IST Conference

Instructional Systems Technology Conference

The Instructional Systems Technology (IST) conference is a free, student-run conference that offers graduate students a safe venue to gain experience in presenting, organizing, and attending professional conferences. In years past, attendees have included residential and distance students, alumni, and faculty of the IU IST department as well as IST students from other universities and students from various IU departments. 

The 20th Annual IST Conference will take place on March 6, 2020 at the School of Education (W.W.Wright Education Building, 201 N. Rose Avenue). This year's theme is Design for Change, Redifine Instruction. 

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You can access the program of the conference here. 

Registration (Free)

Conference Registration Form. The online registration will be closed at the end of 2/28. Please do on-site registration if you miss the deadline. In addition, we need plenty of volunteers on the conference day. All meals are incuded with your registration. You can also find us on Facebook ( We look forward to your participation.

Here is the planning team of IST Conference 2020:

GIST Conference Planning Team

20th Annual IST Conference Keynote Speakers

Gina Anderson

Keynote: Training Innovations: Instructional Design, Delivery Medium, Learning Analytics, and Diverse Learners 

3-4pm, SOE Auditorioum 

As a co-founder and CEO of Luma, an instructional design and learning company, Dr. Gina Anderson brings more than 20 years in the education field. She started her career as a special education teacher and always had the passion to improve learning for all learners.

Among her career highlights are the design of the Luma eNugget® and STEM CITY® platforms, which are grounded in learning research. Luma uses analytics from these technologies to help companies improve organizational learning programs. She is currently applying her technologies and learning research to positively influence how training is done in the trucking/logistics industry.  In November 2019, Luma was recognized as Company of the Year for their DRIVE FIRST® business product by the Stevie Awards for Women in Business in New York, NY

Gina holds a Doctor of Education in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University. She also holds a Master and Bachelor of Science in Education with high distinction from the University of Dayton.


Keynote: IST’s Historical Mission: Helping People Learn through Multi-Sensory Experiences

11am-12pm, SOE 2140

Michael Molenda is now retired from teaching in Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University (1972-2005) but continues to live in Bloomington and to do research and writing.

He is co-author of the first five editions of Instructional Media and the New Technologies of Instruction, co-editor of AECT’s 2008 definition book, Educational Technology: A Definition with Commentary, co-author of the chapter on “Instruction” in Handbook of Human Performance Technology, 3rd ed.

He contributed encyclopedia articles on Behaviorism, Reinforcement, Practice, Discovery Learning, Transfer, Individualized Instruction, Self-Directed Learning, Innovation, Open Education, and Visual & Pictorial Learning for AECT’s 2013 Encyclopedia of Terminology for Educational Communications and Technology.

He has written numerous encyclopedia articles and book chapters on instruction and instructional design. He is currently preparing a book, Elements of Instruction: Building Blocks of Lesson Design, for Taylor & Francis Publishers.


DR. ROBERT APPELMAN                

Guest Speaker of the Keynote Session: IST’s Historical Mission: Helping People Learn through Multi-Sensory Experiences

Dr. Robert (drBOB) L. Appelman, PhD is Clinical Professor Emeritus in the Department of Instructional Systems Technology. He is a nationally recognized authority on multimedia production and technology education. Trained initially as a graphic designer, Dr. Appelman continued into motion picture and television production and produced award-winning titles in both of these mediums. Over the past 35 years he has combined his training as an instructional designer, researcher, and instructor with his creative experience in multimedia production. He has integrated this expertise in many educational and business contexts to provide solutions for training and increased experiential learning. His current focus is on the creation of virtual learning environments such as games and simulations, and has developed his own model (the 4xEID Process) that allows key stake-holders to join with other outside expertise to meet immersive learning and human performance objectives.

In his role as Coordinator of Technology Education for the Indiana University School of Education, he managed the technical instruction of over 700 pre-service teachers each academic year through traditional and distance education classrooms. As a faculty member for the Instructional Systems Technology Department at I.U., he designed and delivered classes and workshops on multimedia production techniques, message design, production management, and multimedia utilization. Prior to joining the faculty of the School of Education, Dr. Appelman was Creative Director for the Florida Production Center, and managed training programs, marketing campaigns, and public relations presentations in all media. Key clients included the Military, Westinghouse, Harris Communication, Charter Oil Company, Blue Cross- Blue Shield, St. Regis Paper Co., and the Ministry of Tourism of the Bahamas.



Guest Speaker of the Keynote Session: IST’s Historical Mission: Helping People Learn through Multi-Sensory Experiences

Elizabeth Boling is professor of instructional systems technology and Interim Executive Associate Deans in the School of Education at Indiana University. Prior experience includes 10 years in design practice, five with Apple Computer, Inc. Her research interests include visual design for information and instruction, and design theory, pedagogy and practice. She is past editor-in-chief of TechTrends, founding editor and current editor-in-chief of International Journal of Designs for Learning, lead editor of the 2016 Routledge title Studio Teaching in Higher Education: Selected Design Cases and a co-editor of the forthcoming Handbook of Research in Educational Communications and Technology, 5th Edition. 

Editors' Panel 

How to Publish Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles to International Journals 

9-10am, SOE Auditorium 



Dr. Krista Glazewski: Editor of International Journal of PBL (Problem Based Learning)


Dr. Yonjoo Cho: Associate Editor of Human Resources Development Review            


Prof: Elizabeth Boling: Editor of International Journal of Instructional Design 

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