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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,

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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!