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My good friend and former colleague Shara Johnson invited me to present on behalf of Instructure at the Third Annual Nebraska Users Conference, July 26, 2019. Resources, links, and take aways from my presentations are housed below! If you have any questions, please reply to my post here. Would love to connect with you!


Outcomes and Rubrics

Presentation Slides

Canvas Guide: What are Outcomes? 

Canvas Guide: 4152,794716 

Canvas Guide: 4152,67952 

Canvas Guide: 4152,179359 

Canvas Guide: What are Rubrics? 

Canvas Guide: How do I manage rubrics in an account? 

Canvas Guide: 4152,724105 

Canvas Guide: 4152,41439 





Presentation Slides

Canvas Guide: Canvas Release: MasteryPaths (2016-11-19) 

Canvas Guide: 4152,61967 

Community Blog Post: So, What's a Module Anyway? by Erin Keefe

Community Blog Post: Mad About Modules by Emily Craddock

Community Blog Post: Hacking MasteryPaths by Kona Jones

Community Blog Post: Taking the Mystery Out of MasteryPaths by Kona Jones

Community Blog Post: Mastery Paths Design Sample 1 by Kym Schutz

Commons Resource: Implementing MP Practice Module

Commons Resource: MasteryPaths Course Samples

Commons Resource: PandaPaths

I wanted to take some to share some of the success that we have had with Canvas Adoption Consulting in Wyoming. In dealing with the 10th largest state (in area) and the smallest population, there are some unique challenges in trying to foster collaboration amongst the state’s teachers.


After brainstorming with the Wyoming Department of Education, we decided that a statewide newsletter highlighting Canvas would be a worthwhile communication. The WDE publishes each newsletter after we collaborate on creating the content. Our first newsletter in January 2019, was sent out to district leaders via a curated email list. We encouraged these leaders to forward the newsletter to their staff, and have their staff sign up to receive the monthly email. We started with started with a list of over 1,200 subscribers, and we have had over 100 voluntary additions to the circulation list which is seeing open rates between 38% and 44%!



As we started creating the newsletter, we settled on the following items to be included:

  • Adoption Consulting Update: I give a travel update of my site visits to the various schools and districts. At the top of this section is an image of the Google Map that I curate after each visit, highlighting every client visit I have made, and travel routes for my longer Roadshows.
  • Updates and news of events that occurring throughout the state. I have used this space to help publicize virtual meetings I am holding monthly on a variety of topics.
  • Canvas Best Practices: In this section, we do a quick walkthrough tutorial of a topic with Canvas screenshots.
  • And finally we do a District Spotlight, highlighting positive uses of Canvas that I have seen in traveling the state. Topics for these highlights have included:
    • How K-2 teachers are using Canvas
    • How districts are using Canvas for internal PD for teachers to earn continuing credits, and
    • How districts are using Canvas Outcomes with teacher defined proficiency scales



Our initial motivation for creating the newsletter was to introduce my work around the state, and help to drive adoption of Canvas. Immediately after the delivery of the first newsletter, I had multiple districts contact me about coming out to work with their teachers! Since then, the subscription list has steadily grown. The newsletter has proven to be the most successful of our initiatives aimed increasing Canvas usage throughout Wyoming.


As I continue to travel through Wyoming, I have an automatic connection with many teachers who have read the newsletter--”so you’re the one from the map!” To be honest, I was not expecting the map to be the most memorable piece, but as a strong visual it encourages subscribers to read stories about my trips! This helps to lighten the mood so teachers feel an immediate connection during a training that may not have initially been their idea of fun.


I believe the success of the publication started with the large targeted list, many of whom forward the newsletter to staff members who then voluntarily add themselves to the circulation list. We are seeing continued growth in our subscriber base now that I am able to share more about the local successes individual school districts are having with Canvas throughout Wyoming. I want to leave you with our February 2019 Newsletter, so you can see how our publication is formatted.


Finally, I want to personally thank Laurel Ballard, Robin Grandpre, Alisa Cook, Thom Gabrukiewicz, and Lori Thilmany, all of the Wyoming Department of Education, for sharing their internal metrics as well as their expertise in creating such a well-read publication!

With InstructureCon 2019 only a few days away, I thought it would be fun to make a custom watch face on my Apple Watch to get me pumped up going into the conference.

Canvas Apple Watch Face


If you want to do the same on your Apple Watch, pick one of the images below (or pick all 3 for some variety) and save it to your iOS Photos app.


Unofficial Canvas Rainbow

Official Canvas Red

Official Canvas White


Then, create a custom watch face of the photo by following the steps below:


  1. From the Photos app, navigate to your new Canvas rainbow photo.
  2. Tap the Share button.
  3. From the share options on the bottom row, find Create Watch Face.
  4. Tap Photos Watch Face.
  5. Set the settings and complications and then tap Add to send the new Watch Face to your Apple Watch.


Creating photo Apple Watch Face

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