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C2C's Inaugural LMS Preconference 2017

By Brian A. Dye, Butler Community College 

The LMS Preconference was an idea spurred from a special interest group luncheon (A Canvas Users Group brought together by Linda Wapelhorst, retired Online Director at Butler) which was held during the 2016 SIDLIT Conference. As a result of the conversation, it was clear there was a need for a cost effective regional LMS conference. The idea was pitched to the SIDLIT Steering Committee with Anna Catterson serving as chairperson. With my LMS background, Anna Catterson (SIDLIT Chair) asked if I would chair the committee. After months of planning, we are ecstatic to launch the first annual LMS Preconference on August 2, which will include 15 presentations and conclude with a panel discussion! Our goal is to create a cost-effective LMS conference where member institutions share their expertise in an LMS specific format.

While completing informal research on LMS distribution within Kansas Higher Education for the Preconference, it became apparent Kansas is consolidated into four LMS platforms. Accordingly, Canvas is used by 18 institutions, Moodle and BlackBoard by 14 institutions each, D2L by 4, leaving 5 institutions using less prevalent LMS solutions (Jenzebar, etc).

Figure 1: Kansas Higher Ed LMS Distribution Jan 2017

It is a privilege to serve as the chair of the First Annual LMS SIDLIT Preconference. As the Assistant Director of Educational Technology at Butler Community College, I support and train faculty with LMS integration, research emerging learning technologies and am currently working on finalizing an institutional wide digital badging initiative set to launch this Fall. As a member of the Butler Community College faculty and as Chair of the SIDLIT Preconference, I want to extend an invitation to the LMS Preconference! Registration for the conference is only $10 for a half day schedule featuring four LMS tracks.

Thank you to the following members of the committee for their dedication in making this first event a success: Shalin Hai-Jew, Kansas State University; Rebecca Gould, Kansas State University; Bethanie O’Dell, Emporia State University; April Robbs, Ottawa University; David Swisher, Tabor College; Paula Phelps, Cowley College; Marty Crossland, MidAmerica Nazarene University, and Linda C. Wapelhorst (ret.).  

Enjoy our LMS Preconference!

~Brian A. Dye

Event Location at JCCC

The LMS Preconference will be held at the Office and Classroom Building (OCB) in the Co-Lab.  

Figure 2
: Office and Classroom Building (OCB) and the Co-Lab on JCCC's Campus   

LMS Preconference Schedule 

 Room OCB 100P
(80 seats)
Canvas Track

Room OCB 107
(24 seats)
Canvas Track

Room OCB 142
(24 seats)
Moodle and D2L

Room OCB144
(26 seats)

Room OCB 120
(Corner 20 Seats)

1. - 1:50 p.m.  Assessment, Outcomes and Rubrics: Oh My!

(Catterson & O’Meara)
Canvas Meets Zoom Recording

10 Suggestions for improving your Moodle in 2017 / Q & A Panel with a "Particularly Helpful Moodler"


Leveraging Reusable HTML Objects to Manage Course Content

Using the Qualtrics Research Suite as a Training LMS

2 - 2:50 p.mLeveraging “Flat Files” from the Canvas LMS Data Portal (at K-State)


Using Collaborative and Cooperative Learning Strategies in Canvas

Brightspace LMS


KUMC Move from Self Hosted to Blackboard SaaS

(Threlkeld & Hooper)

Google Inspired Personal Learning Environments instead of Blackboard

(Moody & Jones)
3 - 3: 50 p.m.  Recharging Graduate Research Workshops using Canvas


It’s almost Magic. Embedding LibGuides in Canvas Courses using Springshare’s Automagic LTI Tool

Using the “Lesson” Activity Module in Moodle as a Primary Building Block for Online Courses


Connect & Engage with Collaborate Ultra

Making the Most of the File Upload Feature in an LMS

4 - 4:50 p.m.  LMS Panel Discussion 

Scott Finkeldei, panel lead moderator 
  • Meg McGranahan 
  • Ed Lovitt 
  • Rob Gibson, and 
  • Marty Crossland 

Table 1:  LMS Preconference Schedule

For more information about session descriptions and presenters, please visit the main C2C site via the prior link.  

LMS Preconference Registration 

Registration is available from The cost for the LMS Preconference is $10 (for Aug. 2), which cost covers all sessions and snacks.  (Registration for SIDLIT 2017 alone is $56 for both Aug. 3 and 4.  Registration for both events is $66.)  

About the Author 

Brian A. Dye is Assistant Director of Educational Technology and an adjunct instructor at Butler Community College. He moved to Kansas a little over two years ago and began as an Instructional Technologist at Butler, assisting faculty with their educational technology instructional needs through workshops and one-on-one training. He teaches Criminal Behavior for Butler Online, which keeps him busy. Prior to this position, he spent nearly 13 years in various roles at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. While working at Drury, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology/ Psychology in 2006. He nearly finished a Masters in Business Administration degree before realizing that was not the direction he wanted to pursue and in 2014, he received a Masters in Education with an emphasis in Instructional Technology.

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