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November 9-10, 2023
University of Louisville Event and Conference Center at ShelbyHurst Campus
450 North Whittington Parkway, Louisville, KY40222


Convergence is the single event that brings together professionals in information technology, academic libraries, online learning, and instructional design from all the public and private colleges and universities in Kentucky and the surrounding states. Sponsored by Kentucky post-secondary institutions and private sector partners, Kentucky Convergence is a conference that emphasizes innovations and best practices in the fastest-growing areas of higher education.

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Early Bird (July 31) - $125
Regular (Oct 6) - $175
Late (Oct 7 or later) - $200

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Hotel Information

Coming from out of town? You can find area hotel information at https://louisville.edu/conferenceservices/where.

Keynote

"Moving Forward with Online Education in the Era of ChatGPT" - Dr. Kelvin Thompson

Digital tools and techniques abound within higher education. In fact, the flow of new resources seems for many to be accelerating beyond comprehension as demonstrated by the reactions of educators to the rise of generative AI tools such as ChatGPT. This keynote session will frame online/digital education both as a fast-changing interdisciplinary field requiring adaptability and as a lever to enact strategic change within our institutions. Tactics and resources for “moving forward” accordingly will be shared, and dialogue will be invited.

Speaker Bio:

A popular speaker and facilitator, Dr. Kelvin Thompson regularly addresses groups throughout the US on topics related to online/blended learning and educational technology while he serves as the Vice Provost for Online Strategy and Teaching Innovation at the University of Louisville (UofL) with a faculty appointment in UofL’s College of Education & Human Development. Dr. Thompson has collaborated on the design of hundreds of online and blended courses over the past 25 years and is active in the online education community. Kelvin developed the BlendKit Course open courseware (http://bit.ly/blendkit) as part of the Blended Learning Toolkit, and he also co-hosts TOPcast: The Teaching Online Podcast available on Apple Podcasts and at http://topcast.online.ucf.edu. Thompson is engaged with the higher education professional development community, has held leadership roles within the work of EDUCAUSE, the Online Learning Consortium, and WCET, and he is a co-editor of the forthcoming SAGE Handbook of Online Higher Education. His personal research interests center around how interaction affects learner engagement, and information on his Online Course Criticism qualitative evaluation model for facilitating the scholarship of teaching and learning in online and blended environments is available online. Thompson is a graduate of the “Breakthrough Models Academy” (2014), and in 2020 he was selected as a Fellow of the Online Learning Consortium. Kelvin Thompson holds an EdD in curriculum and instruction and an MA in instructional systems technology from the University of Central Florida and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Florida State University.
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Dionne Hicks

Somerset Community College
Instructional Designer
Somerset, KY
I am an instructional designer at Somerset Community College. My professional interests include educational neuroscience, universal design for learning, and AI-enhanced learning. 
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