Instructional Designers Association

Built by Instructional Designers for Instructional Designers

QM IDA Leadership

The QM IDA is led by a team of dedicated instructional design professionals.

QM IDA Chair

Penny Ralston-Berg

Penny Ralston-BergPenny has designed online courses since 1997. She is currently a senior instructional designer for the Penn State World Campus and telecommutes from her home in Wisconsin. Her research interests include student perspectives of quality and how this impacts the design practice; and the use of games and simulations in online instruction. She has presented at various regional, national, and international conferences, serves on the Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning (Madison, WI) planning committee, and is currently a member of the Quality Matters Academic Advisory Council. She recently co-authored the book *MindMeld: Micro-Collaboration between eLearning Designers and Instructor Experts* with Jon D. Aleckson.

QM IDA Vice Chair

Stephen Kaufman

Stephen KaufmanSteve is a Senior Instructional Designer at the University of Akron. Prior to joining UA, Steve served as the Associate Director of Online Learning at Ashland University. Currently, he serves as one of the Ohio QM Consortium’s State Leads and is the chair of their executive committee.

Through his over fifteen years of instructional design and technology education experience, he has been able to help grow online programs as well as provide insight and guidance into the online course development process. He specializes in working one-on-one with faculty members to help them create dynamic, well-designed, objective-focused courses. Steve has delivered numerous workshops and conference presentations on open educational resources, gamification, metacognitive strategy, student engagement, and faculty professional development.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Science and Technology (BST) degree specializing in Visual Communications and Technology Education. Steve also holds a Masters degree in Education (M.Ed.) with a focus on Instructional Design and Adult Learning.

QM IDA Secretary

Jessica Gagnon

Jessica GagnonJessica Gagnon is a Librarian with Front Range Community College near Denver, Colorado. She is lead instruction Librarian, and serves in the capacity of online librarian for the FRCC online courses. She also designs online courses with Colorado Community Colleges Online, as well as teaches Web Design and Graphic Design online for CCCO. Jessica is QM Certified Peer Reviewer, Face to Face Facilitator, and Online Facilitator.

QM IDA Professional Development Lead

Shannon Riggs

Shannon RiggsShannon Riggs directs a highly creative team of instructional designers, faculty development specialists, and multimedia developers in developing online courses for the top-ranked in the nation Oregon State University Ecampus, continually improving the quality and effectiveness of online instruction in higher education, serving over 700 faculty members and 21,000 students annually. Shannon is proud to lead the Ecampus Course Development and Training Unit -- recipients of the 2016 Eduventures Innovation Award and the 2014 Online Learning Consortium Award for Excellence in Faculty Development for Online Teaching. She is author of the forthcoming Thrive Online: A New Approach to Online Education, due out from Stylus in spring 2018.

QM IDA Member at Large

Anthony Salinas

Anthony SalinasAnthony Salinas is a charismatic and dedicated instructional designer who is charged with improving the quality in our online and blended courses at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He has almost nine years’ experience in the field of online education, and regularly advocates for QM through both face-to-face and online APPQMR facilitation, course reviews, and QM events. His research interests have grown beyond basic quality design to include gamification, blended learning, and online instructional strategies. These interests have sparked a lasting desire as a lifelong learner to pursue a graduate degree in educational technology.