About

Welcome to the Innovation in Learning Center (ILC) at the University of South Alabama!

Our goal is to improve the quality of learning at USA by promoting a culture of innovation where faculty, staff, and students participate collaboratively in creative teaching and learning experiences.  The ILC promotes innovation through coordinated professional development initiatives and integrated instructional technologies for the traditional classroom, blended courses, and fully online learning environments.


ILC staff


ILC Staff

Director

Jack Dempsey

Jack Dempsey

Dr. John “Jack” Dempsey is a Professor of Instructional Design and Development at USA. He received his Master’s and Doctorate in Instructional Systems from Florida State University. Dr. Dempsey has been a Department Chair and directed the former USA Online Learning Lab. He has authored numerous publications and is co-editor of the award-winning Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology, now in its third edition.

Faculty Dev Manager

Rob Gray

Rob Gray

Dr. Robert Gray is the Manager of Faculty Development Services for the Innovation in Learning Center. He holds an M.A. in English and a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology from the University of Alabama. Formerly the Director of USA’s Program for the Enhancement of Teaching And Learning (PETAL), Dr. Gray has taught English and has served as an Instructional Designer/Technologist at several universities, including Michigan State, Troy State, and UAB. His research interests include interaction, dialogism, blogging, streaming video, and qualitative and mixed methods research methodologies. He has also published two books of poetry.

Systems Manager

Jason Smith

Jason Smith

As the Systems Manager of Academic Technology at the Innovation in Learning Center, Jason Smith is responsible for planning, implementing, and supporting a wide range of instructional technology initiatives. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from USA, and has several years of related experience.

LMS Manager

Jeff Davidson

Jeff Davidson

As the Manager of LMS Services, Jeff Davidson is responsible for USA’s Sakai CLE and eCollege online learning systems, as well as for leading the University’s transition from eCollege to Sakai CLE and ultimately to USAonline. Jeff holds a B.S. in Computer Science from USA and has over 20 years experience in managing information technology.

Distance Learning Specialists

Gabrielle Kahanamoku

Gabrielle Kahanamoku

Gabrielle is responsible for USAonline, faculty support, course analysis reports, and hybrid course management. Gabrielle holds B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing from Hawaii Pacific University.

Secretary IV

USAlogo

Serves as assistant to the Director, Innovation in Learning Center and USAonline, to include planning, initiating, and carrying to completion complex administrative duties.

Grad Assistants

ILC Graduate Staff Spring 2014

ILC Graduate Staff Spring 2014

ILC Graduate Assistants

Senior Instructional Designer
Gurupreet Khalsa

Graduate Assistants (from left to right)
Willette Brye, Hameed Mirza, Candy Harbin, Brandon Moss, Angelia Bendolph, Stasia Weston, Mary McCall, Larene Peeples, Sandra Rogers, Gurupreet Khalsa, Dan Guo