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TL;DR

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...

 

 

fun....

 

& 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. 

TL;DR

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
Advantages
  • Already in Canvas
  • Can manually or automatically assign reviewers
  • Assign # of reviewers
  • Assign when the reviewers are assigned the review
  • Can make anonymous
Disadvantages
  • Due date for initial submission, not reviews
  • No self-assessment option
  
Peerceptiv Peer Review
Advantages
  • 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
Disadvantages
  • 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. 

TL;DR

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 resources.canvas.com  (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.
 
 

LET'S ESCAPE!

 

 

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. 

TL;DR

Image result for sorry panda

 

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. 

TL;DR

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. 

TL;DR

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

 

Warnings:

  • 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
  • iClipart.com
  • 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):

https://ucps.sharepoint.com/:p:/g/Efn1YDvy1dNJn5pJ6MCPfUIBDGq3Or492C1wI9kwZRcuJg

 

Enjoy!

 

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

TL;DR

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. 

TL;DR

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?
 
 
BE BOLD
 
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!

 

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!