When I first started using Canvas I approached the Canvas Community as a source of wisdom and much needed nourishment. Little did I know the treasure I’d discover, the friends I’d make and the things I’d learn.
For me; Community means moving from a transactional state of mind to a relational state. By this I mean moving beyond a world view where all motivation essentially falls into two categories, which are Self Interest and Caring for Others (Self vs Others). Instead, motivation becomes 'other-ish' meaning that you realize that you can best help yourself by helping others.
We all interpret the word COMMUNITY in different ways. We all live in some type of community...whether in a small town, in a residential community, etc. In these types of communities, we might be in the same part of the world, but we have different interests. For me, it's having a sense of belonging...that you feel welcome. Community is also sharing and talking about common interests...even in smaller group settings.
A community is a group of people whose experiences are clustered around a common theme. They can be in the same location in person or online, and each member can find a way to contribute to their shared interests.
The Canvas Community is made up of many, many talented and giving people. They have helped me to feel less overwhelmed, more equipped, and so well supported in my role as Blended Learning Leader for our whole state.
So here I am in my tutoring lab, and our Dean in charge of Things Tech and Learning Support comes in ... with none other than @kona with a swag bag. I've got students happily consuming rainbow lollipops and yes, a sense that the Canvas Community cares.
We couldn't pass up the opportunity to express how much we appreciate the members in our Canvas Community. Your resourcefulness, innovation and brilliance inspire our team every day. We are constantly impressed at the level of engagement among our members.