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TL;DR

If you have never been to an Unconference, change that! Don't miss this great opportunity to keep the #instcon conversation going.

 

Session Notes

I must confess that I intended to take notes throughout the Unconference, but as things unfolded I found myself too engaged to take notes. I will do my best to recap my experience.

 

 

I started this morning early, thinking that how nice it would be to walk the path from River Run over to Lakeside Village. It was a pleasant walk and great time to enjoy the morning stillness. As I reached the Mountain House area and had just thought how I was making good progress since I knew this was about the half way point,  I walked up to a bus that had stopped. I waved them off saying I was enjoying my morning walk. Then I thought it would be a good opportunity to make sure I was on the right path and casually asked, "This is the way to Lakeside Village, right?" To my surprise, the bus driver said, "No, you are heading toward River Run if you keep going that way." This was all I needed to hear and I decided quickly to take the offer to ride the shuttle the rest of the way.

 

Once I got to Keystone Lodge & Spa where the Unconference was being held, I grabbed breakfast and more importantly coffee. As I was enjoying socializing and finishing up my coffee, Kona Jones was handing out post-it notes for each of us to write down anything that we wanted to get out of the days activities. Fortunately, I had read What is an Unconference? and Why should YOU attend the InstructureCon 2018 Unconference?, so I came with a plan of the things I wanted to learn more about.

 

As the post-its were being organized, we had a Keynote presentation given by Ted Boren on "The UX Research Smörgåsbord". This was a fascinating dive into understand what UX Research is and how Instructure uses this to try and determine the most efficient ways for them to design products.

 

After the Keynote was wrapped up, we were presented with the session breakdown.

 

Here is where I went:

 

Session 1 - Quizzes.Next

I started my session diving into Quizzes.Next which was facilitates by the wonderful David Lyons. While it was intended to be an open forum, it seemed to quickly turn into a Q&A about when certain features would reach parity with Quizzes Classic or when & how Quizzes Classic would be deprecated. David handled the tension extremely well and was very open and honest about the process.

 

Session 2 - Ask James

I was really hoping to use this session to just sit back and listen to the other things that people were asking James Jones, Master of Canvancements. This session was very loose and I actually found myself sharing some of the cool things my school has done with the open source version of Kennethware 2.0 and a few other helpful snippets of code with Joshua McKinney

 

Session 3 - Canvas Features (Wish List)

This session was really cool, and I really tried not to take over the session but there are several features that we have been wanting for a while. Ted, graciously took down all of the suggestions that the group made. I get an F on retaining the features suggested by other .

 

However many of the ones I pushed forward have feature requests already. Here are the ones I mentioned during the session.

 

Make "Preview the document" the default action for linked documents 

Account level calendar (and sub-account level calendar) 

Multiple Due Dates (checkpoints) for Discussions 

 

The other thing I brought up was that in the Canvas for Teacher App, teachers are not able to view & grade Graded Group Discussion posts. 

 

Hopefully, someone else from the session could comment on some of the other ideas that were mentioned.

 

After the session ended, I grabbed my boxed lunch, said my goodbyes and headed out to meet my family for a trip to the stables for a horseback riding activity.

 

I would like to thank Kona, Kenneth Rogers, Roxanne Conroy and everyone else who helped put the Unconfernece together. 

 

 

*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

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

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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. 

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. 

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. 

TL;DR

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. 

TL;DR

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.
 
Outcomes
 
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. 

TL;DR

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.
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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.
 
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Starting to identify items that focus on student engagement.
 
Canvas X
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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.
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Indiana university quick check LTI
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LTI Avantage now released & Canvas is an early adopter.
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Canvas is now bring Badgr to all Canvas accounts.
 
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*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

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.
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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.