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

Categorizing and Comparing LMS Course Designs

Jan 23, 2015
By Jared Stein

I read a lot of novels. I watch a lot of films. Sometimes I watch films based on novels (though never the other way around), and one thing I've learned is not to make the mistake of comparing a film to the novel it's based on. They are different media used by different artists and require different techniques. Sometimes what works on the page simply won't work on screen. This is why it's OK that Bladerunner's characters act differently from those in Philip K. Dick's novel, that Dr Strangelove is a comedy, and that The Hobbit is stretched across three really, really long movies1.

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CATEGORY: Higher Education,

2014 Instructure Year in Review

Jan 20, 2015
By Josh Coates

Some really big things happened in 2014. No, really. Things so big they increased the size of the known universe (or rather, increased our knowledge of the known universe.)

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CATEGORY: Canvas

Canvas for Android 4.0

Jan 15, 2015
By Brady Larson

Four seasons. Four cardinal directions. The Fab Four (you know, The Beatles). So many things, from the four-legged chair you’re sitting in to the four-wheeled car you drive, just seem to work better in fours. So with our 4.0 release of Canvas for Android, we focused all our energies on making the app work better 4 you. (Yeah, you see what we did there. We’ll ask for your “fourgiveness” later.)

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CATEGORY: Canvas

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,

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Categorizing and Comparing LMS Course Designs

Jan 23, 2015
By Jared Stein

I read a lot of novels. I watch a lot of films. Sometimes I watch films based on novels (though never the other way around), and one thing I've learned is not to make the mistake of comparing a film to the novel it's based on. They are different media used by different artists and require different techniques. Sometimes what works on the page simply won't work on screen. This is why it's OK that Bladerunner's characters act differently from those in Philip K. Dick's novel, that Dr Strangelove is a comedy, and that The Hobbit is stretched across three really, really long movies1.

read more

2014 Instructure Year in Review

Jan 20, 2015
By Josh Coates

Some really big things happened in 2014. No, really. Things so big they increased the size of the known universe (or rather, increased our knowledge of the known universe.)

read more

Canvas for Android 4.0

Jan 15, 2015
By Brady Larson

Four seasons. Four cardinal directions. The Fab Four (you know, The Beatles). So many things, from the four-legged chair you’re sitting in to the four-wheeled car you drive, just seem to work better in fours. So with our 4.0 release of Canvas for Android, we focused all our energies on making the app work better 4 you. (Yeah, you see what we did there. We’ll ask for your “fourgiveness” later.)

read more

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