"Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see." Arthur Schopenhauer
The iterative worlds of SAM, Agile, and ADDIE invite a continual balancing act between "get it done" versus "get it right." -Rachael Sweeten
I didn't see any community posts up about the acquisition news today and thought it might be nice to have a space where news and reactions could be gathered that would be of interest to this group.
"Working with Thoma Bravo over the past weeks, it is apparent that they support our strategy for focus on continued investment in Canvas LMS, expanding our impact in education, positioning Bridge to be more successful, and being a well-run business. As a private company, we will be able to better control our future and execute on these strategic imperatives."
"The Instructure management team, led by CEO Dan Goldsmith, will continue to lead the Company in their current roles. Thoma Bravo will support Instructure as it increases investment in education technology innovation and expands internationally."
"Obviously this is big news for the LMS market, and it is worth noting that in the press release Thoma Bravo specifically mentions Canvas but not Bridge, which should give a hint about future plans. And perhaps more importantly, the press release explicitly mentions future growth that will or could include M&A – Instructure buying other companies."
"But whether the sale is good news for colleges and other education customers remains to be seen, Hill added. “It’s now a waiting game to see how their strategy changes,” he said. 'Don’t expect it to be the same.'"
"How private equity will influence Instructure's operations largely remains to be seen. And as part of the deal, the company has 35 days to entertain other offers.'"
"Brian Jaffee, a principal at Thoma Bravo said, 'We’ve followed the impressive Instructure growth story for many years and believe Canvas is a highly unique vertical market SaaS leader with exciting scale and future growth potential.'"
"What does this mean for Instructure’s future? One guess is to expect the Bridge separation with increased focus on the Canvas / academic business to happen quickly. Another guess is to expect Instructure to ramp up their corporate acquisitions starting in 2020."
"We are a leading private equity investment firm building on a 40-year history of providing capital and strategic support to experienced management teams and growing technology companies."
"For academic community, it is worth noting that much of the investor-based pressure is for Instructure to focus more on supporting Canvas, not less. Instructure management has made it a point to say that they are increasing investment in Canvas, but today’s news puts even more emphasis on that need."
"Why is a potential change as mundane as having Instructure’s shares traded in public markets vs. being owned by a larger company newsworthy?"
"The last time a publicly traded learning management system provider was taken private was Blackboard, back in 2011."
Today we entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Thoma Bravo and taken private. More info here: https://t.co/HEu3pbOZhA— Instructure (@Instructure) December 4, 2019
Incredibly excited this morning to announce Thoma Bravo's definitive agreement to acquire Instructure (NYSE: INST). We're looking forward to partnering with the @Instructure team and continuing to invest in the K-12 and higher education sectors. https://t.co/HMQZ6p67mb— Orlando Bravo (@OrlandoBravoTB) December 4, 2019
And one more article someone shared with me that might frame the acquisition a little better and show how it could help Instructure be more nimble - https://t.co/gOo8ySG7kI— Kona Jones (@KonaRJones) December 4, 2019
Not surprising that a "hint" of acquisition is closely followed by an actual acquisition. Will be interesting to watch how the support and culture developed by Instructure fare under new ownership. https://t.co/r4FmNqG9AH— Russell Poulin (@RussPoulin) December 4, 2019
I'm sure more news and reactions will be coming in and as I'll update this as they do - feel free add any links or questions in the comments, follow to stay up to date. It will be very interesting to understand what this means for the future of Canvas!
Just before I get into the SpeedGrader, there has been some changes to the New Quizzes feature on November 16. You can still add/edit/remove any rubrics, but you cannot modify the instructions once the Quizzes 2 LTI is added.
Now to the main story. In my previous blog post (Hidden Gems: Working with Rubrics in New Quizzes), we've discussed how rubrics can be added to New Quizzes. This time, we'll talk about using SpeedGrader for New Quizzes.
Unlike regular assignments, where you go in and click on the SpeedGrader button on the right, New Quizzes does not display the button to you directly. You will need to go to the New Gradebook to do it.
FROM THE NEW GRADEBOOK
To go to the SpeedGrader from the New Gradebook, click the icon next to the grade (expand-start, the one with a right arrow inside a rectangle), then click the SpeedGrader.
If you turn on Launch SpeedGrader Filtered by Student Group in Settings, you must select a student group before launching SpeedGrader. This is to make sure there are no grading issues for large courses.
USING A URL
To launch the SpeedGrader for any assignment (including New Quizzes), visit your Canvas URL for your local institution. After the URL, type /courses/XXXXXXX/gradebook/speed_grader?assignment_id=YYYYYYYY where XXXXXXX is the 7-digit course ID and YYYYYYYY is the 8-digit assignment ID. For example, if the course ID is 1234567 and the assignment ID is 12345678, you would enter /courses/1234567/gradebook/speed_grader?assignment_id=12345678 after the URL.
Note: If the numbers contain leading zeros, you do not need to enter them.
There we go!
Uh-oh! Some of our students failed to submit! That raises eyebrows for us! We click on the View Rubric to see the rubric that we've created from the previous post.
This is the rubric that we've created from the previous post.
Since the student did not take the quiz at all, we would click No. A Yes is denoted by a green arrow, while a No is denoted by a red arrow. Finally, save the rubric selections.
We would mark the completion status as Incomplete in this case. You can also leave a comment to encourage the student to catch up.
(Please be polite when writing comments in the SpeedGrader. You don't want students to get upset!)
In Part 2, we'll show you how to grade questions and check for errors in SpeedGrader for New Quizzes.
Some people are wondering: Is there a way to add a rubric to a New Quiz? The answer is actually yes, but it is in a hidden location. Here's how you can do it.
The availability of the following options varies by your local institution.
Allow moderators to review multiple independent grades for selected submissions.
Graders cannot view student names. This can be changed by selecting Hide student names in the SpeedGrader. Grades will not be released automatically, and unmuting or posting grades will automatically disable Anonymous Grading.
ANONYMOUS INSTRUCTOR ANNOTATIONS
Anonymize all annotations made by instructors on submissions for this assignment in DocViewer.
Next time, we'll show you how rubrics work in SpeedGrader for New Quizzes assignments.
At FIU Online (based in Miami, Florida International University) we are blessed to be able to participate in a variety of professional development opportunities, such as leading conference presentations or attending at conferences. For the past two years, Maikel Alendy (FIU Online's newly appointed Learning Design Innovation Manager) presented with FIU Earth & Environmental Dept. Professor Rodolfo Rego at Realities 360. The annual conference addresses the latest developments in the use of virtual reality (VR) for training and education. Beyond being a great presenter, I'm always learning new things from Maikel; he raises "my bar."
In their 2019 presentation, "Lessons from a Year of Cost-Effective Immersive Strategies in Higher Ed" they covered the two prominent college classroom challenges: technology costs and instructional relevance. Specifically, they addressed how to create VR assignments using tools like Cenario VR, Seekbeak and GoogleEarth. An example of a solution they demonstrated was a interactive laboratory orientation. Often when students would arrive in labs, they were unsure where materials were located and "wasted" valuable lab time. Additionally another example shared was a tour of FIU's Nature Preserve (link is website, not the example) with great interactions to explore and learn more about its features.
If an image is worth a 1000 words, what is a 360 image worth?
[Unfortunately the embed for SeekBeek is not working here once I publish the article, but it works in Canvas & also WordPress. See an example in one of our articles on our Faculty news source.]
*Blog article written with assistance from Charles Roig (FIU Online)
Sky V. King
Senior Instructional Designer, FIU Online
Adjunct- Marketing & Logistics, FIU
I don't know about you, but I love podcasts. I would never do my own, so I especially laud and respect those that do. Know what else I love? Canvas & the Canvas Community. Now those two loves have mashed up like PB & J, introducing the CanvasCasters podcast. Friendly Disclaimer: This is an unofficial Canvas LMS podcast.
Your hosts with the most-est are Eddie Small and Marcus Painter. They tout themselves as two middle-aged men seeking to become Canvas Jedi! [ Wonder if they know the #CanvasJediSloth ??? ] Learn about their secret identities. Their goal is to publish a new PANDAcast (podcast) every few weeks.
Beyond learning about their Harry Potter themed Professional Development Speed Dating endeavor, learn more about takeaways from CanvasCon 2019 & CanInnovate 2019. What's really awesome about the podcasts is their special guests! So far, they have had the following amazing guests.
|4||...more Kona Jones to love! (actually Episode 3 Part 2)|
|6||Eddie Small & Marcus Painter (your hosts; thanks for the special shout-out re: this blog post)|
|8||Scott Dennis & Renee Carney|
You can find CanvasCasters in a variety of ways:
Maybe they will even do a live podcast during instructurecon 2020 in beautiful Nashville, TN?
Check it out and let me know what you think? Also, share some of your best podcasts that you love (as much as the Canvas Community)! And remember, canvasworksforus.
Senior Instructional Designer, FIU Online
Adjunct in Marketing & Logistics, FIU
I did this some time ago when running a workshop for academics and course designers. It may help people understand how to design a #Mastery Paths module. I set up each phase as a Canvas Module. The orange items are generally a page or quiz. If useful I can upload some others I have done. The grey boxes are where Mastery Paths can be used to make simple decisions.
Our campus piloted Canvas for 2 semesters and due to a number of reasons we decided "Not" to adopt the platform. We had about 40 classes and the instructors using Canvas now wanted to retrieve their materials and assessments from Canvas and put them back into the campus LMS, Moodle. Just as a side note Canvas was actually built out on an earlier version of the open source code from Moodle. This is where the dilemma begins. Apparently, no one else has decided to walk away...as we did. There is no way to easily remove your materials or your student work from Canvas once it goes in. Institutions need to maintain students records and the artifacts associated with their grades. This is a giant mess and I feel compelled to let the rest of the community know exactly what you are getting into. I think that this is the new model for LMS companies as I believe Bb also is making extraction of content and data out of their system difficult as well. So, be forewarned and check your options before taking that leap of faith!
UNLV's Office of Online Education is looking for an Instructional Art Manager! Please share or apply using the link below if interested.
ROLE of the POSITION
The Instructional Art (IA) Manager works to develop a campus culture that embraces digital teaching and learning by supporting instructional artists as they engage faculty in online and hybrid course development and revision. The IA Manager uses a growth mindset (Dweck, 2007) to help the instructional art team function as members of a supportive OE team. The IA Manager has strong pedagogical knowledge, art expertise, online education experience and collaborative supervisory skills that promote best practices in instructional art. The Manager supports instructional artists and faculty through the course design and development stages; evaluates OE courses for consistency with art standards and best practices; identifies and organizes resources for skill and knowledge development for OE instructional artists; and brings research-based perspectives to the art and science of instructional art. The IA Manager collaborates with the instructional design and instructional applications programming staff. The IA Manager also supports OE by working on issues, programs or projects at the request of the Director.
Best of luck,
It is now possible to connect Hypothesis, a free and open source collaborative annotation tool, with your Canvas course. You could use this for activities in which your students collaboratively comment or annotate web sites, documents, and other items. See this tutorial for how Hypothesis works, and here are some quick start guides for teachers and students.
This saves you and your students time by allowing for single sign-on use of Hypothesis:
The Hypothesis LMS app automatically provisions accounts for all students enrolled in any course using the app. This means that students can navigate to a Hypothesis-enabled reading and begin annotating without ever creating or logging into a separate account. Even better, the entire course roster of students and teachers will all be joined and annotate by default in an automatically-created private Hypothesis group that matches the course in the LMS.
Gradebook integration is a feature planned for the future.
Here are some video tutorials recently posted by Hypothesis:
Have you ever wished there was a resource you could reference when setting up a Canvas course? Well, good news...now there is one! The Training Services department shared all of their collective experiences working in education and training clients for years to build this collaborative resource that instructors will hopefully find useful referencing when creating their courses in Canvas.
Review the Beginning-of-Course checklist to ensure your course is ready to publish for students
Reference the End-of-Course checklist to help wrap up your course before the term concludes
Share with your colleagues so they can also benefit from the checklists
The checklist resource is available via Google Docs "Make a Copy"
Feel free to leave us comments about this resource or share the practices you use at the beginning and end of a course in Canvas.
The Training Services Department at Instructure is committed to supporting any training needs at your Institution. Reach out to your CSM if you are interested in learning more about this resource, additional resources or any of our training offerings.