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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When I heard about uncon, I had already signed up for precons. I will plan differently next year. Or, maybe the uncon can be before the precons?
I loved Instructurecon 2015. It was a great conference. My comments are to improve the conference and not negatively critical.
Except for the networking issues this conference was the best I have attended in years. Keynotes, sessions, entertainment, and energy were great. I learned enough at my sessions to fill my year with projects to improve my institution's use of Canvas. I am very glad I attended.
This was my first year at Instructurecon. I have to say, having been at around 50 education conference in the last ten years, I’ve never felt more welcome and taken care of at another event. Top among all of my Pros is the Instructure staff. They were plentiful, helpful, and fun loving. They set the tone in both the entertainment as well as the conference session. Kudos to the company for its awesome culture and ensuring that it translates to the event.
All in all, it was an excellent week and I’m excited to attend again!
I made it to one of the unconference sessions--but only by the skin of my teeth! I saw one tweet about it, asked three helpdesk people where it was, and nobody had any idea taht it was even going on. I know an unconference is supposed to be loose and informal, but this was a little too loose! The session I attended was very helpful, and I certainly would have attended more had I known it was scheduled. Next time--let us in on the secret!
This was my third instcon and I must admit I walked away this year feeling a little, blah.
Now to the blah. I love a good conference. It doesn't have to be a musical or over-the-top. I don't need former celebrities or flashing lights to make me happy, but what I do require is to learn something new. And this year, I didn't. The first year I went, I learned so much and was so excited and for the last two years, it just seems to be on repeat. The conference is geared towards newbies and coders. I don't want to be the Debbie downer of the group so I will leave my criticism for the evaluation but I just wish I had learned something, anything that I could have taken back to my school and implemented in the Fall. Honestly, not sure if I will spend the money to go back next year.
One thing that I forgot to mention earlier is that I would wish that the conference had been a more "green." Last year they gave everyone water bottles (I brought it and used it again but kicked my self for forgetting my travel coffee mug) and lots of water fill-up stations. The sheer volume of plastic disposable water bottles was alarming. This also goes for the disposable plates and flatware - that is an epic amount of trash. While it certainly takes a lot of water to wash dishes that is not a particular problem there (as opposed to CA and our drought). I would guess this is a direct cost and convenience issue, but the larger costs and the externalities should be factored in. I would pay more for a greener event - and I say that having paid my own freight these last two years.
Like many other mentioned, I missed the unconference as well. Thank you for providing the link! I plan to dig around.