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Bobby Pedersen

Loving the potential

Posted by Bobby Pedersen Champion Feb 27, 2020

I love Canvas, and I hope you do too!

 

 

Dear Canvas,

 

Valentines is over, but my love for you continues. 

 

This week I loved you particularly when you gave a colleague of mine the opportunity to really S-T-R-E-T-C-H herself and her students through sharing deep understandings via the recording tool in Discussions. 

 

I've loved you because you are easy to support my friends to be even better teachers, even if we aren't working side by side. It's so simple to share a guide, or talk people through step by step to come to a happy result. 

 

I'm loving the current challenge you are offering me as I experiment with creating a course so I can share ideas, stories and just chat to my grand kids who live in New Zealand. We are even going to try swapping Minecraft information this way too. I'm even thinking A Joke of the Week might happen, reading stories to them, singing songs, keep our distant relationship healthy. 

 

I love the potential you offer teachers who are brave and want to blend the learning in exciting ways with their students. 

 

Finally, I love the way you bring so many wonderful people together in the Canvas Community. You help make our world feel exciting, friendly, challenging and filled with potential. 

 

Thank you. 

 

 

Love,

Bobby

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Dear Canvas,

What can I say?  You came into my life at a time when everything was changing and fear of the unknown was terrifying! Then there you were!  All of those first moments in our relationship were so cute and awkward as we figured each other out. And then everything changed!   I was no longer a teacher learning to use Canvas in my classroom; I had to get used to being the Canvas administrator!

 

At first, this new turn in our relationship was even more awkward and uncomfortable, but oh how quickly that changed.  I learned that the Canvas Community was more of a family and there was great help everywhere I turned! I didn't know what I didn't know and sometimes I felt silly asking what I perceived to be the “dumb” questions, but the level of support I have with Canvas is simply astounding.  The Guides are thorough and complete, the Canvas Community is filled with helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly people, the Priority Services team is always at the ready, and the ever-present chat team is definitely a lifesaver!

 

If I didn't already love the fantastic support and resources that Canvas provides its users, the recently revived #CanvasChat has broadened my connections and expanded my Twitter PLN to an even more valuable level.  I'm what we lovingly call a "singleton" in our district. I'm the only one who is actively working and trying to figure some of these things out, so creating relationships with other Canvas users around the country and the globe provides me with reassurance and another level of support.  

 

Speaking of an extra level of support, I'm so fortunate to live in Indiana and be a part of our Indiana Canvas Users and Educators (INCUE) group.  It's reassuring to see how actively the Canvas team supports this group and encourages us to meet, grow and share. And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my friends at The Canvascasters podcast - I’ve learned something new every single episode!

 

It's true that not all products are created equal and Canvas has most definitely won my heart.  Our relationship has a solid foundation and the support of an amazing community of like-minded people - we are sure to live a long life together.  I can’t wait to see where the future takes us!

 

Love,

Dianna

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I love Canvas, and I hope you do too!

 

DEAR CANVAS STUDIO formerly known as Arc,

 

When you came into my life, it was instant love affair. Fireworks, chemistry, attraction, and I couldn't wait to tell everyone about you and shout your former name up and down the hallways to anyone who would listen and even louder to those who wouldn't. I would spend days with you, learning your features and buttons. So simple, so easy to please.  And each day you would stare lovingly into my eyes as I endlessly recorded quick tips and training tutorials for my faculty, staff, and students throughout campus, on not only academics and Canvas topics, but how to submit their credit card statements online and new features in Google.  Even our CFO recorded a video or two.

 

And when you decided to re-evaluate your life and make changes, we stood by you. You changed your name and added video quizzing. Wow. What a game changer that was. You are seriously rocking our world with that one. The students are in the middle of watching a movie or lecture and suddenly it pauses and a quiz appears right there on their screen with a question for them to answer.  And we can put that quiz in any place we want, be it at the beginning, middle or near the end of that video. An instant way to know if students are watching and learning. And then, at the end of the day or year, we want to take that video home to share with our parents, we can push your download button. Beautiful is the only word I can use to describe.

 

With Admiring Love,

Beth Crook

 

 

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Abigail Offenbaker

Always and Forever

Posted by Abigail Offenbaker Champion Feb 14, 2020

I love Canvas, and I hope you do too!

 

 

Dear Canvas,

 

I don't know what I would do without you! In addition to saving me from lugging pounds of paperwork home every night, you have also helped me make the world a greener place. Your easy to use and intuitive platform was love at first sight from the moment I first laid eyes on you as a classroom teacher five years ago. Because of you, my students knew exactly what they had missed when absent from class and I outlined each class session for students. 

 

While in the classroom, one of my favorite features was the Message Students Who feature. This feature is great because teachers can easily remind students of an upcoming due date, congratulate students who did well on an assignment, or invite students who scored a little lower than expected to tutorials. It's a great way for to stay in contact with students. 

 

But our bond has grown much deeper over the years, Canvas. As I moved to the role of Innovation Leader I learned more about all the integrations and amazing functions you perform behind the scenes while developing a greater appreciation for course design and layout. Your ability to integrate with other programs, such as Flipgrid, BrainPop, EdPuzzle and much, much more makes classroom instruction even more seamless! From an admin perspective, developing a course template with curriculum coordinators helps make you even easier for teachers to use. You are the one responsible for developing my basic HTML coding skills. You, Canvas, give me the platform to teach teachers how to organize and structure course content so students understand it best. 

 

Naysayers try and compare you to your fraternal twin, Google Classroom, but I know, Canvas, who the real stud here is and it's you. 

 

Love,

 

Abigail Offenbaker 

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Nancy Biddinger

I Love Canvas Groups

Posted by Nancy Biddinger Feb 14, 2020

I love Canvas, and I hope you do too!

Dear Canvas,

I love using groups when I do professional development. It enables me to model grouping for teachers and helps me to give feedback to the individuals in a group.  It saves time, engages everyone and keeps things fresh and interesting.  Speedgrader makes grading the group projects a breeze, so no more grading papers on a Sunday night while watching Masterpiece Theater!

Love,

Nancy Biddinger

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I love Canvas, and I hope you do too!

 

 

Dear Canvas,

 

I have been in online learning for twenty years, and you are my FIRST onboarding experience that was fun, hands-on, customized and completely useful. In a week full of meetings, I still look forward to my check-ins with Ashley Brough, our success manager.  Each meeting there are laughs, questions answered, and options offered that meet our unique use case. The people of Canvas are simply the best. Thank you and Happy Valentine's Day!

 

Love,

Deb Chad

Director of Online Learning at ADL.org

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I love Canvas, and I hope you do too!

 

Dear Canvas,

 

Oh, Canvas how I love you. Let me count the ways.

Thanks to your beautiful design you keep ALL of my students on the same page.

 

You integrate with Google, Quizlet, Nearpod and Youtube.

I want you to be my Valentine cause I just broke up with my old dude. 

 

I can sing you a love song on Studio but I warn you, there's a quiz. 

I'm sure you'll get an A though because you're a self-grading whiz. 

 

 

So thank you, dear sweet Canvas for saving me from ALL that Code. 

Maybe someday I'll try your HTML Editor but for now, thanks for just making the page load. 

 

Love,

M. Christina Parrish

 

 

 

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Dear Canvas,

It was from across the room I saw you for the first time. It was years ago, longing to ask you out, but failed for the fear of what my family might think. For me, it was always bad timing and low support. I wasn’t in the right place.

 

That all changed a few years later when I finally drummed up enough courage to ask you out. A short date to see if that spark still existed. As expected you graciously accepted and we started talking. Soon enough I invited you to family dinner. This was "the big time" and I knew you’d finally be my one and only LMS.

 

Canvas, you’ve made my life easier in every way. You challenge me and motivate me to be a better leader and coach. You encourage my teachers to bring that passion and love for learning each day. It may have taken us years to finally get up enough courage to commit but it finally happened.

To my one and only LMS!

 

Love,

Eddie Small

CTE Innovation Coach

@canvascasters

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I love Canvas, and I hope you do too!

 

 

Dear Canvas,

 

This is our first year on this Canvas LMS journey but your Canvas Community and Canvas Support teams are making this a great first year! From our first meeting with Nirisha Garimella and weekly support meetings with Kelly Shaheen, your team is top-notch at helping schools integrate Canvas as their LMS. Many thanks to your chat support folks who hear from me no less than 3 times a day and the Canvas Community who never fails to encourage and inspire. Thank you for creating such a wonderful support team! Looking forward to many more successful years with Canvas. canvaslmslove

 

Love,

Michelle Blackwell

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I love Canvas, and I hope you do too!

 

 

 Dear Canvas,

You are truly a gift and mean so much to me!

Keep on reading and the reasons for this you will see.

 

Let's start this story from the very beginning,

To see why it's my heart that you are truly winning.

 

As a tool for engagement & learning you are quite Devine.

And let me tell you, your features sure are fine!

 

The ability to assign something to one or to all,

Brings plenty of joy winter, spring, summer, or fall.

 

And oh how you make me feel so alive, 

being able to integrate Google AND Office 365.

 

The discussions we have could keep me awake night and day,

Posting and reposting...oh, so many things to say!

 

Allowing me to create so much content using your RCE,

Stimulates intellect with text, video, tables, HTML, and .png

 

Regarding the organization of content in modules, oh where do I begin?

Arranging assignments, quizzes, discussions, pages, etc. in my own little bin.

 

Also with modules, can't forget about Badgr!

Complete all the requirements and a badge you will capture.

 

Can't forget about your loving Community,

The guides, the content, the groups creating so much unity!

 

And we definitely need to bring up the Panda,

Who is known worldwide from Utah to Uganda.

 

So much I haven't even covered, I could probably go on all day,

But you allow learning to be personalized like an educational gourmet!

 

Everything you offer from the whole to each part,

Has definitely created a Mastery Path to my heart!

 

 

Love your forever user,

 

Ryan Corris

 

 

 

Single rose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cupid

 

 

 

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Zsofia Alibaux-Jakab

I LOVE CANVAS[2]

Posted by Zsofia Alibaux-Jakab Feb 14, 2020

I love Canvas, and I hope you do too!

 

 

 Dear Canvas,

 

I love your SpeedGrader feature, it allows me to grade online in a flash and submit comments too. I also love that you have in-built Immersive Reader @MicrosoftEducation which allows access to content for our international community. I love that you can embed gifs into pages and make courses more fun and engaging. Embedding content with html. is a breeze too, allowing me to share my @wakelet collections in all my courses.

 

Love,

 

Zsofia

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I love Canvas, and I hope you do too!

 

Dear Canvas,

 

I teach the most AMAZING little rockstars! My K-2 ESE kids are just beginning to learn how to use Canvas and other online resources. We use Canvas EVERY  day usually a few times every day. My kids have learned how to choose Canvas on my Launchpad and then go into Studio to play songs we use every day or to pick videos that I have added. Watching my amazing students have the ability to manipulate the program starting at very young ages! My students start at 5 and the oldest has just turned 9. If this little rockstars can learn to use Canvas and be comfortable then I think ANYONE who has even a little interest in learning more can totally master Canvas! 

 

I am SO excited to continue to learn more about Canvas and how to make it work for our ESE kiddos especially the self-contained ones who work harder than the average student to learn. We are slowly adding more and more pieces to our daily routine. I think my favorite part of Canvas is that every time I think I've gotten it figured out I find another amazing feature! Canvas has the ability to completely change the way I teach and my kids learn. 

 

Love,

Christy Pride

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Bradley Moser

Reasons I ❤️ Canvas

Posted by Bradley Moser Champion Feb 13, 2020

I love Canvas, and I hope you do too!

 

Dear Canvas,

 

While living in Southwest Missouri, working on my Master's degree in Instructional Technology, teaching high school physics, and coaching soccer, I fell in love with Canvas. Maybe it was because I had a real authentic reason to be using an online platform for learning (thx Master's program), or maybe it was because I also had a need to have something to help me manage digital work as I taught high school students while trying to infuse new web 2.0 tools and these new tools called iPad Mini's and Chromebooks into my teaching. But there you were....Canvas. You were free. You were open. You were simple. You were modern. You were fresh. You were new. Everything I love about love. 

 

Your simplicity was exotic. The ease of integration was enticing. I could embed anything into any page, assignment, or discussion. When I needed to include video, it was like, poof , click the video button. When I wanted to provide feedback to students, bam , here's speedgrader and even on the iPad. It was a dream. You were a dream, but you were real. You were a real dream come true. 

 

I recall crafting this poem as I wrapped up my Master's program of studies. I believe you were an instrumental part of why I am still loving the work I do today. 

 

“There once was a boy from out West. Who thought he knew the layout the best. He worked very hard and tried to revise. He even stayed late with long, tired eyes. But caught in a rut, he started to feel, he found an avenue that had an appeal! He learned how to code and to properly assess, using nifty tech tools and a little more sweat. He designed and created, collaborated much, then nearing the end he reflected a bunch, “Boy, how I’ve changed in the wink of an eye. I’ve regained my momentum to learn and apply the great many skills and knowledge I’ve gained; in my own teaching, I hope I sustain.” As he sits in his chair contemplating his lessons, he thinks that he teaches because, he confesses, He loves what he does and he does what he loves. And that’s the stuff his teaching’s made of.”

 

I love what you do each and every day! Stay cool Canvas. 

 

Love,

Brad Moser (Canvas use before it was cool...well...I guess it's always been cool. )

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I love Canvas, and I hope you do too!

 

 

Dear Canvas,

 

With all my love I want to thank you to help connecting all the teachers of all the adult education schools from Catholic Education Flandres!!! Thanks to you, teacher can now colleboration outside the borders of their schools. We started our implemtation since November 2019 and the connection is huge! Every day, our teachers show an ever-growing love for Canvas, and we've only just started! 

Are you also curious about the further love steps of our Canvas-connection-love-tool, follow us on Twitter via @canvas4cvo

 

Love,

Barbara Defreyne

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Rebecca Wesolowski

An Ode to Canvas

Posted by Rebecca Wesolowski Feb 13, 2020

I love Canvas, and I hope you do too!

 

Dear Canvas,

 

My appreciation for you is all the time,

I will express my reasons in a cheesy rhyme.

 

Studio allows me to share the morning news for all to see.

My school-wide course was created with ease!

 

The students and parents are now in the know

thanks to Canvas on Launchpad or mobile on-the-go!

 

Direct share and translation are exciting and new,

with Canvas there isn't anything you can't do.

 

From content to graphics, Canvas has a way,

which is why my love will last longer than just Valentine's Day!

 

Love,

Mrs. Weso 

Rockstar Media Specialist

Canvas Lover

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I love Canvas, and I hope you do too!

 

Dear Canvas,

 

I don't know what I'd do without Canvas Teacher ...and the rest of the Canvas mobile apps, for that matter!

 

Mobile makes learning and teaching something that extends beyond the walls of a room. Learners of all ages can take charge of their assignments and make progress at school, at home, or on the go. Instructors have a shortcut to their classes and can make short adjustments with ease. (I especially appreciate that I can use the Canvas Teacher app to hold office hours and to provide quick feedback about an assignment.) Observers have a tool to be cheerleaders and stay engaged with their student's progress, too.

 

Mobile helps close the gap between "the haves" and the "have nots" -- Learning is possible and easy to access on any sized device with the right app, right?

 

 

I believe that learning should be individualized and flexible, and mobile helps make that possible. Thanks for making all of this awesome learning pocket-sized and yet easy to use so users stay empowered to invest in the learning experience.

 

Love,

Kristin

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I love Canvas, and I hope you do too!

 

 

Dear Canvas,

 

I cannot live without the Blueprint feature. At the University of Maryland, a lot of instructors utilize the Blueprint feature to be able to send content from a master course space to at least 40 course spaces for COMM 107 at the beginning of every semester. They utilize the information that is in the master course space as a template for COMM 107 instructors to understand a generalized way on how to design their courses for the upcoming semester since there are a lot of sections of this course at the university and this feature helps make the courses unified. 

 

Love,

Jessica

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I love Canvas, and I hope you do too!

 

Dear Canvas,

 

Oh Canvas!  Dear, dear Canvas!  I SO LOVE your Announcements!  Your announcement features help to keep my students focused and organized.  For example, I have preset "Motivation Monday" quotes that appear each Monday throughout the semester.  These quotes are designed to speak to the specific aspect of content my future #ReitzAlum will be learning that week.  Because of the ease of your features, my "Motivation Monday" quotes magically appear each Monday, and are copied over from semester to semester.  

 

In addition to your fancy preset feature,  I love how your flexibility allows me to insert assignments, pages, files, and images into my announcements.  If there is some content I need to go more in-depth on after a class, I can use your flexible features to allow a continuation of my lecture.  Announcements also allow me share important campus information to keep my students in the know!

 

Lastly, dear ol' Canvas - it warms my heart to use your record video feature to communicate "in person" weekly with my online course.  Each week I record a video as an update for the week's content and post it as an announcement. 

 

So, Canvas - my dear, dear Canvas - your Announcements are simply lovely.  Je t'aime beaucoup! 

 

Love,

Dawn Pfeifer Reitz

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Lisa Dyrda

Undelete, I Love You

Posted by Lisa Dyrda Feb 12, 2020

I love Canvas, and I hope you do too!

 

Dear Canvas,

 

Oh, Undelete, I Love You

You Help Me So Much, When I Make a Boo Boo!

 

Love, 

Lisa XOXO

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I love Canvas, and I hope you do too!

 

 

Dear Canvas,

 

While I know that not everyone gets to see this side of you, I'm so glad you've opened up to me and have shown me the wonders of Canvas Studio. There's so many things to love, but I think I'll focus specifically on how seamlessly you integrate this part of you into the rest of the Canvas experience. All instructors have to do is open Studio up, make a quick recording, and then embed their brand-new video into any page, assignment, discussion, or announcement. I have lost track of how many times I've trained someone on Studio and had them respond "Wait, that's it? That's almost too easy!" And for students submitting videos to discussions or assignment submissions, they can take a video on their mobile device, open Canvas Student, upload their video, and submit it as an assignment. So easy! 

 

We have our barbering and cosmetology learners all working on styling mannikin heads and then uploading their process for later analysis and feedback. Instructors don't have to miss a thing! We've seen learners in gas utility filming their crews working with equipment and then critiquing the footage as a class. Learner performance has become the object of analysis, and it's so much more engaging and relevant. And don't even get me started on the ability for instructors to provide time-specific commentary on uploaded Studio assignment submissions.

 

Ah Canvas, I love your Studio side ever so much.

 

Love,

Andrew

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I love Canvas, and I hope you do too!

 

Dear Canvas,

Module Requirements have made waves at our institution since we fully adopted Canvas last summer.  For many students, it can be a struggle to stay on top of their course content, especially if they are a fully online student.  When we first trained faculty in Canvas, we didn't fully realize just how handy Module Requirements would be as a means for students to see what they have done.  In our Fall semester, several of our faculty reached out asking if there was a way in Canvas to give students a checklist so they could see what they needed to do from week to week.  A quick search around the community and we discovered the wonders of requirements!

 

Since our discovery, we have made Module Requirements one of our prescribed best practices for course construction across our institution.  By giving learners a visual checklist, you are giving them the means to be better organized, and as a result, setting them up for success.  Thank you for this amazing feature!

 

Love,

 

Dominic

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I love Canvas, and I hope you do too!

 

 

Dear Canvas,

 

Oh, Link Validator tool! How do I love thee? Let me count the ways  . . . and times you've saved me from a flood of student emails about a deleted link!

  1. I love that you let me know when links of any kind are invalid. Broken links=broken hearts.broken heart
  2. I love that you warn me when a link directs students to a previous Canvas site students can't access, rather than the current one, because the instructor/course designer copy & pasted content instead of using the Import Course Content tool. And that you don't judge me when I make this mistake myself (even though I know better).
  3. I love the way you tell me, gently, that the syllabus link on the course home page no longer works because the file is missing. You don't miss a thing. 
  4. I love the way you make me feel like a superhero when I meet with faculty and help them to publish their Canvas sites with confidence.
  5. And lastly, dear Link Validator, thank you for always providing a kind reminder that students cannot access links to unpublished content.

 When you validate course links, you're also validating me and all my instructional design best practices.Thanks for always being there for me.

 

Infinities of love,

Rebecca Moulder

I love Canvas, and I hope you do too!

 

Dear Canvas,

 

I'll be honest: I love just about everything about the New Gradebook.

 

I've been using the New Gradebook in my classes since the beta opened after InstructureCon in 2017. I've watched New Gradebook get better and better since then, and we enabled it across courses at Wharton in August 2019 so that our faculty could take advantage of the course-level grade posting policies. Our faculty had been asking for a "default mute" state for years, and we were finally, FINALLY able to deliver that. And our faculty love it! Thank you!!

 

And as cool as setting a manual course-wide grade posting policy is, that's not my favorite part of the New Gradebook.

 

I LOVE that I can filter the gradebook by assignment group (like "Ongoing Involvement") and module (like "Week 4: Performance, Tradition, and Folk Culture in the Digital Age"). THIS is my favorite part of the New Gradebook!

 

Filtering by assignment group and module is especially helpful in my online courses, where I have many, many, MANY assignments. Filtering by assignment group and module helps me to see just the assignments I need at any point in time -- which in turn helps me to get feedback to students more quickly and consistently.

 

And for multi-section courses and courses that use groups, the New Gradebook can filter students by section and group.

 

Thank you so much!

 

Love,

Linda J. Lee

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Kona Jones

Message students who!!

Posted by Kona Jones Champion Feb 12, 2020

I love Canvas, and I hope you do too!

 

 

Dear Canvas,

One of my favorite quick and easy ways to reach out to students and keep in contact with them is the "Message Students Who" option in the gradebook! 

 

With just a couple of simple clicks, this amazing and wonderous tool allows me to remind just the students who haven't submitted an assignment that their assignment is due... or even that their assignment is late and they can still submit it! It also allows me to message students who didn't do well on an assignment (Ex: Below 70%) and provide encouraging words, tips on how to improve, and a reminder that I'm here to help and support them if they need assistance! Or, on the flip side, I can send a note to just the students who did great on an assignment (Ex: 90% or above) and let them know I noticed how amazing they did and that I really appreciate the effort they are putting into doing well in our course!

 

These are just a few of the many ways I use the "Message Students Who" tool, but the truly awesome part of using this tool is how it impacts students. I continually get feedback from students about how with their busy lives and crazy class schedules they really appreciate the reminders of when assignments are due. I also hear from students that they feel like I really care about them and their success in our class because I reach out to them with these reminders and messages. Overall, what I've found is that when you keep in contact with students and show them that you care, students end up enjoying and being more successful in your course - and what could be better than that?? 

 

Love Forever,

Kona XOXO

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I love Canvas, and I hope you do too!

 

Dear Canvas,

I love the way you tell me what to do every time I log in with the To Do list on the right side of the Dashboard.  You don't tie me down with restraints of having to look in every class, at every assignment.  The To Do list lets me whip through the things I need to get done and it's part of why you've become the dominant LMS today.  

 

Love,

The Rickster

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“How do we love thee, let us count the ways”... Never mind, that would take us 601,770 minutes, or 10k hours, at a minimum [that’s allocating one minute for every Community member]! Let’s do a little contest instead!

 

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we want to demonstrate our love and affection for the fabulous Community by providing an opportunity to win 1 of 10 Amazon gift cards. How can you win one of these awesome gift cards, you may ask? By counting the ways you love Canvas, of course!

 

Here’s how to write your “Dear Canvas” love letter:

  1. Log into community.canvaslms.com (Login Directions)
  2. Access the “Dear Canvas” template
  3. Write a love letter about the Canvas features you can’t live without. We would LOVE to hear any specific examples of how Canvas has helped you be better at your job (as a teacher, student, administrator, etc.). Have fun with it!
  4. Share the love letter and/or one of these cool graphics on Twitter using the hashtag #CanvasLMSLove by 11:59 PM MST on Friday night (Feb 15) for a chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card (10 total are up for grabs).

 

So, from all of us at Instructure, Happy Valentine’s Day--and thanks for being the best Community ever.

 

 

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