Instructure and Digital Promise are working together to innovate education. We’re starting at Pre-Con in just a few weeks! Read on to learn all about it!
Instructure recently entered into a partnership with Digital Promise, whose mission is to accelerate innovation in education to improve opportunities to learn. Digital Promise works internationally with educators, researchers, entrepreneurs and technology developers to help close the Digital Learning Gap with a variety of initiatives, including networking through their League of Innovative Schools and Verizon Innovative Learning Schools, research through their Research Map and education technology Marketplace, and engagement through Challenge-Based Learning and Maker Learning opportunities.
“For students and teachers to stay competitive, they need digital tools that seamlessly work together to help improve the education experience,” said Tara Gunther, VP of Partnerships at Instructure. “Our partnership with Digital Promise is a perfect fit due to our shared focus on helping people learn and grow throughout their lifetimes.”
We are excited about all of the ways we at Instructure can work with Digital Promise to help advance their work. The first step along that path will take place next month at InstructureCon, when we deliver some exciting sessions at Pre-Con that are aligned to Digital Promise micro-credentials. Digital Promise has built an extensive platform of micro-credentials, where educators can personalize their professional learning by exploring over 400 topics. The micro-credentials are all research-based, and developed and awarded by over 50 of Digital Promise's learning partners. When earned, they are awarded to the educators in a form of a digital badge.
“Educators need to have the knowledge and skills necessary to take advantage of a technology-rich environment and create powerful learning opportunities for all students,” said Karen Cator, President and CEO of Digital Promise. “We see this partnership with Instructure as a strategic way to advance innovation in education."
Current research supports that when learners - all learners - can personalize their learning, it becomes more meaningful. Using the old models of sit-and-get, one-size-fits-all, someone-else-picked-this-topic-for-me professional learning just doesn't work for educators today. What busy, driven educators want is the ability to customize what they learn, and the ability to decide when and where that learning occurs. That's why we think that micro-credentials and what Digital Promise is doing with them is so exciting.
At Pre-Con on July 9, we will be presenting five topics that each are designed to have participants earn a Digital Promise micro-credential. We hope if you are joining us for InstructureCon, you'll consider adding on one of the sessions below, so you can start on personalizing your professional learning journey with Digital Promise this summer.
Want to join us? Space is limited. Click here to sign up for one of our Pre-Con sessions!
I couldn't think of a better title for these infographics. Sorry, not sorry. These are just small chunks of info for teachers to consider as they get their courses established. They sort of follow an order of operations, but I feel like the Essentials series does a better job of a good work-flow. The Essentials are a rebrand of these small tips. But, I like them and think smaller is better...sometimes. You'd have to know me to know that is a big, fat lie. Bigger and more is ALWAYS better.
Attached are interactive PDF's you can use as well!
Beginning in June there will be a new webinar launching that focuses on the integration of the interactive platform called Nearpod in Canvas. Canvas + Nearpod is a session devoted to learning how Nearpod integrates with Canvas using embedded materials as well as the LTI integration. During the webinar we will outline the steps to connecting your Nearpod account, embedding Nearpod content in a course, creating Nearpod Assignments, and tracking student progress.
Check out the webinar calendar to sign up for upcoming sessions!
Want to learn more about our Strategic Partnership with Nearpod?
You can probably tell, I like a series. Here is the Cool Things Series that includes some basic and not-so-basic uses for some of the great Canvas features. I've included these features so far:
I'll add a few more as I think of them. I put these in my newsletter for teachers on my high school campuses. Hoping to win more over to use Canvas to help their students!
Please let me know if you see mistakes or have anything to add!
To complete the Essentials Series, I came up with two Phases for some Advanced tools instructors can use in their courses. I'm sure there are some other interesting Advanced tools out there I haven't thought of so I'd love to hear from some of you. I can compile them (giving you credit!) into a Phase 3.
In these you'll find links on how to:
I've attached interactive PDF versions as well as the links to the infographics. Feel free to use and share!
A few other fun and handy resources:
Deciding what constitutes as "intermediate" essentials is such a gray area. I've come up with 24 items that I think may fit. There are three documents in this series and here is the list of what you'll find:
I've added the links to the Infographics and attached interactive PDF's below. Hope you find these useful!
Canvas Adoption and Engagement
When implementing any new initiative, it's important to spend time planning for how to successfully move your users through change. At Instructure, we built our Canvas Success Model to give you a process and set of tools for leading the people side of your change to Canvas. Made up of four revolving stages, Vision, Plan, Execute, and Assess, our model is proven to help increase adoption and successful change to using Canvas. By starting with your vision, you can find ways to connect Canvas to your beliefs about students, learning, and teaching. Once you've tied Canvas to your vision, planning for communication, training, and engagement will help ensure your users experience a seamless transition.
Virginia's Community Colleges (VCCS) transition to Canvas
The VCCS is made up of 23 community colleges across the state of Virginia. In the Spring of 2018, Canvas was selected to replace Blackboard as the primary Learning Management System for the system. This began a one year transition period to prepare over 8,000 faculty and over 100,000 students for this change. When a change of this size is implemented, a lot of things need to be carefully planned for. In addition to an exceptional project team at the system level and leaders at each individual college, the VCCS also had the Canvas Services Team to help guide the way.
To prepare for this transition, leaders at all 23 colleges have created outstanding resources to help their faculty and students through this transition. These resources helped communicate, train, and engage their faculty and students. To help incentivize this practice, the VCCS started a resource creation contest for the colleges to showcase their efforts to communicate, train, and engage their faculty and staff. Winners of the contest are announced below.
Colleges submitted their resources to an adoption playbook course in Canvas. This course was created by the Learning and Strategy Consulting Team as part of their Canvas Change Strategy Consulting service. Leaders across the system followed specific categories and judging criteria.
The VCCS was able to find volunteers from other community college systems across the country. In addition, Instructure was asked to provide judges for the contest. The judges used the following criteria to score the entries.
1st Place - Leveling the Playing Field - Accessibility in Canvas
Northern Virginia Community College
Preston Davis, Ed. D. - Director of Instructional Services
Shaoyu Chi, Ed.D. - Instructional Designer, NOVA Online
Maureen Madden, M.Ed. - Instructional Designer & Accessibility Liaison, NOVA Online
Rong Zhu, M.Ed. - Instructional Designer, NOVA Online
2nd Place - Canvas GIF Social Media Campaign
Wytheville Community College
Dave Dick, Coordinator of Online Learning and Instructional Technology
I love @CanvasLMS's #Arc tool! I recently had a faculty asking about resizing. Unfortunately, it is not quite as easy as resizing other things in Canvas. I created a #CanvasGIF for embedding and manually resizing embedded Arc videos! pic.twitter.com/Sjgm7O7mNM— Dave Dick (@Dave4EdTech) April 3, 2019
3rd Place - VCCS Canvas Student Orientation
Tidewater Community College
John Morea, Associate Vice President for Distance Learning
Iris Wang, Distance Learning
NOVA Online - Online Orientation
Caryn Sever, M.S. - Instructional Designer, NOVA Online
Kim Grewe, PhD - Instructional Designer, NOVA Online
Dedra Wright, M.Ed. - Instructional Designer, NOVA Online
Virginia Western Community College - Canvas Quick Start Guide
Erin Leftwich, LMS Administrator
THE CANVAS SUCCESS MODEL
We’ve seen our customers do incredible things to plan for change and adopt Canvas. From tying Canvas to their vision for teaching and learning, to coming up with unique ways to incentivize and engage users, our customers have thought of everything. We captured all these best practices and developed the Canvas Success Model (pictured above). Our model gives school leadership a process and tools for leading the people side of your change to Canvas. If followed, this model will help you:
THE CHECKLIST AND RESOURCES
While we encourage you to follow this model from the start, it can be used in year 2, 3, and beyond. The purpose of this document is to give you a checklist and free resources to get you started down the pathway to success. The resources linked in this checklist have been created by many talented people in our Customer Success Department at Instructure - chances are you'll recognize a few of them. Our model puts all these resources into perspective and gives you a framework for success. If you find yourself needing more help with your rollout or adoption, our Learning and Strategy Consulting Team is available to assist with Change Strategy Consulting and Adoption Consulting.
The checklist below is available via Google Docs "Make a Copy". Please select the following link for access: Canvas Success Model Checklist and Resources Copy
Define "the why"
Determine what success looks like
|Set success measures|
|Develop key messages and timing|
Determine content, delivery method, frequency, and sender
Tie training to vision
Identify audiences who need training
Identify needs and timeline
Create a plan for ongoing training
Identify site-based leaders
Develop an incentive plan
Predict and plan for resistance
|Empower site-based leaders|
Empower site-based leaders
|Follow up and monitor progress|
After Year Five of our Canvas implementation, teachers are still reluctant to really dive in and use it to its fullest. These Beginner Essentials take a brand new user
or one who has had it on the back shelf for years
and some more years....
from how to add a professional profile picture to using the scheduler.
I've tried to think through a "best practices" flow for teachers to follow. These are just my ideas and how I think teachers can take steps to use Canvas. Feel free to post your ideas and how I might make adjustments!
You just never know who you're going to meet here in this amazing Canvas Community. For example, I "met" (virtually - not in person yet) Bobby Pedersen in the Community. Bobby lives in Tasmania. I don't live anywhere near as exciting, though it does end in "ia" (Pennsylvania, if you're wondering). We almost couldn't be further away from each other geographically. However, pedagogically and Canvasily (I'm going to say that's a word) we are really in sync! Even though she is a full 12 hours ahead of me, we recently collaborated on something that I think is pretty cool.
Bobby wrote this blog post - Invigorating English – Encouraging Writing Within Canvas K-6 a few weeks back. Roxanne Conroy thought it would make an amazing infographic and made the suggestion. I asked Bobby what she thought, and off we went! We collaborated on a Google Doc (there were a few hours where our days overlapped when we could communicate in real time) and made a plan to take her blog and make it an infographic. I built that in Canva, and Bobby made edits there, too. Wanna see what we did?
You can download the .pdf of it below. The links work in the .pdf - just click on the italics!
This was an amazing collaboration for me, and I feel so lucky that Bobby allowed me to use her great content to build this resource.
Anyone else want to collaborate? Let's do it!
Principal Consultant, Learning & Strategy
This will be my fifth InstructureCon this year. I went once as a customer; the rest as an employee. No matter what role I was in, or where the conference was held, I always felt the same about InstructureCon - I wish I was there longer!
The reasons why are many - the locations are amazing, the food delicious, the entertainment blows my mind. But I think what stands out most, and what I hear from everyone else who attends, is the learning. You can learn something at InstructureCon every minute you're there. It doesn't matter if it's at breakfast, or on a shuttle, or walking to a session - learning is everywhere. Every interaction you have while there you can learn something new and awesome.
One way to give you some more opportunities for the structured learning is at the preconference sessions during the day before the conference officially starts - PreCon we call it (catchy, huh?). We've just recently published the sessions for this year's PreCon, and I'm really excited about what we are offering this year. If you've never attended PreCon, I've got some reasons why you should considering coming to learn with us this year!
Reason 1: PreCon=Hands On. The sessions at PreCon are designed to be interactive, and to allow participants to try what is being presented. This year we've lengthened the session times, so the shortest sessions are two hours, and the longest sessions are six hours. The added time is for more in-depth exploration of the topics, with more time to participate.
Reason 2: Timely Topics. We're offering 20 sessions this year. When it's time to design our schedule we ask ourselves three questions: 1 - What do our customers want? 2 - What education trends have we been hearing about? and 3 - How can we provide an amazing experience? We think we've created a schedule that answers all three of these questions, with a mix of topics that we've offered in the past and new topics that are relevant right now.
Reason 3: Access to Experts. All of the sessions are being delivered by an Instructure expert in the field. We've tapped some stellar members of Content Services, Training Services, Learning and Strategy Consulting Services, Technical Services, and Solutions Engineering to design the sessions and present at PreCon.
Reason 4: Micro-credentialed Sessions (New this Year). We have partnered with Digital Promise for five of our sessions. The sessions in this strand have been designed around a Digital Promise micro-credential, with a key learning takeaway that is competency-based and backed by educational research. The participants in the sessions will learn the Canvas application of the content and will have time to build and submit the evidence toward the micro-credential during the session. Your evidence will be scored against a mastery rubric. Micro-credentials are delivered in the form of a open badge by Digital Promise, which can then be shared with the participant’s institution for professional learning.
Reason 5: Chat and Charge Lounge, Training Room, and Building Labs. In addition to the 20 sessions, we are also offering additional learning time and space during PreCon through these three avenues. Every ticket to a PreCon session comes with free entry to our Chat and Charge Lounge and Training Room. In the Chat and Charge Lounge you can rest, recharge, and also hear about a variety of Canvas-related topics through short, mini-presentations throughout the day. The Training Room will provide a schedule of 45-minute Canvas-related trainings during PreCon, presented by members of the Training Services Team. New this year are the Building Labs, offered for K-5, Secondary, and Higher Ed. These labs will give users the time and space to apply what they are learning during PreCon to their Canvas courses, with access to Instructure experts in the field. It's a great opportunity to get one-on-one help building the courses of your dreams.
I have about 400 more reasons, but I'll stop here. We hope you check out the PreCon19 schedule, find something great, and join us on Tuesday, July 9. When you're checking out the sessions, you might want to keep this handy chart in mind:
Suggested tracks by user role
Beginner* Intermediate** Advanced*** All^
|Session||Teacher/Faculty/Tech Coach||Instructional Designer||Canvas Admin||School Administration|
|Aligning Outcomes and Assessment for Data-Driven Learning**||x||x||x|
|API 101: APIs for the Programming Newbie**||x||x|
|Chat and Charge Lounge^||x||x||x||x|
|Creating Highly Engaging Blended/Online Courses with Canvas!**||x||x||x|
|Creating Killer Home Page Templates^||x||x||x||x|
|Creating Technology-Rich Professional Learning in Canvas*||x||x||x|
|Designing your Online Course with Quality Matters*||x||x||x||x|
|Digging Deeper into Planning for Change^||x||x|
|Exploring Canvas in K-5*||x|
|Getting Started: Canvas for HigherEd Faculty*||x||x||x|
|Getting Started: Canvas for K12 Teachers*||x||x||x|
|Getting Started: Everything you Need to Know as a New HED Canvas Admin*||x|
|Getting Started: Everything you Need to Know as a New K12 Canvas Admin*||x|
|Improving your Online Course with Quality Matters**||x||x||x||x|
|Leveraging Universal Design in Your Canvas Course*||x||x||x|
|Open Lab HighEd^||x||x|
|Open Lab K-5^||x||x|
|Open Lab Secondary^||x||x|
|Personalizing Learning Experiences with Canvas**||x||x|
|Reports and Statistics: Using Canvas Data**||x||x|
|Setting Your Strategy for Change^||x||x|
|Transforming K-12 Classrooms with Canvas**||x||x|
And...wondering if you can take all of those sessions you want at the same time? We got you...Check out the schedule below:
|8 a.m.||9 a.m.||10 a.m.||10:30 a.m.||11 a.m.||Noon||12:30 p.m.||1 p.m.||2 p.m.||3 p.m.||4 p.m.||5 p.m.|
|Personalizing Learning Experiences with Canvas||Transforming K-12 Classrooms with Canvas|
|Setting Your Strategy for Change||Digging Deeper Into Planning for Change||API 101: For the Programming Newbie|
|Designing Your Online Course with Quality Matters||Improving Your Online Course with Quality Matters|
|Creating Highly Engaging Blended/Online Courses||Aligning Outcomes and Assessment for Data-Driven Learning|
|Chat and Charge Lounge|
|Reports and Statistics: Using Canvas Data||Building Lab: Secondary|
|Getting Started: Canvas for HighEd Faculty (Includes Lunch Break)|
|Getting Started: Canvas for K12 Teachers (Includes Lunch Break)|
|Leveraging Universal Design||Creating Killer Home Page Templates||Exploring Canvas K-5||Building Lab: K-5|
|Getting Started: Everything you Need to Know as a New HED Canvas Admin||Creating Technology-Rich Professional Learning in Canvas|
|Getting Started: Everything you Need to Know as a New K12 Canvas Admin||Building Lab: Higher Ed|
If you have any questions about PreCon19, please let us know! Hope to see you in Long Beach!
Thanks to everyone who was able to join us during the Canvas Live event. Linked here is the recording from the session. We wanted to move the discussion, connections and conversations to the Engagement Space where you can start your own discussions, continue to post to this thread and to the video as well.
We hope you all enjoyed hearing what Oshkosh has done as much as we have.
Here is a link to the fabulous presentation by Tim Kohl and the Oshkosh Team
For more resources around our community on Outcomes here are some very handy links:
Over the years when working with anything to do with computers I’ve found that I learn best when I 'do the doing'. Having an expert at the front demonstrating without letting me have a go just doesn’t work for me. Nor does having someone reach over to fix mistakes I’ve made. No learning happens, it just doesn’t go in.
Surely I’m not alone.
I’ve made a rule for myself when supporting teachers with developing their blended learning skills, or when they are problem solving – Sit On Your Hands Bobby! They must 'do the doing' themselves.
It’s so very tempting to reach over and grab the controls, or leap in and say what the next step is, when sometimes a bit of wait time ensures they figure out the next step on their own.
Another avenue to explore when supporting teachers is to show them how to problem solve, and where to go for help. Keep this up your sleeve for a giggle http://bfy.tw/MNt4
Time spent on these may seem like eternity, but it is time well spent. I encourage you all to sit on your hands at least once this week! Then tell us how it goes.