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Surveyor II

InstructureCon 2017: Mission Accomplished

So this year I attended InstructureCon solo.  Not for one minute did I think I would be alone, but honestly I had no idea what to expect.  And look what happened....

Over the course of the week I ran into all kinds of people.

During the Canvas Intelligence Exchange I was able to meet many new people.  I had a really nice side conversation with pchaney@pensacolastate.edu about Canvas Data, and got to meet the all famous travis.cox@adelaide.edu.au   After firing back and forth through the Community with dgrobani‌ , we finally had a chance to meet in person and share ideas about what we've been working on, very cool.  I have seen several posts in the Community from peter@42lines.net and actually‌ got to sit and talk to him at Hack Night, where we engaged in a conversation about XAPI and Caliper with a developer from Penn State and a member of Unicon which was a great intro for me into these tools.  Did I mention I got to shake the hand of snufer‌?

Of course there were Canvas peeps all over the place, too many to name... Hillary Melander enlightened me on the Canvas Network‌ and hooked me up with the guys at ShinDig for some great info related to a real time course collaboration project I have been working on.  I got to catch up with our awesome CSM Deactivated user‌ and had a really good sit down with Deactivated user‌ and some friends about the API.  Of course if you didn't run into rcarney@instructure.com‌ or scottd@instructure.com‌ or stefaniesanders‌ or kelley.meeusen@cptc.edu, you might have spent too much time looking at your phone while you moved around the conference.  I would love to list ALL of the Canvas people that I met during the week.

The vendors were great too.  kim@aspiredu.com‌ and chris@aspiredu.com‌ continue to do great things with Dropout Detective, and it was really nice to be able to catch up with them.  Annie Chechitelli and the folks at AWS Education were able to answer some questions that have been on my mind and will help to start thinking about strategy.  Mike Zackrison at CidiLabs enlightened me on their product to assist with instructional design, and I look forward to learning more.  There were many vendor conversations and the time spent was valuable.

However, as much fun as it was running around solo, there were a few faces that I continued to run into over and over.  Somehow this group came together at River Run for the last night, and we had a great time shutting down the village.

The picture above includes kenneth.rogers@instructure.com‌,  kschneider25@alamo.edu‌, Ryan.Seilhamer@ucf.edu‌, awilliams‌, G.Petruzella@mcla.edu‌ and erin.milne@mcla.edu.  These guys really made the week fun.

Attending the conference on my own absolutely lived up to expectations, honestly it was hard to find time to stop, breath and regroup.  I hope everyone walked away with some good stories, new friends and new contacts to help make their Canvas experience the best that it can be.

 #instcon> operation -instructurecon 0017  -mission accomplished
 #instcon> successful
 #instcon> _
 

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Community Advocate
Community Advocate

It was great to finally meet you in person and run into you throughout the week. #Instcon is an amazing networking opportunity where you can meet like-minded individuals or adventure out to meet and see so many others.  You (and many others) helped make my InstructureCon experience amazing and fun this year. 

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Surveyor II

That's a great note, garth@academicplatforms.com‌.  Now that I've attended my 4th straight InstCon, it's really fun to catch up with people, especially to see their growth.  kim@aspiredu.com‌ and I always enjoy hearing about your challenges and how you approach them.

jlvankley@olivet.edu‌ and Stacy Moore at Olivet Nazarene Univ both got great new promotions; congrats!  I kept missing nick.sun@dalton.k12.ga.us‌, one of my favorite people; I was always talking to someone as he approached.  It's awesome to see kona@richland.edu‌' Canvas babies growing up.  Deactivated user‌, Jace Gilbert and Deactivated user‌ are in the circle of interesting and interactive Instructure folks.  There are a lot more people that I enjoy seeing but I suppose that's how I gauge InstructureCon...it's about the people.

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I concur! I met so many people who I adore in the community (I'm looking at you kenneth.rogers@instructure.com‌) and many others who I was much less familiar with but were Panda awesome (I'm looking at your kschneider25@alamo.edu‌). I hope we all get a chance to be there again next year with more stories and fun times! In the meantime, let's collaborate on the community to make some awesomeness! 

PS: Thanks garth@academicplatforms.com‌ for the ride home, if not, I'm sure I would have run into a moose or been eaten by a bear! 

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Community Coach
Community Coach

garth@academicplatforms.com‌ You listed me with way too important folks.......

Of course if you didn't run into Renee Carney or Scott Dennis or Stefanie Sanders or Kelley L. Meeusen

One of my highlights was finally meeting you, and the nice talks we had. And I have to agree with Ryan.Seilhamer@ucf.edu‌ about how nice it was to meet the awesome kschneider25@alamo.edu‌.

As I've said so many times it  sounds like a Rocky Mnt. echo - It is all about the people!

And I thank all of you for making this one my best ever,

Kelley

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Community Coach
Community Coach

I greatly enjoyed working with you on the Intel Exchange and getting to know you better! Looks like you had an awesome conference and I look forward to connecting with you in the future!

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Community Member

I couldn't have said it any better and I couldn't have found better people to spend time with on the last night. Thanks for all the great moments. I look forward to keeping them going in the future.

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Thanks, Ryan.Seilhamer@ucf.edu‌. I'm not sure if "adore" is the correct word there (I figured you'd say abhor), but I'll take it!

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Well, I said adore "before the conference" - but now, you're correction is more accurate. 

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Instructure
Instructure

Thanks for the write up, garth@academicplatforms.comIt was not only a pleasure to work with you on the Intel Exchange, but to hang out throughout the week, and then to close out the week together. I'm looking forward to working together here in the Community (I'll come knocking for some LTI work, trust me!) and then hope I can come next year and we can do it again!