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Unconferencing - Community Style

Unconference Reflection

Last year when I attended InstructureCarn [my first InstCon], I learned about the unconference after the shuttle and flights were booked. Whomp, whomp. Once I learned what actually happened at an unconference, I had a serious case of FOMO. But you live, you learn. 

Yet, this year another oopsie. I scheduled something at 1pm thinking the unconference was ending at noon. Obviously, I did not ask any wise pandas about how long the unconference usually lasts or I wouldn't have made this slight blunder. Therefore, I was only able to attend the first session... but next year I'm likely to get it right!

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Summary

This session included a very informal discussion with participants seated in a circle, facing each other. I joined when others were already seated and felt welcome to join. Color me pleased, but I met the inst-famous rcarney@instructure.com‌ and the gif-master ddick@wcc.vccs.edu . It's always good to meet in-person with folks you've been interacting with online for year(s). 

The group started out with a simple introduction and the vibe was let's talk about what you want to talk about, ie the whole concept of the unconference. During this time, we learned that most likely in the near future the platform used for the community, Jive, will be changing. Change is good, right? Yaasss!

One of the topics that I brought up was how to encourage our staff and faculty to be more involved in the community, especially since our staff of over 85 instructional designers at FIU Online are doing some really great things in Canvas. Hey pandas, how do you get your faculty/staff to be involved in the community? We also learned that Instructure has revamped some of its branding to be more inclusive to their family of products. My understanding is that the Canvassador program is now the "Advocate" program. A Canvas Advocate would promote the Canvas product, Bridge Advocate --> Bridge, etc. 

 

Conclusion

Based on one session, would I recommend the unconference to a friend? Oh my panda, yes! It was a great opportunity to network informally with others while delving into topics of your own interest. Based on this year's schedule pictured above, don't be like Sky and plan to attend until 1pm 🙂

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Community Team
Community Team

It was so lovely to see you and chat with you!  Unconference is always such a fun organic time!

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Instructure
Instructure

I don't exaggerate when I say Unconference is probably my favorite part of Instructurecon. It's all because awesome peeps like YOU show up and make it something magical! I'm really really glad I got to meet you this year, Sky! 

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Community Coach
Community Coach

It's always great to see you svking@fiu.edu‌ and I'm so glad you got a chance to attend at least some of the Unconference this year!! 🙂

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Yes; I love the organic nature of the event. One of the things that I was thinking is the unconference schedule is a great barometer for future trainings or presentations that would be of interest to others in general.

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You and erinhallmark‌ are great minds that think quite alike. Smiley Wink

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Community Advocate
Community Advocate

I have my moments 🙂 I think erinhallmark‌ is pretty great too!

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Community Advocate
Community Advocate

Next year I'm not even going to mention the Unconference day.  I'm just going to say it's a CONference day and mark myself THERE.  :smileygrin:  Flight out the next day.  Unconferences are the best!   And I'm so excited we finally got to meet and chat svking@fiu.edu!

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Community Advocate
Community Advocate

We can call it Kona day

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Community Coach
Community Coach

snufer, I'm not sure how I missed this before, but you are too funny! I might love the unconference like it's my third born, but it's the PEOPLE and the COMMUNITY that makes it so amazing! 🙂