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.