It was energizing to stand before the always-awesome #InstCon crowd this morning and talk about the multiplier effect of moments, and the communities that surround us and make them possible, especially this Canvas Community. But, I don’t want you to have to wait for the published recording to access your “Awesome to the power of C" (Canvas/Community, both, or you choose), so here’s a bit of a teaser (can’t give it all away) and call to action!
Our lifelong learning path is not something we do alone. It’s a meandering journey full of people and moments—moments that shape who we are. They bend us, break us, build us up, and prepare us for the next moments to come. I’m confident you’re already thinking of a few of those right now. Hold on to them; we’ll come back to that!
We spent a bit of time today honoring educators in the field who exemplify the art of making moments in their students' lives, and we also spent a few minutes honoring some of your very own Canvas Community members, including:
- James Jones: Canvancements - Canvas Enhancements
- Shea Silverman: Hurricane Michael + Due Date Changer
- Nicholas Jones: Preparing Your Canvas: Tying it all up [transition from Blackboard]
- Stephenie Jordan: Powering Up Your Canvas Course: Canvas Beginner Essentials [Infographics]
- Beth Crook: #stepsforbeth
James, Nicholas, Stephanie, Beth, and all the others we honored today are just like you. They’re a part of your community. The only difference is we’ve had the opportunity to hear or read pieces of their moments! So, now we want to hear yours.
Take at least one literal minute and reflect on something for me, please.
Think about a moment in your life as a student that has had an impact on you. What events or actions happened before? What events or actions happened after? How has that moment shaped you?
(I told you we’d come back to these!)
Now, take one more minute and reflect on another moment.
Think of a moment in your life as a teacher or designer of learning that has had an impact on you. What events or actions happened before? What events or actions happened after? How has that moment shaped you?
When you’re ready, help us continue to build upon the momentum we’ve started, and tweet your stories. Don't forget to include #canvascommunity and #canvasconvo. There are some beautiful moments shared with that hashtag. I’ve shared a few of my own, @melissajoell.
Spoiler alert: Our team was creating a video for this very keynote with one of the featured educators in our stories—and the team had no idea that this educator was one of my past Masters students. Talk about moments and multipliers: amirite?