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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My first item is something that Instructure could do nothing about and is more for everyone else so if we are at Keystone again next year you can plan and/or pack accordingly.
This would definitely have been nice to know before hand and we've scoured the Keystone resort page and still can't find anything that says it does or does not, but the Condos in the River Run area did NOT have A/C, just heat. A heater that we could not get turned off
The nice little message on the thermostat said: “Adjusting the thermostat down will shut off the heat, but will not cool the room. For your comfort, the building is built to retain heat very well so if it gets too warm, please feel free to open a window for awhile to release some of the warm air.”
Depending on the rain and the room you had your window options were limited and the breeze was not always directionally helpful. I know of one person that only had a skylight.
I don't care if you want to hold this in Yellowstone, I just don't want to see this conference moved to a big city. I understand we are making some concessions, but if I want a big city conference I'll go to EDUCAUSE, OLC, or Blackboard World (well not this one, heh).
YES! THIS ^!! Even though I couldn't attend this year I've been the previous three years and plan to attend next year, and definitely do NOT want to see InstCon moved to a big city conference center!! I've been to Bb World a couple of times and the feeling is 100% completely different. With the city right there most people want to go out and experience the city and it's venues and don't stick around to really talk and network like they do at InstCon. I attribute this a lot to a captive audience. There isn't much to do beyond InstCon so why not stick around and be a part of it... all of it!
Thank you!! Coming from someone like you - who I consider to be pretty awesome and a major influence in the Canvas Community and beyond - that means a lot! I have to admit I've been super bummed since way back in Dec when I realized I couldn't attend InstCon this year and the closer it got the more bummed I got - Missing out on InstructureCon. Knowing I was missed helps and we will definitely be there next year!
cms_hickss, various people at InstCon told me that the weather we experienced is typical for that time of year. Specifically, it's monsoon season. But to be honest, I didn't know that ahead of time, and if I had, I have a nice little rain hat (not unlike this one) I could have crammed into my suitcase. So I'm filing that under "good to know," along with a reminder to myself to pack a small tube of Vaseline (for the dryness) and gloves (again, Floridian here).
First and foremost, we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful backdrop for this conference. The weather was perfect and the scenery was beautiful. Not only was I still working, but I was relaxing and recharging at the same time. I got to meet a lot a great new people, and look forward to the opportunity to continue connecting, as we are finishing up our transition to Canvas.
I might suggest having some sort of area available for a meeting space. We would have liked a space to be able to sit down as a group to discuss what new things we were excited about, and game plan the next day’s schedule.
You might also consider adding a messaging area for postings. I would’ve liked a place to post for meeting up with others from our region, other instructional designers, etc. The WiFi was flaky at times, and missed some of the community posts of get togethers. This area would’ve allowed me to manually post those things.
You might also consider adding tracks to the breakout sessions. That would’ve helped me focus my efforts in a direction that is important to our institution. Some of the sessions I attended were exactly what the description said, while others varied slightly.
Thank you so much for this opportunity! It was informational and fun!
Room for improvement
Now conference stuff.
tuesday's evening keynote
tool roadmap sessions
food and eating locales
While it wasn't a wheelchair, pushing a stroller around was definitely a "fun" experience. Especially at the field, and trying to come up the "hill" to the conference area. We were able to hitch a ride on a golf cart a couple times, and the Instructure reps obviously were trying to help and were very nice with trying to find workarounds, but the basic layout and planning really need more thought out next time.
This was our first Canvas Conference. The scenery and weather were beautiful, the people were so nice and the food was good.
This was our first InstCon and we loved it! We brought 3 members of the implementation team and 5 instructional designers.
Blew Us Out of the Water
- We. Learned. So. Much. The variety of content was awesome. We loved the opportunity to learn from peers from every department and also hear what's on the map for Instructure.
- The Canvas Marketing team's attention to detail in terms of branding, signage, and swag. Truly out of this world. Also the camp theme and "open" theme were consistent, fun, and relevant.
- The ease of the InstructureCon App for quickly determining where to go and when
- Lounges were a great way to engage in more self-paced/customized learning
- The gorgeous setting and lovely accommodations with opportunities to be active (ex: paddleboarding, yoga)
Excited to See Improve
- Bus schedule that we can count on. We waited for the Orange Bus like we were waiting for the G Train.
- An earlier release date for the app (would help for making internal plans)
- Keynotes were hit or miss. Consider kicking off the day with Instructure keynotes (which were stronger) and having guest keynotes as mid-day.
- Less emails from vendors in the days leading up to the conference. We were getting 1-2 an hour for a while there. Not fun.
- Clear schedule on where to find Instructure employees when. Instead of fielding emails from folks, could this be built into the app and/or could we have a CSM/Instructure lounge?
- And to echo others: