The Professional Panel Discussion is a new addition to the IST Conference schedule of events. The panel topic, "Connecting Theory to Practice" will allow our panel of industry professionals to share their insights on how the topics discussed in instructional design preparation programs relate to the "real world".
Meet the Panelists
Ms. Barber is an electrical engineer from Ga. Tech who wandered into a school library. She is now the Media Specialist and Educational Technology Instructor for DeKalb County School District where she works with high school students and teachers on finding the best resources, using the technology available, and locating the perfect book to settle down with. Ms. Barber does classes and presentations on how to use Twitter, Green Screen in the classroom, flipped classroom methods, and other tech-infused ideas for the classroom.
Erin CrispErin Crisp is the Director of Academic Assessment and Evaluation at Indiana Wesleyan University. Erin is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in the IST program at IU, holds a master's in instructional design from Towson University and a bachelor's in English education from Indiana xWesleyan. After 8 years in the K-12 classroom, she turned her attention to instructional design. She consulted full-time for Northwest Evaluation Association for several years, leading assessment workshops for educators around the country, and then worked as an instructional designer in Maryland. She then returned to her alma matter in Marion, IN where she now lives with her husband and three teenage sons. Research interests include adaptive learning, program evaluation, instructional implementation design theory, learner-centered design, and non-cognitive skill assessment.
Coley O'Brien is the Vice President of Human Resources and Field Capability for the Wendy's Corporation. In this role, Coley leads HR support for all North American company and International operations. He also oversees field operations training, supporting learning systems and custom-designed solutions for approximately 250,000 crew members, managers and multi-unit operators in over 6,500 company and franchise restaurants.
Prior to his current role, Coley was the Director of Retail Training for Sears Holdings Corporation, which included supporting all training for 150,000 salaried and hourly field associates performing both operational and consultative selling roles nationally.
Coley has also worked as a consultant for large and small firms, specializing in E-Learning strategies and custom content development for companies in both Indianapolis and Chicago.
Coley holds a Masters Degree in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University. He resides in Columbus, OH with his wife Jennifer and 3 kids.
Sharon Wavle is Associate Director for Decision Support and Reporting in the Office of Online Education at Indiana University. Previously she served as professor and chair of Computer Science and Computer Information Systems at Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3) in Dryden, NY and the State University of New York (SUNY) at Morrisville, NY, where she taught programming and database design for almost 20 years. Sharon offered her first online programming class in fall 2000 through the SUNY Learning Network and taught the majority of her classes online in a variety of course management systems.
After a family relocation to southern Indiana in 2009, Sharon taught online and on campus for TC3 in Dryden, NY, Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, IN, and Ivy Tech Community College in Sellersburg, IN, until joining the Office of Online Education in January 2013.
Sharon holds a B.A. in Economics from the State University of New York at Geneseo and an M.S. in Computer Science from Syracuse University, and is currently a doctoral student in Instructional Systems Technology in the IU Bloomington School of Education.