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Colleen Ortega

My InstCon 2017 summary

Posted by Colleen Ortega Aug 24, 2017

I know there are still things from InstCon 2017 that I haven't had the chance to explore further and I'm sure there are things that I have placed in the back of my mind that I haven't even processed yet.

 

In addition to presenting about the MyUni Transform project, I met with other Canvas users from around the globe to discuss many topics but the highlights were:

  • Improving the Canvas Community
  • Sharing ideas to support staff and students in using Canvas
  • Exploring up and coming features
  • Sharing resources and course design rubrics
  • Canvas hacks

 

From learning about community created Canvancements (Canvas hacks), to knowing who to follow for all things Canvas mobile, to discussing online course design standards with California Community Colleges; the days of travel and incredible jet lag were worth it.

 

In sharing with others from around the world it’s nice to know our challenges aren’t unique when it comes to learning and teaching, which means we can work together to find solutions.

I am going to put my hand up and openly admit something - I have been a lazy community member. Like many, I lurk in the background waiting for something to catch my eye or solve my problem. While I am continuously surprised by the gems I find (including people!) I am guilty of taking what I need, not saying thank you, or sharing my experience. My excuses started as a new user, mistakenly thinking I had nothing to contribute and then moved onto another run of the mill excuse "I just don't have time". I wish I had a much more interesting excuse like my cat and I switched bodies and my paws kept hitting the wrong keys...no such luck.

 

While I could have this conversation over email with colleagues, I would much rather be open and post it right here in the community - I wonder how many of you have had the same thoughts? Considering the APAC community has existed for over a year, I thought I would take a moment to raise this question: 

How can we make the most of the APAC community?

As a designer, I want to explore - why do we want an APAC community? what is the purpose of the APAC community? what are our goals? how do we know we are achieving our goals? what makes joining or contributing to this community valuable above that of the general community? what does a successful APAC community look like?

It has come to my attention that this APAC space could be so much more - and that it's up to us (the members of the community) to grow and evolve the community in to what we want it to be.

 

With that in mind, I have decided to purposefully dedicate time to the community and discover different ways I can share successes, challenges, ideas, and questions.

 

Being from the Australian higher education sector I see value in having a space for the region to communicate and share similar experiences. We have an opportunity to form stronger relationships based on our shared environments, time zones, and physical proximity. This space also provides an area to curate content shared in the broader community and get behind new ideas that we believe are highly relevant to our group. I also remain highly interested in how colleagues in the K-12 sector are using Canvas - these are our future students and we can learn a lot from your experience. 

 

Here ends my confession. Where to from here?

Actualmente imparto asignaturas en el nivel posgrado de Administración en Sistemas de Calidad; comparto la práctica de la Consultoría Empresarial con el placer de la docencia. En lo personal esta es una herramienta que me parece extraordinaria y que recientemente acabo de descubrir. Tengo años utilizando la plataforma Moodle como estrategia de aprendizaje para administrar los contenidos de las materias que imparto y que me han ayudado a estimular en mis alumnos nuevas formas de acceder al conocimiento, ya que a través de este medio puedo combinar presentaciones diseñadas con Prezi, mapas conceptuales, el uso de los discos virtuales de google drive o dropbox, etc. Al tener la oportunidad de explorar Canvas, observo que es de mucho más fácil de utilizar que Moodle, me ha interesado mucho de como poder insertar un Notebook de One Note y la facilidad con las que es posible llevar el récord de aprendizaje de los alumnos. Me gustaría participar en esta comunidad y poder intercambiar ideas y experiencias con otros docentes u otras personas. Quiero mencionar que pude descubrir esta plataforma gracias a que me inscribí en un curso de Evernote.