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Full members now have access to Kevin Gannon's full keynote presentation in the Members-Only area.
Other presentations to be added in the near future.

2016 Fall Keynote - Kevin Gannon Information
Sept. 23, 2016 - 2016FallSymposium.pdf

Kevin Gannon, Ph.D., is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Grand View University. He has extensive experience in blended/online teaching and learning from both the instructor and faculty development perspectives. As part of the first iteration of the Council of Independent Colleges’ Consortium for Online Humanities Instruction (COHI), a Mellon foundation funded program, Gannon not only taught one of the consortium’s courses, but helped develop the process and standards for assessing student learning over all of the COHI courses. He served as a member of the assessment team in year two of the consortium, and is a faculty mentor for the COHI’s second cohort. Dr. Gannon presents and facilitates workshops on Blended/Online Learning, Digital Pedagogies, and the Humanities both in-person and online. He has worked with faculty and administrators at institutions such as the University of North Texas, Texas A&M University, Southern Connecticut State University, and Sweet Briar College (Va.), and regularly serves as a consultant for faculty groups and course design and development conferences.

Gannon earned his Ph.D. in History at the University of South Carolina-Columbia, and has taught widely in both the public and private college environment. His historical scholarship has appeared in The Journal of the Early Republic, Ohio History, and in chapters and essays in various volumes on nineteenth-century America. He is currently engaged in writing a textbook on the Civil War era for Routledge, and a born-digital US History document reader and text for Pearson Education.

Gannon strives to link his scholarship to larger conversations; he blogs at, has contributed to other online forums like The Junto: A Blog on Early American History, The Age of Revolutions blog, appeared as a guest on the Teaching in Higher Ed and Research In Action podcasts, and appears in the upcoming documentary The 13 th , directed by Ava DuVernay. He is a regular contributor to the Teaching US History blog ( and also writes for Vitae in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Active in both the historical profession and faculty development fields, Dr. Gannon is a member of the Society of Civil War Historians, the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, and the Professional and Organizational Developers (POD) Network, where he is the Chair-elect of the Small Colleges Committee. Committed to engaged pedagogy, and to the democratizing role technology can play in higher education (particularly within the Humanities), Gannon is an advocate for the role small colleges and liberal learning can play in the changing landscape of US higher education.

Fall 2016 Presenter Information
Sept. 23, 2016 - fall2016idlasymposium.pdf

SESSION TITLE:  Accessible Course Development at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at ISU This talk will provide insight into the process of creating accessibility in online course development

ABOUTDena Fife has an MA in eLearning Design and Implementation and is currently an Instructional Development Coordinator with the Brenton Center for Agricultural Instruction and Technology at Iowa State University and provides online course development services for accessibility and user support for faculty, staff, and students. She has over ten years of experience working with online learning technologies and instructional design. Prior to joining Iowa State she was a consultant primarily working with the Midwestern Public Health Training Center, state agencies, and businesses in designing, developing, and implementing online courses and programs.

SESSION TITLE: Mobile Mindfulness: Using Analytics, Dictation and More for Design

ABOUT: Karly has been working in instructional and educational technology since 2003. She has been employed by three educational entities including online learning and two Centers of Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Currently, Karly is employed at Grand View University where her roles include Professional Development in Blended and Online Learning, Professional Development in Educational Technologies, Learning Management System Administrator, Panopto Administrator, Technology Development Specialist, and intranet webmaster for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Grand View. She has given presentations at international conferences on the mentoring of faculty in instructional technology and instructional design and pedagogy for blended and online courses. Karly has a B. A. from the University of Northern Iowa in Biotechnology and a M.Ed. from Wake Forest University in Secondary Science Education. She has earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instructional Technology from Iowa State University in 2015.  In addition to her academic and professional accomplishments, Karly and her husband, John, have two beautiful and incredibly energetic children.

SESSION TITLE:  Best Practices/Effective Course Development (round table discussion)

ABOUT:   April Graveman has been an Online educator at Marshalltown Community College for 12 years.   Her educational background and resume include the following:
  • Quality Matters certified instructor - BIO 151 IN Nutrition and BIO 532 IN Human Body: Health & Disease
  • Recognized as 2013 Distinguished eLearning Educator from the Instructional Technology Council
  • Awarded 2015 Blackboard Exemplary Course recognition for BIO 151 IN Nutrition course
  • Member of Midwest Blackboard Users Group - Slate
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