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Welcome to the Summer Institute on Distance Learning and Instructional Technology (SIDLIT - pronounced "side light")! To get started, check out the schedule below. You can create a personal schedule of presentations you want to attend. This event would not be possible without our sponsors. Be sure to check out the "Sponsors" tab to learn more about their products and services.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility 

C2C aims to host SIDLIT 2023—in-person and virtually—in a mutually respectful environment. SIDLIT 2023 is inclusive of people from all backgrounds: ethnicities, races, countries of origin, ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, religions, body sizes, economic backgrounds, educational backgrounds, professional backgrounds, employment statuses, abilities, and other dimensions. We are getting together, staying together, and building the future together, with all of our strengths together.

Host Institutions

K-State Olathe - 22201 W Innovation Dr, Olathe, KS 66061
Johnson County Community College - 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66210. 
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Thursday, August 3 • 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Opening Remarks & Panel Discussion: Cultivating Inclusive EdTech: Navigating the Intersection of DEIA

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Navigating the Intersection of DEIA" is an insightful panel that explores the vital connection between education technology (EdTech) and diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA). Join experts and educators as they discuss the challenges, opportunities, and best practices in creating an inclusive digital learning environment where every learner can thrive. Gain practical strategies and actionable insights to leverage technology for equitable education outcomes.

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Ed Lovitt

Director Ed Tech and Distance Learning, Johnson County Community College
Ed Lovitt is the Director of Distance Learning and Educational Technology at Johnson County Community College. He has worked for over 35 years in education and has provided leadership in the selection and implementation of three major LMS reviews in the past 15 years. He has a B.S... Read More →
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Scott Finkeldei

director of academic and student technology services, Kansas State University
Scott Finkeldei has been involved in academic technology for over 25 years and, as an educator, looks to ensure the technology tail does not wag the dog and that opportunity and inclusion are a key part of any solution. I am a pancake lover, comic books & animation aficionado, live... Read More →
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Cheryl Zelle

Doctoral Candidate; Adjunct Faculty, K-State Olathe; JCCC; Baker University SPGS
Cheryl Zelle is a doctoral candidate in Adult Learning and Leadership in the College of Education at Kansas State University. Her research interests include mental health and wellbeing in higher education, emotions and learning, adult learning and the brain, and characteristics of... Read More →
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Annie Els

Learning Experience Designer, Indiana Wesleyan University
Annie Els, M.Ed., is a Learning eXperience Designer at Indiana Wesleyan University. She serves as Lead ID for the innovative Self-Paced General Education courses. Annie loves to explore new tools of the trade to create excellent learning experiences for students and teach other instructional... Read More →
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John Jones

Executive Director Media Resources Center, Wichita State University
John has held a wide variety of roles in both the public and private sectors, working for large universities, small colleges, startups and fortune 500 companies. He has been a web developer, corporate trainer, adjunct lecturer, editor, instructional designer, educational technologist... Read More →

Rob Gibson

Dean, WSU Tech
Robert is currently the Dean of Academic Technology and the Director of Instructional Design at WSUTech. In this role, he and his team provide a variety of learning technology support for the campus. He has served in this capacity since 2022. Robert also teaches several graduate courses... Read More →

Rana Johnson

On December 1, 2022, Dr. Rana Johnson, became Kansas State University's inaugural Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging. Serving as K-State's senior executive, she is responsible for guiding practices and creating opportunities to define, assess and promote... Read More →

Thursday August 3, 2023 1:30pm - 2:45pm CDT