Iowa Distance
Learning Association

IDLA 2018 Annual Symposium

Event Information

Date and Time

April 3, 2018 from 7:45AM (registration opens) to 4:30PM


Holiday Inn Des Moines-Airport/Conference Center

Registration for Current Members


Registration for Non-member or Member Renewals

$105 which includes IDLA membership

Student Registration (includes student IDLA membership)


Cancellations or refunds for the symposium cannot be made after the early bird registration period has expired.


8:00 - 9:00 am Registration and Networking

9:00 - 9:15 am Welcome and Attendee Introductions

Devrim Ozdemir, IDLA President, Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA

Chuck Sengstock, Drake University, Des Moines, IA

10:30 - 11:00 am Networking and refreshments provided by Drake University

11:00 - 11:50 am Session 1a: Personalized Learning

Denise Krefting, AEA PD Online, Des Moines, Iowa

Session 1b: The Impact of Inadequate Relationships Between Faculty and Rural Online Students

Alysia Peich, State Library of Iowa and Thomas Buckmiller, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa

Session 1c: Four years of continuous curriculum alignment in three graduate professional degree programs: Lessons Learned
Devrim Ozdemir, Des Moines University, Des Moines, Iowa

12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch - South Room

Lunch is included with registration.

Note in the comments area of your registration any special dietary needs.

12:10 -12:50 Keynote - South Room

How Smartphones Change the Way We Think
Jeff J. Butler, Author and Millennial Expert, San Francisco, CA

1:00 - 2:00 pm Future of IDLA -  South Room

Panel Discussion with IDLA Board Members

2:00 - 2:50 pm  Session 2a: High Impact Community-Engaged Online Learning

Emily Shields, Executive Director, Iowa Campus Compact, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Session 2b: All Parts Working Together: The Gears that Turn Online Distance Education
Casey Smith, Brenton Center, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

Session 2c: Distance Education Gadgets

Karly Good, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa

3:00 - 3:50 pm Session 3a: Open Educational Resources (OER)

Denise Krefting, AEA PD Online, Des Moines, Iowa

Session 3b: What Would Help Online Instructors
Panel Discussion led by Chuck Sengstock, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa

Session 3c: Data for Accreditation
Beth Thompson, A.T. Still University, Kirksville, MO

4:00 pm Networking at local lounge

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