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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.