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.

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Thursday, November 9

11:30am EST

Digital Accessibility in Higher Education

Cristina Tofan

Eastern Kentucky University
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Laura Edwards

Associate Director, Discovery and Metadata, Eastern Kentucky University Libraries
Laura Edwards is Associate Director of Discovery and Metadata at Eastern Kentucky University Libraries, where she leads efforts to optimize metadata and discovery in the Libraries’ web presence including library management systems, link resolvers, the EKU Encompass digital repository... Read More →

Thursday November 9, 2023 11:30am - 12:15pm EST
Room 14

1:45pm EST

Open Education: A Q&A Roundtable Discussion
Open Education (OE) is a rapidly growing educational ecosystem that touches on all the themes explored at KY Convergence (Pedagogy, Technology, Processes and Policies, and Design) and has the potential to expand access to learning, disrupt inequitable structures in higher education, and increase engagement in the classroom. OE includes a spectrum of activities from teaching with open educational resources (OER), to using open pedagogy, to adapting and authoring OER, to co-creating OER with students, to open SOTL. This roundtable discussion will explore the opportunities and challenges of OE.  After the moderators share a brief introduction to OE, a diverse group of Kentucky open education practitioners will discuss these issues with each other and with the audience.

Colleen Deel, Open Educational Resources Librarian, NKU
Leah Halliday, Coordinator-Affordable Learning, KYVL
Courtney Jordan, Library Director, BCTC
Stephen Krueger, Affordable Course Content Librarian, UK
Kathleen Richardson, Technical Services Librarian, BCTC
Micah Logan, Associate Director, Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, WKU
Dorothea Browder, Associate Professor, Department of History, WKU

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Kelly Smith

Director of Collections & Discovery, Eastern Kentucky University
Kelly Smith is the Director of Collections and Discovery at Eastern Kentucky University Libraries. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1994, and a Masters of Science in Library and Information Science degree from Simmons... Read More →

Todd Seguin

West Kentucky University

Thursday November 9, 2023 1:45pm - 2:30pm EST
Room 14

2:45pm EST

Swinging with Syntax: ChatGPT's Guide to Acing SOL and LO
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Dr. Bridget Prichard

Senior Instructional Designer, Morehead State University

Thursday November 9, 2023 2:45pm - 3:30pm EST
Room 14

3:45pm EST

Friday, November 10

9:15am EST

Exploring the Potential and Practical Applications of Generative AI Tools for Instructional Designers
"As instructional designers seek to improve the online learning experience, they are turning to emerging technologies like ChatGPT for assistance. ChatGPT and similar tools use artificial intelligence to generate human-like responses to written prompts. This session will explore the potential and practical applications of using these tools in instructional design.

Participants will engage in a lively discussion about the ways in which generative AI can be used to personalize learning experiences, support collaborative learning, and enhance assessment and evaluation of learner progress and performance. Ethical considerations related to the use of of these tools will also be addressed as well as potential limitations.

This session is intended for instructional designers and educators who are interested in exploring the ways in which generative AI can be used to revolutionize online learning. Participants will share ideas, ask questions, and learn from one another about the exciting possibilities and practical considerations of using generative AI in instructional design. By the end of the session, participants will have a deeper understanding of how generative AI can be used to enhance the online learning experience and will be equipped with practical strategies for incorporating this technology into their own instructional design practice."


Robin Zahrndt

University of Louisville
Robin Zahrndt is an Instructional Designer and Program Manager for the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Louisville. She has an M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning and a B.S in Animal Health. Prior to her position at the University of Louisville, Robin was the... Read More →

Friday November 10, 2023 9:15am - 10:00am EST
Room 14

10:15am EST

The Future is Now: A Basic Introduction to Generative AI
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Jeremy Miller

Associate CIO, KCTCS
Jeremy is a higher education technology leader working with a team focused on delivering innovative, secure and scalable solutions. Recognized as a Microsoft MVP, he is passionate about the Community, is the founder of the Central Kentucky Microsoft User Group, and a speaker at various... Read More →
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Garrett Dutton

Enterprise Architect, Kentucky Community and Technical College

Friday November 10, 2023 10:15am - 11:00am EST
Room 14

11:15am EST

Embracing Change: Navigating the Transition from Original Course View to Ultra Course View in Blackboard
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Linda Leake

University of Louisville
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Aimee Greene

Assistant Director, University of Louisville

Friday November 10, 2023 11:15am - 12:00pm EST
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