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Yes, the presentations at InstructureCon are amazing, but what if instead of just one person sharing and talking about a topic, there was an opportunity for a number of people to share and collaborate on that topic?

“The sum of the expertise of the people in the audience is greater than the sum of expertise of the people on stage.” – Dave Winer, What is an unconference?

What does this quote mean? Together we have more experience, knowledge, and insight than any one individual does. That’s the amazingness of an unconference, it's the chance for everyone who attends to share and collaborate!


Want more information on what an unconference looks like? Check out this blog – What is an Unconference?


So why should YOU attend the InstructureCon unconference? Here are my top 5 reasons why attending the unconference could be the best part of your InstructureCon experience!


  1. Your mind just got blown away by all the amazing things you saw and heard at InstructureCon, so why not take some time to debrief? What was the most amazing thing you heard/learned about? What about those new features/tools? How can you take what you learned and apply it at your school?
  2. Want to dig deeper into a topic/feature/idea? Unconferences are a great place to get lost down a rabbit hole with other like-minded people!
  3. Collaborate and make connections. An unconference is a chance to really talk and share with people. Wouldn't it be great to make a few friends that you can email after the conference when you have a question or want to talk Canvas?
  4. Topics are current, so no delay between proposing a presentation and presenting! Here is a chance to have relevant and up-to-date conversations about things that are happening right now!
  5. Fun, fun, fun! Unconferences are relaxed, very informal, and seriously, if it's a Canvas event you know you're going to have a great time!


And if these aren't enough reasons, the InstructureCon Unconference is being facilitated by the Canvas Community Team! Yep, yours truly and some of the amazing Community Managers and Coaches are working together to make this the most awesome unconference yet!


Interested in attending the unconference? See the following information:


InstructureCon 2018 Unconference

Friday, July 27th, 2018


Lodge & Spa

Cost: FREE


Kona Jones

What is an Unconference?

Posted by Kona Jones Champion Apr 20, 2018

As the definition above (from Google) implies, an unconference is an informal participant-driven meetup where those who attend decide on the topics and agenda. Participants are the ones who facilitate the discussions – so no pre-planned presentations, just on the fly conversations and collaborations about what people are interested in talking about.


So how does an unconference normally work?


At the beginning of the event attendees propose topics they’d like to talk about during the event. These topics are written on post-it notes and organized into themes. [Example – Best way to use Discussions in Canvas? or How is your school going to roll out the new Quizzes LTI?] Sometimes people advocate for their topic, explaining what they want to talk about or what they are interested in sharing/learning. People then vote – often using dotmocracy – to decide which topics will get discussed during the unconference.


Once topics are decided on, a general agenda for the day is laid out showing which topics are being discussed during a given time period. While the person who originally suggested the idea is normally the person who starts the conversation and facilitates, the goal of the unconference is that these are engaging and collaborative sessions where everyone has a chance to share their knowledge and expertise. The general feel for most unconferences is fun and positive. It’s ok to disagree, but be respectful! In addition, if anyone finds themselves in a session that isn’t working for them – for whatever reason – there is the “Law of Two Feet” that states people are responsible for using their two feet to move to a different group that’s more beneficial to them.


The whole goal of an unconference is to find the people or conversations that are most meaningful and valuable to YOU!


Interested in attending an Unconference? Canvas is hosting a free unconference during InstructureCon 2018!

Share your secrets in Keystone at EdCamp the Friday after the conference concludes! EdCamp is a type of “unconference” event, where attendees drive the day’s agenda and learning experiences! You bring the topics that interest you (no need to be an expert). We’ll offer the tools needed to support sharing and authentic conversations. We’ll throw in a keynote to jumpstart the day (gotta show up to see who it is), and there may even be some exclusive swag! Breakfast (and, of course, coffee) will be provided.

Need more reasons to attend? Check out the following blog - Why should YOU attend the InstructureCon 2018 Unconference? 


Convinced and ready to register? Here are the details you need!


InstructureCon 2018 Unconference

Friday, July 27th, 2018


Conference Center

Cost: Free



Hope to see you there!!