Session Descriptions

This is an alphabetical listing of the planned sessions for the second annual 2018 LMS Preconference!


Accessible Web Design and Instructional Visual Design

This workshop will give an overview of the key accessibility areas to address prior to course design. The presentation will link topics of visual design and CSS, images, multimedia, page structure, site navigation and orientation. The content will cover color contrast, multimedia designs and interactive widgets. Examples of web and blackboard lesson accessibility will be provided. Attendees can use accessibility violations and different accessibility checkers for designing for specific needs and goals. Several accessibility checker resources, WAI, WAVE, Checkmylinks and AMP will be shared.

Presenter: YuPing Hsu


Analysis of the Back-end Data from the Mediasite Platform (at Kansas State University in 2017)

The Mediasite video platform enables the capture of screen- and web-cam based videos as well as their hosting. This presentation highlights some of what is gleaned from the back-end event-log data from a 2017 dataset from Kansas State University’s instance of Mediasite.

Presenter: Shalin Hai-Jew


Blackboard Ally: You’ve Got a Friend in Me

From an idea to a practical application, what does it take to implement a new accessibility technology for already overworked and stress faculty? This joint presentation will explore the stages and phases both Kansas City Kansas Community College and WSU Tech experienced in getting Blackboard’s Ally accessibility product off the ground. Ally is an LMS agnostic tool that provides valuable supports, information, and data for LMS users, regardless of ability.

Co-Presenters: Susan Stuart and Casey Eubank


Blackboard Ultra Roadmap

2018 is the year for Ultra! We invite you to join our product management leaders to hear about the short and long term plans for Blackboard Learn. You will have the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of what’s new and what’s coming directly from the Learn product team. Don’t miss out on this very exciting update!

Co-Presenters: Chris Burton Tim Henningsen


Building Practical Accessibility into an Online Course

Besides learning effectiveness, one of the main roles of an instructional designer is to ensure that the learning objects / contents and sequences are legal. A subset of legality involves accessibility. Some aspects of accessibility include the following:

* Ensuring keyboard shortcuts (to enable computer access by various input devices)
* Using universal product formats for course files
* Employing data and metadata to enable human-accessibility and machine-accessibility to digital contents (also for future-proofing)
* Using properly informationally-named digital documents and structured text documents
* Writing in clear and simple English
* Labeling imagery with proper alt texting
* Transcribing and labeling audio and video with enhanced transcription and closed captioning (at 99% accuracy)
* Building PowerPoint slideshows that are accessible (no custom text boxes)
* Using proper color contrast for viewability (and never using color alone to convey information)
* Summarizing and labeling (HTML) data tables for clarity
* Enabling the highest level of user controls in automations and sequenced actions
* Planning live, online events to be accessible (live captioning, preparation)
* Using multimodal presentation methods
* Avoiding strobe elements (to avoid triggering seizures or other effects in viewers), and others.

What are some of the basic ways to strive for accessibility? What are some free and public tools that enable accessibility advances in an online learning course and sequence?

Presenter: Shalin Hai-Jew


CanvAnalytics: Leveraging Data Analytics in Canvas Using Google

Leveraging Google Analytics in your Canvas instance yields a wealth of data that can be utilized by the institution for data-driven decision making. This relatively easy installation provides metrics such as user demographics; types of devices used to access Canvas; countries of origin using Canvas; the number of active users; number of users per month; most accessed courses; ISPs; operating systems used; and a variety of other behavioral and technological information. Unfortunately, native Canvas analytics do not provide this type of data that informs a variety of decision making that affects everything from helpdesk support to network services. Google Analytics is really a must-install no matter what LMS your campus uses. This session will demonstrate Google Analytics (CanvAnalytics) at Emporia State University and provide the users a peek at the incredible dashboard of data provided by this analytic engine.

Presenter: Rob Gibson


Co-Creating a Diagram in Microsoft Visio to Explore Underlying Image Rules

This interactive session will involve the audience co-brainstorming a representational diagram or model about a common phenomenon. As this is drawn on-the-fly, the group will consider various features of a diagram in order to surface how these are created and visually interpreted. Some basic elements to be considered: shapes, shape sizing and comparatives, line thicknesses, labels, arrows, relations in space, foreground / background, color, 2D and 3D, and other factors. Along the way, some of Microsoft Visio’s common features (templates, shapes, grouping, send-to-back / bring forward) will be discussed, and some aspects of human visual perception will be explored. If time allows, the group will alt-text their diagram with a textual version of the images information.

Presenter: Shalin Hai-Jew


Expanding the Library Experience through Canvas

Libraries are always looking at better means to develop information literacy skills in students. Butler Libraries uses Canvas as a tool to develop those skills for faculty and students. We will explore the many different ways the library uses Canvas such as research modules that faculty embed in classes, faculty book clubs, and student training modules. Canvas allows us to reach many different spheres of our academic institution. This session’s ideas can be transferred and applied into any LMS.

Presenter: Judy Bastin


Gamification in Blackboard

Gamification is a hot topic right now in education. Come to this session to learn why it is important, how it enhances learning and examples of its applications in the LMS environment.

Presenter:  Casey Eubank


How to Better Serve Learners: Running a Basic Conjoint Analysis in Qualtrics Research Suite

A conjoint analysis refers to a common survey technique used in marketing and the social sciences (particularly political science) that offers respondents a closed selection of features from products and services, but also political contexts, elections, and other choice situations. The Qualtrics Research Suite offers a step-wise self-explicated model that walks respondents through the deconstructed available features of the target product/service/context, and the related attributes and / or levels. This presentation introduces the conjoint analysis feature, how to set up the feature, and the available analytics. (This will show only one of the available conjoint analyses on Qualtrics; several others are available with an extension to a base Qualtrics license. Also, others may use Qualtrics for information-gathering for their own more complex conjoint analyses choice-based/discrete choice, adaptive choice-based, menu-based, and MaxDiff if they are comfortable running their own fractional factorial analyses in a tool like IBM’s SPSS.)

Presenter: Shalin Hai-Jew


Infusing Online Courses in Canvas with AVID strategies

How do you incorporate active learning strategies in Canvas? Come and take a look at examples of AVID strategies used in online learning.

Presenter: Brandy Diltz


Integrating Microsoft OneNote into Blackboard

Microsoft OneNote, part of the Office 365 suite of products, is not just a great productivity tool for business; it is also a flexible and efficient one to use with your learning management system. Through the 2017-2018 term, KCKCC began an Office 365 roll out and implementing OneNote as a valuable learning tool for students. While OneNote Class Notebook add in works with several LMS products, this presentation will illustrate on its use in Blackboard.

Co-Presenters: Susan Stuart and Pat Kelly


LMS Deployment On a Shoestring: How a Small Private College with No Application Developers Partnered with PDG Creative to Roll Out a Robust SIS Integration

Can a small private college with no in-house application developers or SQL writers and a small IT staff deploy a robust LMS with a SIS integration, and do so affordably? That was the question facing Tabor College three years ago. The solution came in the form of a 3rd party vendor (PDG Creative out of Bartlesville, OK) which the Wichita campus VP/Dean was already familiar with from his prior VPAA role there. In this presentation, participants will hear from Tabor’s LMT Director as well as PDG Creative’s lead analyst and project manager regarding how they partnered together to assess the viability, determine costs and timeframes, manage the project workflow, coordinate testing and refine, and roll out a completed integration in a short time and at a reasonable cost.

Co-Presenters: David J Swisher and Johnathan Warlick


Making Electronic Textbooks from Publishers Immediately Available to Students in Moodle Courses

How many times do students ask, “Do I really need to buy the book(s)”? What if you could provide immediate access at a deep cost discount for the resources the student needs to succeed, right inside the course? Well, now we can! This session will provide an in-progress status report on MNU’s pilot program to install and enable VitalSource within Moodle for this purpose. We will cover the configuration of the plug-in into Moodle, including what the faculty and students will see.

Presenter: Marty Crossland


Maximizing the TurnItIn-Canvas Integration: From Both a Faculty and Admin Perspective

TurnitIn is often viewed as only a plagiarism checker, and as a result, faculty often avail themselves of a small subset of the capabilities. The presentation will consider Turnitin’s detection, and thus ostensibly the prevention, of plagiarism by means of the Similarity Report generated for student submissions through Turnitin. The presentation will also examine Turnitin’s Feedback Studio, which gives instructors a powerful tool to provide specific feedback to students through the use of rubrics and in-text comments.

Co-Presenters: David J Swisher and Christopher Dick


Panopto’s Integration with Blackboard and How We Use it

This presentation will cover how our Panopto Lecture capture system is integrated with Blackboard and how it is being utilized not only for instructor created videos but also student submission videos.

Presenter: Clay Threlkeld

Train Me! Credential Me! NOW!

What if you could create engaging, meaningful orientation and training courses that are completely self-service for the learners, including enrollment and completion credentialing? Come view this presentation about how we used resources in Moodle to create orientation courses for new students and new faculty members that are completely self-service. You will hear how to design such a course, to facilitate learning with interactions and feedback, to get students to self-enroll and to generate and deliver a completion certificate automatically.

Presenter: Marty Crossland


Using JS Hacks to Add Custom Code to Blackboard

JavaScript Hacks for Blackboard (aka. JS Hacks) is a Building Block that allows for the injection of arbitrary HTML and JavaScript into many pages in Blackboard, providing a platform to modify Blackboard in ways not easily possible before. Kansas City Kansas Community College uses JS Hack scripts to apply customizations and workarounds to Blackboard. This presentation will discuss the basics of using JS Hacks and demonstrate specific JS Hacks created at KCKCC.

Presenter: Brian Almanza

Use Reusable HTML Objects in Your Course Today!

This hands-on session will help you get started using Blackboard’s Reusable HTML Objects today. You will have the opportunity to work in a sandbox course or your own system to create HTML objects for course content. Learn how to use HTML objects for syllabi, learning resources, standardized guides/info, and assignment descriptions. We will also discuss places HTML objects do not display well.

Presenter: April Robbs

UDOIT for Canvas Accessibility

UDOIT is used for many Canvas schools as a tool for checking for Accessibility issues and also providing suggestions on how to FIXIT. In addition to the UDOIT tool we will discuss other ADA tools and approaches to addressing the ongoing needs in online teaching and learning.

Co-Presenters: Ed Lovitt other JCCC Ed Tech Center Staff


The event will include an Augmented Reality showcase!

LMS Panel Discussion

Rob Gibson will host an all-star panel about LMS issues featuring Rebecca Gould, Kendra Barker, Brandy Diltz, Marty Crossland, David Swisher, Chris Burton, Trish Schmidt, and Kelsie Nunally.