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DEWD with Gratitude for 2018

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I don't think I express the gratitude I feel often enough, so let me start by thanking  @klundstrum  for kicking off this blogging challenge. There are many awesome people in the Canvas Community, and all my "likes" and "helpful" clicks are poor representations of the value that I have found here for my fellow faculty at Cosumnes River College and especially our students. I could write a dozen blogs of gratitude for the people whose contributions I treasure here.


But today I'm going to focus closer to home and share a story of gratitude and achievement. The achievement is a new way of reaching out to my coworkers to share regular news about Canvas, and the gratitude is for a coworker who makes the outreach magical.


We completed our transition to Canvas by the beginning of 2018. Along with the transition to a new LMS, I decided also to change how I communicate with my campus about training opportunities and other things. This is my third LMS, and for each one I have changed the primary way I answer the "how do I...?" and "can our LMS...?" questions. I began with emails that could be easily re-sent when someone else asked the same question, and then I moved to a blog.


With Canvas I started sending a weekly email. Regular notices about training has long been standard, but with Canvas I added two new features: a reference to the Canvas Community and a tip of the week. I encouraged colleagues to submit their own tips, as there are lots of things that Canvas does that I haven't yet learned but the other explorers on campus have. The weekly tips included links to the Canvas Guides, and I extended my experience with video creation by filming some demonstration videos.


So far so good, and here's where the gratitude begins. My department is Distance Education and Web Development (DEWD) and is blessed to have  @bittnem ‌, who is a videographer extraordinaire and a great guy to work with. He arranged to get the right equipment, has all the expertise in filming and editing, and together we created a video for each of those weekly emails. We started this last semester, and we managed to get a new episode out for each week with a different tip. Each includes a video demo, and we even came up with different ways to call for help.


My gratitude extends to my coworkers, who have let us know that our effort has been worth it. It is especially nice to hear from those who work in our Department of Radio, Television, and Film, because receiving praise from a professional has a special flavor. Our department provides video services for the college, and our weekly video has inspired additional faculty colleagues to use video in their classes.


Finally, I am grateful that I have a job that gives me new experiences. I get to play with toys and slay dragons all day long, and am I fortunate to be in a place where I can lift my head and look around once in a while. I have a lot of fun making these videos, and working with Mike has been the best part.


When I read about the neat things other institutions do to support their users, I like to see details and examples to find inspiration. With that in mind, I embedded a video from our series:

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Wow! The two of you together are going to be unstoppable  @GregoryBeyrer ! Wonderful blog post, thank you for sharing.

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Oh my gosh, I love the video: you and the panda! And bamboo! That is so cool,  @GregoryBeyrer !

My school started doing a great series of weekly tip emails; like with the great production quality of your videos, the really excellent graphics in their emails are such a big plus. 

And since you didn't mention it here, I think we are ALL indebted to CCC and ONE for the Can*Innovate event in October! It was so fun to get to connect with you through that virtual event, and I am excited about more CCC/ONE stuff coming up. Thank you for sharing the California community college goodness with all of us!!!


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So jealous that you have your own videographer. I bet your faculty love these video resources!

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Thank you! Yes they do though I wish our view count was a bit higher. Including our awesome adjunct faculty and classified professionals each message goes to more than 900 people. Faculty are about 550 of those, and more than 90% of our students are enrolled in at least one class that uses Canvas. But our videos only get a few dozen views each, and half of those must be from my mom. Heart

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My mom used to love looking at my students' websites. 🙂

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Wow  @GregoryBeyrer hat a year. Loved the video. Such a lot of work, but for a great reason.

Perhaps they will get traction as more and more follow them, after your Mum has watched them all of course.