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New LMS Pre-Conference for SIDLIT Meets Vital Need

Photos by David Swisher, Tabor College 

In 2017, Colleague 2 Colleague offered its first-ever LMS Preconference.  

The inspiration came from attendees to prior SIDLIT conferences, who mentioned an interest in learning more about learning management systems (LMSes).  A group from Butler Community College hosted a special interest group (SIG) lunch about Canvas.  The participants at that lunch session expressed their continuing interest.  

To meet this need, Brian A. Dye and a steering committee of fellow volunteers led an effort to offer the inaugural LMS Preconference in 2017, just prior to the two-day SIDLIT conference.  The event cost $10 per participant and included three presentations and snacks! 

This photo essay provides some highlights from that event.  

At Johnson County Community College

Figure 1:  “Zoo Plastic Angler” by Edward Tajchman from the Sustainability Sculpture Series at JCCC 

Figure 2:  The JCCC CoLab 

Figure 3:  Catching Up on Work 

A Friendly Welcome and Sign-In 

Figure 4:  Brian A. Dye and Beth Ramirez Help Sign In LMS Preconference Participants 


Figure 5:  Participants Reconnect between Sessions

Figure 6:  Susan Stuart and Ed Lovitt Talk in the Foreground 

Figure 7:  There Were Snacks Aplenty 

Some Presentations

This inaugural and original LMS Preconference featured five tracks:  Canvas Track 1, Canvas Track 2, Moodle and D2L Tracks, Blackboard Track, and Miscellaneous Alternate LMS Track.  One hundred and one (101) people registered for this inaugural pre-conference held on Aug. 2, 2017.  The following are some photos from some of the  sessions.  

Figure 8:  April Robbs Presents in the Blackboard Track 

Figure 9:  Marty Crossland Presents in the Moodle Track 

Figure 10:  Clay Threlkeld and Ben Hooper Engage a Rapt Audience 

Figure 11:  Alice E. Anderson Showcases LibGuides, Used Around the U.S. 

Figure 12:  Bethanie O’Dell Explains Why “Quality Matters”

Figure 13:  Brandy Diltz Shares Collaborative and Cooperative Learning Strategies in Canvas

Figure 14:  Canvas Meets Zoom Recording with Rob Gibson

LMS Preconference Panel Discussion

Figure 15:  Anna J. Catterson Kicks Off the Panel Discussion 

The panel members are, from left to right, Scott Finkeldei, Rob Gibson, Ed Lovitt, Marty Crossland, and Meg McGranaghan.  Brian A. Dye is standing in the foreground.  

Figure 16:  The Panel Takes on Wide-Ranging Topics, Many from the Audience 

Figure 17:  Meg McGranaghan Makes a Point (as Marty Crossland Looks On)

2017 LMS Preconference Steering Committee Members

The members of the LMS Preconference Steering Committee for 2016 - 2017 included the following:  Brian A. Dye (lead), Marty Crossland, Rebecca Gould, Shalin Hai-Jew, Bethanie O’Dell, Paula Phelps, April Robbs, David Swisher, and Linda C. Wapelhorst.  Presenters included Christopher Murad, Anna J. Catterson and Kathrine O’Meara, Ed Lovitt, Rob Gibson, April Robbs, Robert Allen Moody and Elodie Jones, Alice E. Anderson, Clay Threlkeld and Ben Hooper, Shalin Hai-Jew, Brandy Diltz, Bethanie O’Dell, and Marty Crossland.  

Looking to 2018...

In 2018, a new LMS Preconference will be held. The event may be longer than a half-day one and may include a lunch. This effort is being led by Brian A. Dye ( and David Swisher (  Any who may be interested in participating in this Steering Committee are encouraged to email the two event co-chairs.  The organizers would like members to consider presenting.  This second LMS Preconference will be held Aug. 1, 2018.  More details will be sent out later via the electronic mailing list for C2C.  

About the Photographer

David Swisher currently serves as the Learning Management Systems Coordinator at Tabor College, and prior to this role, he was a classroom technology specialist and instance manager for Axio Learning on the Salina Polytechnic campus of Kansas State University (K-State).  He has a Masters in Instructional Design & Technology from Emporia State University and recently completed his doctorate in Semiotics & Future Studies at George Fox University.  Dr. Swisher has been managing LMS platforms for the last 16 years (Moodle, Canvas, and Axio Learning) and enjoys integrated marketing communications.  

His email is  

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