Learned Transitioning to Canvas

 

Click here to see the FULL LIST OF INSTRUCTURECON 2018 VIDEOS.

 

We want to hear from you! Feel free to link to your favorites below. Or go to the video and share your feedback with a 'like' or a comment.

 

Happy viewing.

 

 

Biray (and the Events Team)

Earlier this year (October 2018), we hosted a CanvasCon in London. While we weren't able to do any live-streaming during the event, we were successful in recording the sessions from the conference.

 

Below is the list of the sessions from CanvasCon London (in no particular order). Click to learn more about the topic and presenters:

 

  1. Adopting the Guided Learner Journey at Module & Programme Level  
  2. Opening Keynote: Small Change, Big Impact (Jared Stein)
  3. Big Data, Little Data, Cardboard Box: How Canvas Transforms ROI  
  4. Design Thinking & Pedagogic Innovation 
  5. Improving Student Experience by Moving to a More Blended Learning Environment 
  6. Leveraging the Openness of the Platform Through LTI or Customisation 
  7. Using Canvas as a Distance Learning Platform 
  8. Keynote: The Future of Learning 
  9. Apprenticeship Levy: Enabling Meaningful, Contextual, Learner-Centric Experiences 
  10. Innovative Education With Massive Open Online Courses 
  11. Teachers as Learners: “In a dark place we find ourselves, and a little more knowledge lights our way.” 
  12. The ABC's of Canvas 
  13. Digital Transformation and the Role of Canvas: The Birmingham Story 
  14. Digital Learning: Towards Embedded Pedagogical Implementation in Secondary Schools 
  15. Beyond Canvas Pages: Create Interactive Content That Will Wow Your Students 
  16. From Concept to Canvas: Creating a Career Development Platform That Students Actually Want to Use 
  17. Blended Nano-Courses on Exponential Technologies 
  18. Digital Transformation in UK Higher Education: How a Modern VLE Can Drive Change & How to Maximise It 
  19. Pull Based Learning: How assignments in Canvas can enable Interaction Between Instructor, Students and Content 

 

Partner Lightning Round Sessions:

 

Also, for those interested in Bridge, check out the Bridge: Fireside Chat .

 

If you have any questions or feedback, please let us know!

 

 

Canvas Events Team

Bridge Learn is Instructure's corporate LMS offering. It has it's own Bridge Community with all of the goodies you'd expect (i.e. awesome guides, product ideation, Bridge coaches, videos from Big Top Bridge conference, and more). And, last month, the community team launched a BridgeLIVE! Woot-Woot!

 

We wanted to cross-promote two unique events from BridgeLIVE that we thought our users in the Canvas Community might find valuable.

 

Why Bridge when you have Canvas?

 

The question of "why Bridge?" as a Canvas user often comes up. And the team at Hutchinson Community College (Rhonda Corwin, Loren Morris) also asked themselves this question.

 

They were developing strategies to support both the professional development opportunities for faculty/staff, as well as, supplemental instruction for students (i.e., skill building, just-in-time training, etc). While Canvas can certainly be leveraged in such use-cases, Bridge may offer different set of solutions that could prove effective, as well.

 

These two webinars helps frame Hutchinson Community College's journey into Bridge. At the very least, Canvas users will be able to see how Bridge can exist alongside a Canvas instance, as well as, integrate within Canvas courses or programs.

 

 

Hutchinson Community College (HutchCC) is a two-year public school, located in central Kansas, with transfer and technical degrees and certificates. HutchCC has been an Canvas client since January of 2015, and a Bridge client since the spring of 2017. HutchCC uses the Bridge Learn product for professional development of employees, supplemental instruction for students, and is planning micro-learning modules for business and industry.

 

We hope to see you there!

 

 

Biray

Earlier this year (September 2018), we hosted a CanvasCon in Sydney. While we weren't able to do any live-streaming during the event, we were successful in recording the sessions from the conference.

 

Below is the list of the sessions from CanvasCon Sydney (in no particular order). Click to learn more about the topic and presenters:

 

  1. VET Assessment Using Canvas 
  2. Transformative Uses of Canvas 
  3. Getting Personal 
  4. Coffee Shops & Blended Learning 
  5. Promoting Excellence Through Digital Learning 
  6. Hacking the Platform: Using the LMS to inspire transformation 
  7. 'Message students who' On Steroids 
  8. Get Awesome with Canvas 
  9. How Can I Do This Online with Canvas? 
  10. Harnessing the Hidden Side of Canvas 
  11. Building on Canvas 
  12. Individualised assessments using Canvas Quizzes 
  13. Using video to enhance student learning and engagement 
  14. CanvasCon Sydney 2018 - Opening Keynote Jared Stein 
  15. Our Canvas Community Needs You 
  16. Embracing the Canvas Production Release 
  17. Evaluating Your Canvas Environment 
  18. Using Literacy and Numeracy Initiatives to Drive Whole School Canvas Implementation 
  19. Flipping Practical Subjects with Canvas 
  20. Clean. Crisp. Compliant. 
  21. RMIT Project Rewire 
  22. UTS Postgraduate futures: Designing an interactive learner experience in Canvas 
  23. Hub and Spokes of Innovation: A Canvas Transition Story 
  24. Boundless Canvas 
  25. Feedback Next - Continuous Reporting in Canvas 
  26. Second Year Syndrome 
  27. Empowering students personal and social capabilities through Canvas 
  28. Whitelisting LTI's for Your Institution 

 

Here are the Partner Lightning Rounds:

 

If you have any questions or feedback, please let us know!

 

 

 

Canvas Events Team

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 The specified item was not found.. 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...

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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.