QM IDA Leadership

2020 QM IDA Elections

The election for open positions* will open July 15 and new officers will be announced August 24, 2020.

Select the candidate name to view bio and qualification information submitted during the nomination process.

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*Current QM IDA members should receive an email on July 15, 2020. Information will also be posted on the QM IDA social media accounts and Listserv. You must be opted into email notifications with QM to receive the email.

 

The QM IDA is led by a team of dedicated instructional design professionals. QM IDA members choose the leadership in elections held every three years.

QM IDA Chair

Penny Ralston-Berg

Penny Ralston-Berg

Penny 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.

QM IDA Vice Chair

Stephen Kaufman

Stephen Kaufman

Steve 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.

QM IDA Secretary

Jessica Gagnon

Jessica Gagnon

Jessica 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 Riggs

Shannon 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.

QM IDA Member at Large

Anthony Salinas

Anthony Salinas

Anthony 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.