CanvasLive

CanvasLIVE is your virtual faculty/staff lounge.
CanvasLIVE is where community members host and/or participate in different live events. Come deepen your friendships and enjoy a collegiate chat. Or, troubleshoot Canvas issues and drop some edu-tech knowledge. Whatever you decide, take time out of your week to enjoy face-to-face connections with your Canvas peers, virtually.

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NOTE: Please do not host event topics related to features that are still in closed beta. Active Beta User Groups exist for these kinds of interactions.

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Community Coach
Community Coach

“I have a question about Canvas. Do you have a sec?” said any Canvas user at some point in his/her life. 

Many of us know there are multiple ways to apply the tools and leverage the features in Canvas. Despite having almost thousands of pages of official guide documentation and 33K+ posts in Q&A, we still rely heavily on our colleagues and other community members for real-time support.

Can you spare an hour?

We initially asked this question of our Canvas Advocates. And we were overwhelmed with their initial responses! Many of them found times in their already-busy schedules to commit to future virtual office hours, free to anyone in the community. In fact, as of this posting, over 20 hours of open virtual office time have been scheduled through July 31, 2020!

Some office hours are audience-specific (i.e. for admins or teachers). Some are platform-specific, like mobile. Others are people-specific. I mean, who wouldn’t want to 'Jabber with Jenna' or talk all-things-Canvas with Beth?

We are thankful to our Canvas Advocates who are setting a great example. Click here to check out all of the upcoming virtual office hours.

Can community members host virtual office hours?

Yes. YES. YASSSS! We would love that! In fact, we welcome any hour you can provide in support of each other. Schedule your office hours when it’s most convenient for you (even if that means 5am or 10pm). We are a global community, after all.

Click for steps on hosting your CanvasLIVE event

NOTE: There are no naming conventions for ‘event title’ (but be sure to select ‘office hours’ under event type so members can easily filter by and find an event.) Title your office hours however you wish (i.e., “Bob’s Office Hours”, “Teacher Office Hours”, “Open Lab for All”) -- you get the idea!


But what if I don’t have the answers?

** News flash** We don’t always have all the answers, either!

Seriously, don’t feel like you have to duplicate Canvas support. We want you to be there to help answer questions to the best of your ability, point people to resources and guides in the community, and help users make progress towards their goals (even if that means helping them create a support ticket.)

“Answering questions and solving problems is a key to my own professional development. If I do not know the answer, I take the time to explore the possibilities during the session,” encourages professorbeyrer@gmail.com, Canvas Advocate who has already hosted over 40 virtual office hours in the Canvas community since 2017. “Through those interactions, I have discovered new ways of doing things and hopefully helped others.”

Any tips?

There isn’t a right or wrong way to host virtual office hours. But if you want to avoid being “Zoom-bombed” or ensure you don’t share the wrong screen, here are a few suggestions:

  • Use video conferencing technology with which you are most familiar. People should be able to hear and see you, clearly. Ensure that participants can join easily and securely, if possible (i.e. enable waiting room in Zoom, know how to kick people out who aren’t appropriate, etc.)
  • Stay online the entire time. Even if no one shows up, keep your event open the entire scheduled time. You never know who might show up later in the session. Multi-task if you wish, but don’t end early.
  • Share the time with a colleague. If you don’t want to go at it alone, tag-team with another colleague. At least, if no one shows up, you have some time to catch up. Smiley Wink
  • Double-book with your school. If you already host virtual office hours at your school, consider opening up one of those sessions to the wider Canvas community. (Or vice versa - if you’re hosting an event here, let your faculty know, as well.)
  • Avoid recording the session. These sessions are not meant for public consumption. People are coming to seek help in real-time (and sometimes that’s easier than articulating their question as a Q&A). Respect their privacy.

Some faculty are developing new Canvas courses. Other Canvas admins are helping schools wrap up their semesters. Sometimes all we need is to talk through our Canvas journey with a friendly face.

Keep helping each other!

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Community Coach
Community Coach

Description

Mobile learning is more important than ever! In this session, stop by to hear some best practices, pick up some new design tips, ask questions, or to collaborate. There is so much value within the Canvas Student, Canvas Teacher, and Canvas Parent app. We'll do our best to answer your questions and to provide some clarity of some of the most used (and loved) features.

 

 

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Community Coach

Description

Mobile learning is more important than ever! In this session, stop by to hear some best practices, pick up some new design tips, ask questions, or to collaborate. There is so much value within the Canvas Student, Canvas Teacher, and Canvas Parent app. We'll do our best to answer your questions and to provide some clarity of some of the most used (and loved) features.

 

 

Additional Resources

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Community Coach

Description

Mobile learning is more important than ever! In this session, stop by to hear some best practices, pick up some new design tips, ask questions, or to collaborate. There is so much value within the Canvas Student, Canvas Teacher, and Canvas Parent app. We'll do our best to get you started and to provide some clarity of some of the most used (and loved) features.

 

 

Additional Resources

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Community Advocate
Community Advocate

This is a concurrent session.

Description

This is an open-ended session hosted by one of Instructure’s Canvas experts, Erin Keefe. You’ll be invited to ask your most pressing “How do I…” questions and learn a ton in a very short time.

By the end of the session, participants will be able to: 
1) Identify answers to their most pressing Canvas questions 
2) Apply new tips and tricks in their use of Canvas

Registration

Registration information can be found on the session page: Stump the Panda. All sessions will be recorded.

Can•Innovate: Brought to you by the CVC-OEI

In support of California's 114 community colleges that use Canvas, Can•Innovate showcases creative practices in online teaching and course design. Communities that share together, innovate together.

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Instructure
Instructure

We're ready for EDUCAUSE 2019....are you?

Fun, collectable swag ordered...check. Smart, knowledgeable Canvas-xperts ready to answer your questions...check and check.   

We’re excited to share all the great things added to the Canvas family over the past few months. Join us to find out how we’ve added opportunities in Canvas to magnify learning and transport the entire educational experience. 


Stop by our Booth (#1745): we'll have a lot going on!

  • Win a pair of Apple AirPods.  We’re giving away a pair of Apple AirPods to one lucky winner during our showcase booth demos. Stop by and enter for a chance to win a pair! (schedule coming soon) 

 

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Community Coach
Community Coach

The holidays are just around the corner and what better way to spend the downtime then binge-watching InstructureCon 2018‌ session recordings! (We doubt there's this level of professional development on Netflix.)

Of course, there are 130+ sessions from which to choose! This makes it a bit challenging to know which video to start. So, we created the following playlist purely based on two metrics: play rate (videos that were clicked and played) and engagement rate (% of the video watched). Based on this analysis, the TOP 20 videos were determined.

TOP 20

Click here to see the FULL LIST OF INSTRUCTURECON 2018 VIDEOS.

We want to hear from you! Feel free to link to your favorites below. Or go to the video and share your feedback with a 'like' or a comment.

Happy viewing.

Smiley Happy

Biray (and the Events Team)

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Instructure
Instructure

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Come and join us in London for CanvasCon Europe! 

This is your opportunity—as educators, technologists and leaders from schools and higher education—to learn about and discuss new strategies and innovations in education technology. Enjoy the smart company and the Canvas swag, and see how your colleagues throughout Europe are using Canvas to make teaching and learning easier.

Click on the register button below for more information about the event, to sign up for the CanvasLEARN workshops, and of course, register now for CanvasCon Europe!  

When: Tuesday, 9th of October (8 - 5 PM)

Where: The Barbican Centre, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS, UK 

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Wanna Speak at the event? 

The Call for Proposals for CanvasCon is open! Please submit your proposals HERE. We are can't wait to hear from you! 

Call for Proposals closes on Friday, 17th August, 2018.

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    End of Year Celebrations!         

Sharing out Canvas Celebrations 

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Chat Topic

Join our canvas4elem Twitter chat. During this session ("End of Year Celebrations!") we'll celebrate all of our Canvas Awesomeness!

 

Here are questions for the chat in case you want to Tweetdeck responses.

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Click for more information on CanvasLIVE: Twitter Chats

 

On Twitter, Be Sure to Follow

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    Using Canvas for Station Rotation (Centers)            

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Chat Topic

Join our canvas4elem Twitter chat. During this session ("Using Canvas for Station Rotation (Centers)") we'll talk about using Canvas tools for stations/centers in your courses.

 

Here are questions for the chat in case you want to Tweetdeck responses.

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Click for more information on CanvasLIVE: Twitter Chats

 

On Twitter, Be Sure to Follow

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    Using Canvas to Differentiate            

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Chat Topic

Join our canvas4elem Twitter chat. During this session ("Using Canvas to Differentiate") we'll talk about using Canvas tools to enhance differentiation in your courses.

 

Here are questions for the chat in case you want to Tweetdeck responses.

Questions for #canvas4elem chat 4_16_18 

 

Click for more information on CanvasLIVE: Twitter Chats

 

On Twitter, Be Sure to Follow

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Description

Participants are coming from all over Europe (Netherlands and United Kingdom, so far!) with a focus on K12 (school and FE) education technology, but representatives from local HE providers (such as University of Wolverhampton, University of Birmingham) will share their insights into how Canvas is used by their staff and students, too.

 

Agenda (or Objectives)

We will discuss onboarding, enbracing culture change, supporting staff and students that are techphobic, and demonstrating how teaching practice can be made more efficient and effective through CanvasLMS. We will help each other get to grips with technical aspects such as embedding iFrames and using apps within Canvas.

CanvasLIVE event will be actually LIVE - in person!  Participation is free of charge with a delicious lunch provided. We will be ready to welcome you at 9am with departure at approx. 3pm. Check out our beautiful campus and get directions to us: Bromsgrove School - Outstanding Education. Requests for a seat at our fabulous event should be submitted to edtech@bromsgrove-school.co.uk, please! Early advising of additional needs (dietary, access, etc.) may make it easier for us to accommodate you. Proposals for lightning talks, suggestions on topics to discuss, queries about what soup we will serve, top tips on running a TeachMeet-Unconference combo, or general banter can be submitted below in the comments or by direct message through my Twitter @DrDawnPhD.

 

Meet people passionate about pedagogy and get inspired!

If you love CanvasLMS and want to share best practice ideas with likeminded professionals, come along on Friday June 15th and participate in our TeachMeet.

JOIN US!

But if you can't make it over, then check out the Twitter chat we'll be hosting during the day using the hashtagbromsedtech‌

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Instructure
Instructure

Description

 

Please join us for our 2018 CanvasCon at Cal State Los Angeles! CanvasCon is a one-day, regional event that we’ve specifically designed for our educators. Everyone is invited, from the Canvas-curious to the expert user!

We’ll discuss hot topics trending in the Ed tech world and host Canvas-specific sessions. We’ve jam-packed the agenda with awesome sessions from educators, innovators, and thought leaders in both Higher Education and K12. There will be separate tracks for Higher Ed and K12, and plenty of ed-tech goodness—new skills and techniques, networking, collaboration, idea-sharing, and other fun—for Canvas users and non-Canvas users alike. We promise there’s something for everyone! Join us for a full day of learning and awesomeness or risk suffering in everlasting FOMO.

Come to the Pre-Con Training Day on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018!
 

NOTE: This is an on-site only event. Livestreaming will not be available at this time. *** CALL FOR PROPOSALS STILL OPEN *** If there is a topic on the agenda that interests you, consider asking the presenter to repeat his/her session by hosting it in CanvasLIVE‌!

 

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Instructure

Description

 

Please join us for our 2018 CanvasCon at FIU in Miami Florida! CanvasCon is a one-day, regional event that we’ve specifically designed for our educators. Everyone is invited, from the Canvas-curious to the expert user!

We’ll discuss hot topics trending in the Ed tech world and host Canvas-specific sessions. We’ve jam-packed the agenda with awesome sessions from educators, innovators, and thought leaders in both Higher Education and K12. There will be separate tracks for Higher Ed and K12, and plenty of ed-tech goodness—new skills and techniques, networking, collaboration, idea-sharing, and other fun—for Canvas users and non-Canvas users alike. We promise there’s something for everyone! Join us for a full day of learning and awesomeness or risk suffering in everlasting FOMO.

Come to the Pre-Con Training Day on Tuesday, February 27th, 2018!
 

NOTE: This is an on-site only event. Livestreaming will not be available at this time. If there is a topic on the agenda that interests you, consider asking the presenter to repeat his/her session by hosting it in CanvasLIVE‌!

 

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Community Coach
Community Coach

Video in the classroom is no longer a novelty. The days of rolling the A/V unit into your classroom hardly generates the enthusiasm it used to (lol, I probably just dated myself). Students expect to see video in their multi-media learning environments. How can we leverage video more strategically to engage learning (and not have it disappear within the course as another piece of content students glaze over or half-watch)?

So, we curated some resources and launched a new CanvasLIVE series to continue conversations regarding best practices for using video in the classroom... 

Super-Star Video Resources

Luckily, community resources exist to help spark these discussion. Check out snufer‌'s post Strategies for Faculty to Create Awesome Online Videos. He links to his YouTube video which showcases examples of educational video platforms that are free, cheap, and/or native to the Canvas LMS environment. But, he also shares tips on (and this is my fave part) the do's/don'ts around creating your own videos.

For those who leverage existing resources from places like YouTube or Vimeo, check out tom.gibson@esc13.txed.net‌'s blog on Alternate Way to Embed Code for Video Media on Pages and (my fave oldie-but-goodie) by laura.joseph4@tafensw.edu.au called Video killed my Canvas page. Both serve up pro tips to embedding videos into your Canvas courses.

And since accessibility is a serious concern when it comes to videos, nothing gets to the heart of a solution like dejonghed07@macomb.edu's post Captioning YouTube Videos Created by Others using Amara

A new CanvasLIVE Series

We thought it timely to start a series called Videos in the Classroom, an introductory series to showcase some ways to surface video content within Canvas, leveraging native Canvas tools, YouTube, and ARC (for those who currently leverage this tool or are simply curious to preview it).

We hope to add more to this series throughout the year. Stay tuned... 

Sharing Best Practices

We want to hear your best tips for embedding or creating video in your classrooms. Is it best to capture video on your mobile in landscape mode? Are there cool capture tools that make it easy to capture your screen? Is shorter still better? (BTW, I just queried videos about making videos on YouTube... wowzah!... I wonder if any of these tips would translate into videos for the classroom!)

Please share your feedback, tips, best practices in the comments below.

Hope to see you in a CanvasLIVE session soon!

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Instructure
Instructure

Innovation doesn’t have to be BIG to be BOLD. It just has to be inspired.

Canvas has the flexibility needed to affect change and unleash your creativity!

(But, you don't have to take our word for it...)

But, you don't have to take my word for it

Check out an ensemble of great presenters -- from teachers and students to admins and pandas -- in a lightning-round showcase. Each will have 5 minutes to share ways the Canvas Community inspired change in the way they design, deliver, teach and learn with Canvas.

Below is the all-star line-up (in no particular order):

Hosted by Community Team

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Explorer III

(9/1/2017) Presented by samnr@smccd.edu

For session details, additional resources, and follow-up discussion, please go to the event page: https://community.canvaslms.com/events/2233-canvas-student-workshop-skyline-college 

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Explorer III

(8/15/2017) Presented by Ryan.Seilhamer@ucf.edu

For session details, additional resources, and follow-up discussion, please go to the event page: https://community.canvaslms.com/events/2204-canvas-teacher-app-lets-facilitate 

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Description

This event took place on Friday, September 1, 2017 at 3:00 PM PDT. The recording is available at  Video Link : 3123 

 

Skyline College uses Canvas for all classes and online resources. Canvas is an easy-to-use learning management system that connects students to course materials and allows them to communicate with your professors.

 

NOTE: This event is the livestream version of the previous on-site workshops that took place at Skyline College (for those Skyline College students who were not able to attend in person). This online livestream is scheduled for 3pm PDT.

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Explorer III

(June 22, 2017)

Panelists Included:

For session details, additional resources, and follow-up discussions, please go to the event page: MED SERIES: Clinical Years - Learning Communities, Collaborations and Being On-the-Go 

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Explorer III

(April 14, 2017) Presented by Ryan.Seilhamer@ucf.edu

For session details, additional resources, and follow-up discussions, please visit the event page: https://community.canvaslms.com/events/2049-canvascon-usf-mobile-apps-and-the-future-of-canvas 

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Explorer III

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Chat Topic

You know that feeling of satisfaction you get when you discover an awesome work-around in Canvas. Or, you've figured out how to leverage a feature in a super creative way that it begs a mic drop?
Join David Lyons​ -- you know, the guy who animated course images in his dashboard and discovered how to Grade with Emojis​ -- and share some fun things you did to impress us, your colleagues, and students!

On Twitter, Be Sure to Follow

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Community Coach
Community Coach

(May 17, 2016) While Canvas app is effective in translating your course to be responsive on a mobile device, it is the job of the teacher or instructional designer to effectively design assignments to address the on-the-go learner, as well. We have tips to help you make your assignments even MORE mobile-friendly! [Presenters: Deactivated user​, biray@instructure.com​)

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Community Coach
Community Coach

(September 17, 2015) As Canvas keeps evolving (hello, new UI!) and students keep leveraging mobile devices for learning, it’s imperative for courses to be more mobile-friendly. And, boy, do we have a checklist for you! This session will offer best considerations for mobile design and on-the-go delivery of your course(s). [Pesenter: Ryan.Seilhamer@ucf.edu​]

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Explorer III

(Apr. 10, 2014) Course conversations can extend well-beyond the classroom environment. Leveraging the Discussions tool in Canvas Mobile App may lead to greater student engagement. Not only can it foster on-going conversation threads, but students can contribute anytime and in multiple ways, such as, via text, images, audio, and video -- right from the palm of their hands! [Presenter: biray@instructure.com​]

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(Nov. 13, 2014) Learn ways Canvas polls, quizzes, surveys, and assignments can be leveraged from a mobile device as formative assessments in your classroom. [Presenters: biray@instructure.com​, Ryan.Seilhamer@ucf.edu​, Tommi Barrett-Greenly]

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