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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