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The Meta Community received some outstanding blogs in the Reflect and Celebrate and Share the Joy Blogging Challenges. It’s exciting that we get to collaborate once again. This is the final of the three blogging challenges currently planned for 2019. Share your stories and best practices while also learning from others!

 

 

THE CHALLENGE

Marie Kondo has sparked a decluttering obsession. (konmari.com) While Konmari focuses on the tidying of our living spaces, it’s very likely that some of Kondo’s philosophies can also be applied to our virtual learning environments. After all, for the amount of time that some of us spend in our Canvas courses, it can begin to feel like a “home” of sorts.

 

Books, Shelf, Shelving, Education

 

 

Here are a few questions to inspire you as you begin to write. You do not need to answer all of the prompts; just pick what inspires you!

  • Share how you approach instructional or course design. How do you organize content so it’s efficient for both instructors and students? What tips and/or tools can you share?
  • Explain how you structure course flow. How do you keep content and learning experiences “tidy”? Does it make a difference for learners? If so, how?
  • At the start of a new term, how do you determine what is clutter and what has been hoarded? Do you have a process that works as you sift and sort through your courses’ content?
  • When closing a course, do you have any rituals like reflection or reorganization? How do you make sure you only “keep what brings you joy”?

 

Between now and May 31st, set aside some time for some reflection and writing. To begin sharing your story, you will need to find the Meta Community Group. (If you aren’t already a member of this group, you will need to join this group in order to publish your blog post.) At the bottom of this introductory blog, you will see a button that says “Write a Blog”. After clicking, a template will be copied for you to use as you write your blog!

 

Please leave the May19 and Blogging Challenge tags intact when you publish your blog. These tags make it possible for all of the contributions for this particular blogging challenge to be found in one place, and for the blogs to be connected to one another. Also, if the tags are missing, you may not get the recognition you deserve or qualify for the rewards.

 

 

 

REWARDS

All authors who submit a blog post before May 31st will receive 250 Community points and receive an exclusive badge added to their profile in the Canvas Community.  Please be patient as this badge and reward points will be awarded manually.

 

Additional point prizes will also be rewarded:

  • 250 additional points = Top 10 posts based on likes, views, bookmarks, shares, quality of comments, and the opinions of the Canvas Community Managers + Coaches
  • 500 additional points = #1 Winner (from the Top 5) will be determined by the Community in a poll

 

 

DEADLINES

  • May 31, 2019: All posts must be published in the Meta Community Group using the template linked to the “Write a Blog” button below to be considered for the Top 5. Posts published after the deadline will be welcomed, but they will not be considered for this contest.
  • June 3, 2019: The top 5 blog posts will be announced in a poll and will be eligible for voting. Authors will have two weeks to increase the visibility and ranking of their blog. Share it, Tweet it, get people to read and rate it, comment on it, etc. to help surface your story to the top!
  • June 17, 2019: The overall winner will be announced.

 

 

 

The Meta Community Group received some outstanding blogs in the Reflect and Celebrate | Blogging Challenge. Let’s keep the momentum and share even more wonderful resources! This is the second of three planned blogging challenges in 2019. Get involved and enjoy the professional growth!

 

 

THE CHALLENGE

A community can uplift, support, and encourage. The joy you experience when you are part of something positive which is also bigger than yourself can be rewarding and motivating. Here’s a big question: which community helps you be you, or which community fuels your passion projects? It’s time to share the joy that you find surrounding you daily. In the next few weeks, take some time to write and share your stories with the Canvas Community!

 

 

Here are a few questions to inspire you as you begin to write. You do not need to answer all of the prompts; just pick what inspires you!

Part 1:

  • What does COMMUNITY mean to you?
  • Are you a part of a community (Canvas, work, or neighborhood)? What brought you there, or how did you initially get connected?
  • Is there someone part of your community who you admire? How does their involvement or their overall participation influence you?
  • What motivates you to be an active participant in your community or group?

 

Part 2:

  • Have you used Canvas in a way that helps you or your team reach a unique goal for your community?
  • Do you or does your team utilize Canvas in a way which is innovative or customized as you serve a specific community of learners?
  • Why do you value a project like this? How was COMMUNITY a motivating factor in this project’s completion?
  • How has your involvement impacted your life?

 

Between now and March 31st April 5th, set aside some time for some reflection and writing. To begin sharing your story, you will need to find the Meta Community Group. (If you aren’t already a member of this group, you will need to join this group in order to publish your blog post.) At the bottom of this introductory blog, you will see a button that says “Share the Joy”. After clicking, a template will be copied for you to use as you write your blog!

 

Please leave the Mar19 and Blogging Challenge tags intact when you publish your blog. These tags make it possible for all of the contributions for this particular blogging challenge to be found in one place, and for the blogs to be connected to one another. Also, if the tags are missing, you may not get the recognition you deserve or qualify for the rewards.

 

Participants who directly invite others to participate in the March Blogging Challenge via a “share” of their blog are eligible for bonus points. Participants must remember to include Kristin Lundstrum in the “share” along with the intended recipient to receive the additional reward points. One recipient (plus Kristin) per share, please. Nobody likes spam!

 

 

REWARDS

All authors who submit a blog post on or before March 31st will receive 250 Community points and receive an exclusive badge added to their profile in the Canvas Community.  Please be patient as this badge and reward points will be awarded manually.

 

Additional point prizes will also be rewarded:

  • 10 additional points = Each time a participant directly invites others to participate in the March Blogging Challenge via a “share” of their blog
  • 250 additional points = Top 10 posts based on likes, views, bookmarks, shares, quality of comments, and the opinions of the Canvas Community Managers + Coaches
  • 500 additional points = 1 Winner (from the Top 10) will be determined by a Community poll

 

 

DEADLINES

  • March 31, 2019 April 5, 2019: All posts must be published in the Meta Community Group using the template linked to the “Write a Blog” button below to be considered for the TOP 10. Posts published after the deadline will be welcomed, but they will not be considered for this contest.
  • April 1, 2019 April 7, 2019 The top 10 blog posts will be announced in a poll and will be eligible for voting. Authors will have two weeks to increase the visibility and ranking of their blog. Share it, Tweet it, get people to read and rate it, comment on it, etc. to help surface your story to the top!
  • April 15, 2019 April 22, 2019: The overall winner will be announced.

 

 

 

Write a Blog

From time to time, we've held blogging challenges in the Canvas Community, and the contributed content has been amazing. The ongoing discussions and collaboration that came as a result of the writing were invaluable. With that, it’s time to bring some of that magic back!

 

This will be the first of three planned blogging challenges in 2019. Share your insight and then learn from others. Get involved and enjoy the professional growth!

 

Sparkler

 

THE CHALLENGE

For a moment, look beyond the chaos that is associated with the end of a semester (or the school year for our friends in the southern hemisphere!). Instead, focus on what you’ve accomplished! It’s also the end of a calendar year, a time full of holidays and gatherings—the perfect time to reflect on the past 12 months and to make goals for the next.

  

Here are a few questions to inspire you as you begin to write. You do not need to answer them all or answer them directly; just pick what inspires you!

  • What was your greatest accomplishment in 2018, or what was something you did that made you feel especially proud?
  • Who around you made your 2018 journey possible (personally and/or professionally)? What did they do to support you? Have you told them the impact of their influence? Did you pay it forward, or do you plan to in some way?
  • Maybe you have an extraordinary and non-work-related reason to be grateful this year. What is it, and how did or will you celebrate?
  • What other elements of gratitude or giving are on your mind and heart as we wrap up 2018?

 

Between now and January 15th 25th (see below), set aside some time for some reflection and writing. Think about how this prompt applies to you professionally and/or in your daily life.

 

To begin sharing your story, you will need to find the Meta Community Group. (If you aren’t already a member of this group, you will need to join this group in order to publish your blog post.) Next, at the top of the page, click Content. Then, along the left-hand-side of the screen, click Write a Blog Post. On the next screen, you will see a blank template that will house your blog post. Enter a title and a banner image. Now you can start to write about your stories, insights, and reflections!

 

Before you publish your blog post, please add two important tags within the Tag This Blog Post section of the template! Make sure to enter the tags correctly. That way, it will be easier to search for all of the contributions for this Blogging Challenge! Without the tags, you may not get the recognition you deserve or qualify for the rewards.

  • Blogging-Challenge
  • Jan19

 

REWARDS

All authors who submit a blog post before January 15th will receive 250 Community points and receive an exclusive badge added to their Canvas Community profile. Please be patient as this badge will be awarded manually.

 

January BadgeAdditional point prizes will also be rewarded:

250 additional points = Top 10 posts (based on # likes, views, bookmarks, shares, quality of comments, and the opinions of the Canvas Community Managers + Coaches.)

500 additional points = #1 Winner (from the Top 10) determined by the Community in a poll

 

 

DEADLINES

  • January 15, 2019 January 25, 2019: All posts must be published in the Meta Community Group (and tagged with both Blogging-Challenge and Jan19) to be considered for the TOP 10. Posts published after the deadline will be welcomed, but unfortunately, they will not be considered for this contest.
  • January 18, 2019 January, 28th, 2019: The top 10 blog posts will be announced in a poll and will be eligible for voting. Authors will have two weeks to increase the visibility and ranking of their blog. Share it, tweet it, get people to read and rate it, comment on it, etc. to help surface your post to the top.
  • February 4, 2019 February 11, 2019: The overall winner will be announced.

On the eleventh day of Canvasmas, the Canvas Community gave to me: eleven Product Release Notes...

 

 

Do you ever find yourself wondering when a feature has been updated or when your favorite Feature Idea in Ideas will make it into Production? There’s a wonderful place in the Canvas Community to help us understand all of the changes that happen in Instructure’s products.

 

Release Notes!

 

Additionally, if you’re just getting started, there’s information All about Release Notes! Cool, huh?

 

In the Release Notes space, Canvas Community Members can find information about:

  1. Arc
  2. Canvas
  3. Canvas Commons
  4. Canvas Catalog
  5. Canvas Data
  6. Mobile - Canvas Student
  7. Mobile - Canvas Teacher
  8. Mobile - Canvas Parent
  9. Mobile - Magic Marker
  10. Mobile - Polls for Canvas
  11. General Info

 

One of my favorite parts of the Release Notes space is the little calendar that tells us when to expect Canvas updates. It’s so much easier to keep track of when Beta Instances and Test Instances are reset, when Beta Notes will be released, and when new items will be available in production spaces with this!

 

Did you know that you can also easily find the most recent Canvas New Feature Screencast on this page? It’s a nice thing to remember when the global search is overwhelming.

 

I want to take a moment to recognize Erin Hallmark and the amazing Canvas Doc Team for all of the work they do as they organize all of the updates and special announcements! Additionally, they have quite the task of keeping track of all of our comments and questions on their release notes. Your reliability, promptness, and kindness are always appreciated! Thank you!

 

While we’re on the topic of Release Notes, feel free to join in the Beta Release Notes Chats. They happen on Wednesdays following the publication of the Beta Release Notes document. New participants are always welcome. Watch the CanvasLIVE space for updates and schedules.

Kristin Lundstrum

12 Days of Canvasmas

Posted by Kristin Lundstrum Champion Dec 24, 2017

This holiday season is full of reasons to be cheerful! Semesters wrap up, we have time with family and friends, and the anticipation of some vacation days is motivational.

 

In the United States, many of us are plagued graced with Christmas music from the moment we pack away the fall or Thanksgiving decorations. With time and without fail, The 12 Days of Christmas will play over the radio, overhead in the store, or on your favorite streaming music service. While this oldie has a strange history (If you’re curious, learn more!), one thing is for sure: it will be stuck on a repeat loop in your mind. ...at least that’s the case for me.

 

Unfortunately, I do not have the ability to gift each Canvas Community member their own 12 Days collection of presents...I mean, in 2017, it’s worth about $34,000! And there’s a slim chance that anyone would actually want those 12 Days gifts to appear on their doorstep.

 

12 Days of Christmas

 

Because I, and the rest of the Coaches, value collaborating with each and every one of the Canvas Community Members, we needed to celebrate each one of you in some way.

 

Good news! We have a solution!

 

We are extremely fortunate to be able to highlight the priceless gifts that we have available in the Canvas Community. We’re calling this The 12 Days of Canvasmas!

 

Between December 25th, 2017 and January 5th, 2018, there will be a new blog post for Canvas Community members to enjoy. It's clear that we have many many gifts right here that we should celebrate! Community Managers and Coaches did their best to find items and topics that match the tune and theme of the old Christmas Carol. By day 12, hopefully, you’ll be happily singing along.

 

Be sure to check back every day for more insights and reflections.

  1. Awesome Canvas Community
  2. Overlooked Canvancements
  3. Ways to Get Started
  4. Peer Badges
  5. Mobile Guides
  6. Points for Helping
  7. Featured Places
  8. Canvas Coaches
  9. CanvasLIVE Event Types
  10. Bloggers Blogging
  11. Product Release Notes
  12. Khaki Ideas

 

Sorry if our rendition gets stuck in your head. Please forgive us.

 

Happy Holidays, and enjoy our 12 Days of Canvasmas!