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As we move into the month of love, I'd like to share my love and appreciation for the CanvasCasters podcast (anchor.fm) . It's amazing to hear such great Canvas stories from fellow Canvas users. Perhaps you've read my previous blog listing the special guests from some of the 2019 episodes 1-8: CanvasCasters Podcast: Have Ears, Will Listen... & Subscribe .

 

If you've enjoyed the podcast, you will familiar with one of their closing questions asking their guests their big 3 things they love about Canvas or what's in their Canvas backpack? So without further ado.

 

Episode & GuestTop 3 Loves (Canvas Backpack)

1: Megan Tolin

  • Speedgrader- Using rubrics
  • Speedgrader > Options- Sort by submission status, so that when grading you can grade all that submitted back-to-back versus skipping over students who haven't submitted yet 
  • Speedgrader- Audio/video feedback to students
2: Paul Towers
  • Tapping into "New" Analytics
  • Present live from your Canvas course
  • Modules/pages
3 & 4: Kona Jones
  • Gradebook > Message Student Who
    • "New" Analytics - message students who haven't view a Page
  • Gradebook > Notes Column
  • Canvas Community
5: Chris giles
  • Community & Twitter: Connect with people/video chats
  • Teach faculty how to use Canvas Calendar
  • Canvas Tier 1 Support
  • Admit what you don't know; it's okay

6: Eddie Small Marcus Painter

  • (Admin) Global Announcements
  • Using Canvas for Professional Development hosting
  • Studio/Arc
    • Easy to learn and use; integrated into Canvas
    • Student engagement and content creation; integrated quizzes
7: Kyle Beimfohr
  • Canvas Media Recorder, student content creation and instructor feedback
  • Up-to-date Canvas Guides & step-by-step documentation
  • Potential of New Quizzes, variety of type of questions
8: Scott DennisRenee CarneyRenee shared about the Canvas Advocate (changed name from Canvassador) program. Share your Canvas passion with other users. Both Scott and Renee spoke about the Canvas Community and invite users to join.
9: Kevin Self
  • Blueprint 
  • Groups
  • New Gradebook

10: Amanda Kitchell & Amanda_Wilkerson

  • Canvas Conversations/Inbox messages, accessible after-hours
  • Modules
    • Embed everything students need within Canvas
    • If students miss class/poor weather days, they don't miss content
  • Studio, integrated quiz feature with video (hidden markers)
11: Mixtape Volume 1
(2019)
You can also read more about the CanvasCasters podcast in their recent post on the Instructure blog.
12: Announcement
(2020)
Guess who is coming to instcon; that's right your favorite unofficial Canvas podcast! Meet Marcus & Eddie in Nashville; who knows  ... there might be a live show? instructurecon2020
13: Monica Burns

Monica provides an overview of the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) in lovely Miami, FL. She shared how to approach your next conference and a few accounts/organizations to follow.

14: Stevie Frank
  • Rubrics/Speedgrader
  • Student View, great to show "HOW TOs."
  • Modules
15: Khaled Al-Ankar
  • Canvas Studio, media content is easiest way to create & consume, especially for visual learners.
  • Canvas Guides, great to provide to others especially for those who want to print out for step-by-step guide.
  • Quizzes.Next, can migrate from old quizzes to new quizzes is a good feature. Extremely powerful especially with hot spots.
16: Van Bardell & Ryne Jungling
  • "Sandbox" class, not tied to any course or students; great for testing stuff out - saves time.
  • Modules, great for organized instructions & student navigation.
17: CanvasCastersDiscusses how education is being impacted by COVID-19.
18: Travis N Thurston, PhD
  • Discussion Forums, so flexible. Digital Powerups: talk about a concept; choose 2-3 (of 5-7) prompts to enter into discussion/commentary.

 

Give them a listen and if you think it's panda-tastic; subscribe! You can find CanvasCasters in a variety of ways:

 

Keep Learning,

Sky V.
Senior Instructional Designer, FIU Online
Adjunct in Marketing & Logistics, FIU

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)

 

Keep Learning,

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. 

 

Episode Number2019 Panda-tastic
Special Guests
Megan Tolin
2Paul Towers
3Kona Jones 
...more Kona Jones to love! (actually Episode 3 Part 2)
5Chris giles
6Eddie Small & Marcus Painter (your hosts; thanks for the special shout-out re: this blog post)
7Kyle Beimfohr
8Scott 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.

 

Keep Learning,

Sky V.
Senior Instructional Designer, FIU Online
Adjunct in Marketing & Logistics, FIU

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