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Member Profiles

February 2018 Member Highlight: C. Sue McDaniel

I am currently an instructional designer for the College of Graduate Health Studies at A.T. Still University in Kirksville, Missouri. Although my job is officially in Missouri, I reside in Iowa and work from home the majority of each week. While I’ve worked with subject matter experts in a wide variety of disciplines, I currently focus on health-related courses, particularly public health courses. I came to the field of instructional design while working at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa as the school’s website designer. At that time I had no formal training in instructional design, so I obtained my master’s degree in instructional design and technology from Western Illinois University – completing most of the program requirements as an online student.

I got involved in IDLA by attending IACON conferences in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines in the early 2000s. After several years as an attendee, I volunteered to help with the marketing of the conference and eventually was asked to serve as president. During my tenure, we morphed the conference  (which was previously held with another organization) into the symposium format and held the first in September 2014 at the Des Moines Area Community College Campus in West Des Moines. 

I have found IDLA and USDLA a great way to connect with other professionals who share the same struggles and issues and use these connections to problem-solve and share resources. I haven’t found a single member yet who isn’t willing to share and lend a hand when asked. It’s a great organization!

October 2017 Member Highlight: Devrim Ozdemir

Dr. Devrim Ozdemir is the current president of IDLA and an experienced scholar in the field of instructional design and technology. He is currently the instructional design coordinator at Des Moines University. Devrim has more than a decade of experience in higher education. His work revolves around designing and developing efficient instructional systems and strategies which will bring the most quality with least resources. Throughout his career in higher education, Dr. Ozdemir has worked in many different roles. As both an expert leader and team member in many projects, he has developed technical, educational, and administrative knowledge. He is a quick learner of emerging instructional technologies and a follower of innovative learning strategies. With higher education policies changing regularly and quickly, he understands the need to remain up-to-date through professional development and memberships. He is a current member of AERA, AECT, Online Learning Consortium, PODNetwork, USDLA, and the Iowa Distance Learning Association.

Dr. Ozdemir has designed and developed online courses since 2009. He has been a certified QualityMatters reviewer ensuring quality of all courses developed. As an active member in his field, Devrim has given more than 30 workshops focusing on different areas regarding distance learning. Some of the presentations include topics such as the development of systems and procedures for the quality assurance of online courses, the acquisition of state authorizations for distance education, the development of online competency-based degree programs.  In addition,  the development and implementation of a Massive Open Online Course, the coordination of distributed learning environments through Cisco Classrooms among multiple universities, the integration of learning analytics in online programs have also been presented.  Lastly, areas of development include the development and implementation of electronic portfolio initiatives, the orientation of online students, and the orientation of adjunct faculty. Currently, Devrim is working on using and developing learning object repositories, the accreditation of online degree programs, curriculum development and evaluation of competency-based degree programs, and effective online adjunct faculty development. Beyond the presentations and workshop he has provided, Devrim is also an active scholar in the field. His publications include 7 journal articles and 3 book chapters.

August 2017 Member Highlight:  Jean Hansen

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My current position is Senior Online Instructional Designer for the School of Education at Drake University. I have been at Drake since 2006. Prior to coming to Drake, I worked as an Instructional Systems Designer developing web-based training for military and government clients. I also have experience in the K-12 world, as I worked as an elementary teacher for ten years, and I worked in the corporate world just prior.

I first became involved with IDLA through the Dean of my college, Dean Janet McMahill. Dean McMahill was one of the originators of our chapter, which was the first state chapter affiliated with USDLA. I have been a member of IDLA for approximately ten years, served on the board for approximately seven years and am a past-president of IDLA. My primary area of expertise is in the instructional design and development of high quality online classes for educators, administrators and counselors delivered through Blackboard. I believe strongly in high quality online learning and feel that IDLA is an important organization in supporting this type of quality online learning throughout Iowa.

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