So InstructureCon 2015 came, took our breath away (thanks Olivia), and now it's over. Fortunately the great sessions, ideas, and connections we made, can live on within our Canvas Community and the InstructureCon 2015 community space!
Please be sure to take that survey that our marketing team sends out, so we can make instcon even better next year. That quantitative feedback is invaluable.
In addition we wanted to have an open discussion where you all can publicly share your qualitative thoughts and feedback about InstructureCon 2015!
Here's some things you might want to talk about: the sessions, the keynotes, the general sessions, the activities, the online schedule, the printed schedule, opportunities to connect, ideas for the community team to improve community interaction and engagement.
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Onward and upward!
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Thanks Deactivated user, it was great meeting you in person! I have posted a blog post, The Canvas Podcast Wants Your #instcon Experiences, for anyone who would be interested in recording and sharing their experiences with me for inclusion in the podcast. I can't wait to see the discussion here as well!
Okay, I promised Jordan I would try and spend time in community spaces, so even though I am a bit wiped out, here goes:
First, lots of comparisons with past instructurecons. Things change, Canvas grows, so you have to let each Instructurecon be it's own Instructurecon.
Second, don't mean to get semi-mental here, but really believe Canvas is the best thing that has happened to education in the US in decades. Instructure had cracked open the edu tech market in a serious way and has done so much to bring some needed light into what had become a dark space. Thanks for caring enough to try.
And many thanks to those who came to my last day, last session, presentation Always On: Transmediating the University Course. What a great crowd!
Still a bit blown-out (in a good way) - will post more if I think of anything.
Ditto the comments on the black background schedule. I did not use that at all because i forgot my silver or bronze Sharpies.
This was #instcon number four for me and I loved it! Here are a few of the things I loved the most:
Recommendations for Next TIme:
This was my third instcon and while things have changed (a little more corporate than grassroots), I had a great time and have to echo @ted_coopman that I think Canvas is one of the best things to happen to ed tech.
Overall this was a great conference and I left feeling enthusiastic and excited about changes and the direction Canvas is heading (new UI!!) and changes I'm going to make to my fall hybrid/flipped class. Keep up the good work and huge kudos to all the Instructure employees who work hard to make it magic for all the attendees!
Thanks for the mention Chris.
The unconference format is one that I see a lot more of in conferences/events. Teach meets are one such thing. An informal gathering of people where you can do 2minute or 5minute talks/show and tells on an area that is randomly drawn out of a hat. Works really well and often you see examples of outstanding practice. Search for teachmeet on Google to get further ideas....
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Big yes on the the Q&A convo right after the keynotes, would have really liked to have a chance for a conversation with a smaller group of people who were into it. Great Idea Chris!
Wow, I really think this needs a "must post before seeing other posts" flag. How do I follow @ted_coopman , @clong & @kona ? They have pretty much converted everything I would have said. But I quess I will try.
This was my 2nd InstructureCon, but the first where I came by myself. This made for a different experience because I did not have the comfort of a well known co-worker to hangout with. Knowing this, I intentionally reached out to others in the community. This was a true blessing, because the community is truely one of the best I have ever been a part of.
Keynote: All three were fantastic and I really liked having it in the Sundial Tent. The #JoshCoates Keynote Bingo was amazing as well as helped keep me engage. Although I do still feel a bit cheated that it was given to us. On the serious side KEYNOTE: JOSH COATES (instcon15) was great and on point. We can not have SCL without more empathy. Learning happens with human connection. KEYNOTE: MIMI ITO (instcon15) hit that home as well. We all got to where we are because of how other people poured into us. We all have learning heroes to thank. We also need to go and become those heroes to others. KEYNOTE: DEREK MULLER (instcon15) wrapped it up with a truly engaging & active presentation that demonstrated what student centered learning is like. Very strong keynotes.
Sessions: The sessions were great as always. I'm am in agreement that there needs to be more time between because I missed or walked in late to several sessions because I could not get there from where I was. Sometimes the rooms were overflowing and there was just no way to get in. Not sure how to do it, but may getting so polling prior to the conference on the sessions to better utilize the space. I also like the Q&A with the keynote speaker idea as a session immediately after the keynote. There were sessions that were very similar running a at the same time, ever right next door to each other such as Strategies for Teaching Very Large Course in Canvas and my session, Canvas and the Mega Course Factory. Large enrollment course is an area I am interested in and I would have loved to have gone to johnpj's session to how they may handle it different for us.
Events: Fabulous. While it ran late, I think maybe having something like GAME NIGHT (instcon15) on Tuesday night would be nice. I met a lot of great people only to leave the next day. It would be a great "ice breaker" event. HACK NIGHT (instcon15) & COURSE HACK NIGHT (instcon15) were also great, but still a bit intimidating to know exactly how to jump in.
Other thoughts: swag is great as always, vendors night time the first night was a great way to give them exposure, food trucks are awesome, sunscreen stations saved my bald head all week, graphics and program were wonderfully designed, but I do like to write in my book so black pages made that tough.
I don't want to end on a negative, so know that this conference is one of the highlight of my year and has the best people in the world. Until next year...