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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Room 211 [clear filter]
Thursday, November 9

10:30am EST

POST KEYNOTE DISCUSSION: Moving Forward with Online Education in the Era of ChatGPT
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Dr. Kelvin Thompson

Vice Provost for Online Strategy and Teaching Innovation at the University of Louisville, University of Louisville
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... Read More →

Thursday November 9, 2023 10:30am - 11:15am EST
Room 211

11:30am EST

Learning by Doing: How I Brought Robotic Process Automation (RPA) into the Classroom
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Alisha M Harper

Executive Director for Graduate Programs, Bellarmine University
Alisha Harper is an Associate Professor of Accounting at Bellarmine University. She received her B.A. from Shepherd University, her J.D. from the University of Louisville, and a LL.M. in Taxation from Georgetown University. Prior to joining the Bellarmine faculty, Alisha worked for... Read More →

Thursday November 9, 2023 11:30am - 12:15pm EST
Room 211

1:45pm EST

From TikTok to the Online Classroom: Using Short-Form Videos to Enhance College-Level Lectures and Assignments
"Social media platforms are widely popular, and leveraging them for active learning and interaction opportunities in online courses is not a new concept. However, generational groups engage with specific platforms differently. As of March 2023, TikTok has surpassed 150 million users in the United States alone and is particularly popular with Generation Z users. This session will answer the following questions:

Why is this video style so appealing and what is the theory behind its impact?

How can you create "TikTok Style" microlearning videos for your students?

What are the best practices for creating an assignment incorporating TikTok?

What are possible concerns and considerations when using or assigning TikTok videos?

What are alternative technology platforms you can leverage to create similar videos?

The session will conclude with a case study highlighting how TikTok was incorporated into an ENG 101 course.


Melissa Cline-Douthitt

University of Louisville
Melissa Cline-Douthitt is an Instructional Designer for the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Louisville and also teaches online and hybrid English Composition courses as an adjunct instructor at Jefferson Community and Technical College. She holds a Master... Read More →
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Danny McDonald

Instructional Design, University of Louisville
Danny McDonald, PhD is an Instructional Technology Consultant, Sr. for the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning. He earned his B.S. degree (1998) in mathematics, an M.Div. (2008) in theology/philosophy, and a PhD (2014) in philosophy. Danny has over 23 years of experience in education... Read More →
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Deb Hatfield

University of Louisville
Deb Hatfield, M. Ed., is an Instructional Designer at the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Louisville. Deb has a B.S in business (1992) from Spalding University and an M. Ed., (1999) in education from the University of Louisville (UofL). As a member of... Read More →

Thursday November 9, 2023 1:45pm - 2:30pm EST
Room 211

2:45pm EST

It's All in the Template: How Using Templates for Course Building Supports Quality Courses
This session will examine the benefits of using a good template.  It will examine the components of a good template and how those components relate to the Quality Matters standards.  Templates are useful for any course regardless of the mode of course delivery. This session will be helpful to instructional designers and faculty.

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Janice Poston

Curriculum Designer, Simmons College of Kentucky
Dr. Janice Poston has spent 31 years in higher education having served as an academic librarian, instructional developer, instructional technologist, adjunct faculty, and currently as Curriculum Designer at Simmons College of Kentucky. Janice holds a BS in Elementary Education, a... Read More →

Thursday November 9, 2023 2:45pm - 3:30pm EST
Room 211

3:45pm EST

The Future of Learning: Integrating AI into Higher Education
This session will offer a brief introduction to artificial intelligence, specifically large language models like ChatGPT. There will be an overview of how to detect AI-generated content in student work and the problems with relying on AI-detectors. The session ends with some tips and strategies on how to avoid AI-generated responses in the classroom and challenges that students and teachers will face with artificial intelligence in education.

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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 3:45pm - 4:30pm EST
Room 211
Friday, November 10

9:15am EST

Humanize Your Digital Spaces
One of the most common complaints that students have about online courses is that the experience leaves them feeling isolated and alone. Some students aren't even sure who their professor is! In this session, we'll discuss solutions for inviting students to learn by building an authentic and approachable teaching presence that prioritizes the human connection.

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Vanessa Wieland Steele

Instructional Designer, Northern Kentucky University
Vanessa Wieland Steele, M.A. is an instructional designer with Northern Kentucky University. Particular interests in the field of ID in higher education are pedagogy and praxis, ungrading in online classes, academic integrity, and building teacher presence and immediacy.She is currently... Read More →

Friday November 10, 2023 9:15am - 10:00am EST
Room 211

10:15am EST

The Reality of Virtual Reality
Do you know the difference between VR, AR, MR, and XR? Why are so many colleges using them? In this presentation, you will learn what VR is, how it can benefit learning, potential pitfalls, and the reality of virtual reality.

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Beth Case

Instructional Designer, University of Louisville
Dr. Beth Case is the Program Manager for Emerging and Assistive Technology in the Delphi Center at the University of Louisville. She is part of UofL's VR initiative, meeting with faculty to devise pedagogically sound uses of VR in their courses. She loves exploring new technology... Read More →

Friday November 10, 2023 10:15am - 11:00am EST
Room 211

11:15am EST

Picture Perfect: Using Visuals for Memory
Have you ever seen an image and associated it with something specific?  Images are great tools instructors can use to help support memory and content retention.  During this interactive training you will learn how images are processed in the brain and used to convey messages, share ideas, and teach content.  Participants will be introduced to best practice strategies and how to use images.


Dawn Griffin

University of Kentucky
Dawn Griffin has been a champion for quality in early care and education for decades. Her experience has been in the classroom and continued as a regional coach, promoting best practices for childcare centers and trainers. Dawn now serves as an Instructional Designer with the Human... Read More →

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