Tuesday, October 29th, 2019
3:15 PM - 4:05 PM: Concurrent Sessions
Texas 2
Sustaining Quality
Session Title
The Power of the Profession: The Role of the ID in Creating High-Quality Courses
Why does working with an ID promote course quality? Hear from three experienced IDs ways to create ID-infused faculty development, leverage technology to promote alignment and overcome obstacles to communicate the added-value of IDs as design collaborators.
Learning Objectives
Rethink faculty professional development offerings with new ID-infused engagement strategies.
Adapt different types of educational technologies that align to course objectives.
Identify communication strategies to convey the importance of IDs to faculty and administrators.
Intended Participants - Role
Instructional Designers
Intended Participants - Knowledge Level
Participants with experience in the topic, but who are transitioning to greater responsibilities in this area
Steve Kaufman, Senior Instructional Designer, University of Akron

Dr. Bethany Simunich, Director, Online Pedagogy and Research, Kent State University
Bethany Simunich is the Director of Online Pedagogy & Research at Kent State University. Dr. Simunich has worked with QM for many years, including as a Master Reviewer, APPQMR & IYOC Facilitator, and Senior Research Colleague. Currently, she is co-State Lead for the QM Ohio Consortium, as well as a QMC and CRM for Kent. She creates and facilitates professional development for instructional designers and online instructors, and is a Facilitator for QM's ABCs of Online Learning Research workshop.

Penny Ralston-Berg, Senior Instructional Designer, Penn State World Campus
Penny Ralston-Berg is a Senior Instructional Designer for the Penn State World Campus. She also serves as the Quality Matters Coordinator for Penn State. Her research interests include student perspectives of quality, instructional design practice, and the use of games and simulations in online instruction. She is the 2017 recipient of the QM Directors' Award for Exceptional Service and is currently the chair of the QM Instructional Designers Association.