Thank you for attending this year’s Kentucky Convergence Conference! Next year’s conference will be November 7-8, 2024, so save the date and be on the look out for more information in the spring.

November 9-10, 2023
University of Louisville Event and Conference Center at ShelbyHurst Campus
450 North Whittington Parkway, Louisville, KY 40222

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.

Hotel Information

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

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Thursday, November 9 • 10:30am - 11:15am
Lightning Talks (See description for topics)

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"Compliance on a Budget: Leveraging Power BI & SharePoint for Regular and Substantive Interaction (RSI) Compliance" - Jennifer Hurwitz and Lauren Bae

On July 1, 2021, the final rules on Distance Education and Innovation went into effect. At that time, the U.S. Department of Education updated the definition of distance education, which is used in determining financial aid eligibility for higher education institutions. "Regular and substantive interaction" was added to the definition, clarifying the difference between "distance education" and "correspondence education". Regular and substantive interaction (RSI) is critical for effective teaching; research shows that teacher-student interactions are essential to learning. Moreover, non-compliance with RSI could have significant financial consequences. Institutions failing to comply with RSI requirements could potentially lose eligibility for Title IV funds and could be required to return financial aid disbursed for courses found in violation. Therefore, an increased focus on the instructor's role in online course delivery and the importance of RSI between the instructor and students is critical for institutions to adopt. However, many universities are decentralized, which makes tracking RSI compliance difficult. Consequently, team members at the University of Louisville's Office of Online Learning designed a process using existing office tools and applications to boost online faculty compliance with the required annual RSI attestation. By implementing SharePoint, Power Automate, and Power BI, this business process solution saves cost but more importantly reduces administrative burden through automated communication while consistently tracking and reporting faculty attestations to each college and department. The purpose of this lightning talk is to provide an overview of the process, to impart lessons learned, and to share helpful resources.

"Avoid or Assimilate: Detecting AI Content in the Classroom" - Matthew Kirby

This lightning talk will offer an overview of how to detect AI-generated content in student work and the problems with relying on AI-detectors. The talk concludes with some tips and strategies on how to avoid AI-generated responses in the classroom.

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Jennifer Hurwitz

Distance Education Compliance Manager, University of Louisville
I manage campus-wide compliance efforts to meet regulatory and accreditation requirements for distance education activities. In this role, I spend the majority of my time researching and implementing best practices related to regulatory and accreditation compliance in collaboration... Read More →
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Lauren Bae

Online Program Manager, University of Louisville
Lauren serves as the Online Learning Program Manager at the University of Louisville. In addition to shepherding potential online programs through the review and approval process and coordinating with data, marketing, and enrollment services teams to prepare programs for launch, she... Read More →
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Matthew Kirby

Assistant Professor, Kentucky Community and Technical College
Matthew Kirby is an Assistant Professor in the Arts and Humanities division at SKYCTC in Bowling Green, KY. He teaches art and art history courses while composing paintings in his home studio.

Thursday November 9, 2023 10:30am - 11:15am EST
Room 15