How do I set up a CanvasLIVE event?

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Any Community member can promote an online or on-site event in CanvasLIVE. View past events to see what's already been done.

Before creating an event, review the different types of CanvasLIVE events.

Note: Please do not host event topics related to features that are in still in closed beta. Focus Groups exist for these kinds of interactions.

Open CanvasLIVE

Open CanvasLIVE

To set up a CanvasLIVE event, click the Search icon [1] and then type 'canvaslive' in the search field [2]. Click the CanvasLIVE link [3].

Create Event

Create Event

Before creating an event, review the different types of CanvasLIVE events.

To create an online event, click the Online Events button [1]. To create an on-site event, click the On-Site Events button [2].

Create Online or On-Site Event

Create Online Event

To open the online event template, click the Create Event button [1].

To open on-site event template, click the Share Event button [2].

Enter Information

  Enter Information  

Enter the information for the CanvasLIVE event.

Publish Event

Publish Event

Click the Create Event button.

Promote, Promote, Promote

As soon as you post an event, most members who follow the CanvasLIVE space will be notified of a new event. However, you may want to do some targeted promotion.

Here are some tips:

  • Invite people to the event (click the Invite People button) and select folks you think might be interested in attending.
  • Search the past events in CanvasLIVE for similar topics and comment on those events by @mentioning your event. It's likely that those who RSVPed to previous similar events might be interested in attending yours. Commenting on an event will also notify those who RSVPed to that event.
  • Post on social media. If you are on Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook, promote your event there, if it's the right audience.
  • Post internally within your organization or school. You can share events in a school newsletter or calendar.

Tips to Host a Successful Event

Every event is different. But the following guidelines can help make any CanvasLIVE event successful - whether it's online or on-site:

  • Start with a welcome and housekeeping items (how to ask questions, where to find the mute, etc.).
  • Outline objectives at the beginning (and review at the end).
  • Be mindful not compromise any (student or faculty) identities during your event.
  • Practice or do a 'dry run' to refine your delivery.
  • Pause frequently to poll your audience for questions and comments.
  • Stay focused on the main topic.
  • Provide examples, examples, examples! People want to see things applied in practice!
  • Don't worry about the event being perfect.
  • Live screen shares are better than screenshots, when possible.
  • Identify 3rd party application costs up-front. (If you're demoing an LTI integration with Canvas, be sure to tell us if it's paid or free).
  • Test your technology ahead of time (e.g., check microphones, wifi, screen share, etc.).

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out directly to community@instructure.com.

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