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Whether your campus has adopted an out-of-the-box learning management system (LMS), an open source solution, or has developed a home-grown course management system (CMS) [wait, we still do that?!], the challenges surrounding pedagogical usage, management, deployment, assessment, upgrades, training, support, security, and integration with campus resources are universal. The LMS unConference is an opportunity to network and problem-solve these common issues. This is the 3rd LMS unconference, with the previous two being in 2012 and 2013. With enough time behind us, since the last time we convened, it's now an opportunity to reflect, look back, and plan forward!


The format of this unConference

The unconference format empowers participants to craft the conference program and provides opportunities for them to become the presenters. Participants, rather than event organizers, determine the topics covered in session tracks. This means that the agenda is not predetermined months in advance, but instead will include the issues and concerns that are most significant to attendees on the day of the conference.

All registered attendees will have an opportunity to propose a topic, facilitate a discussion and contribute based on their own experience at the unconference.


Attendees may include anyone involved in:

  • initiating an upgrade for an existing LMS

  • selecting a new or replacement LMS

  • implementing a new or replacement LMS

  • ongoing management of an existing LMS

  • developing best practices for training and support

  • creating instructional design strategies

  • developing SIS or other campus technical service and resource integrations

  • course development, content management, course design and course administration

  • Faculty members teaching using an LMS


Session topics will be determined the day of the event (if you want to submit a topic before the event starts for the consideration of fellow participants, please click here to access the suggestion form). General topics will include

  • initiating an upgrade for an existing LMS

  • selecting a new or replacement LMS

  • implementing a new or replacement LMS

  • ongoing management of an existing LMS

  • developing best practices for training and support

  • creating instructional design strategies

  • developing SIS or other campus technical service and resource integrations

  • course development, content management, course design and course administration

  • Innovative classroom pedagogies with the LMS


Outcomes

The LMS unConference will address current trends in learning management systems. The likely outcomes will be individuals and decision makers from all colleges and universities going back to your organizations equipped with the motivation and knowledge to create and implement academic technology strategies with respect to learning management systems. While the specific outcomes will, by the nature of an unconference, be dependent upon each individual’s reasons for participating in the day’s events, they will most likely involve some of the following:

  • Expand your knowledge of learning management systems

  • Discover new approaches to content management, course delivery and LMS administration through presentations and open discussion

  • Interact with colleagues who have experience with a variety of different learning management systems, many of whom have participated in LMS adoption, upgrade and implementation projects

  • Share your experience or suggest a session topic in a session themes:

  • Assessment & Adoption of an LMS

  • Implementation, Course Design & Support

  • Teaching & Learning (assessments, assignments, discussions, web 2.0, grading)

  • IT (system management, enrollment, resource integration, provisioning, etc)

  • Workshops, Seminars and Brown Bag lunches on training faculty and students on the LMS.



Agenda (9:30am-3:30pm)

The agenda includes the welcome and introduction to the LMS Unconference, up to four break-out session tracks running concurrently within the conference site, with regular breaks. Attendees will determine the session topics and tracks during the welcome and introduction. Event organizers will facilitate the break-out sessions and help attendees find their session locations.


Note about lunch:

Lunch provided courtesy of UMassOnline.

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This year's unConference is hosted by the LMS unConference planning committee, the Center for Innovation and Excellence in eLearning (CIEE), University of Massachusetts Boston, and UMassOnline.

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