IST Conference

Instructional Systems Technology Conference

On behalf of the Graduates in Instructional Systems Technology (GIST) conference planning team, we would like to invite you to attend the virtual 2021 IST Conference to showcase your research, get inspired, and make new professional connections. Topics covered at the conference include learning technologies, instructional design, training, human performance, adult education, and other related learning topics.

The 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 21st Annual IST Conference will be held virtually on March 5, 2021. This year's theme is Inclusive IST: Design for Diversity. 

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Conference Program

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Registration (Free)

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Keynote Speakers


Dr. Susie Gronseth

Hallmarks of Inclusive Designers Globally and Why Designing for Diversity Matters

11:00 am to 11:50 am

Dr. Susie Gronseth is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Learning, Design, and Technology program area in the College of Education at the University of Houston. She specializes in learning technologies, teaching strategies, instructional design, health sciences education, and applications of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to address diverse learner needs in online, face-to-face, and blended contexts. Her research interests involve learner engagement, accessibility, inclusive instructional design, distance education, and self-directed learning. She has a background in primary education, specializing in supporting students with disabilities, and coordinated educational technology programs at the middle school and college levels. She completed her Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology with a minor in Special Education at Indiana University and was recently honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award for Early Career Achievement. She has received recognition for her course design and university teaching, including the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Online Learning Network Award and the University of Houston College of Education Teaching Excellence Award. Her recent edited book, Universal Access Through Inclusive Instructional Design: International Perspectives on UDL, addresses inclusive instructional foundations, policies, design approaches, technology applications, accessibility challenges, curricular quality issues, research, and case studies from around the world. More information is available at



Dr. Peter van Leusen

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Obligations & Opportunities for IST

3:00 pm to 3:50 pm

Peter van Leusen is the Director for Learning Experience & Student Success for EdPlus, Design & Development, at Arizona State University. In this role, he seeks to form partnerships with academic departments, technology vendors, and other 3 rd party organizations to make education accessible for all learners as well as ensuring meaningful learning experiences in diverse contexts. His recent instructional design projects include collaborating on adaptive curriculum and courseware development, designing MOOCs in a foreign language, and spearheading innovative digital educational experiences for broad audiences.

Before joining ASU, Peter worked as the Assistant Director in the Office of Instructional Consulting in the School of Education at Indiana University and previously taught middle and high school German. Peter holds a PhD in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University, Bloomington. His research interests include Faculty Development, Instructional Technology, Instructional Design, and Innovative Teaching & Learning in face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats.

When he’s not designing creative and innovative solutions, you can find him playing soccer or running.

Faculty Panel

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in IST Research Practice

Join our faculty from 10:00 am to 10:50 am on the day of the conference as they discuss important issues surrounding IST and Adult Education research today. The variety of the panel's experience as researchers, educators, and instructional designers will provide a very thoughtful and exciting discussion. Submit your questions for the panel here and meet the members below.

Prof. Elizabeth BolingDr. Curt BonkDr. Krista GlazewskiDr. Anne LeftwichDr. Amy Pickard
Prof. Elizabeth BolingDr. Curt BonkDr. Krista GlazewskiDr. Anne LeftwichDr. Amy Pickard


Alumni Panel

My Journey in IST

Some of our phenomenal alumni will be joining us from 2:00 to 2:50 pm on the day of the conference to discuss their journey in the field of IST. The panel is a great way to hear from recent graduates about their experiences in the field. Submit your questions for the panel here and meet the members below.

Dr. Ai-Chu Elisha Ding Sabina Hajizada Vladan JaćimovićSam Willis Dr. Meina Zhu 



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