InstCarn Recap: Day 3 - Session 2 - Exploring Edutainment


Make learning fun and people will learn more!

Session Notes

Exploring Edutainment in the Canvas Carnival!

 @dnoud  | Team Leader, MRWED Learner Success Team | MRWED Training and Assessment


  • Not technical
  • Strategy and big picture approach
  • Includes activity, fun and laughter
  • Presented with Australian accent
Take option B for a fun presentation
You learn more having fun.
Education + Entertainment = Edutainment.
Why is edutainment necessary?
Want to avoid students burning their computer.
To keep focus on what is to be learned.
If you get it right it is magical.
If we use social media right then student will share.
Content is not boring, presenters are.
How do we use Canvas to edutain?
  1. Give course a human face
  2. Include videos
  3. Focus on activities not just teaching stuff
  4. Have lots of variety


Winning Examples
Started with basic home layout
Version 2
Version 3
Specific pages:
More port that they are introduced to terminology than completing the word search.
Have a fun discussion.
Please note that it was mentioned that ASS was a commonly acknowledged abbreviation for Assessments in Australia.
Next screen discusses the Chocolate and Assessments Methods.
Some fun activities that are then discussed as why they help understanding.
Given an unjumble then the answer with explaination of why teens are important.
Use a outside concept to overlay on what you are teach (ie flight plan for schedule)
Use a remembering quiz
Then screen explains what they are learning from the memory exercise.
10 Sins of Assessors
Remind them to stand up and take a break.
Resources and Tools
  • Canvas
  • iClipart.com
  • Canva
  • PicMonkey
  • Sceencastomatic
  • Articulate
  • Storyblocks
Final Challenge
  • Think Big
  • Think Different
  • Think out of the box

*All of the content here is from my live session notes or straight from my memory. This means that I may miss something or be mistaken in my content. Please feel free to add to, put in context, or correct any mistakes by using the comments below. 

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Well done, Matthew. I think you have done a super job with your summary of the session. If anyone has any questions please ask and I will be happy to answer them here.

I am going to have some fun diving into your other notes, Matthew. I hope you had a great time at InstructureCarn. Thank you for sharing with the community!