Once again we were stunned by another kumbayawesome InstructureCon! Fortunately the great sessions, ideas, and connections we made, can live on within our Canvas Community and in the InstructureCon 2016 community space! Remember that you can keep the conversation alive, around each breakout session, by adding comments! This is a great way to connect with the presenters and share thoughts/ideas with other participants.
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 2016!
Here's some things you might want to talk about: the sessions, the keynotes, the activities, the online schedule, the app, the booths, the venue, opportunities to connect, ideas for the Community Team to improve community interaction and engagement.
Thanks for your help Canvas Community... We ❤️ you!
Onward and upward!
PS... Don't forget to add all those kumbayawesome photos you took, to the Camp Canvas Photo Gallery...
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Agreed on all counts, and especially the app, @jbrady2 . It was handy and I appreciated the event reminders. I would have liked to have been able to add all the events, not just the sessions, and to be able to add my own appointments to the schedule.
Overall I give InstructureCon an A- and continue to rank this conference as one of my two favorite conferences of the year. I was thrilled to be in attendance and continue to have that exhilarating feeling of post-conference inspiration. My thoughts for constructive feedback:
It sounds like all I have are complaints, but really that was a wonderful conference. I have never seen that level of attention to detail - even at the very large conferences that I have been to with 8k attendees. Keystone was completely transformed. It became Canvastone for the week.
I'm glad you mentioned that. I was an Eagle scout and have worked in scouting as a leader. But sometimes you do have a certain expectation of comfort when you go to a professional conference. I like that this conference wasn't just a sterile environment where the only time I go outside is because I haven't been outside all day and I guess I should probably go outside because yesterday I didn't go outside... That gives me a headache just thinking about it. :smileysilly:
After all that complaining, I feel like I need a follow up to say that this InstructureCon was such a great experience. I'll definitely always remember the conference, the cheerful Canvas employees, the wonderful design and marketing that went into everything... Great job everyone. If you end up just duplicating this conference next year then I will definitely come again.
This was my first InstructureCon, and it was great. Here's a few points for feedback:
Deltas (things to change):
I agree with Melissa. I thought the conference was well organized and a lot of fun.
I agree with her suggestions about the accessibility/mobility. Having a bad back myself it is difficult for me to walk long distances, and I found the carts and buses very helpful in getting around.
With the rain, I would have liked to have seen more tents at Decatur Field (as well as seating) and at the Stables. Thursday night was especially rainy.
The food was wonderful. The sessions were great. The hotel staff and the Canvas staff were very nice and very helpful.
I agree with Beth that if we could add the shuttle/bus schedule to the app, that would be very helpful. The notifications concerning sessions and Canvas events helpful.
The location itself was very beautiful. The altitude did take a little getting used to. I had a little altitude sickness Monday evening. I did miss the smores this year...
As always I enjoyed InstructureCon. This was my fourth. I can't honest say this was my favorite, but it's still way better than most conferences.
Prettay, Prettay, Prettay Good
Less Prettay, Prettay, Prettay Good:
I didn't like that there was a long break between the last session of the day and the hoe-down. It was raining, so there wasn't much to do, and many of us had already checked out of our hotels, so didn't have anywhere else to go. If there was one more session in the day, or if the dinner started earlier, that would have been better than aimlessly wandering around then ultimately just plopping down and checking email for an hour.
Also, as an "admin," it was tricky for me to identify by the session titles what exactly they were about. Sessions were coded PK-12 or HE, but that wasn't useful for me. I went to many HE sessions that were just as relevant as PK-12 ones. It would be great to tag courses into categories like "Instructional Design" "Feature/Product Forecast" "SIS" "API" "Technical/Coding"...stuff like that. And then not clump them all into one time slot. I remember there was one time there were about 3 sessions that looked interesting, but a few other time slots where there wasn't much relevant to admin stuff.
Great conference! I really hope I can go back next year!
Internet/WiFi was a hit and a miss. It was only really a hit when people left the conference center for lunch or dinner :smileylaugh:
App worked well since it didn't need to load much off the internet.
Hopefully you can dedicate some people to plan the infrastructure of the internet for improvement next year working with the venue.