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Amanda Warren Marshall

Agent A WarMar

Posted by Amanda Warren Marshall Jul 10, 2017


Here's what you need to know about this operative:

NAME:  Amanda Warren Marshall

TITLE: Instructional Design Consultant

SCHOOL/ORGANIZATION: The University of Oklahoma

# TIMES AT INSTCON: 1 (2016)




Agent was one happy camper at InstructureCon 2016.  She has spent the last year undercover, slowly but surely converting OU College of Arts and Sciences courses and their instructors to team Canvas. Progress on this conversion was reported at CanvasCon SMU with fellow Secret Agent Michelle Meazell during the briefing "A Canvas Migration Story." 



  • Canvas use in higher ed, specifically fully online and blended courses. 
  • Still playing Pokemon Go---will gladly join fellow agents for side-mission raid battles! 



Agent will be accompanied the BFF for this Mission. BFF will be soaking in the peace and quite of the mountains for the duration of the mission. Sightings will likely be minimal. Other associates include the CAS OATS Agent team: 




Agent may be seen communicating via her secret spy watch with fellow Secret Agent Aimee Hardesty

...but hopefully won't be seen as that would make the communique far less secret. 

Agent is looking forward to debriefing with other Agents to learn more about the missions they have been on. 

Tammy Ellison

Agent Tammy Ellison

Posted by Tammy Ellison Jun 20, 2017


Here's what you need to know about this operative:

  • NAME: Tammy Ellison 
  • TITLE: Director of Instructional Technology and Design
  • SCHOOL/ORGANIZATION: Culver-Stockton College

[Previous Missions]

Trying to take in everything and gain more information.



This agent packs a sponge to capture all information and then some.  Eager to learn more everyday in regard to Canvas and how to develop engaging classes she might ask you to leak some information so watch out.  When not working on Canvas and the inside scoop she is running and lifting weights.  Most of time you will not see her far from her big and little associates swimming, hitting balls and planning their next Boy Scout adventure.  






If you see this person over the next few days, agents are advised to...

  • Stop to share ideas
  • Seek contact information
  • Ensure eye contact
Kona Jones

Kona "Community" Jones

Posted by Kona Jones Champion Jun 20, 2017

[Operative Bio]

Here's what you need to know about this operative:
  • NAMEKona Jones
  • TITLE: Director of Online Learning; Adjunct Instructor of Statistics
  • SCHOOL/ORGANIZATION: Richland Community College
  • # TIMES AT INSTCON: 3 (2013, 2014, 2015)
  •  @KonaRJones

[Previous Missions]

The operative is well honed in all things Canvas and has taken part in the following missions.


[Current Mission]

The operative is starting mission InstructureCon 2017 Tuesday morning by sharing top secret intel during the Canvas Intel Exchange; a free Community meet-up. Wednesday will include a solo mission of No Need to Blame Canvas from 10:55-11:35 am in Red Cloud Peak and then a Jones special ops mission of Accomplishing the Impossible from 3:10-3:50 pm in Shavano Peak. The operative will finish off Mission InstructureCon with a Thursday team mission of Mission Possible: Best Practices for Increasing Student Retention and Success from 2:30-3:10 pm in Divide Room. **Updated 7/10/17 - Super top secret intel has revealed that the operative will be doing a surprise guest appearance during an additional session. Follow the operative on twitter for release of session information. Update 8/1/2017 - Guest appearance was in the Go Rogue With Us! - Scott Dennis  session.


For the Jones special ops mission the operative will be working with known conspirator, James Jones (aka Mr Canvancement), to present on Canvancements - Canvas Enhancements.

[Known Associates]

This mission is a canvasfamily affair and in addition to James will include Reagan (5 yrs), Kennedy (10 months), and Grandma (age has been restricted and listed as confidential). This is the 4th InstructureCon for everyone except canvasbaby, who was featured in Missing out on InstructureCon 2016.


canvaskid (aka James Jr.)
canvasbaby (aka Daredevil)
canvasgrandma (aka The Babysitter)


If you see this person over the next few days, agents are advised to:

  • Ask for a Canvancement button
  • Ask about the Canvas Community - Go Rogue with Us 
  • Ask about Dropout Detective
Kona Jones

Canvas Intel Exchange

Posted by Kona Jones Champion Jun 14, 2017

Canvas Intel Exchange

Want to network and collaborate with fellow Community members? Join this classified intel exchange on Tuesday, 8:30am - 12:00pm. This is a free Community-driven meet-up to learn from fellow Canvas agents and strategically trade secret information about all things Canvas.  The participants will help pick the topics discussed and then we'll break up into groups to discuss and share intel. Be prepared to share what you know and learn from your peers! canvasintel17


Mission Details



Matthew Jennings

The Matt-Man

Posted by Matthew Jennings Jun 13, 2017


Here's what you need to know about this operative:

NAME: Matthew Jennings

TITLE: Sr. Instructional Design Specialist


twitter icon  @mjennings_uab







Agent Matt-Man was last seen at It's Time to Pardee, Partay, Party!, but has not attended an InstCon since 2015 in Park City. During this mission he was able to secure and distribute the rare Canvasberries to a select agents during Canvas and the Mega Course Factory. Prior to that he teamed up with fellow agent James R Henson during Instcon 2014 to train young and old agents alike, to be Agents of S.T.Y.L.E.



The Matt-Man is a highly loyal agent that is passionate about the Canvas platform & the community surrounding it. Having the honor of being selected for Khaki 2017, he is commit to always engaging community members to experience the best Canvas has to offer. When not on assignment, you can find him involved with in various activities such as coaching his kids soccer teams (not in an official capacity, but mostly from the sidelines), serving at his church or watching anything in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.



On this mission you may see discover that The Matt-Man is travel with three additional companions. He will be accompanied by his wife, Lisa and their two boys, Joshua (11) and Caleb (7).


The Matt-Man has also been know to travel with a small Wolverine figure known as Traveling Wolverine.



If you see this person over the next few days, agents are advised to avoid...

Rubbing his head for luck

Stroking his luscious beard

Telling him he has a southern accent (you may think so, but comparatively he doesn't... trust me.)

Kelley L. Meeusen

Agent K

Posted by Kelley L. Meeusen Champion Jun 13, 2017

Mission Critical


For those of our allies not yet ready to commit to this very important mission, I cannot stress strongly enough the need for infiltration of our most highly skill operatives; agents, Agents-of-Influence, Birdwatchers, and even Ghouls to gather intelligence related to this InstCon ’17 operation!


We have a desperate and immediate need for HUMINT, SIGINT, MASINT, OSINT, PHOTINT, IMINT, ELINT, and COMINT, TECHINT.


While our new state leadership has greatly slashed our Company’s intelligence budget, we recognized the desperate need to send one lone field operative (likely a throwaway) on a timed drop to acquire the Take.



If you are still debating attending InstCon ’17, I cannot stress enough the value of this conference. If you can only afford one conference this year, make it this one! Despite my own school’s very serious budget crises, our President values this conference to such a degree that she has decided to send me for this sixth year in a row. As it looks, I may be the only out-of-state travel approved for 2017 – 2018 at our school.


Regardless of your elearning role: Admin, Faculty, Instructional Designer, LMS Support, K12  or HE you will gain knowledge and information that you can immediately put to use, and take back to your college. And please do remember to share when you get home.

If you are having trouble securing approval and funding, I have two suggestions. First, develop a plan for sharing lessons learn when you get home. Be specific, and search the agenda for most needful topics. Second, solicit other departments, programs, etc for sessions they would like you to attend to bring back specific useful information to. I have done both of these every year.


Finally, be prepared to have fun! While the educational and networking opportunities are amazing, Instructure recognizes that learning and fun are not mutually exclusive concepts, and they demonstrate that recognition in a grand way.


So put your shoe-phones and X-ray specs on, and meet me in Colorado!





Here's what you need to know about this operative:

  • NAME: Kelley L. Meeusen
  • TITLE: eLearning Coordinator
  • SCHOOL/ORGANIZATION: Clover Park Technical College


[FACT #1]

LMS Admin


[FACT #2]

Online Faculty


[FACT #3]

Higher Ed



If you see this person over the next few days, agents are advised to...

  • Eliminate with extreme prejudice, or
  • Laugh uproariously, or
  • Don't make eye contact.













The UnConference is an event where attendees drive the day's agenda. It's all about conversation and collaboration. You suggest which topics to discuss based on what interests you! We need your help to make the UnConference successful.



  • OPENING SESSION: We need someone who is not afraid of crowds to help present some general items to the entire group. We'll also let you talk a little bit about yourself, too. Do you have a good story to share? Maybe something about what you learned last year at the UnConference and how you changed your practice because of it?
  • WELCOME AND SCHEDULE STATION: We need five people to welcome everyone and get them to share the ideas they want to talk about by writing them on sticky notes (we'll provide the sticky notes and pens). These five people will also build out the schedule while the opening session is delivered.

Please let us know ASAP if you can help out!



Date: Friday, July 28, 2017

Time: 8:00 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Main Lodge


Adam Kuntz

Scott Dennis

Mike Cowen

Leslie Stark

Thomas Turano










Why settle for being an attendee at the greatest conference in EdTech when you can be famous as a presenter!? These five easy steps could be the path towards fame and fortune (err... okay, maybe not fortune, but at the very least some hefty conference discounts).



Remember InstructureCon 2017 will be held on July 25–27, 2017 in Keystone, Colorado. First step to achieving fame is by being at the right place, at the right time.



Ok, so we're still keeping our conference theme on the DL. We love catchy session titles that align with a theme as much as the next panda, but we believe star quality resonates through your session topic and content. Focus on submitting a topic you're passionate about and author a proposal that highlights experiences that only you or your team have the first-hand knowledge to share.



No brainer. Submit your presentation proposal by March 1, 2017. If it’s late... well... uhm... it won't be considered. Let's face it, no one gives Oscars to movies that haven't been submitted to the 'academy'.







To avoid sabotaging your proposal, please complete the form and send it to with your name in the subject line!



Find ways to stay calm until we announce presenters on March 15, 2017. Pet your dog, pet a panda, meditate, chew on bamboo, or breathe into a paper bag. Please don't text, email or call us to find out if you've been approved to present. And don't worry about what you plan to wear, either. (At least, not yet.)



If we get back to you with a resounding "Yes, we'd love for you to present!" then register for InstructureCon 2017 with your well-deserved discount. And make sure your red carpet is rolled out and you're ready for your close-up.


Hey, even if you don't get selected to be a presenter, there will be other ways you can be famous at InstructureCon. Keep an eye on the InstructureCon space for more tips and tricks to being famous!