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WONDERMENT; a state of awed admiration or respect.  

This single word exemplifies how we  feel about the humanity of this Community!  

 

 

So many of you have responded to the Panda #stepsforbeth call to action Community Panda posted a few days ago in support of Beth.  Thank you Community Panda, and thank you Community, you got our attention! In response, we’d like to, well, step up this challenge.  We looked at your average steps this past three days and It could be a leap, but we think you could collectively acquire 6 Million (dramatic pause) steps in 31 days!  

 

If you collectively make over 6 Million (another dramatic pause) steps over the 31 day challenge, Instructure will commit to providing a physical therapy machine that Beth has chosen to help her in her next steps of recovery!

 

There are still spaces available in the step challenge, so tell one and all, and, in the spirit of InstructureCarn, step right up!

Thanks to Biray Seitz and Chris Moore, I had the chance to publish a blog post over in the EXTRA CREDIT: CANVAS BLOG here:

InstructureCon | The Remote Experience | Canvas Blog 

Big thanks also to Adam Williams and Stefanie Sanders for their help with this: can you believe I really wrote something only 500 words long? Ha ha: it's true! 

 

I've pasted in the blog post here, and if you have ideas or suggestions for the remote experience experiments, chime in here! :-)

 

two pandas: connecting the pandas

Made with Cheezburger; visit the Panda-Cheezburger Gallery to make your own.

 

I don't know how you start each workday, but for me it's a big cup of coffee (maybe two), and scrolling through Twitter and cruising the blogosphere. My "tweeps" and fellow bloggers inform me, inspire me, and support me every day. And now, thanks to Instructure, I'll be meeting up in Keystone with some of those people I have known for years but whom I have never met in person. How cool is that?! Here's the story of how it happened:

 

BECAUSE OF A BLOG

As an adjunct instructor at my school, I don't usually have the chance to travel to conferences, but I don't let that stop me; I'm always on the look-out for online learning opportunities and virtual communities to connect with. That's how I found myself participating in the Online Network of Educators blog club this past winter. You can learn more about that here: Reflective Writing Club.

One of the blog post prompts was about conferencing, and in my post I described what it was like to participate remotely at InstructureCon 2017: Thoughts on NOT attending conferences.

That blog post then led to an ongoing discussion with the Community team at Instructure, brainstorming about how to spread the InstructureCon energy far and wide. I'll be attending InstructureCon in person this summer, and my mission is to explore different ways to connect with remote participants, before, during, and after the conference. I am so grateful to Instructure for the opportunity, and I'm also very excited to see what we can learn from this experiment.

 

THE REMOTE EXPERIENCE

To find out more about our plans, check out the Community blog post "Come one, come all!" and also the open Canvas course I've created here: InstCon.LauraGibbs.net

Twitter and Flipgrid are two key components, and I'm really excited about an experiment we are calling the "Panda Drone." Last year, Linda Lee helped me feel like I was part of InstCon2017 with her tweet-reporting from exactly the sessions I too would have attended, and now for InstCon2018 I can be that on-site person, tweet-reporting for remote participants. Here's my schedule: Panda DronePad — as of this blog post, I have 5 session slots still open where you can send me to be your remote eyes-and-ears. Let me know where I should go!

 

THE VIRTUAL TENT

Using these different tools for connecting and sharing online, I hope we can expand the InstructureCon conversations in both time and space. You don't need a plane ticket or a per diem to participate remotely: just join in at Twitter or Flipgrid or the Canvas Community (and they're even live streaming all five fantastic keynotes). The virtual carnival tent has room for all, and I'm really excited about meeting old friends and making new friends, both at Keystone, and also online. 

Lee Clontz

Any InstructureCon runners?

Posted by Lee Clontz Champion Jun 26, 2018

I'll be getting in a few miles (4-7) on the Snake River trails in the mornings before InstructureCon. It's usually beautiful weather, low humidity, easy out-and-back with a few rolling hills. If anyone wants to come along, you're welcome to do so. We can meet at the Adventure Center at a time that makes sense (probably 6 or 6:30?). Just make sure to hydrate, because the thin air can definitely be challenging!

 

If you want to be kept in the loop, just comment or follow.

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls; step right up and get ready for the greatest educational conference on Earth!

 

Last year I made a handy printable schedule that seemed to be very popular. I figured there may still be a few relics like myself that like the paper for panning out the day. So with out further ado, I present the unofficial InstuctureCarn 2018 Program. Get it while it's hot. 

 

Unofficial InstructureCarn 2018 Program - Updated on 7/19/18  w/ session changes.

Unofficial InstructureCarn 2018 Schedule - Updated w/ Main Tent Location & updated Hack Night location on 7/16/18

 

As always, feel free to reach out to a fellow C.A.R.N.I.E.S.* if you need for info.

 

Note: I'll will try and keep this updated over the coming weeks in case of any last minute changes.

 

*Canvas Acrobats Reciprocating Nice Intelligence Each Second 

panda

Panda #stepsforbeth

Posted by panda Administrator Jun 26, 2018

Y’all ready for a partay? I am! In fact, I’m packing my bags (yes, red nose and floppy shoes included) in prep for InstructureCarn in Keystone, CO. I was going to ask my buddy Josh (Mr. Coates to you, btw) if he’d share an Uber with me, but then I ‘bumped’ into Beth from #stepsforbeth. Turns out she’s going this year!

 

A BIT ABOUT BETH

 

I missed catching up with her last year. For those who don’t know, days before her flight to InstructureCon 2017, she was hit with a super rare (1%) spinal stroke and was paralyzed from the waist down. Although we didn’t connect, I (along with many of my Canvas friends) followed her every step in her heroic journey back to health.

 

And just recently, she announced:

“Y'all....I got approval!!! Well 2 out of 4 of my medical team and my boss. With restrictions (i.e. wheelchair and must travel with someone who can assist me...family/friends are going to have to draw straws for this one).”

 

Of course, this made my giant panda heart happy. I first met <Beth> when she joined the Canvas Community in June of 2015. She’s a sharer (like me) and posts all sorts of goodies in the Community. We connected at InstructureCon 2015. I was just chillaxin’ by the tents, feeling all “kumbayawesome,” when (click!) she took this beautiful picture (Snapchat wasn’t really a thing back then).

 

We’ve been BFFs ever since.

 

 

But, I digress.

 

IT’S STEPPIN’ TIME

 

In hopes to re-create another memorable photo op with Beth, I will track my #stepsforbeth en route to Instructurecon 2018 (that’s 456.69 miles of dedication!). I’m going to use my paws (and since I have 4 of them, my steps will add up quickly. Sorry, humans) to track each step!

Will you join me?

 

GIVING YOUR STRIDE A KICK

This year I’ll start tracking my steps in stridekick and I can invite 100 of my Canvas friends to join me, virtually.

 

Here are the deets:

 

  1. Download the stridekick app
  2. Set up a stridekick account and connect your exercise tracker
  3. Direct Message my walking buddy and handler @Renee or email community@instructure.com and provide the email address you used to create the account and she’ll invite you (cuz she’s good like that)!
  4. Accept the invite and start your #stepsforbeth


Can I just say, “I love this community!” (Okay, now I’m going to start crying). But seriously, it’s not just about being Canvas users, but offering up your experiences that end up bringing out your passions, your humanity, and your deep friendships.

 

See you ‘clowns’ in Keystone!

Returning for the second year is an opportunity for you to ask your burning questions of Instructure’s engineering and product leadership team: Senior VP of Engineering David Burggraaf, Chief Architect Zach Wily, VP of Technology Services Q.Wade Billings, VP of Canvas Engineering Steve Townsend, VP of Quality Assurance Matt Fairbourn, and VP of Canvas Product Chris Hunter.

 

If you’ve been intrigued about the inner workings of Canvas, come and hear the team discuss topics such as:

  • Technical direction—APIs, Data access, standards, open source, micro-services, mobile, events/async notification
  • State of the art development and operations protocols: Amazon Web Services, security, ensuring quality and reliability, code deploys, monitoring and alerting
  • Product strategy
  • Availability, accessibility, and platform performance

 

This year, just like last year, you'll have the opportunity to submit your questions in advance. Interested in submitting a question?

  1. Review the questions posted in the comments below.
  2. When you find a question you'd like answered, click the comment's Like button.
  3. If your question hasn't already been posted, share it as a written or recorded comment (use Flipgrid, password is instcon18, to record and share the link). Once your question has posted, others will be able to see and Like your comment.
  4. Pertinent questions with the most likes will be answered.
  5. Questions will be accepted until Tuesday evening (July 24), the night before the session.
  6. If your pertinent question is not answered during the live panel, it will be answered in this comment thread after InstructureCon.

 

In the previous instructions, did you notice the word “pertinent”? The leadership panel is a high-level strategy conversation that is not intended to address tactical questions about specific product development. So what are some examples of pertinent, high-level questions? Here are a few:

 

Strategic/pertinent: Why do you release as frequently as you do?
Overly tactical: Our school needs you to release code every 6 weeks instead of 3, will you make that change, please?

 

Strategic/pertinent: I hear you guys do hackweeks. What is it and what has come from it?
Overly tactical: Will you please assign one of your engineers to develop [this one feature] during their hackweek?

 

Strategic/pertinent: I hear a lot about cyber attacks around the world. What does Instructure do to prevent unauthorized access? Have there been any breaches?
Overly tactical: How do I sign up to participate in your Bug Crowd hacking program?

 

Strategic/pertinent: How much money and time do you spend on R&D? How much is spent on new features? How much on maintenance? How much on HigherEd? How much on K12?
Overly tactical: How many engineers do you have on the Gradebook project?

 

Strategic/pertinent: How do you prioritize and allocate resources for your product roadmap?
Overly tactical: Why isn’t Quizzes.Next at parity with Canvas quizzes yet?

Matthew Jennings

Oh, RATS!

Posted by Matthew Jennings Jun 18, 2018

Come one, come all. Step right up and see how the we have begun to implemented iRATs and tRATS into a fully  course.

 

Working to apply Team Based Learning principles to an  course have proven to be a Herculean feat of  strength & determination. The start of this session traces back to a community post back in September 2017 (So You Want to Have Team Based Learning Quizzes). Come learn how we learned from our initial attempts and where we want to go in the future.

 

UPDATE 7/18/18: I hope to make this session a bit interactive polling, so if you plan to attend (& I hope you do) and can, please have a QR code reader or cell phone for texting with you. Hopefully we don't bring down the WiFi. 

 

Resources used in the presentation will be added after the session.

 

LOCATION: Castle Peak 3 &4

DATE: Wednesday, July 25th

TIME: 4:20-5:00 PM

 

Presentation Slides

Oh_Rats_InstCon18.pptx 

 

Session Video

Oh, RATS! - Matthew Jennings 

 

Resources from the Presentation

Team-Based Learning Collaborative - http://www.teambasedlearning.org

GoToMeeting (Virtual Meeting Platform) – http://gotomeeting.com

CATME (Peer Review Software) - http://info.catme.org

Poll Everywhere - https://www.polleverywhere.com

Grab the big shoes and pile into the car - https://community.canvaslms.com/message/108629-re-grab-the-big-shoes-and-pile-into-the-car 

 

Also congratulations to Lisha and Laura Gibbs on winning the #canvasstrong t-shirts in my session!!

 

As an exhibiting Partner at InstructureCon, we are thrilled that AspirEDU - Member | Instructure Partner Directory and all of the other partners will have our Exhibit Hall back in the Conference Center this year!

 

If you remember last summer, the partners were exhibiting outdoors near the Adventure Center.  This location was less convenient for attendees that wanted to pop into the Hall for quick conversations.  So HUUUUGE thanks to Instructure for getting us back in the main building.

 

As Kim and I talk to schools, we hear a consistent theme about Canvas -- there is no LMS that makes it easier to integrate with third party solutions, like our Dropout Detective, Instructor Insight and Retention Radar.  We hope all of the attendees will take a few minutes (or more) this summer to talk to all of the great partners about the value we can add to your Canvas experience.  See you there!

I had some time this morning to work on my #InstCon Canvas space, and I added a new section of Twitter Tips. I hope these tips can be useful both for people just getting started with Twitter and also with pro users!
Twitter Tips: InstCon Remote Control 

 

What this allows me to do is add a tag to an item at Diigo, and then that item will show up automatically in the Canvas space. Since these tips are also useful in my Twitter4Canvas course, I added the Tips Page there too.

Twitter Tips: Twitter4Canvas 

 

The power of distributed content: you update in one place, and the updated content appears everywhere!

 

Do you have suggestions about good Twitter resources, tip sheets, infographics, anything like that...? If so, let me know and I can add it to the list! You can leave a comment here, or ping me at Twitter: @OnlineCrsLady

 

Also, I've got a InstCon Twitter Challenge and an InstCon Canvas Course Challenge going too! :-)

 

And if you are curious...

 

MORE ABOUT RSS, DIIGO, AND INOREADER:

 

I cannot say enough good things at using Diigo for maintaining updated bookmark lists. The big advantages of Diigo for me are:
* tag single bookmark with multiple tags
* perform Boolean searches (AND, NOT, etc.)
* get RSS feeds for tags and searches
* quickly add images to bookmarks
* add brief descriptions to bookmarks

 

It's quick and easy to add/edit Diigo bookmarks, and then with Inoreader, I can display updated lists automatically in Canvas, in a blog post, in a website -- the Inoreader export works anywhere that you can use iframes. Once you are using Diigo and Inoreader (I am a daily user of both!), it just takes a few minutes to have a Diigo-powered Canvas page up and running:

 

1. DO DIIGO SEARCH. I do a search for the tag(s) I want at Diigo:
https://www.diigo.com/user/lauragibbs/?query=%23twittertips+%23instcon

 

2. GET RSS. At the bottom of that page I get an RSS link:
https://www.diigo.com/rss/user/lauragibbs/?key=a3aaadcbf6e9b6e275f9de769d76823b&query=%23twittertips+%23instcon&sort=updated

 

3. SUBSCRIBE IN INOREADER. I pop that RSS link in Inoreader, which subscribes me to the feed, and I put it in a folder of its own to make it easier to manage.

 

4. MAKE INOREADER FOLDER PUBLIC. I adjust the folder settings to make it public (export: on).

 

5. CONFIGURE INOREADER HTML CLIPPINGS. I use the HTML clippings to configure the display for something that looks good in Canvas: up to 10 items per page (although I don't have 10 items tagged yet):


<iframe src="https://www.inoreader.com/stream/user/1005987531/tag/InstCon%20Twitter/view/html?cs=m&n=10" width="670" height="3000"></iframe>

 

6. PASTE HTML INTO CANVAS. I create a Page in Canvas, and I put that iframe code in the page.

Presto, all done!

 

screenshot of Twitter Tips

This will be a true escape the room experience housed within a Canvas course.  What happens if you don't escape in time?  No big deal!  You will have access to the course after the session and can escape whenever you want.

 

Decorative image

Log in for resources.instructure.com

The course for this session will be housed within resources.instructure.com.  If you do not have an account for this instance of Canvas, you can save time by creating an account before this session. (Make sure to remember your password!)

 

 

What will you experience when you attend?

  • An interactive course where you can explore some features in Canvas and participate to learn a little bit about the Canvas Community at the same time.
  • Modules with required items and prerequisites.
  • Mastery Paths with a twist.
  • The integration of BADGR (yep, spelled correctly ) to award digital badges for completing modules.

 

Benefits of escaping:

  • You'll have the most fun you've ever had while using Canvas (Disclaimer: While there is no evidence to back this up, you should still have a good time.)
  • Experience ways Canvas features are used to help facilitate learning.
  • You will be awarded with digital photo props you can use to share your escape on social media using #Instcon.
  • You will be awarded several digital badges for completing modules through the challenge.

 

Your choice regarding ways to participate in the escape:

However you decide to participate is entirely up to you.  No matter what, you should be able to experience features within Canvas while also learning about the Canvas community.  

  • Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner scenario: Rush through and experience the features in Canvas to claim victory and share your escape. (Disclaimer:  There will actually be no chicken dinner unless you take yourself out afterwards.)
  • Valedictorian scenario:  Take your time and really explore the content of the course and delve into the learning.  This way may take a little longer with escape taking place after the session is over, but can still result in a successful escape.
  • Hybrid scenario: This is a combination of the Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner and Valedictorian scenarios.  This does not have to be a 50/50 split.  You can decide what blend you want to your mixture.  If you are more competitive, you may lean towards the Winner scenario.  If not, you may gain a deeper understanding of the Canvas Community.

 

Itinerary for this session:

  1. Brief introduction to session details (5-10 min)
  2. You attempt to escape (20-25 min)
  3. Q&A...or continue to try to escape if you are that into it (10 min)

 

Participant needs

  • Your own device (while the course works in a mobile browser, I find it more enjoyable on my laptop)
  • Paper and pencil to keep track of clues and notes for yourself
  • Willingness to participate and ask questions

 

Once session is over:

  • Course should be open so you can complete it and escape, review it, share it with others.
  • If all goes as planned, I will be sharing a copy of the escape course to the Commons.  This way you can import it into your own course and explore how things are set up from a teacher perspective.  (You will have to integrate the BADGR LTI into your course prior to using the badges and you may need to create your own badges.)   

I recently wrote (yet another) love letter to InstructureCon and had the privilege of getting it published on Extra Credit: The Canvas Blog, but a little bird told me it might make a great addition to the Community as well, so here it is (thanks for the idea, Adam Williams).

 


 

My phone rings. It’s our Vice Chancellor. He’s approving travel requests.

 

“What will you be doing on July 24th at 6:00 pm?” he says.

 

“I’ll be at InstructureCon!” I quickly answer. Because yes, I have the dates memorized.

 

He says, “You’ll be attending a reception at InstructureCon. And one the next day. And the next day. And there’s something called ‘game night’. I’m looking at a picture of a tent. It’s just one giant party, isn’t it?”

 

He’s joking, but I assure him that while – undeniably - opportunities for fun exist, there will be important stuff going on, too. Work-related stuff. Stuff that will fire up my neurons, so I come home with all sorts of bright, shiny, wacky notions. And I can’t wait.

 

I attended InstructureCons in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. They were four of the best conferences I’ve ever attended. In 2014, I even wrote an embarrassingly sentimental essay comparing InstructureCon to summer camp. I suspect I even shared it with some people. The gist of it still holds true – it’s more than just a conference, it’s an experience. The newbies and the cool kids and the counselors (that’s you, Instructure employees) all get together and spend a messy few days connecting, reconnecting, engaging in (100% work-related) shenanigans, and sharing and stealing amazing ideas with and from each other.

 

The other thing that's fun about InstructureCon? You never know what might happen. The conference planners do their best to throw in surprises and secrets, but sometimes even they can't control the crazy. It snowed one year. In June. And I'm really not sure where those snakes came from, but sure, I'll drape one around my neck, thanks!

 

InstructureCon 2018 (aka InstructureCarn) is coming. I’m excited to be headed back after missing InstCon 2016 and 2017. The FOMO was real. I wrote another embarrassingly sentimental piece about it last summer. I know for sure I shared that one, because it’s right there in the Canvas Community. It was a great realization, though, that even if you can’t make it in person, you can stalk enough streaming sessions and social media to feel the energy.

 

This year, I am hoping to run into some of the folks I’ve met at previous InstructureCons, and people I’ve connected with since. I am eagerly looking forward to the “too many choices” dilemma of session selection. And if InstructureCon 2018 is anything like my previous InstCon adventures, I will arrive home tired yet energized, weighed down by swag, and buoyed up by the enthusiasm of my fellow Canvas lovers.

 

 

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We will be co-presenting on the community contributions to UCF's UDOIT, an open source, accessibility self-auditing tool for Canvas. Karen and Jacob will provide a brief history of the UDOIT tool, and Michelle will describe how she got involved and developed the UDOIT User Guide which is available through Canvas Commons.

History of UDOIT

At UCF, approximately 40% of all courses offered each semester have at least one student requiring an accommodation, and one of the tasks of the Center for Distributed Learning department at UCF is to evaluate the online courses for possible accessibility issues for students.

As many of you already know, manually evaluating course content is time-consuming, so we set out to either find or create a tool that would fulfill the following goals:

  • Self-Service
  • Easy to Use
  • Provide Actionable Results
  • Educational to Faculty

In the end, we decided to take an existing tool we developed internally (built using the Quail PHP library) and integrate it into Canvas using the Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) standard.

In 2013, we won a $10,000 “Canvas Grant” from Instructure to kickstart the project. While not a condition of the grant, we decided that whatever we created would be released under an open source license so that it could benefit the community.

In June of 2015, we released UDOIT under the GPL V3 open source license on GitHub.

In 2017, Michelle, from Clemson University, developed a guide for UDOIT which is available from Canvas Commons under the Creative Commons license Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike. Be sure to come to our presentation to learn more about how she got involved and how she developed this resource.

In May 2018, the latest version of UDOIT (2.3.2) was released.

Meet the Speakers

  • Jacob Bates from University of Central Florida:
    • Jacob Bates has been a web developer for the past 14 years.  He began as a part-timer at the University of Central Florida using Flash and PHP to make educational games and other interactive elements for online courses.  After a stint in the private sector creating virtual training scenarios for the US Military, he returned to UCF to lead the Techrangers Team, a group of part-timers that create web applications, educational systems, and LMS integrations.
  • Karen Tinsley-Kim from University of Central Florida:
    • Karen is part of the Instructional Development, or "iDev," Team that creates tutorials and training to equip faculty, staff, and students to effectively use Webcourses@UCF and other online instructional assets. Karen coordinates Blind/Low Vision and Deaf/Hard of Hearing online content accessibility reviews. In 2014, her proposal for UDOIT (pronounced “You do it,” for the Universal Design Online content Inspection Tool), was awarded a Higher Education Canvas Grant for Applying Universal Design for Online Learning.
  • Michelle Tuten from Clemson University:
    • Michelle Tuten is the Accessibility Coordinator for Clemson University’s online education department (Clemson Online). She spends much of her time evaluating the quality of online courses, developing training materials, and assisting faculty in developing online classrooms that present fewer barriers to learning. In early 2017, she developed a user guide for UDOIT, which is just one example of how members of the Canvas Community can and do contribute to the development of UDOIT.

Link to Event in Agenda


[UPDATE]

Thanks to all who were able to attend! For those who weren't able to attend, check out the following links:

Twitter is a great tool for all kinds of purposes... including conferences! I've created this 10-Step Up-Your-Twitter-Game Challenge both for Twitter newbies and Twitter experts to make sure you are ready for #InstCon either as an on-site or a remote participant.

 

So... when you complete this 10 steps (do them one a day or do them all at once: whatever you want!), leave a comment here and I will issue a "Good Work!" badge for 100 points. I've got a heap of points to give away, and using those points to up people's Twitter game for InstructureCon would be my pleasure!

 

Ready for more? Build your own InstCon Resource course... you can include a Twitter feed in one of those pages for example.

The InstCon Canvas Course Challenge! 

 

And now, here are the 10 steps, which I've arranged into 4 groups. Screenshots and step-by-steps are for desktop Twitter, but you can do all these things with the Twitter app on your phone.

 

What have I forgotten? Let me know what other Twitter tips and tricks you would recommend:

 

 

GET STARTED. It's easy, I promise!

 

1. ACCOUNT. If you are new to Twitter, set up an account at Twitter.com. If you already have an account, easy-peasy: you can move on to the next item.

 

2. PROFILE. Complete your profile or, if you already had an account, tinker with your existing profile. You might change the header banner, or maybe update your tagline. I added #IinstCon to my tagline for example, and picked out a new header photo for the lazy days of summer.

 

screenshot of Twitter profile

 

3. TWEET WITH #INSTCON. The official hashtag for InstructureCon is #InstCon (no year, just #InstCon). Go ahead and tweet something with that hashtag. Are you attending onsite? Remotely? Have you attended in the past? Tell us more! All that fits in 280 characters. Here are my latest #InstCon tweetsJust click on the Tweet button in the upper right-hand corner to compose, and then hit "tweet" (you can add pictures with the picture icon in the lower left):

 

tweet form

 

 

GET CONNECTED. There are lots of people to connect with, and lots of ways to find them.

 

4. FOLLOW SOME PEOPLE. One fun way to find people to follow is to look at who someone else is following and find people that way. So, start by finding one person you know at Twitter, and then click on the "Following" number to see a detailed display of who they follow. Maybe you will want to follow some of the same people! Here is the detailed display of who I follow (although I also use a lot of lists instead of follows... more on that below).

 

5. PING SOMEONE IN A TWEET. Use the @ symbol to ping someone in a tweet, or you can just reply to a tweet (when you reply, it automatically includes the @ symbol). If you want to ping me, I'm @OnlineCrsLady. I'll ping you back by replying!

The reply is the speech-bubble icon at the bottom left of any tweet:

 

twitter reply icon

 

And when someone pings/replies to you, that shows up as a notification, which is the little bell icon along the top of the Twitter display:

 

twitter notifications icon

 

 

You're half-way there: 5 steps done; 5 to go. Now it's time to LEARN AND SHARE WHAT YOU LEARN. Twitter is all about connected learning!

 

6. EXPLORE #INSTCON HASHTAG. To see what's going on with a hashtag, just type #InstCon (or any hashtag) into the search box. Alternatively, you can just click on the hashtag in any tweet. Notice that when you look at a hashtag results, you can opt to see Top OR Latest tweets plus some other options. It defaults to "top" but personally I find the "latest" view most useful. Cruising through a hashtag is another great way to find people to follow. Here's the "latest" for #InstCon:

 

latest #InstCon at Twitter

 

7. RETWEET SOMETHING. When you retweet something, you can just retweet it as is, or you can add your own comment to the tweet. Either way is good! Twitter is all about tweeting and retweeting, and when someone follows you, they will see both your tweets and your retweets. To retweet, just click on the recycle icon along the bottom of any given tweet (see screenshot above). 

 

retweet screenshot

 

 

GET ORGANIZED. Remember: you are in control! Bookmarks, lists, and moments are the keys for me. 

 

8. BOOKMARK A SEARCH. Any search result is bookmarkable. So, when you find a useful hashtag or other search, bookmark it!

Here's what the #InstCon search results address looks like:
https://twitter.com/hashtag/InstCon?src=hash
And here is the address for the #InstCon "Latest" (the view I prefer):
https://twitter.com/hashtag/instcon?f=tweets&vertical=default&src=hash
Just like any URL, you can bookmark that address. By saving your moment important Twitter addresses (search addresses, list addresses, etc.) in a bookmarks folder, you can keep your Twitter activity focused and productive. And check out Advanced Search for tons of options -- and I recommend bookmarking that advanced search page for future reference too!

 

9. CREATE A LIST. Bookmarks help you organize content, and lists help you organize people. Lists also mean no ads, which is a weird miracle of Twitter: reading with lists, you never have to see ads!  You can keep lists private or you can make them public; I use both. Right now I'm creating a list of InstructureCon participants, both remote and on-site... if you want to join that list, let me know! Just tweet me: @OnlineCrsLady and tell me to add you to the list, or fill out this form.

Each list has a URL which you can bookmark too. You can bookmark your own lists, and you can also bookmark other people's public lists. Also, you don't have to be following someone to put them into a list; just click on the three dots to get the add/remote list option for any Twitter account. 

 

how to add to a Twitter list

 

10. CREATE A MOMENT. Ignore the stupid name: just think about Moments as being COLLECTIONS of tweets. It's all about staying organized: you can bookmark searches, you can put people in lists, and you can save tweets in Moments. I use Moments to save items to share with my classes for example. And of course I'll be creating some InstructureCon Twitter Moments when the time comes! Just click on the down-arrow in any tweet, and you will get the option to add that tweet to an existing Moment (collection), or to a new Moment. 

 

screenshot of how to make a moment

 

Did you do it all, 1 through 10? APPLAUSE! Leave a comment here so I can award you a Twitter badge of honor!

 

Is something not clear? Please let me know, and I will add more notes.

 

Tips to share? I've focused here on the Twitter basics that make it a useful tool for me, and it would be great to know what other Twitterati have found to be good Twitter strategies! Chime in below. 

 

And now.......... TWEET ON, PEOPLE! 

awilliams

Come one, Come all!

Posted by awilliams Administrator Jun 8, 2018

"Come one, come all!"

 

 

That is the carnival cry, yes? Well, this year one of you called us out on the conference for the "all" part. Let's be blunt, if we could figure out how to have a party with all of you there, we totally would! For a lot of reasons, it may prove difficult to make it to Keystone this year. We understand. However, no matter where you are, the carnival extends to you! This year we’re going to do even more to make that true.

 

First, all of our keynotes will be live streamed and you can register now! These aren't just your average live streams though. These will be multifunctional engagement rooms with chat, resource links, and much more!

Click button to register for livestream

(click to register for the livestream)

 

 

Second, we have an official #instcon flipgrid! The passcode is "instcon18".  People from all around the world, will be and already are posting video questions and responses about the conference. Download the mobile app for iOS or Android 

 

Third, we’re also calling out the person who called us out by bringing her to the conference! Laura Gibbs is an avid online educator and sharer. When we first started planning for this year’s conference, Laura expressed her desire for teachers and learners to share their educational conference experiences with each other in forums such as the CanvasLMS Community. Her words struck a chord with us and we invited her to this year's conference, with a special mission (oops, that was last year’s theme, right?). We have asked Laura to put her energy towards spreading the conference experience to anyone who is unable to physically be present in Keystone in July. Read Laura Gibbs' Blog and check out the amazing resource she has created in her InstCon Remote Control course where you will find:

  • Ways to engage with other remote participants and on-site participants, like Laura
  • A tool for connecting with others around specific sessions of interest
  • A Twitter feed of #instcon tweets and people
  • A form to include yourself in Laura’s twitter list for the Twitter widget
  • Ways to introduce yourself and meet other remote participants
  • Ways to share your own #instcon resources, be they a Canvas course, or not
  • Diaries from Laura and others attentinding on-site

 

We hope you will join us, from wherever you are! Post on our flipgrid, follow us on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, or Instagram, or if you prefer email, you can also sign-up to be contacted periodically about remote experience news and updates.

 

Do not let this experience pass you by. We want you to join us!