Best Practice: Integrating Learning Management Systems to Facilitate ETD Workflow and Student Training

A session at USETDA 2013

Wednesday 24th July, 2013

1:30pm to 2:30pm (PST)

Kravis Center 102

Speakers: Larry Tague, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Graduate Health Sciences, University of Tennessee Health Science Center

David Armbruster, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Graduate Health Sciences, University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Shirley Hancock, Graduate School at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center

LMS(s) can facilitate ETD workflows and student training/assistance. After proposing an LMS for managing ETD workflow (NDLTD ETD Symposium 2000), we started adapting our campus BlackBoard (Bb) to our ETD workflow needs (2005). Bb and Adobe Connect (AC) integration has become the center of everything ETD; document management, email, training, and student assistance across the entire ETD workflow. Before mandating ETDs in 2008 (2005 to 2007), Bb contributed to an exponential increase in the number of ETDs submitted (4, 9, 29). Our current ETD load (49/yr) has necessitated our adaption of individual Bb student groups. Each group has private email, file exchange, discussion functions, and includes the student and all members of our review team. The Assistant Dean monitors all group communications and student progress. Bb automatic email subject coding and controlled user subject naming helps reviewers track reviews. Students use their group discussion board from which ETD FAQs can be extracted. All ETD instruction, document templates, and graduate survey forms now reside in our ETD Bb training site. Student ETD training is monitored with the Bb user utilities. Face-to-face ETD workshops have been moved to Adobe Connect (AC) to better serve remote students. AC workshops are recorded and linked to our ETD Bb training site. AC is also used to assist students in real-time. The conclusion, after reviewing 270+ ETDs, is that single or multiple LMS(s) an be used to improve ETD workflow and student training.

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Time 1:30pm2:30pm PST

Date Wed 24th July 2013


Kravis Center, The Claremont Colleges

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