the tl;dr by canvas lms

The Virtual High Five

September 23, 2020 Canvas Product Team Episode 10
the tl;dr by canvas lms
The Virtual High Five
Instructor Course Quick Reports—Oxana Jurosevic
New Rich Content Editor Updates—Peyton Craighill
Dropbox Integration
Unsplash Partnership Updates
Center for Leadership and Learning—Robin Lawrence
CanvasCon Online Updates—Jackie Burrell
the tl;dr by canvas lms
The Virtual High Five
Sep 23, 2020 Episode 10
Canvas Product Team

A quick chat about instructor course quick reports, user experience improvements to the New Rich Content Editor, partnership updates, current offerings from the Center for Leadership and Learning, and expectations for next month's CanvasCon Online event. Information about the podcast can be found in the Canvas TLDR Blog.


Course Quick Reports: Canvas Release Notes (2020-09-19)

New Rich Content Editor Updates: New Rich Content Editor User Group


CanvasCon Online 2020 (registration deadline: October 9)

Center for Leadership and Learning


Dropbox Integration

Blog: Bringing History Back to Life: The March on Washington (Unsplash)

Show Notes Transcript Chapter Markers

A quick chat about instructor course quick reports, user experience improvements to the New Rich Content Editor, partnership updates, current offerings from the Center for Leadership and Learning, and expectations for next month's CanvasCon Online event. Information about the podcast can be found in the Canvas TLDR Blog.


Course Quick Reports: Canvas Release Notes (2020-09-19)

New Rich Content Editor Updates: New Rich Content Editor User Group


CanvasCon Online 2020 (registration deadline: October 9)

Center for Leadership and Learning


Dropbox Integration

Blog: Bringing History Back to Life: The March on Washington (Unsplash)

Matt Goodwin (00:07):
It's that time again for the Canvas TLDR podcast. I'm Matt Goodwin with product.

Jenn Mitchell (00:11):
I'm Jenn Mitchell with K-12 product marketing.

Ryan Lufkin (00:14):
I'm Ryan Lufkin with higher ed product marketing.

Jenn Mitchell (00:16):
We're here to share the latest and greatest in Canvas.

Ryan Lufkin (00:18):
We're talking about the why in what we build, because pandas can't.

Matt Goodwin (00:25):
Welcome to the September episode, everybody, of the Canvas TLDR podcast.

Jenn Mitchell (00:31):
Wait, is it September already?

Ryan Lufkin (00:35):
Welcome to September 2020, everyone!

Matt Goodwin (00:35):
Yeah. it is, we've got a great episode this this month. We're going to be covering some product updates by way of Canvas quick reports. We'll get into that with Oxana, and talk a little bit more about what that means. Rich Content Editor updates with, with Peyton and his team, so stay tuned for that. What else do we have?

Ryan Lufkin (00:55):
Some great partners stuff. We've got an announcement with Dropbox and we will be talking a little bit about Unsplash and some great content from them that's come out recently.

Jenn Mitchell (01:07):
And then we're joined by the center for leadership and learning to learn a little bit more about their offerings. And then we'll also be joined by the team for CanvasCon Online, which believe it or not is coming up in just a few weeks.

Ryan Lufkin (01:19):
So close.

Matt Goodwin (01:20):
So close. It's going to be a good one. Buckle up everybody. Let's go.

Ryan Lufkin (01:24):
Here we go.

Matt Goodwin (01:28):
We want to welcome Oxana to our show. Welcome, Oxana. She's one of our fantastic product managers. Who's been here for quite a while, and she's going to help us talk about quick reports, which we've recently developed—her team has recently developed and released into production.

Ryan Lufkin (01:44):
And we're super excited about this. Course quick reports is a big deal. So we've been working on this for a little bit, but tell us more about it.

Oxana Jurosevic (01:52):
Yeah. So quick reports it's pretty much all about reports in quick reports. We have, we have analytics tool. And right now the tool actually is working at the course level only. It's the new analytics offering, which was rolled out a few months ago. So if you have one of those tools, you will be able to find reports as a non-additional tab. If you go to the reports, you will see it as a, as a part of the first rollout, we have built five different reports and one of them is actually a highly sought report, this course activity. So what can you find in activity? Everything that your students have been doing in the past 24 hours. So it's all about the page views participation and also some, some data related to their participation.

Oxana Jurosevic (03:01):
So you will find the name of the student, the section type of the content they access the times they access that we'll call it viewed. And times who participated. We do have a list of specific activities where you count this because the participations are about five of them. Some examples: participated in a discussion submitted an assignment, submitted the quiz—all counts as a participation. And when a student gets participation in the activity, we don't count it as a view. We just attribute it to the participation. So anyways, we held a bunch of cool material about the participation in page views in our community. So you guys can definitely leverage that, but the report itself has about a 24 hours latency. So we can only see data for the previous date. You can't run it up to a current moment. And you can go up to 27 days in the past to get the data.

Ryan Lufkin (04:06):
This is awesome. Cause this, this addresses one of the biggest challenges I think is we've shifted to online learning predominantly, right? A lot of educators really find that hard to see if their students are engaged, if they're highly engaged, they are in the course. Right. and then the, just to recap so that the five different reports, right, are missing assignments, late assignments, excuse assignments, and the class roster, and then the course activity, which is, which is the rollover of all those actions. Right. Okay.

Oxana Jurosevic (04:34):
Correct. Yes. So the course activity report will give you again, the list of all of the students that participated or course content within the 24 hour period. And you can run it for multiple days. And when you run the report, they will just export it in the basic CSV format. So you can view it in Excel or sheets—anywhere you feel comfortable viewing it.

Matt Goodwin (05:00):
So this is awesome. Like I know people are always asking for data more data Jenn and Ryan, and even Oxana you know—in higher ed, how are people viewing or asking for data versus in K-12, like, what's exciting, specific to the K12 arena or higher ed arena with the reports that we've now put out?

Jenn Mitchell (05:27):
So I think in K-12, one really hard thing is we know how to measure synchronous attendance, right? If students all on a zoom call, that's, that's easy to gauge. But with students now having to log in at different times during the day and share devices, how do you determine that asynchronous attendance for a day? And this is a piece of that puzzle that helps teachers do that, to see how they're engaging, you know—however they determined attendance. They can see these activities and combine it with some other factors to say, if a student was really attending, asynchronously.

Ryan Lufkin (05:59):
Yeah. And attendance has always been, you know, in every level—in higher ed—attendance has always been one of those factors to measure how, how involved is the student? Are they showing up to class? And so this, this is huge because I think it gives people a lot of insight. It just feels like there's this void we've moved online. You're not seeing people in person in that asynchronous environment like Jen'ns talking about. It's just harder to know how active students are being. And so any little data point like this is super helpful. And I think it's one of the reasons where I'm pretty excited about it.

Matt Goodwin (06:32):
And I think that's like one of those beneficial little nuggets, it wasn't like—this isn't targeted specifically at attendance. This is not an attendance tool, right? This is activity and participation. But I like what you said, Jenn, this is one piece of the puzzle and helping determine attendance, but a, you know, true engagement and participation have always been a question on the minds of instructors and professors that I've spoken to. Right. Like I just don't know how engaged my student is if they're even trying to participate and who to reach out to, you know, encourage them to participate. I think this is actually kind of cool too, because you know, Oxana mentioned this is, you know, it's like a rolling 27 days worth of data. I can now look at, well, when are people logging in to do the bulk material and assignments?

Matt Goodwin (07:27):
And it could, as a, as a course author help inform when I should be targeting specific types of activities or events around those participation patterns. That's kinda cool.

Ryan Lufkin (07:40):
And one of things I love about this too, is it's one of these innovations that came out of this—out of the spring Southern shift with the COVID crisis. Our team has been responsive in so many cool ways. And this is just one more of those innovations that was sparked by the necessity, but this is available to everybody right now, right? I mean, what are you have to do to, to get these coursework reports?

Oxana Jurosevic (08:01):
Yeah. So it's coming out on September 19th to production and you actually have to have the new analytics installed in your account and available in a course on, so if you don't have it, just a request—you have to submit the request to CSM, I believe, and we will turn it on.

Ryan Lufkin (08:27):
And then 24 hours for that data to build, right?

Oxana Jurosevic (08:30):
Yes. It takes 24 hours for us to collect all of you, Canvas data and process with them delivered to you in the tool.

Matt Goodwin (08:39):
So, you know, for those listeners out there, if you're a, a teacher or or somebody that's, you know, not an admin at your institution, you'll probably need to reach out to your admin to say, I want this, please make this available. And they would contact their CSM and on the Instructure side. And they would be able to install it for that account. That is that right, Oxana?

Oxana Jurosevic (09:03):
Yeah, I believe we actually recently introduced a flag in Canvas as well, where you can request yourself as an admin to turn it on for the account. And then we look at all of the requests and run specific process to install all those tools.

Matt Goodwin (09:24):
So Oxana is super awesome at her job and she always she is um—.

Ryan Lufkin (09:32):
She is always hearing from me on data and analytics and anything.

Matt Goodwin (09:37):
She's super involved with with accounts that help shape these types of features and requests and that sort of thing. I'm just interested to to hear from Oxana about, you know, what have you been hearing or seeing from those that have been involved kind of at the, the alpha testing phase of this? What what are customers saying? What value are they seeing?

Oxana Jurosevic (10:02):
Yeah. So I'll give you a little bit of a background where the request came from, how we went about it. So about nine months ago when the COVID hit our borders we all went online and there was a huge need for all organizations, K12 and higher ed, to see that activity online in some shape or form synchronous activity. So we delivered about, I think April 2020, we delivered account level report where you could actually see across all of your departments activity—daily activity. And that was a lot of data. So customers loved it, but it would take an admin and sometimes data scientists who just run and crunch the numbers and figure stuff out. And based on the amount of data then the summer came and we started looking at the ways of minimizing the data and targeting specific audience, and those were instructors, faculty, teachers.

Oxana Jurosevic (11:15):
So we created a course level report with the same intent. If you are tracking attendance, if you have any financial aid requirements that depends on the participation or any type of student engagement reporting that you're looking for, that is the data for you to use. We do have some customers coming back saying, well, for my attendance use case, I would prefer not to know who is not attending that day. So could I just get a list of who did not participate? And we actually are looking in our next road map milestone to deliver something like zero activity where you can just run it and get, who did not do anything that day but with this course activity reports, we felt like we could close all of those use cases. So it was just a broader data covering a majority of the requests.

Ryan Lufkin (12:18):
Cool. We'll, we'll include a link to some documentation on how to download it, how to actually, if you need, if you don't have access to it or new analytics, I've included that below, but I feel like this is, this is going to continue to evolve and grow and you will be back on the show Oxana. I like it or not, to tell us more about this in the future.

Oxana Jurosevic (12:37):
Oh, I'd love to, I'd love to brag about my product.

Matt Goodwin (12:43):
She's also very good at that. And rightfully so. Awesome. Thank you so much for joining us.

Jenn Mitchell (12:53):
I would like to welcome Peyton Craighill to the program, he is from our product team, and he's going to talk a little bit about updates to the rich content editor.

Ryan Lufkin (13:03):
Welcome back, Peyton.

Peyton Craighill (13:04):
Thank you. It's good to be back.

Ryan Lufkin (13:08):
Awesome. Tell us all about, we've made some changes to rich content.

Peyton Craighill (13:14):
Yeah. So we've been working on the new rich content editor for the last couple of months ironing out some usability issues. And that's been sort of our primary focus over the summer and going into this fall before we force this puppy on next year.

Matt Goodwin (13:34):
Yeah, what were the usability issues and how did you guys become aware that they were issues?

Peyton Craighill (13:41):
So it didn't take a whole lot of imagination to see some of the issues that that we were having. So we had some things like LTIs that were just sorta under-emphasized in the new RCE just a few months ago. It turns out, I don't know if you guys notice—LTIs get used a lot inside of Canvas. They're actually super important to our platform.

Peyton Craighill (14:06):
So we had issues where at anything less than sort of a full width Canvas window LTI tools were getting truncated into an overflow menu. And that means that those tools are harder to access. So that's, that's like an example of needing to sort of tweak the, the toolbar to make sort of the most important tools accessible at sort of common viewports for Canvas, if that makes some sense.

Matt Goodwin (14:38):
So I know that one common avenue for feedback is obviously the community or in conversations with some of our users. Something that maybe a little less obvious and something I love, is I remember when you kind of dug into this project and you were looking at looking for those opportunities. You actually did some click count comparisons between current RCE and old RCE and said, well, this isn't gonna work. Right. And went back and, and kind of took those most commonly used paths through the RCE and did those click countsTell me a little bit about that. Like, what did you discover?

Peyton Craighill (15:26):
Yeah. So in the old RCE, we had this sidebar, which was always open and the browser view, and one of the problems with having sidebars, which, which Canvas uses a lot is that they're not super friendly for smaller screens. And so we tucked all of the functionality that was in the sidebar before. So things like links to course contents photos from your course, videos from your course, that sort of thing. All of this stuff was in a sidebar before we tucked it into a sort of a slideout tray. And that helps with sort of smaller screens and making things more responsive. But when it came time to say, add two consecutive links to course content, we went from three clicks in the old RCE to eight clicks in the new RCE. And so we've had to sort of look at some of these common flows that are technically working.

Peyton Craighill (16:30):
It's just that they're not fun to use at all. And sort of smooth those things out. So like one of the things that we've done for this for this new slideout menu to maintain its state so that when it pops out and you say, I want to select an assignment and it goes away, if you open it again, it's going to open in exactly the same state that you were in before. So that's just like, we're, we're sort of trimming clicks away as we, as we move and eventually we'll get to a state where we can sort of keep that sidebar out as long as, as a person wants it out and get rid of it when, when they don't need it. So that it's not sort of disappearing every single time a successful interaction happens, but it's sort of those like it's, it's sort of the clickiness and some toolbar weirdness that we've been sort of ironing out with with feedback.

Matt Goodwin (17:36):
Well, I did like that. I mean, it, it looked a lot better that first round that we did no question about it, but the usability, like you mentioned—that's, you know, nobody cares if it looks great, if can't use it very well. Right. So I'm super happy to see this iteration where you guys have trimmed down some of those patterns. That's awesome.

Ryan Lufkin (17:58):
Is that an ongoing process as well?

Peyton Craighill (18:01):
Oh yeah, absolutely. And we're, we're asking anybody that will listen to give us additional feedback as we go. At this point we're, we're fixing bugs as fast or faster than they're coming in. So if you experience any issues using the new RCE, you gotta let us know. And we'll, we'll get to it quickly.

Matt Goodwin (18:21):
Where are you collecting this feedback? Is there a spot in the community for that, for that?

Peyton Craighill (18:26):
Yep. So I don't know. So there, there are several avenues you could use, you could send a ticket into our support team—that typically works. If you're feeling unsuccessful with that, you can go and respond to my posts in the community talking about sort of active development. And I will see those as well. So you feel free to take either of those routes.

Matt Goodwin (18:49):
And we'll grab a link to that community page and post it in the, in the show notes below here on the podcast site.

Ryan Lufkin (18:57):
So hopefully you get a flurry of responses.

Peyton Craighill (19:04):
Yeah. We've got a couple of additional things that we're, we're working on over the next few weeks. One is making math more accessible inside of the RCE. So the way that math is handled in Canvas today is basically we have a math equation editor that generates an image with alt text that describes the equation. And that stinks for a couple of reasons. One of which is that like the image with all texts, isn't like the most accessible way to do math these days.

Peyton Craighill (19:35):
But the other thing is you really can't manipulate a math equation. You can't really like copy and paste it in the way that you would want to sort of use it. And so we've changed the way that we're rendering math equations to make it, you know, to bring it into 2020, so to speak. So we're excited about that. And then the other thing is we're working on ways to make the RCE sort of extendable outside of core Canvas. So things like I don't know, new quizzes could make use of the new RCE and basically the benefit that we get out of that is essentially, like if everybody's using the same editor, you have a better chance of content looking similar across the platform. And so making the RCE sort of extensible in that way is something that we're also working on.

Matt Goodwin (20:29):
Fantastic. Alright, thanks for joining us this week.

Ryan Lufkin (20:34):
Thanks for coming back. You've been our victim multiple times.

Peyton Craighill (20:39):
Yeah, no, it's a pleasure. It's great to talk to you guys.

Matt Goodwin (20:45):
All right. So for this segment, we're going to be talking a little bit about Dropbox, a again, another example of a great partner that does some really cool things. It's, it's amazing that we've got all of these great partners that, you know, some are very focused on education. Others serve a wide myriad of different populations, but they all care about education. And this is a great example of somebody that serves a myriad of different industries and use cases that has some special attention given towards their integration with Canvas.

Ryan Lufkin (21:22):
Yeah. And Dropbox specifically, you know, wanting to make sure that the integration was seamless with Canvas, that it really focused on reducing the need for students to jump between apps. It really streamlines the assignment submission process. It helps improve student collaboration by sharing files and things like that. And, and different educators use different tools in their classroom. And this is just one more tool to choose from with that really tight integration. We've announced a few of those lately.

Jenn Mitchell (21:49):
For professors. It's really cool—professors and faculty—is it's just a really good way to manage all your course content in one place and kind of streamline that sharing.

Matt Goodwin (21:59):
Yeah. Which I think in this kind of educational structure that we're in right now where everything's online and everybody's got content everywhere things like this help save a tremendous amount of time for both students and teachers. I think tons of benefit here.

Ryan Lufkin (22:17):
A lot of educators are used to using different tools. And if we can, if we can empower them by using tools they're already familiar with, then that's what we're all about.

Matt Goodwin (22:25):
Awesome. Well, that's exciting news.

Ryan Lufkin (22:26):
Yeah. So we'll include a link in the show notes and you can actually, there's a great little video and some additional information on how you can integrate Dropbox directly into Canvas.

Matt Goodwin (22:37):
So in this segment, we're going to talk a little bit about one of our partners. I think, I think it's also a good reminder that you know, we realize Canvas as an LMS we're a hub and that's, that's totally fine. There's no way that we can cover all the needs of a, an EDU ecosystem out there for our schools. And so while we provide that platform and that kind of center location for the educational ecosystem within an account where a school we do rely on tremendous partners that have great features, great content and helping our institutions accomplish their educational goals. One of those is Unsplash. We've been working with them for almost two years with deep integration and, and the cool sets of tools that they provide by integrating directly into our rich content editor and other places throughout Canvas. They're doing some cool stuff right now. Ryan, Jenn, why don't you tell us a little bit more about what, what they've got going on? Yeah,

Ryan Lufkin (23:42):
I mean, I think they they've really evolved if you haven't been in, on it's it's available, you know, direct, integrated directly into the rich content editor, but they've really been working on expanding their set of royalty free images. I think this evolved from partners in the past that were a little less desirable for the higher education space based from our content. And these guys are really focused on content that supports teaching in at every, at every level of education. Right.

Jenn Mitchell (24:10):
Yeah. And I think that's really important for our K-12 audience out there. All of these Unsplash images are safe for all of our students to search use in their presentations.

Matt Goodwin (24:20):
They're professional images, right? Like these are professional, curated images, high quality. You know, I remember when back in the day we had a deep integration with Flicker and anybody can upload to flicker, which is fine. But there's a lot of safety issues. There's a lot of content you know, aerial appropriateness.

Matt Goodwin (24:43):
I wasn't going to call them out by name, Matt. I was beating around the Bush there, but you just went right before it.

Matt Goodwin (24:51):
I think it's fine. Right? Like each tool serves its own purpose. And we found a partner that really works well within education. And Unsplash, I am super impressed by the image quality and duration that they go through.

Ryan Lufkin (25:08):
And I think you're speaking to what you just said. You know, our focus is on openness and the availability to plug in whoever you want to use, but then we often partner with the best in breed to make that our default partner. And that's, that's what we see with Unsplash. But one of the cool things is last month on the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington we announced the release of a huge set of re-colored images from that original March in Washington. And we can include the link to the press release below, but such an amazing thing to see those images recolored and it's a totally different experience to see, you know, we're used to seeing those black and white images—you see them recolored and you realize just, just, you know how, how, you know, brings them alive, I guess.

Jenn Mitchell (25:52):
Yeah. If you haven't looked at them, they are really powerful. And I encourage everybody to check out the show notes and just click through those. There they're quite stunning. Yeah.

Ryan Lufkin (26:01):
And their goal really is to provide those, those resources to power your classrooms, as you're, as you're telling those stories, Unsplash probably has an image to support that. And so go check them out.

Matt Goodwin (26:10):
Awesome. Thanks.

Jenn Mitchell (26:13):
Hi. We are welcoming Robin Lawrence for this section of the podcast, and we were talking about the center for leadership and learning. We've talked about this before on the podcast a few times, but I think it's still new to everyone. And I think especially heading into this kind of uncertain year, I think we should talk a little bit more about what the center for leadership and learning can do for our customers. So, Robin, do you want to introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about what LL is?

Robin Lawrence (26:39):
Hi. Hey Jenn. Hey Ryan, I'm Robin Lawrence. I'm the director for the center for leadership and learning here at Instructure. We've I came over with the Mastery Connect adoption and carried this forward from, from what we have been so successful with at Mastery Connect. So I'm super excited to be able to share more information about it.

Ryan Lufkin (27:03):
So who does this serve? Like, who is this focused on? Like, what are, what are the offerings?

Robin Lawrence (27:07):
Sure. So we we focus on school and district leaders, administrators we're solely about helping to build capacity within leadership. We truly believe that any implementation requires leadership, investment, and ownership in order to be accessed successful, right. That if we don't have school and district administrators actually being a critical part owning the implementation within their school or district that it's, it's not going to be as successful. So, but we haven't had professional development that's truly for them and focusing on the why, not just the, how, so it's much more than what we would consider training.

Jenn Mitchell (27:54):
So if, if I were a district leadership or if I was a leader and I was to sign up for the CLL what are the different offerings that you have right now?

Robin Lawrence (28:04):
Sure. So we focused on the platforms that we, that we have at Instructure, the primary ones, right? Canvas and Mastery Connect. So for each of those, we offer institutes, and then we have workshops. So regarding the institutes, and I'll focus on Mastery Connect right now, we offer the Mastery Connect—the virtual Mastery Connect leadership Institute. So in the past, these were always onsite events. We would fly people in from all over the country, all over the world, to participate. But obviously in this unique situation, we've had to stop that and it doesn't look like we're going to be resuming and probably until halfway through next year just because of, you know, being safe. So what we've done is we've taken that content. We've developed it to be virtual. So it's exactly what we've offered in the past with the same team.

Robin Lawrence (29:08):
And actually ensuring that it's highly interactive and engaging as the onsites always boring in the past, but of course, unique to this environment. But with the institutes, then they are obviously bought by the individual or by the seat as we call it. So you could send one person—you could send, you know, 10 people—but that experience, you're meeting other leaders from all around the country and potentially all around the world. 'Cause We haven't had people attend from like Venezuela and other countries. So very impactful in that experience because you do get to network and get to learn from other leaders, what they have been doing, what they've been struggling with, so on and so forth. But then oftentimes what happens is people attend and they are so impacted in a positive way that then they ask, how do we bring this to our district?

Robin Lawrence (30:07):
We need all of our administrators to benefit from this professional development. We need to implement what you have taught us. And we want you to be the messenger and help us guide us through this. So we also offer workshops, which are the exact same content again with the exact same team, but then you buy it as a bundle for your district, we schedule that, coordinate the logistics with you and it's solely people within your school and or district that would attend. And we do that for both Canvas—so Canvas has its own Institute and workshop—and then Mastery Connect has its own Institute and workshops. So even, and even if you have both, then you would very much benefit from attending those institutes or hosting both workshops because they're not about integrating as much. They're more solely focusing on the why of each of those individual platforms and the power of each.

Jenn Mitchell (31:11):
Yeah. And I think, you know, we have so many new customers right now that are trying to navigate this world of online learning and what I really see it as it's getting everybody on the same page. You know, you never want to give teachers a tool and just say, okay, use it, right. Like you need to you as a leader, craft that vision.

Ryan Lufkin (31:28):
So if I want to learn more about the leadership Institute. Where would I go? What would I do?

Robin Lawrence (31:38):
Sure. So go, obviously one, go to your sales representative, your client success manager or go to our center for leadership and learning landing page that you can find through. I think it's like other resources on the Instructure website. Go there, click on any of the information—it's just been refreshed and it's amazing. And then if you want to learn more, to be honest, to click on one of those forms and fill it out. It's going to come straight to me. You will get to talk directly to me. I am not, I'm not sales. So I will just explain, I will send you other materials as you see fit. I'm happy to talk with you about it and then point you in the right direction if you want to move forward. So we also try to offer these we have one coming up in October and November and then we'll skip December because of the holidays and then pick up again in January. So we offer a minimum of about once a month.

Ryan Lufkin (32:46):
Awesome. And we will include, we'll have a producer, Erin Hallmark include a link down there in the show notes. So if you're working online, look on there for a link and you can connect directly with them on that.

Jenn Mitchell (32:58):
Awesome. All right, Robin, thanks for joining us.

Robin Lawrence (33:01):
Thanks for having me. Anytime.

Ryan Lufkin (33:04):
Thanks Robin.

Jenn Mitchell (33:06):
Well look who it is. It's Jackie from events here to give us some Canvas con online updates. Hi Jackie.

Jackie Burrell (33:14):
Hi guys. How are ya?

Matt Goodwin (33:16):
Good. Welcome to the show.

Jackie Burrell (33:19):
Good to be here.

Ryan Lufkin (33:21):
Welcome back to the show.

Jenn Mitchell (33:23):
So believe it or not, CanvasCon Online. We've been talking about this for several months, but it's actually almost upon us, right? It's October 15th. Just for people who are, you know, have questions about the new format or maybe haven't listened to the previous podcast. Can you tell us a little bit about what to expect this year?

Jackie Burrell (33:41):
Absolutely. well you can expect the same Instructure-kind-of-amazingness, obviously in in a little bit of a new format this year with everything going on, going on in the world, you know, we're taking it virtual but we're still creating that amazing experience. So this year you can expect three different sections to our online event. We're going to kick things off with some amazing keynotes, both internal and external. If you haven't heard, we have LaVar Burton and Sal Khan.

Ryan Lufkin (34:17):
Reading Rainbow...

Jackie Burrell (34:21):
Then we'll move into an amazing live portion of the event where we're going to you know, meet with our community meet with our friends. It's a big old family reunion. People will be able to see talk to each other in virtual, a booth experiences, both on our partner side and our product side, as well as some regional meetings where we'll be able to interact with each other and Canvas employees. Then we're going to close everything off with our breakout sessions. We still have over 60 amazing breakouts done by our customers our partners and our own Canvas folks. And then we'll end the conference and everything will be on demand the following day. So we'll also have some really fun things happening in between there. We're going to go out some swag, we'll have some social stuff, so it'll be super interactive. And a lot of fun.

Ryan Lufkin (35:26):
I was going to say I was on a video call with you yesterday and there were boxes and boxes and boxes of swag behind you. So I know all of our Canvas community loves their t-shirts and their swag and they won't be disappointed this year.

Jackie Burrell (35:41):
Absolutely. We've got some great stuff.

Matt Goodwin (35:44):
Awesome. So you mentioned a few different sections. There's a, the keynotes, there's the community space as well as breakout sessions, obviously we're not getting together live to do all of this stuff in person. Are the sessions live, or how does that work? What can people expect?

Jackie Burrell (36:03):
Great question Matt. It'll be a combination. So we are going to our breakouts will be prerecorded. Our keynotes will be recorded, but broadcasting live the day of and then we'll have a live—the live two hours in the middle of the conference is only available that day. So that will be you know, the live portion of the event where you'll get to see and talk to people real time.

Ryan Lufkin (36:38):
Yeah. And the software we're using for that's pretty cool and allows you to organize by topics around products, around key industry trends, things like that. Different, different groups can jump in and sit at tables together, virtual tables together. So it's as close to IRLs you can get without actually being place.

Jackie Burrell (36:58):

Matt Goodwin (36:59):
Yeah. And that's, that's huge, right? Like the biggest part of InstructureCon is the community element. I feel even, even though there's the sessions happening, they're still live, right. And you can sit next to colleagues and you get to hear their questions that they ask and ask your own questions. So that community space for those two hours where everybody can interact one with another, I think is going to be fantastic. What about, you know, questions that may arise during sessions that they're attending? Is there like a way they can participate or ask questions or see what other questions have been asked?

Jackie Burrell (37:36):
Sure. Yeah. So during the keynotes, we're going to have a discuss feature where people can leave their comments. There won't be any live Q&A, but we'll also be sure to post everyone's social information as well. So they'll be able to reach out to the presenters, say post event and have it an interaction with them if they want to about their presentation.

Matt Goodwin (38:04):
Yeah. And, but like Jared and Trenton will be doing their presentations, but then they'll actually be in a building for the live sessions to talk to people and have some interaction there too. So our goal is to—all of the, your favorite Canvas people. We want them sitting at tables, talking to you and, and having conversations and—

Matt Goodwin (38:22):
Virtual tables.

Ryan Lufkin (38:23):
Virtual tables. It's like virtual buildings inside.

Matt Goodwin (38:26):
It's like the Matrix.

Jenn Mitchell (38:32):
So we talked about the live sessions. What about friends that are living around the world?

Jackie Burrell (38:38):
Yeah, so they have the same opportunity as our friends in North America as well. So we will be broadcasting this globally, starting in Sydney at 10:00 AM. Then we'll start in London at 10:00 AM. And here in salt Lake city, mountain time at 10:00 AM. So we'll be running the full conference, even the live portion, in each one of those zone.

Ryan Lufkin (39:06):
Very cool. Awesome. They didn't give us a TLDR podcast table. I feel like maybe we have to...

Matt Goodwin (39:16):
Live broadcast. So what other cool things should our listeners know about coming into the conference? You know, anything that we didn't cover in our questions?

Jackie Burrell (39:30):
Yeah. So I think one of the more, most important things is obviously get registered now. We will be closing registration on October 9th to prepare for the live event on the 15th. We'll also be posting an event pre-event checklist and FAQs to make sure that everyone is able to access all of our systems. They can work through their browser issues or microphone or video issues. So they're fully prepared and can be super interactive during our event. We're also going to be opening a pre event networking building within our virtual networking platform. So stay tuned for that. They'll allow you to come in and build your profile so everyone can see who you are for the conference. And just make that a day of experience a lot smoother.

Matt Goodwin (40:27):
Well, thanks. And we'll post the link to the registration in the show notes down below as well. And like you said, that's open till October 9th, right?

Jackie Burrell (40:37):
October 9th at midnight, it will close.

Matt Goodwin (40:40):
Awesome. Getting close. Get registered. Yeah.

Jenn Mitchell (40:44):
Thanks for joining us, Jackie.

Jackie Burrell (40:46):
Of course. Thanks for having me. We'll see you all at CanvasCon Online.

Matt Goodwin (40:53):
Thanks everybody for joining us.

Ryan Lufkin (40:55):
That was a lot. We covered a lot in this show.

Matt Goodwin (40:57):
September podcast done. Thanks again.

Jenn Mitchell (41:01):
And we want to remind everyone, join us at CanvasCon Online. Hopefully we'll see you guys there. And then we can recap that in our next October podcast.

Matt Goodwin (41:10):
Yeah, when we see you there we can give you a virtual high five.

Thank you for joining us on the canvas tl;dr podcast. If you'd like to take a look at what's happening in our next release, please visit We'll see you next month. Bye!

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