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This is truly the greatest EdTech conference on Earth!!


Overall Impressions

Wow! Where to begin? From the great Keynote with Michael Bonner to the many amazing sessions I do not think that I can do justice to what this conference means to me. It is the yearly jump start that I need. I am overloaded with information, tips, tricks and memories that even almost a week later I still haven't been able to process all of it.


I also cannot let one particular event go unmentioned. Many of you many have seen the stepsforbeth hastag flying around or may have seen the posts like Panda #stepsforbeth  & Stepping up the #stepsforbeth. At lunch on Thursday all of us that participated in the stepsforbeth challenge met up for a picture with a truly inspiring woman. Beth, if I didn't get to say this during the conference, I want you to know that your courage & determination are a great inspiration to me.


We can do hard things. Together.


Evening Activities

The Party Con Carny was the event to beat. There was great food...





& entertainment...



Random Thoughts

  • InstructureCarn swag was no joke. I brought and extra bag and still had to buy luggage to get stuff home.
  • I was able to get all 29 badges in the Carnival Quest!!
  • Canvas is an amazing product that makes teaching & learning easy
  • Think outside the box, Canvas does.
  • If Canvas as a product is a 10 out of 10, the people & community are a 20 out of 10.




*All of the content here is thoughts, opinions, musings and ramblings. It's like you just walked into my head.  Please excuse the mess. 


Peer review can be tricky, but there are great tools to help!!


Session Notes

More Fun Than a Barrel of Monkeys! Peer Review Options in Canvas

Victoria Maloy | Sr. Instructional Technology Consultant | University of Iowa


What are the advantages of Peer Review?

  • Learns from classmates
  • Comfort around giving/receiving from peer
  • Audience beyond teacher
  • Saves grading time
What do they need to complete a peer review?
  • Idea of requirements
  • Knowledge of the type of feedback to provide
  • Clear timeline
  • Rubric
Building a Peer Review Assignment
Stage 1: Turn in the Assignment (Think through due dates)
Stage 2: Distribute to Reviewers
Stage 3: Peer Reviewer grade
Stage 4: Returning the Reviews to Author.
Stage 5: Finish the Assignment
Canvas Peer Review
  • Already in Canvas
  • Can manually or automatically assign reviewers
  • Assign # of reviewers
  • Assign when the reviewers are assigned the review
  • Can make anonymous
  • Due date for initial submission, not reviews
  • No self-assessment option
Peerceptiv Peer Review
  • Works well for high enrollment courses to create writing assignments with plenty of feedback
  • Grading algorithms give students a reason to review mindfully
  • Quick view of student completion
  • Data and analytics dashboard
  • Allows author to give feedback to reviewer
  • Highly structured review format
  • No annotation on the document


Other tools



At the end of the session a Google Sheet was shared that offered comparisons of different platforms for doing Peer Review. Hopefully someone can share the link in the comments below.



*All of the content here is from my live session notes or straight from my memory. This means that I may miss something or be mistaken in my content. Please feel free to add to, put in context, or correct any mistakes by using the comments below. 


Live, interactive demo of an escape the room course.


Session Notes

Escape the Room: Canvas Carnival

Heidi Adams | Digital Learning Specialist | Lakota Local Schools
Ryan Corris |Digital Learning Specialist | Lakota Local Schools


Not a how to session.
Interactive with a course in  (Maybe if we are nice Heidi or Ryan will post the self registration link in the comments)  They have already shared everything here in the community.
Find their stuff here -> Escape the Room: Canvas Carnival 
Resources in community and Badgr support site.




After playing in the course for a while, I can attest that this is a cool concept and I look forward to further exploration soon.


*All of the content here is from my live session notes or straight from my memory. This means that I may miss something or be mistaken in my content. Please feel free to add to, put in context, or correct any mistakes by using the comments below. 


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Session Notes

After the PM Keynote a fellow Carnival Quest-er (apologies for not getting your name) & I got to collaborating and went on the hunt for some elusive QR codes, which left little time to make it back over to the session I planned to attend. However, I did get to my next session early where I got to spend some time talk with the canvasstrong Beth Crook. So while I get a F for session attendance I feel like I earned an A in community building and constructiveness.






*All of the content here is from my live session notes or straight from my memory. This means that I may miss something or be mistaken in my content. Please feel free to add to, put in context, or correct any mistakes by using the comments below. 


A lot of work has been done, but there is still more awesome to come.


Session Notes

Mitch Benson - Monsieur Le LMS Moderne
Final announcements with a song. On a side note I would to have the video of this performance. Maybe like the Canvas Release Notes History in 31 Seconds? Please!






*All of the content here is from my live session notes or straight from my memory. This means that I may miss something or be mistaken in my content. Please feel free to add to, put in context, or correct any mistakes by using the comments below. 


Make learning fun and people will learn more!


Session Notes

Exploring Edutainment in the Canvas Carnival!

Damian Noud | Team Leader, MRWED Learner Success Team | MRWED Training and Assessment



  • Not technical
  • Strategy and big picture approach
  • Includes activity, fun and laughter
  • Presented with Australian accent
Take option B for a fun presentation
You learn more having fun.
Education + Entertainment = Edutainment.
Why is edutainment necessary?
Want to avoid students burning their computer.
To keep focus on what is to be learned.
If you get it right it is magical.
If we use social media right then student will share.
Content is not boring, presenters are.
How do we use Canvas to edutain?
  1. Give course a human face
  2. Include videos
  3. Focus on activities not just teaching stuff
  4. Have lots of variety


Winning Examples
Started with basic home layout
Version 2
Version 3
Specific pages:
More port that they are introduced to terminology than completing the word search.
Have a fun discussion.
Please note that it was mentioned that ASS was a commonly acknowledged abbreviation for Assessments in Australia.
Next screen discusses the Chocolate and Assessments Methods.
Some fun activities that are then discussed as why they help understanding.
Given an unjumble then the answer with explaination of why teens are important.
Use a outside concept to overlay on what you are teach (ie flight plan for schedule)
Use a remembering quiz
Then screen explains what they are learning from the memory exercise.
10 Sins of Assessors
Remind them to stand up and take a break.
Resources and Tools
  • Canvas
  • Canva
  • PicMonkey
  • Sceencastomatic
  • Articulate
  • Storyblocks
Final Challenge
  • Think Big
  • Think Different
  • Think out of the box




*All of the content here is from my live session notes or straight from my memory. This means that I may miss something or be mistaken in my content. Please feel free to add to, put in context, or correct any mistakes by using the comments below. 

Hey everyone!


I have been following the post instcon 2018 tweets and blog posts. I saw that many were sharing their presentation materials and I wanted to do the same. 


My session presentation took place Wednesday morning and was titled, Virtual Tightrope: Balancing Form and Function to Create Student-centered Canvas Courses. Our blended learning program, UCVirtual, utilizes a student-centered, content-first approach to create engaging Canvas courses. In my session I shared how we integrate tools such as Articulate 360, Adobe CC, Badgr and the GoogleEdu suite with Canvas. This allows our course developers and teachers to balance the very best of instructional and graphic design. Takeaways from my session included tips and templates to jumpstart the development of engaging, instructionally sound, student-centered courses.


If you want to revisit my presentation and resource materials you can check out this Google Site:

Virtual Tightrope - UCVirtualPresents 


Here is the direct link to the presentation (the embed doesn't load on the site page for some reason):




PS The conference was fantastic and it was great to meet so many Canvas community members face-to-face! I am always amazed at the ingenuity and talent that is contained within our community. I am always interested in collaborating with and learning from others. Especially when it deals with making awesome courses for students.

This year at Instructurecon, the Community team gave an update on the Canvas Community. We wanted to tell people how much the community has grown and the main reasons people come to the community in the first place. We also wanted to convey why community as a concept is important to Instructure and also what goes on behind the scenes on a day-to-day basis.


The Canvas Community now gets over 3 million page views in a given month. To put that in perspective, that is 1.5x more than many corporate websites receive overall and about 3x what it was four years ago. Over 300k people have now created accounts with 6.5k more new accounts each month. About 20k users are active in a given month - voting, commenting, asking questions, linking, liking, etc. Most people come to the community looking for the answer to just one question, but by any measure a very high percentage of them become repeat visitors.


Manager of Community, Renee Carney talked about the process in which Canvas users come to the community to suggest ways to make Canvas better. Users then stay involved in a conversation back and forth with Instructure's Product team as the original idea is broken down and defined in terms of project requirements and then is built into Canvas.


Manager of Documentation, Erin Hallmark described the intricate and massive effort that goes on behind the scenes to keep all documentation for multiple products up to date with release cycles ranging from one week to three weeks depending on the product. They also provide change management documentation (aka release notes) for up to 12 different release cycles.


Overall there is a huge effort that goes into keeping everybody informed about how Canvas and its related suite of tools work and how they change. Thirteen full time employees and eleven part time contractors work to towards this goal. This is in addition to the thousands of Canvas admins and educators who participate in order to keep themselves informed, pass along information to their peers and help each other. As has always been the case, the purpose of the Canvas Community is to provide a way for people interested in Canvas to find the information they need and to connect with each other.


If you have questions about any of this or comments, as always, please share!


Slide Deck


Assessment of knowledge can take many forms, we just need to creative and make sure the student understand how they are being assessed.


Session Notes

Joel Mills | Deputy Director (Interim) | University Of Hull


Transitioned from Sakai in 2014

Canvas came out on top but beside the features was the ability to plugin other items via LTI
Excited to plugin Minecraft.
Case Study 1: Minecraft
Plugged in Minecraft usin BUKKITLTI
Setup a MOOC for Minecraft in 2015.
Once student goes in they can begin the assignment in Minecraft like build a small house. Submits the location of house for the assignment that instructor can go in and inspect.
They can also use pen and quill to submit a journal entry.
Faculty places a command block with grade that transfers to grade book.
Learning curve in Minecraft is very shallow and easy to learn.
Case Study 2: Testing and quizzing in Canvas
2 stage test to improve engagement and learning.
Test workflow:
If less than 80% feedback is given as hints for students to go back and learn.
After 80% test B give immediate grade but wait a week before giving feedback. Allows reflective process and transfer of knowledge. Encourages them to look into materials if want to know what was wrong.
In Canvas:
Test A
Set requirement on module to get 80%
Part B is setup with a prerequisite that Quiz A is complete.
Feedback with correct answers released a week later.
Don’t forget to publish!!
How grade were weighted:
Early findings was measurable significant difference.
Questions for A & B were similar but not the same.
Didn’t encounter a student that didn’t get the 80% but if happen it would probably invoke a meeting with student.
Case Study 3: Meet Dipesh
Dipesh likes assessment. He was setting up an assessment of assessment. He was teach on learning.
Feedback is expected to be written. But it is more than that. Students don’t understand that. Tutorials/Individual meetings can be feedback.
Talk to students about assessment.
More to come via other plugin
Side Note:
1pt white text between each word to fake out Turnitin. EEEKKKK!!!!

UPDATED - See The Impact of Creative and Varied Assessment Methods Using Canvas for the slides and ask the presenter questions.



*All of the content here is from my live session notes or straight from my memory. This means that I may miss something or be mistaken in my content. Please feel free to add to, put in context, or correct any mistakes by using the comments below. 


Be bold and think outside the box. Connect with your students on a personal level before pushing them to reach a new level of potential.


Session Notes

Michael Bonner: The Musical Magician
Be the change!
Awards day and mr grumpy didn’t get an award. Began de-escalation process. Kid kicked him in shin. Thought about quiting.
Education can be different if you are willing to step out of the box.
New class had very excited kids. Started this year with 70% below grade level.
Fidget spinners are the educational roaches.
Finished strong.
5 things to make change
What is your educational philosophy?
Media and culture have great influence
Equality vs Equity
Liberation is the best way
School Environment
School climate and School Culture
There are healthy and toxic school cultures.
Types of influencers
  • Believers are the big cheerleaders
  • The Tweeners believe & interst but not totally bought in.
  • Survivor are just getting through the day.
  • Fundamentalist believes that reform cannot happen.
Relationship before content
Doesn’t matter how much tech you put in the room.
You must know the student as a person.
18" from the brain to the heart. That is all it takes to make a difference.
Building engaging lessons
While brain teaching - memories are not located in a single part of the brain.
Adding culture to a lesson is like adding seasoning to cooking.
How many of the following do you know?
The Magic Sauce
What are you going to do to change your average place to an actual experience?

Additional Notes

I just wanted to add that this was my absolutely favorite Keynote presentation. Michael has a natural energy that is truly inspiring. I had to wait around and was able to speak with him for a few moments. He was as gracious, humorous and inspiring in a one on one meeting as he was on stage. He is the real deal.






*All of the content here is from my live session notes or straight from my memory. This means that I may miss something or be mistaken in my content. Please feel free to add to, put in context, or correct any mistakes by using the comments below. 

While you wait for all the #InstCon 2018 recordings to be available, I can share this information about my session on Blueprint courses. (See the attachment below for the slide deck.)


Presentation Abstract:

Blueprint offers the potential to save significant time in site setup, while ensuring consistency across courses. But when is it the best choice? We'll share lessons learned from Wharton's Blueprint pilot, including successful use cases, instructional design considerations, and strategies to avoid problems with group assignments, modules, and LTI tools.


Linda J. Lee presenting at InstructureCon

Photo: Thanks, Joe Schaffner!


And here's the video from #InstructureCarn: Lessons Learned From a Year with Blueprint Courses!


Resources in the Canvas Community:


Want to Help Improve Blueprint Courses?

Here are some feature ideas you can up-vote and/or comment on:

Hey Carn'ies!

Thought I would take the time to publish my slides from my presentation of the same name delivered at InstructureCarn 2018 on Thursday morning. Watch out for the recording to get the full @iLearningUK experience!


Joel with a packed house... people sitting on the floor too!

Laura Gibbs

2. All the Feels!

Posted by Laura Gibbs Jul 30, 2018

Yesterday I wrote about my Panda-Drone hat (Hats are Good), and one of the useful things about the hat was that it allowed people to recognize me who had not met me in person before... which is pretty much everybody I met at InstructureCon, aside from the people I had met at Project Khaki. And that brings me to the topic of today's post: ALL THE FEELS. I really do not have words to describe what it was like to meet people I've known  for years and years but whom I had never met in person. It was... wonderful......!


The very first person I met up with was on Tuesday morning: Mathieu Plourde. Just by coincidence, he happened to be in the registering at the same time as I was! We then had a long conversation (I'll save that for tomorrow's blog post: I learned about TPACK for the first time!)... and here's a picture where Mathieu connected up that evening with me and also with Phil Hill and Michael Feldstein, all of us long-time acquaintances : yay!!!


Mathieu, Michael, Phil, and Laura

And the next day I finally connected with Michelle Pacansky-Brock , after playing telephone-tag and text-tag and tweeting each other; she figured out that a good place to rendezvous would be the big C·a·n·v·a·s letters just outside the conference center. That worked! Here's a picture:


Michelle and Laura

Getting to meet up with old friends like this was an incredible privilege; there's nothing like a real hug!


At the same time, I have to add that the way we all got to know each other was by connecting : through blogs, Google+, Twitter, etc. When I met new people at InstructureCon, I was really happy when I found out that they are active at Twitter or in the Canvas Community, because that gives us a way for us to keep on connecting and learning from each other in the days and years to come.


There were also people I wanted to see at InstructureCon but whom I did not manage to run into. It was so chaotic, and there were so many people there: nothing had prepared me for the COLOSSAL scale of the event itself. But of course we can always just keep on connecting ... asynchronous meetings are easier to arrange, that's for sure, even if hugs are more fun.


Did anybody else have that thrill of meeting up with long-time virtual friends in actual reality...? For me, that was THE BEST THING of all... in the midst of so many other good things too. More about those other things to come. :-)


So many good sessions & activities that it is hard to know what to do. Just make a choice and plan to watch the rest later.


Overall Impressions

So after a full day of InstructureCarn down, I can still say this is the greatest educational conference around. There is such a wonderful diversity of educators, technical wizards and Canvas employees that no matter what you are wanting to know you can find it. The down side to all of the awesome success is that it can seem overwhelming and hard to know how to find what you are looking for. Thankfully the people of the Canvas community are the most friendly and helpful in the world, so all you have to do is ask.


Evening Activities

The Street Fair at River Run was another amazingly well put together event full of music, performers and food. While I still think the lines are out of control and would make any K-12 teach go bananas, I'm am not sure if there is a better way to handle it. Trudging through the chaos with two children did make it a challenge but we were eventually able to find food and a place to sit to eat.


While I'm on the topic of food and kids, I really wish that the food options were more kid friendly, especially for the price of the kid's pass to be able to get food. I would have even been happy to have a special kid's boxed meal that had PB&J, chips & a drink that would have kept me from trying to convince my kids that what I was asking them to eat was delicious and would not kill them. 


But I digress.


We were able get a family caricature early on before the lines were busy. Not so sure it's the best representation, or why my youngest has a mullet, but it was a lot of fun and a great memory.




Hack Night

Hack night is one of my favorite nights. I generally try to come in with at least one problem that I am looking to find help solving. While I totally did that this year, I completely blew the prep work. I forgot all of my files on a thumb drive that I left in my office. I had a co-worker email them to me, but didn't download them to my laptop prior to arriving at Hack Night. I spend probably a good 30 minutes fighting the internet in the room before finally getting it downloaded. then I had a hard time finding the person I was trying to find to help me. When Robert finally found me, things got going well.  My oldest son (who really wanted to come) started nodding off and I had stayed longer than I told my wife I would keep him out, so we exchanged info to keep working through the issue offsite.


I give Hack Night an A+, my execution a C-



Random Thoughts

I really got in to Carnival Quest this year. That is the Badgr scavenger hunt to find the hidden QR codes that were placed around the conference. This got to very fun and helped me meet several other "hunters". Only only wish I did a better job of remembering their names (Sarah, Anthony, & one other that I am totally blanking on at the moment) so I could tag them here.




*All of the content here is thoughts, opinions, musings and ramblings. It's like you just walked into my head.  Please excuse the mess. 

This is when I presented so unfortunately I was unable to go to any of the other sessions.


You can find more about my presentation at Oh, RATS!


Happy Canvasing!

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I skipped this session to do the final prep work on my session that occurred in the following hour. Sorry but I have no info on this hour's sessions. Check out some other amazing posts from the InstructureCarn 2018 Blog




*All of the content here is from my live session notes or straight from my memory. This means that I may miss something or be mistaken in my content. Please feel free to add to, put in context, or correct any mistakes by using the comments below. 


Project Delphinium helps to "skin" Canvas for gamification, using the core motivational mechanics of games and applies them to educational content to increase the students desire to learn the content.


Session Notes

Move From the Sideshow to the Big Tent With ADVANCED Gamification in Canvas

Jared Chapman | Assistant Professor | Utah Valley University


2012- I wish students were as addicted to my homework as they are their phones.
Delphinium is growing
What is gamification?
The power of games
About 40% of population are considered gamers.
Gamification is everywhere. McD’s monopoly is gamification
Educational Gamification is not a game.
Learning games are expensive and time consuming.
Gamification draws the motivational part out of the game and apply it to a non-game experience.
People play games because they want to but school work is required.
Gamification get results; 72% stayed it was more fun and is true of all demographics.
We have a responsibility to our students’ success!
To increase motivation
  • Competence
  • Autonomy
  • Relatedness
Backwards design
  • Outcomes
    • Better grades
    • Decrease WFDs
    • Deeper knowledge
  • Attitudes & Behavior
    • Skill
    • Will
    • Thrill
  • Game Elements
    • Audit
Project Delphinium is an LTI skin that allows interactive widgets/dashboard.
Can’t move pieces of older architecture
Newer architecture allow for things to be easily swapped around.
Canvas & PD allows this easy swap.





*All of the content here is from my live session notes or straight from my memory. This means that I may miss something or be mistaken in my content. Please feel free to add to, put in context, or correct any mistakes by using the comments below. 


Access is not enough! If you can’t bring people to the learning, bring the learning to the people.


Session Notes

Jared Stein - The Great Stratego

Learned that a little autonomy motivates.
Video highlighting how underserved communities are benefitting from having access to Canvas.
Access is not enough!
If you can’t bring people to the learning, bring the learning to the people.
There is a difference in teachers that care about their students and that care for their students.
Starting to identify items that focus on student engagement.
Canvas X
Nudge is a tool designed to prompt students to engage in their course when they need to the most.
Canvas X is about experiments and learning
The users are where the awesomeness lives in Canvas.
Introduces Melisa
Melissa works with the partners & integration team.
Open technology means
  1. Providing wide rage integrations.
  2. Rich partner network.
Indiana university quick check LTI
LTI Avantage now released & Canvas is an early adopter.
Canvas is now bring Badgr to all Canvas accounts.



*All of the content here is from my live session notes or straight from my memory. This means that I may miss something or be mistaken in my content. Please feel free to add to, put in context, or correct any mistakes by using the comments below. 


Playing increases learning and makes it fun! 


Session Notes

Step Right Up, Grab Coins and Level Up with Canvas Levels of Learning

Bradley Moser | Director of Blended Learning | Blue Valley School District

Hayden Galler | Educator | Blue Valley School District


Canvas LOL LIVE course in the Free for Teacher domain.
Video games are fun and challenging.
Let’s play!
Created 3 levels of learning with 6 coin badges to earn. Once you have the coins you unlock the castle.
Created quizzes/question banks for different levels of questions.
Final task was to create a screencast submitted as an assignment with rubric. This allowed for meaningful feedback and gave great insight into what teachers were doing in their course.
Module set up to release based on the completion of a quiz.
They use Badgr because it’s RAD!
There are a total of 22 badges.
Used Google Draw to make it easy to modify.
Used this to begin microcredentialing. Badgr just released paths.
Developed swag to give out to faculty to promote.
Canvas Common has the LOL course.
Tips for starting a microcredentaling
  • Test the different platforms
  • Figure out what the badge means
  • How does it all organize



*All of the content here is from my live session notes or straight from my memory. This means that I may miss something or be mistaken in my content. Please feel free to add to, put in context, or correct any mistakes by using the comments below. 


Chatbots are a very helpful and innovative way to help users solve common issues, but building it takes a lot of time & planning. 


Session Notes

Yes, Dave, I CAN Do That: Building a Canvas Support Chatbot

ErinGreen |Senior Project Management Specialist | Northwestern University

Patricia Goldweic | Senior Software Developer | Northwestern University

Jonathan Diehl | Senior Blended Learning Specialist | Northwestern University


Intro to Chatbot

Why build a chatbot?
What if 24/7 Canvas support went away? Also a way to work with IBM Watson.
User asks goes to chatbot then back to info.
Asks questions to narrow the path in the decision tree.
Intent- the users intention when coming to the chatbot.
High level analysis of tickets for creating ground work of the chatbot.
Classified the common issues to determine users intents.
Top10 Intents of about 170.
First version focused on the top 50 intents.
Created the sample. Made 10-20 for how a user would state the intents.
4 main responses
  1. Direct response
  2. Decision tree
  3. Recommended reading
  4. Escalation
Use google search when it doesn’t know answer.
Added to ticketing system.
User interface.
Chatbot LTI located in the Help menu.
The inferential knowledge is optional but helpful. This is determining role from context of the question.
Having dynamic learning will help the bot learn for the user responses.
Devices used
  • Botkit
  • AWS services
  • Google
  • Dashboard lite - used for analytics.
Lessons Learned
Where is it now? In the Canvas help menu! Soft launch for fall.


*All of the content here is from my live session notes or straight from my memory. This means that I may miss something or be mistaken in my content. Please feel free to add to, put in context, or correct any mistakes by using the comments below. 


Schools most successful when it connects people to community, not isolate themselves in their ivy towers.


Session Notes

Adora Svitak - The Flying Philosopher


NOTE: I lost several of the images that I took during the session. I have noted where I am borrowing an image found on Twitter.

Looking back to what she was grateful for.
Experiences that put her in places close to passionate people willing to stand up for what they believe.
What should education do? Schools most successful when it connects people to community, not isolate themselves in their ivy towers.
We need to focus also on who we are, not just who we want to be.
Most students educational success is determined more by their zip code that their potential.
Meritocracy describes a new class of students based on the success on test. It was intended to be satire and a warning. But we can not quantify the ability of someone’s merit based on a test. It is not sufficient.
It’s not enough to make people smart but we need to make them good.
We need young people to fight for what the world should be, not what it is.
How can we teach about the world while isolating them from the world?
A huge part of creating social change is building community.
Students are not a bridge from matriculation to graduation but mountain movers & Trail Blazers. They are dynamite.
We can use technology to either isolate or to bring together. Education is a valuable resource not a commodity to be bought.
We need to fundamentally change the purpose of school. Schools need to be incubators for change in the world.



*All of the content here is from my live session notes or straight from my memory. This means that I may miss something or be mistaken in my content. Please feel free to add to, put in context, or correct any mistakes by using the comments below. 

Laura Gibbs

1. Hats Are Good

Posted by Laura Gibbs Jul 29, 2018

I had to make my HAT the first of these "month of InstructureCon" posts... because the hat was how most of my random InstCon conversations would start! "Hey, cool hat," somebody would say, or they would ask me if it was swag and where they could get theirs. That was all I needed to launch into my spiel about how I was the Panda-Drone from the Canvas Community, and how people had picked sessions for me to attend, etc. etc. Perfect way to launch a discussion about Community with literally every person I met at InstructureCon. I even talked about it with people who weren't part of the conference, like our nice shuttle drivers, the catering guys (some of the catering guys had impressive hats too!), people in my condo building, etc.


I wore the hat everywhere, all the time, which meant I was always getting questions, along with looks from people who seemed like they wanted to say something... even if they didn't come right out with it, ha ha. Wearing a T-shirt with a message is another good way to get conversations started, but the hat worked even better than a T-shirt because it was, well, weirder. And it really does help to have a conversation starter. Once a conversation gets going, I'm pretty much unstoppable... but getting a conversation started is not easy for me. The hat took care of that! It also was useful for people who were looking for me; they might not know my face, but they could look for the person in the drone hat. I tried to sit in the front row of every session I attended; here I am sitting next to Bonni Stachowiak at Linda J. Lee's presentation (this was the first time I met Bonni in person... and I had just met Linda for the first time the night before!). The hat does help to stand out in a crowd (and InstCon was seriously crowded; more on that in a future post).


Linda's presentation at InstCon with panda drone in front row


So, THANK YOU to Adam Williams for coming up with the idea of the Panda-Drone . I really liked having people find sessions for me to attend (I'll have more to say about that later)... and then the hat itself also proved to be a big part of my InstructureCon experience. If you too want a hat like this, just search Amazon for "propeller beanie" -- so many options (the banner image above is a "customers who bought this also bought..." screenshot from Amazon). I packed the hat very carefully both coming to Keystone and going home so that the propeller didn't get crushed. If I ever get to go to InstructureCon again, the hat will come with me!


Here's a tweet from Tuesday morning where I managed to take a video selfie with the propeller spinning... ready for InstructureCon lift-off! :-)


Laura in the drone hat

There were other people with excellent hats also; the awesome ladies from Broward County had hats! I will be writing up a blog post later about their presentation:


Broward County school district at InstructureCon: ladies in hats


Renee Carney and Erin Hallmark also had hats... maybe they have a picture they can share here? Oh, Scott Dennis had a great hat also that he wore during the Community presentation. And Sean Nufer had some fabulous hats that were prizes at his presentation. Is there a picture of someone wearing that beautiful jester hat? I haven't checked out the Instagram stream at all yet; I bet there are hats there too! So, share your hat pix here, people! As I find more, I'll come back around to this post and include them. :-)


Meanwhile, there will be more posts with this tag here at the Community; click anytime to see where I am so far:



Blog on, everybody!

Laura Gibbs

A Month of #InstCon!

Posted by Laura Gibbs Jul 28, 2018

Hey, everybody! I am back home after the wonderful whirlwind of InstructureCon... wow wow wow. I arrived in Keystone late on Monday (weather adventures in Denver; our plane was one of the lucky ones that got to land after they reopened the airport), and I got home today (red-eye flight through a happily uneventful Denver).


I hope a lot of people will share their thoughts and reflections here at the Community (and, even better: I really hope we will see new people participating here!) ... and on the plane last night, I was pondering how on earth to convey all the greatness of my time at InstructureCon. I can't manage to write it all now, and I don't want to forget, so I decided on this strategy: I'm going to do a month of #InstCon posts here. I wrote out a list of the topics I want to cover (see below). Using a "month of..." approach helped me put a limit to things (there is SO MUCH I could write about), focusing on what really stands out as I look back with everything still fresh. Also, I stuck to three-word titles just to keep it short and sweet... for now, ha ha.


I'll be back with the first post starting tomorrow... but first I want to check in here and see what's been going on here while I've been gone! Meanwhile, since every #InstCon post deserves a picture, here's a beautiful one from Paul Erickson at Twitter.


panda toy at Keystone; photo by Paul Erickson


And the banner image is from Ryan Seilhamer at Twitter. (It's gorgeous, Ryan!)

So, here's what's coming for this coming month; I'll use #InstCon30 as my hashtag here. :-)


  1. Hats are Good
  2. All the Feels
  3. I am TPACK
  4. Inspired by Earl
  5. An Unexpected Encounter
  6. The Canvas Past
  7. Give Me Bananas!
  8. It's Panda Elvis!
  9. The Wifi Mystery
  10. Fun with Polling
  11. Blog On, Guy!
  12. Power of Vulnerability
  13. Go, Broward County!
  14. I Won Something!
  15. People of Instructure
  16. Adora, Karen, Usha
  17. The Bonner Challenges
  18. Embedding with Sean
  19. Expertise: Deep and Broad
  20. A Human Cannonball?
  21. Best Clown Ever
  22. Riding with Scott
  23. Total Feedback Bliss
  24. Famous Chinese Translator
  25. Thank You, Photographers!
  26. Power of Twitter
  27. Growing My PLN
  28. Limits of Space/Time
  29. Conference Beginner's Mind
  30. Can*Innovate is Coming

Many of you at InstructureCarn 2018 (and via chat in our live streams) noted how much you liked the Canvas release notes video that Josh Coates shows in his opening keynote. The keynote itself won't be posted for a while (watch for an announcement in the Community when it's available), but for now, you can re-live the past 1800 pages of release notes from June 2011 to July 2018 in lightning speed! Originally sung by Survivor, this video's Eye of the Tiger accompaniment may or may not be picked up later by the chipmunks...


In case you're interested in the actual document, here's the Canvas Release Notes archive PDF: canvas release notes 2011-2018.pdf. Not only has the number of features we've launched varied through the years, but the layout of the notes have continued to evolve, too. Just in case you think that kind of stuff is interesting.



Release Notes Video (Josh Coates' Keynote)


Picture of the giant inflata



Instructure really out did themselves this year, but man those food lines in the conference center. 



Overall Impressions

I love Canvas and the wonderful community that is brought together each year at this conference. Seeing old friends (like Kona Jones, Scott Dennis, Ryan Seilhamer, Kenneth Rogers, Renee Carney and even more than I can list) and meeting new ones like (Beth Crook, Robert Carroll, Victoria Maloy). But I am getting head of myself. 


The opening Keynote by Josh Coates was fantastic as always. You can read my recap of that here - InstCarn Recap: Day 1 - PM Keynote 


Evening Activities

There was a lot of fun to be had at the Parade of Partners, but hopefully you were really hungry.  The lines for the food were insane and it was really hard to know exactly what you were in line for or if you were really in line at all.  Aside from that, the vendors were awesome as always and swag was plentiful. The award for the best stuff goes out to Knowbly with the carnival room filled with cotton candy, strong man challenge, air brush tattoos, plinko, soccer challenge and a (play money) cash grab.


Game Night

Game night is another highlight for me, although it is very different when you have your family there. My oldest son really wanted to play King of Tokyo so we grab it and got a quick intro by a helpful Canvas team member whose name I didn’t catch. While neither of my boys or I won, we still had a great time.  We also play a game of Blockus than my youngest wanted to play before calling it a night. 


Random Thoughts

Even with the chaos of the evening reception, this is still the greatest edtech conference in the world. Hands down. No question. No way to convince me otherwise.


Kudos to the Events Team that pulls this off each year.




*All of the content here is thoughts, opinions, musings and ramblings. It's like you just walked into my head.  Please excuse the mess. 

InstructureCon18 brought, yet again, another exciting lineup of Product announcements. Some are ready for release, while others are preparing for release in the near future. It can be difficult to remember every exciting announcement, so we created this summary and resource post for you. Use the table of contents below to quickly navigate.



Analytics 2 for Teachers

Canvas Analytics 2 saves teachers time by providing comprehensible at-a-glance data to help them quickly and easily identify at-risk students in their course. Information is offered through interactive and actionable dashboards that answer students’ most common performance and participation questions, providing information for proactive course correction.


  • Open Beta for Course Grade Chart will be available mid fall.
  • Open Beta for Performance and Participation Chart will be available 6-8 weeks later.
  • If you're interested in joining the Analytics 2 Open Beta group, contact your CSM once the open beta is announced in the fall.



Anonymous & Moderated Grading

Removing marking bias is a difficult but necessary task to ensure fair marking practices for any institution. We have improved the moderating and anonymity features in Canvas to further reduce marking bias within courses.


   Available Now



Arc Public API Version 1.0

The Arc Public API places the power and ability in the hands of you to extend the value of Arc. This initial release will focus on media upload integrations.


   Available Now


Arc Video Quizzing Live Preview

Arc Video Quizzing will provide educators a new and innovative way to create engaging and impactful learning experiences through video. Educators can create, deliver and assess/analyze/evaluate how well learners comprehend course video content in real time. With the Arc Video Player, learners experience intuitive and interactive learning integrated directly in their courses.



  • Coming in the next year.


  •   Will be provided upon release.


Content Duplication

Previously, course content items could only be duplicated individually. With the recent Modules update, instructors can duplicate entire modules. Please review the Canvas Release Notes and Canvas documentation to view the specifications and limitations of module duplication.


   Available Now


Developer Key Management

Admins can manage the state and actions of API keys created for third-party tools. These changes allow admins to control direct access and specific API endpoints for a third-party tool associated with their institution.


   Available Now




We made a commitment to the community to get to feature parity with Crocodoc.


   Available Now




Gauge changes the face (and results) of the AMS landscape by understanding that just testing is not enough. You need testing that delivers actionable data that can then impact teaching and learning. You need assessment that improves student achievement. And it would be nice if it were a one-stop learning and assessment tool—scalable, easy-to-use, easily customizable, with a modern, intuitive user experience. Gauge is all of that and more.

   Available Now

  • Visit for more info and to get a demo


Granular Permissions: UI Update

The Granular Permissions UI update will be the first of three phases. It will provide clarity for each permission, any dependencies, and help admins to better manage a subset of roles and permissions. It also provides the framework under which granularity can be added.


   Available Now

  • Release Notes: New user Interface
  • Description text will be added with the following release.



Mobile: Camera Access for Embedded Images

The Rich Content Editor supports inserting an image by taking a photo or selecting an image from your device.


   Available Now



Non-Scoring Rubrics

Non-Scoring Rubrics increases qualitative feedback options in Canvas. This feature specifically focuses on Rubrics without points, custom Learning Mastery Gradebook levels, and Enhanced UI and UX of the Student Learning Mastery Gradebook.


   Available Now



Outcomes: Bulk Import

This work allows for the ability to bring Outcomes into Canvas in a bulk capacity via CSV and allow for institutions to more easily populate their accounts with Outcomes as well as their courses.


   Available Now



Parent App 2.0 / Pairing Codes

Simplified account creation and login for Canvas Observers from Canvas Parent and Canvas web.


   Available Now


Section Specific Announcements

Instructors can now create section-specific announcements in their courses. When creating an announcement, instructors can select to send the announcement to all sections, one section, or multiple sections.


   Available Now



Section Specific Discussions

Instructors now have the ability to invite specific sections to view and participate in a discussion so it can be focused to the right audience.


   Available Now



Student App Page View Reporting

Canvas Student mobile app now reports page views to Canvas web.


   Available Now



Student Planner: Student To Do List View

The Student Planner will help students prioritize what they need to do across courses, identify missed opportunities, and add their own items to their list of to-dos to help them manage their time in one place.



  • Release Date: August 4, 2018


  • Will be posted when available


A modern, elegant, and scalable testing engine that brings elegance and simplicity back into testing (if it was ever there to start). Quizzes.Next specifically focuses on delivery and reporting, question management and item banking, and simplified design and responsive user experience.



  • General Availability: June 30, 2018
  • Feature Parity: In Progress
  • Canvas Quizzes EOL: TBD once feature parity is complete



If all of this creative work sparked some creative ideas, there are channels for you to share.

  • First, search existing ideas in the Ideas space to see if someone already submitted one like yours.
  • If you don’t see an idea like your own, submit a new idea at the bottom of the @studio page.
  • Then, let your Customer Success Manager know about your ideas (share links): they’re great champions for you!

This is a collections of resources and place for discussion for the 2018 Instructurcon presentation titled, "Accessibility for Everyone?".

Session Description

Accessibility is hard when you focus on legal requirements that only benefits a specific group. Changing the discussion to an ethical responsibility that benefits all learners is a game changer. Come learn strategies to transform attitudes around accessibility from anxiety to enthusiasm and more usable  courses for everyone.


Accessibility for Everyone? PowerPoint Slides

Resources and Notes

  1. Tool to Identify and Delete Unused File Blog Post (Leave a comment there if you are interested)
  2. More information on the Curb Cut Effect:
    1. The Curb-Cut Effect
    2. The Curb Cut Effect: How Making Public Spaces Access to People with Disabilities Helps Everyone
  3. Blackboard Ally Tool
  4. Why GOV.UK content should be published in HTML and not PDF
  5. Canvas Curb Cuts - Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Success Criteria
    1. Consistent Navigation (3.2.3)
    2. Use of Headings (2.4.10)
    3. Helpful Link Text (2.4.4)
    4. Color Contrast (1.4.3)
    5. PDF Files that Don’t Suck (1.1.1)


Canvas is an awesome, customer focused product that has gotten better with growth. Find small ways to increase your gratitude each day. 


Session Notes


Josh Coates: The Sultan of SaaS
Did our mental warmups.
Intro about Instructure.
They develop software that makes people smarter.
Raised satisfaction from A- to an A
Uptime stats for last year 99.992% uptime. Down for about 3 minutes a month.
History of Instructure
YouTube video
Closed over 100 contracts in the first year.
Started to move into K-12
Video was scrubbed by marketing team. Show a sample. It was amazing.
Show usage stats during Super Bowl. Beyoncé’s halftime show stopped learning.
New features over the years.
Show video of release note from last ten years.
Thanks for all the support, courage, patients and friendship.
Shares about gratitude.
Always happy with what we have until we see something better.
Gratitude produces:
  • Blocks toxic emotions
  • Produces resilience to stress
  • Strengthens social ties
Ways to increase gratitude.
Can even find something good about Comic Sans
Text written in comic sans improves comprehension.
Introduces Dan Goldsmith, President of Instructure for Q&A. I recorded the audio, and will insert later. 
Josh does a magic trick.







*All of the content here is from my live session notes or straight from my memory. This means that I may miss something or be mistaken in my content. Please feel free to add to, put in context, or correct any mistakes by using the comments below. 

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Beth Crook

Because...I'm back.

Posted by Beth Crook Champion Jul 23, 2018

One year ago, while still in the ED Ops part of the Emergency Room....24 hours and still testing with no idea why I'm paralyzed from the waist down, my husband asked me when I was going to cancel my trip to Colorado.  I was leaving just a week later for InstructureCon '17. My answer was, "eh, I'll give it until Wednesday. My legs could wake up by then." Well, come Monday we had our answer and started canceling.


Today, with the effort of SOOO many people for helping make this happen, two long days of traveling, a lot of juggling of luggage and wheelchair (by my best friend) and trying to figure out the smallest little details, I am sitting on this balcony, 9,350ft in the air smelling the cool mountain rain, and having a big ugly cry. Why? Because I'm here. I made it. I've worked harder this past year than I have my entire life. Mentally and physically.  And I am here. Which, of everything I've spent thinking and reflecting over the past couple of weeks as my 1 year PS (post stroke) came and went, this is what has allowed me to release. Because I'm back.




If you have been following along in my adventure, whether through #stepsforbeth or just through posts here in the Community, please come say hello and introduce yourselves. I won't be hard to find! 


And here we are... the last day of the 10 Days of #InstCon Twitter. Some people are already on their way to Colorado, but I'm still here in NC, ready to pack this weekend and then fly out on Monday. For this last post about the power of Twitter, I wanted to encourage everybody who is participating in InstructureCon this week, either onsite or at home, to pin an #InstCon tweet to your profile. It's easy to pin a tweet: just click the top right menu button of any tweet in order to pin (or unpin) that tweet from your Profile. Here's what you'll see at my @OnlineCrsLady profile:


screenshot of pinned tweet at Twitter profile


I'd also encourage everybody to take a minute to update your profile too: just adding a few words about yourself, along with a link to a website or blog or course site is very helpful for people connecting with you at Twitter!


And if you're looking for a panda meme maker, I have a Padlet of Cheezburger Pandas you can use here; that's how I made the "Connecting the Pandas" image and also the one below. Just click on the pink link to go to the Cheezburger page and make your meme.


Panda waves: see you in Keystone and online too



And ICYMI here are my Twitter 10 leading up to today:


1 #InstCon and the InstructureCon App

2 Twitter and the Panda Drone

3 #InstCon in your Twitter Profile

4 #StepsforBeth

5 #SoloPandas

6 Wakelet

7 Twitter Photos

8 Twitter Tips

9 Attendees: Onsite AND Remote List

Yes, I've been trying to keep a list of attendees for InstructureCon ... and, I hasten to add, that means onsite AND remote attendees. As a very engaged remote attendee last year, I really hope I can do a good job of connecting onsite and remote participants, and a Twitter list is a great way to do that.


In fact, Twitter lists are a great way to do anything at Twitter: I spend all my time at Twitter using lists or following hashtags. And this InstructureCon list is becoming a fun one to watch! There are over 150 people on the list now, which means there are lots of tweets from list members all the time; check out the latest:

InstCon Attendees on Twitter 


If you want, you can subscribe to that list or you can just bookmark it; that's what I do -- I have a folder of Twitter lists that I've made and/or bookmarked, and I can always find new things to learn about thanks to the wide range of educators and writers and artists and inspiring people on those lists.


Like any social network, Twitter is a powerful tool for sharing knowledge: I share what I know, and I also share what I find at Twitter; other people are doing the same, so on that list, you will get information from me and from the people I retweet, plus from the other people on the list, and all the items that they retweet, and so on. Go ahead and take a look at the list to see what you find! And if you want to save some tweets, just save it to a "Moment" (that's a quick and easy way to save tweets for future reference from right there inside Twitter).


So, please let me know who else I should put on this list! I did my best to find the presenters, but of course not everybody is at Twitter, and sometimes people are on Twitter using a pseudonym, and there are also common names where it's hard to search and be sure you've found the right person, especially without detailed information in their profile. In fact, I'll have something to day about that topic in my final "10 Days of #InstCon Twitter" post tomorrow, Friday.


For now... happy tweeting, everybody!


blue bird holding Twitter Lists sign

(from Divahound)



And ICYMI here are my Twitter 10 leading up to today:


1 #InstCon and the InstructureCon App

2 Twitter and the Panda Drone

3 #InstCon in your Twitter profile

4 #StepsforBeth

5 #SoloPandas

6 Wakelet

7 Twitter photos

8 Twitter tips

When writing a post about Twitter Photos yesterday, I included a tip about how to turn on alt-text for images ("image descriptions") via the Twitter accessibility settings, and today I wanted to share a collection of Twitter Tips that I've been bookmarking at Diigo; you can also browse the tips in my InstCon Twitter course. I've included a range of different tips there, some of which are intended for Twitter beginners while others are for people who ready to up their Twitter game; this is a Diigo-powered RSS feed, so it means that whenever I add a new Diigo bookmark tagged #TwitterTips, it shows up automatically in my Canvas course. 

Twitter Tips: InstCon Remote Control 


screenshot of Twitter Tips in Canvas


Twitter is a great space where educators can connect and share, which means it's a way to extend those #InstCon conversations to wider audiences.


And on the subject of curating and sharing resources, I wanted to also share a FABULOUS article from Jennifer Gonzalez at Cult of Pedagogy: just look at the sushi examples there for the before-and-after power of curation! Diigo is my favorite tool for that, but Jennifer also lists lots of other tools; I'm guessing they integrate nicely into Canvas just as Diigo does. :-)

Are You a Curator or a Dumper?


sushi resources showing raw links


sushi resources annotated

And ICYMI here are my Twitter 10 leading up to today:


1 #InstCon and the InstructureCon App

2 Twitter and the Panda Drone

3 #InstCon in your Twitter profile

4 #StepsforBeth

5 #SoloPandas

6 Wakelet

7 Twitter photos

Since Kathleen Chambers asked about #InstCon photos, I wanted to chime in about that too! Here's Kathleen's question asked-and-answered about uploading photos here to the Community:

Where can we post photos during (and a few before) the event for the community? 


And here's the space ready and waiting for InstCon18 pictures and also videos:

InstructureCon 2018: Photos and Videos 


What I wanted to add was that you can use the Twitter integration with your phone's camera to tweet photos, adding the #InstCon hashtag along with text (plus alt-text for the image). Here's what it looks like on my Android phone when I click on Twitter as the option for sharing a photo:


screenshot of Laura in beanie: Twitter interface for Android phone


So, take pictures, and tweet them out with that #InstCon hashtag. Twitter can be a nice way to share pictures both during the conference, and also to collect and curate them afterwards! And the same goes for video too, although I'm guessing the wifi might not be up for video uploads in real time...


About alt-text: Twitter has a nice interface for adding alt-text to images ("add description"), but it's not on by default; you can follow these instructions to have alt-text description available for any photo you tweet:

How to make images accessible for people 

Long story short, you turn it on in the Accessibility options in your own profile settings:


Twitter accessibility settings: turn on image descriptions



And ICYMI here are my Twitter 10 leading up to today:


1 #InstCon and the InstructureCon App

2 Twitter and the Panda Drone

3 #InstCon in your Twitter profile

4 #StepsforBeth

5 #SoloPandas

6 Wakelet


The big day is getting closer! :-)

I like the idea of keeping an ongoing blog about InstructureCon this year - a digital repository of my thoughts on keynotes, sessions, and the general experience of InstructureCon. Although I am definitely a paper-pen note taker at the moment, having a space to come back and summarize will be helpful. 


Disclaimer: The following are just my thoughts as the week progressed of keynotes and sessions. Not trying to start any type of major debate; just sharing my takeaways and thoughts.


Pre-Instructure Con Thoughts and Links



Day 1 - Tuesday


Keynote - I had some pretty strong reactions to the keynote, to be honest. While I enjoyed the history of Instructure (and those amazing marketing videos. I would pay for a copy of those!), there were just some offhand comments and general conversation that rubbed me the wrong way. Some throwaway comments that may have been for a laugh, but didn't quite add up to the opening speech for InstCon. But... that's just me.



Day 2 - Wednesday


Keynote - Adora Svatik

I have so much appreciation for what Adora spoke on. She offered a unique experience and comments on her thoughts on the state of education. While some may have considered her thoughts a little political, education is inherently political. The idea of raising up a generation of educators that are not willing to accept what they are given as the status quo is both absolutely spot on and difficult. We want to pass on traditions while pushing them to pursue new grounds and fight for their rights. So it's tricky, in my mind. But Adora truly highlighted those thoughts well.


Session 1 - Concept Based Data Analysis

This was a great session, but it wasn't what I expected. Sometimes that's a good thing. In this session, the presenter focused mainly on the idea of if the course design process is done correctly by aligning videos and assignments to course objectives, then data analysis is a little easier. There was not a lot of discussion of how the visualization was done (which is what I wanted), but a good discussion of the why's and what's, which is equally helpful.


Takeaway - I really need to get into the data visualization game. Being able to take data and visualize it outside of the numbers is a necessary component, so goal one: play with Power BI more than I have! (Also, if you don't know about High Charts, they are equally fascinating.)


Session 2 - Pit of Curiosities 

This session was one of my favorites. It highlighted some accessibility features as well as focusing on great course design. One of the main things I smacked my forehead about was the discussion on image padding. In the RCE, you can pad an image so it will appear correctly with the text around it. This is so much better than using a table. Genius.


Takeaway: First, accessible content does not have to be boring! Any ID worth their salt knows this to be true but putting it into practice... well. That's a little different. Lots of great material was shared, but the best part was a digital goodie bag of all the fun stuff discussed. Here's the link: Accessible Goodie Bag


Keynote - Jared Stein

I missed some of this one, but the stories of how Canvas is being used throughout the country and the world to reach underprivileged or underrepresented groups are amazing. The ability to go to new places and to continue to be committed to the student experience is what sets Canvas apart in the LMS world. I hope that vision is never lost.


Session 3 - Analytics II

Masha Chase did an awesome job in this session. One of my favorite quotes from this session is the goal behind Analytics II is to receive the "right info at the right time to make teaching easier." That's what we want! The interactive visualizations that will allow you to compare and drill down data live from the course navigation are going to be great. What I LOVED about this presentation, though, was its openness. Canvas knows what it has currently, it knows where it wants to go, but if there isn't a timeline, then no timeline is given. You can keep up with Analytics 2 in the Idea space of the community here: Analytics 2.


Takeaway: There are some great analytics coming. We (as users) need to be patient and wait for them all to come to fruition. Share ideas in the Community about what you want to see in the Analytics. For me - showing the Page Views + Participation charts are going to be course altering additions. I can't wait.


Session 4 - Canvas Mobile Apps

So Ryan Seilhamer and Kenneth Rogers led an AMAZING session on Canvas Mobile. And, they knew how to get a competition going. So much so that #InstCon was the number 5 trending hashtags that day. Largely (I think) due to the 300+ tweets from that one session. In fact, I have no notes written about this session because I was too busy tweeting. Good thing they already put up their slides in the Community! Check them out, as they have a great look back over the history of Canvas Mobile apps and what is now available. Here's the link: Canvas Mobile Apps


Takeaway: The best comment from this session that has stuck with me is the idea that mobile does an excellent job of facilitating a course. An instructor should use the computer for the 10% of the course that is design. After that, the 90% of the course that is facilitation can be done through the mobile app.


Session 5 - Track Faculty Engagement

This session was a great look at how data is tracked in a course, and how before looking at data, one needs to ask specific questions. I know that's one of my biggest struggles with Canvas Data. I need to know the questions to ask before I start pulling random numbers.

This session was also a great reminder that data should be viewed over time. The power of data is not in its one-time spike but in its pattern. Patterns are what establish behaviors that can be addressed. If we react to every one-time incident, then we lose the ability to think objectively about the situation.


Takeaway: The session included the exact SQL queries the presenter was using. This was really helpful. Some of these are from the SIS, but it's still a good starting point.

SQL Scripts


Hack Night - Kenneth Larsen is amazing. And I'm not going to lie. I kinda fanboyed a little bit after we left. And I think that's okay.


Day 3 - Thursday


Keynote - Michael Bonner

Five things that push us to make changes in education:

  1. What is your educational philosophy?
    1. (When Teachers Punish Black Kids More Severely than White Kids - Article)
    2. Who the teacher is is more important than what they teach. - Karl Menninger
    3. Implicit bias - how brains are controlled by culture and media.
    4. The classroom is the stage where the heart and the soul of the teacher are projected.
  2. School Climate - School Culture
    1. Canvas is a seed - it will only produce in a climate that is receptive to educational growth.
    2. "Transforming School Culture"
    3. Is your school culture toxic or positive - Peterson (2002)
    4. Believers - Tweeners - Survivors - Fundamentalist -> types of educators
    5. Is your culture focused on success for students or the needs of the adults?
  3. Relationships Before Content
    1. Our jobs as educators are often dependent on the relationships our students have before they get to the classroom.
    2. You can't demand a withdrawal from someone you have never invested in. - YES!
    3. Relationships with the students - yes. Relationships with the community/parents - necessary.
  4. Building Engaging Lessons
    1. Whole Brain Teaching - touches all the parts of the brain memory hits.
    2. The right hand-left hand lesson - make learning active and fun!
    3. For information to become a memory, it must pass through the emotional filter.
  5. The Magic Sauce
    1. What are you going to do to change our environment from an average place to an actual experience?
    2. It's not about how much you know - it's about the execution.


Session 1 - Embedding Content

Sean Nufer led a great session on embedding content and some of the tools available. While I knew about most of the tools (because I watched his Ed-Tech Round-Ups), the conversations in the room gave me some really great ideas. Like using Padlet as an introductory discussion board. Changing some infographics with ThingLink so they become more interactive. Using an outside video as the starting point for a FlipGrid. And ALL of these tools are embeddable?? Yes.

Also, This is course-changing stuff right there. 

Here's the link to the course he created for our discussion: Embedding Content Course

Here's the link to the slides created about the course: Embedding Content Slides


Takeaways - SO MANY THINGS. Courses can be so much more than just text on a page. This session was a great reminder of that truth and a great way to think through some ways to make courses better.


Session 2 - Effective Canvas for Face to Face Instructors

This was a great session for me to hear more from Face to Face instructors about how they are using Canvas in their classrooms. While Canvas is great for  learning, it's also useful in the classroom. We talked mostly about using Canvas as ways to help monitor participation in class and how the SpeedGrader can change mindsets about grading. I would have liked a deeper discussion about using Canvas appropriately, but this presenter brought up a good point: we aren't talking a lot about using Canvas face to face. And we should.


Takeaways - We started by talking about problems F2F instructors deal with. I want to take this question back to my institution and ask our instructors to share. That way, I can help them see ways to use Canvas to solve some of those problems.


Keynote - Mitch Benson

Product Management - Discovery - Ideas - Models - Testing - (Loop as needed) - World

  1. Opening Act - Where We've Been
    1. 99.992% Uptime (~3 minutes downtime a month)
    2. 18 Releases (past 12 months)
    3. 2654 Community Submissions (WOOT!)
    4. 59 Community Ideas Implemented
    5. 100 Khaki Sprints to Come (2 Engineers for 2 Weeks at a Time = 1 Sprint)
      1. Granular Permissions - Text Based Descriptions (Phase 2 coming soon)
      2. Content Duplication
      3. Section Specific Announcements/Discussions
      4. Mobile Page View Activity
      5. Mobile Camera Access
  2. UnPacking the Clown Car
    1. Khaki Up Next
      1. Granular Permissions - Part 2
      2. Student feedback view
      3. Advanced reports
      4. RCE Drop and Drop
      5. Commons Activity Preview
    2. Non-Scoring Rubrics
    3. New Gradebook
    4. Analytics 2 - coming to Live Beta in October
    5. Parent App - Pairing Codes
  3. Main Event
    1. Mobile Environment
      1. Teacher
      2. Student - Page views from Mobile App
      3. Parent
    2. DocViewer
    3. Student Dashboard - available August 4th 
      1. List View
        1. Includes completed assignments/pages
        2. Includes announcements
        3. Separated by course
        4. Student creates own To-Do's
          1. Added to course context
          2. General
        5. Future View
        6. Shows instructor feedback
        7. Shows unviewed discussion replies
      2. Add "To-Do Date" to Page - will show on student's To Do List
      3. How Am I Doing
        1. See Grades for all Courses
      4. Missing Submission Notification
    4. Annonymous and Moderated Marking
      1. Edit Assignment
        1. Moderated Grading
        2. Annonymous Grading Options
  4. Encore - Future
    1. Quizzes.Next
      1. Migrate to New Quizzes.Next - YES!!!!
      2. Duplication
  5. Looking Ahead
    1. Arc - Record
      1. Screen Capture
      2. Web Capture
    2. Simplify
      1. Assignments
      2. Pages
      3. Mobile
      4. Outcomes
      5. Data & Analytics
      6. Gradebook
      7. Quizzes
      8. Kahki
      9. Catalog
      10. Commons
      11. Doc Viewer
      12. Rich Content Editor


Session 3 - Hall of Mirrors: Feedback

Unfortunately, I was not able to attend this session due to a meeting with a vendor.  Yay for partnership conversations. Boo for missing a session. I'll update this after I watch the video. 


Session 4 - Energize Your Class with Student-Centered Design

I really wanted to attend this encore session of Kona Jones's Student-Centered Design. But, I was still in meeting with the vendor. So, I'll update this after I watch the video. In the meantime, here are the slides: Student-Centered Design Presentation


Session 5 - Canvas Course Razzle Dazzle

This session was a lot of great fun. I always like when people marry theory and practice. Just makes me happy. Moving on, this course talked about some different tools that are useful (like Canva, H5P, Lunapic, Icon Archive, etc.). It also talked about the importance of developing consistent course templates, especially for courses that follow a specific pattern. The presenters shared a course that was developed to highlight these discussions: Canvas Course Razzle Dazzle


Takeaway - Seriously, how did I not know about H5P? I feel like I'm out of the loop. Otherwise, this session has helped me rethink the way I do templating. So, that's a huge step in the right direction.


Day 4 - Friday



This was one of the highlights of the conference for me. Having a place to sit and collaborate with others was extremely helpful. While I enjoyed the sessions, those are presentations. Not conversations. And, like we always say, real learning happens in the conversation. So, here's a quick rundown of the conversations I had:

  1. UX Research
    1. The main point of UX Research is to answer this question: "Is the design of the tool working?"
    2. Lots of theory conversation, which was fascinating. Lots of things to look up later.
  2. Student Engagement
    1. Lots of various conversations in this one.
    2. Talked about BluePrint courses, measuring student engagement, using the tools of Canvas to create "Challenge Based Learning" opportunities, etc.
    3. This session got me back on the "Ideal Course" train... Got to finish making that one.
  3. Student Feedback
    1. Laura Gibbs really shone in this session (of course!).
    2. There were lots of great conversations about using screencasts for student feedback (audio/video). 
    3. One of the best takeaways from this conversation was to remember that students can and should be teaching instructors how to make the content better through feedback. We all need it to be better - so let's use it!
    4. Final note: feedback is not a natural process (generally). It must be taught. We must especially teach how to give good feedback. The best way to do that? Ask the students for examples of great feedback. Ask students what feedback has not been helpful. Generate those reflective moments and learn!
  4. Canvas Data
    1. Shout out to Robert Carroll for his expertise on this one!
    2. This was a very tech-heavy conversation (of course it was). I'm an ID and a data-nerd, but you start talking database mapping and my ability to follow becomes limited.
    3. Thankfully, this conversation was Community heavy - lots of pointing back into the Community for help.
    4. One of the best parts of this conversation was the reminder that we are all working towards similar goals in using Canvas Data. So when we do something cool, share the calls. Share the schema. Share the thought process. That way, we can learn from each other.



This conference was great. There were a couple of things that could have been done better, sure. But honestly? Great conference. Great content. Great swag. Great conversations. And LOTS of takeaways. I cannot wait for the rest of the sessions to be posted so I can curate my own playlist. Thanks, Canvas, for doing a great job. Keep it up.

So you know how you hear about something for the first time... and then all of a sudden you hear about that same thing from a bunch of people all at once? That's what happened to me with Wakelet: I saw Alice Keeler mention it as a useful tool to use for curating conference Twitter traffic and then, boom, I heard about it from lots of people, including Elizabeth Bowden here at the Community.


So, what is Wakelet? It's the new Storify, which means it is a tool for curating content from Twitter (and other online sources) so that you can take the transitory, high-speed, here-today-gone-tomorrow content of Twitter and turn it into something more permanent that you can share easily.


It's VERY user-friendly: you can log in with a Google account and start creating. To make my #InstCon Wakelets, I searched on Twitter content for that hashtag and then added the resulting items. You can do other kinds of editing and add other kinds of content, but as a newbie I stuck to something simple! 


I am pleased to say that you can easily embed a Wakelet in a Canvas course Page, so that's what I have done at my InstructureCon Remote Control site; I've actually got two Wakelets so far of #InstCon tweets, where I have the most recent one embedded on the left, plus links on the right:

Wakelet: InstCon Remote Control 


wakelet in canvas screenshot


I used a sneaky trick here, which is that to embed the Wakelet javascript, I saved it as an HTML file that I uploaded to the Files are of Canvas (just like for a Twitter widget; details here at Twitter4Canvas). And in the future, when I update that to display a more recent Wakelet, I'll just replace the HTML file in Canvas with a file of the same name and, presto, that will allow me to display a more recent Wakelet with a single file upload. Click... it's updated! (At least, that's how it should work: I will report back on that when I create my next InstCon Wakelet).


There's also a Wakelet app that I've added to my phone, which I might try to make use of during InstructureCon.


Wakelet app screenshot


Does anybody have thoughts on Twitter Moments (part of the Twitter ecosystem itself) versus Wakelet? The media rendering and editing options are clearly WAY superior in Wakelet, so I'm pondering if I should stop using Twitter Moments (which are very clunky) and go with Wakelets instead. 


Anyway, that's something to ponder. For now, tweet on, everybody!


And here are my Twitter 10 leading up to today:


1 #InstCon and the InstructureCon App

2 Twitter and the Panda Drone

3 #InstCon in your Twitter profile

4 #StepsforBeth

5 #SoloPandas

#IDMeetup Wed 7/25 7:45-8:45am near breakfast area.


Are you an Instructional Designer? Are you coming to #InstCon? Join us for a fun #IDMeetup with  Adrienne Gauthier (Dartmouth) and Whitney Kilgore (iDesign) on Wed morning 7/25 from 7:45-8:45am at the breakfast location. Look for our signs and the learning designer crowd off to the side.


Come back here later for a collection of tweets and pics from the event!

Yesterday I wrote about the #StepsForBeth hashtag, and today I wanted to write about another great Twitter hashtag idea that comes from the Community, specifically from Roxanne Conroy; here's her post:

#solopandas live again at InstCon18! 


And here's how that all got started for last year's InstructureCon, 2017:

Wandering Pandas Flying Solo to InstructureCon? 


So, in addition to the official #InstCon hashtag, you can see how hashtags are also a way for conference folks to self-organize, using the power of Twitter hashtags to connect. With the #solopandas hashtag, you don't have to go it alone! :-)



And here's another reason to check out that #solopandas discussion post: animated gifts!




And here are my Twitter 10 leading up to today:

1 #InstCon and the InstructureCon App

2 Twitter and the Panda Drone

3 #InstCon in your Twitter profile

4 #StepsforBeth


HAPPY TWEETING, everybody! And don't forget your hashtags. :-)

I literally just now saw a beautiful tweet from Beth Crook... here's a screenshot of the tweet:


"On your journey, don’t look for instructions. Every day you have to wake up and work hard." - CEO Josh Coates kicking off #InstCon


And that's why I'm writing today's Twitter blog post about a different InstructureCon hashtag: #StepsForBeth. Find out more here:

Panda #stepsforbeth 

And here:

Stepping up the #stepsforbeth 


If you have an exercise tracker, join in! :-)


As you can see, hashtags are a powerful way to identify and organize. We've got #InstCon for the conference overall, along with #StepsForBeth for another very important part of the conference. You can follow that #StepsForBeth hashtag stream at Twitter already; here's the picture view of the stream:


screenshot of StepsForBeth at Twitter


And what I love about this latest tweet from Beth is the way it is part of a digital chain of connecting and sharing that leads back to the opening of last year's InstructureCon while also looking forward to this year's InstructureCon: how cool is that???


Last year Beth was a remote participant, reading those tweets and watching those keynotes. This year, ALL of the keynotes are being streamed., plus there will be lots of us tweeting too (I hope!). 

InstructureCon Keynote Speeches | Live Steam | Canvas LMS 


And there's no knowing just who will be out there following the digital trail... or where it will lead.


Thank you, Beth, for this totally inspiring tweet!!!


Here are the links to the 10 Days of InstCon Twitter so far:

1 #InstCon and the InstructureCon App

2 Twitter and the Panda Drone

3 #InstCon in your Twitter profile

... if you are part of the #StepsForBeth challenge, you can add that hashtag to your profile too!

Join us for a stimulating marvel of fantastic fun as Travis N Thurston, PhD and Erin Wadsworth-Anderson defy gravity with their digital power-ups!


Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Time: 4:20 - 5:00 pm (we know it's late in the day, but you will not be disappointed!)

Place: Crestone Peak 1-2


Have you ever wanted to immerse your students in online discussion topics, make them dive deep into their brains to access previous knowledge or utilize higher-order thinking? Well, this is the show for you!


We use Canvas Discussions (yes, the very one you already have access to, you need nothing extra) to create an architecture of engagement using "Digital #Power-ups." Let us help you help yourselves implement this evidence-based approach in your online courses.


Who wouldn't want to see these two present together?

Erin & Travis

So far I've written about #InstCon and the InstructureCon App and also about Twitter and the Panda Drone; today I want to write about the simple trick of adding #InstCon into your Twitter profile. If you include the hashtag, that means your profile will be returned in the #InstCon hashtag search.


So, when you search right now for #InstCon at Twitter by putting that hashtag in the search box, here are the results: you see Mrs. Vietti and me because we have #InstCon in our profiles!


screenshot instcon in twitter profiles


You can also use the menu across the top for other searches; I find searching on "latest" (i.e. most recent) tweets to be the most useful, so that is the one I have bookmarked.


screenshot of Twitter search menu


So, if you are following InstructureCon either as an onsite participant or as a remote attendee, think about adding #InstCon to your Twitter profile. That's another way to connect with others and share!


You can also add other hashtags to your profile to connect up with other communities at Twitter. The #TTOG community (Teachers-Throwing-Out-Grades) is one of my favorite places at Twitter, so I am glad and proud to put that hashtag in my profile. Maybe you can find some hashtags that you connect with to put in your profile.


Hashtags: they're not just for tweets. It's a way to find your tribe at Twitter!


Twitter hashtags for education

Last year for InstructureCon 2017, I was participating remotely via Twitter, and I was very grateful to all the people who were tweeting with the #InstCon hashtag, especially Linda J. Lee who was attending exactly the sessions I would have wanted to attend.


So, as I was brainstorming with the Canvas Community folks about the Remote Experience for 2018, I told Adam Williams about how Linda was my eyes-and-ears on the ground, and he came up with the idea of Panda-Drone... the idea being that people on-site can be dedicated observers communicating out to remote participants via Twitter (or the communication channel of your choice).




So, what I did was to split up the ten break-out session slots: for half of the slots, I picked out the sessions I want to attend (including one by Linda Lee herself: Lessons Learned From a Year with Blueprint Courses)... and for the other half of the session slots, I created a Drone-Pad Padlet where people could ask me to attend a session during which I will be transmitting to them via Twitter. (Padlet is super-easy to use in Canvas; I embedded with the Redirect Tool.)


People chimed in already for four of those slots, but I still have one slot open on Thursday at 3:25 PM. To see what's on offer during that time slot, check out Matthew Jennings's unofficial / super-useful program guide here: Programs! Get Your Programs! 


So, remote participants, is there a session during that Thursday afternoon slot I can attend for you? Just click on the + in the Padlet column to let me know, and include your Twitter handle so that I can ping you when the session starts in case you want to do this in real-time and have me ask any questions for you. (I was participating remotely in real-time thanks to Linda last summer, and it was really fun that way!)


padlet screenshot





I hope there will be lots of people onsite who are tweeting... so feel free to make a request for any session there at the DronePad. Even if I am booked for a given session, there might be somebody else on-site will be tweeting a session of interest to you.


At the DronePad, I'll highlight in pink any requests people are making that are unfilled (so far). Make sure to include your Twitter handle for connecting.


Then at the conference I'll tweet out those unfilled requests as each session slot begins. Maybe somebody will be inspired to tweet for you! 




So, look for me at Keystone: you'll know I'm in Panda-Drone mode when I'm wearing the high-tech Drone-Hat... let's just hope the propeller survives being toted in my carry-on luggage. :-)


wearing the Drone beanie




This Panda-Drone experiment is something I am excited about, and if you have thoughts or ideas about how to develop this experiment for future Instructure conferences, chime in here. Just speaking for myself, I would be tweeting anyway, but it's so much more fun to know that I am doing that not just for myself, but a remote audience out there. And maybe that onsite-remote connection will inspire even more people to tweet too!


So, that ends Day 2 of the 10 Days of Twitter countdown to InstructureCon. I'll see you back here tomorrow with Day 3.



banner image: Cosmic Flying Panda Wallpaper 


pandas flying with rainbows

Partners & Platform at InstructureCarn

As you InstructureCon veterans may already know, partners make up an important part of your experience, whether it's in your Canvas ecosystem or at the show-stopping event of the year in Keystone, Colorado! Not only do partners help us make our events possible, but they play an incredibly important role in providing you, your faculty, teachers, and students with the customizable learning environment you've come to know and love with Canvas.


With that in mind, we wanted to provide you with some information about the amazing events taking place throughout the conference that include our partners, as well as talks and events our own team will be providing on the state of our platform, the ecosystem, and more. We'll keep this page updated as things unfold, so don't forget to check back here for the latest and greatest!


And don't forget to check out our Partner Portal, where you can always find the most up-to-date information about our partners.


Partner Hall Hours

Don't forget to visit our Partner Hall in the conference center. The hours for this year's conference are:

  • Tuesday 7/24, 10-5 and 6-9 
    • The Partner Reception 6-9pm is a great time to meet our partners. Our Start-Up Alley will take place during this time - learn about some up-and-coming tech and meet our Canvas Booster Program winners!
  • Wednesday 7/25, 10-5:30
  • Thursday 7/26, 10-5:30


Partner Conference Sessions

Wednesday, 7/25

  • eXplorance, 10-10:40, Crestone Peak 1-2
  • AWS, 10:55-11:35, Red Cloud
  • Portfolium, 2:40-3:10, Grays Peak 2
  • Respondus, 3:25-4:05, Red Cloud
  • iDesign, 3:25-4:05, Crestone Peak 3-4
  • Honorlock, 4:20-5, Grays Peak 2

Thursday, 7/26

  • Google, 10-10:40, Red Cloud
  • EvaluationKIT, 10-10:40, Crestone Peak 3-4
  • Wiley, 10:55-11:35, Torreys Peak 3-4
  • Turnitin, 10:55-11:35, Grays Peak 1
  • McGraw Hill, 2:30-3:10, Castle Peak 3-4
  • eLumen, 2:30-3:10, Grays Peak 2
  • Modo Labs, 3:25-4:05, Crestone Peak 1-2


Platform Conference Sessions

  • Building Standards-Based Learning Tools for Canvas using the Tsugi Application Environment
    Wednesday, 10-10:40, Shavano Peak, Melissa Loble & Dr. Chuck Severance
  • Expanding Your Circus through the Open Canvas Platform
    Wednesday, 10:55-11:35, Shavano Peak, Melissa Loble, Karl Lloyd, Brandon Broschinsky
  • Canvas Carnival Candy for Coders
    Thursday, 10-10:40, Crestone Peak 1 & 2, Simon Williams


Other Cool Happenings

  • Shoot a studio-quality welcome video for your Canvas course, courtesy of our new Canvas offering, Construct. To sign up, email
  • Join the open source community at OSCELOT, have lunch with Dr. Chuck, and more. Click here to learn more.
  • Visit the Professional Services booth in the Partner Hall to learn more about PACE Plans, strategic consulting, Construct, and more.


Partner Spotlight Sessions

See the latest and greatest from our partner integrations -

Located at the Canvas Booth in the Partner Hall

Wednesday, 7/25

10:00 - 10:15 am - Playposit

10:20 - 10:35 am - YuJa

10:40 - 10:55 am - ProctorU

11:00 - 11:15 am - Redshelf

11:20 - 11:35 am - Sonic Foundry

11:40 - 11:55 am - PSI

12:00 - 12:15 pm - Credly

12:20 - 12:35 pm - SmarterServices

12:40 - 12:55 pm - Concentric Sky

1:00 - 1:15 pm - Echo360

1:20 - 1:35 pm - Unicheck

1:40 - 1:55 pm - Crafted

2:00 - 2:15 pm - Atomic Jolt

2:20 - 2:35 pm - iSeek

2:40 - 2:55 pm - Examity

3:00 - 3:15 pm - AspirEDU

3:20 - 3:35 pm - Cengage

3:40 - 3:55 pm - TechSmith

4:00 - 4:15 pm - Eesysoft

4:20 - 4:35 pm - ReadSpeaker

4:40 - 4:55 pm - Proctorio


Thursday, 7/26

10:00 - 10:15 am - Regroup

10:20 - 10:35 am - Panopto

10:40 - 10:55 am - Vocareum

11:00 - 11:15 am - Wiris

11:20 - 11:35 am - 42 Lines

11:40 - 11:55 am - Unicon

12:00 - 12:15 pm - Proversity

12:20 - 12:35 pm - Zoom

12:40 - 12:55 pm - Cidilabs

1:00 - 1:15 pm - PebblePad

1:20 - 1:35 pm - Blackboard Ally

1:40 - 1:55 pm - Knowbly

2:00 - 2:15 pm - Nearpod

2:20 - 2:35 pm - Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Program

2:40 - 2:55 pm - Crowdmark

3:00 - 3:15 pm - Ambi

3:20 - 3:35 pm - Hitlabs

3:40 - 3:55 pm - Scantron

4:00 - 4:15 pm - Concord-USA

4:20 - 4:35 pm - AWS

4:40 - 4:55 pm - Cabri

Today is Day 1 of 10 Days of #InstCon Twitter, which is going to be my countdown series of blog posts here as we get ready for the big event. My personal goal for the conference is to create lots of opportunities for sharing the InstructureCon experience out to remote participants, and Twitter is a key tool for making that happen. So, I'll be spending the next two weeks writing up some notes here about Twitter. Please chime in with your own favorite Twitter tips and suggestions!


To get started, I want to point out the nice integration of the #InstCon Twitter hashtag stream with the InstructureCon app. Below is a screenshot of how that looks on my phone: just click on the SOCIAL option in the menu, and you will see the #InstCon Twitter stream right there!


screenshot of InstructureCon Social feature

So, if you have not grabbed the app yet, grab the app! Then, take a look at the SOCIAL space and the #InstCon hashtag.


Plus, you can access Twitter features like reply, retweet, and favorite from right there inside the

InstructureCon app. Here's a screesnshot: I retweeted with comment. :-)


screenshot of InstCon retweet



And if you are not already a Twitter user, you can use the #InstCon Twitter challenge to get started. This is a perfect time to start using the power of Twitter to connect and share with other pandas!

#InstCon Twitter Challenge: Up Your Twitter Game


With congrats to everybody who already completed the Twitter Challenge: you are Panda Twitterati!


panda yells YAY for TWitter

(made with Panda Cheezburger Generator)

Hi everybody! I've got a red-eye flight overnight Friday so I was pondering what to do with that Friday afternoon/evening time, and I took a look at the Denver Art Museum... they have a GANESHA EXHIBIT going on right now. So, that's a must-must-must for me. I HAVE TO GO TO THE MUSEUM. For Ganesha!!! 


Denver Art Museum Ganesha


Which means I'll be leaving from Keystone to go to the Denver Art Museum on Friday afternoon, and I wanted to see if any other Friday evening/night travelers like myself want to go along for the ride from Keystone to Denver. (I'll then be taking a SuperShuttle from the Art Museum to the airport, which is $28.) I'm flexible on what time I would leave Keystone after the UnConference, which runs until 1:30PM... I was thinking of booking a ride from Keystone to the Museum at around 2PM or 3PM, and I will wait on arranging that Keystone-to-Museum transportation until I have a sense of who might want to go along and share the ride.


And if people are interested, I would be happy to provide a kind of "crash course in Ganesha" ... and maybe other people will find something of special interest to them at the Museum and we could all teach each other!


More about the Museum here:

Denver Art Museum


Let me know what you think! I'm definitely going, and would be so glad to go with others. :-)