You've all heard the quote, 'Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for life.' You've also heard, 'It takes a village to raise a child.' Well, here at Instructure we're not interested in raising a village of fishermen. However, we are working hard to provide the very best community resources to help our users get the most out of their Canvas experience.
Let's talk about a few of the community resources that may be useful to you:
- Ask a Question forum
This is an open forum where Canvas users can ask questions of each other and share ideas. The forum is moderated by a group of Canvas power users who are called Canvas Coaches. If you have a question, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can ask a Canvas Coach.
- Community Created Resources
Have you made something awesome for your faculty or students? This forum allows you to share it for the good of all mankind. Our users have shared everything from implementation stories to tips and tricks to help you squeeze every last drop of goodness out of Canvas.
- Best Practice Webinar Archive
This is easily one of the best resources for in-depth Canvas learning. Canvas Coaches and Instructure staff teach one hour specialized sessions on Canvas. Topics range from 'Tips for Smart Online Course Design' to 'Integrating Third Party Tools into Canvas.' You should definitely take some time to check these out.
- Product Release Notes
A few weeks ago we wrote a post about the screencasts that come out before each Canvas product update. It explains how the release schedule works, where to find descriptions of releases, and how to access the beta environment to test features before they're released. Subscribe to this forum and you'll never miss a beat with the comings and goings of Canvas updates.
- Feature Request Forum
Early in Instructure history, our co-founders Devlin and Brian, went on a product validation tour where they talked with a number of educators about their needs. This same practice is still used today right here in this forum. If you're interested in shaping the way things work in Canvas, join the discussion where your opinion matters. Tell our product team what you'd like to get out of Canvas.
- Extension Gallery
Interested in integrating Khan Academy content into your course? How about lecture capture from Panopto or Tegrity? This is the place where we talk about all things integration. Learn how to bring powerful third party resources to bear in your courses.
There are many other great resources in the Canvas Community, so come join us. Feel free to start slow. Subscribe to a forums. Make a few comments. Share a tip or two. After all, we're all fishing in the same village. Let's help each other out.
If nothing else, at least swing by and tell us what kind of candy you like.
The Canvas Community Guy