May 2024 Newsletter

Hello Cidi Labs Customer Community! In addition to our usual long list of exciting new resources, product updates, and events, this month’s newsletter includes a special invitation that you won’t want to miss. We can’t wait to see many of you in July!

New Resources

Have You Seen DesignPLUS Lately?

Whether you are new to DesignPLUS or have been using it for years, we think you’ll love the amazing new capabilities that have been added recently. This 2-minute video will show you how the new features can help you do things in your Canvas courses that you never thought were possible!

Want to dive deeper into these new features? Check out the tutorial videos below:

NEW Training Opportunity! DesignPLUS Summer School

This series of one-hour training sessions, hosted over five consecutive days in June, will introduce educators to DesignPLUS and how it can transform the Canvas experience! Participants can register for as many of the sessions as they’d like.

New DesignPLUS Library Assets 😍

Since opening the doors in early April to the DesignPLUS Library, members of the Cidi Labs Community have contributed some awesome new assets! Check out the featured items below, be sure to visit the Library often to see what’s been added, and keep those contributions coming!

New Themes:
Center-Square theme***
Cool Breeze theme

***Congrats to Michelle Newhart, PhD from Mt. San Antonio College, whose Theme was the
MOST imported resource in April! 🙌

Recent Webinars

In case you missed our recent webinars, the recordings are now available!

Quality Matters & Cidi Labs Present: 
Designers and the Cloak of Invisibility

A must-see for any institution working to align courses to a quality course design rubric, such as QM or OEI,
University of Texas Arlington demonstrates how they used the Action Items feature in DesignPLUS to guide faculty to
follow quality standards as they design their courses.

Cidi Spotlight: Homepage First Impressions

Kenneth Larsen, Chief Instructional Designer at Cidi Labs, demonstrates the research-backed features in DesignPLUS
that help you design Canvas course home pages that make students feel welcome, stay focused and engaged, and know
where to go for help.

Upcoming Events

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EDUCAUSE Demo Day:  Digital Accessibility Tools

Join us on May 21st to see UDOIT Advantage for EDUCAUSE’s demo day.

DesignPLUS Office Hours: May 22nd

  • Have a question about DesignPLUS?
  • Need guidance on a DesignPLUS project you’re working on?
  • Want to discuss your institution’s transition to the new Sidebar?
If you’d like to attend, please RSVP!

We’re thrilled to invite you to visit the Superhero Secret Lair at InstructureCon anytime between 3pm-7pm Monday or 8am-12pm Tuesday. The Cidi Labs team will be there to welcome you with tasty treats, cool beverages, and special gifts to thank you for being a Cidi Labs customer. Stop by to learn more about new features, share some feedback with us, ask all your questions, and maybe even snag a selfie with Kenneth 😊 To reserve your gifts and take part in the fun, please RSVP!  

Upcoming In-Person Events

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

May 2024

Lincoln Legacy Teaching and Learning Community (LLTLC):  20-21 in Champaign, IL
AISNSW ICT Management and Leadership Conference – Future Ready:  29-31 ~ Gold Coast Australia

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

July 2024
InstructureCon in Vegas!
Stay tuned for more details and a special invite coming next month!

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?

Stay Connected

May the rest of your month contain as many delights as this email,

~ The Cidi Labs Team