ICON General Session & Keynotes
10:00 AM BST
The Instructure team will discuss the ever-evolving journey of education transformation. Learn how institutions are pairing our products with innovation to tackle the challenges of teaching and learning, and discover the role you – our education community – plays in the progression of the products made to serve you.
10:30 AM BST
Simone Giertz is a passion-provoking educator and a STEM icon, who will share her unique perspective into the importance of STEM education, and how to inspire educators and students to spark curiosity through the journey of creation and discovery.
10:50 AM BST
Education is evolving at a rapid pace resulting in institutions across the globe being confronted with a myriad of challenges that are leaving students unfulfilled. How are institutions overcoming those obstacles to create sustained impact for their learners? What does that future for educators look like at the institutional level? Come listen to our Vice President of International Strategy discuss these questions and more.
2:30 PM BST
The Instructure product team highlights a glimpse into the coming product roadmap, to reveal how our product suite will continue to evolve and better serve institutions and educators. Plus, we have some exciting news to share about InstructureCon 2023!
2:40 PM BST
As CEO of The Bean Centre, an organisation of collaborators and visionaries in the education and tech worlds that are designing an educational future that works, Martin Bean shares his insights into the most pressing challenges educators are facing today, and his pragmatic outlook on how we tackle those problems now and in the future. He will also share his outlook on the evolution of education, industry trends and disruptions, and how to teach the next generation to be learners for life.
3:25 PM BST
As an organizational psychologist, bestselling author and professor at Wharton, Adam Grant explores the science behind motivation, generosity, original thinking, and rethinking. In this session, Adam will take us on a journey of discovery, connection, and hope through personal insights and experience of embracing the educators' path.
4:15 PM BST
That's a wrap, but the fun's not over yet! Stay a little longer and enjoy some fun trivia games and live entertainment – sponsored by AWS.
On-Demand & Sponsored Sessions
Canvas Studio is a game-changer for video-based learning. Get a tour of the tools for creating and delivering interactive digital learning experiences. Plus, preview new engagement features!
Learn more about Impact by Instructure, designed to improve adoption and navigation of new platforms, rollout initiatives, and evaluate the impact they have on student engagement and outcomes.
This presentation will cover our journey of how we planned the student survey. It will discuss our planning of the survey questions, which involved students helping us to construct the questions. We'll cover how we ran focus groups remotely and face-to-face using a "diamond" methodology.
This presentation will describe the ‘Canvas Course Co-Design’ project established to address student concerns relating to inconsistent layout across courses in Canvas. The aim of the project was to improve the user experience for all students. A Group of key stakeholders was established to develop a framework which instructors could use to ensure a “Student first” approach to course development.
To better understand business requirements and user needs, user research activities were conducted in March 2022 to establish what students really want when accessing their Canvas course materials online and how we could do better in terms of making content easily discoverable and usable.Deliverables of the project include;
- 8x VLE Minimum Standards co designed by students
- 3x example courses which are a good take on the Minimum Standards
- a new suite of VLE Templates which can be accessed by instructors via Canvas Commons
- a ‘Canvas Course Design Toolkit’ which offers a simple framework for applying the minimum standards to new and existing courses in Canvas.
If you would like to understand the various activities involved in co designing an enhanced student user experience for your institutional VLE, then don’t miss this session!
Canvas is Higher Ed’s favorite LMS for a reason - we listen and take advice! Come join us for a session reviewing all of the new functionality you’ve requested and gain insight into what’s coming next!
In the UK, The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations (PSBAR 2018) came into full force in September 2020. The regulations mandate that all public sector body websites must be accessible, in line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 Level AA (WCAG 2.1 Level AA).
Given the move to online learning and teaching during the pandemic, the Glasgow School of Art experienced a huge increase in use of the VLE by both staff and students, making the prospect of auditing our VLE for accessibility quite daunting. In response to the increased use of Canvas, we developed a new homepage template for all courses on Canvas, which presented the perfect opportunity to begin auditing Canvas and ensuring that our VLE is accessible.
In this presentation, I’ll cover how we audited our Canvas homepage template using the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Evaluation Methodology (WCAG-EM), used the Canvas Voluntary Product Assessment (VPAT) and tools such as WAVE and ANDI to assist with accessibility testing, and present some of the problems we discovered as well as some of the solutions we deployed.
In an ever-changing educational environment facilitating change can be challenging. Danny and Jonathan have been working with global Instructure customers to support them on their change initiatives and achieving their organisational goals.
In this session, they look at how Change Management principles and the use of Instructure’s Impact software can be aligned to achieve Change Goals.
Danny and Jonathan will provide real-world examples and simple frameworks that can be applied to your situation and drive continuous data-driven improvement at any stage of your journey. They’ll even share with you the infamous fable of Professor Paislee Puffin.
Canvas LMS has been central to achieving Teneo Education’s vision of democratising a quality, affordable education in Africa.
Canvas has the flexibility to shape itself around the requirements of different curricula and to partner with other programmes to curate a virtual learning space. Scaling an online school using the Canvas features has been an exciting and rewarding journey since January 2018.
Teneo’s growth has been exponential and we enrol students for most of the year. Canvas has helped us manage both the academic and administrative aspects of a well-run school.
Teachers have courses for: creating content, resource libraries, exam banks, assessment and for portals that transport their students on learning journeys. Canvas provides the tools they need to make teaching seamless.
Students have courses where they learn in virtual classrooms, their learning material is always accessible and all this from wherever they may find themselves.
Parents have easy access to support their children’s learning.
Recreating the elements of a physical school in a virtual learning environment has become a reality for Teneo Education because of Canvas LMS. Teaching, learning, assessment, delivered in real time by passionate experienced teachers is central to the online school model we have built.
Studiosity is a support service which provides students with an opportunity to submit draft work for evaluation of the quality of their academic writing, e.g. grammar, level, referencing, etc. An Australian company founded in 2003, Studiosity has been engaging with the UK HE market since 2017, gaining a good reputation with institutions such as Manchester Met, Exeter, and De Montford.
At the University of Sunderland, we decided to run a pilot with Studiosity in 2021 and developed an early intervention activity branded as "Write it Right" to help identify any issues which may be a barrier to student success and, in turn, help to improve our retention, progression, and attainment rates - a University priority.
As the first UK institution to integrate Studiosity into Canvas, we had to work closely with technical colleagues there to work out the best options and settings to use, a process complicated by the fact that we were only making the service available to a particular pilot cohort, a measure which ultimately drove us to using a dedicated Studiosity Module within Canvas. In this presentation we will share what we learned from this process, and the impact Studiosity has had on our students.
Learn more about digital credentials and how they're being applied throughout higher education to prepare learners for the future of work.
At UCPH, we have developed “My Study Group”: an LTI-based Canvas app that forms study groups based on an algorithm. Students answer three questions and are then matched and divided into groups based on their response.
The purpose is twofold: to provide an easy-to-use tool supporting group-formation, and ultimately to increase student wellbeing through a more widespread use of study groups.
The app was developed by a cross-disciplinary team consisting of student counsellors, a researcher, and the operational Canvas system owner, in cooperation with an external provider specialized in educational software.
The underlying, research-backed approach is that group homogeneity is not necessarily the crucial factor determining a group’s success. Instead, what has proven to be essential is that groupwork is not hampered by logistical constraints, which is why the three questions focus on practical circumstances.
The instructor activates the app in the course room, defines the group size and sends questions to the students. Once the students have answered, the instructor initiates the group formation process, with the algorithm matching students based on similarity. When group formation is completed, the instructor can make manual adjustments before publishing the groups. The solution comes with support-tools addressing frequent challenges in group work.
Sofia Distans is an online distance school with pupils all over the world. Because of different time zones, our education is never in real time. In this presentation we will share our five top Canvas tips for guiding the pupils forward in a course.
The University of Wolverhampton is leading one of 18 UK national projects funded by the Office for Students. The project represents a partnership with the Students’ Union, Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s Recovery College to develop, test and deliver an innovative online suite of tools to support students in managing their own mental health all within Canvas. ‘PACE - A co-explored and co-created solution to address the mental health difficulties of students who undertake placement learning’ uses innovation and intersectional approaches to target mental health support for students. Co-creation is at the heart of the project and so is Canvas. Our priority has been to look at intersectional considerations based on the profile of the students in our target group to tailor provision accordingly throughout their Canvas journey. The resources will be accessed centrally to all students and specific resources will be embedded into every single Canvas course. In addition to the student facing resources, curriculum design training and development will be accessible to staff to support them in creating their courses on Canvas and in the classroom. Working with students to utilise Canvas has helped shape it’s critical role in understanding, and supporting their mental health and wellbeing.
Canvas at Zigurat has been used to train college students, to transform SMEs into professors, and to improve corporate expertise not only outbound, but also inbound. It has been seen as the platform to base all our company’s content and share it with three different kinds of actors, making the most of one single website.
During the two-year project to implement a digital learning ecosystem with Canvas, UFV designed a strategy to facilitate digital transformation in education. A series of initiatives have been launched to support the people involved in the teaching and learning process including:
- Self-learning and self-management courses that allow people to be autonomous and grow in their digital competence.
- Experimentation spaces where they can put learning into practice and be innovative without fear of error.
- Personalized support in weekly tutoring sessions that allow teachers to receive technological and pedagogical advice.
- Community problem-solving through a forum where teachers can raise issues or volunteer to help resolve their colleagues' issues.
- Implementation of a training plan synchronized with each stage of the teaching-learning process.
- Coordination and communication spaces by user groups (students or teachers).
- Announcement of important milestones during the course through the different Canvas communication channels.
- Information campaigns through Impact that bring important messages to the community in the right place at the right time.
A demonstration showcasing how Blackpool & The Fylde College is leveraging Canvas Data to ensure adoption and engagement. EASL is our in-house set of Power BI Dashboards enabling both reactive and predictive analysis of students engagement and attainment. For students the dashboards bring together information from multiple sources throughout the college, providing: Easy access to all assignments across multiple courses on one page; All their feedback available within 2 clicks; attendance data; timetables and much more. All of these are quickly available within Canvas through bespoke course templates for level of study and curriculum area. Our data dashboards also give staff an in depth analysis of: The status of their courses; assignments tracking; monitoring feedback; student engagement and behaviour all in one place.
University College Cork (UCC) has a long history of supporting non-traditional learners to achieve their professional and personal educational goals. More than 10 units across the university deliver responsive, targeted, and specialised programmes aligned with their academic strengths, paired with industry and community partners.
When the global pandemic hit in 2020, we were faced with the scenario of not being able to deliver these programmes, as these were entirely campus based. Furthermore, unlike the majority of our undergraduate and postgraduate offerings, these programmes are often managed in a devolved fashion, so the curriculum and registration process for these learners do not exist within the university’s student information systems. Canvas Catalog was an immediate solution to this problem, allowing our learners to signup, register and pay for these courses, and then undertake them online on Canvas.
However, the platform has become much more than just a solution to a problem. More that 4500 learners over the past two years have signed up to UCC via Canvas Catalog and it is now underpinning these strategically important educational offerings. We’re delighted to be able to share our story so far, and offer a glimpse into our future plans for the platform.
Using the power of data organically generated by users of the Canvas ecosystem, you should be able to come up with new and exciting solutions for gaining insight into personalized learning. This talk will give insight into the possibilities of the Canvas environment combined with machine learning, NLP, AI. big data applications and nudging.
Different examples of in-house and incubated startup ed-tech developed applications will show the power you can unleash based on the already available information.
Learning Analytics (LA), when used correctly, is an important tool in the educational field. A great deal of research is being conducted into the impact and usefulness of Learning Analytics within education. At the moment, however, there is still little practical experience with LA in the Netherlands. It is therefore difficult to form a picture of what exactly can be done with LA and, above all, what its influence is on the student's learning process.
The University of Twente is experimenting with LA in their education. Students want to see how they perform compared to their fellow students during their education. It is about generating insights so that students know whether they are performing below, at or above level during the study process.
In this session we take you on a journey of the first practical steps that the University of Twente has taken in experimenting and learning about Learning Analytics and the possibility in this field of expertise.
We also take a look on the LA possibilities of our current Learning Ecosystem."
Canvas Credentials (formerly Badgr) is here! Learn how educators can empower students with personalized learning journeys, culminating in digital credentials and demonstrate their success.
Canvas Catalog is new and improved! See what's new, preview highly-requested features are coming soon, and learn learn how it can help you supercharge online learning.
11:25 AM BST
Join two well-known EdTech Strategists from Instructure & Amazon Web Services (AWS) for a fireside chat. Mitch Benson, Instructure’s Chief Strategy Officer and Mike Hofherr, Director of Education Strategic Business Development at AWS, discuss 2020 and its impact; present day challenges; and what the next frontier in EdTech looks like.
12:00 PM BST
12:20 PM BST
By focusing on usability in course design, we can remove many of the obstacles that may stand in the way of an engaging and satisfying online learning experience for students. In this session, we’ll explore the key elements of usability in course design, provide practical tips and examples, and demonstrate a set of tools that will help you easily apply these concepts to your Canvas course - all without requiring any advanced technical skills.
12:40 PM BST
Education transforms lives, and synchronous education transforms students' lives everywhere in the world. This presentation covers the foundations of delivering an effective virtual class.
12:55 PM BST
We're excited to share new developments in Google Assignments LTI and what's coming next. Stay tuned for integrations with Canvas and features that support content creation and collaboration.
1:10 PM BST
1:15 PM BST
Universities are evaluating proctoring tools in terms of cost, accessibility, privacy, security, algorithm fairness, support & more. Learn how LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor meet these needs.
1:40 PM BST
The Fine Art of Assessment: taking a broad view on assessment, data, and reflective practice, this session offers fun and simple resources for teachers and leadership to capture/quantify student voice and deepen our personal understanding of teaching and learning.
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