June 2024 Newsletter

Hello Cidi Labs Customer Community! We hope the sun is shining brightly in your corner of the world this month. This edition of the newsletter is intended to brighten your day, regardless of your weather! 😊 ☀️

New Resources

DesignPLUS Summer School Videos Now Available!

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Last week our amazing trainer, Juli Van Dorn, led a series of 5 one-hour training sessions to introduce educators to DesignPLUS and how it can transform the Canvas experience. Now you can access the video sequence and share it with anyone who may have missed it!

😊 Here is some of the positive feedback we heard throughout the week:

“I cannot thank all of you enough for planning such informative summer workshops!”

“I’m super impressed with what’s possible here!”

“I am going to upgrade to Canvas Rockstar sponsored by Cidi Labs!”

“This is such a HUGE upgrade from the legacy version!!! I’m so excited.”

Best Practices for Transitioning to the new DesignPLUS Sidebar

Is your institution starting to plan or currently working on your transition to the new DesignPLUS Sidebar? In April, we hosted a panel of Cidi Labs customers who shared their experiences, tips, tricks, and lessons learned in navigating the transition to the new DesignPLUS Sidebar, and we synthesized all of this wisdom into a whitepaper for all to enjoy.

In Case You Missed Our Most Recent Webinar:
Unlocking Course-Ray Vision – Designing Like a Superhero

Have you ever looked at a Canvas course and wondered why a specific design choice was made? Course design superheroes, Sam Meyer from Lake Highland Preparatory and Brad Moser from Cidi Labs, star in this webinar to help you improve your course designs and make it easy for you to do so (without spending hours researching or coding). Don’t miss Sam and Brad sharing their superpower, Course-Ray Vision, to reveal the research behind each decision. Access the recording here.


InstructureCon: Special Invitation for all Cidi Labs Customers

The League Of Course Design Superheroes Secret Lair at InstructureCon Vegas

If you’re attending InstructureCon next month, we hope you’ll visit us in the Secret Lair to see some of the very exciting things we’ve been working on and to claim the special gifts we have to thank you for being a Cidi Labs customer! In order to reserve your gifts and gain access to the secret location, you must RSVP.

To learn more about other opportunities to connect with the Cidi Labs team in Las Vegas, please visit this page on our website.

Have a question about DesignPLUS?

Our next DesignPLUS Office Hours session is Thursday, June 20th at 11am MT.

RSVP for this 30-minute live “office hours” style session, and drop in to get your questions answered!

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Upcoming In-Person Events

Here are the events we’ll attend in the next few months; we hope to see you there!

June 2024
ISTE: 23-26 in Denver, CO
OTC: 26-28 in Long Beach, CA

July 2024
InstructureCon: 8-11 in Las Vegas, NV
DT&L and SOLA+R: 22-24 in Minneapolis, MN

August 2024
GOCSD Innovation Summit in Branson, MO
CanvasCon: 27th in Melbourne, Australia

Product Updates

Recent Releases

To stay on top of recent updates to each of our products, be sure to visit the Release Notes (linked below). You can also stay informed of new releases by joining our customer Slack Community.

Reminder: DesignPLUS Library Contributions Welcome!

Since opening the doors in early April to the DesignPLUS Library, members of the Cidi Labs Community have contributed some amazing assets! This is a PSA to remind you that we’d like to keep those contributions coming so that the Library becomes an even more valuable resource! Please take a moment to consider whether you have something to share with the community. To learn more, here are some helpful links:

ObservEd Update

In April, we announced our newest tool: ObservEd, which provides a safe and easy way to monitor students’ academic performance within Canvas. We now have over 15 institutions testing the beta version of ObservEd and the feedback has been very positive!

Want to learn more? View the webinar we held in May which includes ObservEd’s origin story and an in-depth demo, or watch this 10-minute demo. As always, you can also reach out to us to set up a 1-on-1 meeting to discuss pricing and how ObservEd might help your institution.

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Stay Connected

Wishing you as much positivity as our Summer School participants exhibited,

The Cidi Labs Team