<h1>Extra Credit: The Canvas Blog</h1>

Minecraft MOOCs: Learn to Teach with Games

Dec 18, 2014
By Katie Bradford

Here at Canvas Network, it’s been a big year for Minecraft. In October, we hosted “Getting Started with MinecraftEDU,” a MOOC taught by Jason Schmidt, instructional technologist for the Bennington School District. This course was designed to help teachers learn how to set up and use MinecraftEDU servers in their classrooms for educational purposes.

But it’s a video game made of building blocks, you say. How can that possibly be educational? Minecraft is a flexible tool, and in the classroom, it can help teachers get at some of the more difficult skills to teach. When students use Minecraft, they have opportunities to solve problems in creative ways. Through Minecraft, students can learn project management skills and how to successfully collaborate with people they don’t know very well. These experiences are meaningful, and help prepare students for the real world.

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CATEGORY: Canvas Network

Announcing InstructureCon 2015

Dec 10, 2014
By Carly Ray

In June of 2015, InstructureCon will be celebrating its 5th anniversary, which in anniversary world is a pretty cool milestone. Five years means that if InstructureCon were a married couple instead of an education conference, the love birds wouldn’t be considered newlyweds anymore, they’d exchange gifts of wood (the traditional fifth anniversary gift), and would reminisce about dancing to “Yeah” by Usher at their reception. YEAH!

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An LMS for Traditional Revolutionaries

Dec 5, 2014
By Jared Stein

One of the lessons that I learned from my days helping faculty improve their teaching with technology is that making teaching and learning effective is hard work. That's no startling revelation I'm sure, but it is an important reminder that if we want to see education change for the better, it's not going to be easy.

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CATEGORY: Higher Education,

Thankful @Instructure

Nov 26, 2014
By Jenni Stokes

Before most of you sign off for the week to enjoy food, family, friends, fun (or whatever your combo of Thanksgiving holiday favorites), we asked you to tell us via Twitter what you’re most thankful for. Because, yeah, being thankful is what it’s all about.

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CATEGORY: Canvas

The Gift Every LMS Admin Wants

Nov 19, 2014
By Seth Johnson

Whatever your reason for needing some time off during the upcoming holiday break (because it does include those two key words: holiday and break), Canvas Holiday Help Desk is here to, you know, help you have a break for the holiday.

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CATEGORY: K-12, Higher Education,

Measurements of MOOC Success

Nov 13, 2014
By Kevin Kimball

MOOC completion rates simply don’t cut it as a way to measure MOOC success. Let me tell you my Canvas Network MOOC “success” story.

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CATEGORY: Canvas Network

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Minecraft MOOCs: Learn to Teach with Games

Dec 18, 2014
By Katie Bradford

Here at Canvas Network, it’s been a big year for Minecraft. In October, we hosted “Getting Started with MinecraftEDU,” a MOOC taught by Jason Schmidt, instructional technologist for the Bennington School District. This course was designed to help teachers learn how to set up and use MinecraftEDU servers in their classrooms for educational purposes.

But it’s a video game made of building blocks, you say. How can that possibly be educational? Minecraft is a flexible tool, and in the classroom, it can help teachers get at some of the more difficult skills to teach. When students use Minecraft, they have opportunities to solve problems in creative ways. Through Minecraft, students can learn project management skills and how to successfully collaborate with people they don’t know very well. These experiences are meaningful, and help prepare students for the real world.

read more

Announcing InstructureCon 2015

Dec 10, 2014
By Carly Ray

In June of 2015, InstructureCon will be celebrating its 5th anniversary, which in anniversary world is a pretty cool milestone. Five years means that if InstructureCon were a married couple instead of an education conference, the love birds wouldn’t be considered newlyweds anymore, they’d exchange gifts of wood (the traditional fifth anniversary gift), and would reminisce about dancing to “Yeah” by Usher at their reception. YEAH!

read more

An LMS for Traditional Revolutionaries

Dec 5, 2014
By Jared Stein

One of the lessons that I learned from my days helping faculty improve their teaching with technology is that making teaching and learning effective is hard work. That's no startling revelation I'm sure, but it is an important reminder that if we want to see education change for the better, it's not going to be easy.

read more

Thankful @Instructure

Nov 26, 2014
By Jenni Stokes

Before most of you sign off for the week to enjoy food, family, friends, fun (or whatever your combo of Thanksgiving holiday favorites), we asked you to tell us via Twitter what you’re most thankful for. Because, yeah, being thankful is what it’s all about.

read more

The Gift Every LMS Admin Wants

Nov 19, 2014
By Seth Johnson

Whatever your reason for needing some time off during the upcoming holiday break (because it does include those two key words: holiday and break), Canvas Holiday Help Desk is here to, you know, help you have a break for the holiday.

read more

Measurements of MOOC Success

Nov 13, 2014
By Kevin Kimball

MOOC completion rates simply don’t cut it as a way to measure MOOC success. Let me tell you my Canvas Network MOOC “success” story.

read more