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InstructureCon Remote Experience: Connecting the Pandas

Thanks to  @biray ‌ and Chris Moore, I had the chance to publish a blog post over in the EXTRA CREDIT: CANVAS BLOG here:

InstructureCon | The Remote Experience | Canvas Blog 

Big thanks also to awilliams‌ and stefaniesanders‌ for their help with this: can you believe I really wrote something only 500 words long? Ha ha: it's true! 

I've pasted in the blog post here, and if you have ideas or suggestions for the remote experience experiments, chime in here! 🙂

two pandas_ connecting the pandas

Made with Cheezburger; visit the Panda-Cheezburger Gallery to make your own.

I don't know how you start each workday, but for me it's a big cup of coffee (maybe two), and scrolling through Twitter and cruising the blogosphere. My "tweeps" and fellow bloggers inform me, inspire me, and support me every day. And now, thanks to Instructure, I'll be meeting up in Keystone with some of those people I have known for years but whom I have never met in person. How cool is that?! Here's the story of how it happened:


As an adjunct instructor at my school, I don't usually have the chance to travel to conferences, but I don't let that stop me; I'm always on the look-out for online learning opportunities and virtual communities to connect with. That's how I found myself participating in the Online Network of Educators blog club this past winter. You can learn more about that here: Reflective Writing Club.

One of the blog post prompts was about conferencing, and in my post I described what it was like to participate remotely at InstructureCon 2017: Thoughts on NOT attending conferences.

That blog post then led to an ongoing discussion with the Community team at Instructure, brainstorming about how to spread the InstructureCon energy far and wide. I'll be attending InstructureCon in person this summer, and my mission is to explore different ways to connect with remote participants, before, during, and after the conference. I am so grateful to Instructure for the opportunity, and I'm also very excited to see what we can learn from this experiment.


To find out more about our plans, check out the Community blog post "Come one, come all!" and also the open Canvas course I've created here:

Twitter and Flipgrid are two key components, and I'm really excited about an experiment we are calling the "Panda Drone." Last year, Linda Lee helped me feel like I was part of InstCon2017 with her tweet-reporting from exactly the sessions I too would have attended, and now for InstCon2018 I can be that on-site person, tweet-reporting for remote participants. Here's my schedule: Panda DronePad — as of this blog post, I have 5 session slots still open where you can send me to be your remote eyes-and-ears. Let me know where I should go!


Using these different tools for connecting and sharing online, I hope we can expand the InstructureCon conversations in both time and space. You don't need a plane ticket or a per diem to participate remotely: just join in at Twitter or Flipgrid or the Canvas Community (and they're even live streaming all five fantastic keynotes). The virtual carnival tent has room for all, and I'm really excited about meeting old friends and making new friends, both at Keystone, and also online. 

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laurakgibbs, is this your first time physically participating?

Yes! And not only is it my first time at InstructureCon, I'll be meeting there with some people that I have collaborated with online for MANY years, like  @mpb ‌ for example. 

Will you be there? It would be fun to connect in person in addition to our connecting here! 🙂

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That's great to hear! Sadly, no, I wont be...but be forewarned I'll pester you on Twitter the day of Smiley Happy 

Got it! And if there is a session I can attend as your eyes-and-ears on the ground, let me know; I have some slots open on Wed. morning and Thursday afternoon. There is so much going on, so it's been fun having people help me choose which sessions to attend:

DronePad for InstructureCon 

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Will do!