Friday, October 25, 2019 • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Pacific Time

Call for Proposals is OPEN

Can•Innovate, a free online conference is the California Community College system’s premier Canvas event. In support of our 114 community colleges that use Canvas, Can•Innovate showcases creative practices in teaching and course design. Communities that share together, innovate together.

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Who needs slides when we have Canvas?

The Call for Proposals is now open and there’s no need to create a slide deck! Proposals will describe a course design or teaching practice in Canvas that aligns with the CVC-OEI Onlinie Course Design Rubric or/and the @ONE Principles for Quality Online Teaching and demonstrates the use of a Canvas feature. If your proposal is selected, you will walk us through your practice using the “share screen” feature in ConferZoom, (CCC TechConnect), and answer questions from attendees.

Teaching is an iterative practice that must involve trying new things. And educators are most likely to try something new when they see their peers doing it. So, here’s your opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to innovation in teaching and learning by sharing with your peers.

Session Formats

Our program will be comprised of Lightning Rounds and Share Showcases. When you submit your proposal, you will be asked to choose one of the following session types:

  • 20-minute Lightning Round (15-minute screen share/demo plus 5 minutes of Q&A).
  • 45-minute Share Showcases (30-minute screen share/demo followed by 15 minutes of Q&A)

Tips for a great proposal

  1. Take a moment to reflect on what you are doing in Canvas.  If you teach, what do your students love about your class? If you support faculty, what practices or tips do faculty get excited about?
  2. When you identify something you’d like to share, review the CVC-OEI Online Course Design Rubric, the @ONE Principles for Quality Online Teaching, and the Peralta Equity Rubric. These are research-based resources used in the CCC system to guide quality online teaching and learning. Which section of the rubric or principle does your practice demonstrate most?
  3. Identify your preferred session format (see above).
  4. Write an extended description (900 characters or less, including spaces) of what you’d like to share. This is an opportunity to share more details about your topic.
  5. Write a concise description (375 characters or less, including spaces) of what you will share. If your proposal is accepted, the concise description will visible on the event website.
    • Here’s an example of a well-written concise description:  You will see an example of a collaborative learning project from an online Political Science course that is designed using Canvas groups. You will be guided through the scaffolded design of the project, see the deliverables that students are expected to provide and view the rubrics associated with each deliverable.
  6. Identify two outcomes or takeaway for your session. What two things will attendees learn from your session?

Proposal Criteria

The following criteria will be used to evaluate all proposals. Use the questions below to reflect on your proposal and make improvements before you submit.


  • Do the title and description clearly describe the session?
  • Are the session outcomes clear?


  • Does the proposal showcase an effective practice that uses Canvas? (course design, teaching, student or faculty support, etc.)
  • Will this session positively contribute to the professional development of California Community Colleges faculty and staff?


  • What’s the cool factor? Will this inspire your peers?
  • Is the topic timely and/or engaging?

Quality Indicators

How does the topic link with one or more elements of the:
  • CVC-OEI Online Course Design Rubric,
  • @ONE Principles for Quality Online Teaching,
  • and/or the Peralta Equity Rubric?

Proposal Checklist -- here's a list of what you will need to complete the proposal form.

  • Contact Info. You will provide the speaker's name and email address. If you have a co-presenter, you will be asked to provide that information after your proposal is accepted.
  • Extended Description. In 900 characters or less, including spaces, summarize the Canvas practice you'd like to share. Be as clear as possible and reflect on why you wish to share it. Identify specific Canvas features that will be included.
  • Concise Description. In 375 characters or less, including spaces, describe your session. This will be included on the event website.
  • Quality Indicators. Identify how your practice aligns with the CVC-OEI Online Course Design Rubric, @ONE Principles for Quality Online Teaching, and/or Peralta Equity Rubric.
  • Audience. Identify the type of Canvas user your practice would appeal to most (novice or experienced).
  • Two Outcomes. Write two clear takeaways participants will leave your session with.
  • Your availability for Friday, October 25th.

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