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I just found out that the external keynotes for InstructureCon are not going to be streamed (and yeah, I can see that; when people are on the keynote circuit, they can't really let free videos out into the wild)... but luckily, I can snag all three of these books for a grand total of $35, and I've loaded them on to my Kindle for my trip to see my dad next week (he's about to turn 90, and still going strong... he might be interested the Iyengar book in fact).


So: Glory be to books! Let there be learning! Traveling to conferences costs a small fortune (I just did the math, and I cannot even kid myself that I might go to InstructureCon next year... OUCH, no way for that to happen on my salary), but hey, there is plenty to learn from books too. Thank goodness!


Is anybody interested in a post-InstCon Book Club? That might be fun here to do at the Community. Maybe we could even have a Book Club Group...??? I'll go propose that now. That could be really cool: we could do like a "book of the month" or something, based on books from InstCon, people's suggestions, etc. etc.

Update: BOOK CLUB GROUP request is up; vote if you are interested. It's in the "meta" section here at the Community so you may have to "join" the meta space to vote.


Anyway, here are links to the three books I am grabbing thanks to InstCon, all conveniently available as Kindles:



The Art of Choosing by Sheena Iyengar

the art of choosing book cover



Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind by Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire

wired to create book cover



Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story by Jewel

never broken book cover

I wasn't even at InstructureCon, but I am feeling such a burst of energy and ideas from all the things I learned last week, and I am really looking forward to the videos for the Sheena Iyengar and Scott Barry Kaufman keynotes to come online (I would LOVE the Jewel interview too, but I'm guessing that runs afoul of her publicity arrangements and such). Thanks to the tweeters (especially Linda J. Lee!) who covered both of those keynotes in so much detail with both words and pix, I was able to follow both of those talks in a lot of detail, and they both resonated so much for me. I made a Storify with my tweets and re-tweets during both keynotes:

Iyengar and Kaufman at InstructureCon 2017 (with images, tweets) · OnlineCrsLady · Storify 


Update: Argh, I am so bummed out to find out that neither of these keynotes will be available as video. So now I am even MORE grateful to the tweeters!


Below is a tweet that for me captures a big tension in the range of topics at InstructureCon: on the one hand, there were some beautiful self-actualization talks like those by Iyengar and Kaufman (and also in Jewel's interview with Josh Coates), and on the other hand there was a lot of news about Gradebook, Quizzes, and other Canvas features that are about learning standardization and teacher control, very much the opposite of the open-ended human potential approach; these two items were side by side in the #InstCon stream, so I took a screenshot:


contrast between gradebook and it's okay to fail tweets in stream


If we look at the Community, there's the same kind of range here also, with people sharing ideas about teaching and learning in very open-ended and experimental ways, with other people here to get answers to questions about very traditional school practices, with technology enabling the same kinds of quizzes and grading that we had in school when we were kids.


Just speaking for myself, I have no interest in quizzes or grades, but I have every interest in the ways that digital technology and online spaces create new opportunities for us to explore our creative potential, powers of genius that we never even knew we had before, both as teachers and as learners.


So, as soon as those Iyengar and Kaufman keynotes go up, I will share them here and hopefully that can provoke some good discussion, both for those who were at InstructureCon and those of us who were just getting a boost from the grooviness at a distance!


And with that good thought for the future, here is one of Kaufman's slides, with thanks to Michael Shunneson Michael Shunneson  (I'm not sure which account he uses here!) for the photo tweet, which Google tells me is a quote from E. Paul Torrance that is featured in Kaufman's book, Wired to Create (I've had that book on my to-read list and now I know that I really MUST read it!).


Torrance quote in the post


"Life's most energizing and exciting moments occur in those split seconds when our struggling and searching are suddenly transformed into the dazzling aura of the profoundly new, an image of the future... One of the most powerful wellsprings of creative energy, outstanding accomplishment, and self-fulfillment seems to be falling in love with something — your dream, your image of the future."


And in the spirit of the #KeepOnLearning Canvas panda:


Keep on learning one step at a time