Invited Speakers 2018

#NDLA18 will highlight nationally known speakers and regional experts in distance and blended learning for keynote and spotlight sessions.

Kecia RayKecia Ray, EdD, Executive Director,
Center for Digital Education

Thursday KeynotePersonalized Learning
Breakout/follow-up sessions:
Great Digital Content where and how to get it
Learning environments what the classroom should look like

Nationally renowned as an educator and expert in the field of education technology, Dr. Ray began her career as a middle school science teacher where she taught in one of the first 21st Century classrooms in the state of Georgia and Tennessee. Her career includes designing technology within the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and directing technology research through Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Science Outreach programs.

Dr. Ray is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) where she was Chair of the ISTE Board of Directors until January, 2017. She also serves on the board of eLearn Institute and serves on the Davidson County Community Education Commission. She was appointed by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to the Advisory Council on Alternative Education in 2013 and she served on the Board of Directors for the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education from 2007-2012.

Honors and awards include:
President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2012 and 2014, ISTE lifetime achievement ‘Making IT Happen’ Award in 2013, in 2014, named a ’20 to Watch’ honoree by the National School Board Association, and in 2012 CDE named The Learning Technology Department at Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools as one of its Top 50 Innovators in Education.

Prior to joining e.Republic, Dr. Ray worked for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools overseeing the design, implementation, and evaluation of instructional technology programs including instructional design for online and blended learning environments and library services. The blended learning success at the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools was included in the research of the Clayton Christensen Institute.

Jarod BormannJarod Bormann, Technology Integration Specialist at the Keystone Area Education Agency in NE Iowa.

Friday KeynoteProfessionally Driven: Empowering ALL Educators to be PD
Breakout/follow-up sessions:
1. Professional Development and Growth Mindset
2. Professional Development and Intrinsic Motivation

Jarod Bormann received his Masters in Instructional Technology through the University of Northern Iowa, and is currently an adjunct professor for the same masters program. Jarod taught middle school and high school English for seven years in one of the first 1:1 iPad schools in Iowa. He is an ISTE presenter and was recognized as the 2014 Iowa Safe Schools Educator of the Year. Jarod blogs at and An annual presenter at the Keystone KPEC Conference, Iowa Technology & Education Connection (ITEC Featured Speaker), as well as other educational tech conferences throughout the midwest, he is an ITEC Iowa Board Member and co-hosts the Next Level Learning podcast. Connect with Jarod via Twitter @jbormann3 or email

Janine LimJanine Lim, PhD, Associate Dean for Online Higher Education, Andrews University

Featured sessions:
* Jazz Up the Student Engagement in Your Online Courses
* Maximizing Reach, Learning, and Reflection with Online Professional Development
* The Power of Collaboration
* Instructional Strategies that Work with Videoconferencing

With her rich background at both K–12 and Higher Education, Janine Lim, PhD, currently serves as associate dean for online higher education in the School of Distance Education at Andrews University, in Berrien Springs, MI. She and her team support over 200 online courses, provide training for faculty teaching online, and work with the campus infrastructure support of online learning. Her department also provides educational technology and Moodle support for faculty and students. In addition, Janine is responsible for the faculty and courses of the Consortium of Adventist Colleges and Universities. Janine has taught over 15 unique graduate educational technology classes online numerous times over the past 15 years, with some classes attracting participants from all over the world. Her undergraduate teaching includes social media courses for communication and digital media majors. Janine has served on the board of the United States Distance Learning Association since April 2015.

Prior to her work at Andrews University, Janine coordinated distance education for 22 K12 school districts in southwest Michigan for 14 years. In that position, as one of the co-founders of TWICE, Michigan’s K12 Videoconferencing Organization, Janine has spearheaded popular international K12 videoconference projects such as Read Around the Planet and MysteryQuest. While still serving on the board of TWICE, she was instrumental in designing and implementing the CAPspace website for collaborative videoconference projects. Janine also served on a team of Michigan educational technology trainers providing a workshop called ATA Technology Academy.

Her current online learning research interests include successful teacher behaviors, quality online discussions, and student activity patterns in self-paced courses.