Headed for CanvasCon

The last 10 days have been a bit, well, busy, to put it mildly. Last week was absorbed by EDUCAUSE, Harman (our company’s CEO) then joined me up here in Massachusetts for some marathon meetings and a critical look at our progress and business plan (long story short, 2012 is shaping up to be an incredibly exciting year with new directions and enhancements to our virtual classroom that you’ll need to see to believe), and now Harman and I will be in Washington on Thursday for Instructure’s CanvasCon user conference. I must say, TGIF will have much deeper significance than usual in 2 days.

In fact, I’m leaving for the airport at 3:30 Thursday morning, so this isn’t going to be a particularly long post. I suppose at least a nap is in order if I’d like to form coherent sentences when I’m telling Canvas users about WizIQ tomorrow. My boss will be there, after all, and he’d probably frown on me slurring my words before lunchtime.

Regardless of my need to catch a few winks, though, I can’t help but be excited to meet many of the early adopters of Instructure’s LMS. I wrote about Canvas early this year on ZDNet shortly before I joined WizIQ, talking about Instructure’s move to open source the software which didn’t look like any LMS I’d ever used (that’s not a bad thing, by the way). That move catapulted Instructure into all sorts of good places (like a hefty first round of venture capital) and only 9 months later, I have a chance to talk with Canvas users about our new WizIQ Virtual Classroom plugin for the LMS.

Pretty cool, if I do say so myself. What was that line from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Hopefully at least a few of you will be at CanvasCon – I hear they’re having a great lunch! Oh, right, and we can talk about where WizIQ fits into their LMS, too.


Chris is a full-time online teacher since then, focusing on teaching Business English to Adults. Rather than pushing the boundaries of technology, Chris seeks to simplify the online learning process by focusing on authentic human connections as a way to make online learning accessible for learners of all ages.

Comments

  1. Will you get mad if I quote your article on my Self Help Forum? I would think this article suits my topic perfectly. Well, thanks for writing this.

  2. It is so nice to find out that we are real people with human’s face and life.

  3. Thanks for sharing “a day in the life…” something as simple as what you are doing makes a world of difference to the user community. It actually starts to feel like Team WizIQ is part of the community too. I always new it to be the case, but had a hard time convincing others.

    Don’t forget to buy us something at the gift shops. Not a baseball cap or t-shirt. Something geeky!

    • You’re welcome, George! I think you’re going to see a renewed focus on the educators who’ve brought us this far. More good change is afoot here. Now if we can just keep it up and move it forward instead of falling back into develop-till-we-drop mode, we’ll do all right.

      Best,
      Chris

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