Session Descriptions and Presenters

LMS Preconference Presentations

This is a listing of the scheduled presentations in alphabetical order by title. The presenters and their professional affiliations are also listed.

10 Suggestions for improving your Moodle in 2017:  Q & A panel with a “Particularly Helpful Moodler”

Track: Moodle

Since its inception Moodle has been a flexible, open source LMS but has a reputation for being behind in appearance and features. This session will provide 10 suggested improvements to bring your Moodle for 2017. After the 10 improvements there will be time to ask questions about your own instance of Moodle from a Moodle master and “Particularly Helpful Moodler”.

Presenter: Christopher Murad, Pearson Education [and “Particularly Helpful Moodler” (badge from Moodle Community forum)]

Assessment, Outcomes and Rubrics: Oh My!

Track: Canvas

Emporia State University English Composition program recently began using Canvas outcomes and rubrics for program assessment. This session is to learn about our process and see how the outcomes tool has given faculty and opportunity to modify instructional methodology during the course to improve retention strategies.

Presenters: Anna J. Catterson and Katherine O’Meara, Emporia State University

Brightspace LMS

Track: D2L

We will demonstrate how to use some basic yet cool features of the Brightspace LMS in this session. Learn how to track user progress in your courses while customizing the user interface with Widgets, Replacement Strings and Release Conditions. Any level of experience with D2L Brightspace is welcome. Join the conversation and learn from each other.

Presenter: Ed Lovitt, Johnson County Community College

Canvas Meets Zoom Recording

Track: Canvas

Working together with the University of New Hampshire, support staff from ESU Learning Technologies launched an automatic Zoom recording upload process to Canvas. Formerly, the only way to upload recordings was by creating an MP4 and uploading manually through either Canvas or Kaltura. This process was both time consuming and cumbersome. Now, we’ve developed an integration that will automatically upload the recordings to Canvas using a Kaltura bridge.

Presenter: Rob Gibson, Emporia State University

Connect & Engage with Collaborate Ultra

Track: Blackboard

This session will cover the basics of using Collaborate Ultra on both computers and mobile devices.

Presenter: April Robbs, Ottawa University

Google Inspired Personal Learning Environments instead of Blackboard

Track: Other

This session will describe the how and why the Google Inspired Personal Learning Environments (GooPLEs) came to be the go-to replacement for Blackboard with several of the graduate programs in the Department of Advanced Educational Programs at Fort Hays State University. Since the spring of 2009, over 14,000 students, both undergrad and graduate, have successfully completed a course via a GooPLE. In fact, the GooPle was awarded the 2015 Distance Education Innovation Award by the National University Technology Network. GoogPLE is free to use, and can easily be replicated for multiple courses in a very short amount of time. A live demonstration will be given as well as access to the current template now being used for dozens of courses at FHSU.

Presenters: Robert Allen Moody and Elodie Jones, Fort Hays State University

It’s Almost Magic. Embedding LibGuides in Canvas Courses using Springshare’s Automagic LTI Tool

Track: Canvas

An academic library may have hundreds of database subscriptions. Librarians create dozens of research guides to point the way to the best resources for subjects and classes. But manually creating links between appropriate library resources and the hundreds of college courses offered every semester is prohibitively labor intensive. The answer is to automate that linking process. Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) allows applications to interact with learning management systems (LMS) in defined ways. Springshare’s LibApps Automagic LTI Tool makes getting the right library resources for each course into the hands of students easier. Discussion will center on how Kansas State University implemented the Automagic Tool for the Spring 2017 semester. Details like getting the metadata established for connecting the right database subjects and the right research guides with the right courses will be offered. Examples of the effect on guide usage will be shared.

Presenter: Alice E. Anderson, Kansas State University

KUMC Moves from self hosted to Blackboard SaaS

Track: Blackboard

This presentation will describe the process and struggles of migrating from self-hosted Blackboard to Blackboard SaaS. Included in the presentation will be timeline and lessons learned.

Presenters: Clay Threlkeld and Ben Hooper, University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC)

Leveraging “Flat Files” from the Canvas LMS Data Portal (at K-State)

Track: Canvas

In 2016, Instructure, the makers of Canvas, made their LMS data available to their customers through a data portal. This portal enables access to a number of flat files related to the instance. This presentation showcases how this big data was analyzed to summarize Kansas State University’s use of the LMS. Methods for analysis include basic descriptive statistics, survival analysis, computational linguistic analysis, and others. The results are reported with numbers and data visualizations. The findings provide insights about how to approach the data, how to use a data dictionary, and other methods for extracting the data for awareness and practical decision-making. This work also is suggestive of next steps for more advanced analysis (using the flat files in a SQL database). More information can be accessed via

Presenter: Shalin Hai-Jew, Kansas State University

Leveraging Reusable HTML Objects to Manage Course Content

Track: Blackboard

Need a way to make changes to course content in one place and have that change populate across multiple courses? The Create HTML Object function in the Content System offers an easy way to create and manage course content at scale. When a course uses Reusable HTML Objects for course content, every copied section of a given course points to the same, single instance of any given piece of content. This increases operational efficiency of instructional design/ technology departments and promotes the use of instructional design best practices and technology adoption in all courses. I will demonstrate how to create, implement, and edit HTML objects, illustrate some use cases, and point out a few “gotchas” and how to work around them. Bring a laptop so you can follow along and try this in a sandbox course shell on your own Blackboard system.

Presenter: April Robbs, Ottawa University

Making the Most of the File Upload Feature in an LMS

Track: Canvas

In Canvas and Qualtrics, a recent assignment feature enables learners (or survey participants) to upload digital files. While these have varying limits of file sizes, of file types, of file handling, identification or anonymization of file uploaders, and the level of sharing of uploaded files, it is useful to think of assignment possibilities to maximize this feature. This presentation provides preliminary instructional design for how to build effective assignments using the file upload feature. This session involves considerations like intellectual property, privacy rights, and proper handling of digital contents by learners and instructors. There are also considerations for data security and protections. Finally, there are discussions about memory limits for file uploads (within an online course), as well as digital preservation (whether the uploaded files are temporary and transient or semi-permanent or permanent, for learning purposes).

Presenter: Shalin Hai-Jew, Kansas State University


Recharging Graduate Research Workshops using Canvas

Track:  Canvas

Due to low participation in face-to-face graduate workshops, the University Libraries & Archives at Emporia State University decided to meet the students were they are–online. This presentation will discuss the use of embedding a graduate research workshop using Canvas, allowing students more flexibility to work with the content at their own pace. This presentation will briefly discuss the use of Gagne’s Nine Events of Instruction, the ACRL Framework, and Quality Matters.

Presenter:  Bethanie O’Dell, Emporia State University


Using Collaborative and Cooperative Learning Strategies in Canvas

Track: Canvas

This session will provide participants with ideas on incorporating collaborative and cooperative learning strategies within Canvas. Activity examples provided will include the use of AVID WICOR strategies.

Presenter: Brandy Diltz, Butler Community College

Using the “Lesson” Activity Module in Moodle as a Primary Building Block for Online Courses

Track: Moodle

Before building out about 50 online courses at MidAmerica University, we surveyed the way existing courses (mostly on-ground, some online) had been constructed across the University’s Moodle platform. We discovered that Moodle was being used mainly as a file-delivery platform, with very little student engagement. Nearly all courses were constructed in a way where the “dreaded scroll of death” was manifested.

For the development of the new online courses, we standardized on the Moodle Lesson activity module as a primary building block to accomplish the following:

  • Provide meaningful organization to the learning materials, including guided learning pathways
  • Encapsulate related learning materials into integrative learning modules
  • Provide formative inline quizzing and learning checkpoints within the learning modules
  • Eliminate the “scroll of death”

This presentation covers the basics of why the Lesson activity module is a powerful learning tool and how it works, using examples from our recently-completed course development project. We’ll also touch on a little of the as-yet-untapped further potential of the toolset.

Presenter: Marty Crossland, MidAmerica Nazarene University

Using the Qualtrics Research Suite as a Training LMS

Track: Other

While learning management systems (LMSes) are a specific technology class, plenty of other technologies have been harnessed and retrofitted for learning purposes. Alternate LMSes include social media platforms like Twitter and survey systems. This presentation summarizes the uses of an online research (survey) suite, Qualtrics, for large-scale compliance-based trainings at Kansas State University. Affordances of Qualtrics as a training LMS include the following:

  • a multimedia approach (including mobile)
  • a file upload approach
  • logic functions
  • branching logic for versioning a training (based on profiles or behaviors)
  • a scoring feature for grading performance
  • logic tools to set standards for pass/fail
  • built-in data analytics tools
  • a dashboard for versioning different reports for different data clients
  • an API for recording training completions and performances in information systems
  • and easy data export for external analytics.

This presentation will include a demonstration of several training tracks.

Presenter: Shalin Hai-Jew, Kansas State University


Cancellation Announcement:  Rachel Sale and Corey Hykes’ “Using a Common Home Page Theme to Enhance Student Success” has been cancelled.  We are sorry for any inconvenience.